"I beg my dear will not be uneasy at my staying out so long. To be sure, I lose the fruits of the earth, but then I am gathering the flowers of the sea." - Admiral Boscawen to his wife, 1756.
There is a wikipedia entry on him, but a more detailed look up at the library or in the Oxford Companion To Ships and the Sea (Editor of the supposedly better 1976 version was Peter Kemp) would serve you well. Boscawen was a badass.