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Freighter At Sea
Description: Education film about the SS Anchor Hitch, a US Merchant Marine freighter that transported passengers in addition to cargo, as it travels from San Francisco to South America.
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Clip #: TFA-307B
Length: 16:17
Year: 1948
Color: B/W
Sound: Sound
Library: TFA Network
Decade: 1940s
Subject: Boats
Original: 16mm
1940s, United States Merchant Marine freighter SS Anchor Hitch, tugboat helping freighter until out of harbor at San Francisco, map showing most important routes of ocean freighters with the busiest one being the North Atlantic route connecting eastern United States with Western Europe, routes connecting Western Europe with Asia through Suez Canal, Western Europe and South America, North America and South America through Panama Canal, Western United States and Asia, state room for passengers, mother helping boy remove robe and get tucked into bed, helmsman steering wheel, rudder indicator, gyrocompass, officer operating radio direction finder, ship’s radio antenna rotating in search of strong radio beam, officer reading direction of radio beam on radio direction finder, diagram showing radio beams from land crossing to indicate position of ship on ocean, rotating navigational radar atop mast, ship’s officer watching radar screen in wheelhouse, lookout keeping watch on bow for other ships, oil and gasoline tanker visible through fog, lookout ringing bell to signal watch officer on bridge of nearby ship, crew member who has worked all night waking man sleeping in upper bunk to take over watch, man getting out of bunk and dressed, crew cabins, quarters, man washing hands and face in wash basin, crew eating in mess room, father waking boy sleeping in passenger’s stateroom and opening porthole so boy can look out, bosun and seamen washing down and scrubbing deck, bosun riding bosun’s chair while working aloft to replace steel cargo block on boom, seamen lowering bosun on bosun’s chair using block and tackle, cooks preparing corned beef and cabbage for crew and passengers in galley, chief cook cooking corned beef, assistant cook making cake by adding eggs into stand mixer, chief cook seasoning food being cooked on electric range, cook putting food on dumb waiter and raising elevator to next deck above, mess man removing food from dumb waiter and putting into steam tables to keep warm, waiter serving food to passengers and officers eating in main dining room, officer’s mess, boy dining with captain and chief engineer at captain’s table, waiter serving corned beef and cabbage to boy, captain and chief engineer, captain showing boy around ship, chart room, captain taking chart out of drawer and putting onto chart table, captain pointing out locations on chart to boy and drawing lines on chart with ruler to show ship’s course, open bridge, officer using bearing circle to get ship’s bearing on fixed land object, lighthouse, man sighting through narrow slit and reading bearing of lighthouse on compass dial under bearing circle, captain standing on open bridge and using sextant to measure angle of sun above horizon, captain showing boy how to sight with sextant, radio operator adjusting dial in radio room, boy bringing message to radio operator who sends message using telegraph key, captain and boy visiting wheelhouse and watching helmsman steer wheel, helmsman showing boy how to steer wheel, pilot house, engineers working in engine room, boilers in boiler room, man lighting off burner in port boiler with torch, boy watching officer control speed of ship with telegraph, telegraphs in wheelhouse and engine room, captain giving order and officer pulling handle to pull the pointer, after pointer in engine room telegraph moves engineer moving outer handle to match the pointer in center, captain ordering half speed forward adjustment on wheelhouse telegraph and engineer adjusting engine room telegraph to match, engineer closing throttle on main engine to slow down ship, captain ordering “slow ahead” adjustment on wheelhouse telegraph and engine room telegraph is adjusted, engine room closing throttle further, propeller shaft, ship leaving long wake while moving through water towards South America

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