Hundreds of ballads, starting from 1632, are contained within the Broadside Ballads Online hosted by the Bodleian Libraries. Nelson and the Battle of the Nile are popular themes. You can search by topic, keyword, date range; you then are linked to a pdf version of the ballad in question. While some reproductions are poor in quality (because of the original’s condition), in no case are they unreadable. Read about the joys and terrors of naval life, and the life of a jack ashore!