SUMMARY From F.Z. Maguire catalogue: Taken at the Pacific Coast Life Saving Service, Fort Point Station, Presidio, San Francisco, Cal., commanded by Capt. Joseph Hodgson, and shows the crew in the act of starting for a wreck. The scene opens with the opening of the boat-house door, followed by the boat speeding down a runway into the water. The sailors, with oars pointing upward, and the splashing waters, are clearly reproduced, making an interesting scene. Part of the "Pacific Coast Life Saving Service Series" (Edison films catalog): These subjects are illustrative of the work performed by the Life Saving Corps of the United States Government, and show the methods in vogue at one of the most important stations on either side of our Continent. The exact routine pursued in actual practice is clearly illustrated. We are particularly indebted to Major T. J. Blakeney, Superintendent of the U.S. Life Saving Service, 12th District, San Francisco, Cal., and Captain W. C. Coulson, of the U.S. Revenue Cutter, San Francisco, Cal., for their kind co-operation. We are thus enabled to bring before the public generally absolutely true and accurate pictures of one of our most worthy as well as interesting institutions, the crews of which are constantly risking their own lives for the preservation of others (p. 20). OTHER TITLES Launch of lifeboat Launch of a life boat CREATED/PUBLISHED United States : Edison Manufacturing Co., 1897. NOTES Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 25Oct1897; 60570. Camera, Frederick Blechynden. Filmed ca. September 1897, at the Presidio in San Francisco, California. Received: 10-12-1897; paper pos, copies 1 and 2; copyright deposit; Paper Print Collection. SUBJECTS Lifesaving--California--San Francisco. Lifeboats--California--San Francisco. Lifesaving stations--California--San Francisco. Lifeboat service--California--San Francisco. Lifeboat crew members--California--San Francisco. Presidio of San Francisco (Calif.) Pacific Coast (Calif.) Actuality Educational RELATED NAMES White, James H. (James Henry), production. Blechynden, Frederick, camera. Thomas A. Edison, Inc. Paper Print Collection (Library of Congress) DIGITAL ID edmp.0055 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mbrsmi/edmp.0055
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