I read this book about 2010-09-11. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1984. This note was last modified Tuesday, 06-May-2014 13:21:33 PDT.
This is book 10 of the "Aubrey-Maturin" series.
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Tenth in the series.
They're off in the Surprise to stop a heavy American frigate from interfering with the whalers.
They end up with a few of them, including Abrey and Maturin, stranded on an island with the crew of the Norfolk, including a number of deserters from the Hermione (a ship that mutinied and actually handed itself over to Spain).