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Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The launch of the first Type 42 destroyer at the Vickers yard at Barrow-in-Furness.
Description: The ship waits on the slip, surrounded by crowds - large areas of seating have been set up. The wooden supports are removed from beneath the hull. Three Vickers painters survey their work. The Queen names the ship, and HMS Sheffield is launched, two cameras providing both high- and low-angle views. Final shots of Sheffield lying in midstream amidst the debris from the launching.
Production Details: Directorate of Public Relations (Navy) (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Elizabeth II, Queen (person)
Philip, Prince (Duke of Edinburgh) (person)
Royal Navy, Sheffield (regiment/service)
Argentine Navy, Hercules (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - destroyer: Sheffield (object name)
industry, British - ships (object name)
Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England, UK (geography)
Technical Details: Format: 35mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Footage: 189 ft; Running time: 2 mins
Notes: Summary: one of the views down the yard to the newly launched Sheffield shows another slip, bearing a small section of hull decorated with Argentinian flags: this presumably represents the Hercules, which was formally laid down six days after the launch of the Sheffield. The presence of an Argentinian naval officer on the launch platform is obviously another reference to Vickers' early - and so far only - foreign contract for the Type 42. The irony of an Argentinian presence at the launch of the Sheffield hardly requires comment