All the call-signs used are from traditional nursery rhymes and fairy tales, with the exception of 'Briar Patch'. 'Briar Patch' is likely to be a reference from "Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings" by Joel Chandler Harris
. As such it is an unlikely call-sign to be used by British or Australian personnel. See more
When Mr. Eckland first approaches the hut on the island, the boards on the front porch are rotten and one of the steps and a board in front of the door collapse when he steps on them. Yet the sailors had to walk over these same boards to load the hut with boxes of provisions just a few minutes earlier. Why didn't the boards break under them? See more
Commander Frank Houghton RAN
[after explaining the Coast-watching service
It's ary important work, Walter. Damned important. You'd might like to volunteer.
Oh, I'd love to, Frank! But, I've just signer on for another watching service: the "Watch Out for Walter Eckland" Service!
Lieutenant Stebbings RAN
A great many lives are at stake, Mr. Eckland!
Now listen to me, both of you! Now, several years ago, I made peace with the World. Now, if the World isn't bright enough to make peace with ITSELF, it's just going to have to settle things without me!