In the 1990s, Patrick O'Brian's historical novel series - the Aubrey-Maturin series - seemed destined for film. The production only needed a ship that could stand in for Lucky Jack's HMS Surprise. The filmmakers found the Rose, a replica of an 18th-century ship that would work perfectly. Only the Rose was in Newport, Rhode Island. Enter a ragtag crew who stepped up for the task, including Will Sofrin, at the time a 21-year-old wooden-boat builder who joined as the ship's carpenter. All Hands on Deck is Sofrin's memoir of the epic adventure delivering the Rose to Hollywood.