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The Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple
The Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple

The Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple 1918

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The Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple 1918

4 mins United Kingdom

Surprising as it sounds, reinforced concrete was the British Admiralty's first choice of material for shipbuilding when steel stocks ran low during the First World War. The experimental method saved 60% of the steel. This attractive newsreel visits the impressive timber-and-steel frame (no concrete yet) of one such vessel in her Barnstaple shipyard, in the rather jolly company of the Italian Navy admiral Sir Giuseppe de Lorenzi.

The Ill-fated Cretepath (referred to here as the Crepath) was completed later in 1918, but was wrecked on a sandbank after her launch. A follow-up attempt, the Cretepond, was more successful, but was completed after the war was over.

Genres

Non-Fiction

Tags

Shipbuilding Concrete

Collection

Shipbuilding on Film

Released

1918

Country

United Kingdom

Language

English

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