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Royal Yacht sails on the Clyde, 1923

This post includes a Pathé Gazette newsreel showing evocative footage of yachts racing on the Clyde in 1923, including the King’s yacht, ‘Britannia’. The silent movie opens with ‘Speed, Grace and Beauty. King’s yacht “Britannia” defeated for first time after long run of success. On the Clyde. Scotland.’

Created at the beginning of the 20th Century by the Pathé brothers, the newsreel was the world’s first televised news platform. Pioneering the technology and methods of cinema, British Pathé stayed at the forefront of filmed news for decades. Releasing three newsreels a week during that period, British Pathé was the way the people of Britain experienced world events until the advent of television.