EMPRESS OF BRITAIN LAUNCHED AT FAIRFIELD'S BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

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Places:

  • Glasgow

Subjects:

  • Ceremonies
  • Leisure and recreation
  • Royalty
  • Ships and shipping

Genres:

  • Amateur

Decade:

  • 1950s

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Title: EMPRESS OF BRITAIN LAUNCHED AT FAIRFIELD'S BY HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN

Reference number: 8802

Date: 1955, June 22

Director: [filmed by Don McLachlan (?)]

Sound: silent

Original format: 16mm

Colour: bw

Fiction: non-fiction

Running time: 1.55 mins

Description: The launch of the liner 'Empress of Britain' at Fairfield's shipyard in Glasgow.

Don McLachlan was a keen amateur cameraman who began filming in 1935, firstly on 16mm reversal, then later on video. An engineer, keen sailor and family man, he recorded many aspects of his life, but rarely his working life. He died in December 2003.

Shotlist: title - high l/shots of Empress of Britain on slipway at Fairfield's shipyard in Govan - gv of river facing west with tugs waiting for launch (0.41) liner starts to move down slipway and enters water - gvs of liner on river with tugs manoeuvring around - title - THE END (1.55)