Proud ships: A glimpse of the Shell tanker at work

United Kingdom, 1954

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One-fifth of the merchant ships afloat consists of tankers which form a floating chain between the oilfields of the world and the consumer. The film centres round a single tanker - the “Liparus” - on her normal run, introducing her officers and some of her crew. The modern takner is a large and handsome vessel and special care is devoted to ensuring good living conditions for officers and men. Because of possible danger there is a fixed routine of weekly boat drill, and fire-drills are taken seriously. As a result tankers are “the best bet there is on the insurance market”.



Philip Armitage

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Shell Film Unit






Black and White

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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Oil fields

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Oil tankers

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Safety

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Oil fields

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Oil tankers

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Shipping

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Safety education

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Safety

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




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