Shipping | 1970 | Sound | Colour
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All round the coast of Britain light vessels guide the mariner on his voyage. The East coast of England has more lightships than any other part of our coastal waters. The lightshipmen, those "forgotten men of the sea", have to remain on board during the foulest of weather until their stint on the light vessel is done, and they can be relieved. What is life like and what do they do all day long? This film shows the various East coast light vessels while members of the crew describe their work. Also, a brief history of light vessels is mentioned from the first, stationed at the Nore in 1732 right through to Trinity House's future plans of utilising automatic light buoys.
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