The Voyage of the 'Ashanti' (1939) - The visit of a British Destroyer to the Gold Coast of Africa

'H.M.S. “Ashanti”, a destroyer of the Tribal Class, goes on her maiden voyage to show herself to the natives of the country after which she is named, and to receive a gold shield and a silver bell from local chiefs and tribesmen. Passing through the Gulf of Guinea, after giving a display of gunnery practice, she anchors in the harbour of Takoradi. A special party of “liberty-men” disembarks and goes by train inland to Kumasi, where they attend the Durbar. Before the presentation of the gifts the Gold Coast Regiment parades before the British Governor who afterwards receives and greets the Chiefs. After the Durbar is over local school children and teachers, as well as the Chiefs, are invited on board the ship at Takoradi to have a look round. Then they crowd the wharves as the destroyer steams away to join the fleet in the harbour at Gibraltar.' [1]

Date: 1939
Duration: 11:--
  1. ^ Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue