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    Princess Mary launches the battleship H.M.S. Rodney in Birkenhead.

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    Item title reads - H.M.S. Rodney. Britain's latest and mightiest battleship named and launched by Princess Mary. Birkenhead, Merseyside.

    L/S of the Princess walking up some steps carrying a bunch of flowers. L/S of the large crowds gathered for the launch, the camera pans across to the platform. M/S of a clergyman praying. L/S as the bottle is swung against the ship. L/S as it slides down the ramp, M/S from the side as it enters the water and sails along, the crew wave from the deck.

    Various shots as the Princess walks up the steps. L/S of the crowds, the camera pans across to the ship. The bottle swings out and the ship sails off. Various shots of the Princess walking along. L/S of people with umbrellas up, a band looks to be playing in the foreground. The umbrellas are put down, another shot as the ship is launched and people wave after it. L/S as the Princess comes down the steps after the launch. Various shots of the bottle being swung. L/S of the ship in the water, people row boats around it.

    Brief shots of the man with the wreath. L/S as the camera pans across the war memorial and people watching.

    L/S of the rudder on the ship, the camera pans up the side to the name 'Rodney'. People wave as it is launched and sails away.

    Note: a yellow tinted version of the story exists. The cuts run from 01:45:50 to the end of the item. Some of the cuts are from 'The Princess places wreath on Birkenhead War Memorial' in G 1252 on *PM0438*.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:44:12:00 / 01:49:34:00
    G 1252

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