The Nautical Fiction List
An Annotated Bibliography of
based in part on the work of John Kohnen
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Aarons, Edward S. (1916-1975)
Assignment: Sulu Sea. Fawcett, 1964. 159 p.
Part of the long running series starring CIA agent Sam Durell. A fully armed American nuclear submarine vanishes.
A Stillness At Sea. Dell/Banbury Books, 1983. 358 p.
Female Naval Intelligence agent uncovers evidence of a British plot to have the LUSITANIA sunk to bring the US into WW I, but is ordered to drop her investigation. In an effort to find the truth, she books passage on the LUSITANIA's final voyage along with her fiance, a captain in the British Army.
Abraham, Cyril ( - 1979)
The Onedin Line series
The series is set in Liverpool in the mid-19th century and deals with the rise of a shipping line, the Onedin Line, named after its owner James Onedin. Around this central theme are the lives of his family, most notably his brother and 'partner', shop owner Robert, and his sister Elizabeth, giving insight into the lifestyle and customs at the time, not only at sea, but also ashore (mostly lower and upper middle class). The series also illustrates some of the changes in business and shipping, such as from wooden to steel ships and from sailing ships to steam ships. And it shows the role that ships played in affairs like international politics, uprisings and the slave trade.
- The Shipmaster. Tandem, 1972. 358 p.
Elizabeth Onedin bargains everything for a ship, builds shipping empire
- The Iron Ships. Allan Wingate, 1974. 358 p.
Elizabeth Onedin battles brothers for control of the Onedin Line.
- The High Seas. Allan Wingate, 1975. 358 p.
Callon makes a run for the Onedin Line, resulting in the Onedins placing the future of the line on outcome of a tea race.
- The Trade Winds. Allan Wingate, 1977. 358 p.
Following his wife's death, James throws himself into the line, as familial storm clouds gather -- including Daniel Fogarty running off with Elizabeth Onedin.
- The White Ships. W.H. Allan, 1979. 358 p.
- The Turning Tide. W.H. Allan, 1980. 188 p.
Posthumous novelization of the TV series written by Bruce Stewart.
The Blazing Ocean. Severn House, 1979. 358 p.
Armed merchantman sails from North Africa to Liverpool at the outbreak of WW II.
Adair, James B.
- DeepCore. Berkley, 1991. 249 p.
Far below the surface of the Pacific lies an underwater security installation, DeepCore, whose mission is to guard top-secret weapons system PosiTrak MTI. Somehow the secret gets out, and the Soviets dispatch a high-tech naval force to destroy the facility.
- DeepCore 2: Boomer Down. Berkley, 1992. 247 p.
The British sub Revenge lies crippled by a mine in the icy depths of the Pacific. But as the crew of DeepCore race to free it, a deadlier situation erupts--and what started as an undersea accident could soon mean Mayday for the world.
- DeepCore 3: Crash Dive. Berkley, 1992. 247 p.
Nearly 300 years after a Spanish galleon sinks to the depths of the Atlantic, a DeepCore team struggles to raise its precious cargo of gold. Japan wants the treasure too.
Adams, Cleve F. (1895-1949)
And Sudden Death. E.P. Dutton, 1940. 249 p.
First appeared as a 6-part serial in Detective Fiction Weekly under the title "Homicide: Honolulu Bound". Private detective Rex McBride follows a woman to Hawaii on board the liner Honolulu Queen, where she just might be planning to rendezvous with her husband - a man who betrayed his business partners and absconded with two million dollars.
Adams, Eustace Lane (1891-1963)
Death Charter. Coward-McCann, 1943. 252 p.
Two brothers operate a large yacht out of the Miami
River. It is 1942 and most of the regular navy have gone to the
Pacific. They accept a charter from some dubious characters who turn out to be Nazi agents trying to rendezvous
with a float plane from a German raider.
Adams, Samuel Hopkins (1871-1958)
Canal Town. Random House, 1944. 465 p.
Life in a small village bordering the Erie Canal. During the course of the book, Adams depicts the changes in the daily life brought about by the construction of the canal. By the close of the book, citizens in Palmyra are regularly and casually travelling to Rochester via packet boat on the canal, or to New York by canal packet to Albany and thence by steam packet down the Hudson.
The Greenlander. Summit Books, 1978. 319 p.
Young man comes of age at sea, whaling in the
Arctic, as steam overtakes sail in the 19th century.
Ageton, Arthur A. (1900-1971)
The Jungle Seas. Random House, 1954. 339 p.
World War II Pacific novel, featuring a French planter's daughter.
Albano, Peter (1922-2006)
The Carrier YONAGA series
84,000 ton Japanese aircraft carrier frozen in the Arctic ice since 1941. It breaks free in 1983 and becomes the savior of the free world.
- The Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1983. 397 p.
YONAGA breaks free of the arctic ice, and her Samurai crew is determined to complete its 1941 mission: destroying Pearl Harbor.
- The Second Voyage of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1986. 398 p.
The Chinese launch a particle beam satellite that knocks out all modern electronics, airplanes and ships. The old Japanese carrier YONAGA is the only warship that still works and has planes that fly.
- Return of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1987. 397 p.
The world is still crippled by the Chinese particle beam, and Libyan terrorists are out to destroy YONAGA, last hope of the free world.
- The Quest of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1989. 381 p.
YONAGA is still the largest functioning warship in the world. She leads a ragtag group of WW II airplanes and ships against the Libyan Navy and its bigger collection of WW II vintage ships.
- Attack of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1989. 400 p.
Old US Navy WW II submarine joins YONAGA's fleet as the battle with Libya's navy continues.
- Trial of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1990. 382 p.
The Arab navy threatens Japan, and YONAGA still carries the banner of the free world.
- Revenge of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1992. 384 p.
Libyan Navy strike force armed with poison gas threatens the major cities of the free world, but YONAGA's Samurai crew is still on the job.
- Ordeal of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1992. 384 p.
YONAGA fights Arab battle group off Iwo Jima. It's carrier versus carrier, 1940s style, in the 1980s!
- Challenge of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1993. 382 p.
YONAGA, with help from every corner of the earth, including the battleship NEW JERSEY, continues the battle with the Libyan madman.
- Super Carrier, the Ultimate Secret Weapon. Zebra, 1994. 383 p.
When an Arab terrorist seizes control of Japan's Marianas Islands and a conspiracy for mass extermination is about to be launched in the Middle East, a World War II warship surfaces carrying a secret weapon that may save humanity.
- Assult of the Super Carrier. Zebra, 1996. 444 p.
The disappearance of two nuclear attack submarines leads Commander Brent Ross, the "Yankee Samurai," and fighter pilot Commander Yoshi Matsuahara into a desperate and dangerous mission to stop a Libyan madman out to control the fate of the free world.
Tides of Valor. Warner 1990. 326 p.
Rodney loves the life his father had worked for, living on New York's Fifth Avenue in all the luxury that comes with it. Nathan is a Marxist radical, opposed to all that is his brother. Rodney, following in his father's footsteps and defending his country on the sea, sails the Pacific for revenge on the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. Nathan, pushed into the war at the last minute, finds himself in North Africa, an able killer.
Alderman, Clifford Lindsey (1902-1988)
The Silver Keys. Putman, 1960. 319 p.
William Phips hunts sunken treasure in the 17th century.
Wooden Ships and Iron Men. Walker, 1964. 134 p.
Sea adventure story about a young English lad on H.M.S. Macedonian when she fought a winning battle against the frigate United States during the War of 1812.
All leads negative. Harper & Row, 1967. 184 p.
Young dectective Kerr investigates the disappearance of valuable cargo from the T.S.S. Sandstream.
Aldis, Dorothy Keeley (1896-1966)
Ride the Wild Waves : a true story of adventure. Putman, 1957. 182 p.
Adventures with the "Mayflower".
Aldridge, James (1918- )
A Captive in the Land. Hamish Hamilton, 1962. 376 p.
After saving an injured Russian, Rupert Royce visits Moscow and carries off a mission for British Naval Intelligence.
The Statesman's Game. Doubleday, 1966. 309 p.
Rebuffed by the British Admiralty to trade ships with the Soviets, Royce contacts China.
Alexander, Bruce (1932- )
Watery Grave. Putnam, 1996. 265 p.
Off Cape Town in 1767, the captain of a British frigate drowns in a storm and a lieutenant is accused of pushing him overboard. Sir John Fielding, a blind magistrate, is given the case, helped by his 14-year-old assistant who narrates this tale.
Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journal of
Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat. HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. 252 p.
The 1914 Shackleton Expedition to the South Pole as seen by a cat. He is Mrs. Chippy, whose owner is the ship's carpenter and they are so close it's like a man and wife. Mrs. Chippy describes how he helped the crew retain their sanity during the many months they were trapped by ice.
Alger, Horatio Jr. (1832-1899)
Charlie Codman's Cruise, or, A young sailor's pluck. Loring, 1866. 231 p.
Kidnapped by a brutal mate and captain because
of the mate's earlier rejection by Charlie's mother, things look bleak
until he is befriended by an old seaman named Bill Sturdy. After
escaping from the vessel in Rio, they make their way back to Boston and
everyone get's their comeuppance.
Allen, Hervey (1889-1949)
Anthony Adverse. Farrar and Rinehart, 1933. 1224 p.
Traces the fortunes of its hero, Anthony Adverse, from his illegitimate birth through his struggle to claim his rightful inheritance. Many ocean sequences.
Allen, Thomas B. and Polmar, Norman
Ship of Gold. Macmillan, 1987. 273 p.
Submarines seek a sunken ship, as the CIA, Pentagon,
etc. strive to solve the forty year old mystery surrounding the OSAKA
Allis, Marguerite (1886-1958)
Water Over the Dam. Putnam, 1947. 376 p.
Connecticut in 1820. Story of the building of the Farmington canal and the people involved.
Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. Doubleday, 1997. 278 p.
A prehistoric shark surfaces off California and proceeds to wreck havoc. Sixty feet long, it is a member of a species living in the ocean depths for the last 100,000 years. Jonas Taylor, a paleontologist and deep-sea submariner, tries to capture it for an aquarium.
Alter, Robert Edmond (1925-1966)
Red Water. Putnam, 1968. 233 p.
Shanghaied aboard a whaling ship in 1820, seventeen-year-old Jess grows to maturity at sea and eventually becomes captain of the vessel whose crew had kidnapped him.
Amado, Jorge (1912-2001)
Home is the Sailor: the whole truth concerning the Redoubtful Adventures
of Captain Vasco Moscoso de Aragão, Master Mariner. Knopf, 1964. 298 p.
Translation of 1961 novel: Os velhos marinheiros : ou ; A completa verdade sobre as discutidas aventuras do Comandante Vasco Moscoso de Aragão, capitão de longo curso. Old fart
masquerading as a sea captain finds himself in command of a Brazilian
Deep Gold. Warner Books, 1991. 245 p.
WW II U-boat torpedoes cruiser containing 13 tons of
Russian gold. 50 years later, UK, USA and USSR try to salvage it
jointly, but there seems to be a killer curse.
Ambler, Eric (1909-1988)
Journey into Fear. Knopf, 1940. 275 p.
A British engineer returning home from a business trip to Istanbul aboard an Italian freighter is comfortably aware of his own security in a chaotic world and believes that some things could not possibly happen to him. Then he discovers that death is at his elbow, sudden horrible death.
The Levanter. Atheneum, 1972. 307 p.
Michael Howell is "the Levanter," an English businessman trying to keep his family firm intact in Syria, a country undergoing a revolution. He and his secretary-mistress are captured by a splinter group who want him to manufacture bombs.
Ames, N. (Nathaniel) (1796-1835)
A Mariner's Sketches. Cory, Marshall and Hammond, 1830. 312 p.
Originally published in the Manufacturers and farmers journal, Providence.
Nautical reminiscences. W. Marshall, 1832. 216 p.
An Old Sailor's Yarns. George Dearborn, 1835. 338 p.
A combination of story and memoir.
Ames, Nathan (1826-1865)
Pirate's Glen and Dungeon Rock. Redding, 1853. 64 p.
Verse-fiction based the local pirate legend of Dungeon Rock.
Andersen, Knud (1890-1980)
In the Grip of the Gale. George G. Harrap, 1939. 254 p.
Translation of: Vejret i vold. Set in New Zealand and the Auckland Islands.
Andersen, Uell Stanley (1917-1986)
The Smoldering Sea. A.A. Wynn, 1953. 314 p.
A realistic and quite often brutal depiction of merchant marine life during the early days after America’s entry into World War 2.
Hidden Latitudes. Scribner, 1996. 223 p.
The story of the aviatrix Amelia Earhart, some 40 years after her disappearance on her round-the-world flight. It is told as she spies on a young couple, repairing their boat on her island while sailing in the Pacific. She never reveals herself.
Anderson, Florence Bennett (1883-1968)
The Black Sail. Crown, 1948. 318 p.
An Off-Islander : a story of Wesquo by the sea. Stratford Company, 1921. 311 p.
Originally published under the name Florence Mary Bennett.
Anderson, G. Reid (George)
Boy 1st Class, and other naval yarns. F. Muller, 1945. 141 p.
The Royal Navy in WW II.
Anderson, J. R. L. (John Richard Lane)
Death on the Rocks. Stein and Day, 1975. 208 p.
Inspector Peter Blair, out yachting, discovers a woman's body on a rocky shore.
Anderson, Poul (1926-2001)
Murder Bound. Macmillan, 1962. 198 p.
Norwegian/Hawaiian detective Trygve Yamamura solves a murder on a San Francisco bound tramp steamer.
The Last Viking
Historical novels based on the life of Harald Hadraada.
- The Golden Horn. Zebra, 1980. 284 p.
- The Road of the Sea Horse. Zebra, 1980. 284 p.
- The Sign of the Raven. Zebra, 1980. 282 p.
Andrews, Robert Hardy (1903-1976)
Buring Gold. Doubleday, Doran, 1945. 217 p.
Novel of eighteenth century England, in which three historical figures appear, Daniel Defoe, the explorer Captain William Dampier, and Dr. Thomas Dover.
Andrews, William Keith (pseud. William H. Keith, Jr. (1950- ) and J. Andrew Keith)
Freedom's Rangers #5: Sink the Armada! Berkeley, 1990. 217 p.
Russia has taken over the USA and the Freedom Rangers have moved back in time to change the future. In this installment they return to 1588 to help the Spanish Armada beat the Engilsh.
Milad : the Voyage to Ophir. Scholastic, 2008. 288 p.
Milad has always dreamed of the exciting life of a sailor, but his first voyage as a ship's boy brings more than Milad ever imagined: pirates, treasure, spies, a mysterious stowaway, a dangerous journey from the wilds of Africa to the pyramids of Memphis, and a meeting with the great King Solomon. Milad joins a fleet of Phoenician mariners on an expedition to Ophir, deep in Africa. But before they reach their destination, the fleet is attacked by the notorious pirate Kallabos.
Scrimshaw. Scholastic, 2009. 313 p.
The in 1700s, Nathan has joined his father for his first-ever voyage by sea - sailing to explore the wilds of the Amazon. But they have not been at sea for long before they are ambushed by pirates. Nathan is taken hostage by the infamous Captain Graham and given a terrible ultimatum: join the murderous pirate crew or face execution.
Annixter, Jane and Paul Annixter
Vikan the Mighty. Holiday, 1969. 192 p.
The life of a sperm whale parallels the adventures of a young harpooner until their confrontation decides their destinies.
Ardagh, W. M.
The Magada. John Lane, 1910. 319 p.
Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands.
Apollonius Rhodius (early 3rd century BCE - after 246 BCE)
Argonautica. (R.C. Seaton, trans.) G.P. Putnam, 1930. 431 p.
Epic poem about Jason, the Argonauts, and the quest for the
Appleton, Victor, pseud. [Stratemeyer, Edward (1862-1930) and Garis, Howard (1873-1962)]
Tom Swift series
One of the many series of adventure books for boys published by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, Tom Smith is a teen inventor who shares his adventures with close friend Ned Newton. Only titles with nautical plots are included
- Tom Swift and his Motor Boat; or, The Rivals of Lake Carlopa [no.2] Grosset & Dunlap, 1910. 237 p.
- Tom Swift and his Submarine Boat; or, Under the Ocean for Sunken
Treasure [no.4] Grosset & Dunlap, 1910. 227 p.
- Tom Swift and his Undersea Search; or, The Treasure on the Floor of the
Atlantic [no.23] Grosset & Dunlap, 1920. 238 p.
- Tom Swift and his Flying Boat; or, The Castaways of the Giant Iceberg [no.26] Grosset & Dunlap, 1923. 231 p.
- Tom Swift and his Giant Magnet; or, Bringing up the Lost Submarine [no.35] Grosset & Dunlap, 1932. 241 p.
The Final Crossing. Windsor, 1990. 447 p.
American agent, escaping Germany with two
important Jewish refugees, one of whom is a protege of Einstein, books
passage on the NORMANDIE, on its final transatlantic crossing prior to
the outbreak of WW II. Once aboard he discovers that the ship is also
carrying France's gold reserves to the US, and that the Nazis have a
saboteur aboard to sink the ship en route.
Julia Howard Logan Trilogy
Heroine designs and builds an East Indiaman in
the 1840s, sets sail with her captain husband to China, and deals with
Chinese pirates, gales, typhoons and childbirth.
- Jewel of the Sea. Putnam, 1978. 407 p.
- The Crystal Star. Putnam, 1978. 440 p.
- The Yankee Girl. Putnam, 1980. 356 p.
Armstrong, Richard (1903-1986)
Cold Hazard. Houghton Mifflin, 1956. 180 p.
U.K. title: Danger Rock. Shipmates in the wintry North Atlantic look to an eighteen-year-old boy for survival after their ship founders.
Sailor's Luck. Dent, 1959. 245 p.
Ship Afire! : a story of adventure at sea. Day, 1959. 188 p.
Survivors of a torpedoed ship in the North Atlantic during WW II.
Out of the Shallows : a story for boys. Dent, 1961. 184 p.
The Big Sea. D. McKay Co., 1964. 154 p.
An account of a tense three-day struggle to save a ship (S. S. Kariba) after her crew abandons ship, leaving one seaman abooard to ride it out.
The Mutineers. D. McKay Co., 1968. 181 p.
Fifteen boys, headed for rehabilitation and resettlement in Australia learn about social order and responsibility after they hijack their ship and land on a distant island.
Arthur, Elizabeth (1953- )
Antarctic Navigation. Knopf, 1995. 798 p.
The daughter of a Colorado rancher undertakes an expedition to recreate Scott's doomed 1910 journey to the South Pole. The novel analyzes the woman's motives for undertaking the project, a combination of the heroic culture of the West, fertile imagination and the power of books.
Arundel, Louis, pseud. [Foster, W. Bert] (1869-1929)
Motor Boat Boys series
One of the many series of adventure books for boys published by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, featuring six teen-aged boys of the Motor Boat Club, and their adventures on various waterways.
- Motor Boat Boys' Mississippi Cruise; or The Dash for Dixie. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912. 237 p.
- Motor Boat Boys on the Great Lakes; or Exploring the Mystic Isle of Mackinac. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912. 227 p.
- Motor Boat Boys on the St. Lawrence River; or Adventures Among the Thousand Islands. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912. 238 p.
- Motor Boat Boys Among the Florida Keys; or The Struggle for the Leadership. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1913. 231 p.
- Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast; or Through Storm and Stress to Florida. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1913. 241 p.
- Motor Boat Boys' River Chase; or Six Chums Afloat and Ashore. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1914. 257 p.
- Motor Boat Boys Down the Danube; or Four Chums Abroad. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1915. 238 p.
The Mountain and the Feather. Houghton, Mifflin, 1961. 397 p.
Account of the activities of a young Naval Officer serving as a Japanese language specialist in Honolulu and the Pacific, 1943-1945. Ashmead was a graduate of Navy Japanese language program at the University of Colorado. Boulder.
Austin, John Charles (pseud. Gun Buster) (1912-2001)
Return via Dunkirk. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940. 256 p.
Royal Navy vs. the Kreigsmarine.
Battle Dress. Hodder & Stoughton, 1941. 255 p.
Zero Hours. Hodder & Stoughton, 1942. 176 p.
Grand barrage. Hodder & Stoughton, 1944. 186 p.
Victory salvo. Hodder & Stoughton, 1946. 190 p.
Avi [Edward Irving Wortis] (1937- )
Captain Grey. Pantheon Books, 1977. 141 p.
Following the Revolution, an eleven-year-old boy becomes the captive of a ruthless man who has set up his own "nation," supported by piracy, on a remote part of the New Jersey coast.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Orchard, 1991. 192 p.
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
Aye, Michael (1937- )
The Fighting Anthonys series:
- The Reaper. Broadsides Press, 2005. 200 p.
Captain Gilbert Anthony has a lot on his mind. He has just been decorated for extraordinary bravery under fire, been given command of the fourth-rate Drakkar, learned from his father's deathbed that he has a fully-grown illegimate brother and will soon be dispatched on a special mission chasing pirates in the Carribbean. Honoring his dying father, the eponymous 'Fighting James Anthony,' Vice Admiral of the Blue, Gil takes his half-brother Gabriel into the ship's company as a senior midshipman. As Drakkar sails Captain Anthony soon realizes having his brother aboard might not be the family reunion he hoped for when he encounters the resentment of one of his officers, Lieutenant Witzenfeld. But the real conflict lies ahead with the menacing pirate raiders who must be captured to cease the depradations against peaceful English merchants. There Drakkar will find the feared pirate frigate Reaper and have her entire crew tested in savage combat.
- HMS SeaWolf. Boson, 2007. 276 p.
Gabe is at the center of the action as he takes command for the first time. Not one to stand aside, he leads a daring cutting out expedition that ends disastrously. Separated from the crew, he is presumed dead. But his brother Gil knows better.
- Barracuda. Boson, 2008. 244 p.
Admiral Lord Gilbert Anthony and his brother Lieutenant Gabriel Anthony, fighting for the Crown during the American Revolution, find adventure, daring privateers, and a ghost ship. The ghost ship Barracuda plies the waters off the coast of Saint Augustine in 1777. The Barracuda takes no prize and leaves no one alive. Tracking down the Barracuda is only one of the many challenges and battles the brothers face when assigned to protect Florida loyalists.
- SeaHorse. Boson, 2010. 292 p.
A needful nation calls. Admiral Lord Anthony has just returned from Gabe's wedding and is finally able to relax with Lady Deborah and their new daughter. Then the admiralty's messenger arrives. Lord Anthony has been given command of His Majesties ships in the West Indies. He and Gabe set sail with a new squadron only to face old enemies, personal tragedies, daring privateers and the French who have signed a alliance with the determined American colonies.
- Peregrine. Boson, 2012. 205 p.
July 1778. A French fleet of mighty warships under Comte d'Estaing arrives off Sandy Hook to aid the colonies. The British Navy finds itself hard pressed to fulfill the duties cast upon it. Vice Admiral Lord Anthony has temporarily transferred his flag to the frigate, HMS Peregrine for diplomatic duty. The ship's captain is Lord Anthony's brother Gabe. The mission is to transport prisoners of war and their families to Norfolk, Virginia in exchange for British prisoners. Sailing under a flag of truce Peregrine is viciously attacked.
- Trident. Bitingduck Press, 2014. 211 p.
Recently promoted to Rear Admiral, Rupert Buck's flag flies aloft HMS Trident as his squadron is formed. Captain Sir Gabriel Anthony, England's latest hero, has been chosen as flag captain. What was to have been a routine mission has suddenly been changed by the Foreign Services Office. American privateers have joined with the French to raid British convoys returning from the Indian Ocean. Buck's squadron has to immediately weigh anchor and rush to meet this new threat. A sudden crisis develops and Gabe finds himself thrust into command of the squadron.
Aymar, Brandt (editor)
Men at Sea : the best sea stories of all time from Homer to William F. Buckley, Jr.. Barnes & Noble, 1994. 640 p.
This huge companion volume to the anthology Men at War contains 60 selections about men who have challenged the sea, from such writers as Melville, Poe, Conrad, London, Hugo, and Hemingway, including short novels, excerpts from novels, and historical accounts.
Baccino Ponce de León, Napoleón (1947- )
Five Black Ships : a novel of the Discoverers. Harcourt Brace, 1994. 347 p.
Translated by Nick Caistor. The sea voyage around the world by Magellan, the Portuguese navigator, in 1519, recreated by a Uruguayan writer. The epic is narrated by the fool of the fleet, Juanillo, a Jewish jester converted to Christianity during the Spanish inquisition. The novel won the Novela Casa de las Americas award.
Bagley, Desmond (1923-1983)
The Golden Keel. Doubleday, 1963. 281 p.
Mussolini's missing treasure lies hidden in Italy. A
group of adventurers set sail to track down the treasure and smuggle it
Wyatt's Hurricane. Doubleday, 1966. 301 p.
Meteorologist Wyatt knows the hurricane will hit
his Caribbean island. The storm comes just as a rebel leader is massing
his forces. As wind and war near each other only Wyatt can save the
The Freedom Trap. Doubleday, 1971. 254 p.
A brilliantly organized gang springs a Russian
double agent from jail. The trail leads to the Mediterranean & Malta.
Night of Error. St. Martin's Press, 1984. 314 p.
On an expedition to a remote Pacific atoll, one
brother dies under suspicious circumstances. The other brother is
forced to investigate. A violent and hazardous expedition follows.
Bacigalupi, Paolo (1972- )
Ship Breaker. Little, Brown, 2010. 326 p.
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
The Drowned Cities. Little, Brown, 2012. 448 p.
Loose sequel to Ship Breaker. America has devolved into unending civil wars, driven by demagogues who recruit children to become soulless killing machines. Two refugees of these wars, Mahlia and Mouse, are known as "war maggots": survivors who have barely managed to escape the unspeakable violence plaguing the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities. But their fragile safety is threatened when they discover a wounded half-man--a bioengineered war beast named Tool, who is hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers. When tragedy strikes, Mahlia is faced with an impossible decision: risk everything to save the boy who once saved her, or flee to her own safety.
Baker, F. Robert
Warhead. Putnam, 1981. 291 p.
The families of the officers and crew of the USS Montana are kidnapped. The crew warns the Russian Federation that unless their families are released unharmed, they will launch a Trident missile. In Moscow, the order goes out: sink the Montana. At the White House, the President orders the Montana to defend itself. And near the Horn of Africa, a large American force, with orders to attack if necessary, approaches the Russian base where the families of the Montana are held hostage. An American assault on a Russian base could start a nuclear war.
Cruise. Putnam, 1967. 314 p.
The story of the emotional tensions and involvements aboard the ship Queen Dee when her First Officer suffers a breakdown.
Baker, W. Howard
Strike North. Mayflower Books, 1965. 125 p.
Escorting convoys to Murmansk with a spy aboard during
Ball, Zachary (Pseud. Kelly Ray Masters Sr.) (1897-1987)
Joe Panther. Holiday House, 1950. 241 p.
In an endeavor to earn money for school, an
industrious young Seminole becomes a deck hand on a tourist boat
fishing the Gulf Stream and accidently is involved in a smuggling
Swamp Chief. Holiday House, 1952. 212 p.
An adventure story about deep sea fishing and the
adjustment of the Seminole Indians to the modern world.
Bar Pilot. Holiday House, 1955. 218 p.
Young Jim Yordy wants to be a bar pilot at the mouth of
the Mississippi River, where his hard-bitten grandfather runs a pilot
station in the mid 19th century.
Skin Diver. Holiday House, 1956. 251 p.
Two young skin divers are hired to help a researching
biochemist working off the coast of Florida.
Young Mike Fink. Holiday House, 1958. 196 p.
A fictional account of the youth and manhood of
Mike Fink, whose feats as a keelboatman, hunter, fighter, and boaster
inspired legends for a nation growing up in the early nineteenth
Salvage Diver. Holiday House, 1961. 220 p.
Two Seminole youths and their boat are hired for
the summer by two men who want to search for sunken ships off the
Ballantyne, Robert Michael (1825-1894)
Coral Island, A Tale of the Pacific Ocean. James Nisbet & Co., 1857. 336 p.
Three English boys, shipwrecked on a deserted island, create an idyllic society despite typhoons, wild hogs, and hostile visitors. Then evil pirates kidnap one of the youths whose adventures continue among the South Sea Islands.
The life of a ship from the launch to the wreck. T. Nelson, 1857. 37 p.
A story for pre-teens, in which a small boy, Davy, is taken to a shipyard to watch the building of a new sailing-vessel, the Fair Nancy. Eventually Davy is allowed to sail on board of her as a boy-seaman. He is sea-sick at first, but soon recovers and learns how to climb the rigging to help with the sails. They encounter a hurricane, which knocks the ship over, and they lose the ship's boats.
The World of Ice or the Whaling Cruise of "The Dolphin" and the
Adventures of her Crew in the Polar Regions. James Nisbet & Co., 1860. 232 p.
Fictional account of whaling voyage to Baffin Bay. Many adventures.
The Red Eric or, The Whaler's Last Cruise. James Nisbet & Co., 1861. 420 p.
"Red Eric" is the name of a seashore cottage that belongs to Captain Dunning and his descendants. The story is about family adventures and survival through storm, shipwreck, and mutiny plague an ill-fated whaling ship.
Fighting the Whales, or Doings and Dangers on a Fishing Cruise. James Nisbet & Co., 1863. 124 p.
A fatherless boy joins the crew of a whaling ship in order to earn a living for himself and his mother.
Fast in the ice, or, Adventures in the polar regions. James Nisbet & Co., 1863. 124 p.
This little book describes a visit up to the Arctic regions, that was supposed to have taken place long before the book was written, in other words in the early part of the nineteenth century. The purpose of the journey was to get near to the North Pole, which was considered to be surrounded by a large area of ice-free water. The vessel in which they sailed became beset by ice, and could not be moved. They met with Esquimaux, and saw how they survived, how they killed walrus, how they caught birds, and how they lived in their ice-houses, or igloos.
The lifeboat : a tale of our coast heroes. James Nisbet & Co., 1864. 392 p.
The work of a lifeboat of the Kentish Coast.
Gascoyne, The Sandal-Wood Trader, A Tale of the Pacific. James Nisbet & Co., 1864. 356 p.
early 1800's the South Seas are the hunting ground of the pirate
schooner AVENGER. A mission settlement looks to Captain Montague of HM
Frigate TALISMAN for protection. Suspicion falls on the sandal-wood
trader Gascoyne, the mysterious but apparently honest skipper of the
schooner FOAM. Gascoyne turns out to be not what he seems, in more ways
The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands: A tale. James Nisbet & Co., 1870. 403 p.
The condition, value, and vicissitudes of the light-vessels, or floating lighthouses, which guard the shores of this kingdom, and mark the dangerous shoals lying off some of our harbours and roadsteads.
Sunk at sea; or, The adventures of Wandering Will in the Pacific. James Nisbet & Co., 1872. 126 p.
Saved by the lifeboat : a tale of wreck and rescue on the coast. James Nisbet & Co., 1873. 124 p.
Black Ivory. A tale of adventure among the slavers of East Africa. James Nisbet & Co., 1873. 416 p.
A shipwreck leaves the son of the charterer of the sinking ship, and a seaman friend of his, alone on the east coast of Africa, where Arab and Portuguese slave traders were still carrying out their evil trade, despite the great efforts of patrolling British warships to limit it and free the unfortunates whom they found being carried away in the Arab dhows.
Man on the ocean : a book about boats and ships. T. Nelson, 1874. 386 p.
Battles with the sea or Heroes of the lifeboat and rocket : being descriptive of our coast-life-saving apparatus with some account of the glorious war and of our grand victories. James Nisbet & Co., 1883. 175 p.
The young trawler : a story of life and death and rescue on the North Sea. James Nisbet & Co., 1884. 429 p.
The main subject matter of this book are the North Sea fishing fleets, and the strenuous and hard work they do to maintain a supply of fish on the tables of the British people, in particular, in the case of this story, tables in London.
The lively poll : a tale of the North Sea. James Nisbet & Co., 1886. 164 p.
Manx Bradley, admiral of 200 fishing vessels in the North Sea, is concerned about the spiritual needs of his men.
The Crew of the Water Wagtail. A story of Newfoundland. James Nisbet & Co., 1889. 243 p.
Ballard, Robert & Chiu, Tony
Bright Shark. Delacorte Press, 1992. 483 p.
Undersea techno-thriller. In 1968 the Israeli sub Dakar sunk with its top secret cargo, code named Bright Shark. Twenty years later, it is rediscovered, and to keep the secret an undersea weapon will be deployed to bury the secret at the cost of global disaster.
Ballenger, Dean W.
Terror at Sea. New American Library, 1981. 218 p.
Fictionalized retelling of the aftermath of the loss
of the cruiser INDIANAPOLIS in the Pacific during WW II, and shark
attacks on the survivors. Author was Navy correspondent, participated
in the rescue and interviewed the survivors. Grisly.
The Sea Guerillas. New American Library, 1982. 188 p.
Wildly improbable tale of a USN PT boat
operating off the Azores in 1942-43 disguised as Portugese fishing
boat. This allows them to stalk and sink the U-boats operating in these
waters, which have chased off every other warship -- but not apparently
Allied merchant shipping. The Nazis had been taking advantage of this
situation to torpedo hospital ships, murder survivors, and rape
Banks, Polan (1906-1984)
Black Ivory. Harper & Brothers, 1926. 305 p.
Once upon a time there was a pirate who marauded the Gulf of Mexico. Black ivory (slaves) was his chief booty. His men were cutthroats to the last gurgle. But his diablerie was so debonair, his ruthlessness so discriminating, that the Latin citizenry of New Orleans around 1800 could not take offense when he came boldly ashore to do business with them and dance with their daughters to the wailing guitar. In 1812 the British tried to buy him up to betray his favorite port.
Mistress of the Sea. Ebury Press, 2012. 416 p.
Plymouth 1570; Ellyn Cooksley fears for her elderly father's health when he declares his intention to sail with Drake on an expedition he has been backing. Already yearning for escape from the loveless marriage planned for her, Ellyn boards the expedition ship as a stowaway. Also aboard the Swan is Will Doonan, Ellyn's charming but socially inferior neighbour. Will has courted Ellyn playfully without any real hope of winning her, but when she is discovered aboard ship, dressed in the garb of a cabin boy, he is furious. To Will's mind, Drake's secret plot to attack the Spanish bullion supply in the New World is a means to the kind of wealth with which he might win a girl like Ellyn, but first and foremost it is an opportunity to avenge his brother Kit, taken hostage and likely tortured to death by the Spanish.
Barlow, James 1921-
Liner. Simon and Schuster, 1970. 443 p.
Passengers and crew aboard an ageing Greek cruise ship,
heading from Tasmania for Singapore, with metal fatigue in the engine
room and lifeboats corroded to the davits, encounter a typhoon.
The Deepest Sea. Roc, 1996. 540 p.
Viking fantasy. Deals with the late 8th Century,
a raid on a monastery in 793 AD and subsequent adventures. The events,
conditions and attitudes described have an unerring ring of truth to
them, despite a glib though highly enjoyable 20th century style and
sense of humor at places and the fantasy aspects. A top notch read.
The Voyage of the Narwhal. Norton, 1998. 399 p.
In Philadelphia in 1855, naturalist Erasmus Darwin Wells sees a last chance to make his reputation as he prepares to accompany his future brother-in-law, Zechariah Voorhees, on a voyage to the arctic in search of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition.
Barrington, E. (pseud. Elizabeth Louisa Moresby) (1862-1931)
The Divine Lady : a romance of Nelson and Emma Hamilton. Dodd, Mead, 1924. 417 p.
Made into an Oscar willing film in 1929.
Barth, John (1930 -)
Sabbatical. Putnam, 1982. 366 p.
A charming book. A couple take a last sailing cruise
around the Chesapeake before their child is born; sort of a sabbatical
from all sorts of responsibilities, disputes, complications. Including,
will they stay together? Much less convoluted than Barth's other
Tidewater Tales. Putnam, 1987. 655 p.
About a writer who's muse has gone mute due to
being privy to secrets from a spook friend and not being able to talk
about them. Much of the action takes place on the Chesapeake Bay.
The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor. Little, Brown, 1991. 573 p.
About a guy on a sailboat
charter vacation who somehow gets transported to the time and place of
Sinbad and the 1001 Nights. The book is quite interesting, though the
sailing takes a backseat to the story-telling.
Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera. Little, Brown, 1994. 398 p.
About a guy and his wife
passing through some strange time/space warp in a squall on the
Bartimeus, pseud. [Lewis Anselm DaCosta Ricci] (1883 - )
Naval Occasions : and some Traits of the Sailor-man. William Blackwood, 1914. 295 p.
Stort stories about naval life in peace and war.
A Tall Ship On Other Naval Occasions. Cassell, 1915. 190 p.
Ten additional short stories
about naval life in peace and war: Crab-Pots; The Drum; A Captain's
Forenoon; The Seven Bell Boat; The King's Pardon; An Off-Shore Wind;
The Day; The Mummers; Chummy-Ships; The Higher Claim.
Action Stations. Little, Brown and Co., 1941. 262 p.
Factual and fictional sketches of naval events
during WW II, including the exploits of ORZEL, ALTMARK, minesweepers and
Barton, A. F.
Those Who Serve. John Spencer & Co., 1958. 161 p.
The story of the Royal Navy submarine TAMARANTH during
WW II, from the beginning of the war until the sinking of the sub, as
told from the point of view of a man who served on her as First
Lieutenant and Captain.
Under the Freeze. Pinnacle, 1984. 404 p.
US secret agent chases madman with stolen
plutonium from Buenos Aires to London, Paris, Moscow and finally aboard
subs under the Arctic ice pack.
Maiden Voyage. Village, 1996. 257 p.
A 12 year old boy who, in surviving the Titanic disaster, discovers something steely and enduring in himself.
Bassett, James E.
Harm's way. World Pub. Co., 1962. 510 p.
Aboard USN cruiser "Old Swayback" in the Pacific during WW II, a regular Naval officer in the Pacific theater is assigned to command a "backwater" operation to seize a group of strategic islands from the Japanese, and has almost as much trouble from an entrenched and interfering area commander as from the enemy.
The Sky Suspended. Delacorte Press, 1968. 326 p.
A novel of naval mercenaries in Southeast Asia.
Cmdr. Prince, USN : a novel of the Pacific War. Simon & Schuster, 1971. 415 p.
Commander Prince, USN Naval commander who has served on staff
positions is given command of a destroyer squadron in the Asiatic Fleet
after the outbreak of WWII. He must overcome doubts about his
competence and courage in the Java Sea, then fight an unequal battle
with a Japanese cruiser and his former flagship -- captured by the IJN
-- off the Solomons.
The Tinfish Run. Harper & Row, 1977. 264 p.
Set in 1942, immediately after the ill-fated
PQ17 convoy. An ancient British destroyer hunts subs, fights German
aircraft in the Arctic. Bassett served in the Arctic aboard a British
cruiser. He has made a serious attempt at to have the characters
speak in the vernacular of the Royal Navy of the day and to this end
includes a thirteen page glossary of Royal Navy lower-deck
terminology and technical terms. There is also a two page synopsis of
the events of the PQ17 convoy.
The Pierhead Jump. Macmillan, 1978. 224 p.
The American transport SUSQUEHANNA, bound
from Oran to the USA with a cargo of Afrika Korps POWs, gets sunk by
a German U-boat -- which then offers a truce so that survivors can be
rescued. Loosely based on the sinking of the LACONIA.
The Neptune Landing. Macmillan, 1979. 214 p.
LCF49 -- Landing Craft, Flak -- goes to war
against Germany in late 1943 through 1944, taking part in the
Overlord Invasion, and its aftermath.
The Guns of Evening. Macmillan, 1980. 201 p.
Aboard the battle-cruiser INVINCIBLE at the
Battle of Jutland.
Bassett, Sara Ware
The White Sail. Doubleday, 1949. 244 p.
Old-fashioned romance set on Cape Cod in the summer
amidst sailing and fishing boats.
Race Against the U-boats. J. Cape, 1963. 111 p.
When he is orphaned during the Second World War, an English youth signs on as cabin boy with a convoy of tramp steamers bound for Canada and experiences tense moments when German submarines threaten.
Bates, H. E. (1905-1974)
The Cruise of the Breadwinner. M. Joseph, 1946. 63 p.
WW II English fishing boat on
Bax, Roger (pseud. Paul Winterton) (1908-2001)
Two If By Sea. Harper, 1949. 245 p.
U.K. title: Came the Dawn. Two Englishmen on duty in Moscow during WW II marry Russian women, but are refused permission to take their wives home to England when they are reassigned. With the help of an American newspaperman, they hatch a plan to spirit the women out of the USSR by using a small sailing boat.
Baxter, John (1939- )
The Black Yacht. Jove, 1982. 341 p.
A tale of intrigue and suspense surrounding the
America's Cup 12-meter style, complete with international assassins,
Japanese challengers utilizing the latest in high-tech boat building
techniques, and old 12-meters being used for Columbian drug running.
The book is high on the mystery content and not-so high on the sailing
aspects. Enjoyable if somewhat over the top in certain areas.
Bayer, John F.
The Omega Deception. Broadman & Holman, 2000. 310 p.
Posting as a soldier and loyal follower of Hitler, Michael Shaw is assigned to the Peenemunde research facility where he discovers the Germans are developing a sophisticated rocket propulsion system to launch chemical weapons from U-boats off the eastern coast of America. Finding a surprising confidante in civilian scientist Kurt Daleuge, Shaw must learn all he can about the upcoming attack targeted at Wall Street, and with Daleuge's's help, intercede before millions of Americans are killed.
Beach, Edward Latimer, jr. (1918-2002)
Run Silent, Run Deep. Holt, 1955. 364 p.
WW II Pacific submarine action. Best sub
novel ever written, some say.
Dust on the Sea. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1972. 351 p.
American sub EEL in Japan's tightly guarded
inland sea during WW II.
Cold is the Sea. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1978. 348 p.
15 years after WW II a nuclear submarine CUSHING
goes on a secret mission to the arctic to test fire missiles from under
the ice, collides with Russian submarine.
Beard, G. S. (Gary)
- Mr. Midshipman Fury. Century, 2006. 309 p.
The year is 1792 - the start of the French Revolutionary Wars. A shadow hangs over John Thomas Fury in his first voyage as a midshipman aboard the 32-gun frigate, Amazon. As Amazon heads southwards on her voyage to India, Fury is involved in a shipboard accident and he finds himself working hard to prove that he isn't cursed just like his father.
- Lieutenant Fury. Century, 2007. 396 p.
When Amazon left England nearly two years before the countries were not at war but any hopes that the peace still holds are shattered as the Frenchman unexpectedly opens fire - a bloody sea battle ensues resulting in both triumph and personal tragedy for Acting Lieutenant John Fury.
The Homeward Bounder and Other Sea Stories. Glencannon Press, 1995. 239 p.
Breaking seas -- The slop chest -- Coal from Clydeside -- The coming of the cat -- The homeward bounder -- Ju-Ju man -- The river -- Letter to a priest -- For want of wind -- Not for naught -- The caleuche -- San Joaquin -- The contribution -- In a leather-bound diary -- To show the flag.
Golden Fleece. St. Martin's Press, 1990. 234 p.
Murder mystery involving disappearance of a sailboat
in Lake Superior.
Make War in Madness. Fawcett Publications, 1965. 255 p.
Army Lieutenant commands PT boat on strange
missions during the Korean war.
Behr, E. Thomas
Blood Brothers. CreateSpace, 2011. 406 p.
In 1805, in the war-ravaged Mediterranean, Henry Doyle, a soldier of fortune-and professional killer-arrives at a squalid tavern in the roughest section of Malta for a meeting with a man he should hate. His appointment: William Eaton, an American army officer, Indian fighter, and secret agent for Thomas Jefferson. Eaton is plotting a daring venture: the invasion of Tripoli to liberate three hundred Americans held hostage by the Pasha of Tripoli, place a pro-American ruler on Tripoli's throne, and bring freedom to a Muslim country that has known only tyranny. Eaton has money to spend–for a scout to lead his rag tag invading army of Arabs, European mercenaries, and seven US Marines across five hundred miles of merciless desert to attack an Arab army ten times their size.
Belcher, William, Sir (1799-1877)
Horatio Howard Brenton: A Naval Novel. Hurst and Blackett, 1856. 3 v.
Horatio Howard Brenton can be plausibly argued to be the real model for C.S. Forester's character Horatio Hornblower.
Benchley, Nathaniel (1915-1981)
Sail A Crooked Ship. McGraw-Hill, 1960. 230 p.
An aimless young man and his debutant fiancee
end up shanghaied on a stolen, clapped-out, reserve fleet freighter
that had been moored in New York Harbor. They find themselves held by
an improbable collection of incompetent criminals, who take the ship to
sea for use as a getaway vehicle for bank robberies. Instead they prove
to be a seagoing gang that could not shoot straight. Set in the late
1950s. A real howler!
The Off-Islanders. McGraw-Hill, 1961. 238 p.
Russian nuclear submarine runs aground off a
New England island the night that the island's High School football
team wins its first game in years. Madcap farce. Basis of the movie
The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!
Benchley, Peter (1940-2006)
Jaws. Doubleday, 1974. 311 p.
A great white shark terrorizes a beach resort.
The Deep. Doubleday, 1976. 301 p.
A young couple go to Bermuda on their honeymoon. They
dive on the reefs offshore, looking for the wreck of a sunken ship.
What they find lures them into a strange and increasingly terrifying
encounter with past and present, a struggle for salvage and survival,
along the floor of the sea.
The Island. Doubleday, 1979. 302 p.
Descendants of Caribbean pirates cause trouble in
White Shark. Random House, 1994. 324 p.
Off modern-day Massachusetts, a freak accident revives
a hideous Nazi experiment that had been entombed in the sea since WWII.
A cross between SS storm trooper and a mechanized shark, the creature
goes on the rampage sort of and a beleaguered marine scientist is the
only one who realizes something unusual is going on.
Bengtsson, Frans Gunnar (1894-1954)
The Long Ships: a saga of the Viking age. Knopf, 1954. 504 p.
Rode Orm: hemma och i osterled in the original
Swedish. Adventures of Red Orm, son of a pirate, master of his own ship
and afraid of no man. Bengtsson uses a rather dry style, like that of
the Icelandic sagas, to describe very exciting events, and gives a
vivid portrayal of the time and places without resorting to much
description. A ripping yarn. Made into a movie in 1963.
Bennett, Geoffrey M. (AKA Sea-Lion) (1908-1983)
The Diamond Rock. Hutchinson & Co., 1952. 231 p.
Novel based around the garrisoning of Diamond Rock in the Caribbean during the Napoleonic Wars.
Benno, Mark E.
This Wonderful Year: The Adventures of Mr. Edward Pamprill. CreateSpace, 2011. 562 p.
It is the year 1805, and a weary England prepares for Napoleon's next move. Events don't seem to bother Mr. Edward Pamprill, however; he's too busy spending his father's money and living a life of idle pleasure. The good times are cut short when his father (the lecherous Baron Pamprill) secretly arranges for his son's abduction and removal to a British man-of-war, and it is at sea that young Mr. Pamprill truly begins his education. Mr. Pamprill battles Napoleon, endures raging storms, and struggles to keep alive the passion for the mystery woman he left behind while his heart is besieged by some of the era's most beautiful and dangerous women.
Bensen, R. D.
Swashbuckler. Bantam, 1976. 167 p.
Slash and hack Carribean pirate adventure. Novel
adapted from the screenplay by Jeffrey Bloom, from a story by Paul Wheeler.
Marianne and the Privateer. Putnam, 1971. 317 p.
Fiery temptress is rescued, resumes her
affair with American privateer. Set in the early 1800s. Originally in
Beresford, J. D. (John Davys) (1873-1947) and Wynne-Tyson, Esmé (1898-1972)
Men in the Same Boat. Hutchison, 1943. 103 p.
A torpedoed ship’s lifeboat which drifts helplessly across the seas while its inmates struggle vainly against thirst, hunger and exposure.
The Deep Sea Adventure series:
- The Sea Hunt. Harr Wagner, 1959. 69 p.
- Treasure Under the Sea. Harr Wagner, 1959. 74 p.
- Submarine Rescue. Harr Wagner, 1959. 73 p.
- The Pearl Divers. Harr Wagner, 1959. 89 p.
- Frogmen in Action. Harr Wagner, 1959. 89 p.
- Danger Below. Harr Wagner, 1962. 97 p.
- Whale Hunt. Harr Wagner, 1962. 98 p.
- Rocket Divers. Harr Wagner, 1962. 98 p.
- Sea Gold. Addison-Wesley , 1967. 73 p.
To Build a Ship. Viking Press, 1963. 209 p.
Building a ship in the wilderness on Tillamook Bay
in the early pioneer days.
Berry, Erick (pseud. Allena Champlin)(1892-1974)
Go and Find Wind. Oxford University Press, 1939. 251 p.
On board a clipper ship in the 1850s.
Biggins, John (1949- )
Otto Prohaska series:
- Tomorrow the World : in which Cadet Otto Prohaska carries the Habsburg Empire's
civilizing mission to the entirely unreceptive peoples of Africa and Oceania. Heinemann, 1994. 289 p.
Loosely based on the round-the-world voyage in
1900-1902 of the steam frigate DONAU, which was the last wooden
sailing warship to make an ocean cruise.
- A Sailor of Austria : in which, without really intending to, Otto Prohaska becomes
Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire. Secker & Warburg, 1991. 368 p.
Otto's account, recollected at age 101, of his
service as a submarine captain from 1915 to 1918.
- The Emperor's Coloured Coat : in which Otto Prohaska, future hero of the Habsburg Empire,
has an unexpectedly interesting time while not quite managing to avert the First World War. Secker & Warburg, 1992. 374 p.
Covers 1913 to 1915, during which time
Otto serves as deck officer, seaplane pilot, Naval Aide to the
Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and captain of a Chinese junk.
- The Two-Headed Eagle : In which Otto Prohaska takes a break as the Habsburg Empire's leading U-Boat ace and does something even more thanklessly dangerous. Secker & Warburg, 1993. 367 p.
It is the summer of 1916 and, as luck would have it, Naval Lieutenant Otto Prohaska is assigned to the nascent, unreliable and utterly frightening Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Flying Service. Ottto's aerial chauffeur is the self-willed Sergeant-Pilot Toth, with whom he can only communicate in broken Latin -- although when all else fails, screaming will suffice!
Binns, Archie (1899- )
Lightship. Reynal and Hitchcock, 1934. 345 p.
Lives of the crew of a lightship off the northwest
You Rolling River. C. Scribner's Sons, 1947. 342 p.
Astoria around the turn of the century.
Bissell, Richard Pike (1913-1977)
A Stretch on the River. Little, Brown, 1950. 242 p.
"Picaresque" novel about towboating on the
upper Mississippi. Simultaneously hailed by the newspaper in Dubuque
and banned by the Dubuque Catholic Mothers Purity Association.
High Water. Little, Brown, 1954. 280 p.
Trials of the mate of a diesel towboat trying to push
too many barges from St. Louis to St. Paul during a record breaking
Goodbye Ava. Little, Brown, 1960. 241 p.
Most of the action takes place on houseboats.
Bjorneboe, Jens (1920-1976)
The Sharks: The History of a Crew and a Shipwreck. Norvik Press, 1992. 241 p.
psychological novel of storm and mutiny aboard the British ship
NEPTUNE, sailing from Manila to Marseilles in 1899 with a cargo of hemp
and a secret stash of pearls.
Blaine, John (Pseud. Harold L. Goodwin) (1914-1990)
The Pirates of Shan. Grosset & Dunlap, 1958. 181 p.
A Rick Brant Electronic Adventure on Spindrift
Island, with airplanes, boats and pirates. For young readers.
Blair, Clay (1925-1998) and Joan Blair (1929- )
Scuba! Bantam Books, 1977. 247 p.
Adventurers, sinners and lovers, lured by a fortune in gold
dive in the Caribbean.
The Submariners 1 :
Mission Tokyo Bay. Bantam Books, 1979. 217 p.
Just before WW II, US submarine SHARK is sent to find out why
the Japanese are gathering submarines.
The Submariners 2 : Swordray's First Three Patrols. Bantam Books, 1980. 179 p.
WW II sub adventure. "The sneak
attack on Pearl Harbor was barely finished when Commander Hunter
Holmes began some of the most savage underwater attacks of the war."
Blake, George (1893-1961)
The Shipbuilders. Faber & Faber, 1935. 384 p.
Study of a Glasgow shipyard hit by the
shipbuilding bust in late 1920s, as seen through the eyes of the owner,
and a riveter who served as the owner's batman when both were in the
British Army in WW I. Never gets to sea, but a fascinating portrait of
a vital support maritime industry during the worst of times.
The Constant Star. Collins, 1945. 319 p.
A saga of
a powerful ship and shipbuilding concern owned by the Oliphant family.
When their fathers die two cousins inherit the firm. Julius believes in
tradition and dreams of the perfect clipper ship, which he builds the
CONSTANT STAR but Mark is an innovator and the potential of steam and
iron drives him. There is plenty of detail and good characterisation in
this story which spans from the end of the Napoleonic War through the
American Civil War to the culmination of the tea clippers.
Blake, Patrick (pseud. Clive Egleton) (1927-2006)
Double Griffin. Macdonald, 1981. 320 p.
U.S. title: The Skorzeny project. U-Boat plans to bomb Times Square, New York on New
Years Eve 1944/5.
Blochman, Lawrence G. (1900-1975)
Midnight Sailing. Harcourt, Brace, 1938. 311 p.
Silk millionaire P.G. Bonner commits suicide after a Senate investigation. He was accused of having secret plans for the latest Navy anti-aircraft gun. Reporter Glen Larkin is assigned to get on board a Japanese freighter that also carries passengers. It's headed for Japan with a load of nitrates for making gunpowder.
Blunden, Godfrey (1906-1996)
Charco Harbour: a novel of unknown seas and a fabled shore passaged with coral
reefs and magnetical islands, of shipwreck and a lonely haven; the true story of the last of the great
navigators, his bark, and the men in her. Vanguard Press, 1968. 401 p.
Based on James Cook's voyage of exploration 1768-1771 in the
Blue Sloop at Dawn. Dodd, Mead, 1979. 277 p.
Small boat sailing off Long Island, from
duckboats to the "sloop of dreams."
Bodett, Tom (1955- )
Williwaw! Knopf, 1999. 192 p.
In their father's absence, thirteen-year-old September and her younger brother Ivan disobey his orders by taking the boat out on their Alaska bay, where they are caught in a terrifying storm called a williwaw. For younger readers.
Bolger, Philip C. (1927- )
Schorpioen: a novel of southern Africa. Duff & Duff, 1986. 203 p.
In an alternate universe
a family from the Kingdom of Hawaii are rescued by
Dutch speaking Africans from the pariah state that rules most of
southern Africa when their old George Lawley built schooner FLYING
CLOUD is dismasted off the Cape of Good Hope. In this world there is no
apartheid or racism in south Africa, but the country is boycotted by
much of the world because women are considered mere posessions. In
order to get FLYING CLOUD repaired her owner must accomodate himself to
the customs of the country, and the women in his family begin
accomodating themselves to the customs all too well for his taste! Men
own women to do all their thinking and all the skilled work, thus women
are valued for their brains and what they can do. One of the main
spectator sports in Africa is racing large lateen rigged "chebecs" on
Lake Chad, a giant inland sea where the southern Sahara exists in our
universe. Women who can steer a chebec are highly prized, so our hero's
wife and daughter join in the fun.
Fighting Sail series:
- His Majesty's Ship. Fireship Press, 2009. 288 p.
In the spring of 1795 HMS Vigilant, a 64 gun ship-of-the-line, is about to leave Spithead as senior escort to a small, seemingly innocent, convoy. The crew is a jumble of trained seamen, volunteers, and the sweepings of the press; yet, somehow, the officers have to mold them into an effective fighting unit before the French discover the convoy's true significance.
- The Jackass Frigate. Pen Press, 2008. 246 p.
December 1796. It was a time of unrest and discontent for Britain, made even worse by the war with Revolutionary France and the possibility of imminent invasion. Fresh from the dockyard, HMS Pandora, a 28-gun frigate, is about to set sail to join the Mediterranean fleet. Revised by the author in 2009 for the Fireship Press edition.
- True Colours. Fireship Press, 2010. 380 p.
While Great Britain's major home fleets are immobilised by a vicious mutiny, Adam Duncan, commander of the North Sea Squadron, has to maintain a constant watch over the Dutch coast, where a powerful invasion force is ready to take advantage of Britannia's weakest moment.
- Cut and Run. Fireship Press, 2011. 342 p.
Disillusioned by the lack of opportunity in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant King opts for a spell with the Honourable East India Company. But, a trip in an Indiaman is anything but the easy option when his captain is revealed to be an old enemy.
- Patriot's Fate. Fireship Press, 2012. 318 p.
It is 1798 and Ireland rises up against years of repression and injustice. Rebels, supported by a mighty French invasion fleet, prepare to claim their land but find themselves countered by a powerful British battle squadron. Two friends and former allies, separated by chance and circumstance, witness developments from opposing sides while storms, political intrigue and personal dynamics abound.
- The Torrid Zone. Old Salt Press, 2014. 300 p.
A tired ship with a worn out crew, but HMS Scylla has one more trip to make before her much-postponed re-fit. Bound for St Helena, she is to deliver the island's next governor; a simple enough mission and, as peace looks likely to be declared, no one is expecting difficulties. Except, perhaps, the commander of a powerful French battle squadron, who has other ideas...
Turn a Blind Eye. Old Salt Press, 2013. 315 p.
Autumn, 1801. Newly appointed to the local revenue cutter, Commander Griffin is determined to make his mark, and defeat a major gang of smugglers. But the country is still at war with France and it is an unequal struggle; can he depend on support from the local community, or are they yet another enemy for him to fight?
Bone, David William (1874-1959)
The Brassbounder : A Tale of the Sea. Duckworth, 1910. 293 p.
Adventures of an apprentice aboard a 19th Century sailing barque.
A "brassbounder" is a youthful apprentice whose parents pay a premium for his appointment to a
vessel, where for three years he does the work of an ordinary seaman, eats no better and gets no more
pay, on the theory that he is learning to be an officer. This "brassbounder" who tells this story sailed
from Glasgow round the Horn and back, meeting the dangers of storm and fog.
'Broken Stowage'. Duckworth, 1915. 286 p.
The Lookoutman : A descriptive account of mercantile marine steamship
types. Harcourt, Brace, 1923. 220 p.
The Queerfella. Duckworth, 1952. 288 p.
Bonehill, Captain Ralph (1862-1930)
A Sailor Boy With Dewey. Mershon, 1899. 250 p.
Oliver Raymond, a young civilian
entrepreneur, tries to save his father's business from the ravages of
the Spanish conquerors of Manila and the rebellious Tagals the local
population. Caught between both sides, alternately captured by both
and also beset by the evil intentions of his villainous captain, Oliver
and his chum Ken persevere and eventually end up with Commodore Dewey
during the battle of Manila Bay. For
The young naval captain, or, The war of all nations. Thompson & Thomas, 1902. 211 p.
A future war against the United States (now encompassing all of North America) by all the nations of the world, which is fought by submarines. Also published under the title: Oscar, the Naval cadet, or, Under the sea : an interesting and instructive story of adventures on a submarine boat.
Bonfiglioli, Kyril (1928-1985)
All the tea in China: which tells how Carolus Mortdecai Van Cleaf set out
to seek his fortune in London Town, on the high seas, in India, the treaty ports of China, and even in darkest Africa, and how he found it, predictably, in a place which has no longitude and precious little latitude. A (distant) prequel to the Charlie Mortdecai novels.
Pantheon Books, 1978. 258 p.
Inspired by a shotgun blast in the seat of his breeches, Karli Van Cleef quits his native Holland to seek his fortune. He sees that true opportunity flowers in India's fields of opium poppies and the treaty ports of China. So he takes a birth in an opium clipper hell-bent for the Indies.
War Beneath the Sea. Crowell, 1962. 263 p.
Young Keith Stockton serves aboard the submarine Mako during World War II, growing from boy to man and learning to face danger and responsibility.
Deepwater Challenge. Crowell, 1963. 192 p.
A youth tries to pay off his family's debts through abalone diving but finds himself forced to take greater risks than he intended.
Ultimatum. Ballantine, 1976. 202 p.
Strange crew steals big oil tanker, threatens to flood
the entire coast of the western Mediterranean with oil unless their
demands are met.
Borodin, George (pseud. George Sava) (1903-1996)
Friendly Ocean. Staples, 1946. 179 p.
Personal dramas of a group of passengers on a merchant ship in wartime.
Ocean Black. Kensington, 1995. 310 p.
18,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific, billionaire industrialist Paul Deride has hit a motherlode of manganese. But the only way to retrieve the precious ore is through a series of strategically placed nuclear detonators that could trigger a massive earthquake along California's San Andreas fault.
The Iron Ring. Avon, 1963. 181 p.
Iron Joe Ring, the mustang ex-UDT captain of the
worn out minesweeper DEAN patrolling the Korean coast during the Korean
War, is finishing up his 20 years in the navy. He and the DEAN will be
retired in 20 days. Before he hangs it up, he wants to destroy a
railroad tunnel along the coast through which the Chinese are running
their supplies to the front.
Bosworth, Allan R. (1901-1986)
Storm Tide. Harper & Row, 1965. 268 p.
Aboard one of the first steam-powered whalers in the
mid-1800s, the captain must contend with the rivalry of a fellow
captain and former mate who has impugned his courage, and the owner of
the ship -- a woman who joins the expedition to "rescue" her native
half-sister from life among Pacific island "savages."
Boulle, Pierre (1912-1994)
The Whale of the Victoria Cross. Vanguard, 1983. 182 p.
Translation of: La baleine des Malouines. During the Falkland Islands war,
a British ship takes a whale, first mistaken for a submarine, as a
mascot. An admiral recommends the whale for a medal and the Home Office
thinks the entire fleet has gone bonkers. An odd novel.
Bowling, Tom (pseud.)
The Antigallican. Oldcastle, 2008. 283 p.
Jersey fishing captain, Jean Cotterell is rescued by a French frigate - the Hortense - off the Grand Banks of Nova Scotia in May 1794. His fishing vessel has foundered and he is the sole survivor. The Hortense is part of Republican Admiral Jan Van Stabel's great fleet of over 100 ships bringing corn to France. Lord Howe's Channel Fleet is off Brest, hoping to intercept them. A planned sequel A Ship Aground has never been published.
Lighter Than Air. Harcourt, Brace & World, 1961. 249 p.
Lighthearted novel about
life in the US Navy's blimp service during WW II. It follows the
collisions between a pompous blimp expert, dragooned into service as
the squadron commander, and a maverick Alaskan bush pilot, drafted in
as a blimp pilot, who is wooing an uptight minister's daughter, serving
as a Navy nurse.
Bradley, David (pseud. John Leslie) (1944- )
The Lodestar Project. Pocket, 1986. 279 p.
When the Blue Fin vanishes into the Caribbean with his wife and daughter aboard, Alex Walker is mystified, until he discovers a Pentagon cover-up that spread from the ocean around Key West to the White House itself. In shockwaves of instant death, two American submarines have also vanished, wrecked in top-secret Navy tests. Now, with the help of a smart, sexy reporter and an expert in deep-sea sound waves, Walker is racing against the U.S. Navy to raise the Blue Fin from the depths. In the menacing waters of the Bermuda Triangle, the final battle begins - a battle that could expose the most awesome weapon ever unleashed beneath the seas.
Brady, Cyrus Townsend (1861-1920)
The Quiberon Touch; a romance of the days when "The Great Lord Hawke" was
king of the sea. D. Appleton, 1901. 410 p.
Lieutenant Philip Grafton fights the French
navy in 1754 under the command of "The Great Lord Hawke". Good sea
battles, and a little romance, too.
In the Wasp's nest, the story of a sea waif in the war of 1812. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902. 327 p.
Woven With the Ship, a novel of 1865, together with certain other veracious tales of various sorts. J.B. Lippincott, 1902. 368 p.
American Civil War tale.
The Two Captains: a romance of Bonaparte and Nelson. Macmillan Co, 1905. 413 p.
On the Old Kearsarge, a story of the civil war. C. Scribner's Sons, 1909. 289 p.
The Island of Surprise. A.C. McClurg & Co, 1915. 317 p.
Romance, adventure and danger on islands in
the South Pacific.
Waif-o-the-sea : a romance of the great deep. A.C. McClurg & Co, 1918. 318 p.
The adventures of the crew of a whaling ship.
Brahms, Caryl (1901-1982) and Sherrin, Ned (1931-2007)
Benbow Was his Name : a story of tall ships in battle compiled from the literature of the sea and fashioned into a novel. Hutchinson, 1967. 209 p.
First written for the BBC as a radio, and then
a television play, it concerns Admiral Benbow's 1702 battles with the
French in the West Indies during which his officers refused to engage
the enemy, their subsequent courts martial and Benbow's death from
Between Two Shores. Kimber, 1983. 242 p.
A sea captain sets his heart on commanding a French commerce raider at the same time as he becomes enthralled with a French girl whose name he doesn't even know.
The Captain's Wife : a Captain Davy story. Kimber, 1985. 268 p.
Captain Ned Davy and his tough little wife,
Genevieve, sail to India in the 1780s to rescue a British spy.
The Silver Oar. Crowell, 1954. 310 p.
Story of life in the Massachussets Bay Colony in
the 1680s, loosely based on truth. Smuggler is shipwrecked, taken in by
town, then resumes his trade.
Briggs, Marie (1898- )
Cocos Island Venture. Borden, 1950. 214 p.
Lighthearded stories of a girl's sailing trip to and from the Cocos.
Brinkley, William (1917-1993)
Quicksand. Dutton, 1948. 255 p.
Story of a young American naval officer who falls in love with a lovely
Italian girl. Unfortunately there is a wife back home.
Don't Go Near the Water. Random House, 1956. 373 p.
Hilarous story of public relations men who
get drafted into Navy without corrupting effect of training, then wind
up smack in the middle of the war in the Pacific.
The Ninety and Nine. Doubleday, 1966. 393 p.
Adventures of the nine officers and ninety men of LST 1826 ferrying between Naples and Anzio in World War II.
The Last Ship. Viking, 1988. 616 p.
The guided missile destroyer NATHAN JAMES, the last
US ship afloat after a nuclear holocaust, heads for a Pacific island
Brinton, Henry (1901- )
Death to Windward. Hutchinson & Co., 1954. 192 p.
A sailor recuses a young girl washed overboard from a yacht.
Brockway, Fenner (1888-1988) (Baron Brockway)
Purple Plague: A tale of love and revolution. S. Low, Marston, 1935. 310 p.
The terrible Purple
Plague strikes an ocean liner, dooming it to ten years at sea while the
disease runs its course and social revolution ensues aboard ship.
Brookes, Ewart (1901- )
Proud Waters. Jarrolds, 1954. 360 p.
When a RNVR officer is is ordered to take command of
a minesweeper at a base close to the German-occupied French coast, he
accepts the post reluctantly. The ship was known to have a sullen crew
and a young lieutenant smarting under the injustice of a previous
commander. But, as he discovers, the task of minesweeping is as
essential as it is perilous
To Endless Night. (aka The curse of the trawler Charon.) Jarrolds, 1955. 239 p.
CHARON was unfortunate to kill a man as she was launched. Bad luck dogs
those sailing in her, especially her skipper. She is taken up as an
ASDIC trawler for the Royal Navy at the outbreak of WW II and her
erstwhile skipper, in greatly reduced circumstances, eventually finds
himself back on board. The pre-war fishing and her war-time service is
interestingly told but all in all a depressing story.
Nor On What Seas. Jarrolds, 1956. 247 p.
Tug salvaging a broken tanker; drunken captain,
attractive wife, devil-may-care tug mate boards ship to attach tow.
Brooks, Kenneth F.
Run to the Lee. Norton, 1965. 185 p.
Not great literature, but a very satisfying tale
about a run down the Chesapeake Bay in a snowy gale on a schooner that
turns from a race for profits, to get a load of coal from Balto to
Solomons and an equally profitable cargo of oysters back, to one for
World Elsewhere. Simon & Schuster, 1999. 224 p.
Based on an actual round the world voyage of a
French ship in the 1770s. An 18th century voyage of exploration to Tahiti through the eyes of a French prince who has gone to sea to make his fortune. Tahiti is paradise and he falls in love, but one day the ship's captain announces they are going home. What should the prince do?
Brown, Jamieson, (1916- )
Destroyers Will Rendezvous. Jarrolds, 1959. 287 p.
Three Australians find adventure and a
different way of life as naval officers on loan to the Royal Navy
during WW II.
The Manatee. E. P. Dutton and Co., 1945. 251 p.
Nantucket, whaling, romance, and dark secrets.
Brunner, John (1934-1995)
The Great Steamboat Race. Ballantine Books, 1983. 568 p.
Mississippi steamboats race to from New
Orleans to St. Louis. Purely historical change of pace from a noted SF
ClearWater. Berkley, 2000. 475 p.
USS Submarine is hijacked. A new technology which can track a trail of clear water in the ocean is the only hope to locating it.
Buchheim, Lothar Gunther (1918-2007)
The Boat. Knopf, 1975. 463 p.
Translation of: Das Boot. Autobiographical novel looks at the Battle of the Atlantic from a German U-boat perspective. Revisionistic, boasting a humane submarine commandant who deeply regrets the necessity of sinking civilian vessels, professional, competent officers and a crew of decent, often unwarlike men nicknamed the "children's crusade" because of their extreme youth.
Budrys, Algis (1931-2008)
Scream at Sea. Fantastic, January-February, 1954
Short story. A grifter is adrift on a lifeboat with a cat. Only one can survive. Collected in Blood and Burning (Berkley, 1978).
Deep Sound Channel. Bantam, 2000. 354 p.
Lt. Commander Jeffrey Fuller takes his stealth submarine, the USS Challenger, on a covert mission to destroy a South African biological weapons compound with the aid of a Navy SEAL strike force.
Tales of Margaritaville: Fictional Facts and Factual Fiction. Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1989. 230 p.
Stories set on the Gulf coast, Florida Keys and Caribbean, the nautical
ones seem to be more factual, but considering the title...
Where is Joe Merchant? Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. 382 p.
A rock star committed suicide, or did he?
According to the tabloid headlines, he's very much on the move. Follow
a fictional gumbo of dreamers, wackos, pirates, and sharks on a wild
chase for the truth through the Caribbean.
Buffett, Jimmy and Buffett, Savanah Jane (Jimmy's daughter)
The Jolly Mon. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988. 32 p.
Childrens picture book about a Bob Marley-esque
Trouble Dolls. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1991. 32 p.
A girl searches for her missing scientist father.
Bullen, Frank Thomas (1857-1915)
The Cruise of the Cachalot: Round the World After Sperm Whales by Frank T.
Bullen First Mate. Grosset & Dunlap, 1897. 397 p.
Bullen drew on his youthful experiences as a
whaler for this novel about a cruise to the South Pacific whaling
The Log of a Sea-waif : being recollections of the first four years of my sea life. Smith, Elder & Co, 1899. 349 p.
Deep Sea Plunderings: a collection of stories of the sea. Smith, Elder & Co, 1901. 350 p.
Stories of the sea - Some whaling.
A Sack of Shakings. Shakings are odds and ends of rope and canvas accumulated during a voyage. They were formerly the perquisites of the chief mate.
McClure, Phillips & Co., 1901. 388 p.
Odds and ends of sea stories.
A Whaleman's wife. D. Appleton, 1902. 372 p.
A Bounty Boy: Being Some Adventures of a Christian Barbarian on an
Unpremeditated Trip Round the World. Marshall, 1907. 361 p.
South Pacific whaling
adventure for young readers.
Young Nemesis. J. Nisbet, 1908. 372 p.
"A Pirate hunter."
Burke, James Lee (1936- )
Dixie City Jam. Hyperion, 1994. 367 p.
Off the coast of New Iberia, deputy sheriff Dave Robicheaux finds a wrecked U-boat. It has sufficient positive buoyancy to drift around. The
discovery starts off a chain of events when various vested interests
attempt to force Robicheaux into revealing its whereabouts.
Burland, Brian (1931-2010)
A Fall from Aloft. Barrie & Rockliff, 1968. 195 p.
An account of a youngster's crossing from Hamilton, Bermuda, to England in 1942 when U-Boats contributed, to the precariousness of any passage. The story is told through the eyes--often looking backwards to the security of his home--of young James who was sent away because of certain juvenile misdemeanors. He has spasms of dreadful homesickness and seasickness.
The Merriman Chronicles:
- A Certain Threat. Burnage, 2012. 204 p.
With French Revolutionary agents travelling freely but secretly between Ireland and England and war with France inevitable, the English government of Mr Pitt is desperately anxious to uncover any plots between Irish rebels and the French. Lieutenant James Merriman with his ship, the sloop Aphrodite, is ordered to the Irish Sea to assist the principal Treasury agent Mr. Grahame in this work. Merriman is plunged headlong into the world of espionage and when Grahame is seriously wounded it falls to Merriman to carry on the investigation.
- Merriman and the French Invasion. Burnage, 2013. 231 p.
Recalled home from the West Indies, Lieutenant James Merriman is promoted to the rank of Post Captain and given command of the frigate Lord Stevenage. It is known that the French are amassing an army and a fleet to invade Ireland and join with Irish rebels. If it succeeds then England will be ringed by enemy countries under the control of Napoleon Bonaparte, and only the navy stands between France and England.
- The Threat in the East. Burnage, 2014. 168 p.
The year is 1798 and it is known that Napoleon is putting a fleet and army together to attack Egypt, from where he might be able to threaten and even attack India to join with Tipu Sahib the ruler of Mysore, a known ally of the French. A British fleet under Admiral Nelson is hoping to intercept him but there is no word of their progress. Merriman has been ordered to take the Treasury Agent Mr Grahame to Bombay where their orders are to help The East India Company protect their shipping from pirates and also to find out how far Tipu's naval building has progressed.
Burns, Walter Noble (1872-1932)
A Year with a Whaler. Outing Pub. Co., 1913. 250 p.
Author shipped as a greenhorn on an arctic whaling ship, and relates his adventures in the Bering and Chukchi seas, with notes on the processing of whale aboard ship. The ship was the 'Alexander' out of San Francisco.
Castors away! World Pub. Co., 1962. 254 p.
Juvenile fiction about the battle of Trafalgar.
Burton, Sir Richard Francis (1821-1890)
The book of The Thousand Nights and a Night: A plain and literal
translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments; made and annotated by
Richard F. Burton. Burton Club, 1885. 8 vol.
Sinbad the Sailor's Adventures, other translations and many abridgements of Burton's and others exist.
Bushnell, Oswald A. (1913-)
The Return of Lono: a novel of Captain Cook's last voyage. Little, Brown, 1956. 290 p.
Reconstructs the momentous visit to Hawaii by Captain Cook. Told from
the point of view of midshipman Forrest of the RESOLUTION. Hawaiian
history and customs are accurately portrayed.
Butler, David (1937- )
Lusitania. Random House, 1981. 578 p.
Epic novel about the doomed liner and the people
involved with her.
The Men that God Forgot. Hutchinson, 1975. 255 p.
Demon's Land they called it - a bastardisation of Van Diemen's Land - a place where men rotted or starved or were flogged to death. The maximum security hard-labour camp at Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour was the end of the line for prisoners - a hell on earth for convicts and gaolers alike - and when in 1833, it was decided to close the settlement, ten desperate and ruthless men seized the ship that was to transport them, and made their final bid for freedom.
Butterworth, W. E. (pseud. W. E. B. Griffin) (1929- )
Stop and search : a novel of small boat warfare off Vietnam. Little, Brown, 1969. 152 p.
Instead of the smooth future he had envisioned Eddie finds himself a seaman second class policing dirty rivers in Vietnam.
The Griffin Saga series
Roger Griffin, banished
from the court of Charles II, builds trading empire.
- The Outcast. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1981. 510 p.
- The Adventurer. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1982. 479 p.
Bywater, Hector C.
The Great Pacific War: A History of the American-Japanese Campaign of
1931-33. Constable, 1925. 317 p.
A British naval corespondent, author of many books on
naval affairs and a friend of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Bywater caused a
sensation with the publication of this novel. The
story's feasibility and likelihood were rubbished by Bywater's
contemporaries and the navies of America and Great Britain alike. After
all it was a bit far-fetched! The Japanese striking a surprise blow on
the American Pacific Fleet, attacking the Philippines, someone from the
Philippines taking command of the American counter-attack and island
hopping towards the Japanese mainland, a naval battle in mid-ocean the
turning point of the war, American industrial power eventually
redressing the naval balance.
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