Title Details

Unknown Ocean, The

An account of the International Indian Ocean Expedition, which studied the winds, currents and marine life of the Indian Ocean.
Episode : 17 | Year : 1963 | Total Duration : 26 Minutes | Producer : John Martin-Jones
Director : Malcolm Otton |
Quick shot of men rowing in long boats POV one of the boats. Opening titles over WS of large flock of sheep being mustered in outback, trail of men walking in Papuan highlands, High shot over Agricultural Show grand parade and WS Sydney Harbour Bridge and Kirribilli. Good CU of crashing sea with VS of waves breaking. Underwater shots of small school of silver fish. CU scuba diver swimming in sea. VS deep sea diver being lowered into ocean from dive boat with underwater views to him and to assistants handling ropes. WS large ship shot from another boat at sea. VS scientific crew aboard boat and shots of waves washing over bow. VS of scientists lowering probe into sea with a winch.
Access No. 141904 | 3 mins | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Graphic map of the Indian Ocean and surrounding countries and trade routes. MS President of the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research, Dr George Humphrey, sitting at desk looking at various text books then rising to stand in front of map addressing camera on the unique nature of the Indian Ocean. Zoom to arrows being placed on map indicating wind directions and ocean currents. CU to Dr Humphrey speaking to camera.
Access No. 141905 | 3 mins 13 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS African marketplace with men in turbans and flowing robes walking past stalls and tending animals. GS Arab sea merchant standing in sailing boat and VS African coast and port. VS fish market and GS fish sellers. High angle view of crowded south-east Asian city street and zoom out from women in saris and men crossing road. VS people walking streets and marketplaces with some carrying flat baskets on heads. VS group of people playing game with sack outside timber huts. GS locals in vegetable markets. GS dhows and sailing boats in harbour and high angle pan across mass of sampans moored in harbour opposite high density housing. VS street scenes and people in Asian street. High angle city WS.
Access No. 141906 | 1 min 54 secs | 1960s | Africa; Asia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS West Australian city street (probably Perth) and GS shoppers lunching in street mall. WS city with view to suburbs with construction workers in foreground with scaffolding on building site. Pan across car park to city buildings. Graphic map of Indian Ocean and surrounding countries with CUs to Mozambique Channel, Arabian Sea and Australian coast. VS scientists aboard multinational research ship in Indian Ocean with equipment. WS ship on ocean. GS scientists boarding Soviet Union research ship and VS scientists interacting in ship's laboratory. VS scientists launching Indian Ocean standard net into sea. VS scientists examining jars of plankton samples. CU samples in jars.
Access No. 141907 | 3 mins 35 secs | 1960s | © NFSA | Colour |
MS scientists aboard multinational research ship in Indian Ocean lowering Russian current reader into sea. VS buoy being lifted into water with VS of scientists watching. GS US geophysical observation ship Argo travelling on sea. VS men at echo sounders and other scientific equipment on board ship. CU men writing on printouts. VS scientist fixing oceanographic equipment. High angle pan across buildings and workshops on Sydney's Garden Island Naval base to cruiser under construction. VS naval planner and scientist gathered around detailed plans for biological cruise laid out on desk. CU cruise leader Brian Newell.
Access No. 141908 | 2 mins 6 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS men at Garden Island naval base loading equipment onto naval frigate Gascoyne with voice over of biological cruise leader Brian Newell. GS naval workers with tattoos on upper bodies using small crane. GS sailor releasing rope tied to bollard and WS of frigate sailing past Sydney Harbour Bridge. LS city skyline and and cove seen from departing ship. High angle view of frigate leaving Sydney Heads. VS scientists including Australians from CSIRO and crew aboard Gascoyne climbing rope ladders, handling equipment and interacting on deck. MS Newell on ship's telephone. VS water sample collecting using weighted bottle sent into sea. VS in ship's laboratory with scientists processing data from bottles and CUs of data being recorded.
Access No. 141909 | 3 mins 17 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS naval frigate Gascoyne at sea during biological cruise. VS Indian Ocean net haul with scientists lowering windsock-like net into sea to collect animal or zooplankton which is then emptied into buckets. ECUs of zooplankton under microscope and CUs of scientist at microscope in laboratory. MS scientists on deck at night doing mid-water trawl to catch micronekton. VS equipment. VS at night of scientists lowering water samplers into sea to catch phytoplankton. VS of samplers in laboratory and filtration process used to separate out phytoplankton.
Access No. 141910 | 2 mins 1 sec | 1960s | © NFSA | Colour |
WS research station positioned on point in Sydney Harbour. MS woman sitting at laboratory desk typing in data from biological cruise. CU to data machine as she punches keys. VS international group of scientists gathered around table discussing results of cruises. MS two men in room with microscopes with ECUs of biological material under microscopes. CUs of men studying text books. VS oceanography students studying in library under UNESCO program. WS boats and ships in Cochin Harbour, Southern India. WS Indian Ocean Biological Centre Ernakulam. VS scientists testing samples at table under the direction of Dr Vagn Hansen. ECUs of Hansen working with plankton in petri dish under magnifying glass.
Access No. 141911 | 2 mins 3 secs | 1960s | Australia, India | © NFSA | Colour |
WS International Meteorological Centre Bombay. CU telex machines running with CU to information being typed on printout. CU young male Indian wearing headphones. CU meteorological chart being wound on frame and CU young man in training reading information from chart. CU men gathered around table discussing charts. WS frigate for the International Indian Ocean Expedition. VS crane being lowered from ship into sea with underwater shots of it's descent. MS scientists on ship. WS truck travelling through flooded bush landscape. GS farmer herding sheep into pens. MS pair of scientists on ship. WS row of harvesters in wheat field. CU man breaking heads of wheat crop into hands and rubbing them together. GS Asian woman sorting grain onto mat below her.
Access No. 141912 | 2 mins 10 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS African traders sitting on ground with baskets of produce and hand scales. GS market stall food and baskets of grain. WS people shopping at markets. MS scientists launching and retrieving water samples from ship. Pan from ferry in harbour to large cargo ship at wharf. VS cargoes, wharf handlers and tilt to cargo in net being lifted by crane. Tilt from sample jars to row of scientists at table. GS men on Indian fishing barge. CU to fish in baskets on deck. MS people in waist deep water net fishing. MS men carrying fish on pole between them and WS women sorting hundreds of fish in seaside village.
Access No. 141913 | 1 min 3 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU scientists examining fish specimens in jars aboard ship. VS Asian food market and shoppers. CU fish being weighed on hand-held scales. CU African men's faces as they trade fish. VS Dr Newell and scientist aboard biological cruise frigate. GS oceanographic equipment being lifted from sea seen POV underwater and from boat. CU foam from wake of boat.
Access No. 141914 | 1 min 52 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |