Loyalty, friendship, and honor are all strong themes. The H.M.S. Surprise is referred to as a "she," and occasional sexist comments are made about handling her.
Contains lots of battle scenes with cannon and pistol fire and sword fights; crew members (including children) are injured, shot, drowned, and killed (bloody wounds visible). Scenes of surgeries and amputations are graphic; vomiting and fainting is occasionally visible. A crewman is whipped for insubordination; an insecure officer is bullied and commits suicide
The crew occasionally talks about women waiting for them at home; native women flirt with sailors at ports.
Characters say "hell" and "Goddamn" occasionally.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The drinking of wine is frequently visible, even among young teen officers. Crew members are offered extra rations of grog; some are drunk when performing duties. Cigar and pipe smoking is visible.