A 252,000 deadweight-ton mammoth tanker, the Texaco "Great Britain", was launched at Wallsend-on-Tyne today (Friday) by Mrs.
GV along street showing Texaco "Great Britain" in background
MV Tanker towering above houses alongside docks
GV Pan tanker in dock
MV Mrs. McNealy and officials on launching dias
SV Ship builders lock on as Mrs McNealy starts speaking SPEECH: "I name this ship Texaco "Great Britain"
Speech continues over SV Mrs McNealy speaking "May God bless her and all who sail in her." PAN TO launching ceremony
MV & GV PAN tanker along slip way and crowds cheer (3 shots)
MV ZOOM OUT TO GV tanker into water and horn sounds off
LV PAN tanker in water
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Background: A 252,000 deadweight-ton mammoth tanker, the Texaco "Great Britain", was launched at Wallsend-on-Tyne today (Friday) by Mrs. Eddins McNealy, wife of the texaco Vice-President in charge of Refining for Europe, Latin America and West Africa.
The "Great Britain" has been named in tribute to a vessel of the same name built by the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel in 1843. The first "Great Britain" was the largest vessel in the world when it was launched - and incorporated for the first time many features which are today standard in ship construction: propeller-drive, watertight bulkheads, double bottom and the largest of her time to be built of iron.