Catherine Sidney launches the new ship from Cockatoo Dockyard in Sydney.
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Australian newsreel item. Title reads: "£3 1/2 Mil. Liner: 'Empress Of Australia' Launched In Sydney".
Aerial shot of Sydney and the harbour. Aerial shot of "Empress of Australia" on the stocks in the Cockatoo Dockyard which will operate between Sydney and Tasmania. Various shots, scale model of the ship on exhibition with some of the side cut away to show parts of the interior. CU Still photograph of the first "Empress of Australia" which was built in 1914. CU Sketch of the docks 150 years ago when the first ship was built, it was only 13 feet long. CU Stills of the Ferndale and Fordsdale being built in 1926 at Cockatoo Dockyard.
GV The new "Empress of Australia" ready for launching. MS Men hammering out the wedges or "chocks" to launch the ship. (2 shots). Various shots, the Honourable Catherine Sidney, daughter of the Governor General Lord De L'Isle, mounts the rostrum and performs the ceremony. Low angle, MS Catherine Sidney speaking: "I name this ship "Empress of Australia". I congratulate those who have so faithfully and skilfully constructed her. May God bless her and all who sail in her." (Natural sound). CU The bottle breaks against the bow of the ship. MS The ship slides down into the water. Aerial shots of the boat as it slides down the slipway.
Note: Date on original record: 23/03/1964.