About the film archive
Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
A look at the traditional craft of wooden boatbuilding, and the important roles those little ships play.
Boatbuilding in Britain
'From the woods of Britain comes timber-oak, ash and elm - for the little ships. The scene shifts to skilled shipwrights at work in a West- country shipyard, and shifts again to the exciting rescue of a fighter pilot by a launch on patrol. At Dunkirk the little ships sailed into the pages of English history.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-1943)
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