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For your home enjoyment during Heritage Open Days 2020, we highlight below some of their newsreel relating to Gosport.
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Gosport (1950) (02:46)
Escape Tower (1962) (01:42)
Foudroyant (1951) (01:07)
Motor Boat Patrol (1953) (02:54)
Beating Retreat (1955) (01:05)
Seasickness Taught: One Easy Lesson (1958) (02:08)
Model Yacht Racing (1960) (02:00)
Submarine Escape School (1950) (01:20)
Deep Diving Trials Unit (1965) (01:18)
Deep Sea Trials (1968) (01:17)
New Sub Escape Techniques (1954) (02:08)
Deep Dive Simulator 1966 (02:40)
Queen Visits Portsmouth (1959) (02:07)
Princess Margaret Visits Portsmouth (1950) (05:58)
Viking Invasion (1962) (08:13)
Escape Suits Will Avert ‘truculent’ Tragedies (1950) (08:13)
Navy Tests Gas Turbine (1955) (01:37)
The Old 33rds (1925) (02:14)
Boy Soldiers (1953) (00:56)
Tournament Toy Soldiers (1952) (01:46)
Good Luck Sir Thomas (1930) (00:57)
Navy Tests New M.T.B’s (1951) (00:56)
America’s Cup Challenger (1934) (07.54)
Lee-On-Solent Naval Display (1962) (01:29)
Flying Display A Rn Air Station (1950) (03:47)
Naval Air Display (1950) (00:41)
Naval Aircraft Display In Britain (1947) (00:26)
Goodbye Endeavour (1947) (01:22)
Atlantic Crossed Under Water (1953) (00:57)
‘copter Rescue By Scoop-Net (1955) (01:18 )
The Fleet’s Out (1964) (01:17)
Helicopters For Malaya (1952) (01:23)
Helicopter Rescue (1951) (01:33)
Suit To Save Life (1966) (01:08)
“Gosport. Suit To Save Life”.
Gosport Depot ‘HMS Dolphin’, Hampshire. A new submarine escape suit is demonstrated.
“Men Like These …!” (1931) (04:11)
Admirals, Officers & men see Elstree’s epic admiration of the ‘Heroes of the Hidden Fleet’. Rear Admiral Dunbar-Nasmith and Admiral Evans arrive at cinema with their wives. Groups of sailors arrive in uniform – they are men from the submarine depot at Gosport. They make their way through the foyer of the cinema.
English Mourners Turn Out For Admiral Of The Fleet Jellicoe’s Funeral Procession… (1935) (02:39)
The state funeral procession for Admiral of the Fleet John Jellicoe moves slowly down the misty grey streets of London, through Trafalgar Square to St. Paul’s Cathedral, accompanied by a sombre funeral march
Duke At HMS Dolphin (1961) (01:24)
Saucer And Science – Barrow-In-Furness (1959) (03:40)
Heroes Of The Poseidon (1931) (01:53)
Bring Back That Cup – Shamrock V Aka Bring That Cup Back – Shamrock V (1930) (01:07)
“Bring that Cup back, Shamrock V for our veteran sportsman owner, who so richly deserves it!” Lady Shaftesbury names and launches Sir Thomas Lipton’s fifth Challenger for the America Cup. Gosport, Hampshire.
To Win America’s Cup For Us At Last? (1933) (01:30)
Selected Originals – Helicopters For Malaya (1952) (01:57)
Royal Naval Airport, Gosport, Hampshire.
Various shots of 848 squadron helicopters in flight and shots of ground from helicopter.
Home Is The Sailor… (1957) (02:10)
The Royal Marines (1932) (02:32)
Commander Crabb Mystery (1956) (04:43)
Atlantic Crossed Underwater (1954) (03:58)
Navy Christmas Party For War Orphans (1949) (01:46)
Return Of Ship King George V To Portsmouth (1940-1949) (01:09)
New Lifeboat (1968) (00:32)
The Complete Invader (1966) (02:55)
Churchill At Portsmouth (1941) (04:34)
Unedited material from 1941. Winston Churchill inspecting new warships at shipbuilding yard. Churchill visiting Admiral Nelson’s ship, the Victory. Churchill inspecting Civil Defence workers and nurses in tin hats. He is smoking a cigar and wearing nautical-style hat
Meet HMS Dreadnought (1963) (04:19)
Portsmouth, Hampshire & Brixham, Devon. GV. First Britain’s atomic submarine HMS Dreadnought alongside Portsmouth Harbour.
Headlines From The Pathe Newsdesk (1945) (02:15) Includes:
PARADE OF CHILDREN’S FASHIONS – COMMENTS BY PETULA CLARK
KING GEORGE V GRAVING DOCK Southampton, Hampshire. Good shot of the ship Queen Elizabeth with smoking funnels.
AIR SPEED RECORD Herne Bay, Kent.
‘formidable’ Comes Home (1946) (00:53)
Item title reads – ‘Formidable’ comes home. Portsmouth, Hampshire. Various shots as aircraft carrier ‘Formidable’ sails into Portsmouth Harbour. Various shots of crowds on the quayside waving.
HM Australian Submarine (1928) (01:02)
Funeral Of Member Of Crew Of H.29 Submarine (1926) (01:10)
Training Gunners (1950) (02:10)
Look Out Nelson (1959) (00:43)
Operation Puts Pipeline Under Channel (1945) (04:36)
Southampton – First POW Ship Home (1953) (02:40)
Naval Explosion – Sabotage? (1950) (01:07)
BEDENHAM Gosport. Royal Navy warships in Portsmouth Harbour including an Aircraft carrier. The pier was wrecked by an explosion while ammunition was being loaded. Sailors are searching through remains and it is decided that the explosion was caused by Sabotage.
The Great Endeavour (1934) (00:37)
Full title reads: “THE GREAT “ENDEAVOUR” – Mr T. O. M. Sopwith’s challenger for America’s Cup leaves Portsmouth for USA – and victory.” Portsmouth, Hampshire. Several shots of England’s boat “Endeavour” with its crew leaving Portsmouth harbour to sail to America to win America’s Cup.
Endeavour I Home Again (1937) (04:57)
HMS Dreadnought Trials – Portsmouth (1963) (05:04)
Portsmouth. Commander Samborne Captain of H M S Dreadnought standing on the submarine. Bow of Dreadnought ploughing through the sea. Below decks of general activity, plotting room and periscope etc. Crew eating in mess and getting rum ration.
The Portuguese Training Ship Portsmouth (1954) (01:01)
Portsmouth Harbour. The Portuguese naval training ship ‘Sagres’ a square-rigged warship. The “Sagres” at moorings. Crew in training on the yards, climbing up & down the rigging. The Lecture Room below. Engine room crew writing home. The wine issue. Mess Deck. Officers on deck. The Captain (in Mufti) Luciano Sena Pentinho leaving Steering wheel and Motto Crew dressed for shore, leaving ship.
Out Takes / Cuts From Cp 300 – Animal Hospital, Model Yacht Racing And Venetian Fete (1960) (02:36)
Attlee Goes Down In Submarine “Acheron” (1949)
Naval Air Display (1954) (01:43)
Selected Originals – Submarine ‘snorting’ Operation (1950) (01:53)
Record Salvage Feat (1931) (02:10)
Not strictly Gosport, but thought some of you might enjoy these
News In A Nutshell Aka Sudbury (1936) (03:31)
At 1:13 Endeavour II’s mast stepped in Gosport, Hampshire. Various shots of enormous new mast being fitted to racing yacht (this year’s British hope in the Americas’ cup). A massive crane has to be used to fit the mast in place.
Titchfield Carnival (1964) (01:18)
Little Titchfield (near Southampton), Hampshire.Film which records the fun and games of Titchfield Carnival. Various decorated houses, people in fancy dress, decorated floats etc. are shown. Various funny costumes. Narrator calls the Carnival is an open air fancy dress party. Shots of floats and costumed carnival goers as they move through the streets. They include someone dressed as Hilda Baker, two children posing as ballroom dancers on the “Come Dancing” float, Carnival Queen, the Titchfield Bonfire Boys etc.
News In A Nutshell (1935) (01:49)
Fareham – Four Foot One Marries Five Foot Ten (1938) (07:25)
Fareham, Hampshire. Various shots of jockey Arthur Jefferies (4′ 1″) and Miss Frances Sargant / Sargeant (5′ 10″) arriving at a registry office for their wedding ceremony. A small crowd of people wait outside. After the service, the newlyweds appear on the steps of the building and pose for the camera, with Arthur looking up at Frances. The car carrying the couple drives off as commentator remarks “Moral… it’s better to have loved a short girl than never to have loved a tall” (groan).
The Search For ‘affray’ (1951) (12:28)