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Hornblower and his comrades come under the command of a revered but obviously mentally unstable captain and eventually must mutiny.
In the scenes portrayed as being filmed in Portsmouth, it is in fact filmed at Plymouth's Royal William Ward.
Capt. James Sawyer:
Liberty, equality, stupidity!
When Captain Sawyer orders Grog at high noon, he shouts "We'll splice the Main Brace!" which draws a cheer from his crew. In the modern age, the phrase "Splice the Main Brace" is a celebratory call before a drink; however, during the age of sail under its original meaning, the phrase was an order to undertake one of the most difficult tasks on-board ship involving splicing the principal line controlling the rotation of the main sail. The task was long and arduous and critically important for the safety of the ship. Thus, when Captain Sawyer gave this order, his crew would have been looking at hours of work ahead of them with no reason to cheer.
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