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. Written by
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monsarrat's brilliant best seller comes surging to life
Did You Know?
The Compass Rose was played by ex-HMS Coreopsis. She was given the number K49 in the film which was the number of HMS Crocus (sometimes wrongly thought to have been used in the film). The real number of the Coreopsis was K32. See more
In the opening scene of the film where the captain joins the ship it is obvious that the paintwork is filthy and smeared with numerous oily hand prints where the door has been closed. In other scenes aboard "Compass Rose" the paintwork can be clearly seen to be chipped where it has been knocked. Unlikely in a brand new ship that has never left dock before! See more
[opening lines as narrator
This is a story of the Battle of the Atlantic, the story of the ocean, two ships, and a handful of men. The men are the heroes; the heoines the ships. The only villain is the sea, the cruel sea that man has made more cruel.
Featured in Forever Ealing
The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep wake See more