Media item

Urk is no longer an island

Week number 39-40

Newsreels in which Dutch subjects of a certain week are presented.


The closing of the hole between the extended dikes of Urk and Lemmer in the IJsselmeer, which created the edge of the new northeastern polder and made Urk from an island into a peninsula. SHOTS: - Urk (seen from the water); - map of the IJsselmeer, on the location of the new dike is shown (from Lemmer, via Urk, underneath Schokland to the mainland); - dredging machines ("Essex") dredging up boulder clay near Lemmer and Urk. The boulder clay will be used for the construction of the dike; - sand and water is transported from a sand sucker into tanks by using a large mouth piece; - dike is raised with mixture; - men make fascine mattresses; - fascine mattresses are placed next to the dike which is still under construction; - supply of building materials (rubble and stones) from a boat via the fascine matresses to the dike; -workers hacking basalt stones; - dumping of clay by using a crane with grab; - smack sails by dike; - small motor boat sails through small opening in the dike; - grabbers at work supplying the last amounts of clay and the closing of the dike in the presence of some decorated ships; - some supervisors; - mayor of Urk, G. Keijzer (right) and mayor of Lemsterland, M. Krijger, shake hands on a plank that has been put over a small opening in the dike; - man and woman in traditional attire from Urk look out over the water with the new dike.

Polygoon-Profilti (producer) / Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (curator)
Publication date:
2 October 1939


Original format:
Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid