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Summary: A view from Canada of the North Atlantic convoy route during the Battle of the Atlantic, presented in the framework of the turnaround of a single convoy at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Description: Convoy approaches shore (coastguards check incoming ships) and passes harbour boom; merchant and Navy ships moor, seamen come ashore. Freight train delivers cargo, ships are refuelled and take on stores; some brief shots of ships in drydock, and ship building and conversion. The training of new manpower for the RCN (gunnery and torpedo school: night vision and silhouette recognition training). Loading of cargoes and deck cargo; minesweeping; conference/briefing for convoy captains. Seamen spend their last night ashore (cinema, bowling, dancing etc). The convoy puts to sea again (pilots go on board, RCAF flying boat patrols) - commentary bids a rather rhetorical farewell.
Production Country: Canada
Production Details: National Film Board of Canada (Production sponsor)
Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau (Production company)
Davidson, J D (Production individual)
Fraser, Donald (Production individual)
Lane, W H (Production individual)
Quick, C J (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Canadian Air Force (regiment/service)
Royal Canadian Navy (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, Canadian air - sortie: flying boat patrol (object name)
operations, Canadian naval - escort: convoy (object name)
operations, Canadian naval - routine (object name)
recreation, Canadian naval - casual (object name)
training, Canadian naval - specialist: gunnery (object name)
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (geography)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 2
Footage: 1318 ft; Running time: 14 mins
Notes: Remarks: good - a well planned commentary (although a little histrionic) maintains interest through not very exciting visual material.