Following on from the C17th century naval game (The Battle of Soleway 1672) I decided that my naval knowledge had to be expanded to cover the pre-Napoleonic era. I am good for modern backwards to Napoleonic, but my knowledge of where the Royal Navy ethos comes from is scant. So imagine my surprise to find this lovely tome (some twenty nine hours of delicious listening .. the car journey to work is flying by). I didn't realise we owed so much to Samuel Pepys. (see below):
Methinks a nautical phase cometh!