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Liner Queen Elizabeth

Leaving the Clyde as a troop ship during WWII

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A very rare colour film of the passenger liner, Queen Elizabeth, being towed by tugs from the Clyde out to sea to act as a troopship during WWII. Her intended destination was the United States and the departure of the ship was carried out in secret with only a few witnesses present.

Questions & Activities


  • Why is a liner being used as a troop ship?
  • How many rowing boats could you fit inside the Queen Elizabeth?
  • What is the role of the tug boat?
  • Why are they leaving in secret?
  • What was the Queen Elizabeth'€™s association with the Clyde? Why did sail from the Clyde and not an English port?
  • What other ocean liners can you name?
  • Why are liner€™s historically named after queens?
  • Why are ships usually referred to as female?


History / World War II: Why was the ship traveling to America as a troop ship?

History: Find out what happened to the Queen Elizabeth and document her history.

Technologies / History / Geography: Research ocean liners. Where were they built and where are they built now? Why did people use cruise ships in the past and how is this different today.

Technologies / Moving Image Education / Media Studies: Make a silhouette zoetrope of the liner leaving Clyde or make a simple animation trying the replicate the shapes in the clip. Create a simple cut out animation of the ship leaving?

Business / History: Find out what other companies owned and built cuise liners. Where were they built?

Art and Design: Design your own liner.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-411-C
Resource Rights Holder Third Party Copyright Holder licensed by National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 3661
Date 1942c
Genre Amateur
School Subject History, Technologies, Media Studies, Moving Image Education, Art and Design
Subject Matter Business
Who Mr Martin Snr (Filmmaker)
Where Clydebank
Attributes Colour, Silent
Clip Length 1:32
Film Length 01:32