SUMMARY From Edison films "war extra" catalog: Taken at the Dry Tortugas, and shows the most powerful fighting machine in the world to-day as she lies at anchor taking on coal. The decks are covered with marines and sailors. An immense barge lies along side, from which a large gang of negroes are hustling "King coal" into the battleship, on whose decks the coal passers run to and fro. The view is taken from a moving yacht and gives the effect of the vessel itself passing through the water. As the yacht passed the starboard quarter, the powerful 13-inch, 8-inch and 6-inch guns bristle from their turrets. She looks every inch of her great length, 348 feet. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 21Apr1898; 25322. Original main title lacking. Camera, William Paley. 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. Edison code name (for telegraphic orders): Umrandern. MAVIS 48452; U.S. battleship "Indiana" (Spanish-American War). Filmed ca. March 28-April 1, 1898, near the Dry Tortugas Islands off Key West, Florida. Sources used: Copyright catalog, motion pictures, 1894-1912; Musser, C. Edison motion pictures 1890-1900, 1997; Niver, K.R. Early motion pictures, 1985; Edison films "war extra" catalog, May 10, 1898, p. 9 [MI]; Edison films catalog, no. 94, March 1900, p. 13 [MI]. SUBJECTS Indiana (Battleship : BB-1) Coaling--Florida--Dry Tortugas. Coal-carrying vessels--Florida--Dry Tortugas. Barges--Florida--Dry Tortugas. Battleships--Florida--Dry Tortugas. Spanish-American War, 1898--Naval operations, American. United States.--Navy--African Americans. Sailors--Florida--Dry Tortugas. Dry Tortugas (Fla.)--History, Naval--19th century. Actuality--Short. War (Nonfiction)--Short. RELATED NAMES Paley, William Daly, 1857-1924, camera. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) CALL NUMBER FEC 2874 (ref print) FPE 9304 (dupe neg) LC 46a (paper pos) DIGITAL ID sawmp 0046 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/sawmp.0046
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