Educational film about cargo trade featuring various London docks.
British Instructional Films Ltd presents a Classroom Film.
Graphic map showing the route of the Thames through London and the location of Tilbury Docks, St Katherine Docks, London Docks, Surrey Commercial Docks, West India Docks, East India Docks, Royal Victoria Docks, King George V Docks and Royal Albert Docks. Shot of tug pulling large liner into docks. Cranes. Tug called Beverley. Buses, cars and lorries cross a bridge. Man in uniform closes gate to prevent traffic from driving on to bridge. In a control booth a man pulls levers (very similar to train signal levers). C/U of his face and the levers he pulls. Part of bridge moves to let ships through. Bridge swivels around. Shot of waiting traffic. Boats in dock. Panning shots of the docks. Warehouses. Very large cargo liner. Inter-title reads: "Imports". Shot of large cranes moving cargoes. A load of boxes is lowered on to a cart. Men guide it down. Man is seen in operation box of a large winch. Sacks are lowered into a boat's hold. Man checks loads on a piece of paper.
Sign reads: "Beware of the Trains". Freight trains. C/U of wording: "Insul-Meat". Lorries. Boats in dock. Men at work loading boxes on to conveyor belt. Inter-title reads: "Exports". Shot of freight wagons. Men at work inside a warehouse moving large sacks of goods with barrows. Packing case, wording on the side: "J.A. Buenos Aires". Shot of goods stacked in warehouse. Packing cases, wording on the side: "Montevideo Exhibition" and "Rosario - Made in England". Men push boxes on barrows. Supervisor checks off the boxes as they go past. He writes on a clipboard. Cargoes being loaded on to ships. Tug pulling larger ship. C/U of wake at the back of tug. Shot of the larger ship from the tug. Man at the helm steers. Connecting rope is taken off and crew wave to the tug. C/U of the ship's speed control - telegraph. Shot of ship in open waters.
Note: there are two mute negs