THE SILENT SERVICE "The U.S.S. Seahorse Story"1957
This is the 16th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.
Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.
This episode is about the U.S.S. submarine, "Seahorse". It is March 1945 and the "Seahorse" has been sent out on her seventh wartime patrol. She has been assigned to chart a Japanese minefield situated in the Tsushima Strait between Japan and Korea. The "Seahorse" has been equipped with a top secret mine detector to help with the work.
The mission is going rather well till the "Seahorse" decides to tackle several Japanese patrol craft in a surface gunnery duel. The submarine is damaged and submerges to escape. The Japanese whistle up help and soon the "Seahorse" is on the receiving end of a barrage of depth charges. The boat is badly damaged with most of the ships instruments destroyed.
After a day of this rough treatment, the Japanese move off. The submarine manages to surface and make some makeshift repairs. It is time to call the mission a bust and they set sail for the base on Guam.
The "Seahorse" sank an even dozen Japanese ships including a Japanese submarine. The "Seahorse" survived the war and was placed in Reserve in 1946. The ship was finally disposed of in 1967 and scrapped the following year.
Look close and you will see a young Stuart Whitman with a small speaking part.
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