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Title New York Harbor Police boat Patrol capturing pirates / Thomas A. Edison, Inc.

Published United States : Thomas A. Edison, Inc., 1903.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (2 minutes).
Series American history in video.
New York at the turn of the century.
American history in video.
Notes Copyright: Thomas A. Edison; 20May1903; H32027.
Original duration: 2:09 at 15 fps.
Summary This was probably filmed in the southern part of the Upper New York Bay looking towards the Narrows, with Fort Lafayette partly visible in the far background. The subject is a simulated capture by the police gunboat "Patrol" of three "pirates" in a rowboat. Puffs of smoke appear as the gunboat fires several rounds from the bow cannon, which can be clearly seen later in a side view of the boat. The "Patrol" was a steel, twin screw, 135 foot, 118 ton police boat, built in 1893 at Sparrow's Point, Maryland.
From a contemporary Edison film company catalog: NEW YORK HARBOR POLICE BOAT "PATROL" CAPTURING PIRATES. The "Patrol" is seen chasing a row-boat containing river pirates. The pirates are pulling at the oars with all their strength, but a few shots from the Police Boat weaken their nerves and they give up. When the "Patrol" comes up near them, it lowers a dory and a number of policemen make the capture. As the pirates are landed on the Police Boat a fierce fight takes place between them and the police, but the latter overcome the offenders and land them safely on the boat.
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. Alexandria, VA : Alexander Street Press, 2010. (American history in video). Available via World Wide Web.
Other author Porter, Edwin S., camera.
Smith, James Blair, camera.
Thomas A. Edison, Inc.
Subject Boats and boating -- New York (State) -- New York.
Gunboats -- New York (State) -- New York.
Harbor police -- New York (State) -- New York.
Pirates -- New York (State) -- New York.
Police patrol -- New York (State) -- New York -- Specialized units.
Police training -- New York (State) -- New York.
Watercraft police -- New York (State) -- New York.
Variant Title N.Y. Harbor Police boat "Patrol" capturing pirates.
New York Harbor Police boat Patrol.