I read this book when I was about 12. All I could remember was that it left a great impression on me, especially the opening chapter concerning the toil and death that befell those involved with both the firing (i.e. the battle and the ensuing loss of life therein) and the manouevering of the great "18 pounder". The rest of the story is a rip roaring adventure and I can only equate it to that of "Treasure Island" which I feel is surpassesed by this novel through sheer excitement, pace and depth of descriptive text.
I felt it was only fitting to purchase the Penguin Classic as this form of publication is not only that which I read originally but is now also in the top twenty design classics of Great Britian. I just wish the image did it a little more justice.