Film ID:
YFA 1456



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This film is an educational film on the use of life rafts, part of the Hull Maritime Museum Collection. The film shows the manufacture and demonstrations of the use of the life rafts in various settings.

The film begins with some covered dinghies being placed on a lawn. The dinghies are then shown being made, starting with the cutting of material which is then glued by a woman worker. A group of women workers bring the floor of the dinghy over to the inflated base, which is then attached, followed by an inflatable roof. The whole dinghy is packaged and labelled, with the manufacturer's stamp: Elliot Equipment Ltd., Rhondda, South Wales.

The film switches to fishing vessels docked in the Port of Hull, with one steaming out to sea. The dinghies are demonstrated in action in a rescue operation at sea, and then again in a controlled setting, possibly the pool at Hull Naval College. Here a dinghy is packed with as many people as it can hold. There are several more demonstrations to show how quickly a dinghy inflates, and how it is to be used. The packed dinghies are shown stored on fishing vessels, with their seals. There is another demonstration of their use on a fishing vessel, and again at the Naval College, where it is shown how to turn it the right way up if capsized. There is also a demonstration for the correct way of jumping onto the dinghy. Other features of the dinghy are also shown, such as how to manually inflate it, as well as how to pull on board someone floating in the water.

Next the contents of a lifesaving box are shown, with food and tablets. This is followed by the use of flares, stored in pockets on the dinghy. A booklet is displayed for the camera, titled, 'Living in the Raft'. A woman inflates one of the rafts on a lawn, and later swims towards one and clambers in. Back at Hull Docks, the rafts are brought to be loaded into the fishing vessels, including the 'Kingston Peridot', where it is placed on a specially designed holding on the boat. There is a view over Hull fishing docks, with the swing bridge in operation allowing a fishing boat to come out of the River Hull onto the Humber. Whilst out at sea a fire starts on the boat, and a fisherman locates their position on a map and informs the crew. They send out an SOS, put on their life jackets and throw overboard a life raft. Once inflated several fishermen jump on and take an injured man strapped onto a stretcher. Another raft is inflated, and a demonstration is given of saving someone in the water as the film comes to an end.

End Credits
A White Rose Film, Produced by Educational Productions Ltd., The Yorkshire Film Co., Ltd.
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