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Hornblower and his comrades come under the command of a revered but obviously mentally unstable captain and eventually must mutiny.
The part when a sailor falls to his death when captain Sawyer threatens to flog the last man down from working aloft was based on a really incident. On 20 September 1797, Captain Hugh Pigot of the HMS Hermione made the same threat, and three sailors died as consequence. Captain Pigot ordered the bodies thrown to the sea, without further ceremony, with the words "throw the lubbers overboard". Concidentally, there are other similarities between the fictional HMS Renown and the real HMS Hermione: both of the happened at roughly the same period. Also, a midshipman named David Casey was humiliated by Pigot -in this case forcing him to kneel before him-, also, there were lieutenants named Archibald and William, the ship did sail into Spanish waters (where she was retained) and, when recaptured from the Spanish in 1799, the ship was renamed HMS Retaliation (similar to HMS Renown). The final coincidence is that Pigot's practices ultimately led to mutiny, which claimed his life.
Boatswain's Mate Styles:
Don't worry, kid. Stick with me you'll grow up as bitter as the rest of us.
At the very beginning of the feature, as the redcoat soldiers are marching into the island fort, briefly visible over the fort bridge are metal poles and a bar link fence clearly placed on the bridge for modern day safety purposes.