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Broadoak



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:22 pm    Post subject: A couple of interesting films. Reply with quote

I have found a couple of videos featuring the river Thames which I remember as a young lad with much affection. The river was so busy in those far off days with tugs and lighters and larger ships down river in the dock area. I was fascinated by the lee boards on the sailing barges which were still in use in the fifties.
Today to my mind at least the river is rather clean and clinical nowadays and not nearly so interesting with most of the traffic being glass fibre river busses.
I was first taken on a trip to Greenwhich in the mid fifties by my father on a river bus from Charing Cross pier. There was a commentary on the boat pointing out things of interest I seem to remember. The whole river was alive and bustling with craft of all sorts from the flat iron colliers to small river tugs towing strings of lighters.

Both films are well worth a look as they show scenes that cannot be seen today.

My apologies if this has been posted before.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NObu5VXfTVI Colour 1935


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y19dFHTX5cw River transport 1950-59

Regards Peter M
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giles b



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very interesting pair of films, Peter. Many thanks for sharing. The early one was particularly resonant, as the first few minutes were shot between Teddington Lock and Richmond, where I spent my teenage years in the 1960s. Apart from the loss of an advertisement hoarding Richmond Bridge hadn't changed much at all! Further down-river, it took me a second to realise that the bridge under construction was Waterloo Bridge; easy to forget it's relatively modern.

I do remember tugs on the Thames, but nothing like the number shown in the later film. The amount of traffic on the river is surprising, but I never saw below Tower Bridge in my youth, where there was still sea-going action. Didn't realise that the Thames lighters could be rowed into position, either; must have been tough work against the stream/tide.
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