• Short Summary

    A look at the varied jobs on board the liner 'Berengaria'.

  • Description

    Full titles read: "Queer Jobs Afloat." (new title) "We usually expect to see Sailors, Engineers, Cooks and Stewards on board liners such as the giant "Berengaria"."

    Location of events unknown.

    L/Ss of a tug moving past a huge liner in dock. On board the liner 'Berengaria' an old sailor stands with a young boy on deck and says "I am the oldest sailor on this ship". The young one says "And I am the oldest and smallest fellow, and during my travels round this ship I travel about fifty miles a voyage." (I think he means youngest and smallest fellow.)

    Intertitle reads: "... but there are lots of queer jobs afloat we don't usually ally with the sea. Chemists, Cinema Operators, Gardeners... and many more."

    M/Ss of a chemist and cinema operator at work on the ship. M/S of a man tending plants. He tells us he is the gardener and has five or six thousand plants on the ship. He goes on to say when the weather is rough, some of his special plants get seasick; occasionally kind passengers give them a little whisky. We also see a man using a linotype machine in the printing room of the ship's newspaper and a man changing money at the bank on board. M/S of a girl sitting behind a cigar counter; she says it's more fun shopping on board ship than in Bond Street or Regent Street. A man in a gym punches a ball on a wobbly stick. The bugler says "When they're hungry, they're looking for me, so I must never be late!" - he plays the bugle briefly.

    L/S of the liner in dock.

    Note: this is a sound version of 'Strange Jobs Afloat' EP 163.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:18:16:00 / 01:20:37:00
    PT 038

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