Hornblower: Mutiny

Hornblower: Mutiny (2001)

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Corrected entry: Captain Sawyer confronts Wellard, saying that his authority was by grace of King George II. The film is set in the early 19th century, and George II had been dead for over 40 years. Had Sawyer received his step from George II, it is unlikely that such a noted sea captain would not have received his flag years before. Promotion to flag rank was by way seniority and the latter half of the 18th century was a time of almost constant warfare.

Correction: The "authority" Sawyer was referring to was the Articles of War - enacted in 1749 under George II. These articles laid out actions that are criminal offenses on navy vessels, like mutiny and disobeying orders, and the penalty for committing them (mostly death). Sawyer refers to the Articles on several occasions, and there is even a scene where he is reading them to the full crew on deck.

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