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    QUEEN ELIZABETH TODAY (WEDNESDAY) LAUNCHED THE LARGEST TANKER EVER BUILT IN EUROPE. IT IS THE?

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    QUEEN ELIZABETH TODAY (WEDNESDAY) LAUNCHED THE LARGEST TANKER EVER BUILT IN EUROPE. IT IS THE 100,000 TON DEADWEIGHT BRITISH ADMIRAL, BUILT FOR THE BRITISH PETROLEUM FLEET BY VICKERS-ARMSTRONG AT BARROW-IN-FURNESS.

    BRITISH ADMIRAL, THE FOURTH VESSEL IN BRITISH PETROLEUM'S FLEET TO BEAR THAT NAME, IS THE LARGEST TANKER EVER BUILT IN EUROPE. HER OVERALL LENGTH IS 917 FEET, ROUGHLY A FIFTH OF A MILE, AND HER BEAM IS 128 FEET. WHEN FULLY LADEN, BRITISH ADMIRAL WILL HAVE A DRAUGHT OF 49 FEET.

    A MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION EFFORT HAD TO BE UNDERTAKEN AT THE VICKERS YARD BEFORE HER KEEL WAS LAID JUST OVER TWO YEARS AGO. AND SINCE HER KEEL WAS LAID, AN ESTIMATED TWENTY-TWO-AND-A-HALF THOUSAND TONS OF STEEL AND FIFTY-FOUR-MILES OF CABLE WENT INTO HER CONSTRUCTION. HER COST WAS THREE-AND-A-HALF-MILLION POUNDS STERLING.

    THE QUEEN WAS ACCOMPANIED TO THE SLIPWAY BY SIR CHARLES DUNPHIE, CHAIRMAN OF VICKERS-ARMSTRONG, BUT BEFORE SHE MOUNTED THE LAUNCHING PLATFORM, THE QUEEN MET SOME OF THE MEN, FROM BOTH MANAGEMENT AND EMPLOYEE LEVELS, WHO HAD WORKED ON THE SHIP.

    THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY WAS BRIEF. THE SHIP WAS BLESSED BY THE REVEREND JOHN SMYTHE, THE VICAR OF ST.JOHN'S CHURCH OF ENGLAND, BARROW. AFTER THE RECITATION OF THE LORD'S PRAYER, SIR CHARLES DUNPHIE ASKED THE QUEEN TO LAUNCH THE VESSEL. A SHIP'S TELEGRAPH ??? OF THE DAIS CONTROLLED THE EIGHT TRIGGERS WHICH HELD THE SHIP ON THE SLIPWAY A TUG ON THE HANDLE SENT A BOTTLE OF CHAMPAGNE ??? AND LET THE TANKER SHIP DOWN INTO THE SEA.

    FITTING OUT OF THE BRITISH ADMIRAL IS EXPECTED TO TAKE ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS, AND SHE IS SCHEDULED TO MAKE HER MAIDEN VOYAGE AT THE END OF MAY. SHE WILL BE EMPLOYED ON THE BRITAIN-MIDDLE EAST-PERSIAN GULF ROUTE. HER 21 TANKS WILL CARRY SUFFICIENT CRUDE OIL TO DRIVE THIRTY-TWO-THOUSANDS MINI CARS FOR A YEAR; HEAT SEVEN-HUNDRED HOSES AND SUPPLY A YEAR'S ELECTRICITY FOR TEN-THOUSANDS PEOPLE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1MQMRQ6OHUUQ1S1G5E731RPE2
    Media URN:
    VLVA1MQMRQ6OHUUQ1S1G5E731RPE2
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:04:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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