A naval instuctional film showing the different ways a ship can be replenished at sea. (Refuelled)
Part 1 - General Principles and Procedure.
Graphic from 1804 showing a Galleon being replenished from the shore by an attached rope. From the air we see two naval ships abeam at sea. This documentary shows in graphic detail the various methods of passing fuel, ammunition, stores and certain spare gear, from one ship to another while still at sea. A gun line fires the initial contact line from one ship to the other, while both ships are still on the move. This is called the Gun Line which will be used to haul the Messenger line across. The Messenger line is much stronger and capable of hauling the necessary replenishments required.
This is illustrated by showing in documentary detail the various activities to achieve this, the position of the two ships, and the duties of the Officers and Ratings undertaking the task.
The complete procedure is then illustrated by animated graphics.
The first method shown is the "Abeam Method", two ships side by side. After seeing the process in graphics we then see it happen in reality, how the men handle the various lines, and how the Captains maintain the correct distance between the two ships.
End Credits : Director-Michael Hankinson, Camera-Cyril Bliss, Editor-A. Milner-Gardner, Sound- William Bland & George Newberry.