A Naval Officer tells us about HMS Victory and compares her to the modern warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Full titles read: '"Ships of the Line" - A Century ago and Today. (Filmed at Portsmouth and Southsea.)'
Portsmouth and Southsea, Hampshire.
Various shots of the galleon HMS Victory and the new warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth at Portsmouth Harbour. A man's voice compares the two ships and equipment.
Intertitle reads: "The Silent Service contrasts a few things on Nelson's immortal "Victory" and the great ships of today -".
M/S on HMS Victory as a Naval Officer shows a young lady the spot where Nelson fell in the Battle of Trafalgar. C/U of a plaque on the ground commemorating the spot. He shows the lady the cannon and talks of the difference between these and modern guns, then talks about the ship's rigging. He points out the signal flying on a warship; it is from the Nelson to the Queen Elizabeth, and mean 'Goodbye and good luck'. As HMS Queen Elizabeth moves out of the harbour we hear a bugle sounding from the Victory, answering the salute from the modern warship. The Officer talks about the recent history of HMS Queen Elizabeth.