Hornblower: The Duchess and The Devil

Corrected entry: As Hornblower and his crew are rescuing the shipwreck survivors, Horatio says, "Olroyd, throw him a rope". Pure heresy. No professional seaman would ever, under any circumstances, call a line a rope.

Correction: Seaman used the word "rope" then, and still do today. There are "rope-makers" who make "rope" on "rope-walks" and store it in "rope-houses", there are "foot-ropes", "bolt ropes", "tiller ropes", "check ropes", "dip ropes", and not to mention the the sailor's nemesis, a petty officer with an evil temper and a "rope end." A rope is a length of cordage, a line is a rope that has been given a specific job.

Factual error: Hornblower's plan is to sail Le Reve south from Gibraltar to give him ample sea room before he heads for England. Generally, the prevailing wind through the Straits is westerly, unless there is a Levanter, yet Le Reve is shown on a port tack when it should be on a broad reach. The fog that comes up would not exist in a gale-force Levanter.

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