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Master and Commander: The 24 minutes of deleted scenes.


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Thanks for this, Frolick.

 

I can see why 'Weighing anchor' was cut: the men have their hands on the capstan bars the wrong way around. Should the capstan kick back, many broken wrists would result. In practice, men would hold the bars against their chests and grip the bars knuckles facing away from their bodies.

 

Loved the 'toothworm' episode!

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Mark, I  have always told people at that movie was pretty accurate. After watching the first clip I was able to see the clip from the History Buffs and I'm glad they also think that it was fairly accurate.

 

Overall those two clips are a great find for fans of the movie.

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    One scene that was cut, modified actually, was the scene where they anchored in Brazil.  This was related from one of the SD Maritime docents who was an extra in the film (he played the master at arms).

 

    The anchor for the movie was made of fiberglass.  They came into the harbor with all the native craft escorting them, then dropped anchor....and it floated... CUT!!!!!!  They had to haul it in, add weights to it then do it again.   DOH!  :default_wallbash:

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Well MEDDO, the old PBS series "Upstairs Downstairs", the great Victorian TV drama, ended when the wealthy Bellamy Family, set off to visit the new world in the Titanic, where all were lost. Episode one of the newer victorian series, "Downton Abbey", began in 1912, when the Grantham Family learned that their cousins had perished on board the same doomed liner, thus throwing the family into financial chaos.

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I came across this page while doing research on Master and Commander. One of my ancestors was captain of a Spanish  ship "La Orue" who fought off English pirates in the South Pacific during the Wars of 1796-1808. Because the real life naval battles of my great-uncle Don Domingo Orue y Mirones took place near the Galapagos Islands in 1801 it compares to the movie quite a bit in location and time period. The only obvious big difference is that it was a Spanish frigate chasing two English pirate ships off the coast of Peru.  Here is a link with detailed description of the battle (sorry is in Spanish) which has similar story line like stopping for provisions at the Galápagos, using the small boats to escape the enemy during a qualm, swItching flags to confuse the enemy and a over confident crew against much larger numbers. I will look for an English translation for that page.

 

https://www.todoababor.es/historia/corbeta-orue-contra-corsarios-ingleses/

 

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In the History Buffs video it mentions that HMS Surprise was sent after USS Norfolk in the Pacific.  This is incorrect. The ship that Surprise was sent after was the USS Essex, Captain David Porter commanding. If you ever want to read about that fascinating voyage check out the book by Robert Booth, Mad for Glory- A Heart of Darkness in the War of 1812.

 

Regards,

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