William Gilbert created Sir Joseph Porter for the Gilbert and Sullivan opera, " H.M.S. Pinafore." A hardy old British admiral was Sir Joseph Porter. He rose to be " the ruler of the Queen's Navee" by assiduously sticking to his office desk, and rarely venturing upon the ocean. When he did go to sea he was accompanied by dozens of sisters and cousins and aunts, who followed his example and retired to their cabins whenever the breezes blew. He was praised mightily by the seamen for being an Englishman, when he might have succumbed to the temptation of belonging to some other nation. The First Lord of the Admiralty at the time of Sir Joseph's creation was a civilian named William H. Smith, and the character is supposed to have been a skit on this worthy gentleman. Sir Joseph Porter is often referred to by critics who wish to " get one in" on the Admiralty.