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A.1. at Lloyd's

About the film

The important role played by Lloyd’s of London in world shipping, using the ‘100 A1’ rated S.S. Armadillo as an example.


Release year
Ralph Bond
Production company
Strand Films
Alexander Shaw
Reg Groves
Jo Jago
John Greenwood
Leslie Mitchell
Sound recording
Al Rhind
Musical director
Muir Mathieson
Running time (minutes)
09 mins 09 secs

Original Description

The Work of Lloyd's of London
‘A description of Lloyd’s services to world shipping and the story of a voyage from Valparaiso to Hull. The S.S. Armadillo, ‘100 A 1’ at Lloyd’s sets out with a valuable cargo on her adventurous voyage; she is reported missing; her safe arrival is announced by the ringing of the famous Lutine Bell at Lloyd’s.’
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-1943)


  • The Lloyd’s signal station depicted is still standing today at The Lizard, Cornwall.
  • The S.S. Armadillo that features in this film appears to be fictionalised. There was, however, an actual S.S. Armadillo, a much smaller steam ferry which operated on the River Tamar, and the American USS Armadillo (IX-111), built shortly after this film was released.