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Other titles:COMMISSIONING A BATTLESHIP (RUSHES) [Allocated Title]
Summary: Unedited footage, covering two topics: (i) the Mark II Airborne Lifeboat, (ii) the battleship HMS Howe being fitted out and undergoing trials.
Description: (Reel One) Construction of a Mk II Airborne Lifeboat (carvel built); 'rescued' airmen are brought on board a Fairmile RML (see ADM 666); naval ratings carry kit on board a commissioning ship; female office workers in cashier's department; MCUs of Engine Room Officer, bridge telegraph, control panel and barometer in engine room of King George V Class battleship: King George V Class passes under Forth bridge; HMS Howe at sea during speed and firing trials.
(Reel Two) HMS Howe entering and leaving fitting-out basin (good HA views); Howe offshore, crane swung outboard; divine service on quarter deck; ammunitioning with 14-inch shells by whip and grab from lighter; starboard 5.25-inch guns practise at sea; Churchill and Admiral Fraser come on board; cutter hoisted out by ship's crane; Captain on bridge gives signal to let go starboard anchor; interior of compass platform; signalman on focsle with cable flag; shipyard workers on deck (welding, drilling, etc), and going ashore.
(Reel Three) Tompions removed from 14-inch Turret; RNVR Surgeon. Lieutenant visits sick bay; dental officer and patient; Petty Officer in dispensary; quartermaster at wheel; CU, wheelhouse telegraph; ship's bakery; marine band on quarter deck; ship's company payment (ratings in refitting rig); Albacore goes over low; LS at sea as destroyer (? V/W Class) signals; aircraft catapult launches test baulk; CPO's mess; study of ship's wake; provisioning - sugar sacks brought on board and struck below; emergency and main steering gear; turbo-generator assembled in action machinery room.
(Reel Four) view through upper plates of boiler room; pressure gauge panel; nozzle box valves - shipyard engineer and ChEA consult. Lieutenant before LP turbine; Engineer commander in power control room; cruiser turbine controls; Asdic operator; HMS Easton and HMS Flint Castle exercise - taken from second Castle Class corvette.