Augustus Hervey was born into the wildly eccentric family of the Earls of Bristol, a lineage so different from ordinary folk that it was said there were three sexes: men, women and Herveys.  Augustus’s father was the infamous cross-dressing courtier lampooned by Alexander Pope as Sporus and Lord Fanny. A secret marriage and a notorious bigamy trial surrounded the young Augustus with scandal and he was happy to escape to sea. But if the family thought the Navy was a dull and conventional career, they were wrong. Augustus was a true Hervey. With powerful patronage he rapidly achieved independent command and proved to be a surprisingly able naval officer. His journal begins in 1746 and as well as offering valuable insight into the Navy of that period, it is most entertaining when Augustus describes his ‘peacetime campaigns’ among the ladies of the Mediterranean cities nd he is happy to relate in candid detail the elaborate tactics necessary to secure his prizes. This journal was never intended for publication and so it offers forthright descriptions of the sailor’s life, ashore and afloat before the advent of strict Victorian values. Ideal for a student of this fascinating historical period