Beautifully shot film of whitebait fishing off the Essex coast.
High angle shot of the town and harbour. "Those who garner in the saucy whitebait must start at the break of day" states the narrator.
M/S of "Mr Young" sitting at the back of a boat wearing a suit and bow tie - he looks a little overdressed for a fishing trip. He is an descendent of ancestors that have fished for whitebait for centuries. The boat passes Southend Pier and other ships on the way to Hole Haven (sp?). Various shots of the fishermen mending nets, dropping anchor, lowering nets, washing decks, hauling in the nets.
"A silvery hoard soon to be turned into real silver" states the narrator as the catch is brought in. Most of the whitebait will end up in London hotels and clubs. The net is emptied into barrels. Jellyfish are scooped out of the barrels and thrown overboard. The whitebait is packed into boxes. The boats head for Canvey Island. C/U of Mr Young as he rows the boxes of whitebait ashore. He assists one of the fishermen to carry one of the boxes ashore.
Note: very nicely shot film. Good shots of the fishermen. According to paperwork this was shot by ace Pathe cameraman Kenneth Gordon - you can tell!