Lieutenant Rip Crandall is hoodwinked into taking command of the "Wackiest Ship in the Navy" - a real garbage scow with a crew of misfits who don't know a jib from a jigger. What none of them knows, including Crandall, is that this ship has a very important top-secret mission to complete in waters patrolled by the Japanese fleet. Their mission will save hundreds of allied lives - if only they can get there in one piece. Written by
You'll crack your timbers when you see how the Navy sticks the Army sad sacks with the crumbiest ship afloat!
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As Lemmon and Nelson are training the crew in how to unfurl the mainsail, you can see the stern of the USS Fletcher in the background. The Fletcher earned 15 battle stars in WWII and Korea. She was one of the most decorated destroyers to serve in the South Pacific. She was scrapped in 1972. See more
When the Echo is escaping the Japanese and heading toward the reef, Jack Lemmon tells the crew to lower the centerboard - they proceed to do that (even while ducking when the Japanese shoot at the boat). However, when the Echo approaches the reef, the underwater shot shows the centerboard retracting - it retracts all the way up. Then when the underwater shot shows the Echo clearing the reef, the centerboard is down again. See more
If you remember Pearl Harbor, you'll recall that in the year that followed the Japanese were almost invincible. Early in 1943, however, they were checked. Stopped cold by the Marines at Guadalcanal, the Navy in the Coral Sea, and the Allied armies in New Guinea. This was a period of far-reaching decisions, desperate strategies, and incredibly daring counter-strokes - not the least of which involved two bright young naval officers...
Referenced in My Fellow Americans