Film ID:
YFA 3649



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This is a film made by Goole and District Junior Chambers of Commerce to promote Goole as a port for industry.  It features the docks as well as Goole town life.

Title: ‘The Goole and District Junior Chambers of Commerce Presents’  ‘The Port of Goole‘

The film begins with a ship, the Steyving, arriving at Goole on the River Ouse.  The commentary explains that historically the River was a highway for Viking raids and goes onto list some of the many ports that deal with Goole’s eight docks, all of which have railway connections.  Another ship, the ‘Harrogate’, is taking up anchor.  At the dockside, a crane unloads a piece of heavy machinery, 33 tons, on its way to the Midlands.  The commentary notes the geographical advantages of Goole as a location for the rest of the North and the Midlands.  Various large machines are being unloaded, one with ‘Bentley Cotting' on its side.  Also large industrial vehicles are being loaded and unloaded.  One of these is headed for Milan via Amsterdam, and Trojan tractors head for Yugoslavia.

Some goods are discharged over the side onto small boats, lighters, one of them the ‘Tobias’.  On the quay, sacks of Danish bacon are being offloaded from the ship ‘Dyland Abbey’.  These are taken by barrows onto lorries.

An overview of the West Dock, the largest one with a 40 ton heavy lift crane, shows the dock full of ships from many countries, including timber on the Russian ship Notec Szcecin.  The commentary states that the Russian sailors often play the Goole Dockers at football – Goole being national champions at football and cricket.  It also states that Goole Dockers have only been on strike once in the last 20 years.  More sacks are loaded onto lorries, and potash is unloaded from a ship using a large grab onto lorries and a barge.  Steel sheets are loaded onto rail wagons, and graphite is loaded onto special hopper wagons (Acheson).  Timber is loaded into lorries, and the commentary notes the timber trade has recently picked up.  Ships carrying 200 standards, or packages, of timber can be unloaded in 24 hours.

Goole Port was founded on the export of coal, and 60% of Port traffic is still coal.  On the canal, there is a tug slowly pulling a ‘compartment boat system’ consisting of metal barges, or pans, each holding 35 tons of coal.  The whole system carries 700 tons, enough to fill a ship’s cargo.  These are picked up individually by a cradle and poured down a chute into the ship’s hold.  The three heists can each pour 250 tons per hour.  The ships come in on one tide and leave on the next.  Railway wagons too are picked up and the coal poured in at a rate of 1,000 tons in two hours.

There is a large railway marshalling yard and cranes, with a water tower in the middle.  Barges go up and down the canal whilst the commentary lists the different kinds of goods they carry.  Many industries have developed along the dockside: Laing National, the Hudson Ward grain silo, and Fison’s chemical fertilizers, discharging for their own quay on the River Don. Crates of Carlsberg are unloaded at Goole which takes a third of all supplies to the UK.  The crates are loaded onto lorries with a fork lift truck.  More industries are represented including: Crendon Concrete, ICI paints, Vessil Ltd. and British Oxygen.

The clock stands tall in the Town Centre.  Traffic and pedestrians pass by, and the market can be seen with bicycles parked along the curb.  The commentary states that 150 years ago Goole had a population of only 150 people.  Today it has a population of 19,000.  Boothberry road is very busy with shoppers, cars, an ambulance and a bus. 

At the Don Street re-development new houses are being built on the nearly finished housing estate.  Children are there playing outside.  The Grammar School, which will soon celebrate its Diamond Jubilee, has recently been extended to take 800 pupils.  Opposite the school, the County Secondary School takes 1,100 pupils.  Juniors at Goole’s newest primary school, Kingsway, are playing in a football match, and one of the children scores a neat goal.  There is a match of Goole Town also, with the docks and water tower in the background.  This is followed by a Rugby Union game of Goole Old Boys playing on their own ground.  Players have been mainly taken from the Grammar School.

In the Town Centre a park is in full bloom.  There is also a play area for children made up of swings, a roundabout and an ‘umbrella’ ride.  Back at the docks, a new ship, the ‘Trentoria’, is launched.  The ship has been built to carry 850 tons of cargo.  This is pulled into its own dry dock to be fitted out. Goole has built 500 ships in 50 years, and is also responsible for building small ships, like the Luiston.  In the dry dock of Smith Bros Boatbuilders, a small craft is under construction, and at C Compling Shipbuilders and Repairers, there is a mid-section of a barge just made.  The ship the ‘Beeding’ is in a dry dock being cut in half and having a longer middle section inserted.  The commentary exhorts all to come to Goole and join in the expansion.

The End

A G&D JCC Production