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Troop ships for the Philippines

SUMMARY Shows the departure from San Francisco of two troop ships, the S.S. Australia and the S.S. City of Sydney, bound for Manila during the Spanish-American War. The first ship shown is the Australia with many troops on deck, some waving. The ship's name is visible on the hull at the end of the sequence. The second ship, the City of Sydney, is shown being escorted by two harbor tugs. These two steamships left San Francisco on May 25, 1898, along with a third troop ship, the S.S. City of Peking (not visible in the film). NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 22June1898; 38210. Original main title lacking. Date is copyright and production date; unable to verify if work was ever actually released. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Materials listed originate from the paper print chosen best copy of two for digitization; for other holdings on this title, contact M/B/RS reference staff. Identification of the S.S. City of Sydney is based on research by Eugene Williams, email dated May 5, 2003. Second ship was previously identified as the S.S. City of Peking, however footage of the three-masted second ship does not match still images of the four-masted City of Peking at: www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/spanam/events/pi-reinf.htm and www.spanamwar.com/cityofpeking.htm. MAVIS 48464; Troop ships for the Philippines. Filmed May 25, 1898, in San Francisco, California. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997, p. 436-437 (includes reprint of article from New York world, May 26, 1898); Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; email correspondence with Eugene Williams, May 5, 2003. SUBJECTS Transports--California--San Francisco. United States.--Army--Transportation. Spanish-American War, 1898--Transportation. Soldiers--Transportation--California--San Francisco. Ships--California--San Francisco. Harbors--California--San Francisco. San Francisco (Calif.)--History, Military--19th century. Actuality--Short. War (Nonfiction)--Short. RELATED NAMES Blechynden, Frederick, camera. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) CALL NUMBER FEC 2880 (ref print) FPE 9293 (dupe neg) LC 1908a (paper pos) DIGITAL ID sawmp 1908 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.1908
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