Drifting

1930s , Great Yarmouth (Norfolk)

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The voyage and duties of the crew of the "Silver Dawn" drifter

The opening titles are shot over a pile of herring. The film starts with a map showing the main fishing ports used by drifters. These appear one by one, beginning with Lowestoft and then running through the Scottish ports, Stornaway, Lerwick, Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Aberdeen, before concluding with North Shields and Great Yarmouth. The film was shot aboard the Yarmouth boat, YH 112, `Silver Dawn', that was moored at North Shields. The drifter is in the crowded harbour. She is unloaded and repairs are carried out on deck. `Silver Dawn' leaves the harbour, along with other boats from Yarmouth and Lowestoft, and heads for the fishing ground. There is a shot of the skipper in the cabin and of other drifters filmed from the boat. The men work on board. The log-line is set. Once at the fishing grounds the crew cast the nets. A diagram shows how these settle in the sea. There are about 1 1/2 miles of net. From 8.30pm, the crew can relax and sleep. A tattooed crewman sleeps in his bunk. At 1am, hauling starts. The men are on deck in oilskins, hauling gin the nets. This is shown by diagram also. The men shake the fish out of the net. The `Silver Dawn' heads for harbour and the catch is unloaded. There are high-angle shots of the unloading. Gulls feed on the dropped fish.

Keywords

Drifters; herring fishing

Intertitles

The main ports used by drifters. Out to sea in the afternoon. At the fishing grounds. Hauling starts at 1 am and lasts for about five hours. Unloading for early market.

Other Places

North Shields

Manifestations

Drifting

  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV290826
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    master digital
    Dimension
    Duration
    0:15:43
    Modification Date
    09/09/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    676524
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV174444
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    TB 1109
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    BetacamSP tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    24/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673925
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV158829
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 266
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    BetacamSP tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    22/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673198
  • Activities
    Barcode
    INV168950
    Canonical Identifier
    TB 198
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    Umatic tape
    Dimension
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    22/07/2008
    Parts
    Reference
    673094
  • Barcode
    INV263721
    Canonical Identifier
    A-850
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Carrier Type
    16mm film
    Identifier
    Image Polarity
    positive
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    656023
  • Barcode
    INV267620
    Canonical Identifier
    VP-270
    Canonical Title
    Unknown
    Duration
    0:11:00
    Identifier
    Modification Date
    25/06/2021
    Parts
    Reference
    563154

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