Ship grounded off New Zealand is broken up for scrap metal for the war effort.
Title reads: "Salvage from the sea".
Various shots of the grounded cargo boat "Port Bowen" having her cargo removed by salvage men, a jetty is built from beach to ship so the cargo can be brought ashore. The ship was wrecked before the war and these pictures are a flashback to the time of the wreck.
Good shot of the sea with newspaper headlines superimposed over the shot,the headlines proclaim the outbreak of war. Various shots of the wreck of the "Port Bowen" as she is in 1941, she is still lying near the mouth of the Wanganui River. Various shots of the wreck being broken up for scrap which is needed for the New Zealand war effort.