Japan took the biggest share of the world's ship-building boom in 1956 when the nation's shipyards commenced, completed and launched more ships than any other nation - outstripping, for the first time the long time leader, Great Britain.
CV. URAGA Dockyard.
T.SV. Ship under construction.
LV. Side of ship under construction.
SCU. Worker welding, drilling.
SCU. Worker drinking.
CV. Worker welding.
GV. Cargo vessel , "Pacific Conqueror" in final stages of construction.
LV. A 13,000 ton Tanker is final stages of construction.
LV. An 8,000 ton cargo vessel, for hauling Iron Ore (This ship is being made for CANADA)
SV. Bridge of the above ship, which is mad of aluminium.
GV.Pan URAGA Dockyard, Pan to Four (4) masted schooner which is for repairs.
GV.Pan. MITSUBISHI Heavy Industries "YOKOHAMA DOCKYARD".
L.V. Showing box of a 41,000 ton tanker under construction.
LV. Crowd gathered for launching of the "GLORIA MARU" a 11,600 ton cargo ship.
SV. Workers give ready for launching signal, by raising flag.
CU. Women cutting tape which releases Champagne bottle.
CU. Pan. Champagne bottle is broken against ship's hall. Ship moves down slipway. Doves are released and gaily colored paper chains etc.,
SV. Crowd looking on.
Ship in water.
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Background: Japan took the biggest share of the world's ship-building boom in 1956 when the nation's shipyards commenced, completed and launched more ships than any other nation - outstripping, for the first time the long time leader, Great Britain.
Success bred success and now, still rising on the crest of their boom, they are accepting and meeting orders from all parts of the world.
Here, briefly in statistics, is the story of their mounting production since 1954: At the year ending March '55 they were contracted to export a total of 52 vessels - to the value of 126 1/2 million dollars. In the following few months they increased production to meet a new demand for 150 ships - ordered worth 539 million dollars.
The total of ships under construction or on order at the end of 1956, by the nation's 24-hours-a-day shipyards, amounted to 280........
Today, at Uraga dockyard we can see examples of the type of work the Japanese are undertaking; a 13,000 ton tanker in the final stages of completion, an 8,800 cargo vessel for Canada.
At Yokohama, the Japanese find time to launch a sleek 11,600 tons cargo ship for one of their own companies. Gaily coloured papers balls and streamers burst from her prow as the "Gloria Maru" glides down the slipway --- and doves (a favourite Japanese gesture, these days) are released at the same time.