Film ID:
NEFA 14484

LAUNCH OF THE “ATHELSULTAN” BUILT TO THE ORDER OF ATHEL LINES LTD, LONDON BY SMITH DOCKS LTD, SOUTHBANK-ON-TEES

1950

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Description

Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions showing the launch of the"Athelsultan" at Smiths Dock Company, Southbank, Middlesbrough on the 9th November 1950, by Mrs F.H. Formby.

Title: A Turner Production

View of the "Athelsultan" on the slipway ready to be launched. In front of the ship is a viewing platform and an "Athel" flag hanging from bow of the ship. Bunting blows in the wind from the ship's cabling. Various warehouses and cranes are in the background, and a lorry drives into view.

Title: Launch of the "Athelsultan" built to the order of Athel Lines Ltd, London by Smith Docks Ltd, Southbank-on-Tees".

Another view of the ship. Various dignitaries get out of their cars and walk away from the camera. People walk up steps to the launch platform. Large crowds are watching the guests arriving. A woman, Mrs Formby, is presented with bouquet of flowers by a young man.

Title: The Vessel is launched by Mrs F.H. Formby on the 9th November 1950.

Mrs Formby and three others have their photographs taken beside the ship. Mrs Formby holds a bottle of champagne.

Workmen knock out the keel blocks beneath the ship. The champagne bottle is smashed against the side of the ship, and Mrs Formby then presses a button which launches the ship. Views from multiple angles of the ship sliding into the River Tees. Crowds watch the launch.

Mrs Formby and other guests leave the viewing platform. The ship is manoevered by tug boat on the River Tees. View of the empty berth.

Indoors, the dignitaries enjoy some refreshments. The film ends with a view of the company sign "Smith's Dock Co. Ltd".