University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory films, 1944-1978  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
University of Washington. Applied Physics Laboratory
Title
University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory films
Dates
1944-1978 (inclusive)
Quantity
128 reels (circa 42,000 feet) : silent, black and white, color ; 16mm, Super 8mm
Collection Number
PH1114
Summary
Film documenting the activities of the University of Washington Applied Physics Laboratory
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The original films are not accessible due to preservation concerns. Arrangements can be made to view the film by contacting the Visual Materials Curator.

Additional Reference Guides
Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington was founded in 1943 by Dr. Joseph Edmonds Henderson who worked in conjunction with the United States Navy in order to research and design the tools and technologies necessary to successfully support the U.S. military in World War II. APL-UW was the second of the Navy-sponsored research facilities founded in collaboration with universities across the country; today it is one of the few remaining institutions of its kind. For many years, APL-UW was a leading expert in the Navy’s torpedo technologies, beginning with its development of a reliable torpedo influence exploder in the 1940s. Today, APL-UW research and development has broadened to acoustic and remote sensing, ocean physics and engineering, polar science, medical and industrial ultrasound, environmental and information systems, and electronic and photonic systems.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The films in this collection focus primarily on early torpedo research, including torpedo exploder tests and acoustic tracking range experiments. The torpedo exploder was a device developed to trigger the torpedo explosion as the device senses proximity of the target ship’s hull; while research to improve these exploders began during WWII, APL-UW continued research and development well into the 1950s to provide the Navy with a reliable standard device for the fleet. As part of the APL-UW research on underwater acoustic sensors and equipment, tracking ranges were installed in the Pacific Northwest (Keyport, Washington and Chatham Strait, Alaska) as well as in the Caribbean (St. Croix, Virgin Islands). Other projects documented include underwater research vehicle experiments and early footage of APL-UW research vessels still in use today. The SPURV (self-propelled underwater research vehicle) was an autonomous research vehicle developed at APL-UW as part of the lab’s oceanographic and acoustic research projects. SPURV vessels were used in APL-UW research from its initial development in 1957 through the 1980s, including research trips to the Cobb Seamount in the Pacific Ocean west of Gray’s Harbor, Washington.

Filmed on location throughout the Pacific Northwest, the collection features the Naval Torpedo Station at Keyport (NTS KPT), Dabob Bay, and Puget Sound in Washington, Chatham Strait in Alaska, the Cobb Seamount, as well as the Caribbean and Hawaii. Several films feature founding APL-UW Director Joseph Henderson; Jack Robertson, and Washington Senator Henry Jackson. Other film notes mention Dr. C.E. Miller, Dr. Terry Ewart, and Captain W.N. Moore of the Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact the Special Collections division of the University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Torpedo Exploder TestsReturn to Top

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The Applied Physics Laboratory was established as a direct result of the U.S. Navy's need for an improved exploder for its torpedoes. These new exploders were designed to efficiently detonate when underneath a targeted ship.

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
1 1
Torpedo Operations at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Beached Mark 13 torpedo recovery on Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport range. Air drop photography.
July, 1944
2 2
Mark 9-0 Torpedo Exploder Tests, Miami, Florida
1 reel (275 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Torpedoes launched from P.T. Boat at (DD) type target, runs 18-32.
1944 December 12
3 3
Mark 9-0 Torpedo Exploder Tests, Miami, Florida
1 reel (225 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Mark 9-0 Torpedo Exploder Tests, Miami, Florida, runs 19 through 24. Torpedoes launched from PT boat at DD target.
December 1944
4 4
Torpedo Tests and Handling at Naval Torpedo Station Keyport
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Torpedo handling at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, WA. Erratic torpedo running on beach at NTS. Mark 9-0 exploder being serviced at NTS.
1944
5 5
Mark 9 Mod 3 (9-3) Torpedo Exploder Training Film
1 reel (400 feet) : sound, color ; 16mm
An animated training film describing how Gradient exploder uses the theory of magnetic influence exploders. Describes the function of the gradiometer, detonator, CC unit, and time-delay catridges. Scene of the USSNevadabeing torpedoed.
1945
6 6
Aerial Views of Puget Sound. Exploder Tests in Miami, Key West, and Havana, Cuba
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Aerial photography of Puget Sound. Exploder Tests on Motor Target in Miami, Key West, Florida, and Havana, Cuba.
1950
7 7
APL-UW Colorado Cosmic Ray Project and Exploder Tests at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport.
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Applied Physics Lab trailer site in Colorado. Also includes C. Miller exploder tests at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport.
October 1951
8 8
Acoustic Torpedo Target Tests in Lake Washington
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Acoustic torpedo target tests in Lake Washington. Target container has reel installed which is controlled by remote signal.
1953
9 9
Mark 3-0 Universal Target Tests
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Field tests for Universal Target Mark 3-0.
1956
10 10
Mark 14 and 16 Torpedoes, with MK 9-4 Exploders, Sinking L.S.T. 17 off Washington Coast
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
L.S.T. 17 sinking off the Washington Coast by Mark 14 and 16 torpedoes from USN submarine using MK 9-4 exploders.
April 1957
11 11
Mark 17-0 Torpedo Target Winch
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Mark 17-0 torpedo target winch in operation at sea.
circa 1960
12 12
Aerial View of Torpedo Runs
1 reel (250 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Undetermined exercise, torpedo runs - Torpedo travels under DD type vessel.
circa 1964
13 13
Mark 29-0 Towed Target Launch
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Mark 29-0 towed target being launched from vessel.
1967
14 14
Mark 29-0 Towed Target Launch
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Mark 29-0 towed target being launched and towed from APL-UW 50' U. Boat. Likely filmed in Puget Sound or Hood Canal.
1967

3-D acoustic tracking rangesReturn to Top

This tracking range system was used for the testing and evaluation of torpedoes, for the alignment of sensor systems, and for tracking ships during exercises. It was the first tracking range capable of accurate 3-D tracking, which was mandatory for the new Anti-Submarine Warfare Torpedo. Keyport conducted torpedo testing for tracking ranges at Dabob Bay, Hood Canal, and Port Orchard Inlet.

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
15 15
Torpedo Air Drops at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, Shallow Water Tracking Range
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Torpedo air drops over the NTS, KPT shallow water range.
June 1944
16 16
Torpedo Air Drops at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, Shallow Water Tracking Range
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Naval Torpedo Station shallow water range. Magnetic wire across the range on the surface, air drops, and erratic torpedo, run hitting the beach. Torpedo recovery from the beach.
July 1944
17 17
Torpedo Air Drops at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, Shallow Water Tracking Range
1 reel (75 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Torpedo air drops over the shallow water tracking range at the Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport.
1944
18 18
Torpedo Air Drops at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, Shallow Water Tracking Range
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Torpedo air drops over shallow water range at the Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport. Magnetic wire across range on surface and footage of Dr. C.E. Miller.
1944
19 19
Torpedo Air Drops at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, Shallow Water Tracking Range
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Torpedo air drop over the shallow water range at the Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport. Smoke bomb and green torpedo location dye in water.
1945
20 20
High-frequency 3-D Tracking Range, Hood Canal
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Surfacing first High Frequency 3-D array, Hood Canal.
1954
21 21
High-frequency 3-D Tracking Range, Hood Canal
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
High-frequency 3-D array plant in the Hood Canal.
1956
22 22
High-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Assembly at Naval Amunition Depot, Bangor, Washington
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
High-frequency 3-D array assembly at the Naval Ammunition Depot, Bangor, Washington.
1956
23 23
High-frequency 3-D Tracking Range, Hood Canal
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
High-frequency 3-D array plant, Hood Canal.
1956
24 24
High-frequency 3-D Tracking Range, Hood Canal
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
High-frequency 3-D array test planting, Hood Canal.
1956
25 25
 High-frequency 3-D Tracking Range in Dabob Bay with Cable Run to Whitney Point
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
First high-frequency 3-D array plant in North Dabob Bay and cable run to Whitney Point.
1957 May 9
26 26
High-frequency 3-D Tracking Range, Dabob Bay
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
High-frequency 3-D array plant in North Dabob Bay.
1958
27 27
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Assembly at Coats Electric Company and Naval Ammunition Depot, Bangor
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
First Low-frequency 3-D array assembly at Coats Electric Company and at Naval Ammunition Depot, Bangor. Also scenes in Alaska 1958-1959.
1958
28 28
High-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Transducers, Helicopter Flight, and Naval Torpedo Station Vessel Landing at Whitney Point
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Assembly of high-frequency 3-D array transducers, helicopter flight, and Naval Torpedo Station duck making landing off Whitney Point.
February 1959
29 29
Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport, 3-D Tracking Range Array
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Surfacing Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport-designed pendulum 3-D array.
February 1959
30 30
Whitney Point Computer (BLOG) and Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Whitney Point computer BLOG and Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport. Retriever terminating cable on shore.
February 1959
31 31
High-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Cable Run at Whitney Point
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
High-frequency 3-D array cable run from 1st array to shore, Whitney Point.
May 1959
32 32
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range in Chatham Strait, Alaska
1 reel (300 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Low-frequency 3-D array plant in Chatham Strait, Alaska including rifle fire in place of array release hook.
July 1959
33 33
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Low-frequency 3-D array plant in the Chatham Strait, Alaska.
1959
34 34
Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport 3-D Tracking Range Array on Deck of APL-UW Acoustic Research Vessel, RV Henderson
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport-designed pendulum. 3-D array on barge deck of RVHendersonin Dabob Bay
1959
35 35
 Joseph Henderson, Jack Robertson, and Captain Moore Escorting Senator Jackson at Whitney Point
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Joseph Henderson, Jack Robinson, and Captain Moore NTS KPT escort Senator Henry Jackson and party on tour of Whitney Point.
1959
36 36
Air Flight from Sea-Tac to Chatham Strait, Alaska, and the 3-D Tracking Range Site
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Air flight from SeaTac to Chatham Strait Alaska. Applied Physics Lab personnel in Alaska at 3-D range site. Captain W. Moore, Co., NTS, KPT also shown in this film.
1959
37 37
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Operation in Chatham Strait, Alaska. APL-UW Acoustic Research Vehicle RV Henderson Under Construction
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Low-frequency 3-D range Chatham Strait Alaska operation. Applied Physics Lab barge, RVHenderson, under construction.
1959
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range, 1959
Reel item
38 38
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range, Part 1-2
1 reel (800 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Low-frequency 3-D range.
1959
39 39
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range, Part 3-4
1 reel (800 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Low-frequency 3-D range.
1959
Reel item
40 40
Probing Beneath the Sea: Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Operation at Chatham Strait, Alaska, and Naval Torpedo Station Keyport, and APL-UW Building, and Whitney Point
1 reel (800 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Complete Applied Physics Lab/Naval Torpedo Station Alaska 3-D range operation computer on board YF885, array planting, current measuring drift bottle preparation, etc. NTS main gate, APL-UW building, and Whitney Point visitors scenes from 1958-1959.
circa 1959
41 41
Low-frequency 3-D Range, January 1960
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
January 1960
42 42
Operation Deeptrack and Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range, Chatham Strait, Alaska
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Operation Deeptrack installation off San Clemente, Island. APL-UW/Naval Ordinance Test Station (NOTS). Low-frequency 3-D array plant, Chatham Strait, Alaska.
1960 March 1
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Assembly, Dabob Bay and Alaska
Reel item
43 43
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Assembly, Dabob Bay and Alaska, Part 1
1 reel (800 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Original low-frequency 3-D range film of array assembly. Leveling and planting in Dabob Bay and Alaska.
1960
44 44
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Assembly, Dabob Bay and Alaska, Part 2
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Original low-frequency 3-D range, film of array assembly. Leveling and planting in Dabob Bay and Alaska.
1960
Reel item
45 45
Low-frequency 3-D Tracking Range Array Recovery
1 reel (700 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Low-frequency 3-D range, recovery of damaged array.
December 1961
46 46
Aerial View of St. Croix, Virgin Islands
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
View of west coast of St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Film taken from aircraft.
1962 September 14
47 47
Aerial View of St. Croix, Virgin Islands
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
View of west coast of St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Film taken from aircraft.
1962 September 19
48 48
Aerial Survey for 3-D Acoustic Tracking Range, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
1 reel (350 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Aerial photography of the first St. Croix, Virgin Islands, survey for 3-D range site.
Marked "Garrison Sandstrom."
1962 October 2
49 49
St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Tracking Range Installation
1 reel (700 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
St. Croix range array installation operations.
1964 February-March
50 50
St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Tracking Range Installation
1 reel (750 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
St. Croix range array installation.
1964 February-March
51 51
St. Croix Range Expansion, Array Hardware
1 reel (800 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Tugboat along the St. Croix coastline. Acoustic range expansion array lifted in and out of water with crane. Details of array parts. Men working on array. A scuba diver swims to a man in a small boat.
November 1966
52 52
St. Croix Range Expansion
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Range expansion at tracking range in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
1966 November 8
53 53
Tracking Range Operations, St. Croix, Virgin Islands
1 reel (1,200 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
St. Croix underwater tracking range, hardware repair operations.
1970 March-June
St. Croix Range Repair
Reel item
54 54
Residue film from St. Croix Range Repair, Part 1
1 reel (1,500 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Residue film from St. Croix Repair.
1970
55 55
Tracking Range Repair Program, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, Part 2
1 reel (900 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Residue from the Underwater Tracking Range Repair program, St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
1970 May-June

APL-UW Research VesselsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
56 56
APL-UW Acoustic Research Vessel Henderson Launch at Builder's Yard
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Initial launching of Applied Physics Lab barge by crane at builders' yard.
1959
57 57
APL-UW Acoustic Research Vessel, RV Henderson, En-route to APL-UW Dock
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
APL-UW barge en route from builders yard to APL-UW dock (no deck plates installed). Also close-up views of completed barge in 1959-1960.
1960
58 58
APL-UW Acoustic Research Vessel, RV Henderson
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
APL-UW barge during initial trial runs.
1961
59 59
APL-UW Acoustic Research Vessel, RV Henderson, at APL Dock
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Barge, RVHenderson, making landing at APL-UW dock.
1961
60 60
APL-UW Acoustic Research Vessel, RV Henderson, En-route Dabob Bay to Seattle
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
APL-UW barge enroute from Seattle to Dabob Bay. Hood Canal Bridge. Barge in Dabob Bay and Lake Washington. Canister marked "Acoustic Barge Operations at Dabob Bay - March 1962. Hyperbolic Tracking Operation."Contents include: 1) Bad weather on trip to Dabob 2) Hood Canal Pontoon Bridge 3) Barge in Dabob Bay 4) Rigging 1.07 Array in Lake Washington.
March 1962
61 61
Research Vehicle 102-000
1 reel (350 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Research vehicle 102-000.
1965 May 17

APL-UW Institutional FootageReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
62 62
Aerial Views of Hood Canal and Dabob Bay
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Hood Canal and Dabob Bay.
Aerial photography by D.S. Potter.
1960 February 19
63 63
APL-UW Animation Graphics
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
APL-UW bug, conf. stamp, and conf. material handling statement; to be used for animation.
circa 1963
64 64
Oceanography at APL
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Oceanography at APL-UW.
1970
65 65
Oceanography at APL
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Loading computer van onto ship, leaving port. Bissett-Berman launch and recovery and computer operations. Bonabuoy launch. SPURV checkout. Launch and recovery. Drift bottle launch and recovery. Entering San Francisco Bay.
1971
66 66
Ewart movie sp. 85
1 reel (250 feet) : silent, color ; 8mm
Men work with equipment inside a tent. Tents and building of a snow camp or base. A plane lands. Men in tent work with equipment hanging over hole in the ice. A man lights an object on fire in the snow. A wench is in place over a hole in the ice at the camp. A sign of a hotel. Men are seen by a airplane. Men working with equipment in the snow, setting up guy lines of a pole.
circa 1984

SPURV: Self-Propelled Undersea Research VehicleReturn to Top

SPURV was an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, seeing its first use with the Navy tugboat, Tatnuck, on a trip to Cobb Seamount in 1957.

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
67 67
Research vehicle #3
1 reel (250 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Research vehicle footage, likely later SPURV.
Sticker on reel says "Orig Tatnuck."
undated
68 68
Naval Torpedo Station YF (self-propelled) Vessel in Chatham Strait, Alaska
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
NTS YF vessel in Chatham Strait, Alaska. NTS officers and APL-UW personnel on board.
July 1959
69 69
Self-Propelled Undersea Research Vehicle Tests in Dabob Bay
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Original APL-UW research vehicle in-water runs in Dabob Bay.
1959
70 70
Self-Propelled Undersea Research Vehicle (SPURV) Launched from USS Tatnuck
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
APL-UW research vehicle being launched from USSTatnuckat sea.
1959
71 71
Self-Propelled Undersea Research Vehicle (SPURV) Operations from USSTatnuck, Washington Coast and Elliot Bay
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
SPURV operations from USSTatnuck, Washington Coast and Elliott Bay.
1960
72 72
Self-Propelled Undersea Research Vehicle Operations from USSTatnuck
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Vehicle Tatnuck Trip, "Original run SPURV".
circa 1961
73 73
Self-Propelled Undersea Research Vehicle (SPURV) Operations from USSLiden, Oahu, Hawaii
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
APL-UW research vehicle runs off Oahu, Hawaii from USSLiden(ATFBS).
February 1962
74 74
Self-Propelled Undersea Research Vehicle Pressure Tests on USSTatnuck
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Self Propelled Research Vehicle pressure tests from the USSTatnuck.
June 1962
75 75
Cobb Seamount Experiment, Self-Propelled Undersea Research Vehicle Operations from USSTatnuck
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Tatnucktrip research vehicle tests. Drift bottle current tests at Cobb Seamount.
August 1962
76 76
Self-Propelled Undersea Research Vehicle (SPURV) in Dabob Bay and FLIP Vessel
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
APL-UW research vehicle run on surface prior to dive and FLIP vessel surfacing in Dabob Bay.
1962
77 77
Self-Propelled Undersea Research Vehicle Operations in Puget Sound and Dabob Bay
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
SPURV II vehicle operation films. Puget Sound and Dabob Bay runs.
circa 1962
78 78
SPURV Operations in Puget Sound
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
SPURV II operations.
circa 1962
79 79
SPURV Cuttings from San Diego
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
SPURV cuttings from San Diego.
October 1963
80 80
Vehicle Computer Spar
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Vehicle computer spar in rough sea. SPURV, Puget Sound, Golden Gate Bridge.
circa 1966
81 81
DSRV only taken at Mazatlan area
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
DSRV only taken at Mazatlan area. SPURV Mazatlan.
DSRV stands for Deep Sea Research Vehicle.
1968 February-March
82 82
SPURV Launch
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
SPURV launch.
circa 1968
83 83
SPURV Launch and Recovery
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Launch and recovery footage.
Roll 1, LeRoy Olson.
circa 1970
84 84
SPURV Recovery
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Roll 3, LeRoy Olson.
circa 1970
85 85
SPURV Launch
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
ASA 160.Good launch shot of SPURV II.
Roll 4, LeRoy Olson.
circa 1971
86 86
SPURV Launch and Recovery
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
SPURV launch and recovery.
Roll 2, Leroy Olsen.
circa 1971
87 87
SPURV Recovery
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Vehicle recovery shots and Zodiac recovery.
Roll 5, LeRoy Olson.
circa 1971
88 88
Cobb Seamount Experiment: Sonabuoy Launch and SPURV Operations
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Bonabuoy launch and SPURV operations.
August 1971

Navy filmsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
89 89
Sinking of Japanese Submarines
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Sinking of Japanese submarines I-203, I-14, I-401, and I-400 by four different U.S. submarines off Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in May June 1946.
1946
90 90
Denise at San Clemente Island
1 reel (800 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Produced by the Pasadena Film Branch of the Technical Information DepartmentUS Naval Ordinance Test Station, Documentary Film Branch, Pasadena Station P75231.
1964
91 91
Denise at San Clemente Island
1 reel (900 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Produced by the Pasadena Film Branch of the Technical Information Department.
1964

Cobb Seamount ExperimentReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
92 92
Cobb Seamount Acoustic Experiment
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Cobb Seamount acoustic experiment.
June 1970
93 93
Cobb Seamout Experiment
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Cobb Seamount Acoustic Experiment.
Ryland's editing.
June 1970
94 94
Cobb Seamount Experiment
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Cobb Seamount Acoustic Experiment.
Ryland's editing.
June 1970
95 95
Cobb Seamount Experiment
1 reel (150 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Transmitter and receiver tower launcher.
1971

Assorted APL-UW ProjectsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Reel item
96 96
Project Zillah and Torpedo Operations at Naval Torpedo Station, Keyport
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Project Zillah and footage of torpedo launching from NTS firing pier. Footage of upper structure and torpedo net.
October 1945
97 97
Powder Wafer Assembly and Detonation in Desert
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Powder WAFER assembly and detonation in desert.
November 1945
98 98
Project Zillah Rocket Launch in Desert
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Men in cars and trucks look on as several rockets launch. A parked airplane is briefly seen.
Project Zillah concerned rocket bomb and guided missle research.
April 1946
99 99
Project Zillah Rocket
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
A man with a camera smile. An object falls from the sky and a vehicle appears to go retrieve it. A man holds up what appears to be a section of a rocket. A chalkboard indicates the prior sequences are confidential. A man plays on a golf course, seen from a distance.
Bill Ruland and Julian Ray.
1946 May 1
100 100
Project Zillah Operations
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Parachute opening and chute drop of Zillah & Zillah range.
1946 September 17
101 101
Project Zillah Launch in Desert
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Zillah launch in desert. Actual explosion in desert ground.
Dr. C.E. Miller named on box.
November 1946
102 102
Project Zillah Rocket Launch in Desert
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Project Zillah rocket launching in desert and personnel assigned to project.
1947 March 27
103 103
FORACS II Guantanamo Facility Installation Operations
1 reel (500 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Cliffs along the water. Men assembling a structure. A ship is marked "U.S. Navy." Two divers are seen in the water. A building is being constructed near the shore. View of the cliffs, shore, and inland.
FORACS stands for Fleet Operational Readiness Accuracy Check Site. These ranges test the accuracy of a ship's sensors using radar and acoustic targets.
1963 July-October
104 104
BENDIX Towed Target Tests
1 reel (300 feet) : negative ; 16mm
APL/BENDIX towed target, tests 12, 012, 13, 14, 15, 16, 24, 25. LUMF.
November 1966
105 105
BENDIX Towed Target Tests
1 reel (400 feet) : negative ; 16mm
APL/BENDIX towed target, tests 26-42 including LUMF 16-17.
November 1966
106 106
BENDIX Towed Target Tests
1 reel (300 feet) : negative ; 16mm
APL/BENDIX Towed Target Tests 2, 5-11 incl. LUMF 9, 11.
November 1966
107 107
Composite of 1968 February Trip, Vehicle Pipe Acoustic Misc.
1 reel (1,000 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Loading equipment and computer vans at annex. Vans going onto the U.S. Naval ship Charles H. Davis. Preparing RG-8 for acoustic experiment. Davis and vehicle launch from small boat. Vehicle launches and recoveries. Motor launch overboard. Davis seen from small boat. Bottle and pipe over side. Spar in water. Retreiving line with floats. Retrieving bottle and pipe. Retrieving acoustic experiment. Sea turtle. Entering San Francisco Bay.
March 1968
108 108
Japan Cruise
1 reel (300 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
1969 August-September
109 109
Japan Cruise
1 reel (50 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
1969
110 110
SCUT Buoy Experiment
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
SCUT buoy pipe experiment.
circa 1969
111 111
Corn Cobb Experiment
1 reel (450 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Fragments, faked scenes, titles, and diagrams.
June 1970
112 112
Kiket Island Experiment
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Tracer dye experiment.
March 1971
113 113
Hawaii Diffusion Experiment
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Bonabuoy launch. Dye release package launch and recover. SPURV recovery and opening. Russian ship. Bridge area - radar buoy tracking. SPURV recovery with Russian ship watching. Drogue launch; Drogue launch again. BB with Rosette (deck only). SPURV launch. Computer van interior - dye search plot. Packing. Radar transponder buoy launch. Drogue launch.
March 1972
114 114
MATE Experiment
1 reel (340 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
View of the Applied Physics Laboratory building at the University of Washington. A crane of the U.S. Naval shipDe Steiguerlowers what appears to be underwater acoustic range equipment into the water, including a hydrophone and flotation sphere. Control panels are seen. A submersible goes into the water.
MATE stands for Mid-Ocean Atlantic Transmission Experiment; it was the second Cobb Seamount Experiment. Acoustic transmissions were performed to better understand the effects of internal waves on acoustic transmissions.
1977
115 115
MATE Experiment
1 reel (300 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
1977
116 116
AMET Experiment
1 reel (250 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
A man operates equipment on board a boat. What appears to be a small submersible is seen. Two men in scuba gear get into the water. A man on deck hands the submersible to the divers. The submersible takes off in the water. Men operate equipment.
1978 August 31
117 117
AMET Experiment
1 reel (300 feet) : silent, color ; Super 8mm
AMET outtakes.
1978

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Reel item
118 118
From the U.S. Naval Ordinance Test Station, Pasadena, CA
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
A diagram shows the placement of underwater equipment. Aerial views of an unknown location. Men disembark from a plane that lands on a beach. A white building is seen along the shore. Men assemble machinery. Lubricating machine parts. What appears to be underwater acoustic tracking equipment hangs from a crane on a ship. Aerial footage of ships on what appears to be the Puget Sound. A man in a military uniform and a man in civilian dress hold up a flag with "99.3.8" displayed on it. Objects are fired from a ship into the water. More underwater acoustic tracking equipment attached to ship's crane.
1960 February
119 119
St. Croix Range Expansion
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Workers assemble a mount for a large, spherical device. Welders work on the mount section. A crane lifts a sphere onto the mount and workers lock it in place. Details of various parts of the apparatus. A metal frame is attached, surrounding the sphere.
November 1966
120 120
Hydro Lab Testing
1 reel (450 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Objects in glass tanks of moving water are tested at various velocities.
Sent to APL-UW from Anti-Submarine Warfare Systems.
California Institute of Technology Bendix
circa 1966
121 121
Two Mechanisms
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Two mechanisms are seen.
circa 1966
122 122
Underwater 3-D Acoustic Tracking Range Equipment
1 reel (600 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
Workers on a ship lower acoustic tracking equipment into the water. Trailers are seen along the shore. Cables run from cliffs and into the water. A man operates a switch box. A man assembles what appears to be a cable at a work bench. A ship is seen carrying underwater acoustic tracking equipment.
circa 1966
123 123
Submersible Dives
1 reel (400 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
A group of men on a ship stand by an unmaned submersible. The propellor is tested before it is lowered into the water. A man works at a control panel. The submersible returns to the ship and a man removes something from the nose of the craft. It appears that data is retrieved. The submersible returns to the water and it is seen being hoisted onto the ship at night.
Likely filmed by or belonging to Terry Ewart.
circa 1967
124 124
Towed Target
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
A Navy man stands at a control panel on the deck of a ship. Equipment is hoisted from the water.
circa 1967
125 125
Submarine Test 10-5 & 6-71
1 reel (100 feet) : silent, color ; 16mm
A man is seen in scuba gear. Views of a building by a marina. Men inside a building filled with machinery.
circa 1970
126 126
Two Water-Slug Firings
1 reel (200 feet) : silent, black and white ; 16mm
Scope and content could not be derived from film footage.
"Line shows up gray prior to firing." Tube photo tests.
1974 July 15
127 127
Tire Commercial
1 reel (300 feet) : sound, color ; 16mm
An advertisement for tubeless, sealed air tires. A Golden Sierra car tests the tires in various settings to show how they compare to the tires of competitors. Tires are punctured with arrows, bullets, knives and also harpooned underwater.
Narrated by actor and sportscaster Bill Stern. Featuring Roscoe Reams, Dan Carroll, Tex Allen, and Ricou Browning.
circa 1975

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Moving Image Collections (University of Washington)
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Washington. Applied Physics Laboratory