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Movie star boat caught in tax battle

A megayacht on which Russell Crowe found his sea legs in preparation for his role in the movie “Master And Commander” is at the center of a multimillion-dollar tussle with the tax office.

Australian corporate titan Mark Johnson, the owner of MV Surprise, named after a warship in the classic Patrick O'Brian novels, charters out the luxury vessel in Fiji.

In 2002, Crowe spent a week on the 115-foot yacht — with four en suite cabins over four decks and room for 127 passengers — in the South Pacific researching the role of Capt. Jack Aubrey.

Click here for the full report by The Australian.