Most of this footage was recorded by John Irvine, with some additional filming by his brother Derek. In John’s role as teacher at Forrester High School (Edinburgh) he took parties of school kids to Shetland every summer on outdoor education trips. This early 1960s footage shows the pupils departing Lerwick on the St Clair ferry.

Film-maker: John Irvine

Donated by John, Derek and Isobel Irvine.

00:00:00John Irvine’s car winched aboard St Clair in preparation for departure.
00:00:15Fishing boats in Victoria Pier, with lots of flags flying.
00:00:36St Clair ferry berthed at Victoria pier. Lots of flags on display (possibly after the royal visit).
00:00:49View of lerwick’s Esplanade with fishing boats in foreground.
00:00:56Pupils at waving goodbye from the railings of the St Clair ferry.
00:01:12Passengers boarding ferry and gathered on deck.
00:01:39Peter Sinclair (of Windyhill, Sandness) aboard ferry. More views of passengers on deck.
00:02:01Close up of St Clair name plate on side of hull.
00:02:08High angle views of people gathered on Victoria Pier to wave off ferry.
00:02:25Jimmy Sutherland of Jamieson’s Knitwear (man with pipe with pipe) on quay.
00:02:33Men on quay with vintage cars behind.
00:02:38John Irvine (check shirt) on quay.
00:02:45Onlookers waving at departing ferry. One woman is filming with a cinecamera.
00:02:55Peter McWhirter (son of Queenie – nee Stout of the Medical Hal) walking, wearing a black jacket.
00:03:03Queenie McWhirter (as above) waving, wearing a white hat.
00:03:10High angle shot of crowd gathered on quay.
00:03:15A girl from St Andrews who often visited Shetland and eventually moved to Lerwick.
00:03:21View of crowd gathered on quay from the departing ferry.
00:03:37Views of St Clair ferry departing (shot from quay and Esplanade).
00:04:30Views of Lerwick (inc. Anderson High School) and Shetland landscape shot from departing ferry.
00:05:00Passengers on deck (including man with camera) with Shetland landscape behind. Flocking seagulls on water behind ferry.
00:05:09Sunset over Foula, shot from St Clair ferry.
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