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Seawards the Great Ships (1961)

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Documentary about shipbuilding on the Clyde. In 1960, Glasgow and other towns and ports on the River Clyde, on the west coast of Scotland, were still one of the world's great centres of ... See full summary »

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Documentary about shipbuilding on the Clyde. In 1960, Glasgow and other towns and ports on the River Clyde, on the west coast of Scotland, were still one of the world's great centres of shipbuilding. The film gives an idea of the business of building a ship - the largest moving thing made by man - from the naval architects who design her to the workmen, the shipbuilders in the yard, through to a ship's launching. Written by Lester May

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Man, and all the Marvel of his Might
6 June 2015 | by (Camden Town, London, England) – See all my reviews

No wonder this documentary short won an Oscar, a first for Scotland. Beautifully scripted, beautifully filmed, this documentary records a bygone time, a time when sailors worldwide knew what 'Clyde Built' meant. From design to cutting the first steel, from construction to launching and on to fitting out, we see how a ship is made by man with all the marvel of his might - and brain, and creativity as well. The film has touches of humour, too, for these tough men on Clydeside were able to laugh while they constructed what they hoped would be a happy ship, often a beautiful ship too.

This film provides a wonderful record of shipbuilding and will be of interest to sailors and those in the shipping industry, to those who had a father who built ships and to many a Scot and Glaswegian.

It was a real privilege to join my last ship at Yarrow Shipbuilders, in Scotstoun, on the Clyde, in September 1985. She wasn't a ship with a name then, for she was known to all as yard number 1029, but she was to become the frigate HMS Brave - a truly beautiful ship, a very happy ship. This film brings happy memories and let me thank, indeed salute, those whose skilled work enabled Seaward to go the Great Ships.


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