Cliff Henderson and his family are traveling aboard the SS Claridon en route to Japan. The Claridon is an old ship, on its last voyage before heading to the scrap heap. An explosion in the engine room weakens the hull and the ship is now taking on more water than the bilge pumps can deal with. The Captain seems to have difficulty accepting that his ship will sink. Henderson's wife Laurie is severely injured and trapped under a fallen beam. While the men in the engine room work frantically to shore up the hull, Henderson tries to free his wife from the wreckage with the help of one of the crew, Hank Lawson.
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Did You Know?
According to maritime historian William J. Miller, the famed French Line was so horrified that its former flagship would be used in such a way that it demanded that the Ile de France's name be removed from her bow and that in no way would any references be made to them. See more
As the three men rescue Laurie and they escape the doomed ship, there is no sign of all the floors rocking or being askew. Any ship that's waterlogged in the open sea would have floors and walls tilted and it would be shaking under the impact of the water flow, even in fair weather. See more
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