• Short Summary

    The Prince of Wales launches the liner ship 'Empress of Britain' in Scotland.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Clydebank. £3,000,000 Fastest Empire Ship. 'The Empress of Britain' built for the CPR Quebec-Southampton service - named and launched by the Prince of Wales from John Brown's famous yard."

    Clydebank, Scotland.

    High angle view of Prince Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor) walking past welcoming crowds in the John Brown's Clydebank shipyard.

    The Prince arrives at the launching podium and meets various dignitaries.

    LS as bottle of champagne swings against the side of the ship. We hear the blessing being given. The ship begins to move away down the slipway. Lots of cheers and whistles. Chains are dragged to slow the ship.

    Shots of the liner ship Empress of Britain as she floats in the River Clyde. The National Anthem is played.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathe
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:51:33:00 / 01:54:36:00

Comments (1)

  1. jamied says

    The launching seen here took place on 11 June 1930.

    "CPR" on the title card refers to the fact that Empress of Britain was owned and operated by the "Canadian Pacific Railway" Company.

    The first 40 seconds or so of this clip are repeated, (without sound), in clip 767.15.

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