pose at the helm of the H.M.S. Surprise just like Russell Crowe
as Captain "Lucky Jack Aubrey." The ship used in the academy
award winning film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the
World has found a permanent home at the Maritime Museum of San
Diego. The H.M.S Surprise is a magnificent replica of an 18th
century Royal Navy frigate.
H.M.S. Surprise is a 179-foot full rigged ship. Her designers
and builders made a painstaking effort to recreate a 24 gun
frigate of Great Britan's Nelson era Royal Navy. The result is a
replica vessel unmatched in its authenticity and attention to
detail. Originally christened H.M.S. Rose when she was launched
in 1970, she served as a sail training vessel operating out of
several East coast ports for over 30 years. the ship underwent
extensive modifications for the production of the film in 2002.
The museum acquired the ship in October, 2004. Plans include
restoring the ship to seaworthy condition, but she probably will
not be ready to sail until 2006 at the earliest.