Brooks: The most comprehensive sailing manual I've seen is John Harland's "Seamanship in the Age of Sail."
Thanks Brooks for reminding me about that! I've seen someone mention that book before, but when I checked months ago it was over $60.00. Just checked Amazon and its down to $30 something now so I decided to order it. Some of the details in the novels I'm reading by C. S. Forester, Alexander Kent, Dudley Pope and Patrick O'Brian go over my head. Hopefully this will fill up some of my missing knowledge.
Actually I just started reading a book about the Frigate Macedion tonight. Looks to be pretty interesting.