Being Sabbath day, a church was rigged out and divine service performed on board the Caesar for the first time since I had belonged to her. The Rev. Mr. Jones, the chaplain, preached an excellent sermon. The ship's crew were very devout and attentive. The rear-admiral was on his knees at prayer time; but it was funny enough to see our captain, how fidgety he was: he neither sat nor stood, and was as unsteady as a weathercock. Some of our nobs thought that a man could not be a good seaman without swearing, but the admiral let them know the contrary.
~ from the journal of William Richardson, Gunner aboard HMS Caesar on blockade off the coast of France, 1809
Header: Blockade of Toulon 1810-1814 by Thomas Luny c 1830