Synopsis:The story of a ships apprentice, and his life on board the British Queen oil tanker on its journey to Kuwait. This film also includes the education and work experience that the other members of the crew undertook before they were allowed to sea. Has footage of life on board a BP tanker in mid 1960s and some footage of Kuwait.
Shotlist:Film opens with BP tanker British Queen at anchor and we meet apprentice Jim aged 17 about to go to sea for the first time. We see interior shots of cabins, galley. Shots ashore of classroom, blackboard, tabletop model of harbour with ships buoys and marks. Apprentice Jim walking on the tanker, exterior of superstructure. Interiors of dining room, crew at dinner. We see young engineer Donald (aged 20) at dinner, then in a large factory space ashore looking at engineering drawings, ships being built in the UK. British Queen, BP tanker at sea, shots of life on board, engines, anchor. Crew at leisure (complement of 80), Working on deck, shots of tanker from deck. BP funnel branded. Arriving in Kuwait, tug nudges her into dock. Hooks up alongside oil pipes, sailors go on shore amongst the Kuwaitis. Shots of Kuwait. Sailors in market. Eating, smoking, local colour. British Queen leaves Kuwait 00:10:14:02. Pulled out by tugs, sailors painting, up rope, engine room, various shots taken around the tanker.