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    Thumbs up Just watched the 1953...

    Quote Originally Posted by captain kong View Post
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    She was an escort in the infamous PQ17 convoy when the escorts were ordered to scatter. She sank U605, a lot of action on the Russian convoys and in the Med and was at Normandy.
    An exellent story of her was written

    The PQ17 Story
    The Worst Journey in the World
    John Beardmore, Navigating Officer in H.M.S. Poppy recounts his personal experiences of the worst Arctic convoy disaster of the Second World War
    Very very interesting.

    .....
    ...movie "Cruel Seas" starring Jack Hawkins last night.

    It is about A Flower Class convoy escort, and had an Escort commander from PQ17 as a technical advisor.

    It was a good movie and captured the flavor of the escort duties, and the seas, quite well.

    It's well worth renting the DVD, with the only negative being the cheesy 50's tank ship models.

    Apparently, the UK got rid of all of the corvettes quite quickly after the war, and the movie had to use HMS Coreopsis, which was being used by the Greek Navy as the Kriezis.

    Some shots were claimed to be in Liverpool, but were not very recognizeable.

    In the end, the only winner was the Cruel Seas....

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    Hello AZ

    I believe you are talking about the film The Cruel Sea based on the novel by one-time Liverpool resident Nicholas Monsarrat RNVR (1910–1979). Glad you mentioned Jack Hawkins... a fine British actor in his day.

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    Hi all

    An interesting story about a World War II U.S. Navy black sailor shipwrecked off the coast of Newfoundland that ran in yesterday's Washington Post. He was honored in Washington D.C. on Wednesday evening:

    Shipwreck survivor recalls how town altered his idea of race

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisGeorge View Post
    Hello AZ

    I believe you are talking about the film The Cruel Sea based on the novel by one-time Liverpool resident Nicholas Monsarrat RNVR (1910–1979). Glad you mentioned Jack Hawkins... a fine British actor in his day.


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    Chris
    Correct, my mistake with the extra "s" at the end...

    The movie is also called "The Cruel Sea"

    I didn't know about the book author's Liverpool link though... thanks...

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