• Short Summary

    THE PROBLEM OF FIRE AT SEA IS AS OLD AS THE HISTORY OF SHIPS, BUT NOT UNTIL RECENTLY HAS ATTENTION BEEN GIVEN TO THE QUESTION OF PROVIDING ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR CREWS OF SHIPS FACED WITH AN EMERGENCY AT SEA.

  • Description

    1.
    LV.PETROL TANKERS PAN TO TANK.
    0.09

    2.
    CV.JET OF OIL INTO TANK.
    0.14

    3.
    LV.BOAT ON WATER.
    0.17

    4.
    CV.SIGN PETROLEUM SPIRIT.
    0.21

    5.
    CV.DIESEL FUEL OUT OF JETTO.
    0.25

    6.
    LV.TANK SPECTATORS EXAMINING.
    0.32

    7.
    MV.SPECTATORS.
    0.35

    8.
    LV.MEN POURING PETROL INTO TANK.
    0.39

    9.
    LV.PETROL AND OIL MIXTURE IGNITED.
    0.48

    10.
    LV.FIRE BLAZING.
    0.53

    11.
    CV.DITTO BOAT IN AND OUT OF FLAMES.
    1.11

    12.
    MV.SPECTATORS.
    1.13

    13.
    LV.BOAT COMING OUT OF FLAMES.
    1.25

    14.
    LV.FLAMES PAN UP TO SMOKE.
    1.33

    15.
    MV.PHOTOGRAPHERS.
    1.35

    16.
    LV.FIREMEN DAMPING FLAMES DOWN. (3 SHOTS).
    1.56

    17.
    MV.DIVER INTO TANK.
    2.00

    18.
    MV.SPECTATORS.
    2.02

    19.
    MV.SKIN DIVER TOWS BOAT TO SIDE OF TANK.
    2.08

    20.
    MV.MAN INTO LIFEBOAT.
    2.14

    21.
    MV.MAN OPENS HATCH GETS BUTTER AND CHEESE.
    2.27

    22.
    LV.SPECTATORS EXAMINE BOAT.
    2.33

    23.
    MV.MAN OUT OF BOAT WITH CHEESE AND EATS IT.
    2.46



    Initials DS/V/BHH/PC



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: THE PROBLEM OF FIRE AT SEA IS AS OLD AS THE HISTORY OF SHIPS, BUT NOT UNTIL RECENTLY HAS ATTENTION BEEN GIVEN TO THE QUESTION OF PROVIDING ADEQUATE PROTECTION FOR CREWS OF SHIPS FACED WITH AN EMERGENCY AT SEA. NOW A BRITISH COMPANY HAS PRODUCED A "FIREPROOF" LIFEBOAT WHICH CAN PASS SAFELY THROUGH A RAGING OIL FIRE OF ONE-THOUSAND DEGREES CENTIGRADE, AS SHOWN DURING A DEMONSTRATION AT PINEWOOD THIS AFTERNOON (WEDNESDAY).

    DESIGNED ON CONVENTIONAL LINES, THE NEW LIFEBOAT IS FITTED WITH A CLOSE-FITTING STEEL CANOPY COATED WITH A SPECIAL HEAT-ABSORBING PLASTIC LAYER ON THE OUTSIDE, AND LINED WITH ASBESTOS CLOTH. ACCESS IS THROUGH FOUR "GULL-WINGED" HATCHES WHICH ARE LOCKED BY INTERNALLY OPERATED CLAMPS.

    TO ENSURE THE COMFORT OF THE CREW, THE LIFEBOAT IS FITTED WITH COMPRESSED AIR CYLINDERS TO AUGMENT THE BOAT'S OWN AIR SUPPLY, AND TO PRESSURIZE THE HULL SO THAT IF ANY AIR LEAKS OCCUR NO FUMES CAN SEEP THROUGH.

    THE LIFEBOAT, DESIGNED TO CARRY 45-PEOPLE, IS CONTROLLED BY ONE MAN STANDING AFT BY THE AUXILLIARY AIR-COOLED ENGINE. THE STEERING WHEEL AND COMPASS ARE MOUNTED SO THAT THE HELMSMAN CAN LOOK THROUGH A SMALL OBSERVATION DOME, AND CHECK THAT THE BOAT HAS EMERGED FROM THE DANGER AREA.

    ONE CLEAR OF THE FIRE THE DOME CAN BE REMOVED FOR BETTER VISION AND ALLOW FRESH AIR INTO THE HULL. THE LIFEBOAT HAS MANY OTHER USES AND ADVANTAGES, PROVIDING SHELTER FOR CREWS UNDER EXTREMES OF WEATHER AND REDUCING HULL MAINTENANCE, BECAUSE OF THE PLASTIC COATING, TO A LEVEL BELOW THAT OF CONVENTIONAL LIFEBOATS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8K6QMIVN5H706BLQ1OJLVRS4O
    Media URN:
    VLVA8K6QMIVN5H706BLQ1OJLVRS4O
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/11/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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