In 1940, a mothballed American destroyer is commissioned in the Royal Navy. Her experienced Commanding Officer has had a checkered career and the crew are mostly lacking sea experience. A series of mishaps seem to dog the ship for some time, and the personal lives of the crew are turbulent, but at last the ship's company make good and the destruction of a U-boat marks their first success. Now they are asked to volunteer for the most dangerous mission they will encounter.
The Life Story of a Ship - The Love Life of Her Crew!
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Did You Know?
The so-called "Gift Horse" of this movie's alternate title refers to the nickname of the aged decrepit four-stacker ex-U.S. Navy destroyer seen in the movie, the H.M.S. Ballantrae. See more
Lt. Cmdr Hugh Alginon Fraser
There's just one other thing. This ship, as you may know, has been laid off and sealed up for a number of years, and quite plainly, she is no longer young. However, at this stage in the proceedings, she is worth her displacement in gold. With that in mind, it may be worth remembering the useful old saying "never look a gift horse in the mouth".
In 1940 when Britain was fighting alone for her life, the United States transferred fifty of her destroyers to the Royal Navy. This picture is respectfully dedicated to their exploits and is very broadly based on the exploits of one of these destroyers. See more
Arranged by Eric Rogers See more