Title ID 3680Collection ID1779
TitleSpeed Boats Littlehampton
Date1931 - 1933
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
KeywordsAircraft Beaches Boats Children Harbours Leisure Time Activities Play Rivers Seaside Resorts Ships
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionCharles Swain
CameraCharles Swain
Format16mm Black & White Silent
Duration13min. 30sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A glimpse of Littlehampton sea front activities in the early 1930s, including boating on the sea front, biplanes and model yacht races.


The film begins with the title "Speed Boats Littlehampton" and shows scenes of motor boats on the water at the mouth of the River Arun in Littlehampton. The boats include the "Baby Bullet" and the "Miss Littlehampton" carrying passengers on offshore runs, with the Arun Mill and Coast guard Cottages on the shore in the background. The passenger steamer "Brighton Belle" is shown arriving at Littlehampton. People disembark and others on the shore stand to watch it depart. A short scene shows children riding on ponies along a road with the Butlins "Big Dipper" roller coaster (built in 1933) in the background behind them.

Scenes of planes at Alan Cobham's flying circus follow, with crowds watching the biplanes taking off and landing, and an acrobatic parachutist performing somersaults.

A long sequence of the film covers the Littlehampton Regatta with pans along the sea front with steamers, motor boats and dinghies on the water. In the background, crowds of people line the shore to watch. Overhead at one point biplanes perform acrobatics, flying very low over the boats in the harbour. The final section of the film is devoted to model yacht races held on Oyster Pond. Children launch and race large model yachts on the pond and a large model war ship "H.M.S. Pam" is wheeled to the pond to be launched. The film ends abruptly just before the ship is fully launched.


Speed Boats Littlehampton (1931-1933)