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  • Construction and engineering
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  • Ships and shipping
  • Transport
  • Water and waterways


  • Documentary
  • Educational


  • Scottish Educational Film Association (SEFA)


  • 1970s

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Reference number: 5322

Date: 1968 c

Production company: SEFA (Glasgow Group)

Sound: sound

Original format: 16mm

Colour: col

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 23.35 mins

Description: Educational film examining the geography of the lower Clyde region. It explores the dynamic between the area's twin interests of industrial development and recreation.

Credits: nar. Ian Milne
mus. Matt McGinn, Jimmy Polland
sd. W. Dougans
ph. 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; J.R. Carson advisor in geography, corporation of Glasgow

Shotlist: opening credits (0.22) panning l/s gv over Gourock rooftops and cranes toward Clyde estuary; map of Firth of Clyde (1.07) gvs metal buoy "N" being placed in Clyde channel by winch from boat; c/u map showing position (2.05) examples of the twin interests of the lower Clyde - industrial development / recreation; ints. large tanker ship; shots canoeists, sailing and motor boats on the Clyde (3.03) map of industries in the lower Clyde area; sugar cane emptied into hoppers by grabs at "Tate and Lyle" depot, bagged and packed by men (4.10) containers being loaded onto ship in dock by crane, gantries and lorry; control tower which monitors the approach of container ships (5.31) m/s ext. "Cloch" lighthouse; tugs move a large oil tanker, completely turning it in the Clyde at Fintry; tanker unloads part of its oil; ms men opening wheelcocks on gantry; map showing oil's destination, at Grangemouth (8.24) brief gv car ferry; fairly brief shots paddle steamer 'Waverley', full of passengers; gvs summer recreation on the lower Clyde - families at a sunny beach (10.52) l/s gvs of Hunterston development site; (11.14) shot mudflats on Hunterston; diagram of proposed oil storage development on Hunterston (11.36) montage of diagrams and maps; v/o outlines the Oceanspan plans for Scotland; model of a steelworks proposed for Hunterston; ls dredging near Inverkip (13.01) l/s gvs over the Kyles of Bute; sailing boats; Turnberry golf course (15.15) ship launch at Lithgows, Port Glasgow; c/u "Comet" (15.27) steel sheet preparation at Scotts, Greenock - making prefab ship parts; gvs over shipyard as large tanker is assembled in its ealy stages; ints. control room, c/u punched tape programme; cutting machines use lasers to cut patterns; gvs assembly and automatic machine welding of metal plates on conveyers; shots Goliath crane at Lithgow's (21.56)brief montage river activities; ecs (23.35)