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Windjammer & the United States Navy Taskforce Seaplane, Submarine and Destroyer

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Published on Aug 20, 2009

The Windjammer and the United States Taskforce Seaplane, Submarine and a USS Forrest Sherman Destoryer commanded by Captain Cranshaw. The destroyer fires a rocket propelled anti-submarine device called "Weapon Alpha". Taken from the 1958 spectacular "Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich", the first movie presentation in CINEMIRACLE. Cinemiracle was a widescreen cinema format competing with Cinerama developed in the 1950s. It was ultimately unsuccessful, with only a single film produced and released in the format. Like Cinerama it used 3 cameras to capture a 2.59:1 image. Cinemiracle used two mirrors to give the left and right cameras the same optical center as the middle camera.
This movie was a documentary film of a training cruise of the full-rigged S/S Christian Radich from Oslo across the Atlantic, through the Caribbean, to New York and back home again. "Windjammer" was produced by Louis De Rochemont and directed by his son Louis De Rochemont III. The world premiere of both Windjammer and the Cinemiracle system was at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on 8 April 1958. The film ran for 36 weeks. Windjammer was later transferred to the Cinerama format, and even to Cinemascope.
The crew consisted of the captain Yngvar Kjelstrup, 16 officers, 42 teenage cadets and the mascot dog Stump. They traveled 17, 500 miles.
This is truly one of my favorite movies since I was a child.
I grew up listening to the soundtrack of this movie and this had a great deal to do with my love for sea shanties, ships and the ocean.

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