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    No title. "Stranger than the fabled sea monsters is the weird serpent that everyday coils and winds along the Aire and Calder waterways in England. -- it is called "The Snake"! High angle shot of a tug boat pulling along many containers of coal. The containers are linked in the middle and as the barge moves along the line of containers move rather like a snake.

    "Nineteen steel compartments each with forty tons of coal." L/S of barge docking. High angle shot of "The Snake" moving close to the river's edge. "At the dock huge hoists automatically do the fuelling." Low angle shot of large boat moored beside a dock which is being loaded with the coal. M/S of the containers moving through a metal structure. C/U of a container of coal moving past the camera. Various shots of the coal being moved around inside the dock area. A container is pulled out of the water by a machine. L/S of the loading process.

    "..and so, the "Snake" is off again on its endless mission." High angle shot of the empty containers being towed away into the distance.

    According to paper records, was an item in Pathe Review 42-27.

    Note: location of Aire and Calder waterways not known by this cataloguer. Yorkshire?

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    British Pathé
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    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:40:21:00 / 01:42:02:00
    EP 278
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    EP 278
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    Trade & Industry
    CANALS 1930s British Industry
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    0:01 0:02 0:03 0:04

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