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Film, Video Troop ships for the Philippines Troopships for the Philippines

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About this Item


  • Troop ships for the Philippines

Other Title

  • Troopships for the Philippines


  • Shows the departure from San Francisco of two troop ships, the S.S. Australia and the S.S. City of Sydney, bound for Manila during the Spanish-American War. The first ship shown is the Australia with many troops on deck, some waving. The ship's name is visible on the hull at the end of the sequence. The second ship, the City of Sydney, is shown being escorted by two harbor tugs. These two steamships left San Francisco on May 25, 1898, along with a third troop ship, the S.S. City of Peking (not visible in the film).


  • Blechynden, Frederick, camera
  • Thomas A. Edison, Inc
  • Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress)
  • Niver (Kemp) Collection (Library of Congress)

Created / Published

  • United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., c1898.


  • -  Australia (Ship : 1875)
  • -  City of Sydney (Ship)
  • -  United States.--Army--Transportation
  • -  Transports--California--San Francisco
  • -  Spanish-American War, 1898--Transportation
  • -  Soldiers--Transportation--California--San Francisco


  • Actualities (Motion pictures)
  • Silent films
  • Short films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  38210 U.S. Copyright Office
  • -  Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 22June1898; 38210.
  • -  Original main title lacking.
  • -  Date is copyright and production date; unable to verify if work was ever actually released.
  • -  Duration: 1:56 at 20 fps.
  • -  Identification of the S.S. City of Sydney is based on research by Eugene Williams. Second ship was previously identified as the S.S. City of Peking, however footage of the three-masted second ship does not match still images of the four-masted City of Peking at on the Naval History and Heritage Command WWW site and the Spanish American War Centennial WWW site.
  • -  Paper print shelf number (LC 1908) was changed when the paper prints were re-housed.
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, p. 436-437 (includes reprint of article from New York world, May 26, 1898); Niver, K. Early motion pictures, p. 337; AFI catalog, film beginnings, 1893-1910, p. 1102; email correspondence with Eugene Williams, May 5, 2003.
  • -  Camera, Frederick Blechynden.
  • -  Filmed May 25, 1898, in San Francisco, California.
  • -  Available also through the Library of Congress Web site as digital files.
  • -  Early motion pictures : the Paper Print Collection in the Library of Congress / by Kemp R. Niver. Library of Congress. 1985.
  • -  35 mm dupe neg pic renumbered: FPE 9293 to FZA 2723.


  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (66 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • viewing print 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 150 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (66 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • dupe neg pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 150 ft.) : si., b&w ; 35 mm.
  • master pos pic 1 film reel of 1 (ca. 65 ft.) : si., b&w ; 16 mm.
  • paper pos (ca. 150 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.
  • paper pos (copy 2) 1 roll of 1 (ca. 150 ft.) : b&w ; 35 mm.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • FLA 4922 (viewing print)
  • FEC 2880 (viewing print)
  • FRA 1921 (dupe neg pic)
  • FZA 2723 (dupe neg pic)
  • FRB 0804 (master pos pic)
  • Box 0097B (paper pos)
  • Box 5174B (paper pos, copy 2)


  • Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA dcu

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 98501025

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Blechynden, Frederick, Camera, Inc Thomas A. Edison, Paper Print Collection, and Niver. Troop ships for the Philippines. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co, 1898. Video.

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Blechynden, F., Thomas A. Edison, I., Paper Print Collection & Niver. (1898) Troop ships for the Philippines. United States: Edison Manufacturing Co. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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