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Summary: "A true story" illustrating the growing size and importance of the Canadian navy by a portrait of HMCS Port Arthur on convoy escort duty with an account (partly reconstructed) of her successful action against a German U-boat.
Description: Opens with general material on corvettes and North Atlantic convoy life ("action stations", arctic weather etc). Introduction to the HMCS Port Arthur ("a highly mobile weapon of destruction") and her officers; convoy ships loading; captains attend briefing (long sequence). Convoy sets sail: rough seas, fog. Life on board the corvette; the submarine hunt sequence (asdic, "action stations", depth charges) - the submarine (U-15) surfaces, crew surrenders, the corvette's boarding party attempt to capture U-boat intact, but she is scuttled; the victory celebrated. Closes with general remarks on Canadian naval power, illustrated with shots of heavy guns firing etc.
Production Details: National Film Board of Canada (Production sponsor)
United Artists (Production company)
Ivens, Joris (Production individual)
Borradaile, Osmond (Production individual)
Villiers, Francois (Production individual)
Personalities, Units and Organisations: Royal Canadian Navy & Port Arthur (regiment/service)
German War Navy, U-15 (regiment/service)
Keywords: combat, Canadian naval - anti-submarine (object name)
operations, Canadian naval - routine (object name)
prisoners of war, German - surrender (object name)
ships, Canadian naval - escort: Port Arthur (object name)
ships, German naval - submarine: U-15 (object name)
Atlantic Ocean (geography)
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: 20 mins
Notes: Production: this short film (produced without the involvement of the original director) is largely made up of footage from the 50 minute film ACTION STATIONS made for the NFB by Joris Ivens in 1942. Individual credits given are those for the original film - none appears on this version.
Remarks: quite good - an interesting contrast to the earlier, much more modest, ATLANTIC PATROL (CCN 202).