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Berth 24, Documentary, 1950 IMDB

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2014-07-25 11:44


Brilliant short film about turning a ship around in Hull Docks , loading a very varied cargo for Scandinavia, everything from live bulls to Priestman Excavators.

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dsl SX

2018-05-16 14:28


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British Transport Films Volume Nine: Just the Ticket 2-DVD set.

41 minute film about a ship coming into Hull docks, being completely unloaded of a random assortment of things, then reloaded with a new assortment of random things and sailing off. Which sounds totally dreary, but is unexpectedly fascinating - excellent photography, and it captures a process which was vital then but has now vanished since containerisation, along with the docks themselves. So much skill, experience and ways of life lost without any lasting trace. And many incidental ingredients - these ships also carried passengers in high standard accommodation, the way dock labour was organised, and so on. A great tribute.

British Sea Power used the title Berth 24 as part of their soundtrack to the film From The Sea To The Land Beyond which included some of this footage, but no vehicle overlap between the films.

dsl SX

2018-06-26 20:31


Also available on
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Tales from the Shipyard BFI 2-dvd collection.

Berth 24 was the first ever BTF film. So an impressive start to what became a 30+ years of institutional film-making.

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