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The Fleet Steaming Up North River (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. Shows the 'Brooklyn,' flying Schley's twin starred blue flag. Every detail brought out with wonderful clearness. Excursion craft in the distance. Bow of the 'Indiana' appears toward end of film." Written by Edison Catalog

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Piece of History
10 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Fleet Streaming Up North River, The (1898)

Edison film running just under two minutes shows Admiral Sampson's Squadron going into New York Harbor via the Hudson River. The six battleships are certainly a treat on the eyes so this film is certainly an important piece of history. It was filmed on August 20, 1898 (a Saturday morning) and is one of the best reasons to show people why these early films are so important. I'm not sure how many films show these ships but the Edison print is in wonderful condition and gives a lot of detail in everything we're looking at. The cameraman gets as much as he can in each frame and his work is pretty impressive for this age.


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