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Other titles:AMATEUR FILM BY SUB-LIEUTENANT JAMES MARSHALL [Alternative Title]
Summary: Amateur film shot by Sub-Lieutenant Marshall when serving on board HMS Punjabi in Home Fleet in early 1940 includes boarding of yacht Mermaid in Pentland Firth (March 1940).
Description: REEL 1 - In uniform of WREN Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent, comes up gangway of HMS Punjabi with Captain Trevor Lean and Lieutenant Rodney Wrightson when moored alongside at Devonport in May 1940 for repairs after damage sustained at Narvik (filmed clandestinely through lower deck scuttle, as Marshall had no permission to film in dockyard). On board Punjabi at sea in foul weather men scan horizon with binoculars and telescope; high cliffs of Hoy, Orkney Islands. High-angle view of focsle of Tribal Class destroyer (Punjabi). Fleet Air Arm Swordfish flies past. Another Tribal Class destroyer (HMS Tartar), presumably on exercise together with battleship (brief view). Small yacht, Mermaid, comes into view (while ferrying detonators to Scapa) and is then boarded by party under Lieutenant Tempest Hay lowered into boat from Punjabi. Search concluded, boarding party pulls away and Mermaid sets sail. REEL 2 - Heavy weather while on board HMS Punjabi at sea. View aft in swell. Queen Elizabeth Class battleship practises full calibre target firings with her 15" guns at target astern of Tribal Class destroyer.