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The "HMS Surprise" - Formerly the "Rose"

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For the making of the movie "Master and Commander", the studio purchased the "HMS Rose", a sail-training vessel built to resemble a small frigate of the late 1700s. The carpenters then went to workand converted the ship to a Hollywood movie set. Very little of the film was shot on the Surprise/Rose, but she had to be "made up" to look pretty realistic.

Today she lies moored at the San Diego Maritime Museum on loan, and open to the public. She is starting to look somewhat shop- worn, and her fate is uncertain, as there are presently no plans for a sequel.

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HMS Surprise in San Diego