Weatherspoon, Esq. (of the Oriana, R.Y.S.). "I say, Tom, what's that little craft with the black velvet flying at the fore, close under the lee-scuppers of the man-of-war?"
Honourable Binnacle (of the Matilda, R.Y.Y.C.). "Why, from her fore and aft rig and the cut of her mainsail, I should say that she's down from the port of London, but I'll signal the commodore to come and introduce us."
Looks like not a lot has changed in 150 years. John Leech sketch from Punch first published in 1852 via John Leech archive.