They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships ...
I have, so far as I know, little naval heritage. At least no more so than any other descendant of an island nation. However, I do love the water, and what Ratty referred to as "simply messing about in boats."
As a writer, I seek to connect to my passions, and to help others see the beauty in them. And in search of a lead line for what I hope may be a profitable little article, I went to Google the phrase forming the title of this post.
Which brought me to Evan Izer. I'll let his site speak for itself.