Educational film showing all the processes involved in trawling for fish.
British Instructional Films presentation. Graphic map of Britain showing the main ports used by trawlers. Milford Haven, Fleetwood, Aberdeen, Leith, North Shields, Hull, Grimsby and Lowestoft are labelled on map. Shots of fishing boats preparing to leave port. Shot of the cabin of a ship - named "Jacqueline." Man walks on deck in waders. A couple of the sailors are smoking as they work. Ropes are hauled on to the deck and wound into coils. A sail is raised in C/U. The boat leaves port. Views as it leaves. Men work on deck tying nets. One man with an oil can in his hand walks along the deck and puts oil on a piece of machinery. Cook in galley prepares a meal. It is hard to see what he is doing - could be cooking or washing up.
"At the Fishing Grounds." Top shot of three fishermen lowering a net over the side of a boat. An "otter board" or "kite" is winched over the side of the boat. C/Us of skipper operating the ship's telegraph. M/S of six men lowering the nets. C/U of the nets lying on top of the water. Man lowers otter board over the side of the boat. Shot of it hitting the water. Sailor in flat cap and neckerchief stands holding a control wheel as the line is fed out. Shots of the rope going through a system of wheels and pulleys. Animation of the boat pulling a drift net. We can see the net below the water as it is moved along. Shot of the man at the control wheel. C/U of his hands as he stops the winch. C/U of man releasing large hook from the line. C/U of skipper in cabin. C/U of clock (12.35). C/U of hand operating ship's telegraph. M/S of man at the wheel. Shot of the prow of the boat with fishing baskets and ropes. C/U of the guide for the ropes - the towing block. Animation of a school of fish swimming and being trapped in the net. C/U of man in cabin. C/U of clock (3.35). Man leans out of cabin, raises his arm then drops it - signalling to the crew. Men emerge from a doorway. Two men stand by winches. Animation of net being pulled in. Men walk along the side of the boat, the nets are hauled in with the aid of a winch. Top shot of the men hauling in the nets then C/U of their hands as they pull it over the edge of the boat. C/U of the winch. Man sits on edge of the boat in traditional fishermen's waterproof jacket and waders. The net is swung over the edge of the boat and he pulls a string which opens the bottom of the net. Fish fall out on to the deck.
Shot of the mast of the ship. Three men throw the net overboard. Another net is thrown in and the otter board follows. M/S of men sorting the fish into different baskets. Closer shot of fish being thrown into the baskets - Haddock, Skate, Plaice etc. Various views of the men gutting fish - seagulls fly nearby. Top shots showing gutting of fish. Top shots of baskets containing different kinds of fish. Baskets are lowered into the hold. C/U of a box full of fish. Shot of the docks. "Jacqueline" finds a mooring. C/U of rope being tied around a bollard. Baskets are lifted into the air by rope then swung over on to the quayside. M/S of man standing on the side of a truck. He catches the basket of fish, unhooks it then places an empty basket on the hooks and sends it back to the boat. Man on the boat catches it and lowers it into the hold. Top shot of him standing at the top of the hold. Shot looking down into the hold, man inside the hold just visible. Skipper on deck gives the basket a hefty swing. High angle shot of the top of the winch which the baskets swing from. Man on the truck pours small basket of fish into a larger basket. "The catch is sent to market." Man in waders climbs into the truck and it leaves the quayside with water dripping from the barrels. Camera pans down to a basket of fish on the quayside. A seagull comes into frame, picks up a fish and flies off.
Produced with the Co-operation of the National Committee for Visual Aids in Education.
Note: see also "Trawling - Out-takes"
Well shot film with clear crisp images - many quintessential fishing shots. Voiceover gives technical details of the Trawlers and the method of fishing. Neg is quite badly scratched.