“I saw the submariners, the way they stood aloof and silent, watching their pigboat with loving eyes. They are alone in the Navy. I admired the PT boys. And I often wondered how the aviators had the courage to go out day after day and I forgave their boasting. But the submariners! In the entire fleet they stand apart!”
Tales of The South Pacific
Since their invention and first use in warfare, submarines and their crews have attracted the attention of artists, writers, and filmmakers. The submarine is a closed, claustrophobic world. A space where men are protected from a dark and alien world outside, as much at threat from the elements as from their often unseen and barely audible elements. The perfect setting for even the low budget wannabe auteur or shlock jockey with a script about men under pressure, the perils they face and the death they bring from a tin can under the waves. The woosh of torpedoes and the ping of sonar are movie staples from Das Boot to Red October. They are indeed not like other ships… and their crews; not like other sailors.
Run silent, run deep…