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It’s #TALLSHIPSTUESDAY! Let’s learn about HMS Surprise

Posted by Tall Ships America on March 1, 2016


HMS Surprise (Formerly known as HMS Rose): Photo Credit – Google Images

Having just recently wrapped up Oscar Sunday this past weekend, we figured it would be fun to feature a tall ship vessel which had “won” an Oscar herself!

Where you’ll find the ship

Dockside at the Maritime Museum of San Diego

Fun Facts

In 2003, the ship appeared as the HMS Surprise in the film Master and Commander: Far Side of the World starring Russell Crowe and directed by Peter Weir. This film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in 2004 and would go onto win two.

The backstory

The ship now known as HMS Surprise began life in 1970 as a replica of the 18th century Royal Navy frigate Rose. During the next 30 years Rose sailed thousands of miles as an attraction vessel and sail training ship prior to her conversion to HMS Surprise. For the academy award winning film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, the filmmakers made a painstaking effort to recreate a 24 gun frigate specific to Great Britain’s Nelson era Royal Navy. The result is a replica vessel unmatched in its authenticity and attention to detail.


Tune in next Tuesday to see which Tall Ship will be featured next!


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