Film, Video Launch of Japanese man-of-war "Chitosa" Launch of Japanese man-of-war "Chitose" / Launching of Japanese man-of-war "Chitose" / Launch of the Japanese man-of-war "Chitosa"

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Title
Launch of Japanese man-of-war "Chitosa"
Other Title
Launch of Japanese man-of-war "Chitose"
Launching of Japanese man-of-war "Chitose"
Launch of the Japanese man-of-war "Chitosa"
Summary
Shows the launching of the Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser Chitose at the Union Iron Works shipyard, San Francisco, on Saturday, January 22, 1898. The camera view is east, across a small inlet of Central Basin, to slipway no. 1. Four additional slipways lay beyond to the west. The camera viewpoint is today called pier 68, part of Southwest Marine's facilities. The launch took place at 10:25 a.m. before a crowd of 200 distinguished guests and over 1,000 members of the public, as well as many shipworkers. Numerous workers can be seen dangling from the framework of the assembley shed [Frame: 1030], and a large crowd watches from a grandstand at the rear. Men and boys watch from small boats in the foreground and two boys jump into the water fully clothed near the end of the film [Frame: 1570]. Miss May Budd, niece of California governor James Budd, christened the ship with a bottle of California wine. Miss Gladys Sullivan, niece of San Francisco mayor James Phelan, pressed the button that sent the ship down the slipway. Following a Japanese custom symbolizing the peace-keeping role of a warship, 100 doves were released at the same moment. Bands played and Japanese fireworks were set off as the Chitose slid into the Bay. United States Army and Navy officials, state and city officials, and the consular corps attended the launching. Japanese Consul General Segawa explained in a speech at the following luncheon that Chitose meant "a thousand years of peace" in Japanese, and hoped that the ship would fulfill that wish.
Contributor Names
White, James H. (James Henry), production.
Blechynden, Frederick, camera.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1898.
Subject Headings
-  Chitose (Ship)
-  Ships--Launching
-  Union Iron Works Co
-  San Francisco (Calif.)
-  Warships--Japan
Genre
Actualities (Motion pictures)
Silent films
Short films
Nonfiction films
Notes
-  16427 U.S. Copyright Office
-  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10Mar1898; 16427.
-  Camera, Frederick Blechynden.
-  Duration: 0:52 at 15 fps.
-  Paper print shelf number (LC 1085) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
-  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
-  Photographed: January 22, 1898. Location: Union Iron Works Shipyard, San Francisco.
-  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
-  Sources used: Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 180; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 385; San Francisco chronicle, January 23, 1898, p. 40, viewed online via ProQuest Historical Newspapers, October 27, 2014.
-  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
Medium
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (29 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (29 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft) : b&w ; 35 mm.
paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 50 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
Call Number/Physical Location
FLA 4099 (viewing print)
FEC 1496 (viewing print)
FRA 1280 (dupe neg pic)
FPE 6798 (dupe neg pic)
Box 0047D (paper pos)
Box 5139F (paper pos, copy 2)
Repository
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu
Digital Id
http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/lcmp003.m3a16905
Library of Congress Control Number
00694414
Language
English
Online Format
image
video
Description
Shows the launching of the Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser Chitose at the Union Iron Works shipyard, San Francisco, on Saturday, January 22, 1898. The camera view is east, across a small inlet of Central Basin, to slipway no. 1. Four additional slipways lay beyond to the west. The camera viewpoint is today called pier 68, part of Southwest Marine's facilities. The launch took place at 10:25 a.m. before a crowd of 200 distinguished guests and over 1,000 members of the public, as well as many shipworkers. Numerous workers can be seen dangling from the framework of the assembley shed [Frame: 1030], and a large crowd watches from a grandstand at the rear. Men and boys watch from small boats in the foreground and two boys jump into the water fully clothed near the end of the film [Frame: 1570]. Miss May Budd, niece of California governor James Budd, christened the ship with a bottle of California wine. Miss Gladys Sullivan, niece of San Francisco mayor James Phelan, pressed the button that sent the ship down the slipway. Following a Japanese custom symbolizing the peace-keeping role of a warship, 100 doves were released at the same moment. Bands played and Japanese fireworks were set off as the Chitose slid into the Bay. United States Army and Navy officials, state and city officials, and the consular corps attended the launching. Japanese Consul General Segawa explained in a speech at the following luncheon that Chitose meant "a thousand years of peace" in Japanese, and hoped that the ship would fulfill that wish.
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Blechynden, Frederick, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Launch of Japanese man-of-war "Chitosa". United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1898. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/00694414/.

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Blechynden, F., Thomas A. Edison, I. & Paper Print Collection. (1898) Launch of Japanese man-of-war "Chitosa". United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/00694414/.

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Blechynden, Frederick, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, and Paper Print Collection. Launch of Japanese man-of-war "Chitosa". United States: Thomas A. Edison, Inc, 1898. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/00694414/>.

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