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
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According to maritime historian William J. Miller, the famed French Line was so horrified that their former flagship would be used in such a way that they demanded that the Ile de France's name be removed from her bow and that in no way would any references be made to them. See more
Although the ship is supposed to be either British or American, most of the playing cards in the engine room are in French, plus in several scenes pressure gauges may be observed. It appears that most are reading zero, indicating that only two boilers were lit, and at reduced pressure - probably to supply service steam to alternators for the ship's power. See more
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Edited into Death Ship