• Short Summary

    A ship breakers' yard in Blyth. We see bits of ships being cut and smashed.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Blyth. New Ships from Old! Closing days of the old year see welcome signs of shipbuilding - in which Britain has always been supreme."

    Blyth, Northumberland.

    Shots of the ship breaking yard at Blyth. Cranes are lifting parts of old metal ships. Broken metal litters the yard. The voiceover says it is known as 'The Graveyard of Ships'. As the pan carries on across the scrap yard a ship can be seen in the background. The voiceover suggests that the metal is reused in a nearby steelworks.

    C/U of men working breaking down part of a ship's superstructure. The men are using oxygen cutting equipment. A crane lifts away the large section of metal the men have just been cutting. The piece of steel is laid down on the top of a pile of scrap.

    More shots of pieces of metal being torn away with cranes.

    High angle view of piece of ship being demolished. A huge metal ball is dropped onto the superstructure to break it further. The procedure is repeated.

    A chunk of metal is lifted away by crane.

    The commentary at the start of the story is read very stiltingly - not Pathe's usual professional standard - the sound later cuts to natural sound to let us hear the noise of the work.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:01:57:00 / 01:04:02:00

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