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While Lt. Hornblower studies for his promotion examination, he is distracted by the serious supply problems that face his crew.
The very first question asked at the Lieutenant's examination - to define a "Rhumb Line", relates to a course on the Earth's surface cutting all meridians at the same angle, used as the standard method of plotting a ship's course on a chart. In contrast to the confused looks of Hornblower and the others present, this is actually a basic question of navigation which any of the Midshipman at the examination should have known.
Capt. Sir Edward Pellew:
Look, you have nothing to reproach yourself with. One man has died. Others may live, thanks to you.
The real HMS Indefatigable was a 38 gun heavy frigate armed with 24 pounders plus six 42 pounder carronades for a total of 44 guns, razéed from a 64 gun Ardent class ship of the line, whereas it is represented here as a 20 gun post ship.