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Title:HMS ROYAL SOVEREIGN AND SUBMARINES ARE TRANSFERRED TO THE SOVIET NAVY [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1314
Other titles:THE ROYAL NAVY IN NORTHERN AND ATLANTIC WATERS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: HMS Royal Sovereign and four submarines are transferred to the Soviet Navy. Onboard the battleship Admiral Kennedy-Purvis makes a speech on behalf of the First Lord of the Admiralty, and the Russian ambassador, M Gusev, replies.
Description: HA from Y turret to the quarterdeck as Admiral Kennedy-Purvis delivers a speech on behalf of the absent First Lord of the Admiralty - he is sure the ships will be used with full effect against the common enemy and wishes the new crews may have good fortune, "plenty of hard fighting, and acquire great merit and much honour". The Admiral's words are translated into Russian by Lieutenant Berry, but they do not seem to impress Vice-Admiral Levchenko who grimaces wearily in the background. M Gusev, the Russian ambassador, replies that the ships will be well used and thanks the First Lord for his sentiments. The British and Russian national anthems are played as the White Ensign is hauled down and the Russian ensign raised.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Kennedy-Purvis, Charles Edward (person)
Berry, A (person)
Gusev, Fedor Tarasovich (person)
Levchenko, Gordey Ivanovich (person)
Royal Navy, Royal Sovereign (regiment/service)
Soviet Navy, Arkhangelsk (regiment/service)
Keywords: economics, international, British/Russian: loan of naval vessels (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: Russian
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 738 ft; Running time: 8 mins
Notes: Summary: there seems very little genuine friendliness in these proceedings - at least at the higher levels. Despite the noble sentiments, the Arkhangelsk remained completely inactive in the Arctic for the remainder of the war, and was only returned to the Royal Navy after repeated requests in 1949, whereupon she was immediately sent to the breakers. Similar but mute material is in ADM 1308 and ADM 1313.