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ID numberF04979
Collection typeFilm
TitleHMAS Vengeance cruise 1953-1954
Measurement76 min 40 sec
DownloadDownload video 337.57 MB
Object typeHome movie
Place madeAt sea
Date made1953-1954
Descriptor16mm/b&w and colour (Kodachrome)/silent
DescriptionDeparture of HMAS Vengeance to Australia from Devonport England 7 January 1953. Various shots of the harbour, Navy officers, a cake in the shape of HMAS Vengeance. [Vengeance was lent to the RAN until the arrival of HMAS Melbourne then under construction.] Royal Navy Avenger lands on deck. Vengeance towed out to sea by tug. Firefly and Sea Fury aircraft in protective wrap delivered to Vengeance. Sycamore helicopter pracice take offs and landing on carrier's deck. Royal Navy cruiser in unidentified harbour possibly Gibraltar. Suez canal. Harbour possibly Aden. Arab shiprights building a dhow. Harbour scenes. Passenger liner. Arrival Sydney Harbour March 1953. Testing Vengeance catapult using recoverable trolley. Fairey Firefly lands on Vengeance. At sea refuelling destroyer HMAS Bataan [pennant No. D191]. Hawker Sea Fury fighters on deck. L/P Pilot Altham. Firefly takeoffs. Queenborough Class frigate in heavy sea. RAN cruiser possibly HMAS Australia. HRH Queen Elizabeth visit to Tasmania. Royal Yacht Gothic. Slow motion black and white footage of Sea Fury landing on Vengeance. Aerial of Vengeance showing 'Elizabeth R 1954' written on carrier's deck. Group shot of the crew of HMAS Vengeance. Rabual harbour. First World War Memorial at Rabaul. War graves. Slow motion shot of Sea Fury landing on deck. Sydney harbour, HMAS Australia and HMAS Anzac [pennant No. D59] at anchor. Firefly aircraft. Visit to New Zealand. Return to Sydney.

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