Views of the Japanese ocean liner, Chichibu Maru, including her launching from shipyard of the Yokohama Dock Company
Japan Date:1930 Duration:1 min 6 sec Sound:NO SOUND
A private high-wing parasol monoplane takes off and passes directly over the camera. A glimpse of factories and smoke stacks in the background, during takeoff. From that airplane, the Japanese ocean liner, Chichibu Maru, is seen underway in water below. Scene shifts completely to interior of a Japanese steel mill, where fiery molten steel rushes out of an open hearth furnace; fire shoots upward from a bessemer converter furnace; A conveyer transports a large crucible of molten steel inside a plant; closeup of its contents being poured into another container. An open hearth furnace about to disgorge its molten steel, with some already running out. Japanese steel workers standing on platform as a crucible of flaming steel passes on a conveyer. Molten steel flaming brightly in various areas within the steel mill as conveyer moves a large crucible in foreground. Closeup of a flaming steel-filled crucible. Scene shifts to workers in a Japanese shipyard. A number of commercial ships are in the waters behind them. Camera changes focus to scaffolding surrounding a large ocean-going ship under construction. Next it shows another nearly-completed ship with "Chichibu Maru" painted on her hull. Next, the Chichibu Maru is seen going down the ways as she is launched on 8 May, 1929. (She would complete fitting out on 10 March, 1930.) Closeup of the hull as she plunges into the water on launch. Some crew and yard workers look down from her deck. Banners are displayed from the launching ceremony. View from a small boat moving around the Chichibu Maru, as she departs on an ocean voyage. Her passengers line the decks, waving goodbyes.
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