Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Port of London Aquatic Sports - 1925

Country: United Kingdom
This Topical Budget newsreel was shot in the Surrey Commercial Docks. Dockworkers, their families and friends can be seen relaxing and participating in various events, including swimming, water polo and high diving. The main trade of these docks is much in evidence in the open-ended timber storage sheds, the floating baulks used as pontoons and the wooden diving tower. Established in 1909, the Port of London Authority continued with the swimming galas organised by its predecessor dock companies in the late 19th century. All dock policemen had to be able swimmers and established staff were expected to gain their swimming certificate. (Chris Ellmers)

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