Title Details

Birth of a Ship

Building and launch of a ship.
Year : 1963 | Total Duration : 10.5 Minutes | Producer : R J Edwards
High shots over shipyards and pans over shipbuilding in progress. VS room full of naval architects working on plans at desks. CU general arrangements plan and architect demonstrating integrator used for working out measurements in the design of a hull. GS architect rolling out drawing on plan table and zoom into Lines Plan.
Access No. 136522 | 1 min 45 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS two men building model for ship based on line plans drawn up by marine architects. MS man standing at machine used in testing designers' calculations. CU test model floating with machinery. VS engineers at tables preparing detailed drawing plans of ship's main engine. CU drawings representing pipes, ducts and power lines. MS woman tracing plans onto linen for reproduction.
Access No. 136523 | 1 min 12 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS man sitting at desk with two black phones beside him looking through books to prepare classifications to enable builders to estimate costs. WS three men gathered around table signing contracts then rising to shake hands. WS shipbuilding at NSW State Dockyard with cranes positioning large steel plate on ship. Men preparing scale model of shell of the vessel. CUs of man taking measurements
Access No. 136524 | 1 min 38 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS shipwrights marking the lines of the vessel on the floor. MS man forming wooden templates used in conjunction with marked lines. GS men tracing around wooden templates on floor. WS steel plates being marked with chalk for plane cutting in boilermaker's shop. VS industrial scenes and CUs of components being welded on ground.
Access No. 136525 | 1 min 21 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS conveyer carrying main engines and auxilliary machinery and MS man watching over production of engine part. CU to section being shaved off by machine. GS ship in birth in shipyard and VS shipwrights working including drilling and welding. WS ship in scaffolding with steel hull near completion.
Access No. 136527 | 1 min 54 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS preparation for launching with CUs to grease applied to slipway, timber ways put on top and timber wedges being hammered in. MS ship sliding on ways and launching into water. WS ship in water for sea trials. VS machinery and GS admirals looking trough binoculars and telescope. WS deck of ship as ship is travelling.
Access No. 136528 | 2 mins 22 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |