From 1915—“A Naval Gun in the Making”

This twenty minute silent film tracks the manufacturing of a 15 inch naval gun at the Vickers Ordnance Works in Britain from production of the steel in an open hearth furnace through test firing in Cumbria.


Fascinating to see the range & amount of capital investment in specialized equipment to make a large naval gun. Also fascinating to look at the Personal Protective Equipment (lack thereof) on men working in what must have often been rather hot conditions with lots of flying scraps of metal; not even gloves in many of the shots! Are we over-doing PPE today?

You have to love the foremen wearing 3-piece suits and bowler hats on the shop floor, taking a very hands-on approach. That is what it took to build an Empire – not MBAs and law degrees.

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