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Reference number: 3633

Date: 1976

Production company: SEFA (Glasgow Group)

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 16.39 mins

Description: An educational film tracing the history of shipping and the shipbuilding industries on the Clyde estuary.

See Teachers' Notes.

Credits: comm. s. Ian Milne
m. Matt McGinn, Jimmy Polland
sd. W. Dougans
camera W. Pollock, M. Millar, W. Thomson
The Producers wish to thank Clyde Port Authority, The British Steel Corporation, The Clyde Coast Association, Messrs Scott - Lithgow (1969) Ltd, British Petroleum, Turnberry Hotel Golf Club and J.R. Carson Advisor in Geography Corporation of Glasgow.
[p. William Thomson]

Shotlist: aerial shot of the Clyde from Glasgow Green showing the Clyde bridges with title overlay (0.15) panning shot of a map showing the route of the Clyde estuary (0.26) brief general shots of the Clyde moving onto an aerial shot over Dumbarton (1.07) shots of various dredgers working on the river also showing the dredgers dumping their load on to the hopper barges(1.40) panning shot of an illustration of the harbour from 1864(2.01) diagram showing the extent of Glasgow's dockland s(2.06) King George V dock showing cargo being taken from ships moving onto shots of Irish cattle at Monklands Lairage in docklands (3.22) shot of Meadowside docks showing cereals being sucked from the ship's hold into the gantries along which they are carried to the huge granary for storage ending with a shot of the control tower of the grain store (3.48) int shot of the control room of the Erskine bridge with monitors showing the pictures relayed to them via the closed circuit cameras which monitor the progress of vessels in mid-channel(3.53) shot of an ore-carrier approaching the Erskine bridge with shots of the same vessel being seen on the monitors in the control room (4.06) shots of the ore-carrier docking and discharging its load at British Steel Corporation's depot at General Terminus Quay (4.37) shot of car ferry at Erskine on the river (4.52) aerial shot of the Kingston bridge followed by a tracking shot over the bridge (5.07) tracking shot entering the Clyde tunnel and leaving on the north side (5.21) brief shot of the docks at night taken from a vessel (5.31) aerial shot of the docks(5.38) shot of an oil tanker sailing up a loch (5.46) shot of Barclay, Curle and Co. Ltd. a derelict yard on the docks moving to more general shots showing cranes in the background(6.11) various illustrations of the liners the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth (6.38) shot of a jet aircraft panning left to show shipyard cranes on the horizon (6.53) shot of Glasgow Herald newspaper headline "U.C.S. in Liquidation Clydebank fears loss of John Brown" (6.59) shot of the shipyard cranes from the water (7.09) shot of newspaper article showing Jimmy Reid talking to an assembled audience of shipyard workers with the title "1400 UCS jobs to go by September" (7.15) diagram showing the existing shipyards on the Clyde with Upper Clyde Shipbuilders[UCS] being replaced with Govan Shipbuilders (7.22) shots of the shipyard (7.33) diagram showing the Clydebank yard of John Brown's being replaced by the American company Marathon (7.38) shot of the yard followed by shot of the entrance of yard with the name of the new owners (7.47) general shot of the lower reaches of the estuary (8.12) diagram showing the the docks and quays of Greenock (8.20) shots of cane sugar being scooped by the cranes from the ship onto trucks (8.44) shots of container ships being loaded(9.29) brief shot of Greenock and the estuary (9.39) shot of the Lithgow's yard at Port Glasgow showing the steel plates entering the fabrication sheds followed by shots showing the prefabricated units put together which are then swung into place in the building berth outside by the Goliath crane(10.36) general shots of the yard (10.56) c/u shot of the Buoy N in the water (11.05) map showing the location of the buoy in the Firth of Clyde (11.12) shots from the oil tanker the Bideford on Loch Long (11.34) map showing the route of the tanker to BP's installation at Finnart (11.42) shots of tankers at Finnart off loading their cargo (12.18) map showing the route of the oil from the west coast through to the petro-chemical complex at Grangemouth(12.27) tourist map of the Clyde coast (12.37) general shots of the Firth of Clyde ending with a shot of the Kyles of Bute (13.38) sign for "Sir Robert McAlpine and Sons Ltd. Sea Tank Co." (13.44) panning shot of Rothesay Bay at Ardyne Poin t(14.01) general shot of the Hunterston peninsula with a brief shot of the power station (14.35) map showing the Firth of Clyde with the sea routes marked on the map (14.42) shot of a large ship in the distance (14.49) maps and models showing the development of Hunterston (15.25) sign for "British Steel Corporation Hunterston Ore Terminal" panning over to the power station (15.47) shot of the power station from the sea (15.54) general shots of the Firth of Clyde and the various shipping with end credits overlaid (16.39).