Sailors aboard the USS Leviathan (formerly the Vaterland) in New York harbor, during World War 1, when she was serving as a troop ship. They are seen practicing emergency drills, including lowering lifeboats over the side and actually rowing them away. They also launch rubber rafts over the rails. U.S. Army soldiers from a lower deck, then descend to the rafts, using the lines from above. They are seen steping into the water-filled rafts and from there, into the lifeboats. Closeup of one soldier swimming in full uniform, with aid of floatation gear. He also relaxes in the water, suspended entirely by his life vest. View from above of a lifeboat crewed by sailors and filled with soldiers in uniform. They row away, pulling a raft, from which they help a few more soldiers into the lifeboat. Sailors row the filled lifeboats away from the ship, each towing a raft behind them. (WWI. WW1)
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