Cable is laid by a special ship at sea off French coast, from a temporary pylon on the beach .
Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.
Le Portel, France
Various shots, French seamen preparing the cable-laying ship 'Ampere' in the harbour at Le Portel as they begin to lay electric line between France and England to supply electricity to the UK in peak hours. CU Funnel and hooter blowing. CU Nameplate "Ampere". Various shots, as the sailors haul in the ropes and the ship pulls out of harbour.
Various shots on the beach, technicians laying a cable across the sand and oiling the rollers on which the cable is to run. LS Pan across beach at Le Portel to the scaffolding of a temporary pylon. Various shots, men working on scaffolding. MS Pan down electric cable attached to the pylon. MS Buoys floating just off the beach. MS to CU Pan with workman inspecting rollers over which the cable runs on the beach. LS Men in raincoats stand around the pylon. MS Electric cable attached to pylon. MS Men in charge, watching the operation with binoculars. MS Workmen hauling in buoys up the beach.
Note: Date on original paperwork reads: 29/05/1961.