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Title:HMS PLOVER LAYS HER LAST MINES [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 3855
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The last mine to be laid for exercise is piped away from HMS Plover, ending thirty years continuous commission.
Description: HMS Plover leaves her berth at Port Edgar and steams down the Firth of Forth, passing beneath the Road and Railway Bridges and out to sea. The ship's Captain, Lieutenant-Commander Thorniley takes a bearing, and then issues the order to lay mines. Sequence showing the laying of magnetic and buoyant mines. Two old crewmen, Mr Bell (left) and Mr Lord (right), stand beside one of the contact mines. The last mines are piped over the side by Leading Cook William Johnston Potter.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations (Navy) (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Bell (Mr) (person)
Lord (Mr) (person)
Potter, William J (person)
Thorniley, W (person)
Royal Navy, Plover (regiment/service)
Royal Navy, Mine Countermeasures Sqdn 1 (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - minelayer: Plover (object name)
weapons, British naval - passive: mine (object name)
operations, British naval - mines: laying (object name)
training, British naval - specialist: minelaying (object name)
GB, Scotland & Firth of Forth (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 211 ft; Running time: 6 mins
Notes: Summary: HMS Plover paid off at 10 am on 4 December, 1967, at HMS Lochinvar, Port Edgar, South Queensferry, having been in continuous commission since 9 am on 27 September, 1937. Since January, 1966, she had served as Support Ship and Minelayer for the 1st Mine Countermeasures Squadron