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25th Nov '16 11:15:59 AM LtFedora
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** The 1996 miniseries ''Series/{{Titanic 1996}}'' made many, ''many'' errors in the design of the ship. The exterior sets have no resemblance to the actual layout. The Grand Staircase has a chandelier instead of its famous dome, and there is a two-story tea room even though there was no room for such a structure.

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** The 1996 miniseries ''Series/{{Titanic 1996}}'' made many, ''many'' errors in the design of the ship. The exterior sets have no resemblance to the actual layout. The layout, the Grand Staircase has a chandelier instead of its famous dome, and there is a two-story tea room even though there was no room for such a structure.


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* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' features a submarine operating in the Persian Gulf while surfaced. First, US Navy submarine would be surfaced while patrolling close to a hostile country. Second, the Gulf is nowhere near deep enough for a submarine to operate (it's 90 meters at its deepest point).
12th Oct '16 8:01:41 PM erforce
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** The trilogy is a major offender, with extensive yelling about naval maneuvers, which never accomplish anything, as all the ships continually sail in any direction in every weather with main and topsails square to the masts at all times. Bonus points for Captain Jack Sparrow yelling for adjustments to pieces of rigging his ship does not even possess: "Scandalize the lateens!" The torn and tattered sails of the Pearl and the Dutchman do not qualify, as they are both supernatural vessels.
** Along with many films featuring WoodenShipsAndIronMen, RealLife fully rigged sailing ships couldn't be turned simply by spinning the wheel like it's a Formula 1 car. There is a whole array of multi-man, complex procedures for doing so. Also bizarre is how Jack Sparrow managed to "disable the rudder chain" in Curse of the Black Pearl - the cables (not chains) on a ship like the ''Dauntless'' would take a single man ''days'' to cut through even if he had a proper implement (which he doesn't).

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** The trilogy is a major offender, with extensive yelling about naval maneuvers, which never accomplish anything, as all the ships continually sail in any direction in every weather with main and topsails square to the masts at all times. Bonus points for Captain Jack Sparrow yelling for adjustments to pieces of rigging his ship does not even possess: "Scandalize the lateens!" The torn and tattered sails of the Pearl ''Pearl'' and the Dutchman ''Dutchman'' do not qualify, as they are both supernatural vessels.
** Along with many films featuring WoodenShipsAndIronMen, RealLife fully rigged sailing ships couldn't be turned simply by spinning the wheel like it's a Formula 1 car. There is a whole array of multi-man, complex procedures for doing so. Also bizarre is how Jack Sparrow managed to "disable the rudder chain" in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl The Curse of the Black Pearl Pearl]]'' - the cables (not chains) on a ship like the ''Dauntless'' would take a single man ''days'' to cut through even if he had a proper implement (which he doesn't).



** The whole Maelstrom battle. Also, a first-rate ship of the line like the ''Endeavour'' could eat a pair of heavy frigates like the ''Black Pearl'' and ''Flying Dutchman'' for breakfast, though this is excusable given that Lord Beckett was unable to break out of his VillainousBreakdown and order his ship to attack. Also, the ''Dutchman'' is probably too supernatural to sink even with superior firepower.

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** The whole Maelstrom battle.battle in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd At World's End]]''. Also, a first-rate ship of the line like the ''Endeavour'' could eat a pair of heavy frigates like the ''Black Pearl'' and ''Flying Dutchman'' for breakfast, though this is excusable given that Lord Beckett was unable to break out of his VillainousBreakdown and order his ship to attack. Also, the ''Dutchman'' is probably too supernatural to sink even with superior firepower.



** The Flying Dutchman's triple-guns cannot be reloaded, as cannon are muzzle-loading. Unless Davy Jones has invented breech-loading cannons. Which presents the additional problem of how the cascabel screw threads don't seize using 17th-century ironwork. Unless the guns are magical. Which presents the additional problem of why Davy Jones bothers to crew his gundecks.

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** The Flying Dutchman's ''Flying Dutchman'''s triple-guns cannot be reloaded, as cannon are muzzle-loading. Unless Davy Jones has invented breech-loading cannons. Which presents the additional problem of how the cascabel screw threads don't seize using 17th-century ironwork. Unless the guns are magical. Which presents the additional problem of why Davy Jones bothers to crew his gundecks.
11th Oct '16 5:10:03 PM nombretomado
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* In the 1982 Australian/Taiwanese movie ''Attack Force Z'', the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII commando unit is deployed from an Oberon-class submarine. You don't have to be a naval buff to notice this either, given the straight sail and lack of a deck gun on the ColdWar-era sub.

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* In the 1982 Australian/Taiwanese movie ''Attack Force Z'', the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII commando unit is deployed from an Oberon-class submarine. You don't have to be a naval buff to notice this either, given the straight sail and lack of a deck gun on the ColdWar-era UsefulNotes/ColdWar-era sub.
9th Sep '16 9:14:29 AM Morgenthaler
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** In "Cold War", the Soviet nuclear submarine Firebird, despite looking like a [[MnogoNukesMissileSubmarines Murena-M class]] ([[ReportingNames Delta-II class]]) missile sub, seems to be far more massive. For comparison, the more modern ''Akula'' (''[[ReportingNames Typhoon]]'') class is larger than a Delta-II, and yet the protagonists are dwarfed by the conning tower when standing on the bridge in the epilogue of the episode. This is not something anyone was at risk of with a ''Typhoon''.

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** In "Cold War", the Soviet nuclear submarine Firebird, despite looking like a [[MnogoNukesMissileSubmarines [[UsefulNotes/MnogoNukesMissileSubmarines Murena-M class]] ([[ReportingNames Delta-II class]]) missile sub, seems to be far more massive. For comparison, the more modern ''Akula'' (''[[ReportingNames Typhoon]]'') class is larger than a Delta-II, and yet the protagonists are dwarfed by the conning tower when standing on the bridge in the epilogue of the episode. This is not something anyone was at risk of with a ''Typhoon''.
4th Sep '16 3:05:19 PM TomWalpertac2
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* Creator/TheHistoryChannel loves World War 2 documentaries. One such is ''The World Wars''. The final episode of this mini-series features on the outbreak of war in the Pacific in 1941. Careful examination of the war footage reveals some use of StockFootage from recent [[WorksSetInWorldWarII war films]]. It also features footage of aircraft carriers and a carrier battle group. Modern, early 21st century aircraft carriers and support ships. Also seen is footage of a [[UsefulNotes/KaijuDefenseForce modern Japanese Aegis class ship]]. Guess they figured they didn't have enough of the kinds of footage they wanted, so the went and found or filmed footage of similar-looking ships.
4th Aug '16 11:52:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Avoided entirely in ''TheCaineMutiny'', which replaced the novel's four-piper destroyer-minesweeper conversion with a ''Gleaves''-class conversion. The only problem is that this leaves a few comments about the ''Caine'' being a rusty old tub sounding slightly odd, since she would've been less than five years old during the Pacific campaign.

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* Avoided entirely in ''TheCaineMutiny'', ''Film/TheCaineMutiny'', which replaced the novel's four-piper destroyer-minesweeper conversion with a ''Gleaves''-class conversion. The only problem is that this leaves a few comments about the ''Caine'' being a rusty old tub sounding slightly odd, since she would've been less than five years old during the Pacific campaign.
2nd Aug '16 12:22:46 PM TheD3rp
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* ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' was supposed to feature a ''La Fayette''-class frigate like the movie did; the ship actually looks nothing like the ''La Fayette'' and rather more like an American ''Brooke'' or ''Garcia''-class.

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* ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'' was supposed to feature a ''La Fayette''-class frigate like the movie did; the ship actually looks nothing like the ''La Fayette'' and rather more like an American ''Brooke'' or ''Garcia''-class.''Kidd''-class destroyer.
22nd Jul '16 8:02:43 AM TheNicestGuy
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' plays with this in "The Silent Partners". A few members of Team S.P.H.I.N.X. need to track villain Monstroso on his ocean-bound command ship, so they try to borrow a high-tech hydrofoil from Jonas Venture, Jr. [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Captain]] tells them that the hydrofoil is decommissioned, but he can help them out by bringing his own ship out of mothballs. When we first met the Captain, he was leading a crew of "fake [[GhostPirate ghost pirates]]" stranded in the Sargasso Sea aboard an obsolete sailing ship, so that's what they get: a tiny "[[TheAllegedCar almost brigantine]]" named "[[{{Series/Degrassi}} Manny's Song]]" that was originally a sloop and re-rigged partly with pieces of a theme park ride. When the time comes to depart:
-->'''Captain:''' [[TalkLikeAPirate Avast]]! We set sail! ''[beat]'' Well?\\
'''Brock:''' What? What are we waiting for?\\
'''Captain:''' We have to actually ''[[LiteralMetaphor set sail]]''. Like you guys have to help me tie down those sails.
** Later, the Captain gets a little swept away:
-->'''Captain:''' Hard full aft! Rudder astern! Jib the mainsail! Tally the sheets, ya swabs!\\
'''Brock:''' What the hell does that all mean?\\
'''Captain:''' Nothing. Made it up. I'm just all excited to be a fake pirate again!
21st Jul '16 4:20:55 PM kouta
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*** The ''HMS Agincourt'', a WWI era Dreadnaught armed with a whopping fourteen 12" guns in seven twin turrets (no other battleship ever built had more than twelve guns of that size or larger), provides another example of what firing a broadside looks like: "the resulting sheet of flame was big enough to create the impression that a battle cruiser had blown up; it was awe inspiring."
8th Jul '16 7:19:32 PM Doug86
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* The climax of ''Film/DownPeriscope'' involves the USS ''Stingray'', a recommissioned WorldWarTwo-era diesel sub, attempting to make a suicide run at Naval Station Norfolk as part of a war game, while being chased by the USS ''Orlando'' (a ''Los Angeles''-class nuclear sub). With their stealth gone, Lieutenant Commander Dodge orders the ''Stingray'' to surface and gun the engines. Rear Admiral Graham, in temporary command of the ''Orlando'', orders his sub to surface as well in order to get close (using StockFootage from ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''). The problem with this is that, while it makes perfect sense for a WWII diesel sub to surface to move faster, it makes ''no'' sense for a modern nuclear sub to do the same, since this actually ''reduces'' the ''Orlando'''s speed. The ''Orlando'' should've stayed at periscope depth in order to maximize her speed.

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* The climax of ''Film/DownPeriscope'' involves the USS ''Stingray'', a recommissioned WorldWarTwo-era UsefulNotes/WorldWarII-era diesel sub, attempting to make a suicide run at Naval Station Norfolk as part of a war game, while being chased by the USS ''Orlando'' (a ''Los Angeles''-class nuclear sub). With their stealth gone, Lieutenant Commander Dodge orders the ''Stingray'' to surface and gun the engines. Rear Admiral Graham, in temporary command of the ''Orlando'', orders his sub to surface as well in order to get close (using StockFootage from ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober''). The problem with this is that, while it makes perfect sense for a WWII diesel sub to surface to move faster, it makes ''no'' sense for a modern nuclear sub to do the same, since this actually ''reduces'' the ''Orlando'''s speed. The ''Orlando'' should've stayed at periscope depth in order to maximize her speed.
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