Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor


When the Cunard Steamship Company asked John Brown to build them a ship like the ‘Queen Mary’ and ‘Queen Elizabeth’, but light enough to sail in shallow waters, the job became known as Contract 736. This is the story of that ship, and the impact it had on the community where it was built before it was launched as the ‘Queen Elizabeth II’. I thought you might like to see the original film produced by Ted Williamson, the chap with the photographic camera.

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Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

3 thoughts on ““Contract 736” was the name of the STV film about the QE2

  1. A wonderful nostalgia trip. A doc in the great tradition of Grierson and Anstey, shot on 16mm reversal, capturing a world that no longer exists. So full of rich anecdotes… reference to Lusitania… lovely footage of the Maid if the Loch… and great Clyde humour.

    Whatever happened to the British ship building industry?

    Thank you Philip

  2. Is there any way I could get a download of “Contract 736”.

    My Father appears in one scene below decks in an engine room or there abouts. James Long.

    It would give me great pleasure in showing his Grandchildren that he never saw.

    Alistair Long

    HDW : If you have a smart TV you can show it here on YouTube

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