About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
From the laying of the keel through to the riveting of steel plates - teams of men work together to build and launch a steel ship.
The Building of a Ship
'Britain's shipbuilders build ships for service all over the world. No two ships are alike, each has its own 'character'. In the film a keel is laid, and from a tangle of steel plates and girders the hull takes shape. After weeks of skilled and patient work, the ship is launched and 'steel goes to sea'.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-43)
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