that this is our hobby, not a job.
"Apology" in advance: This may ultimately comprise several semi-off-topic titles in the coming weeks, as the subject matter in mind is too broad for a single cosmic-net thread, few of which last more than a week.
An oft-raised topic on this forum and parallel ones for varied other historical genres is, “(in-)accuracy of _______ movie.”
As a couple hours per day, average, is spent following our Scottish Terrier (4th sequential, 37 years) around the neighbourhood and local parks…
…and NO (distractive) “devices” are ever used; pondering-analyzing-mentally wandering, receives attention. Oh, and picking up/disposing of canine turds. Much cumulative time is related to thinking upon the needful, cosmopolitan, mundane and encounter-social, still leaving substantial for mental shore leave / recess / free play.
Recently, ‘was pondering upon the several “Greyhound” threads and mind wandered to other cinematic “required courses” for folks of our boatsy ilk. (The Enemy Below, Das Boot, Midway, Tora Tora Tora, Sink the Bismarck , Under Ten Flags, Operation Pacific, Pursuit of the Graf Spee , Run Silent, Run Deep, Operation Petticoat, The Cruel Sea, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Master and Commander, The Bounty , Captain Horatio Hornblower, Captain Blood….)…
…and this mind acknowledged, how vitally important, even those ship movies critiqued as “bad” and wildly inaccurate , actually were, to this writer’s cumulative "nautical education."
Without them, would an interest in nautical history (and especially ships, the genre’s “platforms,” have ever been stimulated as embryonic? Developed? Matured?