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Title:HANDLING AND MAINTENANCE OF THE LL CABLE [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 203
Summary: Naval Instructional Film on magnetic mine sweeping.
Description: Manufacture of an LL cable - the labour and materials involved. Storage and rigging of the cable. Laying from a drum. Rôle of the wire - and brakeman. Laying from a flake ship. Correct buoying of the electrode - "floats are no longer being made and cannot be replaced". Proper handling procedure of lashing the cables near the ship to prevent premature detonation of mines. Battery check during the sweep. Cable recovering marking of damaged areas, and field repairs. Inspection of equipment back at base. Possible consequences of careless handling - the electrode strips its floats and sinks, dragging the cable along the sea floor. Adjustment of cable lashings and stern bight - unmarried cables inboard are "... a short cut to suicide". Maintenance of terminal box and batteries. Manoeuvring the avoid fouling buoys. Care of the Canvas electrode covering. Protection of the cables during coaling, etc. Treatment of waterlogged cable. Use of old cable components. Construction of a buoyant, straight-through joint between cable lengths. The film concludes with a recapitulation of the main points, followed by an exhortation to: "Take care of your gear and treat it well, and you will save the country invaluable stores of rubber and other materials ...".
Notes: Remarks: originally classified as "Confidential".
Remarks: Indifferent instructional film. Reel One, however, contains an entertaining, albeit brief, animated sequence showing an octopus of approximately oriental physiognomy, reaching out from Japan to encircle the rubber plantations of SE Asia in a tentacular grasp.