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?
The pendant number on HMS Saltash, F362, is the post-war number of HMS Portchester Castle, which was presumably the ship used for the filming. 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
[at the mess table
Getting rattled, John?
Well, whatever we do, these damn U-boats seem to get through the screen every time. We lost almost half our convoy and an escort and are almost two days from Gibralter.
[he gags with disgust;
It's an odd thing to think if nothing else happens, this is probably the worst convoy in the history of sea warfare.
[trying to be comforting
Something to tell your grandchildren.
Yes, indeed, in fact, if you can guarantee I will have grandchildren, I shall recover...
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