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Description: Reflections upon the fisherman's life preface the introduction of the name character, Ted Lawson. Graphics illustrate the length and variety of the British coastline. Fishing vessels prepare to leave harbour coaling, ice storage, etc. Improvement of ships and government supervision of marketing conditions. Montage sequence illustrates the variety of boats leaving port. The film follows a trawler and observes the laying and recovery of the nets, and the sorting, cleaning and packing of the fish. Shipboard conditions are touched upon, and the difficulties of navigating in fog or snow. Tired fishermen return to their "simple homes", but they are ready, if necessary, to go out again on life-boat duty. In wartime, their only desire is to serve the nation. Converted trawlers sweep seas "alive with mines". Ted Lawson contemplates joining the RN Patrol Service. "In Britain today, no matter to what class a man belongs, there is in evidence as never before a quiet determination to crush this war of German aggression whatever the cost. "The commentator discourses upon the depopulation of coastal villages and the probable death of some of the inhabitants before reiterating the fisherman's simple faith in the sea and its bounty.
Production Details: British Council (Production sponsor)
Spectator (Production company)
Luff, W (Production individual)
Hornby, C (Production individual)
Wiggins, N (Production individual)
Ridley, C (Production individual)
Bland, William S (Production individual)
Wallace, Lewis Grant (Production individual)
Scott, Ivan (Production individual)
Scott, L (Production cast)
Personalities, Units and Organisations:
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: None
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 902 ft; Running time: 10 mins
Notes: Remarks: the location has been identified as St Ives, Cornwall.