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Author Topic: British Pathe Newsreel: Q4 Liner model under test and that Stubborn Keel Block!  (Read 2187 times)

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Offline Bob C.

Excellent footage of the keel laying ceremony in July 1965 including the rigging that was to pull the keel block into place.  I finally understand why it did not go as planned and the keel was unceremoniously slid into position two days later.  This footage is preceeded by dynamic model testing of the Q4 hull form.

Quote from: British Pathe
Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

Feltham, Middlesex and the Clyde, Scotland

Various shots, inside the National Physical Laboratory Ship Model Testing Tank at Feltham on 28th June 1965. A 17 foot scale model of the new Cunarder liner, the "Q4", goes through some wave motion tests while fixed onto a gantry moving across the tank. Engineers watch a control panel which gives the necessary data. CU Control panels. (2 shots). Good high shot, gantry moving down the length of the tank. Various shots of tests in operation. MS to CU Engineer taking off printout from machine. MSs Model moving through water.

GV The towering cranes in the John Browne shipyard. Various shots showing the empty slipway where the new Q4 liner will be launched. Various shots of wooden supports in position for the launch. The keel started being put into position on 2nd July 1965 at No. 4 building berth. MS Among the group watching the operation are Sir John Brocklebank of Cunard and Lord Aberconway of John Brownes Shipyard (also President of the Royal Horticultural Society). LS A crowd of shipyard builders. MS A worker hammering blocks of wood in at the base of a post.

Note: Date on original record: 28/06/1965.

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55 years ago today (according to British Pathe) !!

For more details of the keel laying see The date of the laying of the keel
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