The Nautical Fiction List
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based in part on the work of John Kohnen
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Eaton, Evelyn Sybill Mary (1902-1983)
Restless are the Sails. Harper & Bros., 1941. 348 p.
French pirate captain at the siege of
Louisburg, Nova Scotia in 1758.
Eberhart, Mignon Good (1899-1996)
Five Passengers from Libson. Random House, 1946. 242 p.
Five passengers and three crewmen survive a sinking Portugese cargo ship via a lifeboat, but when they're picked up by a U.S. hospital ship, the Portugese mate is found murdered. Against a backdrop of Portugal being a haven for espionage with undertones of Nazi and Resistance alliances, Eberhart spins a claustrophobic web.
Eccles, Frank (1923- )
The Barbary Run. Longman, 1971. 249 p.
Captain Lawson, in command of the forty-four gun
frigate, HMS COMUS, is ordered to hunt one of the most notorious
pirates to operate on the North African coast, Yussaiff Ahmed, whose
nefarious activities have sent insurance rates sky high, but it is his
audacious seizure of an East Indiaman which rouses the British
Government to demand his destruction. However, Captain Lawson's mission
is complicated when he finds his admiral's wife adrift in a boat full
of survivors from a pirate attack, and he discovers that she knows more
than she is saying about the pirate leader. An entertaining naval yarn
set in 1816. Needless to say it is promoted as being in the tradition
of C.S. Forester.
Fifty Thousand Overcoats. Dent, 1973. 142 p.
Written for older children this story
concerns a British ship's owner/captain, who comes out of retirement
when he believes his ship is being used for nefarious purposes. With
his adopted son he is forced to sail in his ship, which is now being
used as a blockade runner attempting to take supplies, including the
eponymous overcoats, to Bonaparte's army in Russia. Apparently based on
a true incident in 1812.
The Mutiny Run. St. Martin's, 1994. 298 p.
In 1797 the Royal Navy hurriedly sends HMS
ADAMANT with Midshipman John Lawson aboard on a mission with two goals:
to get the crew away from the influence of the Spithead mutiny and to
boost morale with a bold stroke against the coast of France.
Eco, Umberto (1932-2016)
The Island of the Day Before. Harcourt, Brace, 1995. 515 p.
Allegorical tale about a minor member
of Italian nobility, Roberto de la Griva, who is swept off one ship in
the Pacific and finds an abandoned ship anchored in the bay of a
beautiful island. The ship, while fully provisioned, and apparently
intact has been abandoned by its crew. As Roberto explores the ship, he
muses about his life, the universe and everything.
Edgar, Day (Editor)
The Saturday Evening Post Reader of Sea Stories. Doubleday, 1962. 310 p.
Contents: Under the deck-awnings / Jack London -- The beast from 20,000 fathoms / Ray Bradbury -- Vengeance reef / Don Waters -- The snowflake and the starfish / Robert Nathan -- Hornblower and the man who felt queer / C.S. Forester -- The capture of the swordray / Clay Blair, Jr. -- Jarge makes in / Charles Rawlings -- The living torpedo / Tom Yates -- A sailor to the wheel / Bill Adams -- Cargo of gold / Charles Rawlings -- The ransom of Peter Drake / Jacland Marmur -- Port of call / Bud Hutton -- The sea devil / Arthur Gordon -- The kid in command / Jaclund Marmur -- Troubled voyage / William Holder -- Captive captain / John Paul Heffernan -- Without warning / Robert Murphy -- Treachery's wake / Olaf Ruhen -- Dr. Blanke's first command / C.S. Forester -- The cruise of the breadwinner / H.E. Bates.
Edmondson, G. C. (Josť Mario Garry OrdoŮez Edmondson y Cotton) (1922-1995)
The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream. Ace, 1965. 167 p.
A USN owned yawl conducting
experiments with newfangled ASW equipment in the 1960s is struck by
lighting in a sudden squall off San Diego and finds itself suddenly in
much colder waters, seriously off course, and in a calm fog... and out
of the fog comes sailing up a Viking longship. Things get interesting
To Sail the Century Sea. Ace, 1981. 194 p.
Further adventures of "the ship that
sailed the time stream".
Edwards, J. C. (1944- )
Fletcher's Fortune. New American Library, 1992. 278 p.
The start of a series of books centered on
Jacob Fletcher, who joins the Navy in 1793. Harry Flashman in a sailor
suit would sum it up, and none the worse for it. The author has
"discovered" a set of papers purporting to be those of Admiral
Fletcher, and the emphasis is on the comic.
Fletcher's Glorious First of June. New American Library, 1993. 344 p.
Obviously places the Flashmanesque
hero at the famous 1794 naval battle between the British and French.
Edwards, John E.
Yard-Arm For A Gallows. Dent, 1966. 176 p.
It is 1721 and England is at war with
Spain. Piracy and adventure in the Caribbean.
Ehrlich, Max Simon (1909-1983)
Deep is the Blue. Doubleday, 1964. 299 p.
SSBN captain pushes his crew for perfection so
hard that they end up making mistakes. This, in turn, endangers the
safety and mission of the ship on its patrol, and almost leads to an
attack on an allied submarine. Finally, in an effort to shake up the
crew, the captain makes a mistake which almost sinks the sub.
Rory Dunbrody and Tobias St. John series:
- The Chesapeake Command. Broadsides, 2005. 272 p.
Shipwreck, Indian raids and the threat of war with Great Britain confront two U.S. Navy officers, one Irish, one black, in the Pacific Northwest on the eve of the American Civil War. Rory Dunbrody and Tobias St. John, sea officers and best friends, are thrust into armed confrontation with the British over possession of remote San Juan Island. Only their deft diplomacy averts a shooting war. Then, these two comrades from the lowest social orders of the day are separated by the advent of civil war. Rory, now a Confederate lieutenant, and Tobias, a Union sailing master, struggle to maintain their friendship as they battle the enemy, and one another, in New Orleans, Chesapeake Bay and on the Carolina coasts.
- Gray Raiders, Green Seas. Leeward Coast Press, 2007. 288 p.
The story of two sea officers, best friends, one Irish and one black who are separated by the American Civil War at sea. Rory Dunbrody and Tobias St. John struggle to maintain their friendship while confronting storms, the enemy, the bias of brother officers, and occasionally, one another
- The Wake of the Woonsocket. Leeward Coast Press, 2008. 304 p.
In yet another espionage mission masterminded by Lincoln and his Secret Service Chief, Allan Pinkerton, Tobias, aboard USS Woonsocket, must sort through the conflicting expectations of Mexican President Benito Juarez with his need for weapons to put down Mexico's French-supported rebellion, and Lincoln's need to keep French imperialism at bay while insuring that the blockade of Matamoros does not interfere with cotton shipments for Union uniforms. In the process, Tobias barely escapes death at the hand of his nemesis, blockade runner Bertram Ludlow, off the mouth of the Rio Bravo.
- The Pride of Pascagoula. Leeward Coast Press, 2010. 302 p.
Tobias and Rory experience the chilling waters of the English Channel off Cherbourg as the Kearsarge sinks the Alabama. Next, Confederate Navy Secretary Stephen Mallory sends Rory and a cadre of Rebel officers to the Pacific. The Rebels arm a raider in Victoria, British Columbia that intercepts a Union gold shipment from San Francisco. Then they aid the CSS Shenandoah in attacks against whalers. Tobias and Kekoa Kalama are aboard a Union sloop of war in hot pursuit, determined to defend the whaling fleet against destruction.
- The Chilean Corvette. Leeward Coast Press, 2014. 295 p.
Rory becomes commander of the Chilean/Peruvian Atlantic Squadron. He recruits Tobias and a host of Irish-American sailor-members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the "Fenians," thirsting for adventure, employment and training for the forthcoming Fenian uprising against Britain in 1867.
Together, Rory and Tobias lead the squadron as it carries out Peruvian President Mariano Prado's plan to attack Spanish possessions in the Atlantic, and Spain herself.
Eliot, George Fielding (1894-1971)
Caleb Pettengill, U.S.N. Messnor, 1956. 320 p.
The steam frigate MERRIMACK blockades
Southern ports during the War Between the States.
Ellsberg, Edward (1891-1983)
Santa Cruz Treasure series:
- Thirty Fathoms Deep. Dodd, Mead, 1930. 266 p.
Ex-USN salvage officer and ex-navy divers
use a surplus WW I navy salvage ship to go after the treasure of a
Spanish galleon sunk in 30 fathoms near a tiny island off the
- Ocean Gold. Dodd, Mead, 1935. 263 p.
Ex-USN salvage officer Philip Ramsay takes command of
the LAPWING to recover the remaining treasure of the Santa Cruz, now
hidden underneath the sunken hull of another ship!
- Submarine Treasure. Dodd, Mead, 1936. 299 p.
Also published as Spanish Ingots. After
jettisoning the Spanish gold to avoid it's confiscation by the
Peruvian navy and scuttling the LAPWING Philip Ramsay charters an old
"S" class submarine, now a travelling exhibition, to recover the
- Treasure Below. Dodd, Mead, 1940. 305 p.
More adventures in the S-53 and the NANTUCKET
LIGHTSHIP as Philip Ramsay and the navy divers try to get the
Santa Cruz treasure back to civilization.
Pigboats. Dodd, Mead, 1931. 239 p.
Lieutenant Knowlton commands the American submarine
L-200 attached to Britainís Grand Fleet in the First World War. Driven
by enemy destroyers, crippled and helpless, to a depth she was not
designed for we follow the despair and desperation of her people as
their morale disintegrates in the face of what appears to be certain
death. U.K. title: Submerged.
S-54 : Stories of the Sea. Dodd, Mead, 1932. 278 p.
Collection of fictional salvage stories. Contents: S-54 -- It's a tough problem -- Cargo to Newcastle -- Queenstown patrol --
Hell on Ice : the Saga of the "Jeannette". Dodd, Mead, 1938. 421 p.
The personal narrative in
fictional form of the chief engineer, G.W. Melville, of the tragic
USN expedition "to that unknown part of the world lying North of
Behring's strait." 22 of the 34 men in the JEANETTE died while trying
to reach Siberia after she was crushed in the ice in June 1881.
Captain Paul. Dodd, Mead, 1941. 607 p.
Fiction about John Paul Jones.
"I have just begun to fight" : The story of John Paul Jones. Dodd, Mead, 1942. 269 p.
Fictionalized for young readers. Abridged and altered from the author's "Captain Paul" (1941).
Cruise of the Jeannette. Dodd, Mead, 1949. 275 p.
Fictionalized for young readers. A retelling for young readers of the author's Hell on ice.
Mid Watch: a novel. Dodd, Mead, 1954. 279 p.
Boiler blows up in an old US Navy cruiser
making a full power run sometime before WW I. Ensign is made scapegoat
and court martialled.
Ellsworth, John (Editor)
Tiller and Pen: A Collection of Sailors' Stories. Eighth Moon, 1994. 179 p.
Modern short fiction. Contents: Cutting rope / John Tucker -- Three man and a boat / Eton Churchill -- Standing watch / Marian Blue -- Coffee on the watch / Ben Wilensky -- Aground / Joan Connor -- The sea has many voices / Gregory Fitz Gerald -- Wreck of the Juniper / Daniel Spurr -- Flo / Michael Badham -- Foggy Foggy Don'ts / Mary Lee Coe -- A daughter of the tradewind / Richard Morris Dey --
The cruise of the diablesse / Tamsen Merrill -- Island Hunter / Christine Kling --
La Carona del Diablo / Ray Bradley.
Chasing the Wind. Bethany House, 1996. 187 p.
Just after the surrender of Germany in World War II, three Danish children are trapped aboard a renegade German submarine attempting to escape to South America with Nazi treasure.
For Love of a Pirate. Morrow, 1978. 251 p.
16th century English corsair captures the
daughter of Cuba's Spanish governor, chases galleon carrying gold.
Etka, Craig L.
The Scorpius Connection. American Literary Press, 1994. 288 p.
The stealing of two Russian diesel Kilo Class submarines by a defecting U.S. ex-commanding officer of a nuclear submarine for transfer to a Columbian drug cartel results in the combining of forces of the U.S. and ex-Soviet Union to combat the drug cartel.
The Kilo Affair. American Literary Press, 1998. 279 p.
Direct sequel to The Scorpius Connection, concluding the story.
Evans, Alan (1930- )
David Cochrane Smith Series
- Thunder at Dawn. Doubleday, 1978. 215 p.
Commander David Cochrane Smith pulls off heroics
in an outdated British Cruiser off Chile in 1917 against two German
cruisers. Probably based on the battle of Coronel.
- Ship of Force. Walker, 1979. 254 p.
Smith is given command of a motley collection of
rejects in the Dover Patrol and given the assignment of killing
U-boats through aggressive patrolling. He cannot convince his
superior of the futility of the task or get support to stop a German
surprise that he is expecting -- despite its potential to lose the
war for Britain.
- Dauntless. Hodder and Stoughton, 1980. 252 p.
Smith uses a mixed force -- his command, the light
cruiser DAUNTLESS, a seaplane carrier, a USN subchaser, and a
merchantman carrying a British infantry battalion that has murdered
its commanding officer -- to interdict Central Power reinforcements
and supplies in the Palestine theater in 1916. Just as he has things
under control -- in time to support Allenby's attack on Bersheeba --
the Germans use a BLUCHER class heavy cruiser to run the 5000-man
Afrika Legion into the theater. Smith is ordered to stop them.
- Seek Out and Destroy! Hodder and Stoughton, 1982. 251 p.
Commander Smith and three British torpedo boats
pursue the German battleship SALZBURG off the Italian Coast in 1917. Published in the U.S. as "Seek and Destroy".
- Audacity. Hodder and Stoughton, 1985. 256 p.
In command of a British "Q" ship, Smith tries to
deliver a cargo of gold and a mysterious woman to a Russian group
fighting the Germans in 1918.
- Orphans of the Storm. Hodder and Stoughton, 1990. 207 p.
At the start of WW II Captain Smith foils
an attempt by a German light cruiser to aid the GRAF SPEE.
- Sink or Capture! Hodder and Stoughton, 1993. 280 p.
Captain David Smith, thought by some to be unfit
for command, is still serving in the Royal Navy in 1940. In this
story, which stretches credulity to the utmost, Smith searches for
his daughter Susan. He takes part in HMS COSSACK's boarding of the
ALTMARK in Jossingfjord, survives the ramming of the HIPPER by the
GLOWWORM and the novel's climax is his light cruiser engaging the
German heavy cruiser BRANDENBURG in the Battle of Narvik knowing his
daughter is aboard the German ship....
Deed of Glory. Hodder and Stoughton, 1984. 304 p.
The lives of a Regular Royal Navy officer, his
artist cousin, who joins the Royal Marines after WW II breaks out, an
ex-USN officer who joins the Royal Navy, and a Frenchwoman whose father
was a senior port offical intertwine around the raid on St. Nazaire
during the early stages of WW II. The book starts with the British
evacuation of St. Nazaire in 1940, and climaxes with the raid on the
Normandie Dock in 1942.
Eagle at Taranto. Hodder & Stoughton, 1987. 224 p.
Based on true events. Tells the story of the
pilots of the Fairey Swordfish biplanes ("stringbags") who attacked the
Italian fleet anchored in the harbor of Taranto, Italy in 1940.
Night Action. Hodder & Stoughton, 1989. 256 p.
British MGBs raid a German-held French town to rescue an atomic scientist during WW II.
Sword at Sunrise : a novel of D-Day. Hodder & Stoughton, 1984. 289 p.
Adventures of the LCT CLIMAX at the D-Day invasion.
Eyster, Warren (1925- )
Far From the Customary Skies. Random House, 1953. 372 p.
WW II destroyer. Savage abuse of rank leads to the killing of an officer.
Fabry, Joseph B.
Swing shift : Building the Liberty ships. Strawberry Hill, 1982. 238 p.
Fictionalized dialogue reveals the human side of a shipyard gang which built Liberty ships at Permanente Metals Richmond [Calif.] Shipyard, particularly the ROBERT E. PEARY, built in a record four days in November 1942.
Falkner, John Meade (1858-1932)
Moonfleet. Little, Brown, 1951. 237 p.
Fifteen-year-old orphan gets caught with smugglers in
Moonfleet, England, which leads to complications impelling him into a
search for the cursed Mohune treasure. For 19th century young readers
-- or 20th century adults that don't need sex to enjoy a plotline.
Young readers today would probably find it too difficult.
Farnol, Jeffery (1878-1952)
Black Bartlemy's Treasure. Little, Brown, 1920. 368 p.
Martin Conisby, embittered by his five years of slavery on the Spanish galleon Esmeralda, escapes during a sea fight and makes his way back to England, determined to avenge himself on Richard Brandon, who was the cause of his father's death and his own ill-treatment. Broken in body and spirit, he arrives home just in time to save from the hands of robbers a beautiful girl, Lady Joan Brandon, the daughter of the man whom he has sworn to punish. In a tavern he meets a pal, Adam Penfeather, who unfolds to him the story of Black Bartlemy, an infamous pirate, and his treasure buried on an island--treasure of fabuous value that has been the dream and hope of roving adventurers along the Spanish Main for many years.
Martin Conisby's Vengeance. Little, Brown, 1921. 331 p.
A classic pirate tale of the Spanish Main, featuring the female pirate, Captain Jo, this continuation of "Black Bartelmy's Treasure" picks up the plot three years later.
Farrell, F. L.
Surface Raider : The story of the sinking of the Graf Spee. John Spencer, 1957. 162 p.
Routine novel of the pursuit of the German
pocket-battleship GRAF SPEE by British cruisers across the South
Atlantic to the showdown off Montevideo in December of 1939. Told in
the first person by a seaman in the B-turret of HMS AJAX. A Badger
Book. Similar to Those Who Serve and Corvette Patrol.
Faulkner, William (1897-1962)
Mosquitoes. Boni and Liveright, 1927. 349 p.
The title refers to the annoying people around whom the
novel centers. Most of the story takes place on a short cruise from New
Turnabout. Saturday Evening Post, March 5, 1932.
Short story: an American aviator in World War I who befriends a British torpedo-boat pilot and comes to see the war from a perspective that's less remote and abstract than that of the one he had as an aerial bomber. The story was the inspiration for Howard Hawks' 1933 film "Today We Live".
Felsen, Henry Gregor (1916-1995)
Submarine Sailor. E.P. Dutton, 1943. 208 p.
With a 32 page supplement of submarine photographs.
Some Follow the Sea. E.P. Dutton, 1944. 192 p.
WW II convoy life in the North Atlantic and Murmansk Run. For young readers.
Fenn, George Manville
Sail Ho! or, A boy at sea. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1893. 375 p.
Young Alison Dale's captain was not a pleasant man, and the crew mutiny, led by the half-French Jarette, and take over the ship. Eventually the drunken mutineers accidentally set fire to the vessel, and flee it. But the officers and passengers, previously cast adrift, come back and manage to put the fire out. The mutineers who have not gone far return and in the ensuing battle Jarette is killed.
The ocean cat's-paw : the story of a strange cruise. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1904. 510 p.
The adventures of a young boy on his uncle's ship.
Fenner, Phyllis R. (editor)
Pirates, Pirates, Pirates: Stories of cutlasses and corsairs, buried
treasure and buccaneers, ships and swashbucklers. Watts, 1951. 287 p.
Destroyer from America. J. Cape, 1942. 127 p.
A fictionized account of the voyages of one destroyer taken over by the British, and a vivid picture of what the naval heroes of England, or of any nation, actually experience.
Feuchtwanger, Lion (1884-1958)
Proud Destiny. Viking, 1947. 625 p.
Intrigue, wit and folly involved in getting France
to support the American rebels in 1776. Translation of Waffen fŁr Amerika.
Deepwater. Doubleday, 1983. 180 p.
Deep diving sub explores an undersea volcano 6 miles
down, with the CIA aboard looking for secrets.
Finger, Charles Joseph (1869-1941)
Cape Horn Snorter : a story of the War of 1812, and of gallant days with Captain Porter of the U.S. frigate, Essex. Houghton Mifflin, 1939. 263 p.
For young readers.
Finney, Jack (1911-1995)
Assault on a Queen. Simon and Schuster, 1959. 244 p.
Six adventurers raise a WW I German U-Boat in
the 50's, refurbish it, and use it to conduct an armed robbery of the
QUEEN MARY. Made into a movie during the 60's.
Fisher, Leonard Everett
Death of the Evening Star: The diary of a young New England Whaler. Doubleday, 1972. 125 p.
young readers. Boy goes on whaling cruise in the Atlantic during 1840s,
is sole survivor of shipwreck.
Fisher, Philip M. (1891-1973)
Vanishing Ships. M.S, Mill, 1943. 250 p.
Originally serialized in Hollandís Magazine as "The Radio Wreckers" (November 1925 - April 1926). This rewritten version changes the baddies to Nazis and Japanese. Pulp about ships captured using a radio wave that disrupts normal marine wireless transmissions.
Fisher, William (1780-1852)
The Petrel: A Tale of the Sea. H. Colburn, 1850. 3 v.
The Petrel is dispatched to search the Mozambique Channel, and the archipelgo to the north of it, for pirates. Originally published as "by a Naval Officer".
Fitchett, William Henry (1841-1928)
The Commander of the Hirondelle: A Tale of the Great Blockade. Smith, Elder, 1904. 390 p.
Lieutenant Harry Gaunt is given the task of capuring the Hirondelle. Having succeeded he is given command and the ship is variously employed, including being present at the Battle of Cape St Vincent.
Fitzgerald, F. Scott (1896-1940)
The Rough Crossing. The Saturday Evening Post, June 8, 1929.
Fitzgerald, Penelope (1916-2000)
Offshore. H. Holt, 1979. 141 p.
The story of a community living on converted barges and
boats at a wharf in Battersea in the 1960s. The people are like the
boats - 1/2/ and 1/2, neither truly of the land or the sea. Winner of the 1979 Booker Prize.
The Year of the French. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, 1978. 516 p.
A story of the Irish rebellion of 1798, the one
Wolfe Tone was involved in, and the attempt by the French to support
that rebellion with an invasion force.
Flannery, Sean (pseud. David Hagberg) (1942- )
Winner Take All. Forge, 1994. 378 p.
To mark the end of the Cold War, Russia and the U.S. plan a massive war game while hidden conspirators connive to sabotage the operation. When a sabotaged U.S. spy sub is supposedly sunk by the Russians, only National Security Agency spy Bill Lane can defuse the crisis.
Kilo Option. Forge, 1996. 383 p.
National Security Agency spy Bill Lane races to avert a nuclear war in the Middle East. He has uncovered a plot to annihilate Tel Aviv by terrorists using a stolen Iranian submarine, armed with nuclear missiles.
Fleming, Thomas J.
Time and tide. Simon and Schuster, 1987. 754 p.
US cruiser JEFFERSON CITY flees disaster at the
battle of Savo Island, but makes up for it in adventures across the
Pacific in this WW II novel.
Fletcher, Inglis (Clark), (1879-1969)
Lusty Wind for Carolina. Bobbs-Merrill, 1944. 509 p.
Captain Woodes Rogers fights pirates in
the early 18th century Carolina colonies.
Bennett's Welcome. Bobbs-Merrill, 1950. 451 p.
Effect of a period of great change in England on the Colonists in Virginia and North Carolina in 1651.
Men of Albemarle. Bobbs-Merrill, 1942. 566 p.
Raleigh's Eden. Bobbs-Merrill, 1940. 662 p.
Roanoke Hundred. Bobbs-Merrill, 1948. 492 p.
Toil of the Brave. Bobbs-Merrill, 1946. 547 p.
Cormorant's Brood. Lippincott, 1959. 345 p.
Romance, adventure and intrigue in early 18th
century North Carolina.
Rogue's Harbor. Bobbs-Merrill, 1964. 242 p.
Colonists in 17th century North Carolina try to
practice free trade and evade taxes. One family's son joins a merchant
captain, another is captured by pirates.
Bet: Stowaway Daughter. Fyddeye Media, 2011. 227 p.
Lisbet "Bet" Lindstrom is the 13-year-old daughter of a sea captain convicted of theft and sent to prison. Bet is convinced her father is innocent, but she has no way to prove it. Desperate to free her father, she visits his old fishing boat, and spots a horribly scarred sailor who might know the truth about the crime. Ignoring the warnings of her friends, she secretly jumps aboard the ship and sails to Alaska. She braves huge storms, performs daring rescues, and faces the man who threatens everything she loves.
Follet, James (1939- )
The Wotan Warhead. Stein and Day, 1979. 201 p.
The skipper of a WW II U-boat carrying a torpedo
with a deadly warhead is pursued by the British as he tries to carry
out a secret mission. Also published as U700.
Churchill's Gold. Houghton Mifflin, 1980. 218 p.
In 1941 a German spy discovers an attempt to
secretly move British gold reserves from South Africa to the United
States via a merchantman, leading to a Nazi attempt to capture the ship
on the high seas.
Those in Peril. Heinemann, 1994. 344 p.
The Royal Navy has dealt a massive blow to Hitler's campaign. But for Ernst Kessler, commander of U-395, their success creates a near impossible situation as he attempts to bring his crew home.
Target Five. Signet, 1973. 256 p.
American Arctic expert obtains a secret list of Soviet submarine stations and attempts to escape with it without being captured.
Forbes, George (1849-1936)
Adventures In Southern Seas : A Tale of the Sixteenth Century. Dodd, Mead, 1920. 287 p.
fictionalized and illustrated account of the voyages of Dirk Hartog,
sixteenth century Dutch explorer of the Antipodes. The account has
everything; giant sea spiders (octopus), hopping creatures (kangaroos),
and so on.
Forbes, Stephen K.
Neptune's Lance. Signet, 1992. 430 p.
Brothers Drew and Coy Murdock must find a missing American nuclear submarine, hidden somewhere in the Persian Gulf, and discover who is behind the theft.
Forester, Cecil Scott (1899-1966)
Brown on Resolution. John Lane, 1929. 272 p.
U.S. title: Single-Handed.
Marooned British sailor takes on WW I German raider single-handed,
filmed as "Sailor of the King".
The African Queen. P.F. Collier, 1935. 275 p.
In the early days of World War I, a steam launch on African river attempts to sink a German cruiser.
To the Indies. Little, Brown, 1940. 298 p.
U.K. title: The Earthly Paradise. Historical fiction about the tragic story of Christopher Columbus's last expedition to the new world.
The Captain From Connecticut. Little, Brown, 1941. 344 p.
In the second year of the War of 1812, Captain Peabody's mission is to break the British blockade. A blizzard has cut visibility to yards. Who would expect a Yankee frigate to be in the Long Island Sound at night and under such conditions?
The Ship. Little, Brown, 1943. 281 p.
An account of a fictitious engagement between British
light cruisers and a far more powerful Italian force during WW II.
Inspired by the 2nd Battle of Sirte, which occurred March 22, 1942 when
4 light cruisers and 11 destroyers successfully defended a Malta-bound
convoy against an Italian task force composed of the modern battleship
Littorio, 2 heavy cruisers and 4 light cruisers by actually attacking
the Italians under cover of smoke. Follows the course of the battle
from the perspectives of several different members of the crew of the
fictitious cruiser HMS ARTEMIS, of the same class as HMS PENELOPE,
which participated in the actual battle and to whose crew the book is
dedicated. As a war-time novel, THE SHIP is somewhat propagandistic in
tone, but nevertheless provides the reader with a good sense of the
diverse nature of the crew and its interaction in battle, the tactics
employed against such seemingly hopeless odds, and of the battle
itself. Although quite readable, The Ship is not as well-written as
another of Forester's WW II novels, The Good Shepherd, nor is the
characterization as vivid.
The Good Shepherd. Little, Brown, 1955. 310 p.
US destroyer escorts North Atlantic convoys during WW II. Although an experienced officer, with many years of seniority, this is Commodore Krause's first wartime mission. The captains of the other escort vessels are junior to him, and much younger, but they have been at war for over two years. His relative inexperience troubles him.
The Man in the Yellow Raft. Little, Brown, 1969. 190 p.
WW II stories: The Man in the Yellow
Raft; Triumph of the Boon; The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck; Dr.
Blanke's First Command; Counterpunch; USS Cornucopia; December 6th;
Gold from Crete : Ten Stories. Little, Brown, 1970. 263 p.
WW II stories: Gold from Crete; Dawn Attack; Depth
Charge; Night Stalk; Intelligence; Eagle Squadron; An Egg for the Major;
"You are Welcome"; The Dumb Dutchman; If Hitler had Invaded England.
The Horatio Hornblower Saga:
- Mr. Midshipman Hornblower. Little, Brown, 1950. 310 p.
June 1794 - April 1798. Midshipman Hornblower, new
to his ship and the Royal Navy, stands up to a bully, loses his first
command, and becomes a prisoner with a duchess under his care, but
- Lieutenant Hornblower. Little, Brown, 1952. 306 p.
May 1800 - April 1803. Hornblower must deal with
poverty, a near-mutiny, a mad captain, hand-to-hand combat, command,
and perhaps the most difficult, his landlady's daughter, Maria. Told
from the point of view of his friend Bush.
- Hornblower and the Hotspur. Little, Brown, 1962. 344 p.
April 1803 - July 1805. Commander Hornblower marries
Maria and blockades the French in the sloop HOTSPUR.
- Hornblower During the Crisis. Little, Brown, 1966. 162 p.
1805. Unfinished at Forester's death. Includes two short stories bookending Horatio's career "Honeblower's Temptation" and "The Last Encounter".
- Hornblower and the Atropos. Little, Brown, 1953. 325 p.
December 1805 - January 1808. Our hero takes part in Lord
Nelson's funeral and goes treasure hunting in the Levant, among other
- Beat to Quarters. New York : Grosset & Dunlap, 1937. 324 p.
June 1808 - October 1808. U.K. title: The Happy Return, In the UK. Captain
Hornblower must deal with the tin-pot Central American dictator El
Supremo and the romantic temptation of Lady Barbara. The first book
in the series to be published.
- Ship of the Line. Little, Brown, 1939. 323 p.
May 1810 - October 1810. Commanding the ship of the line
SUNDERLAND, our hero is captured by the French when his ship is
overwhelmed by a superior force after a series of daring raids along
the Spanish coast.
- Flying Colours. Little, Brown, 1939. 292 p.
November 1810 - June 1811. The French want to execute Hornblower as
a spy, but he and the crippled Bush, along with his coxswain Brown,
manage to escape and make their way down the Loire river.
- Commodore Hornblower. Little, Brown, 1945. 313 p.
May 1812 - October 1812. Hornblower leads a squadron in the
Baltic trying to protect trade and stop Napoleon's advance.
- Lord Hornblower. Little, Brown, 1946. 318 p.
October 1813 - May 1814. Hornblower must rescue a known tyrant
from the mutiny of his crew.
- Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies. Little, Brown, 1958. 329 p.
May 1821 - October 1823. Admiral
Hornblower struggles to impose order in the Caribbean following the
Napoleonic Wars, surviving pirates, revolutionaries and a
The Hand of Destiny , COLLIERS November 23, 1940
Hornblower's Charitable Offering , ARGOSY (UK) May 1941
Hornblower and His Majesty , COLLIERS March 1941
The Cadet Hornblowers:
A four-volume abridgement of eight Hornblower
novels tailored for young audiences.
- Hornblower Goes To Sea. Queen's House, 1948. 191 p.
Excerpts from Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
and Lieutenant Hornblower.
- Hornblower Takes Command. Little, Brown, 1953. 223 p.
Excerpts from Hornblower and the Atropos and Beat to Quarters.
- Hornblower in Captivity. Little, Brown, 1939. 224 p.
Excerpts from Ship of the Line and
- Hornblower's Triumph. Little, Brown, 1946. 223 p.
Excerpts from Commodore Hornblower and Lord Hornblower.
Forrest, Anthony (pseud. for Norman MacKenzie (1915-2004) and Anthony Brown (1946- ))
John Justice series:
- Captain Justice. Hill & Wang, 1981. 307 p.
John Justice is sent on a secret mission to
France to determine the fate of a British spy.
- The Pandora Secret. Hill & Wang, 1982. 296 p.
Justice charged with protecting a submarine
which Fulton was building for the Royal Navy from French agents.
Note: has historical basis -- Robert Fulton did try to sell a
submarine to the Royal Navy.
- A Balance of Dangers. Hill & Wang, 1983. 231 p.
Captain Justice from the Board of Beacons,
Bells, Buoys and Mercantile Messengers is sent to Holland by a friend
to investigate a timber brig seen there that supposedly had sunk. He
discovers a French plot to get Denmark to enter the war on the French
side and sweep the Royal Navy from the oceans with the Danish fleet
(fat chance). He heads to Copenhagen for intelligence and triggers
the 1807 raid on Copenhagen -- led by Arthur Wellesley, who gets a
horse from Justice.
Battle of the April Storm. Harrap, 1969. 223 p.
Based on the true story of HMS
GLOWWORM, a British destroyer that fought through a German destroyer
screen to engage and finally ram the heavy cruiser ADMIRAL HIPPER.
GLOWWORM's skipper was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross, on the
recommendation of the German commander.
Forsyth, Frederick (1938- )
The Devil's Alternative. Viking, 1979. 432 p.
The plot is fairly involved, but part of it
involves the hi-jacking of the world's biggest tanker by terrorists who
threaten to open the manifolds and start the pumps, polluting the whole
North Sea. Not mainly a nautical novel, but the hi-jacking of the VLCC
is enough to get it included here.
Foster, Walter Bertram, (1869-1929)
Swept out to Sea, or Clint Webb Among the Whalers. M.A. Donohue, 1913. 257 p.
whaling adventure for young readers.
The Noble Pirate. Hale, 1980. 192 p.
18th century English highwayman switches to
preying on ships in the English Channel instead.
Asia Rip. Viking, 1984. 226 p.
Fishermen versus the "Organization" on Atlantic waters
and the New York fish market. U.K. title: Tidal Race.
Coaster. Viking, 1986. 326 p.
Our hero's ship sinks in English Channel, and he searches
for answers from Wales to Antwerp.
Challenge. Viking, 1988. 400 p.
Paul Briggs, once a promising boat designer, has fallen
into despair over the disappearance of his wife and daughter. He and
his cousin Jack have been contracted by a well-heeled corporate
syndicate to design a yacht for the America's Cup competition. For the
investors, the Cup bid is little more than a splashy publicity ploy to
sell cheap electronic gadgets. But for Paul Briggs, its tha chance to
save the Maine boatyard that's been in the family for five
generations, and the town of French Harbor, with its cast of
curmudgeonly Downeast inhabitants. The project takes on even more
urgency when Jack is murdered one night by an intruder clearly looking
for the yacht plans and test results. Suddenly Paul Briggs is tossed
into a maelstrom of murder, sabotage and treachery; someone has
determined to sink the CHALLENGE effort before the boat can be
launched, and Paul must unravel the plot and stop the perpetrators
before it's too late.
Francis, D. B.
Run of the Sea Witch. Abingdon, 1978. 158 p.
Young boy joins his family for a 2-week run
on a shrimp boat off Key West. For young readers.
Fraser, George MacDonald (1925-2008)
Flash for Freedom! Barrie & Jenkins, 1971. 272 p.
In this novel Flashman, amongst other things, is
shanghaied onto a slaver under the command of a former Oxford don of
all things. Third in the series.
Flashman's Lady. Barrie & Jenkins, 1977. 328 p.
While Flashy and his wife are visiting Singapore,
she is kidnapped by a notorious pirate. Flashy enlists (reluctantly!)
in the brown-water navy of James Brooke, White Rajah of Sarawak, and
sails up the jungle-lined rivers of Borneo to destroy the pirates in
their lair and rescue the fair Elspeth. Great fun with Flashy
blubbering and whining his way to eventual victory (mostly brought
about through the efforts of his betters). Sixth in the series.
The Pyrates. HarperCollins, 1983. 421 p.
Comic spoof of Hollywood sea movies. "I cannot resist
a book in which one man thinks he is a famous French pirate because he
was hit over the head with a skillet while taking a French lesson at
the age of eight... a book in which characters 'speak in that genuine
Mummerset growl which was to keep Robert Newton in gainful employment
for so many years'... a book in which the action is interrupted by a
strike by the Union of Pirates, Buccaneers and Merchant Adventurers
Afloat. And I cannot resist a book in which we are told: 'We last left
our hero in an open boat off the coast of Madagascar. In the last two
chapters, he has rowed a distance of 1,500 miles, a physical
impossibility, but we warned you on page 13 we were going to take
certain liberties with history, geography and the grammar of the French
French, Joseph Lewis (Editor) (1858-1936)
Great Sea Stories. Darby, 1922. 2 v.
Fiction and non-fiction: The Invincible Armada,
S. Purchas; The Revenge, W. Raleigh; Early Arctic Adventure, W.
Barents; The Sword of Alan, R. L. Stevenson; In good King George's
Time, T. Smollett; Fishers of the Deep, P. Lotti; Firebrand, L. R.
Freeman; The Whale, J. F. Cooper; In the Hornet'S Nest, M. Scott; The
Duel, W. C. Russell; In Nelson's time, J. Masefield; The Great Sea
Serpent, F. Whymper; A burial at Sea, R. H. Dana; The Phantom Ship, F.
S. Bassett; The Last Whale, W. H. Macy; Cape Horn, H. Melville; The
Octopus, V. Hugo.
French, Peter (1918- )
The Ocean Mistress. Doubleday, 1961. 263 p.
A Clipper captain, his wife, his mistress and
his true mistress - the sea.
Freuchen, Peter (1886-1957)
Sea Tyrant. Liveright, 1932. 366 p.
Danco Kellar, greatest whaler of them all, and captain
of the NORTH CAPE, takes his ship into the far North on a whaling
expedition that becomes a frenzied battle for survival. Translation of Der Nordkaper.
Whaling Boy. Putnam, 1958. 127 p.
Danish boy goes on a whaling cruise to the arctic. For
In the Wake of the Leopard. Paradise, 1990. 303 p.
Nazi gold & jewels in a sunken U-boat
in the Bahamas. Years later the discovery of some of this involves an
Austrian actress, an ancient flying boat and a bloodstained schooner in
an attempted recovery during a hurricane.
Frye, Pearl (1917- )
The Sleeping Sword, a biographical novel (1798-1805). Little, Brown, 1952. 400 p.
partial biography of Lord Nelson.
Gallant Captain; a biographical novel based on the life of John Paul
Jones Little, Brown, 1955. 324 p.
Fulgham, Joel M.
World War III : the Beginning. 1stBooks, 2003. 160 p.
.The Islamic countries of the world have joined together to form a united republic. Now they are using the violation of their territorial waters by the United States as a pretext to declare war on the free world. With a massive military they invade Israel and seal off the Mediterranean Sea. The United States' newest submarine and a handful of aircraft carriers must lead an assault against a superior force to keep the United States' Mediterranean Fleet from destruction.
Fullerton, Alexander (1924- )
Surface! P. Davis, 1953. 224 p.
After the Germans surrender, the British sub SEAHOUND
joins the war against Japan.
No Man's Mistress. P. Davis, 1955. 224 p.
After James Wentworth resigned his commission in
the RN he had always declined to attend the Annual Summer Ball at Fort
Blockhouse, home of the navy's submarine service, but this year he
decides to go. Finding he has little in common with most of the other
guests he wanders out to the jetty and boards the submarine he last
served in. He joins the captain and shares a bottle with him. They were
midshipmen together in the cruiser HMS PELORUS in the Mediterranean in
the dark days of 1941. As they talk the story unfolds.
A Wren Called Smith. P. Davis, 1957. 221 p.
A Norwegian freighter bound for England from
the Phillipines in 1945 -- with mixed assortment of passengers
including a tuburcular British submarine commander, a RN desk officer,
a group of German POWs off a U-boat, a loud-mouthed American officer
commanding their guard, and a man-hungry WREN -- is torpedoed by a
Japanese sub, and cast away on an isolated Pacific Island. The story is
told retrospectively by the British sub commander.
The Waiting Game. Granada, 1961. 160 p.
WW II submarine adventure set on HMS SETTER in
the Arctic, during summer, when there's no nightime, so subs shouldn't
The Thunder and the Flame. Hodder and Stoughton, 1964. 189 p.
Novel based on true story of Sir Richard
Grenville's REVENGE, which in 1591 sailed alone in battle off Flores in
the Azores against 53 Spanish ships protecting their treasure
The Aphrodite Cargo. Joseph, 1985. 283 p.
Sunken treasure off a Greek island.
Johnson's Bird. Macmillan, 1989. 272 p.
Matt Johnson, professional yachtsman, sails for
Turkey where an old friend is on the run from police and where his
girlfriend's sister has been kidnapped.
Bloody Sunset. Macdonald, 1991. 329 p.
In the summer of 1918, Count Nikolai Solovyev pleads with Lt Bob Cowan for help in rescuing five females, including two of the Tsar's daughters. Cowan wants to help, but the Royal Navy's task is to fight Turks and Germans, not Bolsheviks.
Look to the Wolves. Little, Brown, 1992. 393 p.
Set in the Russian civil war of 1919. While serving in Sebastopol, Lt Cdr Bob Cowan - half Russian, half British - is sent to rescue two Red Cross nurses who have joined up with the White Army. Sequel to Bloody Sunset.
Love for an Enemy. Little, Brown, 1993. 419 p.
A naval adventure, and a love story of divided wartime loyalties, set in Alexandria and the Mediterranean in the summer of 1942. Lt Cdr Ned Mitcheson falls for the half-Italian sister of the commander of an enemy ship.
Not Thinking of Death. Little, Brown, 1994. 410 p.
British submariner gets his younger
brother's fiancee involved with another submarine officer, who is a
rake. The girl throws over the brother for the rake, but her new
fiancee gets killed when the "T" class submarine he is on sinks during
acceptance trials just before WW II. Then, during the war, the girl
becomes engaged to another submariner, who gets sent out on a one-time,
dangerous mission on the same submarine that her first fiancee was
killed in. If this sounds vaguely like HMS THETIS/THUNDERBOLT, it is
because Fullerton used that incident as the basis for this novel. Even
now, when this tragedy is mentioned, it is guaranteed to upset anyone
who was in the Royal Navy's submarine service at the time.
Band of Brothers. Little, Brown, 1996. 248 p.
The German U-boat supply ship, Heilbronne, is sailing heavily escorted from Le Havre to the Atlantic, and a mixed force of motor gunboats and motor torpedo boats from Newhaven in Sussex is ordered to intercept and sink her.
Final Dive. Little, Brown, 1998. 284 p.
In the depths lies a cargo containing gold and atomic secrets, upon which a Ukrainian retrieval vessel has sinister designs. This submarine and shipwreck adventure culminates in a thrilling Atlantic dive that may be the crew's final chance of survival. Part of the SOE Operative Rosie Ewing series.
Wave Cry. Little, Brown, 1999. 427 p.
An Irish family - Eileen and Frank Maguire and their 3-year-old son Tom - emigrants travelling steerage-class from Queenstown to New York on The Titanic - are woken by the jolt of the collision; Eileen survives but in scenes of terrifying confusion her husband and child do not. Then in the rescue ship Carpathia - by this time wishing she had drowned, and not entirely sane - she sees Bruce Joseph Ismay, managing director of the White Star Line, alive and well. Eileen sets out to kill him.
The Floating Madhouse. Little, Brown, 2000. 376 p.
In the summer of 1904 Tsar Nicholas II sent his Baltic fleet, mostly old crocks with untrained, potentially mutinous crews & hopelessly inefficient officers, halfway around the world to reinforce his few remaining ships in the Far East. There the Japanese fleet under Admiral Togo had been scoring success after success. The Russians' main aim was to relieve besieged Port Arthur.
Stark Realities. Time Warner, 2004. 313 p.
October 1918: Germany is suing for peace, terms for an armistice are being negotiated between the several capitals, all U- boats have meanwhile been ordered home from patrol. Among them is U81, commanded by Otto von Mettendorff: he's young, dynamic, already approaching the status of an 'Ace', and is infatuated with a new girlfriend who works not far from Wilhelmshaven, to which port U81 is now returning. However, U81 is 'holed' by a destroyer and sent to the bottom of forty fathoms of English sea.
Submariner. Sphere, 2008. 385 p.
Lieutenant Mike Nicholson is operating out of Malta. Captaining the submarine Ursa, he's part of the fleet deputed to disrupt the flow of war supplies from Italian ports to Rommel's Afrika Korps. Although Ursa is small, under armed, and frustratingly slow, she succeeds, on her 17th Mediterranean cruise, in sinking a German tank-transporter.
Andy Holt series:
- Westbound, Warbound. Little, Brown, 2003. 280 p.
Andy Holt, is a 20-year-old 3rd Mate in the PollyAnna carrying coal in the South Atlantic to be off-loaded, before picking up a cargo of iron ore. There are rumours of German raiders in the area which are confirmed when the seamen come across what's left of a boat and its crew, in a rapid state of decomposition. Andy's vessel is onward bound via Calcutta and her whorehouses, to Montevideo, a neutral port, all the while wary of a particular German warship, the Graf Spee, which is picking off British naval vessels.
- Non-Combatants. Time Warner, 2005. 278 p.
It is the summer of 1940 and Andy Holt has signed on as 2nd mate in the SS Barranquilla, sailing in ballast from the Clyde for Nuevitas in Cuba. From there she'll be routed up the US seaboard to Halifax, Nova Scotia, assembly-point for homebound convoys. The homebound ones are the worst - U-boats preferring their victims to be deep-laden, full of cargo. That's if he makes it back, because this is what the U-boat people are calling their Happy Time - easy targets and lots of them, convoys with hardly any escorting warships. There have been heavy losses off Norway and Dunkirk - the vital priority at this time is for destroyers to counter the invasion that seems imminent.
Nick Everard, mariner of England series:
- The Blooding of the Guns. Joseph, 1976. 239 p.
The Everards, Hugh, commanding a QUEEN
ELIZABETH-class battleship, David aboard an armored cruiser, and Nick
in a destroyer, see action and have their mettle tested at the battle
- Sixty Minutes for St. George. Joseph, 1977. 224 p.
The Dover Patrol 1917-18 and Zeebrugge
- Patrol to the Golden Horn. Joseph, 1978. 229 p.
Assault on the GOEBEN at
Constantinople in 1918.
- Storm Force to Narvik. Joseph, 1979. 231 p.
British destroyers in the battles of
Narvik Fjord, Norway in 1940.
- Last Lift from Crete. Joseph, 1980. 238 p.
In command of the destroyer HMS TUAREG Nick
takes part in the evacuation of the British Army from Crete in May
1941, fighting off the Luftwaffe's murderous Stuka dive bombers while
overcrowded with troops, many wounded.
- All The Drowning Seas. Joseph, 1981. 262 p.
In 1942, as Japan sweeps across the
Pacific, a handful of ships prepare for the last ditch defence of
- A Share of Honour. Joseph, 1982. 255 p.
Submarines in the Mediterranean in 1942
and the raid on St. Nazaire.
- The Torch Bearers. Joseph, 1983. 290 p.
The convoy Nick is escorting from Freetown
is deliberately being used by the Allied High Command to bait the
German U-boats in the hope that the fleet for the Invasion of North
Africa (Operation TORCH) will be undiscovered as it makes it way
south. Paul Everard's submarine is landing an agent in Sicily; Jack
Everard is a POW in Germany and Nick's new wife is in a sitting duck
that has unexpectedly joined the convoy!
- The Gatecrashers. Joseph, 1984. 287 p.
Midget submarines against the Tirpitz in north
Norway and convoys to Russia in 1943.
Furst, Alan (1941- )
Dark Voyage. Random House, 2004. 256 p.
The Noordenham, a Dutch freighter under the command of Captain Eric DeHaan, docks in Lisbon under the guise of a neutral boat. But the ship, sailing for the Intelligence Division of the British Royal Navy, loads detection equipment for a clandestine operation on the Swedish coast--a secret mission, a dark voyage.
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