Cliff Henderson and his family are traveling aboard the SS Claridon en route to Japan. The Claridon is an old ship, on its last voyage before heading to the scrap heap. An explosion in the engine room weakens the hull and the ship is now taking on more water that the bilge pumps can deal with. The Captain seems to have difficulty accepting that his ship will sink. Henderson's wife Laurie is severely injured and trapped under a fallen beam. While the men in the engine room work frantically to shore up the hull, Henderson tries to free his wife from the wreckage with the help of one of the crew, Hank Lawson. Written by
91 MINUTES OF THE MOST INTENSE SUSPENSE IN MOTION PICTURE HISTORY (original print ad - all caps)
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Did You Know?
For the scene in which the dining room is seen flooding, with water rushing in through the portholes, fire boats were positioned alongside the ship. They fired water at the portholes into the dining room, which was still well above sea level. See more
In the final scenes of the ship sinking, as the characters jump into the water, there is an inrush of sea water onto the deck. The ship's bulkhead clearly bends over with the weight of this water as this is obviously a wooden film set and not the real ship they jump from. See more
This is one guy I'm gonna help aboard personally!
Edited into The Memory of Eva Ryker