Northern Ireland Industries: Shipbuilding 1960-61

Details

Location

Belfast, Belfast docks, Belfast Harbour, Belfast Lough, Port of Belfast, Queen's Island

Year

1960-1961

Date

Length

14min 29sec

Audio

silent

Format

8mm

black and white, colour

Source

The McDowell Family

Courtesy

The McDowell Family

Rights Holder

Ian McDowell, The McDowell Family

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Description

Explore shipbuilding in Belfast in the early 1960’s through the eyes of Frank McDowell, who watches ships being built and launched through the atmospheric industrial haze of Harland & Wolff shipyards. This home movie follows ships such as the “Edward Stevinson” and famous luxury liner the “Canberra” during sea trials on Belfast Lough.  Dr McDowell was sometimes asked to go on these sea trials as a ships doctor. The title, 'Northern Ireland Industries: Shipbuilding 1960-61' comes from the film-maker's meticulous typed notebook, where he recorded details around his ongoing projects.

Notes

P&O liner “Canberra” was the largest passenger ship constructed in British yards since end of WW2. Footage shows her leaving Belfast 29/04/61 for sea trials, before travelling on to Southampton for a world trip.

 

Lady Dorothy Macmillan, wife of Prime Minister, attended the launch ceremony, with Lord Wakehurst, Governor of Northern Ireland, Viscount Brookeborough and Lady Brookeborough.

Credits

Dr. Frank McDowell
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