(LESCOULIE AND MICHAELS ON LA PLAYA DECK)
On Saturday afternoon, the new "Santa Rosa" left Newport News with a group of people connected in one way or another with the maritime industry.
(LESCOULIE AND MICHAELS ON LA PLAYA DECK)
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On Saturday afternoon, the new "Santa Rosa" left Newport News with a group of people connected in one way or another with the maritime industry. Among them was Joe Michaels. Did he make the trip because of any particular knowledge of the business of shipping? Don't be silly. He doesn't know an anchor from a porthole. Did he get to go because of any industrial connection? No that's not quite it, either. Then how did he manage this little junket? I'll tell you how--because he has pull, that's how. Anyway, he got to go. So, tell us what it was like, Joe.
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MICHAELS: Ignoring all the snide an unjustified remarks, Jack, we flew down in time to have a look at her in dock...
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(SHIP AT DOCK, RIDE SHOT FROM CRANE, PEOPLE BOARDING, VIEW FROM BRIDGE, HEADING TO SEA, RADAR, CAPTAIN. 41 SEC.)
She sat there in the midst of an array of tankers like a lady afraid of getting her skirts dirty. And here's what she looked like to us. There was nobody aboard yet but the crew and some workers getting in their finishing touches but even before she sailed you could see that the Grace Line had something to be proud of in this newest addition to their fleet. And then the passengers for this special cruise started to arrive, congressmen and maritime officials from Washington, officials from related industries from New York, reporters from everywhere. A new ship is more than a hopefully profit-making venture--though it is that, too. It's also a part of the nation's defenses and a source of national pride. So, we headed out to sea.
(PEOPLE ON SUNDECKS. PEOPLE IN POOL. SHUFFLEBOARD 16SEC)
Now, I don't know about you, but my two previous experiences with seagoing vessels both involved troop-ships on which this sort of thing definitely did not go on. But I think I could get used to it, although I did wonder why the passion for shuffle-board among people who ashore wouldn't lift one of those pushing devices even in self-defense.
(BALCONIES, BOLIVAR SUITE GUY WALKING DOWN STAIRWAY, CORRIDOR)
But, to repeat, one can get used to this sort of existence. In fact, I did--in two days. Why not? Is air-conditioning bad? They have it throughout on this ship, plus just about every item you can think of which might be useful in the general course of luxury living. This, I might add, is the only kind of living allowed on board. There are accommodations for 300 passengers on this cruise-ship...and all of them are first class.
(ELEVATOR SHOTS, CHEFS WORKING, WAITRESS OUT OF KITCHEN, DINING ROOM. 25 SEC)
So, by the way, are the people who work aboard the "Santa Rosa". This, remember, was a chip just being completed, her real maiden voyage still ahead of her. Those of us who came aboard early saw workers frantically putting in last minute chores. Yet passengers who sat down that night to a really fine meal were completely unaware that food was going into ovens while those same ovens were still being welded down to the galley decks. You would never have known, that night at dinner, that the dining-room people had never before functioned as a unit in the serving of a single meal.
(PURSER'S OFFICE. BEAUTY PARLOR. DOCTORS OFFICE LOOKING AFT, PAN TO WATER, BOILERROOM, LOOKING AT SEA. PEOPLE DANCING, 51 SEC)
Perhaps to people better acquainted with large ocean-going vessels all of these thins are pretty familiar but to me, it was something of a revelation. Beauty parlors and completely equipped little hospitals are just a part of the story. The Santa Rosa is also the first newly built ship with the new "gyro-fin" stabilizers. As you glide along, you can't see them but you certainly can see and feel the results. They were demonstrated during the ship's journey so that we could feel the difference with the fine in use and with them folded away. Rolling along at twenty-two knots a ship can present you with a fairly agonizing roll if your stomach is not equipped for that sort of thing. But with the stabilizers in operation, the effect is reduced by as much as 90 percent. I doubt if many of the people dancing in the ship's Club Tropicana had any feeling of motion at all, thought of course there may have been other factors contributing to that.
(PEOPLE ON DECK. PENANT FLYING. OTHERS ON DECK WITH ST. OF LIB. IN BACK, TUG LOWER BAY RECEPTION 19 SEC)
And that's the way it went over the weekend, just one work-packed hour after another until yesterday morning when we sailed into New York Harbor to meet with one of the truly....
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exciting experience that the big city provides--the reception given to a new ship.
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And here is a view of the party that none of us aboard have had a chance to see until now. There's our baby down below, the whole, beautiful five hundred eighty three feet and seven inches of her. I've been worrying about that seven inches. I've been told otherwise, but I still treasure a secret thought that some yardworker sneaked into the yard and tacked it on one dark night when nobody was looking. Anyway, all the way up the magnificent highway of the harbor and the North River, the tomultous welcome of whistles, toots and water continued, the "Santa Rosa" responding like the dignified lady she is.
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I think during the entire thing we were all aware that this is the sort of experience most of us are not likely to have more than once in a life-time.
I mean, being greeted like this as we stood on the deck of a great ship making her first appearance in the world's greatest harbor.
And at this point, when it was time for the delicate operation of docking her--for the first time, too-I, for one, sort of wondered whether even Captain Siwik with all his years of command experience at sea wasn't feeling just a little bit of strain. I know he's done this sort of thing thousands of times but--well, I mean what a classic opportunity for a monumental good and I had visions of us sailing happily up 15th street. But perhaps that's the sort of nightmare confined to the writing profession. I guess. Anyway, we made it safe and sound.