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Close View of the 'Brooklyn,' Naval Parade (1898)

"On Saturday morning, August 20, 1898, six grim battleships of Admiral Sampson's Squadron sailed into New York Harbor and up the Hudson to receive a welcome from the people and to fire a ... See full summary »

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"On Saturday morning, August 20, 1898, six grim battleships of Admiral Sampson's Squadron sailed into New York Harbor and up the Hudson to receive a welcome from the people and to fire a salute of victory in sight of the tomb of the great soldier-hero of another war [Ulysses Grant]. We present the following films to the public as our share in the celebration, by means of which we not only satisfy the curiosity of people living too far distant to be present, but also perpetuate forever the glory of the occasion. Schley's flagship at close range, showing shot hole in the middle of funnel near deck. She flies a frayed and tattered battle flag." Written by Edison Catalog

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Edison Short
12 September 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Close View of the 'Brooklyn,' Naval Parade (1898)

*** (out of 4)

Edison short was filmed on the morning of August 20, 1898 as Admiral Sampson's Squadron sails into New York Harbor. Once again the main draw to a film like this is seeing "history" as it was taking place back in the day. I'm sure the entertainment level of this film was different back when it was originally released but today it's mainly history buffs that are going to be drawn to this. The site of the men standing on the edge of the battleship to get a look at those looking at them makes one wonder who we're actually looking at.


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