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?
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. See more
Just after the repair in the Mediterranean is completed and Compass Rose gets underway, another ship can be seen on the horizon. See more
[after a battle
Are you all right?
No, I don't mind telling you I'm not!
Featured 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