The San Demetrio of the title is a British merchant ship in an Atlantic convoy in 1940. Disabled and left to the mercy of patrolling U-boats the crew must keep her afloat and out of harms way.
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A great adventure story of the sea
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The model of the ship used to make the film is still on display at the Imperial War Museum in London. See more
The fires on the ship are clearly not burning oil, but gas. Otherwise, there would be thick black smoke and pouring water on it from buckets would result in an explosive spread (for that same reason one should never try to extinguish burning fat in a frying pan by pouring water on it).
Addendum: the oil on board was aviation fuel, not crude oil. There would have been no other way to put the fires out than to use water. I am not sure the original criticism is valid, particularly so as the Chief Engineer was the technical adviser on the film. See more
Chief Engineer Charles Pollard
Mr Hawkins, As senior deck officer, you're in charge of this boat. If you want advice about anything, you're welcome, but don't think you have to ask me. I can take orders as well as give 'em.
Closing credits: This story is based on fact and most of the characters in the film are portrayed from life with their permission. The remaining characters are fictitious, and in such cases any similarity to any incident, name or individual is coincidental. See more
Referenced in Secret Army: A Safe Place
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Sung by 'Yank' Preston ('Robert Beatty') See more