From the article:
Diary of 18th century sailor provides fascinating insight into life below decks in Nelson's navy
UPDATED: 07:35 EST, 14 August 2008
"A unique record of the British navy between 1790 and 1833 that was compiled by a sailor has emerged in the US.
The diary of George Hodge shows the "below decks" view of life at sea during a crucial time for Britain's senior service.
The self-educated seaman begins the journal with the words: "George Hodge, his Book Consisting of Difrint ports & ships that I have sailed in since the year 1790. Aged 13 years."
He recorded the ladies of leisure with whom he associated, painted stunning pictures of ships and flags as well as a self portrait.
Images of ordinary seamen from the time of Nelson's navy are very rare."
Be sure to read the rest of this article and see the rest of the images over at the Daily Mail: