May 20, 2003


A convoy of small freighters, which ply around the British Isles and
are known as "dirty little coasters," steams through the English
Channel towing its own barrage balloons as protection against
German air attack (circles are drawn around balloons). The fleet
of coasters bring products England the products it needs to
survive from distant points in Wales, Northern Ireland, and
Scotland, as well as moving exports from Britain to safer ports,
where they can be shipped to America and other points.