Dame Pattie Menzies launches the liner 'Canberra' at the Harland & Wolff shipyard. Belfast.
Item title reads - 'Canberra' launched.
Harland and Wolff shipyard, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Ulster.
Various shots of the P & O 45,000 ton liner 'Canberra'. M/S of its name. Low angle shot of bulbous bow. Various shots of the stern and propellors. Various shots as the props are knocked away. M/S 'Canberra' on the slipway prior to the launch.
M/S as Dame Pattie Menzies, wife of the Australian Prime Minister, steps forward on launching platform. Aerial shots looking down on cheering crowd. Dame Pattie starts to pull the lever and the bottle is released and smashes on the bow. Various shots of the 'Canberra' going down the slipway and people running forward as she does so. Various shots of the ship in the water. L/S as Dame Pattie is congratulated by officials. L/S of the 'Canberra' afloat, the crowd watch from the slipway.