Russian warship with crew lined up on deck. Black smoke coming from funnels. Sun is setting over nearby hills Line of Russian warships steaming with black smoke streaming from their funnels. Sailors on fantail of Russian warship. Bugler sounds general quarters. Sailors scurry to battle stations. Russian warships firing heavy guns. Captain on deck with binoculars, standing next to helmsman. Turkish Cruiser, "Medidiye" sunk in shallow water in Black Sea, April, 1915, after being mined. She strikes her colors and raises them again, with white flag, above. Crew members stand on exposed deck of the sunken ship. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Clip opens showing Russian Navy exercises in the Black Sea during World War 1. Two battleships underway billowing smoke. Battleships fire heavy guns. Russian sailors on ship deck disperse, running to battle stations. A First World War Russian naval officer on a ship deck looks through binoculars as a Russian Navy sailor stands beside him. Crew striking the colors as ship sinks. Turkish Cruiser Mecidiye sinks off Odessa in shallow waters after hitting a Russian mine on 3 April, 1915. The Ottoman cruiser Mecidiye, also sometimes spelled Medjidiye, is seen partially submerged off the coast of Vorokoskiy-Mayak, near Odessa.
Russian warships, destroyers, and submarines maneuver and fire heavy guns in the Black Sea,during World War I. Heavy black smoke rises from ship funnels and from gun firing. Mountains seen in the background. Captain, standing next to helmsman, bends down and speaks on intercom. Several destroyers maneuver and partially visible submerged submarines are seen. Signalman on deck uses semaphore flags.
Opening scene shows a tramp steamer listing to starboard.during World War 1. She displays "India, Greece" in large letters on her side. Slate indicates that an explosives technician from a U-Boat had climbed aboard and set charges on the Greek Steamer, "India" as she is stopped in the Atlantic during World War 1. The India is carrying a cargo of coal from Cardiff Wales, to Oran. The ship is seen listing. Smoke still rises from her stack. Slate states that the cross on the hull of the sinking "India" is the Greek national emblem. The ship sinks lower and finally slides out of sight, with smoke rising above the water from her exploding boilers. (Note: This German U-boat is the SM U-35, which was operating in the western approaches to the Straits of Gibraltar after leaving the Mediterranean on 11-12 April. It carried a professional cinematographer on board. Two years earlier, on June 12, 1915 , the U-35 also sank the British ship, "Crown of India." ) The next sequence shows an image of the German Daily Express newspaper for Monday May 10, 1915. Dead! it reports in bold print: The world has a duty to conduct a Hunt for turtles. Scene shifts to deck of surfaced German U-boat, showing a dinghy arriving alongside, from which several giant sea turtles are unloaded. Crew members examine the turtles on the deck of the submarine. At least one appears to be dead. Next scene shows lookouts on conning tower of the U-Boat, as they see smoke on the horizon. (The Imperial German Naval war flag is displayed on the conning tower.) The Captain calls for full speed ahead on both engines, and the controls show that being selected. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
A map shows countries bordering the Black Sea. German and Romanian ships lay naval mines in the Black Sea. Battleship at sea. Deck guns on a chip. LIfe boats by the ship side. Naval mines lines on the ship deck. Sailors arm the mines and roll them off the deck into the sea. An officer supervises the exercise and observes through binoculars.
Life of Soviet Georgian people of Batumi, in the Adjar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union. Adjarian people milling about on streets in the Black Sea coastal city of Batumi, Adjar. Busy sidewalk cafes. Men, women, and children shop for fruits and vegetables from stalls on a street. Men at a roadside cafe. People swim at a Black Sea beach. A ship waits in the Black Sea port at Batumi, as travelers leave Batumi, in small boats, to board her. Scenes of Yalta, after the passengers arrive there. People milling about on a city street with shops in Yalta, Crimea. A horse drawn cart being pulled as it ascends toward a nearby summit of the Ai-Petri mountains. Elevated view from the mountains of Yalta toward vineyards and toward the south shore of the Black Sea.