Lady Clementine Churchill launches new aircraft carrier, HMS Hermes.
Unused / unissued material.
Launching of HMS Hermes, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
L/S workman greasing the slipway. Various shots from under stern looking at twin rudders. L/S stern and slipway. L/S nameplate: "Hermes". Various shots bows and launching platform. L/S half way down slipway of the launch. L/S aircraft carrier in the water. M/S spectators. L/S tugs taking Hermes away to fitting out basin.
Various L/Ss of Lady Clementine Churchill arriving for launch. We see the champagne bottle breaking on the stern and the ship going down the slipway. Various shots Lady Churchill walking amongst crowd, she inspects troop of Wrens (WRNS).
Old records give date as 16/02/1953.
Note: for more shots of launch see UN 2511 B.