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Re: 'Ghostboat'
Posted by: JTMcDaniel ()
Date: January 09, 2010 05:44AM

Knowing little or nothing about the subject is probably an advantage in watching most sub movies. If you know very much all the mistakes tend to detract from the story.

The boat used is quite authentic, at least externally, but it is not an actual German boat. It was built in a Maltese yard as a prop for the movie U-571, and has substituted for other submarines (usually very inappropriately) in other films. The interiors were sets, but equally accurate. U-571's director was obsessive about making everything look right, having everything built from original plans, though this dedication to accuracy did not extend to the script, which was a typical wartime propaganda film plot.

If the use of a Typ VII replica as a British boat seems a bit inaccurate, keep in mind that the same boat was used in an American TV movie to stand in for both USS Squalus and USS Sculpin, in a fictionalized account of the accidental sinking of Squalus and the rescue of part of her crew. Among other differences, a USS fleet boat was nearly 100' longer, and at that time would have been fitted with a high, enclosed bridge.

J.T. McDaniel

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