Australian corvettes

Accession Number F01812
Collection type Film
Measurement 8 min
Object type Actuality footage
Physical description 35mm/b&w/silent
Maker Parer, Damien Peter
Place made At sea
Date made 5 November 1942-8 November 1942
Access Open
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


HMAS Castlemaine at sea in the waters above Northern Australia, 5-8 November 1942. Brass plate of the ship. Looking forward along port fore deck showing a group of ratings against the rails. Sunset over distant coastline. Looking towards stern small boat along side. Crew line the rail watching. Anti aircraft gun silhouetted against the sunrise. Rating on lookout stands beneath the barrel. Small boat casts off from side of ship. Close up of sailor with a beard twirling his moustache. Crew wearing home made sandals. Crew mending clothes. Sailor 'swings the lead'. Various scenes in the engine room. Able Seaman Brandon of WA sitting on deck making sandals. Gun traverses and is elevated as a sailor is seen climbing into the crow's nest. Change of watch in the crow's nest. Interior of ship's bridge, First Lieutenant Williams on duty. Sunset or dawn over the sea. Rigging in the foreground. Aircraft lookout scans the sky. Gunner servicing 40mm anti aircraft gun. Engine room showing artificer standing beside pressure gauge and engine room telegraph - looks up at speaking tube. Helmsman at work. Three off duty sailors reading a magazine. Bathroom grate being trailed in the sea. Seaman hauls cleaned grate on board. Ship's log, cable revolves rapidly. Bosun and seaman check cargo on after deck. 40mm anti aircraft gun crew at action stations. Gunnery officer shoots the sun with a sextant. On fore deck hands at work scrubbing the deck. Crew of the 4-inch gun at action stations. Chief Bosun's mate, 'Buffer' walks right to left piping change of watch. Crew members dash down steps and away from camera along deck to action stations. High angle of ship's company dashing to action stations. From masthead looking forward of 4 inch gun's crew at action stations. Mast head lookout climbs rigging taken from crows nest. Pan left to follow aircraft flying low over sea rating at rail waves. Interior of bridge ship's Captain Sullivan looks through binoculars to right of picture.

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