Item : 2011-089.02 - The Empress of Asia

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The Empress of Asia

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  • Moving images

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AM1591-: 2011-089.02

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  • [192-?] (Creation)
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1 film reel (2 min., 13 sec. ; 18m) : acetate, 18 fps, positive, b&w, silent ; 16 mm

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Item is an amateur film which captures the ocean liner RMS Empress of Asia as workers on scaffolding use brushes attached to long poles to apply BAPCO anti-corrosive second coat paint to the hull of the large ship. Multiple angles reveal features of the dry-docked ship typically obscured by water, including the ship's propellers and depth markers on the hull.

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Moderate warping, crazing/crackling on surface of film, minor scratches, slightly melted frames, shrinkage.

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A digital copy of this item is available.

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Playback of physical film restricted for preservation reasons.

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Possibly related to segments of film 2011-089.054, which also contain shots which appear to be promotional materials for the BAPCO brand.

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Possibly shot at 16 fps.


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  • Box: F17-E-55
  • Box: 726-C-06
  • Box: 708-C-06