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Lifeboat Video

Launch of a Lifeboat

Created/Published
Copyright: Thomas A. Edison: Edison Manufacturing Co., 1897.

Summary
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.

Notes 
Filmed ca. September 1897, at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.

Capsize of a lifeboat

Created/Published
Copyright: Thomas A. Edison: Edison Manufacturing Co., 1897.

Summary
From Edison films catalog: Daily practise [sic] of life boat crew, showing boat being upset purposely by the men. As these boats are self-righting and self-bailing, the scene is particularly interesting.

Notes
Filmed ca. September 1897, at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.

Return of Lifeboat

Created/Published
Copyright: Thomas A. Edison: Edison Manufacturing Co., 1897.

Summary
From Edison films catalog: Shows a life boat coming through the breakers. The surf is high and the stout boat is tossed about like a cork.

Notes
Filmed ca. September 1897, at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California.