This latest set of silent and sound films by Flicker Alley has the central theme of seafaring. The feature film in the set is 1927's The Yankee Clipper, produced by Cecil B. DeMille and directed by Rupert Julian who also directed some early Universal horror films. This film is still incomplete, so it's likely the other short films were added to round out the package. Filmed on an actual ship from the 1850's, the story is not that compelling. It basically focuses on a stowaway and a young couple that wind up on the ship during its big race from China to Boston. William Boyd, who is primarily remembered for his westerns, plays the ship captain. The main reason to see this film is the art direction, plus I've always had a fond spot in my heart for the film work of Bill Boyd.
The other short films included are so rare they don't even have entries in imdb. I believe that they are all sound films.
Around the Horn in a Square Rigger (1933) is a short about the 1933 Grain Race that spanned from Australia to England. The other two shorts are Fox Movietone entries. They are "The Square Rigger" (1932), which is about life aboard a ship that at the time this film was made had just started serving 50 years at the Polish Maritime School. "Ship Ahoy" (1928) is about the maritime conditions of the American lumber trade at the time. These last two films in particular have a newsreel quality to them.
Finally there is a ten-minute sequence from Down to the Sea in Ships (1922), documenting a whale hunt from the 1878 wooden ship Wanderer out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. The film itself is about a group of Quakers that are involved in the whaling industry. This last entry is rather strange since the film is already on DVD in its entirety by Kino via Parisian Love / Down to the Sea in Ships. The film in its entirety is about 80 minutes long.
Audio Reminiscence by Frank "Junior" Coghlan about the filming of The Yankee Clipper.
PLUS: An enclosed booklet includes detailed program notes by film scholar and U.S. Navy marine engineer John E. Stone and an essay about the scoring of The Yankee Clipper by organist Dennis James.
I own several Flicker Alley collections, and they have all been technically excellent and put together in an interesting way, placing films on DVD that would otherwise probably never see the light of day.