So, as long as people are giving me advice on reading material... There was a TV show based on a series of books from sometime in the 1700s (I think) about a young naval officer in the British navy. I can't remember the name, but it was a pretty famous series of books. Can anyone help out?
UPDATE: Thanks nk. It's Horatio Hornblower by C. S. Forester. However, these books were written in the mid 20th century --a lot later than I had thought so they won't be available in Project Gutenbert soon. Oh well, there is plenty of other stuff to read.