Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a further opportunity arises to redeem his actions. During the Second World War, he is encountered by a quartet of American seamen that includes Lt. Morton Krim and cook W.J. Oglethorpe. A deal is completed whereby the men will help re-float Finchhaven's command in return for a passage to Australia. They raid a village to secure batteries for the engine and come upon the feisty Jennifer Winslow who offers them aid in return for a passage with the crew. Eventually they reach the open sea. Finchhaven's ghostly status is revealed and Lt. Krim and Jennifer help him to sink a Japanese cruiser.
Stowaway... Sail Away... Laugh Away... Love Away... With Dunaway!
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Did You Know?
The ship that stands in for the Japanese cruiser in the finale is the USS Canberra (CA-70). Originally a WWII Baltimore-class cruiser she was converted into a Boston-class guided missile cruiser in 1952, and was the first US Navy warship named for a foreign capital city. She is shown without any RIM-2 Terrier missiles on either of her aft twin launchers. She was decommissioned on February 2, 1970, stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on July 31, 1978, and ultimately sold for scrap in 1980. See more
A nuclear weapon detonation is seen, but there were no nuclear weapons at this point in the war. Nuclear weapons were not tested anywhere but in a desert until a few years after the war. See more
Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN
Well, my lovebirds, we're in the picture. It's them or us. Are you going below to man the engines? Or would you prefer to be blown apart without a chance?
Lt. Morton Krim
That's a terrific choice.
Lt. Morton Krim
[ponders for a moment
Okay! We'll man the engines! Why not? A certified public accountant and a lady garage owner heroically attempt to sink a Japanese cruiser. I hope the President will be very pleased!
Edited from Waterloo Bridge
We Sail the Ocean Blue
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
[Played on Finchhaven's phonograph during the final attack] See more