Title Details

Steady as She Goes

The work of the harbour pilot in Sydney Harbour.
Year : 1949 | Total Duration : 8.5 Minutes | Producer : John Kingsford-Smith
Director : John Kingsford-Smith |
Opening titles. WS harbour including Harbour Bridge. View from water up to tugboat pulling ship. Various ships on harbour, liner towards Harbour Bridge. Pilot ship Captain Cook in Watson's Bay, two men on deck talking. CU South Head seen from water, signal station with flag flying. Man looking through telescope. Ship out to sea in distance. Black ball raised outside signal station to indicate to pilot's ship to assist incoming boat.
Access No. 126616 | 1 min 29 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS pilot ship at Watson's Bay. VS action on ship as it prepares to go out to guide incoming boat through the Head - release buoy, handle turned on controls indicating Half Ahead, pistons moving, bows through water. Pilot in long overcoat and hat walks up to deck, lighting cigarette. VS ship with steam motoring ahead out to sea . Man looks out from signals station.
Access No. 126617 | 41 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Pilot's ship heading out to sea through Heads to assist incoming boat. HAS from ship to bows. WS pilot's ship next to boat. Rowing boat lowered from pilot's ship with pilot dressed in overcoat and three crew. Pilot climbs rope ladder whilst rowing boat tied up below. Pilot greeted by officer, flag flying to indicate pilot aboard.
Access No. 126618 | 2 mins 6 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Man at ship's helm at wheel. POV down to waves. WS ship into harbour. Pilot indicates safe route through. POV from ship out to Shark Island and various boats including yachts sailing. Past Bradley's Head, Harbour Bridge behind. CU pilot dressed in overcoat and hat. Past Fort Dennison.
Access No. 126619 | 1 min 38 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Tugs alongside ship in Sydney Harbour. Siren sounded, men from tug wave at men on ship including harbour pilot dressed in hat and overcoat. Ropes thrown and attached , pilot blows whistle. CU ship's whistle blown, handle turned on controls indicating stop. Bows of ship POV tug ÒBustlerÓ, POV ship to tug. Pilot looks up as ship passes under Harbour Bridge. Ship under bridge.
Access No. 126620 | 50 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS busy port of Sydney wharves, Unloading of cargo including car, sacks in rope net, bags on pallet lifted. Grain poured from shutes into containers on ship, sacks lifted, Names of a ships Red Jacket, New York; River Mitta, Melbourne; Strathaird, London; Mongabarr, Goteborg; City of Brisbane; Glasgow; Merkur, Singapore.
Access No. 126621 | 1 min 12 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
Harbour pilot dressed in suit and hat, carrying overcoat leaves ship he has assisted into harbour, shakes hand of officer, walks off down steps, flag indicating that pilot is aboard is lowered. Pilot walks away along busy wharf.
Access No. 126622 | 27 secs | 1940s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |