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.
On board the SS 'United States' during its maiden voyage across the Atlantic.
A band of musicians walk in line playing their instruments - they are dressed in tuxedos. People behind them are doing a rather sedate conga. They are also dressed up for celebrations - by the looks of their costumes and the date it appears to be a celebration of American Independence day July 4th. The band plays as people stand round - they may be playing the American National Anthem. A man raises a broom. Dancing scenes on board. (The lighting on these scenes is not great and there are some scratches)
Passengers waving goodbye to crowds on quayside. Fireships spray plumes of water into the air in the background. (Badly scratched) A warship is scene in the harbour. Possibly the British aircraft carrier HMS Indomitable. Margaret Truman (daughter of President Harry S Truman) and Mrs. John Horton (Daughter of John Snyder - US Treasury Secretary) wave. Passengers wave from the ship to crowds gathered on the quay. L/S through port hole of Statue of Liberty in distance. Huge piles of luggage on ship. Ships porters move it around.
Margaret Truman and Commander Harry Manning on bridge. Manning demonstrates the speed control. Nice CUs as she is shown the various parts of the bridge. Various shots of instruments and maps on the bridge. Duty officers and Manning on bridge.
Water polo games in swimming pool. Games of shuffleboard. Margaret and Mrs Horton posing for a young girl with her cine camera on deck. Ships officer plotting the course. Margaret and Mrs. John Horton posing with Manning for press cameramen. The two women playing various games on deck. More water polo in the small swimming pool. Men and women sit by the pool in their swimming costumes looking glamorous.