Synopsis:A BP Film and a BBC2 Trade Test film.
This technicolor animated film shows the evolution of the tank ship from the sailing brigs of the 1860's. The early problems of tanker design are dealt with, we see the famous 'Gluckauf' of 1886, the first 'modern' tanker; and the 'Narragansett' of 1903 with her engines amidships and her long shaft tunnel.
Shotlist:00:02:05 Open caption 'WE'VE COME ALONG WAY A BP FILM'. 'THE STORY OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF OIL TANKERS DURING THE LAST HUNDRED YEARS PRODUCED WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE BRITISH PETROLEUM TANKER COMPANY'. 'a Halas and Batchelor Cartoon colour by Technicolour'.
00:02:40 Start of animation. '1861 Pennsylvania' overlay over animation. Mineral oil was discovered in Pennsylvania in 1859 and the first cargo of barrels of petroleum was carried across the Atlantic in the brig 'Elizabeth Watts' in 1861.
Animation oil rig digging. VO talks about Petroleum. Ship sails off, carrying barrels of oil. Development of the oil tanker through time explained.
This technicolour animated film shows the evolution of the tank ship from the sailing brigs of the 1860s. The early problems of tanker design are dealt with, we see the famous 'S.S. Gluckauf' of 1886, the first 'modern' tanker; and the 'Narragansett' of 1903 with her engines amidships and her long shaft tunnel.
The ideas of Sir Joseph Isherwood produced a revolutionary change in ship construction which allowed a big ship to carry her engines aft. The way was then clear for ever bigger and faster tankers, culminating in the 100,00 tones of today.
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