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All Hands on Deck

Thursday, October 12, 2023

7:00 PM to 8:30 PM EDT

In Person | Virtual

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A Modern-Day High Seas Adventure to the Far Side of the World


Will Sofrin
Master Shipwright and Author

About the Lecture

In the late 1990s, Patrick O’Brian’s bestselling historical novel series was destined for film with Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World. While director Peter Weir and stars Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany were signed on, there was only one problem: Rose, the replica 18th-century warship the filmmakers bought for the production, was in Newport, Rhode Island, two oceans and thousands of miles away from Hollywood. 

Enter a ragtag crew of 30 oddballs and tall-ship fanatics, including author Will Sofrin. The crew embarked, racing a ticking clock and fighting against Mother Nature, and occasionally each other, to hopefully deliver Rose in one piece. All Hands on Deck is Sofrin’s account of this voyage – a story of reinvention, hard work on the high seas, love, and of survival.

Attendees are welcome to send comments or questions to Will, and he will answer following the lecture. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. for guests attending the lecture in person.

A book signing follows the Q&A.

PURCHASE your copy of All Hands on Deck: A Modern-Day High Seas Adventure in the Museum’s Gift Shop today! Members also receive 10% off on items in the Gift Shop (does not include clearance). You support a small business when you shop with us. Thank you!

Registration information:

Advance registration is required whether you attend the lecture in person or online. Evening lectures will be in person in the Main Lobby and livestreamed.

In person ticket includes one drink ticket.
A cash bar will be available for additional beverages.

Pre-order a charcuterie plate when you buy your ticket.
Charcuterie plates must be purchased at the time of registration.

In person 

Doors open at 6 p.m.
Free for Museum Members. $10 for guests


This lecture is livestreamed
and free to watch online

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