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Other titles:POST-WAR NAVAL OPERATIONS - MISCELLANEOUS [Allocated Series Title]
Summary: The launch of Britain's first nuclear submarine.
Description: Opening sequence shows Dreadnought on the slip - the stands are being set up for the launch ceremony. Dreadnought's future captain, Commander Samborne, is filmed with his officers. More LA views of the submarine. The crowds assemble (there were some 12,000 spectators in the dockyard). Loyal children wave Union Jacks. Dignitaries begin to arrive - including the mayor of Barrow. The Queen arrives with Prince Philip and the First Sea Lord, and after the usual formalities, mounts the launch platform. Among the VIPs on the platform is Vice-Admiral Rickover USN, head of the Nuclear Propulsion Division, Bureau of Ships, Washington. The Queen talks with Major-General Dunphie, the Chairman of Vickers-Armstrongs. After the usual blessing, the Queen names the ship. The launch is covered by two cameras next to the slip and one camera on a waiting tug. After the launch the camera-boat takes Dreadnought under tow.
Production Details: Admiralty (Production sponsor)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Elizabeth II, Queen (person)
Philip, Prince (Duke of Edinburgh) (person)
Mountbatten, Louis (Earl) (person)
Carrington, Peter Alexander Rupert Carington (person)
Dunphie, Charles Anderson Lane (person)
Barrow-in-Furness, Mayor of (person)
Rickover, Hyman George (person)
Samborne, B F P (person)
Royal Navy, DREADNOUGHT (HMS), submarine (regiment/service)
Vickers-Armstrongs Limited (regiment/service)
Keywords: ships, British naval - submarine: Dreadnought & [nuclear] (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: 1472 ft; Running time: 16 mins
Notes: Technical: the Eastmancolour print has faded and is in parts badly scratched
Summary: Vice-Admiral Rickover's presence was more than a mere courtesy visit: Dreadnought's propulsion machinery had been supplied by Westinghouse Electric, and technical assistance in the installation of the system was provided by General Dynamics