The new U.S. super-carrier America made her maiden cruise Wednesday (18 November) from Newport News,?
The new U.S. super-carrier America made her maiden cruise Wednesday (18 November) from Newport News, Virginia, a short time before the liner America made her last voyage from that port.
Our film shows the two ships at dock (with pickets protesting the liner's sale), then the carrier underway, and finally the liner leaving the dock.
The carrier America passed through the Virginia Capes into the Atlantic Ocean early in the afternoon for the first of her sea trials before she is turned over to the Navy. Her skipper, Navy Captain Lawrence Heyworth aboard the ship for the trials radioed back: "Under way on fossil power." This was a reference to the ship's conventional diesel fuelled power plant.
(The Navy had originally wanted the giant ship to be nuclear powered, but this was turned down by the Pentagon on economy grounds).
The carrier carried 2400 persons on her initial voyage, including shipyard employees, Navy personnel, representatives of the various firms involved in her construction, and a few persons asked along for the ride.
About two hours after the carrier left, the liner America sailed for Piraeus under Greek colours carrying the name given her last Tuesday by her new owners -- Australis. The former pride of the United States Lines will probably never return to the U.S. Dockside pickets protested the sale of the ship to foreign interests.