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Product no.: 0064

         From a small country of less than 50,000 with few resources Dubai made its reputation for seaborne trading.  Port Rashid contract was awarded in 1967.  with completion in 1972

         This was such a major project that the first job was to find rock and equip a quarry. Even the road had to be built for the fleet of 40  Foden half cab 8 wheeler dumpers  . Rocks are transhipped into rskips transported by railway trucks  to within reach of the crane.  skips  to be emptied to make the breakwater off rock protected by concrete staybits. This needed a big precast concreter set up.  Much depends on the Manitowoc cranes placing the rock and stabits.   Typical output was over 30,000 tons  per week.

If you want a harbour built from scratch there are not many firms able to take on the job.  Most of the kit used on this job was British although the cement was African. . When you have to start from scratch you get involved in some unexpected jobs.   Another surprise was problems of unloading and handling the cement coming in as raw materials.  Demonstrated at the end of the film was how for the  first time Dubai was getting modern ship handing facilities at Port Rashid.  Plenty of Fodens including excelled servicing facilities.  as well as a very big Manitowoc crane, plenty of quarrying and a concrete paving train . Costain  were contractors while Halcrow designed the job. . An impressive project especially for anybody those who worked on the project.


Colour 25 minutes.


Product no.: 0042

AP Herbert a humorist was founder of Inland Waterways Association . In this badly fading colour film he narrates a fascinating look at what was in the early 1950s a disappearing form of costal transport . Despite poor quality of film it is well worth persisting with watching  for the scene and barges captured.


Product no.: 0032

If  you are serving in the military a long way from home morale could only be boosted by a reminder of what you are fighting for back home.  This film takes a look at a fictional Devon village in war time. General opinion is that it is primarily Hope Cove and Brixham Concentrates on the farming and the fishing. but under wartime conditions. The fishing fleet for example is augmented by displaced French fishermen, the fish auction replaced by  the Ministry of Food taking the entire catch.


Product no.: 0071

Very unusually for the Dustbin Film Collection this was a privately shot  10 minute 9.5 film by a skilful amateur cameraman E. C. Robinson recorded as it was projected.  What makes this film so worthwhile is that it records so many different paddle steamers at work before being called up for war service. No doubt more expert viewers will have no difficulty in putting a name to each  vessel  from their very different characteristics. 

We start with what is presumably the cameraman and his wife planning a holiday in Oban  and Dunoon Scotland  after travelling by rail via  Rhyl  with various locomotives captured. First of several paddle steamers caught at Dunoon  presumably the pier. Burns Statue Highland Mary.  Loch Lomond  another Paddle steamer  piper awaits  in welcome. Birds on a cliff.  Mopping off the seats to remove droppings.  Rough weather for a voyage  on the Clyde . “Massan Falls”  “Holy Loch War Memorial”  “Kirn Monster” painted as Jim Crow   Rothsay and Isles of Bute  capstan work  and  on board musical entertainment  “Rothsay”  tram single decker  “Mammoth Draughts” pavement draughts  “Kyles of Bute”  more Paddle steamers  on board scenes  Auchenleochen? Pier   bigger shipping This amateur film is a real treat for Paddle steam enthusiast even more so if you could put names to the various paddle steamers captured on camera.  Sadly only Reel 1 has survived  and of course  it is a silent film  so no engine room views and of course no  sounds.



Product no.: 0072



Mainly concentrates on the fact that the Dutch have a lot of their  land below sea level . 50,000 ares bit by bit  acres reclaimed  around the 1955  when the film was made  although  some sequences are earlier.


Product no.: 0075

 Shipbuilding  Courtesy of the many British Companies behind a Ship built and launched in the North East of England for use on the service from Norway to England.

Product no.: 0248

A film to show advantages of BRS . Job is propeller  from Preston to small Welsh seaport.


Product no.: 3331

Film 1    

         Intended to describe the day to day routine of  a Bank Manager  in a country market town  around the late  1940s. This  was filmed in a small town where the market is held in the main street with hurdles for penning  suggested to be Wendover Bucks  

· Through his eyes we  see the development of one or two of his farming customers . An enthusiastic farm worker with ambitions and aspirations,   his honeymoon was shovelling muck!  Good insight into a small mixed farm of the time.  Other customers were looking  to modernise their milking arrangements .  Several scenes in the traditional livestock market held in the street. While intentionally the location is not stated some clues suggest it could be Buckinghamshire . In a  total contrast to current banking practices the narrator stresses the importance of the manager really knowing his customer before advancing any money. I would imagine this film would raise a wry laugh from today’s bankers. . In contrast it gives an excellent insight into life in rural branch of a bank.

· A talk on increasing profits by changing to TT herds leads to  laying out money imp  involving banking . Another farmer very diffidently asks for an overdraft to but machinery    The credits imply most of the characters  are real people but the facts stated are not those that apply to them.  Harvest features very briefly a Foden tractor pulling a four wheel trailer . Black and White  20 minutes.  Date is a best guess but no mention of  wartime controls on agriculture  machinery featured suggests the early post war period. 

· 25 Minutes Black and White film 



Film 2

To cope with sudden demands for electricity the old Central Electricity  Generating Board  in the mid 1960s commissioned some Gas Turbine  stations where four Gas Turbine were linked to a single generator . While this sounds rather crude as this very short film demonstrates from the instruction to start up to full load takes only 150 seconds from pressing the start button.  This was an excellent use of a documentary film  showing something that would be very difficult to demonstrate  to interested visitors.  If you or your family happened to live within earshot of such a station  it might explain what causes the noise. At full output it would have been as noisy as two airlineers waiting for take off at full power but unlike an aircraft it did not move, but kept running until taken off load.  Colour Sound about 5 minutes long.

Films 3

Intended to show that a Seaman at the time the film was made combiners the traditional role with technical skill and training. Many different roles are demonstrated for an Able Seaman at 20 after three years service. Induction of new recruits at HMS Ganges  with some idea of what daily routine.  Colour 10 minutes.  Date of the film is unknown but I would suspect it around the early 1960s so most of those pictured would now be ashore and probably retired.  A vivid souvenir for anybody with RN Service or connections.


Product no.: 0282

Shots of the stricken ship as it lay sinking and spilling its load of oil . 6 minutes  duration

Product no.: 0299

       This extraordinary publicity film convulses audiences with laughter. . Its story line shows a very different domestic scene from today. . Office worker  Jim (Jack Allen)  is angling for promotion and invites his boss to supper without telling his wife Judy,. (Aileen  Marson)  She is aghast as “ the shops are shut  AND it is the maid’s night orf”.  After a a good row the situation is saved by the appearance of a ghostly home economist who proposes and demonstrates a varied meal  using tinned foods from the store cupboard.  The special effects used are good for a laugh. When the adviser suggests hors-d-oevres  of cold baked beans on toast  we realise that catering has come on a bit in the last 70 years! .As the film was sponsored by CWS we move to pea harvesting on their farms and the fishing fleet sailing out of  Grimsby.  It ends  with a view of the happy workers  in the factory.   To my surprise they were making processed cheese segments that far back.. The finale is allowing the workers to beat each other over the head with pillows.  Is it any wonder this film is so popular  with audiences?  Script was by Sydney Box who went on to greater things and production was at Merton Studios.. No connection with Paul despite his interest in old films. Black and White 10 mins


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