Tales of the Trogs by John Douglas (not for the squeemish though, so that probably rules you out Snaps!) :wink: :lol: or for something that won't leave you feeling quite such great pity for the matelots, D.L.Summers book HMS Ganges: One Hundred Year of Training Boys for the Royal Navy: 1866-1966 (currently on sale on eBay).
I can also recommend Henry Baynham's excellent books on the social history of the lower deck that I was reading 25 years ago, such as "Before the Mast" and "From the Lower Deck: the Royal Navy 1780-1840". They are lucidly written and packed with information about conditions at sea.
To put it in perspective, the loss of life from the sinking of one battleship (an example taken from the book) equates, in terms of numbers, to 20 times the number of British fatalities in Iraq in the entire Iraq war. (~2,600 crew vs. 134 in Iraq.) Imagine suddenly losing several battleships in 1 day, as did happen, the death toll makes for very sobering reading. :neutral:
if you want some good information on royal navy history pick up the box set on the history channel or bidtv i got my set on bid tv for 12 pounds and they are invalubale as a source of information and provide a bit about what they are doing at the moment do note that they are a bit briefe and dont go into deatail about the royal marines
The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain, Vol 1: 660-1649
The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain: 1649-1815
Both by N A M Rodger
By 1649 you will really wonder how we ever built a decent navy, but it does all come good in the end. Excellent books covering both the sea bit and the politics and funding etc. Excellent books and I am now waiting to get my hands on the next in the series.