The royal navy of England has ever been its greatest defence and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island. Sir Wm. BlackstoneCommentaries. Vol. I. Bk. I. Ch. XIII.
Now landsmen all, whoever you may be, If you want to rise to the top of the tree, If your soul isnt fettered to an office stool, Be careful to be guided by this golden rule Stick close to your desks and never go to sea, And you all may be Rulers of the Queens Navee. W. S. GilbertH. M. S. Pinafore.
There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen. MacaulayHistory of England. Vol. I. Ch. III. Pt. XXXII.