I read this book about 24-Dec-2014. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1948. This note was last modified Friday, 09-Jan-2015 15:25:21 PST.
This is book 1 of the "Hornblower" series.
This note does not contain major spoilers for the book.
A collection of short stories dealing with Hornblower in his midshipman years, including a failed attempt to pass for Lieutenant.
I remember the classic story about the cargo of rice (in which rice's ability to absorb water conceals the fact that a prize is holed below the waterline until it's too late), and "The Even Chance" where Hornblower is so depressed he engineers a duel with a 50:50 chance of surviving as being better than his life as it was.