Three U.S. warships of the Atlantic Squadron's Cruiser Division 7, Commanded by Admiral Husband E. Kimmel, are seen making way through extremely rough seas off the Patagonian coast approaching Cape Horn. The Cruisers are sister ships: USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37), USS Quincy (CA-39) and Admiral Kimmel's Flagship, the USS San Francisco (CA-38). The Cruisers have slowed to 16 knots (from their usual 31K) due to the heavy seas. Waves are seen breaking over them as their bows plunge deep into the sea. The Tuscaloosa signals to the Flagship via blinker, that she is sustaining damage, including some loose plates. (Admiral Kimmel reportedly ordered all ships to further reduce speed to 10 knots.) Note: The footage was shot by cameraman lashed to bridge of the USS San Francisco.
Views of extreme destruction from an earthquake in Chile, on January 24, 1939, that killed 25 thousand and injured 40 thousand persons. Homeless people stand out side wreckage. Relief supplies that the U.S. Army Air Corps flew from Panama are seen. Since all Red Cross medical planes were already being used, U.S. President, Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered additional medical supplies to be transported on the U.S. Army Air Corps XB-15 bomber, a single prototype, operated by the 2nd Bombardment Group at Langley Field, Virginia. Views of pilot, Major Caleb V. Haynes, supervising the loading of supplies. With Major Haynes,at the controls, the XB-15 is seen taking off on its earthquake relief mission in February 1939. Later, it is seen landing back at Langley Field, Virginia, after completing its mission. (Note: For this exceptional flight, Major Haynes and his crew were awarded the MacKay Trophy, in 1939.)
Earthquake in Chile, South America. Thousands of people are killed and houses destroyed as a result of an earthquake. Rubbled houses and buildings in the area. Soldiers walk through rubble. Men watch the destruction caused to an earthquake and walk through the debris.
The earthquake devastates provinces in Chillan, Chile. Ariel view of devastated Chillan. A boy walks on debris. Officers walk. People carry cartoons. _Passengers and airplane. Wreckage of buildings and houses. Soldiers inspect the debris. They walk on debris. Destroyed buildings. People put their belongings in cart. They seated outside house with their belongings.
Various buildings in Honolulu. The Capitol of Honolulu and formerly the Palace of Queen Liliukalani. Large building on square. The Judiciary Building houses the courts and department of education. Statue in front of the building. Man poses in front of the statue. Traffic on road. Pedestrians on the roadside, trees and buildings in the background. First portable house ever made for in 1819 it was shipped via Cape Horn from New England for the use of the early missionaries. White Frame House. Building with columned porch.
The legislative and maritime history of the U.S. Merchant Marine. Group of men gathered at a stream bed digging and panning for gold. Dramatization of a sailing ship leaving dock as gathered crowd of men, women, and children wave goodbye from dock during mid 1800's Gold Rush. Merchant Marine sailing ships underway at sea. Men working on a clipper ship. Views of tall sailing clipper ships at full sail and in storms with dramatization of crews battling to stay afloat during storm. Clipper ships round Cape Horn during the California Gold Rush of 1849 (dramatized). Fulton's steamship, the North River Steamboat, or Clermont, sails up the Hudson River. Smoke from the stacks of the steam ship. View of a steamship overtaking a sailing vessel at sea, as narrator describes the demise of the tall sailing ships after the arrival of the steamship.