Preparations for launch of the USS Hancock (CV-19) at Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, on January 24, 1944. . Shipyard riggers removing supports from under the ship's hull. Platform at bow is decorated with bunting. Scene shifts to Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York, and the launching of the USS Missouri (BB-63), on January 29, 1944. Crowd gathered around the bow as the Missouri goes down the ways. Another change of scene to the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Newport News, Virginia. Here the ways are emptied following the launch of the Light Cruiser, USS Hancock (CL-81) on June 19, 1943. The Hancock can be seen in the water. Tugs attend to the newly launched Cruiser.
U.S. Navy ships launched in the United States during World War II. Lieutenant Commander Mildred H. McAfee, USNR (US Navy Reserve), Director of the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) breaks a bottle of champagne on the bow of a carrier and christens USS Franklin (CV-13) in Newport News, Virginia on 14th October, 1943. A destroyer is launched at the Great Lakes. The destroyer is turned into an upright position. Shipyard workers cheer. A ship is launched sideways.
The launch of aircraft carrier Hornet at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia. Aircraft carrier Hornet under construction at a shipyard. The bow of Hornet with the American flag. Scaffolding for construction. The christening of the aircraft carrier Hornet by Mrs. Frank Knox, wife of the Secretary of the Navy. The new aircraft carrier slides down the ways into the water. A crowd in the foreground. Several people holding umbrellas. Shipyard scaffolding in the background. The carrier anchored in the James River. Two tugs near the carrier.
Preparation for launch of the Light Cruiser, USS Houston (CL-81) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Newport News, Virginia. Shipyard worker spreads grease on ways. He uses a wooden stick. Dock in the background.
Launching of Destroyer, USS Dallas (DD199) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company,.Newport News, Virginia, U.S.A. Shipyard workers and guests cheer and wave American flags as the USS Dallas goes down the ways into the water.
An announcer on podium in front of battery of microphones during christening of USS Enterprise in Newport News, Virginia. Secretary of Navy William B Franke, Admiral Burke and others stand during playing of national anthem. Navy band plays national anthem. Scene of huge crowd. Scene of military salute. People take seats after playing of anthem. Mr. Blewett, President, Newport News Ship Building Company, gives opening address from podium. Crowd listens to speech. Secretary of the Navy puts on his glasses, begins his speech. Admiral Burke shakes hands with Mr. Franke on speaker's stand. Admiral begins his address. Admiral addressing crowd. Scene of spectators. Battery of photographers on a platform. Scene of Navy band. Invocation given by USN chaplain. Officers and VIPs bow heads during invocation and then take seats. Mrs. Franke at podium with Mr. Blewett. Mrs. Franke steps up on platform. Sponsor steps back after breaking champagne bottle across bow of Enterprise. Mr. Blewett walks down from launching platform. Mrs. Franke congratulated by unidentified women. Sponsor leaves platform. Mrs. Franke is congratulated by her husband and Admiral Burke. Secretary of Navy, Mrs. Franke, Admiral Burke and others pose for the photographers.