From the laying of the keel through to the riveting of steel plates - teams of men work together to build and launch a steel ship. 'Britain's shipbuilders build ships for service all over the world. No two ships are alike, each has its own 'character'. In the film a keel is laid, and from a tangle of steel plates and girders the hull takes shape. After weeks of skilled and patient work, the ship is launched and 'steel goes to sea'.'