Made in 1948, this educational film discusses the work of ocean freighters in the era before container ships. The featured vessel is the SS Anchor Hitch, which in addition to a cargo hold had 12 passenger staterooms aboard. The film shows the Anchor Hitch operating in the Pacific, on the way to South America. Many of the activities of the crew are seen including navigation, engine operation, radio contact, etc. At 2:50, the ship's radio antenna and directional radio system is shown being operated by a crew member. At 3:40, radar is shown in operation. At 11:50, a lighthouse is seen guarding the entrance to a harbor.
Not much is known about the SS Anchor Hitch but it was apparently built by the United States Maritime Commission and considered a C1-M-AV1 type, designed for short coastal runs. This class including 65 ships designated Alamosa class for Navy "island hopping" in the Pacific. The C1 types were the smallest of the 3 original types designed by the United States Maritime Commission and were intended to be used on routes that did not call for fast ships. 173 were built between 1940 and 1945. Both the C1-A and C1-B were built with either steam geared turbine or diesel motors.
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