Lovely film about young boys training aboard a ship - keep fit, rope making, climbing rigging etc.
Story about orphans receiving training "to be useful citizens" aboard a ship called Caracciolo.
L/S of the ship in dock. M/S of young boys sitting at wooden desks on board the ship. A teacher stands by the blackboard as one of the children writes something on it. C/U of one of the pupils writing in a notebook. The teacher stands behind him. High angle long shot of boys in sea cadet uniforms performing keep fit exercises on deck. L/S of boys running towards the camera pulling a large rope. The boys take classes in rope making techniques. C/U of two boys plaiting rope. C/U of two very young boys making rope with the end tied around their feet (cute!)
M/S of some older boys working at lathes. Interior with boy working at some kind of machine. L/S of boys climbing up to the crows nest. Low angle of boys scrambling up the ship's rigging. Various shots of the boys climbing up. High angle shot of meals being prepared. A boy uses a large ladle to distribute soup. High angle of large number of boys rushing to their place at long dinner tables. C/U of some of the boys eating. They have shaven heads. They smile and laugh at the camera. C/U of two boys eating from metal bowls with serviettes around their necks. One of the boys smiles broadly at the camera. Two other boys are shown eating huge chunks of bread.
Flash frame intertitles.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 617.