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Henry Ferguson almost 3 years ago
The Sea Chase is a 1955 World War II drama film starring John Wayne and Lana Turner. It was directed by John Farrow and written by James Warner Bellah. The plot is basically a nautical cat and mouse game, with Wayne determined to get his German freighter home during the first few months of the war, all the while being chased by British and Australian naval ships. The island of Pom Pom Galli is mentioned again in the 1993 film La Classe américaine. The story loosely parallels (whether by design or coincidence) the historical account of the German freighter Erlangen (sometimes described as a "raider"). Under the captaincy of Alfred Grams, the freighter slipped out of Lyttelton Harbour (New Zealand) in 1939 on the very eve of war, so as to avoid internment. She then headed for the subantarctic Auckland Islands, where she successfully evaded two British naval craft searching for her, and re-stocked with food and wood (cutting down large swathes of the southern rata forest). The freighter...
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