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  • Short Summary

    Big storms cause havoc in Britain with ships wrecked and trains derailed.

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    Item title reads - In the path of the storm! Mountainous seas sweep the Longships Lighthouse (117 feet high! and 1 mile to sea from Lands End) taken with special telephoto camera. Cornwall.

    L/S of the lighthouse, waves crash up the side and round the bottom.

    Intertitle - 'French brig "La Servainaise" comes battered but safe to Weymouth Harbour after fierce fight with the gale.'

    M/S of the ship with all the sails ravaged and torn. M/S of part of the mast which has collapsed, various shots of the ship, the camera pans down the wreckage.

    Intertitle - 'Goods train crashes headlong in landslide - due to heavy rains - at Bargoed.'

    L/S of the landslide with water running below, the camera pans up to the wreckage of carriages which have fallen down the hill. M/S of a train on the track, the camera pans across to a crane, people walk amongst the wreckage of the train with carriages on top of each other.

    M/S of the ship again as the camera pans down to the bottom, M/S of the crew, one is holding the lifebelt, L/S of the ship again. M/S of the train carriage stuck up in the air with men stood round, water flows below. L/S of the carriages again, the camera pans down to the spilled goods, various shots of the carriages. C/U of boxes of goods on the ground. People walk round various parts of the train with bits of wood everywhere, various shots of the wreckage of the train.

    Note: the cuts run from 01:31:51 to the end of the item.

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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:
    01:29:25:00 / 01:35:01:00
    G 1153

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  1. Unknown user says

    I believe second item is the aftermath of the accident at Tirphil - Brithdir on 3rd January 1925.
    For more info see:

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  2. Unknown user says

    As a clarification: I was referring to the train crash near Bargoed.

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