San Demetrio London


San Demetrio London

World War II drama based on a true story. The tanker San Demetrio struggles to deliver its cargo of aviation fuel to England during the Battle of the Atlantic.


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Nice drop of gun, this.

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All right to look at, but guns are like women -

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you can't tell until you're in action.

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Then it's too late.

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Oh!

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-Stooping ain't much in my line today.

-Too much wallop last night.

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You never know when you're going to sail.

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I've been having goodbye booze-ups all this week, just in case.

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Look out, here's the old man.

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Are you two of the men who've been to gunnery school?

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-BOTH:

-Yes, sir.

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Well, I hope you remember what they taught you.

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If we run into any trouble it will be up to you to save the ship and crew...and me.

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-That's the lot, boss.

-Righto, Mack. Lace her down.

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Let's hope she stays like that till we're home again.

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-That the last one, boatswain?

-Yes, sir. We've got everything we should have.

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-Right.

-Oh, there's a Mr Dodds from the office come aboard.

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He's in your room.

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-Right, see if you can find the chief and ask him to look in.

-Yes, sir.

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WHISTLE HOOTS

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WHISTLE BLOWS

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-Noisy up in London last night, sir?

-I'll say it was.

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Pretty lively down here too, sir.

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Hello, Mr Dodds. Good of you to spare the time.

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-Afternoon, George, had a good eve?

-Oh, same old story.

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You called me back just when I was beginning to enjoy it.

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You mean just when she was beginning to enjoy it!

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-Oh, well, easy come, easy go. How about a peg?

-Not much time left, eh?

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Well, you know me, dry as a dog's dinner from shore to shore.

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Not that you give us much time ashore!

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Well, George, a cargo of petrol is worth all the tea in China these days.

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-So, growl you may...

-But go I must.

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Well...I looks towards you.

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I catches your eye!

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-I bows according.

-Down the hatch.

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-Come in.

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-Oh, sit down, Chief.

-Hello, Mr Dodds.

-Afternoon, Pollard.

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-How's the Mrs and Kathleen?

-Oh, they're fine.

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-Kath will be sitting for her scholarship while we're away.

-Good luck to her!

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Well, I've told her no scholarship no presents this trip.

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-Help yourself, Chiefie.

-At this time of day? Thanks.

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-Well, Mr Dodds, what are we fetching this time?

-Pool of petrol.

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-It looks like a two-months job.

-America, eh?

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-Commodore of the convoy will tell you that.

-All right.

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Back for Christmas, anyhow.

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-KNOCK ON DOOR

-Come in.

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-That's the allotment note, sir.

-Thank you, Mr Hawkins.

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How many men still to come?

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-The cadet, sir, and a couple of deckhands.

-Uh-huh.

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-We're sailing in the morning.

-Right, sir.

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Nice young chap.

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Pretty wife...kid on the way too.

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-Oh, sailors ought to be bachelors.

-Mighty long ship, this.

-Eh?

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Oh, sorry!

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-Are you the cadet?

-Yes, sir. Housden.

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Save your "sirs" for the officers, I'm only the apprentice.

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Come on, we'll get your gear stowed.

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HORN BLOWS

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John, you'd better hurry. The pilot's just leaving.

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Here, write the envelope, to save time.

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Jeannie would never forgive us if we sailed without sending her a line.

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-Here we are.

-Aye.

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-Will you drop this in the post for me, sir?

-Pleasure.

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-Well, pleasant voyage.

-Thank you.

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-Excuse me, sir. Would you post this for me, please?

-Righto, boy.

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-For the stamp.

-Oh, don't worry about that.

-Thank you, sir.

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-Half ahead.

-Half ahead.

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BELLS RING

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LOUD HISSING

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So, on the compression stroke, the air in the cylinder gets very hot.

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If the cover wasn't on, you could see the piston moving up and down

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and just before it reaches the top of the stroke, we pump the oil in.

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Up here. But, of course, you can't see that either.

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Now, this is one cylinder and there are seven others just like it

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all working on the same shaft.

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-Thought I didn't recognise the face. Who are you?

-Jamieson, sir.

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-Mess room steward.

-Then you've no business down here.

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-Can't they give you enough work topsides?

-Yes, sir.

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-Friend of yours?

-My wife's young brother, sir.

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A good kid and he'd give anything to work down here.

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-Promised I'd keep an eye on him.

-I see.

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Well, if you quite finished your lecture on engines,

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-perhaps you'd go and keep an eye on them?

-Yes, sir.

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-That's 180 you want.

-180?

-Yeah.

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60!

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-And another!

-One more for game.

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I'll give you the game and the ship too!

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-Shot!

-Blimey, it's there!

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OK, write to the News Of The World and tell them to send me a badge!

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-Hello, who are you?

-Came aboard yesterday, off Southend.

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-Evacuee, eh? Don't like air raids.

-Come along, my likely lads.

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Your last chance to buy a ticket for my Leger sweep.

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-Put you all in? Tenner a go.

-OK, put me down for one.

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-How about you?

-Not me. I never won one in my life.

-I'll have that one.

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-When's the draw?

-Straightaway. Before the six o'clock news.

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'This is the BBC Home And Forces Programme. Here is the news...'

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Mr Sadler, would you get the St Leger result for me, please?

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Sh, later.

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'Last night the Luftwaffe's main target was, again, London.

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'Considerable damage was done to residential and industrial...'

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-What's doing at home, Sparks?

-Still copping it in London.

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-London again.

-Oh. They won't stop it just to please you.

-I know.

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I hope to goodness the wife's gone down to the country.

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Made her promise she would if things got bad.

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Don't worry, she'll be all right.

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-Well, sir, we're blank. All finished now, sir.

-OK.

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-She's all open below, Mr Wilson.

-Open up pumps.

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-BEEPING

-All open!

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There's only one sight I like better -

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that's it coming out again when we get home.

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Hope you live to see it, Chief.

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-Everything under control, Mr Wilson?

-Yes, sir.

-Right.

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-I'm going to the ship broker's to rustle up some hands.

-Fine.

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Two deckhands wanted. Tanker, for England.

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-Name?

-Danes, sir.

-Nationality?

-British.

-Been to sea before?

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No, sir, but I'd like to get back, the way things are.

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-All right, I'll take you back.

-Thank you, sir.

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Tynesider, eh?

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No, sir, captain, Japanese.

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Sorry, brother, we're going the wrong way for you.

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-Name?

-Preston.

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I'm looking for a one-way passage so I can join the RAF.

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Sorry, but we can't take Americans. Rule about non-belligerents.

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-Do you take Canadians?

-Surely.

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-OK, I'm a Canadian.

-Hmm.

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-Sea time?

-Plenty.

-Tankers?

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No, but I guess they'll suit me as well as any other ship.

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The point is whether you'll suit the ship.

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One...

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..two. OK.

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-Sign them on right now?

-Yes.

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Pardon me, Captain. There's just one little thing.

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I'm a bit short on dough and I'd like to get some gear before I leave.

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Yes, I know that kind of gear.

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I'll give you an advanced note on the onus for 20,

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payable in this office three days after the ship sails with you on board.

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-I think I'll get her one of these.

-Get who?

-My granny.

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A fine sight the old lady would look sitting in her doorway

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in Helensburgh with one of those round her shoulders!

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Wouldn't even keep the draught out.

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You'd better stay outside and keep your money in your pocket.

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-What are you after, then?

-I want a Christmas present for Jeannie.

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-Large beer, please.

-Coming up.

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Same again, Joe.

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-Hiya.

-Evening.

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-Bit of a collar on it, isn't there?

-Sure is.

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Muck!

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Say...

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..let me tell you that you'll find the best beer in Texas in Galveston,

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and the best beer in Galveston, right here in this saloon.

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-Isn't that right, Joe?

-Sure is.

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Moreover, Texan beer is the best beer in the United States...

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and American beer is the best beer in the world.

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Listen, if ever you come to England or take you to The Ship

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at Faversham, stand you a pint of 4X. You don't know what beer is.

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As a matter of fact, I'm sailing for England at any moment.

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Seems you need somebody's help to win this war

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-so I'm coming over to give it to you.

-Hmph. Much obliged.

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Yeah, and this will show you how set I am in getting there.

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I'm even sailing on an English ship.

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A lousy old tankard called the San Demetrio.

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Let me give you a tip, mate.

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There's a British Board of Trade regulation which says that

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no man may board a tanker when he's drunk

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and the boatswain's there to see no-one breaks that rule.

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Boatswains?

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I eat 'em raw.

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-Five foot ullage here.

-She's got her guts full, all right.

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-What does that make it altogether?

-A bit over 11,000 tonnes.

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About three million gallons.

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Ha, that'll take a few people to Newmarket!

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# She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes

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# She'll be coming around the mountain when she comes

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# She'll be coming round the mount... #

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Oh, now, listen, Stetzy, I told you before,

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I decided I don't want to sail. I like this town of yours.

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I guess I'll just stick around a day or so longer

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and take another ship, hm?

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OK, just give me back my 15 and we'll turn right around

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and have another drink.

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Yeah, you know where that 15 bucks is - in your own cash register.

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So, what? You've got 15 bucks' worth of liquor in your belly, haven't you?

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Listen, pal, we've signed the ship's articles

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and it's my duty, as a citizen, to see you don't break your contract.

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-Better be on the safe side, boss.

-Oh!

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-Hey, buddy, where do I find deckhands' quarters?

-Port side aft.

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Thanks.

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-No, can't be.

-Oh, can't it?

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GLASS SMASHES

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-Guy Fawkes night, sir. No fireworks this year.

-Let's hope not!

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You aren't on the way yet, Yank.

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Now, listen, I've told you before, on this ship I'm a Canadian!

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You're still Yank to us, chum. Come on, here's something to aim at.

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Suffering!

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-Hey, got a cigarette, chum?

-Try one of your own, chum.

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-What do I want?

-111.

-Nelson, eh?

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-Nelson?

-One, one, one - one eye, one arm, one ambition.

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-Let's see, that's treble 19, 14, double top.

-Easier said than got.

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-Got it!

-That's what we call a whitewash.

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Kid's game.

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-Hey, where do you think you're going?

-On deck.

-Can you read?

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-Sure, I can read.

-Well, read that.

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There's enough risks attached to this game

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without you adding to them.

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Come on, I've got a job for you.

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All right, make fast there.

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-And get a move on, Yank, I want that finished by sunset!

-By sunset?!

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-What do you think I am?

-Lazy.

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-What you think you're signed on for?

-Why did the chicken cross the road?

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-To get to the other side.

-Well, we signed you on to work.

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Haven't noticed any other passengers on board, have you?

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Well, I'll do my best but the smell of paint always makes me sick.

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That's too bad because if you are sick you can clean that up too.

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Well, it's nearly tea time. I'm going to change.

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And like to see anything stop the chief changing for tea!

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HE WHISTLES

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EXPLOSION

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Sounded like depth charges.

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Can't be. No destroyers to drop them. Certainly wasn't the Jervis Bay.

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-Action stations!

-Aye-aye, sir.

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BELL RINGS

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They're still hull down but I know that top -

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it's either the Deutschland or the Scheer.

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-Sir.

-Let's scatter the convoy.

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Scatter!

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-Right, I'll take over. I'm going to close.

-Right, sir.

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-What's that at?

-Port 30, sir.

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Ring up the engine room, tell Chief from me he can bust the engines.

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Aye-aye, sir.

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If we can draw her fire long enough, the convoy may get away.

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-Might even get a shot at her ourselves.

-I'll do my best, sir.

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Be some time yet, I'm afraid.

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-Signal from escort, sir. Scatter, maximum speed.

-Right.

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-Hard to starboard.

-HORN BLOWS

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Life jackets on, all of you. Battleship shelling the convoy.

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Trust Jerry to pick on tea time!

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BELL RINGS

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-'Chief there?'

-Captain!

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-I can use everything you've got now, Chief.

-I'll give you all I can.

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GUNFIRE

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MISSILES WHISTLE

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-All right, here?

-All right, so far.

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-Ever seen him smile?

-I did once.

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-Of course, it might have been a touch of wind.

-Touch of wind?

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Need half a gale, I should think! EXPLOSIONS

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Can't we have a go at her, Bos?

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-Get away, she's miles out of our range.

-We're not miles out of hers.

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GUNFIRE

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Jeez, getting close.

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Here, why doesn't she fire back?

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She's only got 6-inch guns. Jerry's got 11-inch.

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What's going on?

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She's walking right into it.

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I've seen some wonderful things done at sea in my time but...

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She hasn't a hope, has she, sir?

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Not a hope in hell. She's just committing suicide.

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MISSILE WHISTLES

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She's going, sir.

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God bless, her.

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-Hello?

-'Chief, Jervis Bay has gone. Stand by for anything now.'

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Right, Captain.

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We're on the limit down here.

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Not a degree over 400, mind.

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It's pretty dark now, sir. With any luck, we'll still give him the slip.

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-Flares!

-That's torn it!

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Make you feel stark naked, don't they?

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EXPLOSION

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MISSILE WHISTLES

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-Can't see him!

-Get along and see what the damage is.

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-No water yet, sir.

-Good, must have been well forward.

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EXPLOSION

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-That one wasn't, though.

-Where was it?

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-Aft side!

-Hole in the port bow, sir.

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-No sign of Danes. Must have burst right below him.

-Fire?

-No, sir.

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Fire, aft! Forward side of engineers' quarters.

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-Oil?

-Yes, sir. Spouting out. Deck's punctured.

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Abandon ship.

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BELL RINGS

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Topsides, all of you, quick as you can!

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Come on, my girl. You got to find another ship!

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HORN BLOWS

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The boat! Get moving!

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Hey, Sparks, get out of it. You can't help us any longer.

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-Out you get, boys.

-Right, sir. One more for luck?

-OK.

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MORSE CODE MESSAGE SENT

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LOUD SPLASH

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-Are you all right?

-I'm all right.

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MISSILES WHISTLE

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Sparks! Sparks!

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Let go!

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MAN SHOUTS

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-Can you take us, sir? That last one carried our boat away.

-Down you come!

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Look sharp!

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-Who's that fell?

-Davies. I think he's all right.

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Think you'll be warm enough(?)

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Let go! Send her off forward. Pull like hell round to wind.

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We're floating on petrol.

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-That you, Mr Hawkins?

-Yes, sir.

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-Got the boatswain's lot as well.

-Good luck! Any more for the skylark?

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I wish they'd leave off sending those up.

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It's by the light enough to read by

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or else it's as black as the inside of a cow!

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Can't see a sign of the other boats. Hope the old man got away all right.

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He was cutting it pretty fine. How about the mate's boat?

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Anyone see Mr Wilson get away?

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Well, boys, we ought to be picked up pretty soon.

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Bound to be ships about.

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Nothing more from the convoy, sir.

0:26:430:26:45

-Keep listening just the same.

-Very good, sir.

0:26:450:26:47

Well, we better go and have a look for them.

0:26:490:26:51

That was their position, as near as I can make it.

0:26:510:26:53

We'll sweep a 15-mile radius and see what we can find.

0:26:530:26:56

-Let's hope we don't find the raider.

-You mean hope she doesn't find us!

0:26:560:27:00

# She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes

0:27:080:27:13

# She'll be coming round the mountain when she comes

0:27:140:27:20

# She'll be coming round the mountain

0:27:200:27:23

# She'll be coming round the mountain... #

0:27:230:27:26

Can't you keep her head on? I'm tasting the soles of me boots!

0:27:260:27:29

I can keep her head on to one sea but not two to once.

0:27:290:27:33

# Oh, she'll be coming round the mountain when she comes... #

0:27:370:27:43

That's 20 times she's been round the bloody mountain!

0:27:430:27:47

Why can't you be sick like everybody else?

0:27:470:27:49

You know me, Bos, I'm only sick when I smell paint.

0:27:490:27:52

WHISTLE BLOWS

0:28:060:28:09

All right, sir?

0:28:170:28:18

Morning, Captain. Welcome aboard. Smith.

0:28:180:28:22

Morning, Captain. I'm Waite. San Demetrio.

0:28:220:28:24

Have you seen anything of my other boat?

0:28:240:28:25

I've got your chief's mate and his party aboard.

0:28:250:28:27

-They're down below having some grub.

-Fine.

0:28:270:28:30

-Doing a brisk trade this morning, eh?

-90-odd up till now.

0:28:300:28:34

I'm crowded out below.

0:28:340:28:36

Anyone's watch still going?

0:28:520:28:54

Well, it must be breakfast time, anyway.

0:28:560:28:58

-What do you think, Chief? Shall I issue some more grub?

-By all means.

0:28:590:29:02

Not for me, though.

0:29:020:29:05

-How about a nice juicy steak?

-Oh.

0:29:050:29:09

How about a nice juicy biscuit?

0:29:090:29:11

Hey, you better turn it in, hadn't you?

0:29:160:29:19

It's all right, Bos, I'd rather finish my spell.

0:29:190:29:22

-What's the matter, chum? Ain't you hungry?

-I left me teeth on board!

0:29:280:29:32

Never mind. I'll lend you mine when I finished!

0:29:340:29:37

Shall I split them up into proper watches

0:29:370:29:39

when they finished eating, Chief?

0:29:390:29:42

I think you should. We may be rowing for a long time.

0:29:420:29:46

Mr Hawkins, as senior deck officer, you're in charge of this boat.

0:29:470:29:52

If you want advice about anything you're welcome,

0:29:520:29:55

but don't think you have to ask me.

0:29:550:29:58

I can take orders as well as give them.

0:29:580:30:00

Thank you, Chief. I'm glad you're here, all the same.

0:30:000:30:03

More than I am.

0:30:040:30:06

A ship!

0:30:110:30:13

Double banker.

0:30:230:30:24

She's a long way off. We'll have to pull like hell.

0:30:290:30:33

-How about rigging the sail?

-How about it?

0:30:330:30:36

In this weather, you'd lose the canvas before you'd set it.

0:30:360:30:39

They'll never see that in this weather.

0:30:480:30:51

What we need is a pillar of smoke by day, like those blokes in the Bible.

0:30:560:31:00

No good! She's almost hull-down.

0:31:060:31:09

They must keep their eyes in the backs of their heads.

0:31:150:31:17

In the backs of their trousers, if you ask me.

0:31:170:31:20

What's the matter, Yank? Run out of songs?

0:31:460:31:48

Saving my breath, pal.

0:31:480:31:51

If I were you, I'd save that too - you might be needing it.

0:31:510:31:54

I'd give a lot for a fag. Anybody got one?

0:31:560:31:59

That's the best I can do.

0:32:010:32:03

Half a minute, chum.

0:32:030:32:06

My feet still hurt.

0:32:190:32:21

Men who are off watch eat first.

0:33:050:33:08

Right, change over.

0:33:280:33:29

Quick as you can, boys.

0:33:390:33:41

Try and keep an even stroke, son. It's easier for all hands.

0:34:020:34:06

Here, lean your head against this.

0:34:140:34:16

-How's that?

-Fine.

0:34:200:34:22

I think I'll have a nap.

0:34:220:34:24

-It's cold enough for a top hat, isn't it?

-Ah.

0:34:270:34:30

What wouldn't I give to be kipped down snuggled alongside

0:34:300:34:33

the old woman?

0:34:330:34:34

-Here, what's today?

-Wednesday.

0:34:340:34:37

Wednesday? Early closing.

0:34:370:34:39

Wednesdays when I'm home, the missus shuts up shop.

0:34:390:34:42

We've got a little newsagents and tobacconists.

0:34:420:34:45

And off we go to the pictures.

0:34:450:34:47

When we come out, we go and have one.

0:34:470:34:50

-What wouldn't I give to be having a pint in the Old Elephant now?

-Yeah.

0:34:500:34:53

-If it's still there.

-Course it's still there.

0:34:530:34:56

-Oh, jeez, it's cold!

-Cold? This is only November.

0:34:570:35:01

What'll he do when the winter comes?

0:35:010:35:04

Oh.

0:35:110:35:12

I was dreaming I was at home. What a place to wake up in.

0:35:120:35:16

Sorry I woke you, but I was getting the cramps.

0:35:160:35:18

I dreamt Jeanie was trying on those stockings and they were too big.

0:35:180:35:21

Don't worry about them. You'll never see them again.

0:35:210:35:23

-How you feeling now?

-Not so bad. I've still got a pain in my belly.

0:35:230:35:27

Hey!

0:35:320:35:33

-What's biting you, son?

-I thought I saw something.

0:35:330:35:37

-Where?

-Up there.

0:35:370:35:38

-Look! It's a plane come to look for us!

-Where?

-There!

0:35:400:35:44

-Bos, get the flare out!

-Where is the flare?

0:35:450:35:48

That's no plane, that's bloody Jupiter!

0:35:560:35:58

I'm afraid he's right.

0:36:050:36:07

Hey, Chief! Do you see what I see?

0:36:500:36:53

Ship!

0:37:040:37:06

Ship!

0:37:090:37:11

Wake up, chum. Ship!

0:37:110:37:13

Mack, what about a sail?

0:37:200:37:22

I think maybe we can manage.

0:37:220:37:24

She hasn't altered course yet.

0:37:340:37:36

-Hey!

-Hi there!

0:37:380:37:39

Making a lot of smoke, isn't she? Almost looks as if she's on fire.

0:37:410:37:45

She's on fire, right enough.

0:37:520:37:54

A tanker on fire...

0:37:560:37:59

with a half-painted funnel.

0:37:590:38:01

You never did finish painting that funnel, did you, Yank?

0:38:020:38:06

-Yes, it's her all right.

-Good for her.

0:38:140:38:18

Though why she's not at the bottom of the sea, I can't imagine.

0:38:180:38:22

I never thought we'd see her again.

0:38:250:38:27

I say, Chief...

0:38:300:38:32

Well, what do you know?

0:38:320:38:34

Two days freezing to death on this boat

0:38:340:38:36

and we're right back where we started from.

0:38:360:38:38

Listen, boys.

0:38:420:38:44

Lord knows why she hasn't gone sky-high,

0:38:440:38:47

but the fact remains she hasn't.

0:38:470:38:49

Now, the Chief and I think we might manage to reboard her.

0:38:490:38:53

If we can, we've a sporting chance of being spotted

0:38:530:38:56

and taken off before she either blows up or goes to the bottom.

0:38:560:39:00

Well, she hasn't gone up yet. Perhaps she won't go up at all.

0:39:000:39:03

No, there's no use pretending it's not risky.

0:39:030:39:06

But it's a risk either way.

0:39:060:39:08

You may get blown sky-high there, or you can freeze to death here.

0:39:080:39:12

It's just a matter of taste.

0:39:120:39:14

-Well, I'd sooner fry than freeze any day.

-Me too.

-So would I.

0:39:140:39:17

I don't see we're so badly off here now we're under sail.

0:39:170:39:20

It seems to me that...

0:39:200:39:21

Aye, it's all right now, but if it comes on to blow again

0:39:210:39:24

and we have to take down the sail, then you'll have to row again

0:39:240:39:27

and how will you like that?

0:39:270:39:28

Bos?

0:39:280:39:30

I doubt if we can last much longer in this boat.

0:39:300:39:33

We've got three sick men already and we've got to think of them.

0:39:330:39:35

Another night like last night would put paid to them,

0:39:350:39:38

and damn near finish the rest of us.

0:39:380:39:40

Yes.

0:39:400:39:42

What about it?

0:39:420:39:43

Well, if you ask me, she's come along and found us.

0:39:450:39:49

-She's a good ship.

-Hear, hear!

0:39:490:39:50

-That's right.

-Me too.

0:39:500:39:53

Good.

0:39:530:39:55

Mack, bring us round under her stern,

0:39:550:39:56

it'll be more sheltered in her lee.

0:39:560:39:58

Down mainsail!

0:40:160:40:18

Down foresail!

0:40:230:40:25

Chief, you follow me, then get the sick men up.

0:40:290:40:32

Below there! Make this first!

0:40:580:41:00

-Will I go up behind him and take his weight?

-Up you go.

0:41:050:41:07

All right, son, take it easy. I've got you.

0:41:140:41:17

-Bos, get the rest up. Going to have a look round.

-Aye-aye.

0:41:220:41:26

-Look at that!

-I can see, sir.

0:41:300:41:32

More like a volcano than a ship!

0:41:430:41:46

Why in the world hasn't she gone up?

0:41:460:41:48

Lord knows. Unless there's so much pressure inside the tanks

0:41:480:41:51

because of the heat that the flames can't flash back.

0:41:510:41:55

Like a gas jet, eh?

0:41:550:41:56

What do you think, Chief?

0:41:560:42:00

Well, she hasn't gone up yet.

0:42:000:42:02

I should say there's a good even chance

0:42:020:42:03

-we can get the fires out before she does.

-Right.

0:42:030:42:06

-Better get the boat up, then. We may need her.

-Oh, I hope not.

0:42:060:42:09

-That's the lot, sir.

-Good. Now here's what we'll do.

0:42:110:42:14

-Rum, sir!

-What?

-Left over from Saturday's issue.

0:42:140:42:16

Nearly full. Well done, youngster.

0:42:160:42:18

Now listen, everyone. We've got to get the boat up.

0:42:210:42:23

Bos, Jones and two men, get the davit squared up.

0:42:230:42:26

The remainder, as soon as you've had your rum, find some buckets

0:42:260:42:29

and get started on the fires on the well deck.

0:42:290:42:32

Stay up there, you two.

0:42:430:42:45

Get into chains.

0:42:450:42:47

Oh!

0:43:140:43:15

If you don't hurry up, I'm going to bash my brains out

0:43:170:43:20

in my own engine room!

0:43:200:43:22

The swine's stuck.

0:43:220:43:24

That's got her!

0:43:260:43:27

Davit's all squared up, Mr Hawkins.

0:43:380:43:40

Have to drop this for a bit. Man the poles.

0:43:400:43:43

Heave when she gets to the top of a wave.

0:43:480:43:51

Ready!

0:43:530:43:55

Heave!

0:43:550:43:57

Heave!

0:43:590:44:01

Heave!

0:44:040:44:05

No use! All hands on the forward end.

0:44:160:44:19

Ready!

0:44:260:44:27

Heave!

0:44:270:44:29

Heave!

0:44:290:44:31

That's torn it!

0:44:400:44:42

Told you we should've stayed in the boat!

0:44:440:44:46

Why the hell did we come back on board?!

0:44:460:44:49

If you want the boat, you'd better swim for her.

0:44:490:44:52

Housden, nip below. Tell the chief the bad news.

0:44:520:44:55

Well, we're stuck here now till someone spots us.

0:44:560:44:59

Better get back on the fires before she blows us all to glory.

0:44:590:45:02

-Bad enough losing the boat, we've lost the stores in her as well.

-Yes.

0:45:040:45:08

Jamieson! See if you can find anything in the way of grub.

0:45:100:45:14

-Very good, sir.

-Have a look at the water tanks while you're at it.

0:45:140:45:17

Chief, this is hopeless!

0:45:290:45:30

-Might as well try to put it out by spitting on it.

-Don't worry.

0:45:300:45:34

-I may be able to raise enough steam for the hoses.

-You can, eh?

0:45:340:45:37

-What's it like below, then?

-Like a sewer,

0:45:370:45:39

-but if I can take my men off you, I think we can fix something up.

-Fine.

0:45:390:45:44

-Davies, Boyle.

-Come along with me.

-How long will it take you?

0:45:440:45:48

-About four hours.

-We'll try to hold our own here till you're ready.

0:45:480:45:51

Just in time. Give her a kick.

0:45:590:46:01

You would have a belly-ache at a time like this.

0:46:150:46:18

Come on, let me have a go.

0:46:180:46:20

ENGINE STARTS

0:46:310:46:33

So far, so good. Now for the fuel pump.

0:46:360:46:39

Food's ready, sir.

0:46:420:46:44

You two! Break off and eat.

0:46:440:46:46

-This the best you can do?

-A bit burnt, I'm afraid.

0:46:560:46:59

They were in the fridge.

0:46:590:47:01

The fridge is on fire, you see.

0:47:010:47:03

What a ship.

0:47:030:47:04

The water's all right.

0:47:040:47:07

-What's this?

-That's a steak.

0:47:070:47:09

Better try and find my teeth.

0:47:130:47:15

That ought to do the trick. Get your hose couple onto the pump.

0:47:250:47:28

That's more like it, Chief.

0:47:360:47:39

Bos, you can take half the men and start on the fires amidships.

0:47:390:47:43

Very good, sir. Come on, Yank.

0:47:430:47:45

We'll split up into watches and carry on through the night.

0:47:450:47:49

Let's hope there's no U-boats around.

0:47:490:47:51

Our blackout's none too good.

0:47:510:47:52

OK. That seems to have done it.

0:48:210:48:23

-Hello, Jock.

-Morning, sir.

0:48:300:48:32

What have you found?

0:48:320:48:34

Six tins of condensed milk, sir.

0:48:340:48:36

And this. I bought it in Galveston, sir, to take back to my granny

0:48:370:48:40

in Helensburgh. The old lady feels the tea rationing pretty badly.

0:48:400:48:44

And how are you going to make tea?

0:48:440:48:45

I was just going to light the range when you came in.

0:48:450:48:48

And blow yourself to blazes!

0:48:480:48:49

Don't you realise the ship's full of petrol fumes?

0:48:490:48:52

Never heard about the man who looked for a gas leak with a lighted match?

0:48:520:48:55

Never mind, son. It was a good idea all the same.

0:48:570:49:00

-Morning, Mr Hawkins.

-Morning, Chief.

-I see you've got the fires out.

0:49:130:49:16

Yes, thanks to your hoses. The next job's to keep them out.

0:49:160:49:20

-Ow!

-That was a good 'un!

0:49:260:49:28

Ah, it doesn't matter.

0:49:280:49:30

I'm so cold I can't feel it.

0:49:300:49:31

I've set lookouts.

0:49:320:49:34

All we can do now is to hope she keeps afloat till somebody spots us.

0:49:340:49:36

I sounded the double-bottom tank. She's not making any water.

0:49:360:49:39

That's a comfort.

0:49:390:49:41

-How's Boyle?

-Not too good. But we are at least out of the weather.

0:49:410:49:45

Yes, you've got something there, Chief.

0:49:450:49:47

-It's the cold that gets you down more than anything.

-Breakfast, sir.

0:49:470:49:50

-Breakfast!

-Such as it is.

0:49:520:49:55

Bos! Grab yourself a carrot! I'll take over your job.

0:49:570:50:01

-What you got there, Jock?

-Cold water. Want some?

-No, thank you.

0:50:010:50:05

I don't want to rust me guts.

0:50:050:50:07

Oh! What wouldn't I give for a cup of tea?

0:50:100:50:12

Not a hope.

0:50:120:50:14

Did you never hear of the man who looked for a gas leak

0:50:150:50:18

with a lighted match?

0:50:180:50:19

HE SNIFFS THE AIR

0:50:460:50:48

-Morning, Bos.

-Hi, Yank.

0:51:490:51:51

You're the very man for this job.

0:51:510:51:53

Boatswains never forget.

0:51:540:51:56

-Mr Hawkins, sir.

-Yes!

0:52:010:52:04

Chief sends his compliments. All hands to tea.

0:52:040:52:06

What?

0:52:060:52:08

-Tea out!

-Hey, boys. Only four mugs.

0:52:230:52:26

-You'll have to take it in turns.

-Not much in your line, yeah.

0:52:260:52:29

What is this? Magic?

0:52:290:52:31

Well, we were all so damn cold I thought I'd chance my arm for once.

0:52:310:52:35

Talk about a watched pot.

0:52:350:52:36

I never knew a kettle take so long to boil.

0:52:360:52:38

Make the most of it, boys. Can't take a risk like that again.

0:52:380:52:43

-Hey, leave some for my lads down below.

-Yes, sir.

0:52:430:52:45

That's fine, boys. You've done a good job.

0:52:510:52:54

Glad you like it, Chief.

0:52:540:52:56

-Took plenty of bilge-diving to get it clear.

-I'll bet.

0:52:560:52:59

Here, drink it while it's hot.

0:52:590:53:01

You look like death.

0:53:010:53:04

Your pal's right. You better have a rest.

0:53:040:53:07

It's only the cold got into my inside.

0:53:070:53:09

I'll be all right when I've had this tea.

0:53:090:53:11

-Can't leave the deck in a mess like this.

-Well, take it easy.

0:53:110:53:14

I don't want any of you crocking up.

0:53:140:53:16

What, with you and Davies having pains in your guts.

0:53:160:53:19

And Mr Willey not being sure whether his feet still belong to him or not.

0:53:190:53:22

The place is more like a sick bay than an engine room.

0:53:220:53:25

But there's plenty of work still ahead.

0:53:250:53:26

How's things up here?

0:53:290:53:30

Well, I've checked the lube oil system - OK.

0:53:300:53:33

Water jackets and piston cooling, likewise OK.

0:53:330:53:36

I've been through all the accommodation, sir.

0:53:510:53:54

A cockroach couldn't live below here.

0:53:540:53:56

The only cabins fit to use are starboard aft.

0:53:560:53:58

-Any of the old gear left?

-Not a sausage, sir.

0:53:580:54:00

-Mr Hawkins inside?

-Yes, Chief.

0:54:000:54:02

-I've got some news for you.

-Not bad, I hope.

0:54:040:54:07

No, I don't think so. Just that I can get her underway.

0:54:070:54:10

-Get her underway?

-Why not? The main engines are undamaged.

0:54:120:54:16

Wait a minute. No bridge,

0:54:170:54:20

no charts,

0:54:200:54:21

no wireless,

0:54:210:54:23

no signal flags,

0:54:230:54:25

no compass,

0:54:250:54:26

and even if we had a compass, no steering gear.

0:54:260:54:29

What about the auxiliary steering gear?

0:54:290:54:31

What's got into them?

0:54:400:54:41

Running races to keep themselves warm!

0:54:410:54:44

Well, there's half a wheel.

0:54:520:54:54

More than you can say for this.

0:54:540:54:56

It doesn't matter much. This is jammed anyway.

0:54:580:55:00

-I should say the bulkhead below is buckled.

-Think you can free it?

0:55:020:55:06

I can have a try. In any case, we can always steer by the winch.

0:55:060:55:08

Chief, if we can steer her, we might get the old girl home.

0:55:100:55:13

No charts, no compass.

0:55:130:55:15

You get the engines going, I'll fetch you up somewhere,

0:55:150:55:18

if it's only the North Pole.

0:55:180:55:19

That's the idea. Don't want anyone breaking his neck.

0:55:310:55:34

We're shorthanded enough as it is.

0:55:340:55:36

You can have any tune your like for a penny.

0:55:380:55:41

Now try.

0:55:510:55:53

No good.

0:55:560:55:58

-Still stuck, sir.

-No use in fiddling with that.

0:55:590:56:01

We should be some time yet.

0:56:010:56:03

Here, son.

0:56:030:56:04

Make this fast to the binnacle.

0:56:040:56:06

What are you up to, Chief?

0:56:090:56:11

Oh, just a little idea of mine while we're waiting.

0:56:110:56:14

See you later!

0:56:220:56:24

One for room service, two for valet

0:56:260:56:28

and three for the chambermaid.

0:56:280:56:30

Ow!

0:56:300:56:31

Hey! What's the big idea? Want to electrocute me?!

0:56:320:56:35

Yank, take that compass away. He's got a face like a funeral.

0:56:370:56:41

It's OK for dead reckoning.

0:56:410:56:42

Mr Hawkins, come and have a look at this.

0:56:420:56:45

-Fairy lights?

-Fairy lights, my foot. It's your engine room telegraph.

0:56:490:56:53

Taff, switch on the top one!

0:56:530:56:55

Ahead. And if you flicker it, it means full speed.

0:56:580:57:02

Middle one!

0:57:020:57:04

Stop.

0:57:040:57:05

Now the bottom one.

0:57:050:57:07

Astern.

0:57:080:57:10

Neat but not gaudy, eh?

0:57:100:57:12

-Jones? Mast to hands aft.

-Right, sir.

0:57:120:57:16

While we're waiting for Willey,

0:57:160:57:18

-I'll see if the men agree with us about the course.

-Fine.

0:57:180:57:20

Listen to me, all of you.

0:57:270:57:29

-Thanks to the chief, we're almost ready to get underway.

-Good for him.

0:57:290:57:33

-Some say good old chief.

-Bring-'em-back Pollard, huh?

0:57:330:57:36

We're not back yet.

0:57:360:57:38

I'll do my best to steer her in the right direction,

0:57:380:57:41

but it'll be by guess and by God.

0:57:410:57:44

Now, what I wanted to talk to you about is this -

0:57:440:57:46

we've got to decide which is the right direction.

0:57:460:57:49

If we hold on our original course for the Clyde,

0:57:500:57:52

we're heading for U-boats, mines, bombers and all that.

0:57:520:57:56

If we turn round and head west,

0:57:560:57:58

we'll probably be safe from them,

0:57:580:58:00

but we'll be steaming into the weather instead of running before it.

0:58:000:58:04

And we've got a hole in the bows, remember.

0:58:040:58:07

Well, what about it?

0:58:080:58:10

Home sweet home for me.

0:58:130:58:14

Not me. Had enough trouble for one trip.

0:58:140:58:16

I signed on to get to England, not for an ocean cruise.

0:58:180:58:21

Bos?

0:58:210:58:23

I look at it this way - we set out to take her home

0:58:230:58:25

and we've got it halfway already.

0:58:250:58:27

Doesn't seem much sense turning round and taking it back again.

0:58:270:58:30

-Bos is right.

-Hear! Hear!

0:58:300:58:33

-Right, east it is.

-Mr Hawkins?

0:58:340:58:38

-We've freed the steering gear.

-Fine.

0:58:380:58:40

-Set lookout, Bos.

-Aye-aye.

0:58:400:58:42

Housden, Jones, up here.

0:58:420:58:44

-The next question is, which is east?

-Too true.

0:58:470:58:51

Chief! What's the time by your clock down there?

0:58:560:58:59

-It says half past two.

-Thanks.

0:58:590:59:02

Half past two.

0:59:060:59:08

Looks about right.

0:59:090:59:11

-Let's see... 2.30.

-November.

0:59:130:59:15

Latitude, say...52.

0:59:150:59:18

Sun's about south, south-west.

0:59:180:59:21

-That makes our head more or less due south.

-That's it.

0:59:210:59:24

-Here you are. Tap on the skylight when I give you the signal.

-OK.

0:59:270:59:30

-Well, Taff, here we go.

-We hope.

0:59:310:59:34

Housden?

0:59:350:59:37

Slow ahead.

0:59:410:59:43

As you were.

0:59:581:00:00

She would.

1:00:001:00:02

Give her a shot astern.

1:00:021:00:04

Blimey, Chief! Are we going home stern first?

1:00:151:00:18

Starboard.

1:00:191:00:21

Well, if she'll go one way, she ought to go the other.

1:00:251:00:28

LOUD HISSING

1:00:281:00:30

Phew! Just as well. I'd never have heard the last of it.

1:00:551:00:59

-She's answering, all right.

-Good!

1:01:071:01:09

Full speed ahead.

1:01:251:01:27

THEY CHEER

1:01:411:01:43

-First stop England.

-First stop Wales!

-First stop Scotland.

1:01:451:01:49

It's the Clyde we're bound for!

1:01:491:01:51

You're all getting mighty particular.

1:01:511:01:53

There's one hell of a lump of land ahead of us there somewhere.

1:01:531:01:56

-Good job, too. If we fetch up anywhere between Narvik and Gibraltar, we'll be lucky.

-Not half!

1:01:561:02:01

WIND BLOWS

1:02:331:02:35

Well, even if we could get one glimpse of the North Star,

1:02:401:02:42

we'd know if we were on our course.

1:02:421:02:45

She'll not clear much tonight.

1:02:451:02:47

I'm afraid this nor'westerly will be setting us off to the south more than we've reckoned.

1:02:471:02:52

The engines have made 116 miles.

1:02:531:02:55

So, allowing for the weather, I should reckon somewhere about 80.

1:02:551:02:58

80?

1:02:591:03:01

How are you managing down below, Chief?

1:03:011:03:04

Willey and Davies in one watch, Boyle with me.

1:03:041:03:07

In total, myself and three crocks.

1:03:071:03:09

It'll be four crocks if you don't do something about that.

1:03:091:03:12

Wish I could, but what? How are things topsides?

1:03:121:03:15

Might be worse. Six of us can take a turn at the wheel.

1:03:151:03:18

Young Jones is a godsend.

1:03:181:03:21

I've made him a watchkeeping officer.

1:03:211:03:24

Well, if you trust him so much, why don't you turn in for a bit?

1:03:241:03:26

Yeah, not a bad idea.

1:03:261:03:29

Do you ever sleep, by the way?

1:03:291:03:31

Oh, yes, I've had a mattress put in the engine room so I can be handy if I'm wanted.

1:03:311:03:36

Righto. You turn in and rest your feet.

1:04:041:04:07

Do 'em good to take your shoes off.

1:04:071:04:08

I daren't do that, I'd never get them on again.

1:04:081:04:12

Will I give him a drop of this, sir?

1:04:261:04:28

Yes. Good job we left some.

1:04:281:04:30

-Where am I?

-Where I should've sent you two days ago.

1:04:521:04:55

Just you lie quiet now.

1:04:551:04:57

-How do you feel now, pal?

-Cold.

1:04:571:05:01

We'll soon have you warm. Central heating, just like the Ritz.

1:05:011:05:04

Come on, Yank.

1:05:061:05:08

-How is he?

-He'll do no more work this trip.

1:05:151:05:20

-Pretty bad, eh?

-Pretty bad.

1:05:201:05:22

I blame myself for letting him go on so long. Tried to make him pack it up, but he wouldn't.

1:05:221:05:27

I never knew a little scruff of a man like that could have so much guts.

1:05:271:05:30

You never know a lot of things about people till something like this comes along.

1:05:301:05:34

He's asleep already, sir.

1:05:361:05:37

I'm going to be a bit short-handed down below.

1:05:371:05:40

-I'll have to take one of your lads off you.

-Who would you like?

1:05:401:05:44

-Oh, he'll do.

-Righto.

1:05:441:05:46

Get yourself below and ask Davies to take you on the oiling round.

1:05:461:05:49

Yes, sir. Thank you, sir.

1:05:491:05:51

-Any luck?

-Sighted the North Star a few minutes ago.

-Where about?

1:05:511:05:56

-Just above the beam. So I brought her round to head due east.

-Good.

1:05:561:06:00

-If you watch your wake, it'll help your steering.

-OK.

1:06:001:06:03

-Steady as she goes, Yank!

-Steady as she goes.

1:06:051:06:09

-This was your idea, wasn't it?

-Yes, but the weather wasn't.

1:06:411:06:45

Haven't you blokes finished that job yet?

1:06:451:06:48

We thought we had till this lark started.

1:06:481:06:51

Fast as we knock 'em in, the sea knocks 'em out again.

1:06:511:06:55

Well, don't let it get you down. Just keep plugging away.

1:06:571:07:01

-Morning, Chief.

-Hello, Mack. Expecting a heatwave?

1:07:011:07:04

Oh, I found it in one of the wrecked cabins.

1:07:041:07:08

No, we're in for a blow, right enough.

1:07:081:07:10

-Seems to suit you cold-blooded islanders.

-Chief?

1:07:101:07:14

Have you noticed she's a bit more down by the head this morning?

1:07:141:07:16

It's that hole in her bowels.

1:07:161:07:18

She's shipping water into the fore hold every time she bellies her nose. I don't like it at all.

1:07:181:07:23

Well, how's the patient this morning?

1:07:361:07:37

I've been trying to make him take some of this, but he can't keep it down.

1:07:371:07:41

Are you warm enough, son?

1:07:421:07:44

You all right below? Must be short-handed without me.

1:07:471:07:51

Don't you worry, your pal here is doing your job. Doing it well too.

1:07:511:07:56

That's good.

1:07:591:08:01

Come on, Jock. Time we went to work.

1:08:031:08:05

-You look like a couple of brass monkeys.

-And feel like them too.

1:08:111:08:14

Well, what's on the menu this morning?

1:08:171:08:19

Can't digest new bread.

1:08:211:08:23

Ain't half going to cop it when I get home.

1:08:261:08:28

No present for the missus and me breath ponging of onions.

1:08:281:08:31

Nothing for my mum and dad either.

1:08:311:08:34

I bought some scent for my mother.

1:08:341:08:36

That's gone too.

1:08:371:08:39

Aye. All that was left was the tea that Jamieson got for his poor old granny.

1:08:411:08:46

And we've drunk that.

1:08:471:08:49

Well, this won't buy the baby a new pair of shoes.

1:08:511:08:54

This is like trying to steer an old cow by the tail.

1:09:201:09:24

She's as buoyant as a waterlogged sponge. Hold on!

1:09:241:09:29

That's what we call pooping, son.

1:09:381:09:41

You hang on here. I'm going topsides.

1:09:411:09:44

-Take over, Willey.

-Right, Chief.

1:09:441:09:46

Come on out of it, you two! Let someone else have a turn.

1:09:491:09:52

Chief, she'll break her back if this keeps up.

1:09:551:09:58

-Isn't there any way of bumping out the fore hold?

-Not a hope.

1:09:581:10:02

Steam-line's all shot to blazes.

1:10:021:10:04

-Any bones broken?

-Don't think so.

1:10:041:10:07

No, not so you'd notice it.

1:10:071:10:09

At this rate, the fore hold bulkhead's bound to go.

1:10:111:10:14

-Then we'll be for it.

-You're telling me!

1:10:141:10:16

Wait a minute - haven't you got an empty tank amidships?

1:10:201:10:23

Yes, number six.

1:10:231:10:24

And number nine is full.

1:10:241:10:27

If we run the petrol out from nine into six,

1:10:271:10:29

-it should alter her trim and bring her bowels up.

-Sounds fine.

1:10:291:10:33

-Can you do it?

-I think so.

1:10:331:10:35

It means going down into the forward pump room and opening the block valves.

1:10:351:10:39

I'll need someone to help me.

1:10:391:10:41

Better be a volunteer. Room's sure to be full of gas, maybe flooded as well.

1:10:411:10:46

If you could ease her off, she'll ride better while I'm working.

1:10:461:10:49

Right, Chief!

1:10:491:10:50

None of your granny knots now or I'll never see Barra again.

1:10:561:11:00

Nip below. Tell him to ease the engines down.

1:11:061:11:10

Bring her up into the wind.

1:11:101:11:12

Chief's going down into the pump room.

1:11:121:11:15

-Hello. Where have you sprung from?

-I heard you say you need some help.

1:11:351:11:38

Good lad.

1:11:381:11:39

Argh! Would be my right hand.

1:11:411:11:43

-Like me to fix that finger for you?

-Wish you could.

-Sure, I can fix it.

1:11:431:11:48

-Huh?

-Come on over here.

1:11:481:11:52

Well, it won't do any harm to air that for a minute.

1:11:521:11:55

Let's have a look at it.

1:11:591:12:01

-It's not going to be a very elegant piece of surgery.

-Hey, you're not going to cut it off, are you?

-No!

1:12:111:12:16

I'm just going to pierce the nail and let some of that pus out.

1:12:161:12:19

-Ever tried it before?

-Sure. Did it to a horse that had a bad hoof.

1:12:191:12:23

-Feels better already.

-That's what the horse said!

1:12:351:12:38

Here, use this. It's cleaner.

1:12:401:12:42

She's riding as easy as I can make her, Chief.

1:12:551:12:59

-Look at this. Surgeon as well.

-Right, let's get started.

1:12:591:13:03

-I'm helping the Chief.

-OK, kid.

1:13:031:13:06

Better put these on, hadn't you?

1:13:091:13:11

No rope. Only follow the ladders. Head on straight down.

1:13:111:13:15

-One, two...

-SPLASH

1:13:231:13:26

Well, there's something there.

1:13:261:13:28

All right. Play them down.

1:13:591:14:00

Carry on with that. Quick as you can.

1:14:121:14:15

-Start that one.

-HE COUGHS

1:14:241:14:27

HE COUGHS

1:14:311:14:34

All right. You go on up. I'll finish it.

1:14:481:14:53

HE COUGHS

1:14:531:14:55

Hang on!

1:15:141:15:16

HE GASPS

1:15:351:15:37

You all right?

1:15:491:15:50

All you've got to do now...

1:15:541:15:56

open your deck valves, wait for it to run through.

1:15:561:15:59

Port!

1:16:101:16:11

-How do you find her?

-Quite a bit livelier.

1:16:121:16:15

-I think we've saved the bulkhead.

-Not falling into it like she was.

1:16:151:16:19

Good. Can I have a word with you?

1:16:191:16:22

Take over for a minute, Bos.

1:16:221:16:24

That's about all we can do. She'll weather it now, with luck.

1:16:301:16:33

Yes, it's about all we can do for the ship.

1:16:331:16:35

What's on your mind, Chief?

1:16:351:16:37

I've just been along to see Boyle.

1:16:371:16:40

How's he getting on?

1:16:401:16:42

I've made him is warm and comfortable as I can,

1:16:421:16:45

but cold condensed milk for a man in that state...

1:16:451:16:47

And he's only the first.

1:16:471:16:49

Any one of us might crack up at any minute.

1:16:491:16:51

Cold, wet, underfed, tired out.

1:16:511:16:54

And a long way to go.

1:16:541:16:57

I suppose we couldn't light another fire? A hot meal would make all the difference.

1:16:571:17:01

In this weather, she's spilling petrol all over the place.

1:17:011:17:04

The poop's chock-full of vapour. It was a risk before. It would be suicide now.

1:17:041:17:08

How's your poor feet?

1:17:101:17:11

They haven't dropped off yet, but I sometimes wish they would!

1:17:111:17:15

-Jamieson? All right, you shove off.

-Sir?

-Come here.

1:17:171:17:22

You should never see that in a well-run engine room. Turn it off.

1:17:231:17:26

Jamieson, I've got a job for you.

1:17:331:17:36

Go and find a nice clean bucket,

1:17:381:17:40

fill it with those vegetables of yours and bring it down here.

1:17:401:17:43

Yes, sir.

1:17:441:17:46

If you hadn't scolded your hand, I might never have thought of this.

1:17:541:17:58

When I was a lad, I used to wash my boilersuits this way.

1:17:581:18:02

-All we've got to do is to leave out the soap.

-That's great!

1:18:021:18:05

Starboard!

1:18:061:18:08

Steady! Hello, Chief.

1:18:101:18:14

-Present for you.

-Ow!

1:18:141:18:16

-One for you too.

-Oh, thanks.

1:18:181:18:20

How on earth did you manage it?

1:18:201:18:22

Plenty more when you come off watch.

1:18:221:18:24

Never new chief engineer turned chief cook before!

1:18:241:18:28

ALL TALK AT ONCE

1:18:311:18:34

THEY CHEER

1:18:401:18:43

What a turn-up for the book, eh?

1:18:431:18:46

Where did you never learn not to speak with your mouth full?

1:18:461:18:49

Wait till you see what I've brought you.

1:18:501:18:53

The chief's managed to boil some spuds, so I've mashed them up with condensed milk for you.

1:18:551:18:59

-I'm not hungry.

-But this is hot food.

1:18:591:19:02

The very thing you need to make you nice and warm. Hot!

1:19:021:19:05

HE BREATHES HEAVILY

1:19:221:19:25

-What's the matter?

-Jeannie's stockings.

1:19:271:19:30

You're not still worried about them, are you?

1:19:321:19:35

Had them here just now.

1:19:351:19:37

Och, they've fallen onto the floor.

1:19:461:19:48

They'll only fall down again.

1:19:581:20:00

I think I'd better put them up here on the shelf.

1:20:001:20:03

I hope they're the right colour.

1:20:101:20:12

THE CREW SING

1:20:221:20:25

-The hot grub seems to have cheered them all up.

-Aye.

1:20:291:20:33

Sounds like quite a concert.

1:20:331:20:35

# ..Could I only take your hand

1:20:361:20:41

# As I did when you took my name

1:20:411:20:46

# Well, it's only a beautiful picture

1:20:461:20:51

# In a beautiful golden frame. #

1:20:511:20:57

# With all his great power and riches

1:21:001:21:04

# He knows he can never replace

1:21:041:21:07

# One thing in the mansion that's absent

1:21:071:21:10

# His wife's tender smiling face

1:21:101:21:14

# And each time he sees her picture

1:21:141:21:18

# The same words he always says... #

1:21:181:21:22

There you are, pal.

1:21:231:21:25

How's things?

1:21:271:21:29

-Somebody's singing.

-Yeah.

1:21:291:21:31

Yeah, they're singing, all right.

1:21:331:21:36

Here we are rolling about in a gale in the middle of the Atlantic,

1:21:361:21:40

U-boats all around, no escort...

1:21:401:21:42

..but as far as the British are concerned, it still seems to be Saturday night.

1:21:441:21:47

Saturday night.

1:21:481:21:51

Oh, to see Glasgow on a Saturday night.

1:21:511:21:54

Sure.

1:21:541:21:56

We'll have a look at it together, huh?

1:21:571:22:00

Right now, you've got to take things easy.

1:22:021:22:04

# ..In a beautiful golden frame. #

1:22:061:22:14

-Bowes, you ought to sing in the choir.

-Believe it or not, Chief, when I was a nipper, I did.

1:22:141:22:18

-LAUGHTER

-The boy wonder of Faversham!

1:22:181:22:21

LAUGHTER

1:22:211:22:25

Hey, fellas. Boyle can hear you singing in there.

1:22:251:22:28

How about giving him something he'd like? You know, a kind of request.

1:22:281:22:32

How about it, Jonjo?

1:22:321:22:34

-Loch Lomond?

-Annie Laurie.

-Och, Boyle's no Scot.

1:22:341:22:38

-Well, he lives there, that's near enough.

-Yeah.

1:22:381:22:41

I've got it.

1:22:421:22:44

# I belong to Glasgow

1:22:441:22:47

# Dear old Glasgow town

1:22:471:22:51

# But what's the matter with Glasgow

1:22:511:22:54

# For it's going round and round?

1:22:541:22:58

# I'm only a common old working chap

1:22:581:23:02

# As anyone here can see

1:23:021:23:06

# But when I get a couple of drinks on a Saturday

1:23:061:23:10

# Glasgow belongs to me

1:23:101:23:16

# Oh, I belong to Glasgow

1:23:161:23:21

# Dear old Glasgow town

1:23:211:23:25

# But what's the matter with Glasgow

1:23:251:23:28

# For it's going round and round?

1:23:281:23:32

# I'm only a common old working chap

1:23:321:23:36

# As any one here can see... #

1:23:361:23:39

-It really ought to be a Union Jack.

-It's all we've got, sir.

1:24:171:24:20

Anyway, I reckon the Red Duster is good enough for anyone.

1:24:201:24:23

-Ready, sir.

-Right. I wish I had a prayer book for him.

1:24:301:24:34

-Pardon me, Mr Hawkins.

-Yes, Yank?

1:24:351:24:38

I haven't got a prayer book, but, well I...I don't know

1:24:381:24:42

whether it's much use or not, but I have got a Bible.

1:24:421:24:44

Well, you see, it was a kind of, present.

1:24:461:24:49

-My kids gave it to me when I left.

-Kids?

1:24:491:24:52

Sure. There's no law against a man having a family, is there?

1:24:521:24:55

-Thank you very much, Yank. I'll be glad of it.

-Yes, sir.

1:24:551:24:59

The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want

1:25:221:25:26

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures

1:25:261:25:29

He leadeth me beside the still waters

1:25:291:25:32

He restoreth my soul

1:25:321:25:35

He leadeth me in the powers of righteousness for his name's sake

1:25:351:25:38

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death

1:25:391:25:43

I will fear no evil

1:25:431:25:44

For thou art with me

1:25:441:25:46

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me

1:25:461:25:50

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies

1:25:501:25:54

Thou annointest my head with oil

1:25:541:25:56

My cup runneth over

1:25:561:25:59

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life

1:25:591:26:03

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

1:26:031:26:07

-Amen. ALL:

-Amen.

1:26:071:26:09

Therefore we, his shipmates,

1:26:111:26:13

commit the body of John Boyle to the deep.

1:26:131:26:16

SPLASH

1:26:261:26:29

Very well, boys. that's all.

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Yank, what do you make of that?

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Land!

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Land ahead!

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-Land!

-Whither way?

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Fine on the starboard bow.

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-No place like home.

-Don't you count your chickens, mate.

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We don't know what country it is yet.

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Keep your fingers crossed it isn't a German-occupied one.

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Nice thing if we've brought the petrol all this way

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-just for Jerry to get it.

-Yeah.

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Come along, my lucky lads.

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Tenner a go, pay when you get there.

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Here, I'll have a basin full of this.

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What is it this time?

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What country it is. Come on.

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Argh...France!

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Blank.

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-Scotland.

-England.

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-Ireland.

-Norway...

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I hope I don't win this one!

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Wherever it is, they're not taking any notice of us.

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Fine thing - come all this way

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and we get a welcome like we had halitosis.

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HE SPEAKS IN HIS OWN LANGUAGE

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We'll stand off till morning.

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-Slow ahead, starboard.

-Starboard it is.

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-Morning, Nelson.

-Good morning, Mr Dodds.

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-Any news?

-Not a thing.

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NELSON SIGHS

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What have you got there?

1:28:531:28:54

-Tender for repairs to the Delfino.

-PHONE RINGS

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Dodds, here.

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Admiralty?!

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Late yesterday, Lloyds, Queenstown, reported your San Demetrio

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-off the West Coast of Ireland.

-It's the Demetrio, off Ireland.

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-Yes?

-We've just heard

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from the destroyer that went to her assistance.

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They report her badly damaged but still seaworthy.

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Did they say who's manning her?

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Her own crew!

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Second officer, chief engineer...13 others.

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-We're sending a tug to meet her.

-Grand. Thanks very much.

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She's on her way to the Clyde.

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Ah, look me up a train to Glasgow.

1:29:241:29:26

-Well, what do you think of that?

-I was thinking this...

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if a crew from another ship had brought her home,

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they'd stand to get a packet of salvage money.

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But as it's our own chaps, the poor devils won't be entitled to a penny.

1:29:341:29:37

Trust you to think of the main chance!

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-But it doesn't seem fair, does it?

-It does not.

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Wait a pip, I've a hazy idea

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there was a case where the crew reboarded...

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And got salvage money for bringing their own ship home?

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I've never heard of that.

1:29:501:29:51

Well, this fella has.

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-One o'clock from Euston, Mr Dodds.

-Thanks. Ah, here we are.

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Dr Lushington ruled in the case of the Florence

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that a crew can reboard its own ship as salvers provided that -

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one, the abandonment must be in consequence of danger

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by reason of damage to ship and state of the elements.

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I imagine that's putting it mildly.

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Two, the abandonment must be bona fide

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and carried out under the orders of the master.

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We know George Waite well enough to be certain about that.

1:30:141:30:16

Three, the master must not be among those who reboard the ship.

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He wasn't because he's in Newfoundland.

1:30:191:30:21

-There you are! They get it.

-Oh, here's a bit more.

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Should the crew accept the assistance of any other vessel,

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the claim for salvage would lie in favour of this vessel

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-and not of the original crew.

-The tug. The tug!

-What tug?

1:30:291:30:32

They said they're sending a tug.

1:30:321:30:34

You can bet your boots our lads don't know they're entitled to salvage.

1:30:341:30:37

And if they take a tow,

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the poor fools won't get a brass farthing.

1:30:381:30:40

San Demetrio!

1:30:421:30:44

Hello, what's this fellow after?

1:30:451:30:48

HORN TOOTS

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Orders from the Admiralty to tow you into Rothesay.

1:30:501:30:54

Well, son, that's the end of your first voyage.

1:30:541:30:57

It looks as if I've got to stand you that pint of 4X after all, Yank.

1:30:571:31:01

Pint?

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Make it a barrel.

1:31:021:31:05

Boy, am I going to get stinkin'!

1:31:051:31:08

I'd like to know how they expect me to tow a ship your size.

1:31:081:31:12

Who the hell's asking you to?

1:31:131:31:15

We can manage all right as we are.

1:31:151:31:18

Spoken like a sailor. But it'll take you a long time.

1:31:181:31:21

-How many knots can you make?

-9!

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I can make 12.

1:31:261:31:27

It is right and proper

1:31:321:31:34

and a part of my duty which I shall gladly discharge

1:31:341:31:37

to recognise to the full the courage, devotion and sacrifice

1:31:371:31:42

of each of these men.

1:31:421:31:44

I have decided that there should be shared among them,

1:31:451:31:49

in proportion to the services rendered,

1:31:491:31:52

salvage money totalling £14,700.

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EXCITED MURMURING

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And there is another matter that I should like to mention.

1:31:591:32:02

The crew have unanimously asked that the ship's Red Ensign

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should be presented to Preston, known to them as Yank.

1:32:061:32:10

-Stuff to give him, mate.

-Oh, Yank.

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He will remember, as we in England will remember,

1:32:131:32:16

that except when it was lowered for the burial of John Boyle,

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this ensign flew at the mainmast of the San Demetrio

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throughout her misfortunes.

1:32:231:32:26

And that it still flew

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when at last she came steaming up the sheltered waters of the Clyde.

1:32:271:32:31

I should not like to leave this case without thanking everybody concerned

1:32:331:32:36

for having given me the best working day of my life,

1:32:361:32:40

in listening to the very modest recital of some gallant gentlemen

1:32:401:32:45

concerning a memorable achievement.

1:32:451:32:47

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