• Short Summary

    Story showing life on board HMS Glamorgan, including the firing of Seaslug missiles.

  • Description

    English Channel.

    Top shots of the guided missile destroyer battleship HMS Glamorgan at sea. In the control / computer room a man pulls out old-fashioned computer records from a large control cupboard; officers on the bridge look at dials and through binoculars. Various shots in steering, control and engine rooms as the ship moves along. On the flight deck sailors play hockey while others watch and cheer them on. A Navigator on deck looks through a sextant while another officer makes notes. A helicopter is moved from a hanger out onto the deck and prepared for takeoff; firemen in asbestos suits and helmets stand by with a hose; the chopper takes off.

    Three young men play guitars and banjos before a television camera in a tiny studio; we hear that the ship has its own closed circuit TV station; good shots of the filming; tape recording machines going round; picture being adjusted. Men in a mess room watch the performance on the television while they have a pint. Several shots of the sailors getting their rum rations. Various shots in the kitchens show food being prepared and served into the sailors mess tins; good canteen and catering shots (most of the food looks pretty unappetising). In the sick bay a sailor gets a shot in the arm from a Naval doctor.

    Several shots of the radar antennae on the ship and the men looking at the radar scanner screens in the control room. Men in protective gloves and hood loads shells in the gun turret; M/Ss of the huge guns on the ship being fired. Several shots show the count down for Seaslug missiles to be fired; men at control panels look at dials and radar screens; an officer counts down into a microphone (mute). Complicated boards of buttons show the location of the missiles, intercut with shots of the missiles moving into position by electronic instruction. The missiles move into the launchers on deck and are fired; men watch their progress on a radar screen. Another launcher moves into position; L/S of the ship as the missiles are fired.

    Note: on file is correspondence and information about HMS Glamorgan. Cuts exist - see separate record.

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    Film ID:
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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:41:30:00 / 01:48:35:00
    CP 661

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