Robinson is a welder working on a new destroyer, the John Paul Jones
, a warship replacing an old vessel on which he had served during WW I. His good-natured ways vanish as he makes a pest of himself, nagging other workers to check every rivet of the ship, which he insists must be perfect.
When the destroyer is launched Robinson re-enlists and is taken aboard the ship he helped to build by Toomey, the skipper who had once served under Robinson and who credits the old salt with encouraging him to graduate from Annapolis. Ford, a tough, savvy boatswain's mate, must take a step down
when Robinson comes aboard, yielding to the older man's seniority. What complica...