Mrs. Doolittle poses with bottle, christens USS Shangri-La as it is launched at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia.
Portsmouth Virginia USA Date:1944, February 24 Duration:4 min 47 sec Sound:NO SOUND
USS Shangri-La (CV-38) is christened at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia. Mrs. James H. Doolittle, Miss McClellan, Rear Admiral Felix X. Gygax, and Captain Mauch pose. Miss McClellan speaks into a microphone. Admiral Gygax speaks at microphone. Mrs. Doolittle poses with champagne bottle, christens ship, ship is launched. Ground views of ship in water. Tugboats alongside and workers on flight deck. Workers on dock. ("Lost Horizon" author, James Hilton, who created the word Shangri-La, is present on the platform behind Mrs. Doolittle and was a special guest that day.)
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