The Russian ship "Baltika", 8,500 tons, has been chosen by Soviet Premier Khrushchev for his journey to New York to attend the UN General Assembly session opening Sept 20.
GV "Baltika" at Surrey Commercial Dock
CU Name in Russian and English
LV People walk on quayside - PAN to Russian sign
CU Russian sign
PAN DOWN..Ship to Russian sailors on quayside lined up
CU Russian sailor type
PAN UP ..DITTO another type
SV PAN UP People boarding ship
GV Ship at quayside
CU Hammer and sickle on funnel
STV Tug towing ship out of dock and PAN to
SV. People waving from ship.
GV. Tug pulling ship through dock.
SV. Member of crew and people waving.
LV. INT. Of bridge.
CU. Captain Majorov looking through binoculars.
SV. Pan down man at wheel.
SV. Ditto and compass.
SV. Captain Majorov in chart room, Third Officer-Bylkin-looks into radar equipment.
SHOT. Looking down into engine room.
LV. In engine room showing engineers at electric panel controlling turbo engine.
CU. Pan down ditto.
LV. Chief Engineer Afefieve walks towards camera in engine room.
CU. Chef Engineer.
CU. Turning wheel.
SV. Pan down from dials to engineer working.
LV. Meals being prepared in kitchen.
SV. Chief Chef Panov making chicken cutlets.
CU. Pan down ditto.
SV. Chips being fried.
CU. Kitchen type working.
SV. Cutting up salmon.
MV. Waitresses getting final instructions.
CU. Waitress type.
LV. Waitresses disperse.
SV. Showing table laid ready for meal.
LV. Showing dining room ready for meal.
CU. Meal on table.
LV. People entering dining room.
CU. Man eating pan down to meal.
SV. Man pouring wine (?) from bottle.
LV. Waitress attending people at table.
LV. Waitress enters PAN round to crews' dining room.
SCU. Pictures of Russian Leaders in wall, PAN to girls at table eating.
CU. Picture of Lenin.
SV. Members of crew at table eating.
SHOT. Boat ploughing through sea.
SV. Russian sailor playing cards with party on board.
CU. Russian sailor playing cards.
LV. People dancing.
LV. People at bar drinking.
CV. People having drinks.
PAN INT. Of cabin to curtain pulled at bedside.
CU. Curtain is pulled back revealing men drinking in bed and trying to read Russian magazine which is upside down
CU. Pan from bottles to turning magazine round etc., takes another drink, lays back and puts pillow over head.
SHOT. On deck - ship at sea during fog.
CU. Siren blowing.
SHOT. On deck - ship in fog.
SHOT. Wake of ship - pan up to fog.
SHOT. Of ship in fog.
CV. Russian submarine as we near Leningrad.
NEARER V. Ditto.
SV. People on ship looking over side.
LV. Russian battleship at Leningrad.
PAN DOWN. People watching on whip.
LV. Old type Russian battleship at Leningrad.
SV. People watching on ship
GV. Sailing past docks etc.
LV. Russian houses at side of water with television aerials.
NEARER V. Ditto.
TOP V. Pan - Baltika about to tie up at quayside.
STV. People on quayside.
GV. People disembark.
TOP V. People on quayside.
Initials BA/V&O/WS/LSW WS/ES/CW
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Background: The Russian ship "Baltika", 8,500 tons, has been chosen by Soviet Premier Khrushchev for his journey to New York to attend the UN General Assembly session opening Sept 20.
Part of the film of this ship was taken in 1957, shortly after the big change-over among top Soviet leaders, when her name was changed from "Molotov" to "Baltika" - former Foreign Minister Molotov being among those fallen from power, and now, three years later, seemingly on the way back to favour with his new posting in Vienna.
The film also shows scenes on the "Baltika" when, in 1958, running between London and Leningrad - she had on board an abnormal load of passengers. They were British football fans going to Moscow for the USSR versus Great Britain match, and permission for the public to go to Moscow like this was at the time regarded as a welcome and unusual raising of a small part of the Iron Curtain.
On board, the British travellers found the crew most friendly and helpful. Near Leningrad, the ship passed a Russian submarine, and another sight - this time in Leningrad harbour - was the 3-funnelled warship "Avora" on which Russian sailors mutinied in 1917 and joined the Revolution.
The "Baltika" was built in Amsterdam in 1940, and in World War Two was used as a hospital ship. She carries 1,200 tons of cargo and 420 passengers
By using the "Baltika" as his private residence and office when in New York, Mr. Khrushchev would not have to set foot on American soil. He could go by launch from the ship to the UN building on the waterfront. If he had gone by air there would have been the journey into New York from Idlewild Airport, and between his place of residence and the UN building - involving complicated security measures.