Nice footage of sailors learning a trade for when they leave the navy - woodwork, cobbling, horticulture.
Filmed at Portsmouth, Hampshire.
"The mere mention of Jack Tar generally conjures up visions of the vasty deep and the great ships of our Navy." reads an introductory intertitle. L/S of a battleship steaming along. The story is about how "Tars" must be taught a trade so that he has something to turn to when he reverts to civil life. M/S of a furniture workshop where a man is making a chair or table. Dissolve into a closer shot of men working away on building the piece of furniture. The men wear overalls and caps.
Man in a traditional sailor's hat paints a piece of wood. M/S of men working at lathes and with a blow torch. Other sailors stand at a table mixing something in pots. Panning shot of another battleship. C/U of men who are learning the cobblers trade. Various shots of men working on shoes. Shot of men in Navy uniform inside a greenhouse looking at plants - looks strange. M/S of two men tending a geranium. M/S of group of sailors grooming two horses. L/S of three horses and their grooms. L/S of group of sailors herding a few pigs through a field. Various shots of the sailors on the pig farm. C/U of a sailor holding up a pig to the camera.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 634.