The Early English Books Online presents transcriptions of works printed in England between 1473 and 1700; over 25,000 titles are available. Among these, you can read such volumes as An account of the nature, causes, symptoms, and cure of the distempers that are incident to seafaring people with observations on the diet of the sea-men in His Majesty’s navy (1696); A famous fight at sea. VVhere foure English ships vnder the command of Captaine Iohn Weddell, and foure Dutch ships fought three dayes in the Gulfe of Persia neere Ormus, against 8. Portugall gallions, and 3. friggots (1627); and dozens more accounts. This site is a great place to find primary sources from the indicated time period, with first-hand accounts of various battles/maneuvers/journeys.
Early English Books(1473-1700) on Naval Affairs