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Career information
Port of registry

San Diego, California


HMS Rose Foundation

Technical information



179 ft.

Behind the scenes
First appearance

On Stranger Tides

Latest appearance

On Stranger Tides


HMS Providence

The HMS Surprise is a tall ship originally built in Nova Scotia, Canada. It is a replica of the HMS Rose, which was built in 1757. The HMS Surprise portrayed the HMS Providence in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.


The hms surprise at full sail

The HMS Surprise sailing.

The Surprise 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, with Russel Crowe, where she portrayed the British Royal Navy frigate of the same name. After the film was complete, the ship was leased and then purchased by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, which has restored her to sailing condition as of September 2007.

The ship was officially 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.

The ship appears in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as the HMS Providence.[1] No "props" were used aboard the Surprise, as everything seen on screen was a working part of the ship.


External links

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Notes and references

Real-world ships in Pirates of the Caribbean
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