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Title:HMS BERWICK EAST OF SUEZ (REELS 1 AND 2) [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1785-1-2
Summary: Unedited record of the return of the County Class cruiser HMS Berwick from Sydney, Australia, where she had been part of the disbanded British Pacific Fleet.
Description: Views of Sydney harbour, where British vessels (a King George V Class battleship, and aircraft carriers of the Glory/Majestic and Indomitable Classes can be seen, as can the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Details of life on board HMS Berwick in tropical waters: RN ratings relaxing; formal parades on the quarterdeck (prayers and inspection by general in tropical army uniform); chores (painting and cleaning parts of the ship); unidentified harbour where Fleet Auxiliaries and an escort carrier are moored; brief glimpses of Port Said (?) and the Great Bitter Lake section of the Suez Canal. Activity on the ship as it moves closer to Britain, with crew in ordinary (rather than tropical) uniforms, and the appearance of deck awnings . Berwick encounters a Union Castle Line passenger ship of the "Stirling Castle" type.