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  • Promotional


  • 1940s

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Reference number: 3537

Date: 1947*

Director: [filmed by M. B. Christie

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 10 mins

Description: The whaling ship the "Southern Venturer" loading up with goods before setting sail from South Bank on Tees for South Georgia. Footage of men at work on deck and of the whaling factory in South Georgia.

Found by employee of the Edinburgh Roperie & Sailcloth Col. Ltd [part of British Ropes Co.] based in Leith. The Company moved to London in 1960. Company made a number of films featuring their manufactured rope, eg for whaling, trawling and aircraft (as thin rope mesh to act as an extra braking mechanism). Refs. 3537-3549.

See also ref. 3539, 3540, 3541, 3543, 3545, 3546, 3549.

See also book for background information Air Whaler by John Grierson (Flight Commodore of the Whaling Factory ship Balaena). Published by Sampson Low, Marston & Co. Ltd.

Shotlist: ints men and women sitting in room waving miniature Union Jacks and holding a model of a whale (.44) loading at South Bank on Tees men on deck at work loading whaling ship with wood and other goods (3.01) men at work on deck, tugs at side of ship, shots of deck loaded up, people from ship leaving on a tug (3.45) Southward bound On board, men at work, shots of rope coiled on machinery (5.11) Leith Harbour, South Georgia, ship arriving at Leith harbour Crews ashore (6.52) By Catcher to Grytviken South Georgia. Shore factory of the Compania Argentina de Pesca. Men on board a ship (7.38) Flensing at Grytviken cutting up whales at shore factory (9.51) shot of side of ship "Southern Venturer" (10.10)