Full length video
Title: PHAROS 1958
Reference number: 3728
Original format: 16mm
Running time: 18.03 mins
Lighthouse inspection by the Pharos VIII, starting off at Rattray Head, by way of Cromarty, Tarbertness, Orkney, Neist Point and finishing back at Ardnamurchan. Opening ceremony of the Strathy Point Lighthouse May 1958. Main duties of this Northern Lighthouse Board Ship included the delivery of stores and supplies, buoyworking and the statutory inspection of the navigation aids on oil rigs in the Scottish sector.
Written on card contained inside - 1958 PHAROS. OFFICE & STAFF - RATTRAY HEAD - COVESEA - CHANONRY - CROMARTY - TARBERTNESS - STORMA - HOY HIGH - ST MAGNUS CATHEDRAL - POLE STAR - PENTLAND SKERRIES - COPINSAY - AUSKERRY - START POINT - NORTH RONALDSHAY - GLAS ISLAND - NEIST POINT - USHENISH - ARDNAMURCHAN - CREW - OFFICERS - COMMISSIONERS. MAY 1958 OPENING OF STRATHY POINT.
The Pharos vessel featured in this film would appear to be PHAROS VIII in service 1955 - 1988. Main duties being the delivery of stores and supplies, buoyworking and the statutory inspection of the navigation aids on oil rigs in the Scottish sector. It was built in 1955 by Caledon Shipbuilding & Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee (507) and based at Granton. As of 2000, it was still in service , the owners being International Maritime Resources Ltd, registered at Port of Spain.
Information from Northern Lighthouse Board website with acknowledgement made to Graeme Somner - http://www.nlb.org.uk [last accessed 19/6/2014]
Gv's of the lighthouse office facade, a model lighthouse is outside one of the windows. (0.32) Man in lighthouse uniform opening the outer doors to the office. (0.51) Brass plate on inner door. Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses No. 84. (0.59) A man and a woman walking through a garden. (1.13) Group of men filing out of a doorway and standing on some steps. (1.45) A group of women standing at the back of the offices, then walking up some steps filing past the camera. (2.20) A few men looking out of an upper floor window, clapping. (2.28) Women walking through the garden. (2.44) L/s of a busy harbour. [Rattray Head] (3.02) Man walking up and down in front of the camera, salutes, and starts to laugh. (3.10) Some men sitting on a green trailer, on a beach by the sea. A small lighthouse standing on a concrete block is just off shore. [Covesea] (3.16) Tractor driving along the beach dragging a rowing boat. (3.24) Tractor pulling the trailer with the men partially into the sea. (3.38) C/u of three lighthouse men. (3.44) View from just outside a lamp room, panning from the shore across the land. [Chanonry](4.00) L/s of men walking to some cars. Pan up the lighthouse. (4.18) Lighthouse keeper, and a woman. (4.23) L/s pan of a town. (4.36) Gv's of a coastline taken from a ship. (5.03) Small lighthouse situated on a point. (5.21) Ship sailing out the mouth of the Cromarty Firth. Pan from Cromarty to Nigg. (5.41) Small lighthouse and outbuildings in a field. (6.02) Pan around the top of the field showing all the little stone houses. (6.20) Men working with a rowing boat at a concrete slip, pan over to a ship at anchor in the bay [Tarbetness] (6.32) A man securing some ropes on the ship, lighthouse in the background. (6.41 ) L/s of a lighthouse on a headland. (6.50) Lighthouse ship crew member on deck. (6.57) Gv's of lighthouse flag, and coastline. (7.07) Small town, Stromness (?) (7.16) Men boarding the Pole Star lighthouse ship at harbour. (7.35) Lifeboat. (7.41) Lighthouse vessel steaming away. (8.00) Gv's of St Magnus Cathedral. (9.05) Two lighthouse buildings. One with a lamp room, the other, slightly smaller, with what appears to be a fog horn. (9.18) Rocks, with a ship at anchor in the background. (9.28) Men working with a motor launch at a stone dock. (9.33) Rocky coastline. (9.40) Lighthouse men getting into a motor launch, and saying goodbye to the lighthouse keepers. (10.15) Lighthouse on a cliff top. (10.21) L/s of a lighthouse, deck of the ship. (10.40) Start Point lighthouse, Sanday (10.47) North Ronaldsay lighthouse. (10.56) Red and white lighthouse on a rock, mountains can be seen in the background. [Glas Island] (11.15) Lighthouse on a headland. (11.26) Red and white brick outbuildings and a lighthouse. (11.39) Lighthouse men descending down stone steps into a motor launch. (11.54) Lighthouse on a headland. (12.03) Men walking down a short path to an extremely short lighthouse. (12.17) Gv's of coastlines. (12.38) Tall grey lighthouse o some rocks. (13.07) Captain (?) of the lighthouse ship marking charts. (13.16) Gv's of the Pharos crew, standing on deck, underneath the lighthouse flag. (14.45) Gv's of groups of mostly men, however there are some women present, wandering around the outbuildings of a lighthouse. The lighthouse flag hangs under the main building where the lamp room is. (16.04) Lighthouse flag is pulled away to reveal a plaque Strathy Point lighthouse. Erected by the Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses. ..... May 1958. ( 16.17) Group of men standing at the front of the opening ceremony, one man is rolling up the flag. (16.23) L/s of completed lighthouse. (16.32) View from the lamp room of men walking to their cars. (16.52) View of the coastline from the lamp room. (17.17) View of the lamp room light. (17.25) Gv's of the lighthouse and the views from it. (17.52) L/s of the lighthouse taken from a moving ship. (18.03)
[Written on card contained inside original can: 1958 PHAROS. OFFICE & STAFF - RATTRAY HEAD - COVESEA - CHANONRY - CROMARTY - TARBERTNESS - STORMA - HOY HIGH - ST MAGNUS CATHEDRAL - POLE STAR - PENTLAND SKERRIES - COPINSAY - AUSKERRY - START POINT - NORTH RONALDSHAY - GLAS ISLAND - NEIST POINT - USHENISH - ARDNAMURCHAN - CREW - OFFICERS - COMMISSIONERS. MAY 1958 OPENING OF STRATHY POINT]