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10th Jan '17 12:27:08 PM Divra
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** This is TruthInTelevision for the time: The good sailors could get the comparatively cushy jobs on steamships, whereas the clippers were left with the dregs. Conversely, the officers were often young and ambitious, since you had to have sailing-ship experience to get a captain's license and possibly a ship to command.
5th Jan '17 7:00:17 PM jamespolk
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* ErrolFlynn's swashbuckling {{pirate}} films, ''Film/CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'' (which has [[AdaptationDisplacement absolutely nothing to do with]] [[Literature/TheSeaHawk the book]]).

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* ErrolFlynn's Creator/ErrolFlynn's swashbuckling {{pirate}} films, ''Film/CaptainBlood'' and ''Film/TheSeaHawk'' (which has [[AdaptationDisplacement absolutely nothing to do with]] [[Literature/TheSeaHawk the book]]).


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* ''Film/KonTiki'' offers a rare 20th century example, as Thor Heyerdahl and his cure sail a goddamn raft 4000 miles across the open ocean from Peru to Polynesia.
31st Dec '16 3:12:13 PM jamespolk
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* ''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'' has inspired at least four film versions: the best known are probably the ones from 1935 with Creator/CharlesLaughton as Bligh and Creator/ClarkGable as Fletcher Christian; and 1962, with Trevor Howard as Bligh and Creator/MarlonBrando as Christian. See also the more historically accurate 1984 version, ''Film/TheBounty'', with Creator/AnthonyHopkins and Creator/MelGibson.

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* ''Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty'' The Film/MutinyOnTheBounty has inspired at least four film versions: the best known are probably the ones from 1935 with Creator/CharlesLaughton as Bligh and Creator/ClarkGable as Fletcher Christian; and 1962, with Trevor Howard as Bligh and Creator/MarlonBrando as Christian. See also the more historically accurate 1984 version, ''Film/TheBounty'', with Creator/AnthonyHopkins and Creator/MelGibson.


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* Literature/TheBountyTrilogy, a series of three novels about TheMutiny aboard HMS ''Bounty''. The first one, ''Mutiny on the Bounty'', was adapted into an Oscar-winning 1935 film.
17th Dec '16 6:13:09 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** It's worth mentioning that Admiral Farragut was the first ever U.S. Admiral, and on top of that he was positively ancient when he was commanding the navy during the civil war. So much so that he suffered from vertigo. To counter this he had himself lashed to his flagships main mast so he wouldn't fall overboard.

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** It's worth mentioning that Admiral Farragut was the first ever U.S. Admiral, and on top of that he was positively ancient when he was commanding the navy during the civil war. So much so that he suffered from vertigo. To counter this he had himself lashed to his flagships flagship's main mast so he wouldn't fall overboard.
1st Dec '16 6:25:11 AM Morgenthaler
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The men who [[HadToBeSharp survived these times]] were [[BadAss tough as nails.]]

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The men who [[HadToBeSharp survived these times]] times were [[BadAss tough as nails.]]
17th Nov '16 6:19:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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29th Oct '16 1:13:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* The sections concerning the people of the Iron Islands in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', especially those that take place on boats, come across like this. Bonus points for them being called the Iron Born.

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* The sections concerning the people of the Iron Islands in ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', especially those that take place on boats, come across like this. Bonus points for them being called the Iron Born.



* ''Mutiny On The Elsinore'' by JackLondon is set in TheEdwardianEra and still features the miserable conditions of the long-range clipper ships, slightly improved by reduced crews and better supplies. Subversion in the fact Captain West and his two officers [[SelfDemonstratingArticle fit the heroic image of the Age of Sail mariners]], while the mutinous crew is scrounged from the worst of the worst, thieves, bandits and criminals, barely healthy enough to stand. The trope is [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in-universe by one of the officers, who decried the loss of healthy, trained enlisted sailors of the decades past, who knew "how to drive a ship".

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* ''Mutiny On The Elsinore'' by JackLondon Creator/JackLondon is set in TheEdwardianEra and still features the miserable conditions of the long-range clipper ships, slightly improved by reduced crews and better supplies. Subversion in the fact Captain West and his two officers [[SelfDemonstratingArticle fit the heroic image of the Age of Sail mariners]], while the mutinous crew is scrounged from the worst of the worst, thieves, bandits and criminals, barely healthy enough to stand. The trope is [[InvokedTrope invoked]] in-universe by one of the officers, who decried the loss of healthy, trained enlisted sailors of the decades past, who knew "how to drive a ship".
24th Oct '16 11:16:46 AM EDP
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* Invoked by name by Austrian sailors after winning the Battle of Lissa, remarking that "Men of iron on wooden ships had defeated men of wood on ironclad ships" after doing exactly that (a division of Austrian wooden steam warships had caught by surprise the Italian ironclads. Various wooden vessels got disabled, two ironclads were sunk - despite Italian navy having numerical and technological advantage (34 ships including 12 modern ironclads, compared to 27 ships of which 5 outdated and 2 modern ironclads in the Austrian navy. It helped that majority of crews in the Austrian Navy were Croatians, who historically tended to be better than Venetians and later Italians when it came to the naval warfare, as well as the fact that Italian admiral made a [[WhatAnIdiot really stupid mistake]] of changing his flagship without notifying rest of the fleet, just before the battle).

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* Invoked by name by Austrian sailors after winning the Battle of Lissa, remarking that "Men of iron on wooden ships had have defeated men of wood on ironclad iron ships" after doing exactly that (a division of Austrian wooden steam warships had caught by surprise the Italian ironclads. Various wooden vessels got disabled, two ironclads were sunk - despite Italian navy having numerical and technological advantage (34 advantage[[note]]34 ships including 12 modern ironclads, compared to 27 ships of which 5 outdated and 2 modern ironclads in the Austrian navy. navy[[/note]]). It helped that majority of crews in the Austrian Navy were Croatians, who historically tended to be better than Venetians was a direct descendant of the Venetian Navy, thus had a long tradition and later Italians when it came to well-integrated crews, while the naval warfare, as well as Italian was a recent fusion of the fact that various pre-unification Italian navies (mostly those of Sardinia and Two Sicilies and half the Papal Navy), [[IgnoredExpert something the Italian admiral made a [[WhatAnIdiot really stupid mistake]] of changing Carlo Persano had warned his flagship without notifying rest of superiors to no avail]], and the fleet, just fact Persano had long stopped sailing before the battle).war and mustered very little respect from the crews and officers the crews ([[IgnoredExpert again, something he had warned his superiors about without being listened]], to the point that when he moved his flag from the ''Re d'Italia'' to the ''Affondatore'' right before the battle (something the Austrians took advantage of to "cross the T" and gain the upper hand) [[WeAreStrugglingTogether the captains and the two subordinate admirals feigned not noticing just so they would be able to ignore him]].
4th Oct '16 8:37:52 AM erforce
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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' (at least as far as visual aesthetics)

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' (at least as far as visual aesthetics)
21st Sep '16 6:38:43 PM StarSword
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* David Drake's ''RCN'' series is this trope RecycledInSpace -- ships in FTL are driven by sails that, because of the inability to use electrically-powered motors, are set and reefed by sailors in the rigging.

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* David Drake's ''RCN'' ''Literature/{{RCN}}'' series is this trope RecycledInSpace -- ships in FTL are driven by sails that, because of the inability to use electrically-powered motors, are set and reefed by sailors in the rigging.


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* ''Literature/AlexisCarew'': Well, Thermoplastic and {{Unobtainium}} Ships, but the rest checks out: everything about the workings of space travel is based heavily on the Age of Sail, from the brutal discipline and sexism and classism down to the tiniest terminology of mast and sail sections. The terminology part gets a lampshade when Alexis wonders aloud if "tradition" is some synonym for insanity.
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