• Short Summary

    Elburg, a small fishing port on the Zuyder Zee, which celebrates seven hundred years of existence, is now several miles from the nearest stretch of water.

  • Description

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    G.V. Beehives and rapeseed flowers which are going on land reclaimed from sea.


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    S.V. Wreck of small boat which is overgrown with grass.


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    C.U. Bee on flower.


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    G.V. Street in Elburg.


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    S.V. Woman with bicycle by stall in market place.


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    C.U. Women buying from stalls.


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    S.V. Men stand talking in market square.


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    C.U. Man on bicycle.


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    L.V. Part of Elburg showing canal.


    10.
    L.V. Child fishing in canal.


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    S.V. Group of men talking together.


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    L.V. Ditto.


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    G.V. The now desolate Elburg Harbour.


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    S.V. Fisherman standing in doorway looking out at harbour;


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    S.V. The new unused shipyard.


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    S.C.U. Derelict fishing boats.


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    S.V. Masts of fishing boats reflected in sea.


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    Top V. Pan Derelict fishing boats.


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    G.V. Unused shipyard and harbour.


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    L.V. Silted up fairway.


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    G.V.Pan Looking out from jetty to land reclaimed from sea.


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    S.V. Fisherman walking across seabed.


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    C.U. Fisherman's boat as he walks up to eggs in nest on sea bed.


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    G.V. Fisherman walking on reclaimed land.


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    C.U. Warning notice on dangerous sands.


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    S.C.U. Fisherman's boats as he walks on seabed.


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    C.U. Old wreck on seabed.


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    G.V. Reclaimed land showing flowers.


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    L.V. Wreck of boat overgrown with flowers.


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    S.V. Ditto.


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    C.U. Ditto.


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    G.V. Fisherman walking on reclaimed land.




    Initials S-D W.S./P.B.



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Elburg, a small fishing port on the Zuyder Zee, which celebrates seven hundred years of existence, is now several miles from the nearest stretch of water. The harbour has a few muddy puddles and a large number of rotting fishing craft. Outside the entrance, instead of swirling, lashing waves, there is a mass of vegetation, with beehives dotted about. Birds' nests lie hidden amongst the plants and sandy mounds and already eggs can be seen.

    Why should a port, so long an active centre of the fishing industry in the Zuyder Zee, suddenly find itself high and dry? Land reclamation. Continuously pushing the sea away to make additions to the agricultural economy of Holland, some harships must be expected, and Elburg is one town that has been thrown out of gear by the reclamation schemes.

    This latest polder is approximately 30,000 acres in area, and where once fish were caught corn and vegetables will be reaped. Many local inhabitants are seizing this chance, before the ploughs take over, to wander along the muddy stretches to see just what the water has been hiding for so many years. Here and there are slime covered wrecks, lost and forgotten long ago, rotting in oblivion, reminders of a tragedy, of a furious storm, of a comical incident when someone got a soaking.

    Back to everyday life, the people of Elburg have two openings now that their livelihood has been taken away. They can either pack up and go to another fishing town or retrain for another trade. With traditional ties both in town and in fishing, the final decision will bring some unhappiness, some melancholy. This is an occasion where the future prosperity of the community has preference over individual inconveniences.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA76H6TD3MEQN96TQ062P14PUL5
    Media URN:
    VLVA76H6TD3MEQN96TQ062P14PUL5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MXF
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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