Visit of RMS Caronia to Bangor

Details

Location

Bangor, Belfast Lough, Helen's Bay

Year

1955

Source

Digitised as part of Unlocking Film Heritage

Format

16mm

colour

Length

09min 46sec

Silent

silent

Courtesy

British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

Rights Holder

National Museums Northern Ireland, Rights are managed by National Museums Northern Ireland on behalf of Tourism NI

It is illegal to download, copy, print or otherwise utilise in any other form this material, without written consent from the copyright holder.

Description

Luxury cruise ship anchors off Bangor and those on-board come ashore to tour Northern Irish tourist sites.

The RMS Caronia - nicknamed 'The Green Goddess' - was a Cunard White Star vessel and, ostensibly, a cruising ship. These pictures detail the events of July 29, 1955, when it visited Bangor. Passengers disembark to be ferried away by Ulster Transport Authority bus to explore Ulster. Shots on-board and from shore let us see the vessel from multiple perspectives. That evening while the ship leaves Ulster, the passengers dance or watch Joan Crawford in 'Female on the Beach'.  
 

Notes

These colourful rushes are amongst a wealth of footage that was generated by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.  This government department had their own staff who documented the region through stills and moving images and the films they created capture various facets of life in Northern Ireland. The department was particularly busy in the mid-1950s to late 1960s, creating films that aimed to sell Northern Ireland as a holiday destination. This material captures Northern Ireland at an interesting time, post-World War Two and pre-Troubles.

Credits

Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project.

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