TRUCK TO KEELSON: Ropes for Mayflower II

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Places:

  • Renfrewshire

Subjects:

  • Arts and crafts
  • Employment, industry and industrial relations
  • Ships and shipping

Genres:

  • Promotional

People/organisations:

  • Templar Films

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: TRUCK TO KEELSON: Ropes for Mayflower II

Reference number: 0383

Date: 1956c

Sponsor: Gourock Ropework Company Limited

Production company: Templar Film Studios

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 8 mins

Description: How ropes are manufactured at Gourock Ropeworks in Port Glasgow for the "Mayflower II", for a voyage reconstrtucting the pilgrim fathers' journey to America on the original Mayflower.

See also VOYAGE OF THE MAYFLOWER II, held in BFI. Glasgow University Archive hold papers for the Gourock Ropework Co Ltd at Ref UGD 42.

Credits: comm. sp. Jameson Clark
Sea Shanties sung by Greenock Male Voice Choir

Shotlist: Credits (.32); Shot of researcher at desk in offices of Gourock Ropeworks, Port Glasgow. Ropework manager and researcher inspect reproduction of original ropes used on the "Mayflower" (2.26); General shots of different machinery used in the making of ropes. Shots of spinning (3.30); Shot of Jimmy Starret, the firm's oldest retired master ropemaker, advising the workmen on how to make rope the old way (4.06); General shots of the machinery, testing mainmast for strength, finishing off the ends, tarring the coils of rope (7.48); Sacks of rope bound for the "Mayflower II" (7.55); ecs (8.10)