An experiment by Cornish fishermen to try and find pilchards through radar detection.
L/S of Newlyn harbour with lots of fishing boats. L/S of a trawler with the harbour in the background.
A shot from the deck of a trawler of the sea and other boats with the coastline in the background. There is a man on deck working in the foreground. L/S of a lighthouse, a boat and the harbour become visible as the boat with the camera on sails away.
C/U of the skipper, Bobby Jewell, looking out of the window of the cabin on 'The Chichester Lass'. C/U of the boat cutting through the water. M/S of a machine inside the cabin, it is a box on the wall with a gauge and a pointer which spins round. The results are printed out at the bottom. The machine is a radar echo sounder to locate the pilchards and the crew is experimenting with the device. C/U of the machine.
M/S of the mate Benny Orchard pointing to the machine, Bobby looks at it as well. M/S of the cabin shot from the deck of the ship. The cabin window is opened and Bobby gives a signal to another member of the crew, Morris Williams, on deck. The camera moves across and shows Morris with a marker buoy which he throws into the sea to mark the place where the pilchards are.
C/U shot from below of Morris's face. M/S of Morris and Benny on deck by the cabin with what looks like a big tray with two panels attached to the sides, it is part of the trawl door and it is hung over the side of the boat but not put into the water. The coastline is visible in the background. M/S of Morris and Benny throwing a net over the side, M/S of seagulls flying in the sky. M/S of the nets hitting the sea.
M/S of Morris and Benny walking towards the front of the boat. They turn some wheels, and attach hooks and ropes to a pulley system. M/S of Morris releasing the trawl doors, they hit the water. M/S of the trawl doors in the water, they are used to keep the mouth of the net open.
M/S of the line attached to the nets being pulled along in the water, the top of the trawl doors are just visible. M/S from the deck of Morris retrieving the buoy from the water and laying it on the deck.
M/S of a wicker basket suspended between two pieces of rope. M/S of the cabin.
C/U of the echo sounder and C/U of Bobby in the cabin, he waves to the men outside. M/S of the men hauling the nets in, the coastline is visible in the background. M/S of the large nets, C/U of the men hauling the nets over the side. M/S of seagulls flying around.
M/S of the three of them on the deck and the nets being reeled in. M/S of a net full of pilchards dangling in the water. M/S of Bobby pulling on a rope, and M/S of the mast.
M/S of the net being brought up to the side of the boat. L/S of a seagull flying and making squawking noises. M/S of the net being released in the boat and the pilchards falling down into the hold. M/S of Benny looking happy with the catch.
Note: nice shots of the fishing process.