Introduction to Joe Clark
Joe Clark first went to sea as a nine year-old boy in the newly re-conditioned RMS Orion. The voyage to Australia took five weeks. He returned in the same ship some five years later by which time his love of the sea and ships was firmly embedded.
As soon as he was able to leave school, he joined the Orient Line as a Cadet Purser. He served on Otranto, Orontes, Orion, Orcades, Orsova and the Empire Orwell. He sailed on voyages to Australia, the west coast of America, and the Far East, as well as the occasional cruise to the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and the Pacific Isles.
He finished his service on Orontes as Deputy Purser on her final voyage to the breakers yard, a fitting if somewhat sad end.
Joe married and has three children and nine grandchildren. He had a successful career as a banker but fostered his love of the sea by collecting old film of the great liners of his time.
Now Joe has put his collection to use and produced many different films, all available for purchase in the films menu.
All the footage in his films was originally taken by amateurs - often crew members - on 8mm or 16mm cine cameras. Hence the quality is sometimes variable. Nevertheless the films are an authentic record of how it actually was - rather than how the shipping companies would like to portray it in publicity films.
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Liners We Once Loved - A New Series by Joe Clark
This is a new series called "Liners we once Loved". Each film in this series concentrates on one of the old liners that once crossed these oceans carrying passengers, cargo and mail to and from all parts of the globe
Most of the film is taken from converted cine film taken by passengers, crew members, and ship lovers on the fore-shore. the condition of the film varies in quality some of which is not too good but none the less worthy to be included.
Some of the material has been shown in other films I have made, however much is new material, the idea being to bring together all material on one ship together.
London Docks - Tugs, Barges and River Traffic
This DVD is about the River Thames in London, featuring tugs, saling barges and other small river craft. It also has scenes of the docks working from the 1930's to the 1960's, some in black and white, and the rest i in colour. You will see numerous liners and cargo ships approaching the docks and being loaded and unloaded.
All of the film was taken by amateur enthusiasts some of whom worked on tugs or in the docks, others on sightseeing trips.