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Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The launch of the minehunter HMS Wilton at the Woolston yard of Messrs Vosper Thornycroft. Naval publicity claimed her as the world's first glass reinforced plastic (GRP) warship.
Description: Two cameras on either side of the covered slipway record the launching. After a brief address and the customary blessing, Mrs S J Palmer, wife of the Deputy Director General Ships and Head of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors, pulls a lever which breaks the bottle over Wilton's bows. After a slight pause the ship slips bow-first into the water. Tugs take Wilton round to a fitting out basin. Some of the Vosper workers stand on the slipway regarding the newly launched ship.
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 147 ft; Running time: 4 mins
Notes: Summary: a peculiarity of this launch was that Wilton entered the water bow-first. To house the mould for the hull it had been necessary to build an air-conditioned shed over the slip, and it was possible to reduce the height, and hence the cost of the building, by having the ship's shallow stern at the head of the slip and the bow at the foot