A.1. at Lloyd's

About the film

The important role played by Lloyd's of London in world shipping, using the '100 A1' rated S.S. Armadillo as an example.


  • Release year - 1942
  • Director - Ralph Bond
  • Production company - Strand Films
  • Producer - Alexander Shaw
  • Screenplay - Reg Groves
  • Cinematographer - Jo Jago
  • Composer - John Greenwood
  • Narration - Leslie Mitchell
  • Sound recording - Al Rhind
  • Musical director - Muir Mathieson
  • Running time (minutes) - 09 mins 09 secs

Original description

The Work of Lloyd's of London

'A description of Lloyd's services to world shipping and the story of a voyage from Valparaiso to Hull. The S.S. Armadillo, '100 A1' at Lloyd's sets out with a valuable cargo on her adventurous voyage; she is reported missing; her safe arrival is announced by the ringing of the famous Lutine Bell at Lloyd's.'

(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-1943)

Did you know?

  • The Lloyd's signal station depicted is still standing today at The Lizard, Cornwall.
  • The S.S. Armadillo that features in this film appears to be fictionalised. There was, however, an actual S.S. Armadillo, a much smaller steam ferry which operated on the River Tamar, and the American USS Armadillo (IX-111), built shortly after this film was released.

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