• Short Summary

    The launch of the submarine HMS Sturgeon at Chatham docks.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Chatham - Our Latest Submarine - H.M.S. Sturgeon - the last word in submarines - takes the water."

    Chatham, Kent.

    Group of dignitaries gathered in dockyard building, including several men in military uniform. They sing the hymn 'For Those in Peril On The Sea'. Woman in fur coat holds a bottle of wine or champagne "I name this ship, His Majesty's Submarine Sturgeon". She smashes the bottle against the submarine (we can only see the end of it at the moment). She then appears to be hammering something.

    M/S the submarine HMS Sturgeon slips from the dry dock into the water (the National Anthem can be heard faintly in the background).

    Different shot from outside the building. The submarine moves into the water. Its name can be seen on the conning tower. Closer shot of submarine in the water, with people standing on top. 'Rule Britannia' is playing.

    There is no commentary only natural sound on this item. It is quite dark in some places.

    There appears to have been a shorter, silent version of this item in Gazette 1884. This is currently missing.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:20:40:00 / 01:22:37:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    The launch date was 8 January 1932.

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