Two British warships came to Rotterdam for an informal unofficial visit for a resting period after the combined fleet manoeuvres of the Nato-forces in the Atlantic Ocean and the Northsea.
Long shot of Maidstone on quai
Part of the ship with name
Another long shot of the Maidstone on the quai
Part of the Maidstone, spectators in the foreground.
Bullwark on the quai
Same, pan up
Same, detail of the ship
Background planes, in the foreground lift with visitors is coming up
Different shots of visitors, looking at planes and guns, especially boys
Pan from visitors to lift going down
Visitors, looking at the pro-planes.
The ships leave Monday 29th Oct. They will have manoeuvres in the Canal and expect to be back in Plymouth half November. Several festivities had to be cancelled because many of the crew were abed with asiatic fever.
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Background: Two British warships came to Rotterdam for an informal unofficial visit for a resting period after the combined fleet manoeuvres of the Nato-forces in the Atlantic Ocean and the Northsea.
They are the Maidstone, a submarine depotships, 11.000 tons and a length of 574 feet, wide 73 feet and a draught of 20 feet (roll 1). And an aircraft carrier "Bulwark". She is 3 years old, loaded with fuel the tonnage is 27.000 tons, length 737 feet, 90 feet wide and a draught of 26 feet. The motors have a capacity of 78000 horse power.
The lift carrying normally the planes on deck, now had another function. It takes up the Rotterdam visitors, who think it quite an occasion to be allowed to look at the ships. A very good idea of the British Navy to show the population of Rotterdam what goes on deck of an aircraft carrier.
It is nice to have a good look at jetplanes, anti aircraft guns and propplanes, but the time comes for new visitors (total shot new visitors coming up by lift) and the old visitors have to make place and have to disappear (lift going down)