United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1898.
16427 U.S. Copyright Office
Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 10Mar1898; 16427.
Duration: 0:52 at 15 fps.
Photographed: January 22, 1898. Location: Union Iron Works Shipyard, San Francisco.
This film shows the launching of the Imperial
Japanese Navy cruiser Chitose at the Union Iron Works Shipyard, San
Francisco, on Saturday, January 22, 1898. The camera view is east, across
a small inlet of Central Basin, to Slipway #1. Four additional slipways lay
beyond to the west. The inlet and slipway remain today, now covered with
chunks of abandoned piers, adjacent to the Southwest Marine Shipyard. The
camera viewpoint is today called pier 68, part of Southwest Marine's
facilities. The San Francisco Chronicle's article on the Chitose's launch
notes that "an Edison automatoscope caught the fleeting cruiser in a series
of moving pictures which are to be sent to Japan for the edification of the
public there, the Home Government favoring the project." The Chitose was
a 4,760-ton second class unarmored protected cruiser used in naval support
and supply operations. Her construction was supervised in San Francisco by
Captain S. Sakurai of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The cruiser was 405 feet
long, had a maximum speed of 22.3 knots, and was armed with several
small guns (six 2.5- Received: 3/10/1898; paper
pos; copyright deposit Paper Print Collection.
SUBJECTS RELATED NAMES MEDIUM
Piers--California-- San Francisco.
San Francisco (Calif.)
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DLC
1 roll (58 ft) : si., b&w ; 35 mm. paper pos.
LC 1085 (paper pos)
Received: 3/10/1898; paper pos; copyright deposit Paper Print Collection.