W.C. Flanders, one of the early 19th century settlers in New Orleans, was a man who loved the sea. At the age of fifteen, he ran away from home to follow his calling, which he never abandoned until into his old age. He experienced the sailor’s life, progressing from cabin boy to captain, working ships from sail to steam, running blockades, sailing in peace and war and through storm and calm. He embraced all these hazards as well as the joys of his vocation. The sea was his muse as well as his instructor and the details of his memoirs provide many valuable insights into a seaman’s life. He was an eyewitness to an important period of American history, and his memoir will be of interest to anyone who has heard the siren call of the sea.