• Short Summary

    Educational film about various fishing techniques including Whaling, Trawling and Drifting.

  • Description

    British Instructional Films presentation.

    "Whaling" - shot of a whaling boat. C/U of man steering boat. Shot of the harpoon on the back of the boat. Top shot of a man winding rope into a coil, there is a kitten in the middle. The "lookout" in the crows nest shouts down that he has spotted a whale. Captain steers boat into position. The "gunner" aims the harpoon. C/U of him firing the harpoon. The rope is fed out by means of a winch. Shot of the whale being lashed to the side of the boat. C/U of whale's tail. The whale is dragged up on to slipway by whale processing plant (it is big!).

    "Trawling" - man at the helm of a boat. Shot of prow of boat with various fishing paraphernalia. Metal guide for nets on side of boat. Graphic animation showing how nets are pulled along to catch fish. Men at work on deck of ship pulling in the nets. The net is opened and many fish fall out. The nets are thrown back in. The catch is sorted and fish are gutted. Seagulls fly overhead.

    "Line-Fishing" - Boat pulls out of harbour. Men thread pieces of bait on to lines and throw the lines out Large eels, skate and a huge unidentified ugly beast of a fish (Monkfish) are caught.

    "Drifting" - Fishing boat at sea. Men throw nets over the side. Buoys thrown over the side. Ships controls. Clock. Graphic animation showing how fish get trapped in the drift nets. The men go up on deck in the dark and pull in the nets, shaking them to dislodge the fish. The boat in harbour. Baskets are loaded with fish and winched onto the quay side.

    Note: 16mm combined neg exists. Some of these shots are also in other longer films eg "They Bring You Fish."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    1940 - 1949
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:05:00 / 01:27:34:00

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