Dr. Stephen Maturin:
By comparison, the Surprise is a somewhat aged man-o-war. Am I not correct?
Capt. Jack Aubrey:
Would you call me an aged man-o-war, doctor? The Surprise is not old; no one would call her old. She has a bluff bow, lovely lines. She's a fine seabird: weatherly, stiff and fast... very fast, if she's well handled. No, she's not old; she's in her prime.