19th Century Sailing Ships

One of us (Richard) enjoys reading about sailing ships of the 19th century, and the men who commanded them. At the top of his list is the 21-book Aubrey-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian. The 2003 movie, Master and Commander, is based on a composite from several of the books from the series. Another favorite is the lavishously illustrated book: The Trafalgar Companion, by Mark Adkin, where you can read about the fearless one-armed and half-blind naval genius, Admiral Lord Nelson who, while dying from a sniper's bullet, regretted that he had only one life to give for his country. The HMS Victory was Nelson's ship. Nelson died during the battle. His ship, like many others in that battle, was rent with cannon holes. However, those wooden warships were hard to sink. The HMS Victory was restored and can be boarded in England.