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Hornblower and the other officers of the Renown must return to Jamaica to face a court-martial and possible execution for their actions in relieving their unstable captain.
At one point, a delusional captain Sawyer mistakes Archie for an "Admiral Brueys" who "died long ago, cut in two lying on the arms box". The captain is speaking about admiral Francois-Paul Brueys, chief of the Napoleonic naval forces that fought Horatio Nelson at the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Brueys died as result of a cannon shot that nearly cut him in half on board his flagship, L'Orient, which blew up an hour later. 800 crew members died. Giving the fact Sawyer is famous for being at the Nile (before Trafalgar, the most daring British victory), it is a very natural mistake to make and evidence of the captain's poor mental health.
3rd Lt. Horatio Hornblower:
I'm sorry that his last command was taken away from him. He was a leader of men, and he died in battle.
Gunner Hobbs: It's all over now, sir. All over.
A New Drop-style trapdoor gallows is seen being set up and tested. Trapdoor gallows were first used in 1813, roughly ten years after the story's setting.