The George Abercrombie Fox series of historical naval fiction novels by Kenneth Bulmer (writing as Adam Hardy).  George Abercrombie Fox is an officer in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars at the end of the 18th century. He fought his way up from the ranks, a nearly impossible feat in that period, and has the attitude to match. The tag line for the series is "the toughest bastard on the high seas."