The Dear Surprise (And Other Commands)
"... the Boadicea proved she was a dry, wholesome ship."
"No wonder they called her a crack frigate: her sailing qualities were quite out of the ordinary, and the smooth quiet discipline of her people was beyond anything he had seen."
"She was known as the Carpenter's Mistake, and no one in the service had ever imagined she would be launched."
"... She was a slow brig, an old brig and a brig that was very unlikely to make his fortune."
"... He knew her through and through, as beautiful a piece of ship-building as any that had been launched from the French yards, a true thoroughbred, very fast in the right hands, weatherly, dry, a splendid sailor on a bowline, and a ship that almost steered herself once you understood her ways."