• Short Summary

    Traditional ship launching ceremony held in Lowestoft.

  • Description

    Lowestoft, Suffolk.

    M/S of the two men looking at some drawings (plans). One of them rolls-up a paper and a boat appears. It seems that the boat is nearly finished. Several shots of ship in a shipyard. C/U shot of a man welding letters. Several shots of people working - getting ready for a launching, says the voiceover. A man paints the boat's name ELK. The boat's official name is "267 S" but for the men who made it is much more then just a serial number.

    Several shots of men resting after hard work. L/S of men sitting on the grass, each with a cup in his hand. M/S of men drinking their tea. L/S of the stern from the launching platform. C/U shot of a company's flag. There are two more flags, Union Jack and British Railways flag (the boat is made for them).

    M/S of a man carrying a bottle of champagne wrapped up in red white and blue striped paper. He and another man attach the bottle to a 'catapult device'. C/U shot of a sign reading the boat's name "267 S" and some other characteristics. M/S of posh looking couple walking, some other posh people behind them. This is Managing Director of the Company Mr E. D. Russell who arrives with Lady Warter, wife of the Chairman of Southern Area Board, British Railways. M/S of the couple walking towards the boat. M/S of Mr Russell testing microphone. Cut to the flags.

    M/S of Lady Warter receiving flowers from a little girl. M/S of Lady Warter smiling. Cut to a man knocking block away from the ship so it can be launched. Lady Warter pulls a lever on the launching mechanism (little catapult). Bottle breaks and the ship moves towards the water. People waving. Ship enters water. Lady Warter and others watching. Ship sails off.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    91.02
    Media URN:
    1457
    Group:
    Colour pictorials
    Archive:
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1959
    Sound:
    Sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:03:38:00 / 01:06:31:00
    Canister:
    CP 229

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