Full length video
Title: 1963 PHAROS
Reference number: 3731
Original format: 16mm
Running time: 14.41 mins
Lighthouse inspection made in 1963 by the Pharos VIII. 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. Begins in Granton, progressing through the waters off Sumburgh, Jarlshof, Whalsay, Pentland Skerries, Butt of Lewis, Lochinver and Suilven, Neist Point and finishing at Ardnamurchan and Lismore.
Written on card contained inside original can "1963 PHAROS - GRANTON - FIDRA - MAY ISLAND - BUCHANNESS - SUMBURGH - JARLSHOF - BRESSAY - WHALSAY - SKERRIES - MUCKLE FLUGGA - ESHANESS - PENTLAND SKERRIES - STORMA - FLANNANS - BUTT OF LEWIS - LOCHINVER & SUILVEN - STOERHEAD - RUBH RE - RONA - NEIST PT - DECK BILLIARDS - HYSKIER -- ARDNAMURCHAN - LISMORE"
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]
[Granton] Two lighthouse men. One man is working with ropes, the other is walking down some steps to a low berth of a pier. (0.05) A large group of lighthouse men walk down the steps, and sit in a motor launch. The cameraman is in the launch. As the it is untied and moves away from the pier, the lighthouse man left on the pier waves. (0.45) Gv's of the shore as the motor launch leaves the pier. The Forth Rail Bridge can be seen in the distance. (1.20) Land and seascape. Some small islands off a coast [May Island] (1.28) Small stocky lighthouse. (1.32) Four lighthouse men walking along, the sea is in the background. (1.36) One lighthouse man walking by the lighthouse flag blowing on a hill top. (1.39) Lighthouse men walking down a hill to the slipway along some rail tracks. (1.49) Gv's of a lighthouse which is built on a square tower, of a large rectangle house. (2.30) L/s of the lighthouse. (2.40) Pan from the bottom gate, where the lighthouse men, are standing to the lamp room of a very tall white lighthouse. (2.51) Gv of the lighthouse men standing by a wall. (3.03) Gv of a small lighthouse taken from the ship. (3.10) Gv's of Jarlshof. (3.40) Views of a cliff. (3.57) Pan of the view from the lamp room of one of the lighthouses. (4.12) Ship at anchor in the bay. Small town across the water. (4.23) Lighthouse on built on a large rock. (4.40) C/u of the sea breaking over the rocks. (4.57) View of the lighthouse on the skerries as the ship sails away. (5.04) C/u of lighthouse crewman. (5.09) Gv's of tower with lamp room, built on a white low rectangular building. (5.21) Gv of a curved, chiselled landscape. Crew out on deck looking at it. (5.36) Lighthouse men in a motor launch leaving a pier, men are loading or unloading sacks and boxes by a fishing boat, and some more lighthouse men are sitting in the back of a green pick up truck on the pier. (5.48) View from the top of a lamp room looking over on to green cliffs and the sea in the background. (6.03) Gv's of some of the lighthouse men in the courtyard of a lighthouse. (6.21) Gv's of the lighthouse built in 1891. (6.33) Two lighthouse men climbing into the back of the pickup truck, the other men are walking back to the lighthouse. (6.44) Lighthouse keeper and his wife. (6.48) All the lighthouse men are climbing back into the pickup truck. (7.02) Gv's of a rocky beach, and the waves breaking against the land. (7.20) Gv's of various strips of coastline. (7.33) Fog horn tower. (7.40) Sea breaking against a rocky shore. (7.47) North Ronaldsay sheep (?). (8.07) Lighthouse man sitting on a deck chair reading. (8.10) Gv's of two different lighthouses. (8.25) Gv's of a lighthouse, outbuildings, and a foghorn tower. (8.44) Views of craigs, and a motor launch coming to shore with two lighthouse men standing on a slipway. (9.00) Two lighthouse men standing at a winch, the ship can be seen at anchor in the background. (9.13) Men taking the motor launch back to the davits, lighthouse in the background. (9.21) view from on deck of the steep ascent to a lighthouse. rail tracks can be seen going up the hill. (9.39) Gv's of lighthouse men at the base of the structure. (9.55) Motor launch just off a slipway, and lighthouse men being winched into the boat from the shore. (11.02) Gv of a tall brown lighthouse and white fog horn tower. (11.12) Gv of stacks, cliffs and rocks. (11.30) Gv of a coastline with a small row of houses on the shore. (11.46) Man hoisting the lighthouse flag up a pole. (11.57) Gv of a barren landscape and a small group of people at a lighthouse beside some cars. (12.16) Another view of the same lighthouse taken from a slightly higher angle. (12.30) A group of lighthouse men standing at the base of some rail tracks on the a pier. (12.40) Lighthouse men walking down some steps to get into a motor launch. (12.51) Gv from the lamp room of the lighthouse grounds. (13.21) Gv's of the lighthouse courtyard from ground level. (13.33) Group of men walking up to a red and white lighthouse. (13.41) Men playing deck billiards (?). (13.59) Lighthouse men walking up to a red and white lighthouse. (14.12) Grass and rocks. (14.19) Large tall lighthouse in the distance. (14.23) Men on deck working with the ropes of the e motor launch secured to the davits. (14.31) Gv of a white lighthouse. (14.39) Lighthouse men walking down a slipway to a boat. (14.41)
[Written on card contained inside original can - 1963 PHAROS - GRANTON - FIDRA - MAY ISLAND - BUCHANNESS - SUMBURGH - JARLSHOF - BRESSAY - WHALSAY - SKERRIES - MUCKLE FLUGGA - ESHANESS - PENTLAND SKERRIES - STORMA - FLANNANS - BUTT OF LEWIS - LOCHINVER & SUILVEN - STOERHEAD - RUBH RE - RONA - NEIST PT - DECK BILLIARDS - HYSKIER -- ARDNAMURCHAN - LISMORE]