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The Noordam delivers the first Marshall goods

Week number 48-18

Newsreels in which Dutch subjects of a certain week are presented.


The ship "Noordam" of the Holland-America Line delivers, as part of the Marshall-plan, the first relief goods from America to the harbour of Rotterdam. On board there's wheat, general cargo, soy bean oil, agricultural machines, steel and cars. SHOTS: - with fireworks the ship is welcomed at night (3 AM) in the harbour of Hoek van Holland; - at dusk the ship steams into the harbour of Rotterdam and moors; - the Dutch swimmer Nel van Vliet runs of the gangplank and is greeted at the dock; - dockworkers start to discharge the ship with the help of shears; - the American ambassador, dr. H. Baruch (goatee and cane), arrives, with wife(?) and company, on the docks and makes his way to the Philadelphia pilot of the Holland-America Line; - int. pilot: a large crowd listens to speakers, a.o. the minister of Foreign Affairs, mr. C.G.W.H. baron van Boetzelaer van Oosterhout, the minister of Economic Affairs, dr. J.R.M. van den Brink, and dr. Baruch; - the captain of the ship, Koster, presents the minister of Agriculture, Fishing and Food Supplies, ir. S.L. Mansholt, symbolically with a small bag of wheat; - Baruch, Mansholt and company depart via the dock; - an elevator sucks wheat from the hold of the Noordam and dumps it in the hold of the smaller inland vessels.

Polygoon-Profilti (producer) / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (curator)
Publication date:
26 April 1948


Original format:
Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision