I read a great deal of RN history,especially the Nelson and pre. Nelson period. It is a wonder to me we did not have more mutinies than we did,apart from being the roughest type of men, they must have been tolerant or fearful of the punishment to put up with such barbarities in ship life. A couple of snippets 1.Although their Beef/Pork jerky was maggot ridden and so rock hard they carved trinklets from them,they had to watch 17 different courses of food go aft for the Wardroom dinner! 2.One ship had a scarcity of water and the seamen had none to soften their biscuits,but the Captain had his personal cow for fresh milk and that was allowed to drink copious amounts of water each day so the milk was always available for the Captain! A cow drinks 7 gallons a day,enough for 7 messes! I know Officers paid for their own provisions but it must have been galling for the common seaman to put up with. 3.One young midshipman aged 13 years used to call over any seamen and punch and kick them to his hearts content,the seamen just had to take it. He was later killed in battle and the crew rejoiced,what an officer he would have turned out to be. You often get snippets like this and there were many happy crews but you wonder how the Nore and Spithead mutinies were the only ones to erupt. I personally think it would not have taken much to follow the French and have a Country revolution,I think it was close at times much to the Royals dismay. Probably good we didn't though. At least they knew the RN officers were very professional,they had to pass very hard exams to be an officer so they knew the sea. Officers in the Army bought theirs even up to high rank without experience,and it showed! Superstitions? I was never superstitious in the RN but this one came up. One ship in 1800 was drifting along at 2 knots when the seamen on deck heard a voice in the mist â€œCome on lads,pick me up!â€ they thought it was a sea devil and were fearful,a marine[not Royal in those days] swore it was a mermaid! The voice kept calling and they ignored it. The voice again called out,â€Come on lads I can't hold out much longerâ€ eventually they dropped the jolly boat from the stern to find a seaman who had fell from the yards whilst tired! They were extremely suspicious in those days but I never saw it in mine. Just a couple of tales away from tits and clits in Diamond Lils!