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Reference number: 0044

Date: 1912c

Sponsor: London and North Western Railway

Production company: Glasgow Film Society

Sound: silent

Original format: 35mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 11.00 mins

Description: Holidaymakers setting out from Glasgow, and travelling by train and steamer down the coast to Rothesay and Ettrick Bay, includes phantom ride from tram in Sauchiehall street.

Another version entitled HOLIDAY ON THE CLYDE COAST is held by the BFI National Archive.

Some street scenes shown twice (00.39-1.18)

A horse and cart with two hampers is seen in the Jamaica Bridge sequence. Holidaymakers returning from Rothesay would send their luggage on ahead. This service cost about one shilling for the outward and return journey and the luggage invariably arrived before the people! The steamer fare from Glasgow to Rothesay was 2/6d return.

"Yachting at the Clyde Coast" sequence includes the yacht "Iolaire" (large white vessel with bunting) and the "Gail" (smaller vessel with black funnel). The yacht "Iolaire" was wrecked on the rocks at Stornoway harbour on 1st January 1919. 190 soldiers returning from the Great War were drowned. Small yachts with odd shaped sails were called "zulus".

See 11/1/404 for notes possibly relating to aeroplane on Rothesay Esplanade. The plane, built by local blacksmith A.B. Baird was seen by Sopwith who asked if he could sketch the design - he subsequently built the Sopwith Camel.

Credits: [p. Charles Urban] Kineto Limited, Glasgow

Shotlist: Credits (.18); Municipal buildings, Glasgow. Pan down facade of City Chambers in George Square. Shots across square towards City Chambers as pedestrians stroll around (.39); Sauchiehall Street. Tracking shot from tram travelling east along Sauchiehall Street from Rose Street. Exterior of La Scala Cinema [opened October 1912]. Gvs street scenes, trams, horses and carts, Model T Ford car and pedestrians, Empire Theatre in background (1.18); Repeat of shot (1.53); Jamaica Bridge. Shot north across River Clyde to traffic on bridge, railway bridge in background. Tradesman's horse and cart, with returning holidaymakers' hampers, passes in foreground (2.21); Caledonia steamer leaving Gourock pier. Shots on deck of steamer packed with passengers (2.42); A Clyde playground. Dunoon. Gvs families on beach (3.09); Wemyss Bay. The prettiest station in Britain. Passengers walking through station concourse (3.46); Braw braw lads. Territorials Band on pier. Pipe band marches along pier with steamer alongside (4.05); Rothesay. Long shot from vessel across to Rothesay and tracking shot along profile of paddle steamer "Juno" tied up at pier. Shots of pier buildings and passengers (4.45); Holiday-makers on Rothesay pier. Shots of pier thronged with people (5.04); Pierrots. Shot of bandstand. Spectators watch pierrots perform (5.21); The Esplanade. Group of scruffy lads. Pan across to Baird monoplane on esplanade, built by local blacksmith Andrew B. Baird (5.38); Revels on the sand. Ettrick Bay. Gvs beach and children riding donkeys, beach photographer in background (5.54); Glasgow (Central Station). Pan across concourse as passengers walk through (6.16); Yachting on the Clyde Coast. Gvs steam yachts of all shapes and sizes, including the "Iolaire" [large white vessel with bunting] and "Gail" [smaller vessel with black funnel]. The small yachts with the distinctively shaped sails were known as "zulus". Shots of people milling around (6.48); A place in the sun. Millport. Gvs people on beach (7.20); Three girls on Crocodile Rock (7.40)