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Title:HMS VANGUARD RUNS AGROUND AT THE START OF HER VOYAGE TO THE BREAKERS [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1910
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: During her tow out of Portsmouth on her way to be scrapped HMS Vanguard runs aground in the harbour entrance.
Description: Aerial sequence as harbour tugs tow Vanguard out of harbour - in the background is a Colony Class cruiser of the Reserve Fleet. Spectators look on from the seafront. Vanguard aground close to the Portsmouth shore in 20 feet of water - tugs are attempting to pull her off the mudbank. LS to the battleship's focsle deck emphasises how close (about 10 yards) Vanguard has drifted towards the shore, and the great size of a ship weighing over 44,000 tons. Vanguard is freed with the assistance of two ocean-going tugs and towed out to sea past the line of forts - she now has a complement of three bow, two beam and two stern tugs. After a space, the film resumes with a sea level shot to the battleship, stern to, with tugs gathered about her. Sequence shot from the shore with the battleship aground - she has her starboard anchor down and the tugs are struggling to keep her off the shore - once again the film shows clearly the narrowness of the gap, and the great size of the vessel - in one shot a man stands inside a turret room on one of the buildings looking up at Vanguard's port bow looming above him.