A feature film about the voyage of a Windjammer with excellent documentary shots of the ship travelling the Oceans in all weathers.
Wardour Films Ltd Presents: WINDJAMMER From the book "By Way of Cape Horn" by
A.J. Villiers. Dialogue by A.P. Herbert. Photographed by R.J. Walker, A.J. Villiers,
J. Parker, Asst. Directors A.B. Woods, E. Baird, F.S. Legg. Sound Direction Victor A. Peers. Recorded on Klangfilm by A.E. Birch. Directed by John Orton.
The Windjammer...Grace Harwar. The Crew, Michael Hogan, Tony Bruce, Hal Gordon, Roy Travers, J. Cunningham, Hal Booth, Gordon Craig, H. Hansen, G. Thomas.
Sadly this film has no sound track.
Inter-title 1. Man has made nothing more lovely than the sailing ship. Man has done nothing bolder than the first voyage in a sailing ship. The sailing ship is passing, but she is
Inter-title 2. Great Britain of all countries, should not forget the Sailing-Ship which has been so great a part of her History in War and Peace, the Vehicle of her Victories, the founder of her Trade.
Inter-title 3. The last of the Cape Horn full riggers lay in the Australian port of Wallaroo.
The Windjammer is moored in a deserted dock. It looks in need of painting. Two men, poorly dressed, look up at her from the quayside. After having a cigarette, one walks away and the other tentatively goes up the gangplank.
Below decks six crewmen are sitting around, two of them are playing musical instruments, an older grumpy man is cleaning his pipe and telling them off. A coloured man comes down steps with a bowl of food. The crew run up to him and look at the food. They are not happy and walk away disgruntled. Meanwhile the man from the quayside is walking on deck with his swag and a Mandolin. Below decks the men are trying to eat the food, one spits it out. The new man sits with them and starts to eat. There is a long discussion. The new man starts to play his mandolin. The others are moved by his playing and as they listen images of their thoughts are shown, a mountain and lake, an idyllic farm, a pub. Fade out.
The next day the crew are lounging around on deck, the new man goes below decks and signs on. The captain is present and makes a long speech. The ship is still moored by the quayside.