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Steam Turbine

About the film

An informative account of the history, manufacture, and scientific principles behind a steam turbine.


Release year
Aubrey E. Singer
Production company
G.B. Instructional
Running time (minutes)
08 mins 15 secs
Associate Producer
E. Smith Morris
Diagram Direction
Lionel D'Arcy Pierce
Technical Supervisor
J. Lauwerys

Original Description

'The rotary steam engine; early designs of Hero of Alexandria, and Branca, and the Pelton wheel. Parsons’ steam turbine explained by animated diagram. Turbines fitted in ships, and turbo-generators in large power stations.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1946)


  • The ocean liner seen in the opening shots of Steam Turbine is the famous RMS Queen Elizabeth, which had been used as a troopship during the Second World War, but was a passenger ship by the time of filming.
  • Joseph Lauwerys helped to make another film on the same topic in 1943, entitled Invention of the Steam Engine, though the British Council had ceased to distribute it by the time Steam Turbine went into production.