Title ID 3215Collection ID519
TitleBoat Trip; MS Stella Polaris
Date[ca. 1935?]
CollectionStaley Family
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionTravel
ThemeTravel Fashion Leisure
KeywordsBoats Bridges Buildings Canals Games Holidays Leisure Time Activities Ships Travel Clothing Fashion Hats Trousers Uniforms
LocalStockholm Copenhagen Leningrad [?] St Petersberg
NationalNorway Sweden Denmark Finland Russia
ProductionRalph Staley
CameraRalph Staley; Nellie Staley
ParticipantsRalph Staley (Father); Nellie Staley (Mother); Dr Robert Staley (Ralph's brother); Elsie Wilmer (Ralph's 1st cousin);
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration18 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Film by Ralph Staley of a cruise with his wife Nellie aboard the Norwegian liner MS Stella Polaris. They stop at the port of Stockholm, and Copenhagen amongst other destinations. On board, deck coits and other games are played, passengers relax on deck, and Nellie is seen washing in their cabin and looking out to sea from a window. A Finnish boat/plane (OH-ALK) is seen leaving the shoreline adjacent to the ship at one of the stops.


A still from 'Boat trip; Stella Polaris' (1935)A still from 'Boat trip; Stella Polaris' (1935)

Contextual information

Fashion Notes: This film provides examples of everyday wear, particularly showing women’s separates and berets, men's caps and bell-bottom trousers. The film also gives an insight into the casual clothing of passengers onboard a ship and shows sailors in uniform.

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This online resource provides a thematic guide for students interested in fashion and dress. The site offers pathways into aspects of fashion and dress as depicted in archive film from the inter-war period in the Screen Archive South East collections.

This clip from the film shows the sailors working on board the ship: