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Anachronisms 

At one point a sailor is heard singing "Oh Shenandoah." While the origins of this folk song remain unclear, most believe it originated in the early 1800s and thus would not have been known at the time of this movie's 1797 setting.

Character error 

The blanket used to cover Vizard at c.95 minutes suddenly becomes bright blue.

Continuity 

The fire ship's topsails are set for most of the climax, but when the Defiant sinks it, all its sails are furled.

Crew or equipment visible 

As the second sailor is buried at sea you can see a rope tied to the body leading back along the ship. Obviously so they can haul the dummy back on board after the scene ends.

Factual errors 

In the last scene, Alec Guinness orders all larboard (left side) guns to bear on the fire ship. In the next shot, the starboard (right side) cannon fire. Ironically, the term "larboard" was changed by the navy into the current term "port" precisely because it was too easy to mistake it for starboard.
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