Title: [Boat Trip Along the Suez Canal: Port Said to Aden]
Date: (1929)
Film-maker: Dr. Catherine Violet Burne & Dr. Thomas Burne

This cruise ship officer wears a white cotton jacket, shirt, tie and white hat with dark peak and smokes a pipe. He also wears loose-fitting white trousers.

Civilian ships crew uniforms often reflected elements from naval uniforms. To read about the development of naval uniforms, see the Royal Naval Museum’s website.

Title: Boat trip; Stella Polaris
Date: 1935
Film-maker: Ralph Staley

The sailors on the cruise ship Stella Polaris wear dark coloured plain tops with a flat, square collar folded over the back and dark bell-bottomed trousers. The more familiar square collar developed, as it was easier for the men to cut and sew themselves than the round variety. Bell bottomed trousers were another established element of the square rig uniform. These were practical garments for men who worked at sea since they could be rolled up securely to clear the feet and ankles when working with rigging. A cap was worn with a white trim detail.

The National Maritime Museum has a Naval uniform from the 1950s which features similar collar details and trousers (Item No. ZBA0581).

has a print of a sailor’s uniform dated 1828. It is entitled ‘common sailor’ and gives an insight into what ordinary naval sailors were wearing a century before. The print depicts a man in the traditional colour combination associated with sailors – white and blue. He wears white bell-bottoms, navy blue jacket with brass buttons, white shirt, red necktie and top hat with gold motif. See the National Maritime Museum (Item No. PAF4197).


Title: [Cochrane Wedding]
Date: 1937
Film-maker: Lance House

This film shows the groom, Rupert Cochrane, wearing an army officer’s dress uniform at his wedding.