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Belfast Car Ferry at Stranraer (clip)

TV news report stock shots of the Scotland/Northern Ireland Ferry Service

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These television news rushes are stock shots taken for a news report, extracts of which would have had a live or recorded presenter/studio link. Some shots have sound, others are mute. The shots show the "Ailsa Princess" car ferry at Stranraer. Passengers disembark and walk down the gangway. Shots of a crane lifting a trailer. Passengers at Stranraer Station as a train pulls in and people carrying suitcases embark and disembark including a school group. Shots of people walking up the gangway and boarding the ferry to Belfast. Shots of containers being loaded onto the ferry and cars drive onto the ferry via a ramp. The ferry moves away with the loading door still open. Shots of the ferry sailing away from the harbour with its loading door closing slowly. Seagulls follow the ship as she departs for Belfast.

Questions & Activities


  • Why do think people are travelling to Belfast?
  • Where is Belfast located?
  • Why would people in Belfast travel to Scotland?
  • Where is Stranraer?
  • What kind of ship is this?
  • How long do you think the journey might take?
  • Why do you think the railway line from Dumfries to Stranraer was closed?


Geography / Business / Transport: The rail link from Dumfries to Stranraer was an important passenger and freight route. Research the route of the now closed railway line, plotting the route on a map and noting the villages and towns that it stopped at. Find out what effects the closure of the railway had on both businesses and passengers.

Transport / Science & Technology: Research the history of the "Aisla Princess". What other names was she known by and what other routes did she sail? Find out where and when the 'Ailsa Princess' was constructed and where she was launched. What was the significance of having London on her stern.

Geography / Business: Find out which company operated the "Aisla Princess" in 1971 at the time of this film. Does this company still operate the ferry today and if not, which company has taken over.

Art and Design / Business: Design a marketing campaign to attract people to use the ferry. You could design it for the 1970s customer or today's passengers. What methods of transport would passengers use to get to Stranraer - devise a ticketing system that would encourage passengers.

Tourism: Design a campaign for visiting Belfast or an area of Scotland to attract people to visit using the ferry. What would attract people to travel between these destinations.

Art and Design: Find out what the logo on the ferry's funnel stood for. Design your own logo for a ferry or travel company.

English: Read the book 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' by Richard Bach. Write a story from the viewpoint of one of the seagulls following the ferry.

Geography / Transport: Find out how long the journey from Stranraer to Belfast takes. Find out what other methods of transport could be taken from Scotland to Northern Ireland. What would be the most economic method and which would be the most carbon friendly.

Media Studies / Social Studies: Edit these rushes adding a voice-over or filming a narrator in the style of a 'live' news report.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-553-C
Resource Rights Holder By Kind permission of Scottish Television
Project Ref T1047
Date 1971
Genre TV News, Non-Fiction
School Subject Geography, Economics, English, Media Studies, Science, Technologies, Art and Design
Subject Matter Business, Journeys, Transport
Who Scottish Television (production company)
Where Stranraer
Event Transport, Ships
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 5:08
Film Length 5:39