A look at the pleasure cruising around picturesque Little Venice.
Paddington Canal Junction (Little Venice), London.
L/S of Regent's Park canal, various barges and river cruisers are moored at the banks. M/S looking down the canal towards a footbridge bridge. C/U of the Red Ensign at the stern of one of the barges, panning shot to the traditional flower paintings on the hatch.
M/S of a barge full of day trippers moored by the bank. M/S of a queue of tourists waiting to get onto the barge. M/S of an oak tree on the bank of the canal, panning shot to show the houses on the other bank as the tourist barge floats into view - "the tranquil setting is not, as you might imagine, one of the Thames beauty spots: it's right in the heart of Greater London - only a stones throw from the greyness of Paddington station". A panning shot of the tourist barge chugging down the canal past very grand white houses and under a bridge. L/S of two small motor boats moving through the junction, on the far bank is a row of big houses.
M/S of a nifty little motor boat - the "Water Baby" being driven under a low bridge, followed by another similar model. The boat has been designed by the British Waterways "especially for canal cruising at low cost" and has a two-berth cabin with a stove. Point of view shot from the front of the "Water Baby" as it cruises up the canal, panning shot to a road lined with opulent houses. M/S of the Red Ensign and the churning water at the stern of the boat. M/S of the tourist-filled barge - a 75 ft Day-cruiser that carries 50 people - gliding past a leafy bank. C/U of the name plate - "Water Nymph". M/S of the barge. M/S of the pilot steering the barge. M/S, taken from the front of the "Water Baby", of the barge sailing under a crowded foot bridge. Low angle M/S looking up from the "Water Baby" of people on the footbridge. M/S of tourists, including an old lady on board the "Water Nymph". Point of view shot from the front of the "Water Baby" as it follows another similar small boat under the branches of a weeping willow. M/S, taken from a moving boat, of another craft, the "Water Elf" motoring past. C/U of Simon Mitchell, the man steering the "Water Elf". M/S of a flying duck landing on the water.
This issue has been transferred twice - also found on tape PM0109.