Counter to tales about such sadistic disciplinarians as Captain Bligh, Captain Hoffman's 1838 memoirs paint a more balanced picture of naval life during the tumultuous period of Britain's wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. Serving most of his time in the West Indies and Atlantic, Hoffman saw action on at least 18 occasions. Includes a glossary of colorful 19th century nautical slang such as "cat the anchors" and "Dutch dogger." Originally published by John Murray. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.