Naval yarns of sea fights and wrecks, pirates and privateers…

In this single volume, as edited by William Long, you can find numerous accounts of naval events ranging from the 1616 encounter of the Dolphin with five Turkish men-of-war to the 1831 capture of a Spanish slaver by the Black Joke. Included is an extensive Journal of a Naval Surgeon, 1758-1763. These are first-hand reports, but what is lacking is the indication of what sources these tales are derived from. That is a drawback as far as verification goes, but the yarns ring true nonetheless. If you just want to randomly peruse entries (none of them too long), you will definitely get the flavor of life at sea over the centuries.

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