November 28, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
139 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/14/03
performer
Paul Bettany, Russell Crowe, Billy Boyd, George Innes, James D'Arcy, Chris Larkin, Lee Ingleby, Mark Lewis Jones, Max Pirkis, Thierry Segall
director
Peter Weir
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
John Collee, Peter Weir
Genre
Action Adventure, Drama, Historical

Can’t tell a topsail from a poop deck? Neither can we. ”Master and Commander” got us thinking about life in ”Lucky” Jack’s Royal Navy.

1. Young boys called powder monkeys ran gunpowder to the cannons.

2. Sailors had hefty weekly rations: six pounds of meat, seven gallons of beer, and seven pounds of crackers (or sea biscuits).

3. Horatio Lord Nelson, the fictional Jack’s mentor, joined up at age 12. He lost an arm and sight in one eye.

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