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  1. lestermay says

    This film clip is not of HMS Victoria, for there was no such carrier. I presume that the film is of the launching of the aircraft carrier HMS Victorious, at the Vickers-Armstrong shipyard at High Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 14 September 1939, just eleven days after the declaration of war by the UK on Germany. Certainly, the ship's hull in this film matches exactly the line drawing of HMS Victorious as she was completed in 1941 (some drawings online). The ship's name is on the stern, just below the openings on the quarterdeck, and the lettering (in red capital letter blocks) appears long enough to read VICTORIOUS. Further evidence could come from the name of the tugs in attendance on the River Tyne, and one tug - in the final seconds of the film - has her name (six or seven letters) clear to see but not clear enough to read. The hammerhead crane is clear at the side of the slipway. A young boy climbs a fence on the Hebburn side of the river so as to gain a better view of the launch;…

  2. lestermay says

    This is part two of the original message, cut off because the website does not tell a contributor that only so many characters are allowed - asinine and annoying!

    ... he is aged about eight or ten years old, born therefore in about 1930.

    Lester May (Lieutenant-Commander RN - retired)
    Camden Town, London NW1

  3. lestermay says

    Lastly, of course, the title, description and tags for this film clip need to be changed or improved. I am happy to help if someone gets in touch for the tags and description in particular need much improvement.

  4. jamied says

    In answer to the above comments, the tug in the last few seconds looks to me to be named "Hendon". It certainly looks very much like the same Tyne tug named Hendon in the attached photo....

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