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Hornblower is given a dangerous mission to deliver an emigre French nobleman to a secret rendezvous near Brest while coping with enemy agents in his own ranks.
When the men are signing in, is possible to tell that, according to the log, Styles is 32 years old, has 18 of experience and he's illiterate (he signs using an "X"), while Matthews is 45 with 33 years of experience and can read and write.
How do you make coffee?
Matthews: Do I look like a cook? You and your big mouth!
Almost certainly the result of deliberate chuckles by the film makers, two filler scenes showing ships under way with crew members scurrying around have voice-overs calling orders that make no sense. The first is "Splice the mizzen!", which can't happen because the mizzen is the third (back) mast on the sloop being shown and a splice is a means of joining or adding a loop to a rope (not that many pieces of rope are called 'ropes' on a sailing ship!). The second is "Weigh the sails!", which is equally goofy because sails can be 'handed', 'reefed', 'sheeted', 'brailed' and lots of other things, but only anchors are 'weighed' when they're taken up as in "anchor's a-weigh, Sir!", and even that the ship is now 'under weigh'.
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