Title Details

Calling Sydney Harbour

A look at commerce on Sydney harbour and the changing face of Sydney as seen from the tugboats working the ports.
Year : 1960 | Total Duration : 18 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Malcolm Otton |
Australian flag flying. Opening titles. Wharf Bay, Wharf 10. Skipper of tug boat, Neros, walks along wharf and boards tug. Boat man unwinds rope preparing for sail. Skipper discusses days work schedule. WS of Sydney Harbour. Cruise ship in distance. View of tug boats sailing towards Sydney Harbour Bridge. Skipper of tug boat,Sirius Cove, looks out from bow of boat. 2 tug boats in distance. Tugboat, Neros, sailing on harbour. View of cruise ship, Neptunia, sailing into Sydney Harbour. Skipper at the wheel of tug boat.
Access No. 123698 | 2 mins 23 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Passengers on deck of cruise ship lean on railing. 2 tugboats travel alongside ship. Tug Master on ship using loud hailer directs skipper of tug boat. Sailors throw ropes on to the tugboat. Ship's ropes are hooked on to tug boats. CU of passengers looking from deck. View of Sydney Harbour. POV ship looking towards Government House at Kirribilli. View of Circular Quay. Ferry travelling towards Quay. Ship travelling under Sydney Harbour Bridge. WS of Sydney Harbour from Lavender Bay.
Access No. 123699 | 1 min 50 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tug Master blows whistle. Tugboat skippers take directions. Ship is brought into Walsh Bay by tug boats. Passengers on ship wave to people waiting at wharf. Tug Master directs shipping staff on outer deck. CU on passengers waving. Wharf workers pull ropes of ship towards wharf. Skipper of tug boat pulls steam whistle. Skipper in cabin writes in diary. Tugboat sails away from ship. Ship docked at wharf. Wharf workers hoisted on ropes paint outside of ship. Large bales sit on the dock. Bales lifted on to ship for export.
Access No. 123700 | 2 mins 10 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Various shots of boats including cargo ships and tug boats. Snails Bay off Birchgrove. A cargo ship sits along side a dolphin (floating platform) stacked with timber. Timber moved from ship on to lighter (boat used for transporting goods). Tugboat workers stack timber. Various shots of docked international cargo ships. Australian Navy band play at Garden Island. Tanker carrying petroleum heads towards Gore Bay off Greenwich. Tugboat brings the tanker to the oil discharging depot.
Access No. 123701 | 3 mins 37 secs | 1960s | Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tanker unloads yacht. NSW Maritime Services Board Construction Depot at Rozelle Bay. Workers construct concrete platforms for the building of wharves. Platform is launched in to water and taken to Darling Harbour by tugboat. Men construct frame of boat terminal. Tugboat carries out fire drill in middle of harbour. Sprays of water from hoses are directed by tugboat workers. 3 tugboats prepare to take out ship from Harbour to Sydney Heads. Ships deck crowded with passengers. Streamers are strewn from decks to wharf.
Access No. 123704 | 2 mins 47 secs | 1960s | Sydney | © NFSA | Colour |
Skipper of tugboat on deck. Skipper uses radio unit to contact other tugboat. Passengers on decks of ship with streamers. Tugboat skipper receives instructions on radio. Passenger takes photograph. Elderly man watches ship from the wharf. Ship blowing steam. Women wave from port hole. Wharf worker lifts rope of ship off wharf pole. Passengers throwing streamers. People on the wharf wave goodbye. Ship departs wharf. Ship ÒOronsayÓ is taken out by tugboat. Ship on harbour led by tug boats. Ship sails under Sydney Harbour Bridge. Tugboat on harbour. 3 tug boats on harbour with Sydney Harbour Bridge in background.
Access No. 123705 | 3 mins 32 secs | 1960s | Sydney | © NFSA | Colour |