At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage.
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Did You Know?
At one point, Lt Lockhart removes a tarpaulin to reveal the body of a sailor not out of his teens, awaiting burial at sea. This is a nod to the scene in the book when he was confronted with the bodies of several young Wrens (Women's Royal Navy) who die when the ship transporting them to Gibraltar is sunk. Update: The individual in this scene is revealed at 00:36:39 and is actually a female. See more
The ship used to represent HMS Compass Rose in the film is actually not a pre-1940 Flower-class corvette. Those corvettes had mast before the bridge. The modified Flower-class corvettes which were developed and ordered after 1940 were slightly larger, slightly better armed and the mast was moved behind the bridge. See more
What sort of gun have we got?
Four inch what? Breech-loading, quick-firing, mark IV, mark VI, fixed ammunition?
Four inch... I... I don't know.
Find out! I'll ask you the next time I see you. Get to the dock office, and start mustering the confidential books!
I'm the first lieutenant around here. And don't you forget it!
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The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep awake See more