The Fake Spanish Galleon in the Real Port of Genoa!



In the heart of the Port of Genoa (or almost the heart, I don't actually know where, biologically speaking, the heart of the port could be), stands Neptune, a ship replica of a 17th-century Spanish galleon. The ship, built in 1985, was featured in Roman Polanski's film Pirates. The ship is an exact and accurate replica, except for a steel hull and a 400 HP auxiliary engine (don't ask me what that is). It was, however, slightly larger than a 100% historically accurate Spanish galleon would be. Polanski's prop was very expensive; although the total cost of the entire film Pirates was supposed to be a small sum of $15 million, it ended up being $40 million because of the enormous size of the ship and filming locations that were in far off, exotic places. Neptune also got a gig in 2011, where she portrayed the role of the Jolly Roger, Captain Hook's ship from Neverland.

The 1986 film Pirates is a Franco-Tunisian adventure comedy film. It was directed by Roman Polanski and written by GĂ©rard Brach, John Brownjohn, and Polanski. The plot is too bizare for me to give a recap of it here.

Arrrrrrr!

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