Harland and Wolff shipyards

Harland and Wolff shipyards

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circa 1920


circa 1920


02min 55sec





black and white


National Film and Television Archive


British Film Institute

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Views inside Harland and Wolff offices and work in the shipyards.


Urban Movie Chats was an American cinemagazine produced 1919-1922 by the Kineto Company of America, owned by Charles Urban. Originally released in the US by W.W. Hodkinson, in 1920 a 'foreign' edition was released in Britain by Butchers Film Services under a new numbering system (starting 101) - some issues were identical and some re-edited. Urban used much old library material for these productions, hence some confusion over dates. Also known as Charles Urban Movie Chats or Urban Movie Chats.

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Excellent scenes at Harland and Wolff, circa 1920, showing the interior of an office and the building of a liner. Intertitles are as follows. 'Another thought in connection with high cost of transportation due to shortage of shipping directed a visit to the great Belfast Ship building yard. I had a glimpse of the drawing offices of Messrs. Harland and Wolff. Builders of the White Star Liners', 'The shipyard teems with activity. We were just in time to witness the laying of the keel of another ocean greyhound.', 'After the frame bulkheads and beams are placed in position by constant shoring-up in the building slip, the outer steel plates are lowered and riveted into place', 'Pneumatic riveting, here shown, has not made great headway, being replaced by electronic riveting machines'.


Produced by the Kineto Company of America


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