In my quest to complete reading as many classic sea stories as possible, I've just finished reading Treasure Island. This follows Moby Dick and The Mutiny on the Bounty.
I'm not quite certain why I'm facinated by these. Perhaps it's a chance to recapture a quickly fading youth. Perhaps it's a part of my heritage. I think, most likely, that I like semi-fictional stories about real places and/or times.
In any case, they were all lots of fun.