• Short Summary

    Great footage of life on board the nuclear powered submarine HMS Dreadnought.

  • Description

    On board the nuclear powered submarine, HMS Dreadnought we see several shots of seamen steering in the wheel house; most of the men have tattoos on their forearms. In a mess room (? - apologies for limited knowledge of submarine jargon) a rating climbs through a hatch with a jug of rum which is poured into a bucket and served out to the men. Nice M/S shows men in tiny bunks; one gets up and has a shower.

    In a rest room with chintzy armchairs the men drink cans of beer and watch a film show from a projector; the film shows dusky maidens in Hawaii doing a hula dance in grass skirts (I'm not convinced this is genuine submarine crew film entertainment!).

    Commentator talks of anti-radiation precautions as Seaman Harvey climbs through a hatch into the radiation area. Men buy cigarettes and sweets from a tiny kiosk. A man is seen putting beer cans into a special crushing machine; another tough-looking man stabs holes in bags of rubbish and sends them down a chute - the gash ejector. An officer looks through the periscope; M/Ss of the exterior of the periscope and submarine, rising above the surface of the water.

    Bacon and a steak are cooked on a kitchen meat grill; a plate with salad and meat is served from a tiny hatch; a rating serves officers in their mess; it looks comparatively spacious! Elsewhere on the sub, a man folds out a shelf to reveal the library; another man chooses a book. A rating is seen sorting clothes in the laundry and putting them in a washing machine.

    We see an officer and ratings in the steering room intercut with M/Ss of the exterior of the periscope and conning tower going down as the submarine dives. Commander Cobb is seen looking through the periscope. Various shots in the torpedo chamber as two men load the weapons into firing position.

    Note: a note on file suggests this sub story was filmed near Invarary in Strathclyde, possibly on Loch Fyne. Cuts exist - see other record.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:55:55:00 / 02:02:48:00
    CP 688

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