Yankee Buccaneer

Synopsis: A United States Navy ship in the first half of the 19th century, under the command of Captain David Porter, is expecting to put ashore after a year on the seas; but the arrival of one of Porter's ex-students, the willful and independent Lieutenant David Farragut, brings a new mission: to disguise the ship and crew as a pirate ship and help the Navy locate the criminals who have been robbing America's merchant fleet. But as Farragut's disobedience threatens the safety of the crew, they stumble upon an international conspiracy.
86 min


Rendezvous ship Essex sighted.

She flies the Navy pennant.

Sound the three-gun

recognition salute.

Aye, aye, sir.

Mr. Farragut.

Yes, sir.

This is your end

of the line.

l don't know what the

Navy wants you to do,

but good luck

in your missin.

We'll do the best

we can, sir.

The cargo trunks will go with

you. Surplus rations to follow.

Whatever's in store for them, they'll

need a little comfort, poor devils.

Like music to me ears,

Captain, singing a little song.

''Link, you're going home.' '

Three times l heard the tune

now. ''Link, you're going home.' '

They finally sent relief. l

thought they'd forgotten us.

Not the Navy, sir.

They might misplace a ship now and then,

but they never lose one permanent-like.

Have all hands report to service

quarters. They'll be boarding us soon.

Aye, aye, sir.

Can l start the scuttlebutt,

sir, about going home?

Yes, Mr. Link,

start the scuttlebutt.

NARRATOR/ Latitude 14 degrees

north, 74 degrees west.

The middIe of the

Caribbean Sea,

and a young navaI officer

named David Farragut

who is destined to pIay an important part

in one of the strangest stories ever toId

about the United States Navy.

Starboard watch,

inward turn!

Why, it's

Midshipman Farragut.

Lieutenant David

Farragut reporting, sir,

with new orders for the

captain of the Essex.

Carry on with your

orders, Mr. Farragut.

The Essex is to embark upon

a secret missin so hazardous

that the Navy Department

gives the ship's complement

the choice of staying aboard or

transferring to the Lexington.

We've been in these

waters a year now.

l was under the impressin

we were setting sail for home.

lf such members of the

complement are transferred,

it's to be within

the next hour.

May l ask what this

missin calls for?

Here, sir.

To be opened eight hours after sail

has been set from the rendezvous.

The necessary cargoes

are alongside in the boats.

That's all they said?

Nothing about rotating the

ship and sending it back?

These men need a rest.

As an officer, l just

carry out my orders, sir.

l learned that

as a midshipman.

You had a lot to learn as

a midshipman, Mr. Farragut.

You've more to learn now

that you've been commissioned.

Pity l can't continue

teaching you.


the news l bring you now

will not sit lightly.

The Essex is not

going home.

lnstead, we've been ordered on

a secret missin by the Navy,

a missin so

filled with risk

that future service aboard

this ship is voluntary.

All men wishing to

transfer to the Lexington,

step forward one pace.

You seem to have

lost your command, sir.

lt's only fair to

tell you, men,

rumor has it that the Lexington

is not returning to the States

but continuing to Africa

for extended service

against the slave traders.

But, Captain...

Something you didn't learn

as a midshipman, Mr. Farragut,

a ship can't sail

without a crew.

Now go back and tell your

captain we're pulling under way.

l'm to remain aboard the Essex

as your executive officer, sir.

A ship this size doesn't need

any added commissioned personnel.

Orders from the Navy Department

because of the nature of the missin.

l trust you will find time to

continue your teaching, sir.

Secret missin to who knows where, a

homesick crew with a year's service,

and a new square-pants executive

officer from Washington.

Very well.

Stand by to make sail.

Good evening,

Mr. Link.

Keep steady your course.

l'll be back shortly.

What course? With them

new provisions aboard,

we can sail on for a year

from anywhere to nowhere

and back again.

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