The Cruel Sea

The Cruel Sea (1953)

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Corrected entry: The Royal Navy named ships in line with the class of vessel that was being named. Compass Rose was a Flower class corvette, so should be named after a flower. At the time 'compass rose' didn't refer to a flower, but only to the pattern of directions shown on a map or compass, so the name would be inappropriate. 'Compass Rose' is now a recognised breed of rose, but it was only introduced in the mid 1990s.

Correction: These ships were called the "Flower Class" but only the first few were named after what most people would think of as flowers. For example, one was named Fleur de Lys, which is a heraldic symbol, not a real flower and a lot were named after herbs and also towns in Canada (eg, HMCS Sackville). If they named it after a fictitious type of rose, why is that an error?

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