The King's Bargemaster, Bill East, shows Cambridge cox, R. E. Swartwout, the tides on the Thames from Putney to Mortlake. London.
Item title reads - "Showing him the best way home". R. E. Swartwout, the Cambridge cox, learns many a tip of the tricky Thames' tides from "Bill' East, the King's Bargemaster. Putney to Mortlake, London.
M/S of Swartwout stood on the bank with Bill who points things out to him. M/S of them in a rowing boat with another man. Various shots as they set off down the river, M/S as Bill stops to point something else out to Swartwout who nods. M/S as they carry on with their journey.