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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.
Alternative Title:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]