The Cruel Sea

#1
So after having a good look through the ' Favourite Book ' sticky, im thinking of buying ' The Cruel Sea '.

Has anyone read, and if so, what did you think of it? If anyone has any other recommendations, please feel free!

Thanks,
Trigger :)
 
#2
Trigger_92 said:
So after having a good look through the ' Favourite Book ' sticky, im thinking of buying ' The Cruel Sea '.

Has anyone read, and if so, what did you think of it? If anyone has any other recommendations, please feel free!

Thanks,
Trigger :)
Brilliant book, better than the film and that was good.

Recomend; The Jungle Is Neutral by F. Spencer Chapman. A Percy book about the war in Burma. But still good
 
#5
Trigger_92 said:
Ive never seen the film, i think ill read the book first then watch the film!!

Ill have a look for that topstop, cheers!!
The film should be part of the joining routine on your first ship.

When I first joined the Newcastle they made me and two other lads watch the film whilst wearing our number 1s with inflated life jackets, stood too attention and saluting any officer or ensign who appeared on screen for the entire length of the film. If we failed to salute we would have beer cans throw at our heads.

Good times. :D
 
#6
2_deck_dash said:
Trigger_92 said:
Ive never seen the film, i think ill read the book first then watch the film!!

Ill have a look for that topstop, cheers!!
The film should be part of the joining routine on your first ship.

When I first joined the Newcastle they made me and two other lads watch the film whilst wearing our number 1s with inflated life jackets, stood too attention and saluting any officer or ensign who appeared on screen for the entire length of the film. If we failed to salute we would have beer cans throw at our heads.

Good times. :D
Good drills!
 
#7
Definitely the right way round Trigger. The book is much more detailed, and the mind can build up pictures from Monsarrat's writing that it would be hard to reproduce in a film. Once you've read the book, the film can seem quite tame, but, of it's time, the film was nevertheless a classic, and remains so today. Jack Hawkins as Ericson is superb.
I hope you enjoy both.

2BM
 
#8
tommo said:
2_deck_dash said:
Trigger_92 said:
Ive never seen the film, i think ill read the book first then watch the film!!

Ill have a look for that topstop, cheers!!
The film should be part of the joining routine on your first ship.

When I first joined the Newcastle they made me and two other lads watch the film whilst wearing our number 1s with inflated life jackets, stood too attention and saluting any officer or ensign who appeared on screen for the entire length of the film. If we failed to salute we would have beer cans throw at our heads.

Good times. :D

Good drills!

Did they not make you do that as well?
 
#9
2_deck_dash said:
tommo said:
2_deck_dash said:
Trigger_92 said:
Ive never seen the film, i think ill read the book first then watch the film!!

Ill have a look for that topstop, cheers!!
The film should be part of the joining routine on your first ship.

When I first joined the Newcastle they made me and two other lads watch the film whilst wearing our number 1s with inflated life jackets, stood too attention and saluting any officer or ensign who appeared on screen for the entire length of the film. If we failed to salute we would have beer cans throw at our heads.

Good times. :D

Good drills!

Did they not make you do that as well?
Nope not my first ship, I joined the Geordie Gun boat as second ship
 
#10
tommo said:
2_deck_dash said:
tommo said:
2_deck_dash said:
Trigger_92 said:
Ive never seen the film, i think ill read the book first then watch the film!!

Ill have a look for that topstop, cheers!!
The film should be part of the joining routine on your first ship.

When I first joined the Newcastle they made me and two other lads watch the film whilst wearing our number 1s with inflated life jackets, stood too attention and saluting any officer or ensign who appeared on screen for the entire length of the film. If we failed to salute we would have beer cans throw at our heads.

Good times. :D

Good drills!

Did they not make you do that as well?
Nope not my first ship, I joined the Geordie Gun boat as second ship
Roger.

It was a tradition that we continued on the Exeter.
 
#13
2_deck_dash said:
tommo said:
2_deck_dash said:
tommo said:
2_deck_dash said:
Trigger_92 said:
Ive never seen the film, i think ill read the book first then watch the film!!

Ill have a look for that topstop, cheers!!
The film should be part of the joining routine on your first ship.

When I first joined the Newcastle they made me and two other lads watch the film whilst wearing our number 1s with inflated life jackets, stood too attention and saluting any officer or ensign who appeared on screen for the entire length of the film. If we failed to salute we would have beer cans throw at our heads.

Good times. :D

Good drills!

Did they not make you do that as well?
Nope not my first ship, I joined the Geordie Gun boat as second ship
Roger.

It was a tradition that we continued on the Exeter.
On the Gleaming Glasgow, my first ship, the source branch AB's and Killicks wouldn't allow me to watch the TV. My place on the floor in the mess square wasn't in good view of the TV. I finally made to the mess seats by time I left the ship however I was still in the corner not in view
 

Capn_Pugwash

Lantern Swinger
#14
I can also recommend:

The Master Mariner also by Monsarat.

Make sure you read both Vol 1 - Running Proud
and Viol 2 - Darken Ship.

Historical novels, but the same detail and accuracy as The Cruel Sea.

Vol 2 is incomplete as he was still writing it when he died.
 
#15
Topstop said:
Trigger_92 said:
So after having a good look through the ' Favourite Book ' sticky, im thinking of buying ' The Cruel Sea '.

Has anyone read, and if so, what did you think of it? If anyone has any other recommendations, please feel free!

Thanks,
Trigger :)
Brilliant book, better than the film and that was good. [snip]
What he said. A brilliant book and an excellent film.
 
#16
2_deck_dash said:
Trigger_92 said:
Ive never seen the film, i think ill read the book first then watch the film!!

Ill have a look for that topstop, cheers!!
The film should be part of the joining routine on your first ship.

When I first joined the Newcastle they made me and two other lads watch the film whilst wearing our number 1s with inflated life jackets, stood too attention and saluting any officer or ensign who appeared on screen for the entire length of the film. If we failed to salute we would have beer cans throw at our heads.

Good times. :D
Excellent :D

To avoid failing incase this happens to me when I join my first ship, ill begin by marathon watching it over and over again and memorising where the officers appear!!

Once I've read the book of course ;)

I've just finished reading ' In foreign fields ' and whilst I'm waiting on said book getting delivered ill have a start on ' 3 commando Brigade ' I'm sure there's a RM pictured in the book that I met last summer when I was still at school, he was a crewman on board a sea king based at HMS Gannet when it flew to my school! It looks identical to the man himself!

Edited for Mong spelling due to use of Blackberry :roll:
 

instinct

Lantern Swinger
#18
Anouther Monseratt book is "3 corvettes"

It consists of his "notes" from his time on his first ship, jimmy on the second and the command of his third. Realy good book with lots of realy funny little dits.
 

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