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Corvette Port Arthur
Excerpt  (6:36) 1943, director: Joris Ivens
Corvettes, ships closely identified with Canada's wartime navy, were used to escort convoys bringing troops and supplies across the Atlantic. Convoys ran the constant risk of attack from Nazi U-boats (submarines). This film re-enacts a successful Corvette action against a U-boat. The narrative device of voicing the possible internal dialogue of crew members creates a sense of immediacy.
A film tribute to the Royal Canadian Navy. The stars: those men who sail the fighting ship Port Arthur, credited, shortly after the picture was completed, with sinking an Italian submarine in the Mediterranean. The film reaches a climax when a submarine is detected approaching the convoy and the signal for "action stations" is sounded throughout the ship.

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Corvette Port Arthur
1943, director: Joris Ivens
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