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Reel Number: 220518-04
Color: Black and White
Sound: SIL and SD
Year / Date: 1939,1930s
Location: Bath Iron Works,Kearny, New Jersey,San Francisco, California
TC Begins: 12:26:36
TC Ends: 12:34:32
NOTE: FOR ORDERING See: www.footagefarm.co.uk or contact us at: Info@Footagefarm.co.uk Pre-WWII - 1939, USA Homefront: Ship Launchings Si. 08Apr39 Low Angle / LA of Destroyer USS Sims (DD 409) bow w/ CU workers waving. 12:27:02 CU Sign: Hull no. 170 - U.S.S. Sims (D.D. 409) - Keel Laid July 15, 1937. 12:27:06 LA bow of ship (brief). US troops & Colour guard & other flags marching into shipyards past military band playing; along dock past spectators. 12:27:41 MS Mrs. William S. Sims poses beside bow w/ bouquet & champagne bottle; CU. HA shots of crowd. LS splash of bottle breaking (bottle not seen), ship sliding down into water. Tug moves alongside; people begin to leave. LS USS Sims moving under own power; CU name SIMS on ?? 12:29:28 MCU unidentified civilian man; MS couple & daughter w/ woman who christened ship. 12:29:43 Si. 20May39 Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Kearny, NJ LA MS bow of SS Challenge; MLS of Challenge & SS Red Jacket behind. MS. & CUs for several angles, men on decks, launching platform w/ bunting at bows. 12:30:34 HA Crowd waiting in shipyard for launch ceremony. 12:30:49 LS Challenge down slipway. MS just after woman breaks bottle, Red Jacket down slipway, into water & turning broadside. 12:32:11 CUs Signs: Keel laid 20Sep38 Launching Schedule 20May39. 12:32:22 Slug. 12:32:24 Narration starts - Refitting of mothballed navy ships; turbine engine lowered into place; guns & torpedo tubes lowered onto ships. Torpedoes transported & loaded onto ships. GOOD. 12:32:54 Aerial of Naval Fleet. Reviewed by President Roosevelt standing under large guns of Cruiser Houston w/ Admiral CC Block. CU Presidential flag in wind. Firing salute & CU FDR waving. Ships past bay bridge in San Francisco harbor. 12:33:34 Slug. 12:33:36 Si Montage: sailors arrives at camp, duffles emptied into locker & putting up picture of girlfriend. Making bed; washing hands; combing hair & medical examination: eyesight, hearing, knee reflexes tested. Hopping on one foot. Measuring height, weight, heart w/ Doctor listening thru stethoscope. Blood pressure tested. Smiling sailor puts on hat. Ship Launchings; United States Merchant Shipbuilding Program; Navy Fleet; Pre-WW2; NOTE: SS Challenge was acquired by the Navy 23Oct40 & renamed USS Castor (AKS-1). SS Red Jacket 1, was a C-2 cargo ship - needs more information. NOTE: FOR ORDERING See: www.footagefarm.co.uk or contact us at: Info@Footagefarm.co.uk
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