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Summary: A story acted and narrated by men of the Merchant Navy illustrates the way their war is fought.
Description: Two days out from England, a ship is struck by a torpedo; the crew abandon ship, and are picked up by an RNLI lifeboat. Later, the uninjured crewmen leave their games and discussion in a Seamen's Mission to go and visit their colleagues in hospital; one young man ('Nipper') wishes to get his own back and talks of joining the Navy, but is advised to stay in the Merchant Fleet and, if he wants more action, take a gunnery course. This he does as soon as he is recovered and receives his certificate just in time to sign on for a new ship, where he joins another ex-member of the first ship's crew. After the convoy briefing-conference the ships sail. Following a harrowing night sailing blind in fog down a narrow lane between minefields, most of the crew relaxes. 'Nipper' remains restless, until a U-boat sighting enables him to secure his revenge. "That's how it goes - but it don't bother us very much."
Production Details: Ministry of Information (Production sponsor)
Crown Film Unit (Production company)
Holmes, J B (Production individual)
McNaughton, R Q (Production individual)
Fowle, H E (Production individual)
Carrick, Edward (Production individual)
Cameron, Ken (Production individual)
Constant, Lambert19051951British composer, conductor and critic (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Merchant Navy (regiment/service)
Royal National Lifeboat Institution (regiment/service)
Keywords: operations, British maritime - rescue (object name)
operations, British maritime - routine (object name)
ships, British civilian - assistance: lifeboat (object name)
Physical Characteristics: Colour format: B&W
Sound format: Sound
Soundtrack language: English
Title language: English
Subtitle language: None
Technical Details: Format: 16mm
Number of items/reels/tapes: 1
Running time: 24 mins
Notes: Remarks: a little episodic, but quite convincingly done.