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 <email@example.com>
Monsarrat's brilliant best seller comes surging to life
Did You Know?
Two versions were shot of the scene where Captain Ericson talks to Lieutenant Lockhart about having to blow up his own men in the water. In one version he shed one tear, and in the second version he shed two tears. The second version was used. See more
The U-53, a type VIIB u-boat, was sunk on 23 February 1940 in the North Channel by HMS Gurkha, not late in the war. See more
[repairing the engine
Come to see the fun, sir? It won't be long now.
Fine, chief, but the captain's a little worried about the noise. Could you do anything to... tone it down a bit?
Pretty well finished now, sir. We're just flabbin' up the nuts. Could you hear the hammerin' up top?
Hear it? There were U-boats popping up from miles around complaining about the racket.
Referenced in Hitler: The Comedy Years
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