View from shore of newly opened St. Lawrence Seaway as the British Royal Yacht Britannia navigates a lock of the seaway canal. Crowd looks on from platforms and waves at the royal party aboard the ship. View switches to the grandstand at the opening ceremony for the St Lawrence Seaway. Britain's Queen Elizabeth approaches the podium to give remarks. Camera pans across grounds showing audience listening to the addresses from the ceremony grandstand. Candian police and mounted police in the foreground near the grandstand. United States President Dwight Eisenhower approaches the podium to make remarks.
Opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, permitting travel of ocean-going vessels from the Atlantic Ocean into the Great Lakes. Canadian police on motorcycles lead and escort the arrival of VIPs for ceremonies. United States First Lady Mamie Eisenhower and British royal Prince Philip pass by in a an open Cadillac convertible. Ceremonial stage area is seen. President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth arrive, seated in the back of a large Cadillac sedan. The rear seat is open, convertible style, while the rest of the vehicle is closed like a traditional sedan. Mrs. Eisenhower and Prince Philip arrive in a similarly designed Cadillac, with a closed forward area and open rear seat. Canadian Mounted Police guard and watch nearby. View of Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower exiting the vehicle and approaching the ceremony area on foot.
President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth arriving in a Cadillac sedan with an open back seat for ceremonies to open officially the St. Lawrence Seaway. Britain's Prince Philip and U.S. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower also arrive in a separate Cadillac sedan. The distinguished guests wave to the audience gathered as their cars approach the ceremony stage. President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth are greeted by officials before ascending steps to an outdoor stage. Queen Elizabeth addresses the gathered crowd. President Eisenhower also addresses the audience. Officials are seen seated on the stage. View of President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth descending steps, followed by two U.S. Navy officers, to enter the waiting Cadillac sedan after the ceremony.
Royal British yacht "Britannia" moving slowly in the St. Lawrence Seaway as part of the Seaway's opening ceremony festivities. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip seen on the forward bridge waving to the crowd and press along the sides of the Seaway. Novelty British flags hooked to small parachutes are shot in the air from ships and float down to the crowd. Close-up of the Britannia's ship's plaque. U.S. Navy crew at quarters aboard the USS Forrest Sherman (DD-931), serving as an escort ship. Many sailors at the rails of the U.S. Navy ship USS Forrest Sherman, with the Royal Yacht Brittania in the background. The official gates at the seaway are seen. A choir of high school or college students sings at the ceremony. View of First Lady Mrs. Eisenhower entering a Cadillac sedan, and Queen Elizabeth going to a second Cadillac sedan with President Eisenhower. Large crowd watches the officials enter the cars. Prince Philip and Mrs. Eisenhower ride away in a Cadillac and are followed by Queen Elizabeth and President Eisenhower in a second sedan.
Among major events of the year 1959: President Eisenhower and Queen Elizabeth II on board Royal yacht Britannia cruise on the newly opened St Lawrence Seaway. President looks through a pair of binoculars as the yacht sails across the seaway as part of the opening ceremonies.
Opening ceremony of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Quebec, Canada. U.S. President Dwight D.Eisenhower together with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, aboard the Royal yacht, Britannia, during the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. President Eisenhower looks through binoculars as the Britannia moves through the seaway. View of Britannia entering a lock. The Britannia moves very close to the face wall of the lock, almost scraping it. Several persons on board put their hands out and touch the concrete side of the lock. View from above, of Britannia officers looking over side, as the yacht passes very close to the side of lock. Views of Britannia, tied up at dock and passing through locks. Queen Elizabeth II, disembarking from the Royal Yacht, Britannia, followed by President Eisenhower, Mrs. Eisenhower, and Prince Philip.