Governor Byrd of Virginia attends launching of USS Houston (CA-30) (originally designated CL-30) in Newport News, Virginia
Newport News Virginia USA Date:1929, September 7 Duration:1 min 20 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Texas officials at launching of USS Houston (CA-30) (originally designated CL-30) at Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company. Elizabeth Holcombe, daughter of Houston's former Mayor, Oscar Holcombe, with bouquet of flowers. She is seen again on a platform, holding the flowers and a bottle of champagne, standing next to Governor Byrd of Virginia, who actually swings the bottle to christen the ship. A formation of U.S. Navy Vought O2U-1 corsair floatplanes is seen flying over U.S. flag in foreground. Large crowd gathered for the ceremony. USS Houston slides down the ways. USS Houston underway in the water.
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