Shipping | 1930 | Sound | B/W
View of white cliff from the sea. Aboard a ferry packed with people and another ferry crossing behind. Sandown Bay on the Isle of Wight, with the pier at Sandown packed solid with people waiting to go on a boat trip around the Isle of Wight. Lovely pan along the pier with the sign "Sandown Pier" in view. Men wear straw boaters, ladies carry parasols. A crowded beach of bathers in swimming costumes wave to the camera. People splash around in the sea "to arrive there without your bathing costume is like forgetting the ring at the altar."
People board the paddle steamer with the crew in the background. The crowds pour onto the boat. Shanklin from the sea. Smart houses and a water-skier passes Shanklin Pier. A sign for The Chine and Refreshments. An instructor with three women. Ventnor Pier again crowded. The Needles from the sea, with its lighthouse. A view of caves, the pier and quayside. A ferry bound from Southampton, motor vessel "Medina" by the Victoria Pier. Yachts.
Lots of yachts pass each other with ships at anchor behind. Paddle steamer passes, nice long shot. Cars, possibly Model T's embark on the ferry.. "Like driving into your own garage". The crew assist as three or four cars embark. A Rolls Royce next. Lunch on board. "No fancy prices". ferry sets off probably out of Southampton Docks, warehouses in the background. "Balmoral", another paddler, passes at full speed to Cherbourg. Happy people in sailor suits enjoying the cruise and flirting with the officers. The church tower of Cherbourg as we approach from the sea. Cherbourg harbour. Disembarking up a steep gangway. Jolly girls link arms with the gendarmes of France, who are "real men"! An electric tram in Cherbourg Harbour.
Sea coach "Island Enterprise" - a fast cruiser. Paddle steamer passes again. "Island Enterprise" again, carrying 11 people. Couple sit with ensign flapping behind them.
"let the Southampton Company's Enterprise carry you to the Isle of Wight".
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