Film: 7544

Industry + Work | 1950 | Sound | B/W

Synopsis:

Opening sequence: River Clyde with tug boat pulling boat. In background, we can clearly see the cranes of the shipyard. Very effective and evocative shot. Ship and boiler plants in production. Tubes, slabs, rods and sections for structure work. Various shots of the Clyde with a tug boat called 'The Clyde'. Panning shot of this tug moving down the harbour right to left. A party of schoolchildren / boys are shown the shipyards. Close-up of Ampro speaker on the boat and the 175 tons fitting out crane where ships are berthed. Slow panning shot of cranes and structures supporting new ship construction. Slabs of steel are transported to these sites to be fitted by the workers. Shipyard workers bolt the slabs of steel to the hull. Excellent shots of this. Large plates are lifted into position. The head role in the steel mill Walter Scott controls the mechanism which ensures the steel plates are properly flattened. White hot steel plates around 13 feet wide pass through. Skeleton structure for new ship being built, in this case an oil tanker. Steel tubes used for oil pipelines. Steel-making process in action. Steel is inserted into huge furnaces and cast into ingots. These ingots are put into another furnace and heated until they are white hot. These ingots are dropped, which removes the scale. Ingots are then put into a large hydraulic press where a hole is pushed right up the centre. This 'bottle' is then moved to another machine called an elongator. The machine opens out the hole and rolls down the bottle. During this process the ingot remains white hot. A short thick tube is the end result of this process, known as a boom. The boom is passed on to what is called a Pilger Mill, with two pear shaped rolls, wide at one side and narrow at the other. The boom is pushed into the wide side where it is gripped and rolled out by the narrow side. A white hot ingot is rolled out. Every time this occurs, another bit of tube is rolled out, Close ups of this entire tube-making process. Large pipes used to carry oil in the hold of a ship ready for transportation. Close-up of the engine room of the ship manufactured / engineered by Ailsa Shipbuilding Co. Ltd, Troon. A reciprocating engine. Large steel plates are guided towards a massive steel making machine used in the manufacture of high pressure boilers or drums. This press is used to shape three inch thick steel plates. Welding of two halves of the boiler. Close up of the ends being welded, completing the high pressure drum ready for transport to the power station. Rolling mill and detailed welding used in the manufacture of stainless steel. A slab of steel six inches thick is put through the mill, being reduced to half an inch thick. The incessant noise of the steel mill is captured here. The steel is rolled continuously until it becomes really thin, is passed under a flood of water to cool it down and is cut into appropriate sheets. Stainless steel plates are used in the building of vessels used in chemical and petroleum industries. The young men being shown around the yard eagerly take up the offer of tea laid out on the stern of the deck.
Detailed analysis of steel-making process and manufacturing around the shipyards of the Clyde. See this film for general shots of the shipbuilding yards around the Clyde with excellent cinematic shots of workers on boats.


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