Captain Frederick Marryat (1792 – 1848) was a British Royal Navy officer, novelist, and an acquaintance of Charles Dickens, noted today as an early founder of the sea story. «Peter Simple» is an famous sea novel written by Frederick Marryat about a young British midshipman during the Napoleonic wars. The novel follows the naval career period of a young gentleman during the period of British Mastery of the seas in the early 19th century. The hero in this story is described by the author of as the 'the fool of the family', son of a parson and heir presumptive to the influential Lord Privilege. The main idea of the tale is Peter's acquaintance and relationships with other shipmates he meets.