Launch of Paddle Steamer "Glen Gower"
Paddle Steamer launch at Troon in 1922
- Questions & Activities
- Clip Details
- Print All
Launch of the paddle steamer "Glen Gower" at Troon in 1922. This film features a variety of shots of the launch party, including: guests arriving at the yard and mounting the launch platform; Mrs Alec Campbell smashing a bottle against the hull and the vessel sliding down the slipway into the water; a side angle shot of same showing men aboard the ship; and the paddle tug "Troon" towing the "Glen Gower" away presumably to the fitting-out basin. The ship was built for for P. & A. Campbell Ltd., Bristol, by the Ailsa Shipbuilding Company.
Questions & Activities
- What is a paddle steamer?
- Why is a ship launch considered an important event?
- How does a paddle steamer work?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of ship?
- Where are they generally used?
Geography / English / History (Age of Invention): Research the shipbuilding industry on the Ayrshire coast and the importance of paddle steamers to the development of the tourist industry in the West of Scotland.
English / ICT: Write and record narration to turn the film into a news report that reflects what you have discovered.
English: You could als write an account of the event from the perspective of one of the workers and dignitaries, focussing on their emotional response to the event.
|Resource Rights Holder||National Library of Scotland|
|School Subject||Geography, Social Studies, History, Technologies, English, ICT, Business Studies|
|Subject Matter||Rivers and Coasts, Tourism|
|Who||Gaumont (production company), P. & A. Campbell (sponsor)|
|Attributes||Black and White, Silent|