HMS Surprise (replica ship)

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HMS Surprise
HMS Surprise at the Maritime Museum of San Diego
Career
Name: HMS Rose
Owner: HMS Rose Foundation
Builder: Phil Bolger Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Launched: 1970
Homeport: Black Rock Harbor Bridgeport, Connecticut
Fate: Sold to 20th Century Fox 2001
Career
Name: HMS Surprise
Homeport: San Diego, California
Fate: Sold to Maritime Museum of San Diego in 2007
Status: in active service, as of 2020
Notes: Official Number: 928811
General characteristics
Displacement: 500 long tons (508 t)
Length: 179 ft 6 in (54.71 m) sparred length
135 ft 6 in (41.30 m) on deck
114 ft 6 in (34.90 m) w/l
Beam: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Height: of Rig 130 ft (40 m)
Draft: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Sail plan: Full rigged ship, sail area 13,000 sq ft (1,200 m2)

HMS Surprise is a modern tall ship, built at Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Canada as Rose in 1970 to a Phil Bolger design based on the original 18th century British Admiralty drawings. She is a replica of HMS Rose, a sixth-rate frigate built in 1757.

The ship was inspected and certified by the United States Coast Guard and operated as a sail training vessel in the 1980s and 1990s, run by the HMS Rose Foundation based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States. Although she is known by the national prefix HMS, meaning Her (or His) Majesty's Ship, she is not technically entitled to it as she does not hold a royal warrant.

She was sold to the 20th Century Fox film studio in 2001 to be used in the making of the film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, in which she portrayed the Royal Navy frigate named for Surprise with a story based on several of the books by Patrick O'Brian. After the film was complete, the ship was leased and then purchased by the Maritime Museum of San Diego who have restored her to sailing condition as of September 2007[1]. The ship has officially been reregistered as HMS Surprise in honour of her role in the film. She sails several times a year, often with the museum's other tall ships, the schooner Californian and the 1863 barque Star of India.[2]

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Coordinates: 32°43′15″N 117°10′26″W / 32.72083°N 117.17389°W / 32.72083; -117.17389