In February of 1952, one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast struck New England, damaging an oil tanker off the coast of Cape Cod and literally ripping it in half. On a small lifeboat faced with frigid temperatures and 70-foot high waves, four members of the Coast Guard set out to rescue more than 30 stranded sailors trapped aboard the rapidly-sinking vessel.Written by
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SS Pendleton was a Type T2-SE-A1 tanker, 504 feet long, that was completed in February of 1944 and performed convoy duty between the U.S. and the U.K. In 1948 she was acquired by National Bulk Carriers. The type T2 ships, which were built in a hurry, were known for breaking in half during extremely cold weather. In July of 1951 she ran aground in the Hudson River but was refloated the next day. The damages required extensive welding, as was seen in the film. The cold weather, rough seas, and weak weld led to the ship breaking in half seven months later. All eight hands in the bow of the ship died when the bow sank. Unlike in the film, the ship's cook did not die from hitting his head against the ship, but against the rescue boat. He was one of the last men off the Pendleton, having helped almost all of his fellow crewmates to safety. Both the bow and the stern of the Pentleton. eventually grounded within a few miles of the lighthouse. See more »
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The fact that the movie is based on true events makes it a bit more special to watch. It's a nice story about courageous coast guards that risk their own lives trying to save an entire ship crew from a sure death. The movie is well made and if you are like me a bit afraid of big storms at sea then you will have the same feeling of anguish as I had during almost the entire movie. There are some cheesy moments as well, when it's more about their romance, but for the rest it's a good movie. If it was not for a couple scenes that I didn't like I would score it even more. Those scenes were unrealistic and bothered me a bit. Scenes where they are at sea in a major storm and have a conversation on a non rocking boat. That is simply impossible, but for the rest it's all good. Good actors, good story, and interesting due to it's historical facts.
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