Title ID 4886Collection ID670
TitleOil Pollution of Sheppey
Date17 May 1977
ThemeSeaside Working Life
KeywordsAccidents Beaches Workers
NationalUnited Kingdom England
ProductionSwale District Council
Commissioning bodySwale District Council
ParticipantsJ.D. Sly, Chief Engineer F.I. Mun.E. F.I.H.E. Chief Technical Services Officer
Other creditsS.G.Browse (titles & additional material)
FormatColour Silent
Duration22 min. 03 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


This film shows workers using diggers on the beach and high pressure hoses to attempt to clean up an oil spill on the Isle of Sheppey.


Titles read: Swale District Council J.D. Sly, Chief Engineer F.I. Mun.E. F.I.H.E. Chief Technical Services Officer

Operation Oil: 577 Oil Polution of Sheppey Beaches, May 1977

Tuesday 17th May 1977 10.45 From....Coastguards.... Warden Point To.... Swale District Council.... Oil Slick about to Reach Shore High Tide......13.19 Wind......N by NE Force 9"

Some scenes of the pollution are followed by a further title: "The pollution extended from Hen's Brook to Garrison Point...... approximately 9 kilometres"

Waves of oil splash onto the beach, blown on by strong winds, while men from the council direct the cleaning operation. A variety of equipment is used, from bulldozers, which remove the polluted shingle, to tractors and men equipped with detergent sprays and cleaning machines. The film ends with scenes of waves on the beach after the clean-up operation has finished.


A still from Oil Pollution of Sheppey (1977)