• Short Summary

    An American man relives his experiences on a sinking ship in the Channel.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Escape Scenes Filmed On Mined 'Astrid'."

    Introductory intertitle reads: "Hundreds Take To Boats As Ship Sinks".

    English Channel.

    LV GV aerial shot sunken ship 'Astrid' with salvage tugs. The 'Princess Astrid' was a Belgian cross Channel steamer that hit an old mine. French coastline in background. CU Aerial shot of the Astrid submerged. MV Interview with Major General Hilldregg.

    MV passengers wearing life jackets. SV Passengers in lifejackets. SV Pan passengers wearing life jackets and smiling. MV Small vessel coming alongside Astrid. MV Sea. SV French tugboat Captain. MV Passengers clambering into lifeboat. MV Stern of Astrid with lines to lifeboat. MV Sea. MV Passengers jumping aboard lifeboat.

    CU Aerial shot of the submerged Astrid. LV Aerial shot of the Astrid.

    Words of Major General Hilldregg: "Our most vivid recollection of our experiences on the "Princess Astrid" was the behaviour of the passengers. After the first lifeboat had been launched there were still a 100 passengers on the Astrid, without in their minds at least of any immediate prospect of rescue. However, then out of nowhere came a French tug. The Captain lashed his tug to the side of the sinking ship, and with great risk to his tug, his crew and himself, he took the rest of us off. Thus came a very happy ending to a rather unpleasant experience".

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:48:21:00 / 01:49:39:00

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