• Short Summary

    THE MEN, WHO GO DOWN TO THE SEA AS A PROFESSION, TOOK THEIR ANNUAL BUS-MANS'S HOLIDAY HERE IN THE PORT OF NEW YORK YESTERDAY.

  • Description

    THE MEN, WHO GO DOWN TO THE SEA AS A PROFESSION, TOOK THEIR ANNUAL BUS-MANS'S HOLIDAY HERE IN THE PORT OF NEW YORK YESTERDAY.

    THE OCCASION WAS THE TWENTIETH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL SEASON'S LIFE-BOAT RACE. MERCHANT SAILORS OF TWELVE NATIONS MATCHED THEIR SKILLS WITH DOUBLE-ENDED LIFE-BOATS. RANK WAS FORGOTTEN FOR THE DAY ... SOME SKIPPERS ACTING AS MERE OARSMEN WHILE THEIR SUB-ORDINATES ACTED AS COXSWAINS. ALTHOUGH THESE BOATS WERE DESIGNED A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, THEY'RE CONSIDERED MORE EFFECTIVE THAN POWER-DRIVEN BOATS IN ROUGH SEAS. IN YESTERDAY'S SMOOTH SAIL JUST OFF THE BROOKLYN SHORELINE THE TEAM FROM THE NORWEGIAN LINER "STAVANGERJFORD" (CQ) TOOK FIRST PLACE HONORS -- 12 MINUTES, 25 SECONDS FOR THE NAUTICAL MILE.

    SWELL DAY (5/19/59) FIR A REGATTA, WASN'T IT? RAINY, WINDY AT TIMES, GENERALLY MISERABLE. MOST OF US STAYED INDOORS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. NOT SO, SEVERAL HUNDRED HARDIER SOULS, WHO WENT OUT TO THE NARROWS TO WATCH THE 20TH INTERNATIONAL LIFE-BOAT RACE.

    THE WATER WAS CHOPPY OFF THE BROOKLYN SHORE. CHOPPIER STILL FOR THE SMALL BOATS -- EIGHT-OARS AND COXSWAINS -- ENTERED IN THE RACE. THE PARTICIPANTS WERE CREWMEN OF AMERICAN AND FOREIGN SHIPS ON THE ATLANTIC RUN -- EXCEPT FOR A BOATLOAD OF FUTURE SEAMEN FROM THE KING'S POINT MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY. THEY ENTERED JUST TO SEE HOW WELL THEY COULD PULL AN OAR AGAINST MEN, WHO'VE BEEN DOING IT FOR YEARS FOR A LIVING. THE KING'S POINTERS WERE THE SENTIMENTAL FAVOURITE OF MANY SPECTATORS, EVEN THOUGH THEY WEREN'T ELIGIBLE FOR PRIZES. AND THE EMBRYO MARINERS DID VERY WELL. GETTING OFF TO A FINE START, PULLING SMOOTHLY AND IN CADENCE, RESPONDING TO THE SHOUTS OF THE COXSWAIN AND THE CHEERS OF FANS -- PARTICULARLY FEMININE FANS. HOWEVER, THE PROS WERE TOO MUCH FOR THEM. THE KING'S POINTERS FINISHED SECOND BEHIND THE NORSEMEN OF THE LINER "STAVANGERJFORD" (CQ).)
    A WELL-DONE TO ALL -- CHILLED SPECTATORS INCLUDED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB68C0DB20CN9UW4RDTSEYG935
    Media URN:
    VLVAB68C0DB20CN9UW4RDTSEYG935
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/05/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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