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Just watched two movies The Sand Pebbles and Papillon does anyone have info on the two ships featuredthe San Pablo and the French prison ship.Were they in fact real?

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Movie Ships: "Passage Home"

Who remembers this film from the early fifties, with Peter Finch and Diane Cilento, about the home bound passage of the ship "Bulinga" from "Villa Monte"?

While its premises were frequently absurd and made no nautical sense at all, it was an atmospheric portrayal of life on board a tramp in the depression with a disaffected crowd and a "piss head" for an Old Man.

I wrote to the well-known Director, Bryan Forbes, who played a young seaman, "Shorty" in the film to ask him of the ship's identity. He told me that the ship scenes were most likely stock shots. I am pretty sure that a contemporary ship was used at some point for location. Does any one have any idea ? Perhaps a "Baron Boat."

Credited as Nautical Advisor was a "Captain F Murison Harvey," maybe a "Super" of the owners?

Particularly accurate were the opening scenes in the South American bar
 
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