Corrected entry: When Hornblower, after escaping from the French, arrives in Portsmouth to be interviewed by the Admiral, he goes aboard the flagship. No captain, in wartime, would have the sails removed from his ship, yet the flagship's spars are bare.
Corrected entry: When British ship Sutherland attacks 4 French ships in a Spanish harbour, the first lt. (Mr Bush) is injured in the left leg. Later when they are being transported to Paris for trial, his right leg is injured.
Corrected entry: Bush is ordered to take on "enough stores to make us independent for six months".Yet, as the stores come aboard, the crew is seen unloading hog carcasses, which would rot in short order. Beef and pork salted down in brine barrels was the standard fare for the Royal Navy in this era.
Factual error: All of the Lydia's lieutenants are wearing epauletes on their left shoulders.only lieutenant commanders were permitted to wear one on the left shoulder, while the right shoulder was reserved for captains of less than 3 years' seniority.
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