Seawards the Great Ships

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Seawards the Great Ships
Directed by Hilary Harris
Written by John Grierson
Cliff Hanley
Starring Kenneth Kendall
Bryden Murdoch
Release date
  • 1961 (1961)
Running time
28 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Seawards the Great Ships is a 1961 British short documentary film directed by Hilary Harris. It won an Academy Award in 1962 for Best Short Live Action Subject,[1][2] the first Scottish film to win an Oscar. The film chronicles the Shipbuilding industry of the River Clyde during the early 1960s, featuring footage from the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, John Brown & Company and Scotts Shipbuilding and Engineering Company. It was produced by Glasgow-based Templar Films for the Clyde Shipbuilders' Association and the Central Office of Information (COI). It was released onto Blu-ray by Panamint in 2010 as part of their 'Faces of Scotland' compilation.[3]

It includes dialogue between shipyard workers, but this is all scripted. They had hoped to use genuine dialogue between shipyard workers, but this included too many swearwords to be usable.


  • Kenneth Kendall as Narrator (Worldwide version)
  • Bryden Murdoch as Narrator (Original Scottish version)


  1. ^ "The 34th Academy Awards (1962) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  2. ^ "New York Times: Seawards the Great Ships". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-05-22. 
  3. ^ Nield, Anthony (11 Feb 2011). "Faces of Scotland". The Digital Fix. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 

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