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Title:SOVIET CRUISER SVERDLOV ATTENDS THE CORONATION REVIEW [Allocated Title]
Film Number:ADM 1808
Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Detailed film of Sverdlov entering Spithead on the occasion of her participation in the 1953 Coronation Review. Film of the Swedish cruiser Göta Lejon is also included.
Description: LS off starboard bow of Sverdlov, crew manning the side for entering port, both anchors a'cockbill. Cut to MS as Swedish cruiser Göta Lejon passes left to right, the camera panning up slightly to include the masthead arrays. Cut back to Sverdlov, one of the Solent forts visible in the background. The Russian cruiser passes left to right, the camera moving slightly to include all the details of her radar outfit, armament and direction equipment.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 311 ft; Running time: 3 mins
Notes: Technical: water staining on the emulsion
Remarks: this appears to be telephoto film shot primarily for intelligence purposes. The graticules on the film of the Göta Lejon suggest that some sort of range-finding equipment might have been pressed into service. These two cruisers were both new, and any Soviet warship was, of course, of special interest. Both ships attended the Coronation Review, and were given special mention in an article on foreign warships in the Times Royal Navy Supplement which covered the event