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Title:LAUNCHING OF HMS URSULA, 22 FEBRUARY 1991 [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 6874
Summary: Launching ceremony of the submarine HMS Ursula at the Cammell-Laird shipyard, Birkenhead.
Description: (Tape 1) Crowds gather at the Cammell-Laird shipyard for the launch, including large group of schoolchildren. Sailors on duty wearing "HM Submarines" hats. Shots of Ursula on her wooden platform in the slipway. VSEL Barrow brass band play music. Children cheer and wave Union flags. VIPs including the Lord Mayor arrive. Speeches; prayers by Honourable Ronald Brown, Bishop of Birkenhead. Singing of "Eternal Father, Strong to Save". Naming ceremony - Ursula slides down slipway into the River Mersey. Music plays. Sister ship HMS Unseen sails past.
(Tape 2) Shots of the ceremony from different camera position, on the River Mersey: Ursula stands on slipway as crowds arrive. Wide shots of ceremony and wide angle views of the launch. Later shot shows HMS Unseen sailing past (to three cheers) and, behind her, HMS Ursula being towed past by tugs.