Waterbodies & Maritime => Waterways => Topic started by: Bryn Clinch on May 23, 2013, 16:14:06

Title: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: Bryn Clinch on May 23, 2013, 16:14:06
BygoneMedway - I`ve just started to explore the site from which you gave the link re St. Barts Hospital. Here is another stunning piece of film regarding the Medway in 1938. I`m sure some of the experts on the Forum will be able to name some of the vessels - a Paddle Steamer, numerous war ships, flying boats and many buildings.

Please delete this post if it`s inappropriate as there are many films on this site that I`m sure have been explored by Forum members and therefore may be deemed to be a duplication.

https://community.brighton.ac.uk/medway/pg/groups/33/watery-trail/
Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: mikeb on May 23, 2013, 16:48:38
Another excellent piece of film, thank you for posting it.
Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: Sirenetta on May 23, 2013, 17:36:32
Wow!  A super bit of history.  Marvellous to see the Short Flying Boats (and seaplane!) and the pride of the Royal Navy in the estuary.  What a find.  Well done for posting this gem.
Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: Sentinel S4 on May 23, 2013, 18:21:39
That is the best 22 mins I have had in a long time, media wise that is. I really enjoyed that. It is a 'must see' for all on the KHF, there is so much there. I am stunned, The Medway Queen before her main mast was shortened and the bit added to her stack, sorry I did not get the name of the other (one of the Queens? Thanet or Kent? Or even an Eagle). Stunned at the machinery that has now gone.

S4.
Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: Lyn L on May 23, 2013, 19:09:06
Another wonderful gem, thanks Bryn Clinch  :) I only saw one RN ship's number ...H65 which was HMS Boadicea, Destroyer B class.

 Built by Hawthorn Leslie 23-9-1930. Sunk by air attack off Portland 13-6-1944. It was a shame I didn't catch other numbers. Loved seeing the Medway Queen in action though.
Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: smiffy on May 23, 2013, 19:59:36
The ship next to HMS Boadicea looks like H84 which would seem likely as she was a sister ship, HMS Brilliant. Broken up 1947.

I think it may be better if this thread was moved to the Cinema, Theatre, Radio & Filming section?


Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: BygoneMedway on May 24, 2013, 11:27:15
Thanks Bryn Clinch. Another wonderful film.
Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: drunkenbaker on May 24, 2013, 15:49:15
Sorry for being irreverent, but I can't help but laugh at our man getting up out of his easy chair and putting his pipe down on the soft arm rest. What a wonderful look in on a bygone age.

Now to watch the film itself. Thanks for posting it.  :)
Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: smiffy on May 24, 2013, 16:18:12
The battleship shown near the end looks like a "Revenge" class. This would mean it is either HMS Ramillies, Revenge, Resolution, Royal Oak or Royal Sovereign. If it's the Ramillies then it's significant for me as my father was serving on board her in the first part of 1938, which is when this film was made.
Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: Ted Ingham on May 28, 2013, 11:23:01
Like many others on the forum may I also add my appreciation. What a wonderful film.
The two paddle steamers shown are (as S4 states) the Medway Queen and the other is the Thames Queen.

Thames Queen was built in 1889 as the Yarmouth Belle. She was sold to the New Medway Steam Packet Company in 1928 and renamed Queen of Southend. In 1931 she was converted to burn oil and in 1935/6 she was extensively altered and her promenade was extended to the bow.
In 1937 she was fitted with a new funnel. She then took on the Port of London dock cruise duties and was renamed Thames Queen.

After the Second World War she was finally scrapped at Dover in 1948.

Regards,
Ted
Title: Re: The River Medway Film (1938)
Post by: Sentinel S4 on May 28, 2013, 17:59:06
Thanks Ted Ingham. I knew not of the existence of the Thames Queen. I will have to investigate further.

S4.