None of the novels I have written (or have planned) are set on sailing ships, but those ships have always fascinated me. They look wonderful, but life on them must have been hard. This post is about how the sailors lived on a ship of the line such as HMS Victory, or a frigate such as HMS Trincomalee. Officers shared small cabins, but the facilities for the ratings were much less civilised. The photos here are from my visits to the two ships mentioned.