Men from the Merchant Navy return home and sign off. London.
Item title reads - Home from the sea.
Merchant Navy men being signed off. L/S's of Merchant Navy ships at sea. Various shots of the men on deck, in lifeboats and on a raft. M/S's of convoy being bombed, good shot of boat sinking with only the bow sticking out of the water. Exterior C/U Board of Trade building. Interior aerial shot of the men coming to sign off. Various shots as they queue up to receive their pay. Good shots of sailors from all parts of the world, some chat as they queue up. M/S as one signs off and collects his pay from the captain. Various shots as men queue up for replacement ration and identity cards destroyed or lost at sea.
M/S as a taxi pulls up and three of the newly signed off men get out and walk around trying to find something to spend their money on. One stops at a florists to buy flowers for his lady. He emerges with a big bunch, shakes hands with his two friends and leaves. The other two walk by the Serpentine then sit down and have a cigarette. M/S's as they row in a boat on the water.