A film titled 'Viking Customs Revived'. Group of descendants of ancient Norsemen bring a ship to port. A picture of an old ship at the port. Men wearing ancient clothes with swords and shields board the boat. They perform the mystic ceremonies of their piratieal ancestors.
A Supermarine Scimitar aircraft lands aboard British Naval aircraft carrier Victorious underway in the Atlantic Ocean. HMS Victorious underway at sea as a Supermarine Scimitar, a British fighter aircraft, comes in for a landing. The aircraft lands perfectly, but is suddenly thrown over the side, into the sea, as the arresting cable snaps. The pilot, Commander John D. Russell, is unable to open his canopy to escape. A helicopter is dispatched to assist. But a sailor suspended from the helicopter is unable to help because the plane's canopy is jammed shut. The aircraft sinks with the pilot trapped inside. (Note: This dreadful accident occurred while the HMS Victorious was operating off the Isle of Wight. The pilot, Commander John .D. (Des) Russell, Royal Navy, was Commanding Officer of the new 803 Squadron. embarking for the first time at sea from the Royal Naval Air Station Lossiemouth in Scotland. The aircraft, Scimitar F1. XD240 coded 145/V, sank in 220 ft. of water after plunging into the sea.)
Slate refers to efforts to overcome problems with compressed powder rockets. A large crowd is gathered to watch a demonstration of a Zucker mail rocket. Gerhard Zucker walks ahead and left of Several uniformed Brown Shirts, AKA Nazi Stormtrooper (Sturmabteilung) as they carry a large rocket down some stairs at a beach. Uniformed Hitler youth (Hitlerjugend) are also seen in the crowd of spectators. A cinematographer sets up his camera on structure near the water. Next, the rocket is seen set upon its inclined launching stand as Zucker makes ready the four rockets on each side of the large mail carrier. Closeup of Zucker doing this as another person deposits mail through a door atop the rocket body. Scene shifts to the Wadden Sea off Cuxhaven,on April 9, 1933, where Zucker follows Nazi Stormtroopers carrying the mail rocket across wet sands. Spectators stand shoulder-to-shoulder atop a hill in the background.Zucker standing alone next to the rocket. He and an assistant ignite the 8 side rockets and the mail rocket takes off. But, instead of heading straight, it noses up and loops over backwards, falling to the sand. Stormtroopers lift up the damaged device. Later, Zucker is seen designing a launch with concentric guide rings. He made several attempts in 1934 and 1935, to convince British Royal Mail officials of the viability of rocket mail. He is seen in the last attempt on the Isle of Wight, in January, 1935, standing by his rocket, surrounded by English spectators. His launch stand with concentric rings is clearly seen. He places mail in the rocket body and drops it down through the rings on the launch stand, ignites it and it appears to take off smoothly.(It actually failed.) Views of Belgian Karl Roberti and his postal rocket. An American rocket carrying a line out to a boat needing rescue offshore.
Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.
Unemployed men and women from Scotland, Wales, Midlands and the South march to London. Signs seen include, 'Scotland vs. London,' 'National Hunger March,' 'Revolutionary United Mineworkers of Scotland,' and 'We are Against Starvation.' Slate at head of film reads, 'Jobless Hordes End Weary Dole March at Parliament Gate.' Sign in background within village reads, 'The Castle Restaurant.' Research suggests this is the The Castle Restaurant on Norwich Road, Caister-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth Norfolk, NR30 5JN Clip ends with views of Parliament Building and Clock Tower in London.
Salvaging activities for the U.S. Navy submarine Squalus (SS-192) off the coast of Isles of Shoals near Portsmouth,New Hampshire. USS Sacramento (PG-19) underway off the coast of Isles of Shoals. Small district craft LHT Hibiscus and the U.S. Navy fleet tug boat Wandank (AT-26) underway to rescue U.S. Navy submarine Squalus. Air hose is attach to U.S. Navy submarine Sculpin (SS-191). Many buoys floats on water support the tails of pontoon slings. Air hoses men work with dials. Pontoons are blown dry. Stern of pontoon surfaces up and cause gushing of water. Men secure pontoon. Bow of U.S. Navy submarine Squalus (SS-192) is raised to surface. Pontoon and sling slip off and bow settles back into water. Diagrammatic representation of the slipping off the sling and bow of pontoon.