Corrected entry: In the scene immediately after Gena Davis receives a wound, she drinks some whiskey, or rum, and then pours some of the drink on her wound as an antiseptic. The understanding of germs and infection didn't occur until Pasteur's discoveries in the mid 1800's, well after the time period of this film.
Plot hole: When Morgan and her Slave/New Boyfriend are escaping from the burning ship, which is going to explode any second, they emerge onto the deck, run up a flight of stairs, cross the deck to the stern rail, look about themselves, then dive overboard. They know the ship is about to explode and are desperate to get overboard. The railings are about a metre away from the hatch they emerge from in the first place - why not just jump overboard there?
Trivia: The 17th-century battle ships used in the film were working replicas and cost US$1 million each.
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