Rehabilitation of injured sailors by the Seamen's Hospital Society, London. Reel One.

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About this work


This film in two reels outlines the activities of the Albert Dock Hospital, London. The hospital was established to treat merchant seamen and ensure that if they were injured in any way, then they could return to employment. The opening sequences show a man being hoisted from a ship onto the dock. There are good views of the dockside. The Seaman's Hospital Society ambulance transports the patient to the hospital. Firstly a radiant heat bath controlled by a thermostat is made ready; it is suspended from the ceiling. (Of considerable interest is a rather camera shy bespectacled black nurse attending to the patient in the background). The surgical team establish the patient's blood group. X-rays are taken prior to the leg being placed in plaster; within 40 seconds they are able to the view the results. The patient goes to the ward where he is made comfortable. Meantimes a hospital administrator notifies 'Abel Seaman's' employer by telephone that he will be fit and ready for work (20 weeks). She receives assurances that his job will be open for him when he is well. Intertitle; End of Part One.


[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 194?

Physical description

1 film reel (12 min.) : silent, black and white, 16 mm

Copyright note

Wellcome Trust 2012


One of two film reels donated to the Wellcome Library by Gordon Cook. The reels were passed to him by the former principal nursing officer of the Dreadnought Hospital, Greenwich. Gordon Cooks' history of the Seamen's Hospital Society is in the Library; 'Disease in the merchant navy : a history of the Seamen's Hospital Society'.

Creator/production credits

Surgical Director H. E. Griffiths MS, FRCS, Administrator F. A. Lyon



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