First, this trope appears to be a Sister Trope
of Artistic License – Ships Done Badly
. From here: "Sister trope to Artistic License - Ships, which is about modern naval ships." Yet the page it's referring to has no limits on the historical periods it can use examples from.
Second, if that doesn't happen, it still needs work. You have to know your stuff to find examples, and this trope is limited to 2-3 types of sailing ships (or is it Hollywood's fault? If so, a big example of this)
edited 6th Jul '12 3:09:00 PM by spacemarine50