Title ID 6145Collection ID714
Title[Boat Trip on the Thames]
CollectionNewman Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeFamily life Transport
KeywordsBoats Bridges Canals Family Holidays Leisure Time Activities Landscape Outings Rivers Rural Areas Water Transport
RegionalGreater London
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionFrancis Henry Newman
CameraFrancis Henry Newman; Alice Margaret Newman
FormatColour Silent
Duration23min. 16sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


The film documents a boat trip down the Thames River in 1952.


In the opening scene of this film a man stands on the bank of the river Thames alongside a small motorboat, named Garth. The man casts off on the boat, and it moves off towards the middle of the river. A bigger boat passes by in the background, after which the camera cuts to a view of the boat from the bank, as two men wait alongside holding ropes. The camera then pans across a garden, with a house just visible in the distance. The camera returns back to a shot of Garth, as it approaches a lock. Scenes of the river follow, showing a group of ducks, and the river bank. This is followed by scenes of another lock, and a small motorboat passing through it. Windsor castle is shown as the boat passes. Several views of the sunset can then be seen, whilst the boat is still in motion. Gradually the light fades.

The film then features a small house boat, called 'Radiant Star', still in a rural area of the River Thames. The boat is shown in motion, after which the camera cuts to a view of the boat moored by the bank of the river. A man is shown shaving at the bow of the boat. Several views of the river follow, in which other boats, including a large green houseboat passes by. In the next scene the sun is setting, followed by a view of some buildings by the river, in near-darkness.

More scenes of the river bank are filmed from the boat, as it passes Bisham Church. The camera pans across the river, showing a small sailing boat passing by. Another sunset follows this. In the next scene, a man rows in a small skull, away from the camera. It looks as though it is early morning and the river is calm.

In the next scenes there are more views of the river bank, with a train passing through the shot, and a view of keel boat house. In the following scenes show a lock as the water is let out to allow the boat to pass through. Further views of the river follow, including a shot of a man in a diving suit, and more views of locks being changed. Scenes of the countryside through which the boats pass continue; views of sailing boats and cows drinking at the river bank. A man is shown feeding swans, and the camera pans out to focus on the swans in the river.

In the final scenes several different boats passing through a lock, interspersed with shots of a cat and family friends and river scenes. In the final shot the lock closes.