The surgeon's principal interest is the illnesses suffered by the divers, but he has also provided a unique pictorial description of an early diving expedition.However, it is the daily treatment of sailors which provide invaluable insights into the horrors of naval warfare at this time.Of the three not convicted, one was cleared of all charges, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of the second, and the third was not present at the trial after fleeing to Pakistan while on bail.

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The Independent has been given exclusive sight of the records before cataloguing is completed next year.

Among the most historically significant are a handful of journals showing how surgeons nursed back to health the Royal Navy's most revered and successful admiral after he lost an arm fighting in the Canary Islands.

Despite one victim going to the police in 2008 to report the grooming, the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to prosecute two men, invoking the witness's credibility.

As a result of the CPS dropping the case, the police halted their investigation, which was resumed when a second girl made complaints of a similar nature in December 2009.

The victims, vulnerable teenagers from deprived, dysfunctional backgrounds, were targeted in "honeypot locations" where young people congregated, such as takeaway food shops.

One victim, a 15-year-old known as the Honey Monster, acted as a recruiter, procuring girls as young as 13 for the gang.One of the most gripping is contained in the log written by Robert Young on board HMS Ardent, which saw action at the Battle of Camperdown on 11 October 1797.Young wrote: "I was employed in operating and dressing till near four in the morning, the action beginning about one in the afternoon.Twelve men were initially charged with sex trafficking and other offences including rape, trafficking girls for sex and conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a child.Nine men were convicted, of whom eight were of British Pakistani origin and one was an Afghan asylum-seeker.Stump looked well; no bad symptoms whatever occurred...