Test of an unsinkable life raft in Cardiff, Wales. The life raft in the water. Swimmers jump in water and get on to the life raft. People look at them. Swimmers on the lift raft and they are being pulled up.
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)
Royal Air Force aircraft parked in rows on a field in England. King George V and Prince of Wales review the Royal Air Force. An aircraft takes off. A formation of aircraft in flight.
United States' first National Arboretum in Washington DC. The Arboretum has 60,000 varieties of various valuable plants, trees, shrubs and flowers some of which also have their origin in countries like China, Japan and Korea. Director of the Arboretum Henry Cardiff says these plants may have variety of uses as food, medicine and in other useful things. Botanical Scientist in the laboratory of Arboretum. Men and women visitors in the Arboretum observe various plants.
Allied forces in Japan after atomic explosion during World War II. A group of British military officers, members of British Physical Damage Team, examine damages by atomic explosion. Officers visit the destroyed Nagasaki Prison at approx 1000 feet distance from the ground zero. Officers examine effects of immense heat from explosion, on a discolored steel piece found in debris. Team of British officers, one of them smokes a pipe. Members of British delegation are shown in close ups: Captain W.N. Thomas, Professor of Engineering at Cardiff College, who led the team; Flight Lt. H. Elder; Squadron leader R.G. Whitehead; Squadron Leader J.B. Hawker; Special Duty Officer O.C. Young.
Amy Johnson and her husband Jim Mollison pose. The couple takes off from Wales in their airplane 'Seafarer'. View of crashed airplane 'Seafarer' near New York. View of injured Amy Johnson and her husband Jim Mollison in bandages. Amy and Jim are carried into another airplane to Floyd Bennett Field.