Shot by an unknown serviceman, this historic silent home movie shows a trip to Europe made aboard the battleship USS Missouri BB-63 sometime in the mid to late 1940s or early 1950s. Most likely this journey likely occurred in March of 1946, as Missouri visited Turkey in April of that year. It also could have been shot in 1951, because in the summer of that year she engaged in two midshipman training cruises to northern Europe.
The start of the film shows various views of the ship and its escorts, including USS Damato (DD-871), a Gearing class destroyer. It also shows the surrender plaque aboard the ship at about :25 seconds.
At 2:30, the trip to Europe begins with a train ride through France to Paris, and there are various scenes of the city including images of the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, railroad stations, etc. Versailles is seen in a color segment at 7:00, and the Eiffel Tower at 8:00. At 11:30, Le Mont-Saint-Michel is seen. At 13 minutes, the trip aboard the Missouri has resumed. At 13:23, ships company takes a swim. The ship is seen in an unknown port at the end of the film, and anchor is dropped as the film ends.
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