Material relating to the newsreel story "Blue Riband First Try" - 52/56
Selected originals (offcuts, selected scenes, out-takes, rushes) for story "Blue Riband First Try" 52/56.
Shot on board liner S.S. United States as she crosses the Atlantic gaining the Blue Riband.
NATURAL SOUND: Unidentified man: "My friend Ernest Gran (?) and I have just completed this marvellous crossing on this grand trimmed ship. It was a splendid voyage and we were particularly impressed by the fact that throughout the trip at these tremendous speeds there was no vibration on this ship."
NATURAL SOUND: Commander Commodore Harry Manning: "I am very happy and proud indeed to bring this great ship to this port, after our marvellous and fast trip, from the United States, and I hope that this ship will always pursue in the ways of peace and not for any other purpose and I feel of course, very happy to take the Blue Riband which has been England's, thank you. I am of course, very happy to have captured the Blue Riband which or course, is quite understandable and I really did not think that she would do such a fast time myself. I think that is all that can be said about time. We covered a distance of 2,944 miles in 3 days ten hours and forty minutes at an average speed of 35.59 knots. The ship behaved wonderfully well and you can see, not too much perhaps, that she is a very good sea boat." (Comb. Lav.)
NATURAL SOUND: Mr William Gibb, designer of the S.S. 'United States. "It's a great pleasure for me to be here this morning on this ship and it also gives me a feeling of humility in having the responsibility of the hopes and aspirations of my fellow citizens to have been embodied in this ship. When one suggests that I am the designer I cannot but think of the vast number of my colleagues and assistants who made possible this result. The credit should go to them and more particularly the credit should go to the Commodore of the United States Line, Commodore Manning, and the wonderful performance of the crew of this ship. It's complicated in all its departments and they have done a good job.
NATURAL SOUND: Ship's Chief Engineer - "This is a very happy day, an occasion. That just about exactly 29 years ago today ... It's a very happy occasion to be here today. Just exactly 29 years ago I came up to harbour here in an old coal boat and now its quite a difference from 22 days at sea to 3 days and 10 hours. You don't know how proud I am am to be the Chief of this large ship, and be able to take the speed record back with us to America where it hasn't been for the last 100 years and not that I am happy to say why we have it, that we hope that some day again we'll have competition from the Queens which we know and have heard that they haven't been out, but one of those things that people don't talk about and we hope that some day we'll have the competition with them again."
NATURAL SOUND: British interviewer talks to Margaret Truman (Daughter of American President Harry S. Truman.) - "It was awfully short ..." She outlines her programme - she's going to London first, then over to Ireland, back to Wales and then drive through Northern England to Scotland. She will visit France and Switzerland, stay in Salzburg, on into Germany and into Scandinavia. She will be in Europe for about 7 weeks. She refuses to sing (?). She also says a few words in C/U. She comments in nice C/U about the beauty of the ship and the 'chilly weather'