Everything you need to understand or teach The Fortune of War by Patrick O'Brian.
Aubrey and Maturin return from presumed lost at sea and attempt to return home on a doomed voyage. They are passengers first on a ship that burns, then are rescued by a ship that is captured, and finally escape to a ship that engages the enemy only hours later. Along the way Aubrey is severely injured and Maturin is pursued by French intelligence agents determined to kill him—all part of the Fortune of War.
Having survived an eventful but plagued voyage aboard HMS Leopard, Aubrey and Maturin return to civilization where Leopard is converted to a transport due her great age and poor condition. The two friends, accompanied by a handful of long-time friends, take voyage to England on La Flèche, a quick ship. During the voyage, however, fire breaks out and La Flèche is lost. Aubrey, Maturin, and the other Leopards end up...
The Fortune of War Lesson Plans contain 116 pages of teaching material, including: