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Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: Launch of the first Type 21 frigate from Vosper Thornycroft's Woolston yard.
Description: LS to Princess Anne standing on the launch platform. Naval officers and their wives look on from the stadium, and ratings and workers from the ground. After some instruction, the Princess pull the lever and the bottle is broken over the ship's bows. LA through a crowd of press cameramen to Amazon sliding down the slip. A second camera records Princess Anne's arrival, the naming ceremony, and the launch - a better view taken down the slip.
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 630 ft; Running time: 7 mins
Notes: Remarks: although not immediately evident from the film record, Amazon did not move off the slip immediately upon being christened. There was a delay of several minutes before she could be persuaded to budge. According to tradition, ships are regarded as lucky if they show a reluctance to enter the water. Depending on your point of view, it could be regarded as a confirmation of this tradition that Amazon, having been deployed to the Middle and Far East, was the only Type 21 frigate that was not involved in the South Atlantic War, which resulted in the destruction of her sisters Ardent and Antelope