Film ID:
NEFA 21573

THE SEA TRIALS OF THE CARGO SHIP MANCHESTER PROGRESS

1967

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Description

An amateur film made by Ken Christie showing the sea trails of the cargo ship Manchester Progress built at the South Bank yard of Smiths Dock Company near Middlesbrough for the Manchester Liners Ltd. The ship was launched on the 16 September 1966 and completed February 1967. Mr Christie worked for DECCA Marine Radar and was on board representing his company as part of the ships' sea trials.

The film begins with a view of a number of marine radar antenna on a mast of the Manchester Progress. General views of the deck of the cargo ship at sea.  A gull flies alongside the ship. In the distance is a lighthouse. General view of the ships' compass.

The film cuts to the wheelhouse where the Quartermaster is seated beside the ships' wheel which is of a car steering wheel shape. There are views of flashing lights on a control deck, which form part of the ships' ‘data logger’. The film ends showing a Tees Towing Company tugboat travelling alongside.