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Gage, William H.

The Cruel Coast. New American Library, 1966. 243 p.

Disabled WW II U-boat seeks refuge on neutral island off Irish coast, takes advantage of fisherfolk.

Gallery, Daniel V. (1901-1977)

"Fatso" Gioninni series:

  1. Now, Hear This! Norton, 1965. 254 p.

    Fatso Gioninni's adventures aboard the USS GUADACANAL in the Mediterranean. Fatso has wangled the job of the ship's incinerator operator, the better to run his numerous rackets and shenanigans.

  2. Stand By-y-y to Start Engines. Norton, 1966. 218 p.

    Adventures of the pilots aboard the GUADACANAL in the Med. Fatso is in this one, but this book shows how the officers can raise every bit as much Hell as the enlisted personnel.

  3. Cap'n Fatso. Norton, 1969. 192 p.

    Fatso now "commands" an LCU in the Med. He ends up stranded when his mother ship is sent to Viet Nam, and the Suez is subsequently closed due to the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. He uses the opportunity to irritate the Russian Navy, while cruising the Eastern Med in search of fun.

  4. "Away Boarders". Norton, 1971. 190 p.

    Cap'n "Fatso" Gioninni and his inimitable crew wage a Mediterranean war with the Russian navy, become enmeshed in an Arab-Israeli caper, and emerge smelling of roses.

The Brink. Doubleday, 1968. 317 p.

American nuclear submarine nukes a Russian destroyer in the arctic, causing all kinds of embarassment and possibly WW III, not a comedy.

Gallico, Paul (1897-1976)

The Snow Goose. Knopf, 1941. 37 p.

Against the backdrop of the Dunkirk evacuation during World War II, friendship develops between a lonely crippled painter and a village girl, when together they minister to an injured snow goose.

The Poseidon Adventure. Coward-McCann, 1969. 347 p.

The luxury liner "Poseidon" is hit by a massive tsunami on New Year's Eve, rocking the ship upside down; and a small ban of trapped survivors must work their way through the labyrinth of the ships' underbelly to escape.

Beyond the Poseidon Adventure. Delacorte, 1978. 237 p.

Three survivors return to the ship, Poseidon, where they find pirates who have come to plunder.

Gann, Ernest K. (1910-1991)

Fiddler's Green. Sloane, 1950. 302 p.

Criminal on the run hides out by going commercial fishing in a boat based in San Francisco. Filmed as "Raging Tide".

Twilight for the Gods. Sloane, 1956. 306 p.

The owner-captain of the CANNIBAL, one of the last commercial sailing vessels, attempts to take his hogged and decaying barkentine from Suva to Mexico in October 1927. Captain Bell has a checkered past and a drinking problem, and the crew and passengers are all misfit has-beens. The movie of this one starred Gann's own brigantine, the ALBATROS.

Gannon, Michael (1928- )

Secret Missions. HarperCollins, 1994. 359 p.

Semi-nautical. German spy is landed by U-boat in Florida in early 1942. A Catholic priest learns of the spy's presence during confession, and sets out to stop the spy, while maintaining the confidentiality of the confession. Then they stumble on the Dolittle raiders practicing for their Tokyo mission. Much of the action involves ASW off the Florida coast. Most of the action takes place on, or over, water. A fun novel.

Gant, James

Columbus. Sphere, 1971. 235 p.

Yet another fictionalized Columbus bio, with the focus on his first American expedition.

Gardner, Erle Stanley (1889-1970)

The Case of the Substitute Face. William Morrow, 1938. 308 p.

When Perry Mason meets Mrs. Carl Newberry on a vacation cruise. Mrs. Newberry suspects that her husband embezzled the company he worked for and their new-gotten fortune is illegal. She turns to Mason for legal advice, and mentions during the interview that a signed portrait of their daughter, who looks quite similar to a well-known movie star, has been stolen from her suitcase. When Mr. Newberry dies suddenly and his wife is left holding his hefty money belt, Perry wonders if his grieving client is really a black widow.

Garfield, Leon (1921-1996)

Jack Holborn. Longman, 1964. 199 p.

A pirate story for younger readers set in the 18th century. A young orphan stows away and then falls in with a gang of pirates. The pirate captain claims to know who Jack's father was, and strikes a strange bargain with him. If Jack saves the captain's life three times, the captain will tell the boy who his father really is.

Child O'War. Collins, 1972. 127 p.

Again, written for younger readers. The fictionalised memoirs of Sir John Lee, an officer in the Royal Navy who was present at the Battle of the Nile, amongst other events.

Garner, Hugh (1913-1979)

Storm Below. Collins, 1949. 227 p.

HMCS RIVERFORD fights boredom, the enemy and the weather, as she escorts a convoy across the Atlantic to Newfoundland in 1943. An accident, a few days from arrival, results in the death of one of her seamen and the Captain thinks it appropriate to retain his body on board so he can be buried ashore rather than at sea. A novel of the war at sea, but really a well observed study of the Canadians who crewed these ships.

Garnett, Richard

The Undersea Treasure. Vanguard, 1960. 191 p.

Teenagers dive for 50-yr-old treasure.

Garrett, George P. (1929-2008)

Death of the Fox. Doubleday, 1971. 739 p.

A study of Sir Walter Raleigh

Garrison, Paul (pseud. Justin Scott) (1952- )

Fire and Ice. Morrow, 1998. 389 p.

Drs. Michael & Sarah Stone use their yacht as a traveling western Pacific medical clinic and refuge from their past. Leaving Michael on a remote deserted atoll to tend a dying islander, Sarah and their daughter answer a distress call from a LNG carrier that really has no business being in that area in the first place. Michael watches in disbelief as his yacht is hoisted onto the ship, which then sails off, leaving him alone on the atoll. He has nothing but a primitive and damaged canoe with which to save himself and find his wife and daughter. Finding them, of course, involves finding out what they accidentally stumbled into, avoiding assassins who seem to know everything he does before he does it, dealing with some very dangerous people in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and lots of exciting sailing.

Red Sky at Morning. Morrow, 2000. 384 p.

An armada of Chinese submarines filled with soldiers has launched an attack on Manhattan, aiming to hold the city and the United States hostage. Tugboat captain Ken Hughes and his new love, book editor Kate Ross, are swept up by events. Ken is captured by Chinese Admiral Tang Li, who wishes to be emperor of China, while Kate escapes to try and warn a disbelieving Gotham.

Buried at Sea. Morrow, 2002. 400 p.

Physical training expert Jim Leighton knows nothing about sailing boats, but signs on for what should be a pleasant and profitable body-conditioning six-week ocean voyage to Rio as the personal trainer of an elderly and eccentric capitalist, Will Spark. They will sail alone on Spark's new diesel-powered sailboat, the Hustle. But Jim soon finds himself on a wilder ride than he had expected, forced to crisscross the Atlantic to escape Will's implacable enemies.

Sea Hunter. Morrow, 2003. 352 p.

Grief-stricken after scattering his former lover's ashes at sea, journalist-turned-sailor David Hope is rushing back to Tortola in the Leewards (where he ekes out a living chartering his catamaran, Oona, to scuba-diving tourists) when he sees a dolphin as large as a killer whale. Arriving back in Tortola, Hope finds his much-needed end-of-the-season charter-which was to provide the money for long-overdue boat repairs-has canceled. Serendipitously, he is approached by Sally Moffitt, an underwater filmmaker intent on making a film on the breeding habits of short-snouted spinner dolphins. She charters his boat, and they scarcely make it out to sea when they encounter the giant dolphin. After the sighting, they are invited aboard a huge, anachronistic sailing vessel owned by a wealthy naturalist, Bill Tree, who is doing suspicious research on dolphins. While they're aboard, Tree bugs the Oona so he can eavesdrop on Hope and Moffitt, and all are led north by the dolphin, which is soon revealed to be a "killphin," programmed for a mission of doom.

The Ripple Effect. Morrow, 2004. 416 p.

In 2001, the Page brothers, Aiden and Charlie, are in their World Trade Center office plotting a way to prop up the failing investment banking business they helm and at the same time respond to a threatening letter from the Department of Justice. Suddenly, a passenger jet slams into the building, and the fiery aftermath presents a possible solution. In the heavy smoke the brothers become separated, but each escapes the building and disappears. Months later, Aiden's 15-year-old daughter, Morgan, is mourning the loss of her father and Uncle Charlie in the Trade Center disaster when she receives a three-second silent phone call that she insists is from her father. No one believes her, so she runs away and makes a 6,000-mile journey in a 27-foot sailboat to search for him. The brothers, each unaware that the other is alive, flee independently to Blind Man Island, the South Sea hideaway of their boss, the secretive Henry Ho Hong--even though Henry may have been the man who turned them in to the Justice Department. The brothers' journey is fast-paced and exciting, but spunky Morgan's heroic solo sail is the real nail-biter.

Gaunt, Michael

Belle Isle. Hodder & Stoughton, 1957. 320 p.

In 1760 England and France have been at war for 5 years, therefore David Hepburn, a bilingual Engish naval officer takes on the identity of a French planter's son from the West Indies when he's shipwrecked off the Breton Coast.

The Invaders. Hodder & Stoughton, 1959. 252 p.

David Hepburn returns as a captain of marines to Belle Isle, French stronghold in the Bay of Biscay.

Gavin, Catherine

The Devil in Harbour. Morrow, 1968. 310 p.

WW I romance, Battle of Jutland.

Gebler, Ernest

The Plymouth Adventure : a chronicle novel of the voyage of the Mayflower. Doubleday, 1950. 377 p.

Novel of the MAYFLOWER voyage to the new world amidst storms, no food and chaos.

Geelmuyden, Hans (1906-1969)

Oceans Free. Harper & Row, 1962. 400 p.

Story of a 19th century Norwegian shipping company, originally published in Norwegian as Ĺpent hav.

Geer, Andrew (1905-1957)

The Sea Chase. Harper, 1948. 214 p.

Portrait of WW II master mariner Erhlich, an absolutely ruthless and frighteningly driven man, thought at the same time a most resourceful commander. The German freighter ERGENSTRASSE escapes from Australia before the outbreak of WW II. Unarmed, she is faced with the task of returning to Nazi Germany in the face of the Royal Navy's blockade. Made into a movie with John Wayne playing the part of the anti-Nazi German master, Karl Erlich. Loosely based on the story of the ERLANGEN, a German ship which left Dunedin at the outbreak of the war. She sailed to the Auckland Islands where they cut 500 tons of firewood (rata - well known as iron wood)! They finally made it to South America. Good movie, great book.

George, Peter (1924-1966)

Commander-1. Delacorte, 1965. 253 p.

A submarine captain who survives World War 3 becomes the ruler of what's left of the world.

Gerard, Charles (1914- )

Illinois River Hokeypokey. Doubleday, 1969. 167 p.

Fun riverboating novel.

Gerard, Philip

Hatteras Light. Scribner, 1986. 246 p.

Lighthouse keeper's story.

Gerson, Noel Bertram (1914-1988) (pseuds. Philip Vail, Carter Vaughan)

The Nelson Touch. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960. 287 p.

Fiction about Lord Nelson.

The River Devils. Doubleday, 1969. 239 p.

Set around the time of the War of 1812 and takes place along the Mississippi River and around New Orleans. Published under the Carter A. Vaughan pseud.

Clear for Action. Doubleday, 1970. 250 p.

Fictional biography of David Glasgow Farragut.

Warhead. Doubleday, 1970. 336 p.

When the latest and greatest nuclear submarine inexplicably sinks during its trials, the director of the the company that built it, and the second sub in its class, tries to piece together the cause before the second sub is completed. He is blocked in his efforts by the admiral commanding the nuclear submarine program.

Neptune. Dodd, Mead, 1976. 242 p.

The American navy, using a civilian ocean exploration ship for a cover, attempt to salvage a Soviet nuclear submarine wrecked on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.

Liner : A Novel About a Great Ship. Doubleday, 1977. 323 p.

The American ocean liner COLUMBIA, a ship in the same class as the UNITED STATES, is recommissioned in the early 1970s to compete with the FRANCE and QEII. Success of the ship depends on getting Congressional subsidies and impressing travel agents, but is jeopardized by conflict between the ship's Commodore, a war hero with little knowledge of passenger service, and the Staff Captain, a capable ship's captain. The conflict climaxes when the COLUMBIA is caught in a hurricane during a trial run with prominent passengers as guests.

The Smugglers. Crowell, 1977. 244 p.

Set on the east coast during the Revolutionary War.

Ghosh, Amitav (1956- )

Ibis Trilogy:

  1. Sea of Poppies. John Murray, 2008. 480 p.

    At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slaving-ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.

  2. River of Smoke. John Murray, 2011. 528 p.

    In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers.

  3. Flood of Fire. John Murray, 2015. 1 v.


Gibbs, Tony (Pseud. Wolcott Gibbs, Jr.)

Dead Run. Randon House, 1988. 262 p.

"This sailing thriller employs an old but servicable plot: both good and bad guys chase after an unidentified hidden treasure on an old sailboat, Glory. Gibbs knows and loves sailing, but the novel itself is pretty thin.." [Library Journal]

Running Fix. Random House, 1990. 371 p.

"...Gillian Verdan is a young woman of good breeding whose diminished circumstances have obliged her to charter out her family's magnificent yacht, GLORY. Her crew includes crusty Jeremy Barr, an old salt whose loss of wife and ship have left him high and dry emotionally, and Patrick O'Mara, a lusty young ex-mercenary whose working-class Catholic background puts him at a disadvantage among the snobbish gentry with whom he sails" [PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY]. Gillian searches for her college room mate, lost at sea with her editor boss. She and her crew run into a tangled web of intrigue and danger.

Landfall. W. Morrow, 1992. 251 p.

"...Jake Adler, a military man with connections to a dubious right-wing organization, charters the yacht GLORY and involves its owner Gillian Verdean, the captain...Jeremy Barr, and the cook Patrick O'Mara in a clandestine operation on the fictional Caribbean island of St. Philip....Lush locales, and extensive, but not overdrawan, seafaring lore add to the reading pleasure." [PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY]

Shot in the dark. Mysterious Press, 1996. 238 p.

Gibbs launches his new "Harbormaster" series which features low crime on the high seas in the Santa Barbara area. Lots of on the water action.

Fade to Black. Mysterious Press, 1997. 245 p.

Neal Donahoe walks the piers of Santa Barbara as the town's acting Harbormaster. And Coast Guard Lieutenant Tory Lennox, the newcomer on the dock, is beginning to feel a part of the floating world that makes up the city's marina and her beat. Nevertheless, Neal and Tory have their problems. Tory's reputation is frozen in mud, and she seems doomed to wither quietly at her post. What's more, she and Neal are at personal loggerheads. He's pushing for marriage, and Tory's not sure what she wants. Enter Erling Halvorsen. Erling - family man, self-declared minister of God, and skipper of the Prophet Jonah, a maritime eyesore on Santa Barbara's pristine shoreline - finds an angel in Tory, who is touched by the plight of the Halvorsen clan. When Tory's boss lowers the boom and orders the boat our of the harbor, she befriends the Halvorsens and helps them move. For Tory, it's a simple act of kindness. For Erling, it's a celestial sign. He has found the one. Meanwhile, Halvorsen's eldest son is a delinquent dock rat who just happens to be around when local painter Wilbur Andreas is blinded by acetone. Martha, the oldest daughter, is quietly rebellious but obviously terrified of her father. The three remaining children are wise beyond their years. And Erling's righteous zeal masks a rage that can consume everyone he loves - including Tory. Finally, in a single act of apocalyptic daring, the storm erupts. Caught in its center, Tory will need all the courage she can summon to prevent a bloodbath. And, trapped at its outermost edge, Neal must race against time to save both the woman and the world he loves.

Gidley, Charles.

The Raging of the Sea. Deutsch, 1984. 543 p.

The son of a Royal Navy officer whose father died a hero in WW II joins the post-war Royal Navy as an officer, becomes a pilot.

Armada: the novel. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987. 437 p.

Tale of the Spanish Armada of 1588.

Gilbert, Elizabeth

Stern Men. Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001. 289 p.

Ruth Thomas returns from boarding school to join her family in their Maine island lobster fishing business which is in a age-old fishing feud with other local lobstermen.

Gilbert Hackforth-Jones, Harvey (1900-1982)

No Less Renowned. W. Blackwood & sons, 1939. 306 p.

RN submarines in peace-time 1918-1938. Eleven short stories.

Submarine Flotilla: A chapter in the life of an obedient servant. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940. 283 p.

Racy, exciting novel about the WW II adventures of the submarine HMS STEADFAST, operating around South Africa.

One-One-One : Stories of the navy. Hodder & Stoughton, 1942. 223 p.

WW II stories. Published in the U.S. as "Topedo! Stories of the Royal Navy".

Submarine Alone: A Story of HMS Steadfast. Hodder & Stoughton, 1943. 141 p.

After her exciting debut described in One-One-One, STEADFAST is still only nine days into WW II when she is ordered to proceed to Singapore. With Cape Town behind, she damages her hull and both her propellers on an uncharted reef, and limps to an isolated island to effect repairs. They discover the island was clandestinely set up pre-war as a replenishment station for German surface raiders. Can STEADFAST complete her repairs before the arrival of a German raider? You know the answer!

The Price Was High. Hodder & Stoughton, 1946. 285 p.

RNVR officer in peace and war.

The Worst Enemy : portrait of a harassed naval officer. Hodder & Stoughton, 1950. 254 p.

Set in the second year of WW II, at the Nth. Submarine Flotilla's base. We find the flotilla's commanding officer nearing the end of his tether with the constant strain of sending his men out on missions with no certainty of them returning - in fact he has lost six subs already. The scene is set when he has sent HMS PATINA, commanded by a captain in whom he has little confidence, away on a difficult patrol. His ex-wife arrives and inquires after their son who -shock!- is serving in PATINA! To make matters worse he suspects his second wife is having an affair with his staff officer and the German bombers are overhead again...

Dangerous Trade : a novel of the Submarine Branche. Hodder & Stoughton, 1952. 189 p.

The story of British submarine HMS GAUNTLET in WW II.

The Sole Survivor. Hodder & Stoughton, 1953. 255 p.

Suspicion falls on the new Captain of the Royal Naval College, Portcastle (not Dartmouth); the spyophobic science master thinks he's working for the Russians. The solution to the mystery lies in events that occurred at sea during the First World War.

Death Of An Admiral. Hodder & Stoughton, 1956. 250 p.

At great risk to his command a submarine captain rescues a famous admiral who has collapsed at the helm of his yacht. After the resultant courts martial the admiral dies mysteriously and it emerges that his saviour is bequeathed all the admiral's worldly goods. This naval mystery novel has a murder, a U-boat captain and a smidgen of romance as it moves to its readable conclusion.

Hurricane Harbour : Pre-View of a Victor. Hodder & Stoughton, 1958. 252 p.

Fiction about Horatio Nelson.

Life on the "Ocean Wave" : a chapter in the life of a naval officer. Hodder & Stoughton, 1960. 254 p.

Service in RN, NATO and RFA.

Crack Of Doom. Hodder & Stoughton, 1961. 223 p.

HMS PERICLES is a jinxed submarine; based at the Royal Navy's erstwhile submarine base HMS DOLPHIN; in command is her captain John Winter. With local colour and undersea action the novel moves to its unusual conclusion.

Storm in Harbour. Hodder & Stoughton, 1965. 188 p.

Chinese Poison. Hodder & Stoughton, 1969. 221 p.

All Stations to Malta. Hodder & Stoughton, 1971. 222 p.

Lieutenant Commander Paul Dexter, "hero" of a previous book, Chinese Poison, is unexpectantly given command of the future C-in-C's Mediterranean's yacht, which has hastily been specially, but not expertly, converted from an escort ship. Dexter is not used to the social scene aboard an admiral's yacht but his subsequent trials and tribulations are humorously and entertainingly told in this light hearted and affectionate portrayal of the Royal Navy between the wars.

Gilchrist, Sir Andrew (1910-1993)

Death Of An Admiral. Hale, 1988. 191 p.

In this novel the author gives his explanation for the events of the nine fateful days between Admiral Sir Tom Phillips' arrival in Singapore to assume command of the British Force Z and December 10, 1941. On this day the Admiral was lost, along with a thousand other men when the Japanese sank the British battleships HMS PRINCE OF WALES and HMS REPULSE in the South China Sea.

Gilpatric, Guy (1896-1950)

Glencannon series:

Dipsomaniac Scots Chief Engineer Glencannon makes life difficult for Captain Ball and everyone else aboard the British tramp steamer INCHCLIFFE CASTLE, especially First Mate Montgomery. Duggan's Dew of Kirkintilloch, "most gorgeous of all liquids that ever dripped golden from the nozzle of a still to mingle its perfume with that of the heather in the cold highland mists", leads Glencannon into and, amazingly, sometimes out of, all kinds of trouble.

  1. Scotch and Water. Dodd, Mead, 1931. 248 p.

    Contents: Scotch And Water -- Mary, Queen Of Scots -- The Lost Limerick -- The Missing Link -- He Might Have Been A Rooshan -- The Snyke In The Grass -- The Bold Man Of Dunvegan -- Cock O' The North -- The Flaming Chariot -- The Genii Of Gibraltar.

  2. Half-Seas Over. Dodd, Mead, 1932. 227 p.

    Contents: Odds And Ends -- The Glasgow Smasher -- The Loathsome Captain Skinkly -- Barking Dog -- Knavery At Naples -- Scones Upon The Waters -- The Ash Cat -- The Crafty Jerko-Slovaks -- The Fountain Of Youth -- Just Between Shipmates.

  3. Mr Glencannon. Dodd, Mead, 1934. 246 p.

    Contents: The ladies of Catsmeat Yard -- Broilers of the sea -- Hams across the sea -- One good tern -- One way to Mecca -- Pardon the French -- A plugged brass farthing -- The iron mare -- The admiral of Africa -- The roast beef of old England.

  4. Three Sheets in the Wind. Dodd, Mead, 1936. 243 p.

    Contents: The Rolling Stone -- A Nosegay For Mr. Montgomery -- Chinaman's Chance -- Champagne Charlie -- The Pearl Of Panama -- Star Dust And Corn -- The Toothless Hag Of Cadiz -- Three Lovesick Swains Of Gibraltar -- Mud Bottom Mulligan.

  5. The Gentleman with the Walrus Mustache : in which are set forth numerous stirring events in the exemplary life & charitable works of Mr. Colin Glencannon, chief engineer of the S.S. Inchcliffe Castle. Dodd, Mead, 1939. 275 p.

    Contents: Gabriel's trumpet -- The toad men of Tumbaroo -- Captain Snooty-off-the-yacht -- At the sign of the Brass Knuckle -- Double, double deal and trouble -- Mutiny on the Inchcliffe Castle -- The yogi of West Ninth Street -- The donkeyman's widow -- The mean man of Genoa -- The wailing lady of Limehouse.

  6. Glencannon Afloat: or, Golden rule and brass knuckles on the S.S. Inchcliffe Castle. Dodd, Mead, 1941. 240 p.

    Contents: The Rum Blossom -- The Ancient Mariner -- The Way of a Man with a Mermaid -- The Loving Cup -- The Monte Carlo Massacre -- The Smugglers of San Diego -- The Scot from Scotland Yard -- The Hunting of the Haggis.

  7. Mr Glencannon Ignores the War. E.P. Dutton, 1944. 157 p.

    The Scot takes on the Japanese Navy. Originally a 5 part serial in "The Saturday Evening Post".

  8. The canny Mr. Glencannon: in which is set forth a true account of numerous recent and stirring events in the exemplary life & charitable works of Colin St. Andrew MacThrockle Glencannon, Esq., chief engineer of the S.S. Inchcliffe Castle. E.P. Dutton, 1948. 215 p.

    Contents: Where early fa's the dew -- The Glasgow fantom -- Monkey business at Gibraltar -- The home stretch -- Crocodile tears -- The Glencannon collection -- Mr. Glencannon and the ailing cockroach -- Souse of the border -- The masked monster -- The artful Mr. Glencannon -- Glenconnon ignores the war.

  9. Glencannon Meets Tugboat Annie. Harper, 1950. 214 p.

    Written with Norman Reilly Raine. Mostly a Tugboat Annie Puget Sound story with a guest appearence by Glencannon.

Action in the North Atlantic. E.P. Dutton, 1943. 189 p.

A Liberty Ship heading for Murmansk during WW II becomes separated from the rest of the convoy.

Gladd, Arthur Anthony (1913- )

Galleys East! Dodd, Mead, 1961. 270 p.

Greek-Venetian lad, forced to become a sponge fisher after his father's disappearance, meets Miguel de Cervantes, finds Barbarossa's treasure, gets shipwrecked by a storm, captured by the Turks, and forced to become a galley slave. Escaping from the Turks, he goes to the Holy League fleet camped outside of Lepanto, warns them of a Turkish trap, and fights at the battle of Lepanto alongside Cervantes, rescuing his father and restoring the family fortune. Seems more plausible as you read the story, than when you encapsulate it.

Glanzman, Sam

A Sailor's Story. Marvel Entertainment Group, 1987. 1 v.

Graphic novel about service aboard a FLETCHER class destroyer during WW II. The ship was equipped with a catapult for an OS2U Kingfisher aircraft. "...very well done, and very evocative of a sailor's life on a 'tin can' in the Pacific." [BR]

Wind, Dreams, and Dragons. Marvel Entertainment Group, 1989. 1 v.

A Sailor's Story, book two. Covers the kamikaze period of WW II in the Pacific in more detail.

Glascock, William Nugent, Captain RN, (1787?-1847)

Naval Sketch-Book; or, The Service Afloat And Ashore : with characteristic reminiscences, fragments and opinions on professional and political subjects. H. Colburn, 1826. 2 v.

"...A curious olla-podrida of 'galley' stories, criticisms on naval books, and miscellanies,... It is not very well written, and is in parts very dull, but provides some genuine things." [Saintsbury's Nineteenth Century Literature]

Sailors and Saints, or Matrimonial Manoeuvres. H. Colburn, 1829. 3 v.

Tales of a Tar, with Characteristic Anecdotes. H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1830. 333 p.

Land Sharks and Sea Gulls. R. Bentley, 1838. 3 v.

Gobbell, John J.

Todd Ingram Series:

  1. The Last Lieutenant. St. Martin's, 1995. 360 p.

    A spy story in the Philippines during World War II. A German agent has obtained American battle plans for an attack on a Japanese fleet off Midway, information which could lead to an American defeat and a Japanese invasion of the U.S. An American lieutenant races to catch the agent.

  2. A Code for Tomorrow. St. Martin's, 1999. 316 p.

    As the war in the South Pacific heats up, Lieutenant Ingram gets a new assignment to the destroyer U.S.S. Howell, on which he will serve as executive officer. Thrown into two epic naval battles of World War II, the battle of Cape Esperance and the battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, a young but already battle-weary Todd Ingram is also in the middle of a personal nightmare: his girlfriend, Army nurse Helen Durand, is trapped behind enemy lines, fighting for the resistance on Mindanao. With Soviet espionage activity hindering his attempted rescue of Helen, Lieutenant Ingram is at an impasse.

  3. When Duty Whispers Low. St. Martin's, 2002. 343 p.

    It's 1943, and the U.S. Navy is caught in a fierce battle against the Japanese in the South Pacific. At stake, is the Allies' newly won Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. But Isoroku Yamamoto, admiral of the Combined Fleet and architect of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, desperately wants Guadalcanal back and prepares to launch a series of bombing raids in the Solomons.

  4. The Neptune Strategy. St. Martin's, 2004. 344 p.

    In 1944, the Allies have delivered a stunning blow to Hitler's Western front. In the Pacific, Admiral Raymond A. Spruance's Fifth fleet is poised to eviscerate the Japanese Navy - and begin a new war for the occupied islands. But in the center of this world-spanning drama, a lone Japanese submarine is on a mission of a very different kind. And on board is Todd Ingram, a prisoner of war and captive of fate.

The Brutus Lie. Scribner's, 1991. 357 p.

Reunited after thirty-five years of Cold War, brothers and bitter enemies Lofton and Dobrynyn pursue their individual goals of outwitting each other, unaware that their deaths have been ordered at the highest government levels. Much of the action takes place on submarines.

A Call to Colors: A Novel of the Leyte Gulf. Ballantine, 2006. 487 p.

Commander Mike Donovan is a veteran haunted by earlier savage battles. What Donovan doesn't know is that Vice Admiral Takao Kurita of Japan has laid an ingenious trap as the Matthew heads for the treacherous waters of Leyte Gulf. But Donovan faces something even deadlier than Kurita's battleships: Explosives secretly slipped on board American ships by saboteurs are set to detonate at any time.

Golding, William (1911-1993)

Pincher Martin; The Two Deaths of Christopher Martin. Faber & Faber, 1956. 208 p.

Torpedoed RN officer washes up on a barren rock in the middle of the Atlantic. Strange.

To the Ends of the Earth trilogy:

Old Napoleonic Wars warship hauls passengers to the Antipodes.

  1. Rites of Passage. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1980. 270 p.

    An account of a trip to Australia in the form of a journal written by Edmund Talbot, a young, aristocratic passenger aboard the British warship HMS Pandora. His influential godfather, having secured him employment with the Governor General in Australia, presents him with the journal in which to record the significant events of the journey. The journal quickly becomes concerned with the account of the downfall of a passenger, the Reverend Colley. Winner of the Man Booker Prize.

  2. Close Quarters. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1987. 281 p.

    This book begins with Edmund Talbot starting a new journal, but with a different tone as this was not to be presented to his godfather. The plot focuses upon the romantic feelings of a clearly unwell Talbot for a young woman whom he meets on a different ship they come across, HMS Alcyone, and fears about the seaworthiness of the Pandora to complete her journey.

  3. Fire Down Below. Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1989. 313 p.

    Continues the ever-more perilous voyage of the old ship and charts, amongst other things, Talbot's ongoing maturation and growing admiration for the Prettimans, the rivalry between the two principal officers (Summers and Benét) for Captain Anderson's respect and trust and the conclusion to Edmund's affaire of the heart with Miss Chumley.

Goldman, Eric (1949- )

Napoleon's Gambit. [self published], 2008. 373 p.

A modern sailor is recruited by the Royal Navy and finds himself on the deck of HMS Impérieuse in 1813, as she sails into battle against overwhelming odds. At stake are $5 billion in gold and the fate of the modern world.

Goldman, Francsico

The Ordinary Seaman. Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997. 387 p.

Fifteen desperate men lured from Central America by the promise of work aboard a freighter find themselves trapped on a rusting, rat- and roach-infested hulk without plumbing, heat or electricity, abandoned at an isolated Brooklyn pier. Placated by the promise that they will eventually be paid, the crew work for six months under horrifying conditions: half starved, filthy, sick and humiliated, they're victims of their own poverty and the chicanery of others.

Goldsmith, John

Return to Treasure Island. Berkley, 1985. 251 p.

Jim Hawkins, now an adult in the employ of Squire trelawney, is set to travel to Jamaica to discover why the Trelawny's estate there is not making money when Long John Silver resurfaces. It seems that Silver is after the rest of Flint's treasure left behind on the first expedition, and the key lies in Jim's map. Naturally, Trelawny's estate manager -- and his partner, the Governor of Jamaica -- are cheating Trelawny, and know about the treasure map... need more be said?

Good, James

Sub Wars series:

  1. Target Delta V. Zebra, 1982. 216 p.

    Russians send super sub on a cruise, and the US sends our hero after it with orders to capture or sink it.

  2. Target Susus. Zebra, 1982. 223 p.

Goodrich, Marcus

Delilah. Popular Library, 1941. 558 p.

Life on an early US destroyer on the eve of WW I. One of the great classics of naval literature.

Gordon, Richard (Gordon Ostlere) (1921- )

The Captain's Table. Harcourt, Brace, 1954. 224 p.

Rough diamond cargo ship captain is given command of the company's passenger ship.

Doctor At Sea. M. Joseph, 1953. 219 p.

A newly qualified doctor signs on as ship's doctor in a merchant ship for a voyage from Liverpool to South America and back. Loosely based on the author's experiences as a ship's doctor. It was filmed with Dirk Bogarde as the doctor and James Robertson Justice as the ship's captain.

Gordon-Stables, W. (Gordon Stables) (1840-1910)

The Meteor Flag of England : The Story of a Coming Conflict. James Nisbet & Co, 1905. 332 p.

Written for boys and set in 1980-1! The French, the Germans and the Russians invade Britain: The French the South, the Germans and Russians Scotland. The technical advances are a bit out to say the least, 300 knot coal burning ships and giant subs etc. But underlying all this the author was greatly concerned about the vulnerability of Scotland to invasion because of the governments parsimonious attitude to modernising the fleet and in his work with youth (boys) organisations he advocated they should be encouraged to shoot and own rifles to defend the country in that event.

Gould, Alan (1949- )

The Man Who Stayed Below. Angus & Robertson, 1984. 201 p.

A raw 16 year old apprentice is on a wool clipper from Melbourne bound for London via Cape Horn. He is intoxicated with the glamour of the sea and ships until he encounters the malign Captain Trygg.

Graham, Ross

Death on a Smokeboat. Hurst & Blackett, 1947. 167 p.

The smoke boats are a motley flotilla of ancient craft stationed in a southern English dockyard immediately prior to D-day. During enemy air attacks they station themselves upwind and obscure possible targets. A young lieutenant from Naval Intelligence is sent to the flotilla to trap a spy and falls in love. An enjoyable mystery story with good period detail.

Graham, Winston (1908-2003)

The Grove of Eagles. Doubleday, 1963. 576 p.

Englishman escapes the Spanish Inquisition to fight beside Raleigh at the sacking of Cadiz in 1596, and to help defeat the second Spanish Armada.

Grant, Bruce

Eagle of the Sea, the story of Old Ironsides. Rand McNally, 1949. 176 p.

The story of the frigate USS Constitution told through the experiences of a boy who helped build her in the Boston shipyards, and later sailed on her as a recruit of the new U.S Navy, as she sails against the Barbary pirates and during the War of 1812.

Grant, Edward

The Ultimate Weapon. Pinnacle, 1976. 183 p.

From the Log of the U.S.S. Devilfish. Duel with a Soviet sub to determine which one is the best in the world.

Grass, Günter (1927- )

Crabwalk. Harcourt, 2003. 240 p.

Translation of Im Krebsgang. The narrator of the novella is the journalist Paul Pokriefke, who was born on 30 January 1945 on the day that the Strength Through Joy ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, was sunk. His young mother-to-be, Tulla Pokriefke, found herself among the more than 10,000 passengers on the ship and was among those saved when it went down. According to Tulla, Paul was born at the moment the ship sank, on board the torpedo boat which had rescued them. His life is heavily influenced by these circumstances, above all because his mother Tulla continually urges him to fulfill his 'duty' and to commemorate the event in writing.

Graves, Jack L.

Flagg of the Mimi : Romance and Shipwreck on the Oregon Coast in 1913. Maverick, 2000. 143 p.

Story of a pre-WWI shipwreck of the "Mimi" on the Oregon Coast and the ill-conceived attempt to salvage her. Spine of the novel is the conflict between Frederick Flagg, first mate on the Mimi (owned by his uncle), and the incompetent, avaricious, drug-addicted Captain Westphal.

Gray, Edwyn

Nick Hamilton series

  1. Fighting Submarine. Futura, 1978. 182 p.

    British sub commander sent to hunt down a U-Boat haunting the East coast of Britain in 1940 suspects it may be commanded by his friend and ex-commander, a cashiered RN officer believed killed in a race car accident. Then the British sub is sent to capture a German prison ship in Norwegian waters.

  2. Devil Flotilla. Futura, 1979. 184 p.

    Following the invasion of Norway, HMS RAPIER is trapped in the Skagerrack by German destroyers. Hamilton uses a trick to convince the Germans that he has been sunk which is so convincing the British believe it, too! The Royal Navy then takes advantage of the confusion to declare the RAPIER destroyed, and assign Hamilton the command of a motley collection of foreign subs that have escaped German occupation -- and use the force for missions the admiralty wishes to disavow.

  3. Diving Stations. Futura, 1980. 222 p.

    In Hong Kong the submarine Rapier is attacked by supposedly neutral Japanese planes. Hamilton fights back--to the dismay of local UK diplomats. Next, when a Japanese warship forces the UK ship Firefly into Hai-An Bay, taking the captain as a quasi-hostage, Hamilton undertakes a risky mission to free the Firefly.

  4. Crash Dive 500. Futura, 1981. 220 p.

    The Rapier is reassigned as a training ship at Tobermory, off the coast of Scotland. In a couple of months, Hamilton transforms his crew from green recruits to able-bodied seamen. Then at a party at a WRNS base, he runs into an old flame, Caroline Faversham, and beds her, not knowing that she is the wife of Captain Gervaise Woodward, a man with a pathological dislike of submarine sailors.

U-Boat / Konrad Bergman Series:

  1. No Survivors. Futura, 1975. 190 p.

    Bergman as he goes through pre-war submarine training and service, then taking command of UB-44 at the outbreak of WW II. Covers UB-44's missions during the first six months of the war, and chronicles Bergman's transition from a non-party supporter of Hitler to an anti-Nazi. Book is climaxed when Bergman receives the Fuhrer's orders to sink a German pocket battleship, and leave no survivors.

  2. Action Atlantic. Futura, 1975. 191 p.

    Berman, in UB-44, participates in a mass attack on an Atlantic convoy while the Gestapo investigates him for disloyalty.

  3. Tokyo Torpedo. Futura, 1976. 192 p.

    Berman takes U-boat to Japan to study midget subs there, and hijacks a Kaiten.

  4. The Last Command. Futura, 1977. 189 p.

    Bergman salvages a sunken U-boat, takes charge of a flotilla of midget submarines attacking the Normandy beachhead, commands salvaged sub on three missions in 1944-45, then is involved in an attempt to smuggle Hitler to Argentina.

Greenfield, Irving A. (1928- )

Barracuda. Arbor House, 1978. 245 p.

Missing US sub is spotted by recon fighter around the world from where she allegedly went down. The hunt is on.

Over the Brink. Kensington, 1990. 287 p.

Russian sub sinks to bottom of Indian Ocean, signals for help, and USN responds. But the Russians try to destroy their own sub first.

Depth Force series:

  1. Depth Force. Zebra, 1984. 362 p.

    The SHARK is America's high technology submarine whose mission is to stop Soviet domination of the oceans. The crew have had their pasts deleted, and if threatened with capture, they are under orders to self-destruct.

  2. Depth Dive. Zebra, 1984. 235 p.

    While attempting to salvage an incalculable fortune in gold from an ancient wreck, America's high technology submarine, the Shark, faces a Soviet killer sub with the same mission and a suspected double-agent aboard.

  3. Bloody Seas. Zebra, 1985. 252 p.

    Adventures under the ice with the top secret submarine SHARK.

  4. Battle Stations. Zebra, 1985. 255 p.

    Super sub USS SHARK seeks stranded Soviet sub, but it's surrounded by Russian navy.

  5. Torpedo Tomb. Zebra, 1986. 236 p.

    Weird experimental sub SHARK has tank-like treads for invading Libya(I'm not making this up) to rescue spy team.

  6. Sea of Flames. Zebra, 1986. 254 p.

    Renegade USN force steals super sub SHARK, sets out to attack the Soviet Union. Former skipper pursues his old ship in the attack sub NEPTUNE.

  7. Deep Kill. Zebra, 1986. 268 p.

    Supersub stalks Soviet invasion fleet approaching Arabian coast, and is herself stalked by Russian leviathan while being lured into a trap.

  8. Suicide Run. , Zebra, 1987. 254 p.

    Commander Jack Boxer is given secret orders to take America's newest sub, the Barracuda, to Antarctica and challenge the Russian sub guarding the continents's offshore mineral resources.

  9. Death Cruise. Zebra, 1988. 253 p.

    Admiral Jack Boxer and his crew on board an American nuclear submarine head of the Persian Gulf and an assignment to seek out and destroy a secret Iranian-Soviet undersea base for a fleet of deadly mini-submarines.

  10. Ice Island. Zebra, 1988. 254 p.

    Admiral Jack is off to the arctic to find crashed Russian transport plane on an ice island, but Soviet killer sub is in the way.

  11. Harbor of Doom. Zebra, 1989. 253 p.

    Ships from all over converge on NYC for 500th anniversary of Columbus' voyage, but Chinese are up to no good. Admiral Jack Boxer to the rescue.

  12. Warmonger. Zebra, 1989. 255 p.

    Back to the Arctic, this time to thwart lunatic Russian admiral, who's threatening nuclear war. It's Jack Boxer and his supersub against the Russian fleet.

  13. Deep Rescue. Zebra, 1990. 224 p.

    Secret sub NARWHAL is down, fighting saboteurs, and a Russian sub tries to help.

  14. Torpedo Treasure. Zebra, 1991. 208 p.

    When brigands board his pleasure craft "Sea Dog" in the South China Sea, Captain Jack Boxer finds himself the prisoner of an old Nazi U-Boat commander with a strange idle of sunken treasure. Escaping under fire in a rusting U-238, Boxer returns with his old nemesis, Russian Captain Viktor Borodin, to recover the remains of a WWII British cruiser carrying 500 million in Russian gold.

  15. Hot Zone. Zebra, 1992. 223 p.

    On a rescue mission to save a downed Russian vessel, Admiral Jack Boxer discovers that its crew is dead and that high levels of lethal radiation caused by illegally dumped nuclear waste is filling the vessel.

  16. Rig War. Zebra, 1992. 223 p.

    Jack Boxer and Viktor Borodine are on special assignment to stop terrorists who are out to destroy the world's biggest offshore oil field.

Super Depth Force: Project Discovery. Kensington, 1988. 397 p.

In 1992, hundreds of ships from across the globe converge on New York harbor to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Columbus's fateful voyage. But from behind the Bamboo Curtain, the Chinese super-sub Sea Death sets out to transform the mammoth jubilee into an explosive nightmare of terror.

Griffin, Gwyn

Master of This Vessel. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1961. 398 p.

"In a tension-filled situation, a group of lonely people, thrown together aboard an ocean liner, stubbornly cling to their status symbols even though the price might be their lives. At the center of this antagonistic group, and suddenly catapulted into the position of Acting Captain, is 26-year old Serafina Ciccolante. His knowledge of the sea belies his years, but-although in complete control of his ship-he is completely at odds with his ship's company. Consequently, in the midst of a tropical cyclone, he finds himself forced to battle both the elements and his hostile companions." [from the dust jacket]

An Operational Necessity. Putnam, 1967. 447 p.

German U-Boat machine-guns survivors of a French merchantman in South Atlantic, leading to the pursuit, capture, and trial of the submarine's officers after the war.

Griggs, Lieut. George Philip, RN

Destroyer at War : An account, in the form of fiction, of life in a destroyer. Hutchinson & Co, 1943. 128 p.

Good contemporary account of the drama, the thrill, the tragedy and the humour which make up the lives of men aboard a British "V" class destroyer in the early days of WW II.

The Days are Spent. Coward-McCann, 1945. 314 p.

U.K. title: The Readiness is All.

Grundner, Tom (1945-2011)

Sir Sidney Smith Nautical Adventure series:

A planned nine volume series unfinished at the author's death.

  1. The Midshipman Prince. Fireship Press, 2006. 260 p.

    How do you keep a prince alive when the combined forces of three nations (and a smattering of privateers) want him dead? Worse, how do you do it when his life is in the hands of a 17 year old lieutenant, an alcoholic college professor, and a woman who has fired more naval guns than either of them? A revision of Between Two Flags (2005) eliminating the time travel subplot.

  2. HMS Diamond. Fireship Press, 2007. 229 p.

    After surviving the horrors of the destruction of Toulon, Sir Sidney is given a critical assignment. British gold shipments are going missing. Even worse, the ships are literally disappearing in plain sight of their escorts and the vessels around them. The mystery must be solved if Britain is going to maintain its lines of credit and continue to finance the war. But to do that Sir Sidney must unravel a web of intrigue that leads all the way to the Board of Admiralty.

  3. The Temple. Fireship Press, 2009. 241 p.

    It's 1798 and Sir Sidney Smith is languishing in 'The Temple,' France's maximum security prison. For the past two years he had been running the Agence de Paris - Britain's primary spy ring in France - from his cell. But the authorities are starting to close in. It's time for Sir Sidney to leave; but, to do so, he must stage one of the most spectacular prison breaks in history. Arriving back in England, he receives a set of orders sending him to Portsmouth for further duty. What he didn't know was that his new duty would involve working with an itinerant musician, by the name of William Parish - who happens to be a genius at breaking codes.

  4. Acre. Fireship Press, 2011. 274 p.

    Napoleon's army might not be able to go anywhere by sea, but they can still march. He leads them from Egypt through Syria toward Constantinople. From there he can go west and enter Europe through the backdoor, or go east, and conquer India. Either way, it would be a disaster for Britain. The only thing standing in his way is a small coastal city called Acre. Sir Sidney Smith is given command of every British warship in the eastern Mediterranean - all of two third-rate ships of the line. He moves his minuscule forces to Acre to head off Bonaparte.

Gruppe, Henry

The Truxton Cipher. Simon and Schuster, 1973. 223 p.

Lt. Commander Harry St. John is unexpectedly appointed Executive Officer of the destroyer USS SOMERSET. His captain is a bully and discipline is bad. Coding officers have fatal accidents. On exercise the SOMERSET is cut in two by an aircraft carrier with major loss of life while Harry is OOD. To make matters worse survivors claim he was the drunk at the time.


Haas, Irene

The Maggie B. Atheneum, 1975. 32 p.

A little girl's wish to sail for a day on a boat named for her "with someone nice for company" comes true. Childrens book.

Hackman, Gene (1930- ) & Lenihan, Daniel

Wake of the Perdido Star. Newmarket Press, 1999. 342 p.

A young man's adventures at sea in the early 1800s. After his parents are murdered in Cuba, Jack O'Reilly enlists on a U.S. merchant ship, where he distinguishes himself in deep diving, becomes a pirate and returns to Cuba to seek revenge on his parents' killers.

Hackforth-Jones, Gilbert (1900-1982)

No Less Renowned. W. Blackwood & Sons, 1939. 306 p.

Short stories. "Tales of submarines in peacetime".

Submarine Flotilla: A chapter in the life of an obedient servant. Hodder and Stoughton, 1940. 283 p.

Racy, exciting novel about the WW II adventures of the submarine HMS STEADFAST, operating around South Africa.

One-One-One: Stories of the navy. Hodder and Stoughton, 1942. 223 p.

WW II stories.

Submarine Alone: A Story of HMS Steadfast. Hodder and Stoughton, 1943. 141 p.

After her exciting debut described in One-One-One, STEADFAST is still only nine days into WW II when she is ordered to proceed to Singapore. With Cape Town behind, she damages her hull and both her propellers on an uncharted reef, and limps to an isolated island to effect repairs. They discover the island was clandestinely set up pre-war as a replenishment station for German surface raiders. Can STEADFAST complete her repairs before the arrival of a German raider?.

Torpedo! Stories of the Royal Navy. W. Morrow, 1943. 247 p.

WW II short stories.

Sixteen bells: stories of the Royal Navy in peace and war. Hodder and Stoughton, 1946. 272 p.

The Price Was High. Hodder and Stoughton, 1946. 286 p.

RNVR officer in peace and war.

The Worst Enemy: Portrait of a harassed naval officer. Hodder and Stoughton, 1950. 254 p.

Set in the second year of WW II, at the Nth. Submarine Flotilla's base. We find the flotilla's commanding officer nearing the end of his tether with the constant strain of sending his men out on missions with no certainty of them returning - in fact he has lost six subs already. The scene is set when he has sent HMS PATINA, commanded by a captain in whom he has little confidence, away on a difficult patrol. His ex-wife arrives and inquires after their son who -shock!- is serving in PATINA! To make matters worse he suspects his second wife is having an affair with his staff officer and the German bombers are overhead again.

Dangerous Trade: a novel of the Submarine Branch. Hodder and Stoughton, 1952. 190 p.

The story of British submarine HMS GAUNTLET in WW II.

The Sole Survivor. Hodder and Stoughton, 1953. 255 p.

Suspicion falls on the new Captain of the Royal Naval College, Portcastle (not Dartmouth); the spyophobic science master thinks he's working for the Russians. The solution to the mystery lies in events that occurred at sea during the First World War.

Death Of An Admiral. Hodder and Stoughton, 1956. 250 p.

At great risk to his command a submarine captain rescues a famous admiral who has collapsed at the helm of his yacht. After the resultant courts martial the admiral dies mysteriously and it emerges that his saviour is bequeathed all the admiral's worldly goods. This naval mystery novel has a murder, a U-boat captain and a smidgen of romance as it moves to its readable conclusion.

Hurricane Harbour, Pre-View of a Victor. Hodder and Stoughton, 1958. 252 p.

Fiction about Horatio Nelson.

Life on the "Ocean Wave": a chapter in the life of a naval officer. Hodder and Stoughton, 1960. 254 p.


Crack Of Doom. Hodder and Stoughton, 1961. 223 p.

HMS PERICLES is a jinxed submarine; based at the Royal Navy's erstwhile submarine base HMS DOLPHIN; in command is her captain John Winter. With local colour and undersea action the novel moves to its unusual conclusion.

Paul Dexter series:

  1. Chinese Poison. Hodder and Stoughton, 1969. 221 p.

  2. All Stations to Malta. Hodder and Stoughton, 1971. 222 p.

    Lieutenant Commander Paul Dexter is unexpectantly given command of the future C-in-C's Mediterranean's yacht, which has hastily been specially, but not expertly, converted from an escort ship. Dexter is not used to the social scene aboard an admiral's yacht but his subsequent trials and tribulations are humorously and entertainingly told in this light hearted and affectionate portrayal of the Royal Navy between the wars.

  3. An Explosive Situation. Hodder and Stoughton, 1972. 224 p.

  4. Shadow of the Rock. Hodder and Stoughton, 1973. 224 p.

  5. Second-in-Command. Hodder and Stoughton, 1974. 220 p.

  6. Redoubtable Dexter. Hodder and Stoughton, 1975. 192 p.

  7. Dexter at War. Hodder and Stoughton, 1976. 192 p.

Hagberg, David

Countdown. St. Martin's, 1990. 472 p.

When an American submarine and a Pershing missile vanish, a maverick C.I.A. agent must chase and catch a ruthless K.G.B. assassin before terrorism can strike at the balance of power.

Hagen, Michael

Sail to Caribee. Royal Fireworks, 1998. 157 p.

Thirteen year old Jemmy becomes part of the crew of the ANNALISE with his father in 1702 to plunder Spanish and French ships who are at war with England. Through Jemmy's eyes, young readers will see the larger details of the ship and the smaller ones significant to the young. With the curiosity of the young he takes in the ship's construction, its rigging, the food, the rules of privateering, and the weaponry. But the first battle reveals the real consequences of this instrument of war. For young readers.

Hagy, Alyson Carol

Graveyard of the Atlantic : short stories. Graywolf Press, 2000. 186 p.

Sharking -- The snake hunters -- North of Fear, south of Kill Devil -- Graveyard of the Atlantic -- Semper paratus -- Brother, unadorned -- Search bay.

Haislip, Harvey (1889-1978)

Tommy Potter Series

  1. Sailor Named Jones : a novel of America's greatest captain. Doubleday, 1957. 311 p.

    Fictionalization of John Paul Jones' exploits aboard the RANGER and BONHOMME RICHARD. Two supporting characters in this novel, Tommy Potter, age 12, who lies about his age to get a position as a midshipman in Jones' BONHOMME RICHARD, and Reilly, an Irish seaman, become the leading characters in two future Haislip novels.

  2. The Prize Master. Doubleday, 1959. 283 p.

    Potter, now 14, sees service aboard the privateer PRINCESS ROYAL, and serves as prizemaster of the VIXEN. While commanding VIXEN he is captured by the frigate HMS L'AFRIQUE, and tried for piracy by the British.

  3. Sea Road to Yorktown. Doubleday, 1960. 288 p.

    Potter again ships out on the renamed PRINCESS, nee PRINCESS ROYAL on a voyage to the West Indies. He serves as acting captain following the death of the captain and disability of the other officers, participates in the capture of HMS L'AFRIQUE, and accepts a commission in the French Navy, when PRINCESS is incorporated into that force by de Grasse.

Escape From Java. Doubleday, 1962. 334 p.

WW II destroyer crew flees Japanese.

Hale, Edward Everett (1822-1909)

The Man Without A Country. The Atlantic, December 1863.

For participating in the Burr Conspiracy 1807, Lt. Phillip Nolan is convicted of treason, and condemned to eternal exile aboard US Navy warships on foreign cruises, and forbidden to hear any reference to the United States. He spends the next 56 years as a "guest" of the navy.

Hale, John

The Grudge Fight. Collins, 1964. 192 p.

The fight in the title is between two young men from different backgrounds who find themselves at loggerheads in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a training establishment for Royal Navy artificers during the early years of WW II. They joined as boys and hope to be fully trained by the time they reach eighteen after a four year apprenticeship.

Hall, James Norman (1887-1951)

Doctor Dogbody's Leg. Little, Brown, 1940. 371 p.

In a comfortable tavern in Portsmouth a British naval surgeon spins ten yarns explaining the loss of his larboard leg, all different and "all true", set at various times during his long career from the 1760s through the Napoleonic wars. Good fun.

Lost Island. Little, Brown, 1944. 212 p.

Army engineer tells the tale of the construction of a naval air station on an isolated Pacific atoll shortly after Pearl Harbor, and the impact it has on the native inhabitants and wildlife.

The Far Lands. Little, Brown, 1950. 325 p.

A Pacific version of Exodus. Maui, the Tongan Moses, leads his people on a long sea voyage to the Far Lands where the Tongan people can live in peace without war.

Hall, James W. (1947- )

Hard Aground. Delacorte, 1993. 360 p.

Treasure ship goes down near Miami 450 years ago, with $400 million in gold. Our hero gets embroiled in the hunt.

Hall, Lawrence Sargent (1915-1993)

Stowaway. Little, Brown, 1961. 188 p.

A nightmarish, and at time hallucinatory, vision of a ship adrift, figuratively and metaphorically, when its command structure fractures due to the illness of her aged captain and her Chief Mate’s inability to cope with added responsibilities. Set on convoy duty during the waning days of the Second World War. Unanimously received the William Faulkner Award for best debut novel.

Hamilton, Donald (1916-2006)

The Mona Intercept. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1980. 510 p.

Cuban exile Jimmy Columbus uses hijacking on the high seas, drugs, and murder to fuel his dreams of an empire. By the author of the Matt Helm series.

Hamilton, Seymour

Astreya, The Men of the Sea trilogy:

  1. The Voyage South. Cortero, 2011. 336 p.

    Astreya isn't like the other boys in his remote fishing village. When Astreya leaves home, his widowed mother gives him his father's knife, a riddling notebook, and a bracelet with a mysterious and powerful green stone. He sails south with an adventurous fishing boat skipper, hoping that in the world beyond, he can find out who his father was, what the three enigmatic gifts mean, and whether there is any value to the looks, skills and talents that have set him apart from everyone he has ever known.

  2. The Men of the Sea. Cortero, 2011. 336 p.

    Astreya learns from his grandfather Oron how to control his power over the shipstones aboard the great ship Cygnus. He still yearns for Lindey, left on shore against her will. Trying to purge a nagging guilt, Roaring Jack sails the Mollie south again, and this time Astreya's friend Cam is a stowaway. At The City of the Sea, the lawful meeting place of the great ships, family politics turn violent, with tragic consequences. Astreya must hurry to protect Lindey from his marauding uncle Mufrid, who wants the stone Gar gave her. A day-and-night sailing duel, a battle at sea, a shipwreck, a fight in a pub, escapes by sea and secret passage, help from unexpected allies and treachery from family all take their toll on Astreya and his friends.

  3. The Wanderer's Curse. Cortero, 2012. 302 p.

    Lindey takes Astreya, Cam, Damon, and Arneb to Matris, only to discover that much has changed since she left home. Suspicion and distrust surround the men. Astreya and Lindey begin to resolve their difficulties, but a gossipy old man on a horse misrepresents the past, and all five must flee aboard Arneb's boat. Once outside the shelter of the hills surrounding Matris, the group discovers that the bloodthirsty Men of the Sea are searching for their navigation stones, and they think the Village where Astreya was born has them. Astreya must arrive in time to avert a massacre.

Hammond, Marc

Fathom. Futura, 1978. 345 p.

The world's most sophisticated mini-sub is missing - along with a nuclear warhead.

Hammond, William C. (1947- )

Culter Family Chonicles

  1. A Matter of Honor. Cumberland House, 2007. 311 p.

    A Massachusetts teenager who ships out with John Paul Jones to avenge the death of his beloved brother Will, taken by force by the Royal Navy and flogged to death aboard a king's ship. On the high seas, in England and in France, on the sugar islands of the Caribbean and the battlefield of Yorktown, Richard Cutler proves his mettle and wins the love -- and the allegiance to the infant republic -- of a beautiful English aristocrat from the arms of a young British sea officer named Horatio Nelson.

  2. For Love of Country. Naval Institute Press, 2010. 239 p.

    In the late 18th century, Richard Cutler attempts to both save his family from Barbary pirates and his one true love and her daughters from the guillotine during the French Revolution, with help from U.S. naval commander John Paul Jones along the way.

  3. The Power and the Glory. Naval Institute Press, 2011. 254 p.

    Set in the late 1790s during the Quasi-War with France, and featuring the adventures of the seafaring Cutler family of Hingham, Massachusetts, looks at the new American Navy during the Age of Fighting Sail.

  4. A Call to Arms. Naval Institute Press, 2012. 246 p.

    Set primarily in the Mediterranean Sea during the war against Tripoli, this novel includes business ventures that expand the Cutler commercial empire to the Orient. Richard Cutler has command of a frigate while his younger son Jamie serves as midshipman aboard USS Constitution under the command of Captain Edward Preble. Other naval heroes in the novel include Stephen Decatur, Richard Somers and Charles Stewart.

  5. Until Death Us Do Part. Naval Institute Press, 2014. 1 v.

    Included are the Chesapeake vs Leopard affair, impressment of American sailors at sea by the Royal Navy, and the Embargo Act, a piece of legislation imposed by President Jefferson and Sevretary of State Madison that crippled American shipping companies, including Cutler & Sons, and nearly caused New England to secede from the Union. In addition to facing fierce trials and tribulations in the external environment, Richard Cutler and his family are forced to confront the heart-wrenching illness of a dearly beloved family member. Years Covered: 1805 to 1811.

Hancock, Harrie Irving (1868-1922)

Motor Boat Club series:

  1. The Motor Boat Club and the Wireless; or, The Dot, Dash and Dare Cruise. Henry Altemus, 1909. 256 p.
  2. The Motor Boat Club Off Long Island; or, A Daring Marine Game at Racing Speed. Henry Altemus, 1909. 252 p.
  3. The Motor Boat Club in Florida; or, Laying the ghost of Alligator Swamp. Henry Altemus, 1909. 250 p.
  4. The Motor Boat Club of the Kennebec : or, The secret of Smugglers' Island. Henry Altemus, 1909. 253 p.
  5. The Motor Boat Club at Nantucket; or, The mystery of the Dunstan heir. Henry Altemus, 1909. 256 p.
  6. The Motor Boat Club at the Golden Gate, or, A thrilling capture in the great fog. Henry Altemus, 1909. 212 p.
  7. The Motor Boat Club on the Great Lakes; or, The "Flying Dutchman" of the big fresh water. Henry Altemus, 1912. 252 p.

Hankins, John Walter

Cayman Gold. Writer's Club of America, 1997. 416 p.

High-ranking Nazis, using specially modified submarines, sumggle gold bullion to countries still friendly to Germany. One U-boat--along with its precious cargo--is sunk by a British destroyer, but not before discharging its secret cargo on an unknown island in the Carribean. Some fifty years later, the missing cache is discovered by an American family visiting the Cayman Islands. Their unexpected find leads to a murder, kidnapping, and the sudden convergence of foreign agents and Neo-Nazis to what had once been a peaceful island paradise.

Hanks, Douglas Jr.

Muskrat: A Surprise Bid for the America's Cup. the Author, 1987. 239 p.

A local favorite around the Chesapeake Bay. A group of "good ole boys" (spelled drunks) from the Eastern Shore of Maryland mount an America's Cup campaign in 1987 and take it to Australia. MUSKRAT is the name of their boat and in the town of Oxford, Maryland you can now buy MUSKRAT t-shirts and hats, and find a half-hull model of the boat on the wall of the local drinking establishment.

Hanley, James (1901-1985)

The Ocean. Morrow, 1941. 233 p.

Written for a time when a group of men were likely to find themselves adrift in a lifeboat with little chance of survival. A thoughtful study of human behaviour.

Sailor's Song. Nicholson & Watson, 1943. 204 p.

Another lifeboat story featuring an old English stoker and his memories of his past.

Harding, Duncan

Tug of War : (December 22nd-December 31st 1941). Futura, 1975. 190 p.

Adventures of a tugboat during an Arctic convoy in the mid-WW II period.

Flotilla Attack. Futura, 1976. 190 p.

HMS ROSE, a WW I-era destroyer, fights the Nazi invasion of Norway with a crew that believes her to be jinxed, and a First Lieutenant under a cloud because of the percieved cowardice of his father in WW I.

Torpedo Boat. Futura, 1976. 192 p.

Loosely based on the Royal Navy's involvement in Russia immediately after the Fist World War. Using two small but very fast torpedo boats, four British sailors attempt to put a British agent ashore in Petrograd. Petrograd is believed to be impregnable, and to make things even more complicated they are expected to sink a Soviet battleship on the way out!

Operation Chariot. Futura, 1977. 187 p.

A continuation of HMS ROSE's WW II service. Lamb, her erstwhile First Lieutenant, is now her captain. In spite of having the reputation as a jinxed ship her crew slowly become proud of her. In the attack by commandos and the destruction of the dock gates at St. Nazaire by by HMS CAMBELLTOWN, the ROSE is allocated the task of ensuring that E-boats do not prevent the escape of the survivors.

Hardy, Adam (pseud. Kenneth Bulmer (1921-2005) & Terry Harknett (1936- ))

George Abercrombie Fox series:

Napoleonic Wars adventures featuring an officer in the Royal Navy. Fairly standard, except that the brutal side to life in Nelson's navy is played up.

  1. The Press Gang. Pinnacle, 1973. 157 p.
  2. Prize Money. Pinnacle, 1974. 152 p.
  3. Savage Siege. (UK title: Siege). Pinnacle, 1974. 160 p.
  4. Treasure Map. (UK title: Treasure). Pinnacle, 1974. 155 p.
  5. Sailor's Blood. (UK title: Power Monkey). Pinnacle, 1974. 150 p.
  6. Sea of Gold. (UK title: Blood for Breakfast). Pinnacle, 1974. 151 p.
  7. Court Martial. Pinnacle, 1974. 151 p.
  8. Battle Smoke. Pinnacle, 1975. 152 p.
  9. Cut and Thrust. Pinnacle, 1975. 148 p.
  10. Boarder's Away. Pinnacle, 1975. 152 p.
  11. The Fireship. Pinnacle, 1976. 184 p.
  12. Blood Beach. New English Library, 1976. 110 p.
  13. Sea Flame. New English Library, 1976. 112 p.
  14. Close Quarters. New English Library, 1977. 128 p.

Strike force Falklands series:

  1. Operation Exocet. Futura, 1984. 158 p.
  2. Raider's Dawn. Futura, 1984. 160 p.
  3. Red Alert. Futura, 1984. 156 p.
  4. Recce Patrol. Futura, 1985. 158 p.
  5. Covert Op. Futura, 1985. 159 p.
  6. 'Ware Mines! Futura, 1985. 160 p.

Hardy, René

The Lost Sentinel. Doubleday, 1960. 223 p.

Translation of Sentinelle Perdue. Italian submarine Moro in the Med during WW II.

Hardy, William M.

Wolfpack. Dodd, Mead, 1960. 243 p.

Also published as Submarine Wolfpack. Three USN subs, one commanded by a tired vet on his last patrol, one commanded by a wannabe hero, and one by a reserve officer in whom the other two have doubts, attack a Japanese convoy in the Luzon Strait.

A Time for Killing. Dodd, Mead, 1962. 186 p.

Events aboard the US submarine MULLET on war patrol off the Japanese coast in the last week of WW II. The captain wants to live and let live, the XO wants revenge for three crewmen killed in an airplane attack.

USS Mudskipper: The Submarine that Wrecked a Train. Dodd, Mead, 1967. 216 p.

Captain of an American submarine on patrol off Japanese coast in 1945 gets frustrated at a lack of targets, and becomes so obsessed with destroying a coastal train that he neglects all of his duties to do so. While based on an actual incident, the novel suffers by using it as a metaphor for the Vietnam War.

Harmuth, Robert

Up From the Deep. Graphic Enterprises, 1997. 197 p.

Compilation of SSG Class sea stories.

Harper, Richard

Greenland Passage. Leisure, 1981. 220 p.

It's May 1945 and U-boat commander Werner Reutemann is on an escape mission under the Arctic Ice through the Bering sea to Japan.

Harrigan, Stephen (1948- )

Aransas. Random House, 1980. 259 p.

A richly ambiguous story of self-discovery: an aimless ex-hippie is troubled by his training dophins to perform. Evokes the atmosphere of Aransas Pass (and Corpus Cristi, Texas) with detailed description. Worth a read.

Harris, John (1916-1991)

The Sea Shall Not Have Them. Hurst & Blackett, 1953. 256 p.

The title is the mottos of the Air/Sea Rescue High Speed launch Flotillas of the RAF. This is the heroic story of LAUNCH 7525, of four men lost in a rubber dinghy in the North Sea, and of those on shore and in the air who direct their destinies. The whole action takes place within forty-eight hours in the autumn of 1944. U.S. title: The Undaunted.

Close to the Wind. W. Sloane, 1956. 245 p.

Just a perfectly grand novel that blends a rare charm with the thrill of high seas adventure as it follows four people on a wild voyage through the tiny islands of the South Pacific. U.K. title: "Getaway".

Corporal Cotton's little war : a novel of the Aegean campaign 1941. Hutchinson, 1979. 287 p.

Set in the Spring of 1941 around the invasion of Greece... fast motor boat action to recover weapons and gold before the German hold on the Aegean is complete.

Harrison, Harry (1925-)

The QE2 Is Missing. TOR, 1980. 352 p.

The QE II is highjacked for a cargo of diamonds. Not SF, despite the author.

Stars & Stripes Forever. Ballantine, 1998. 338 p.

England joins the Confederates against the US during the American Civil War. Some naval action, with USN ironclads mixing it up with CSN ironclads and British wooden warships. WARRIOR gets her stuffing knocked out by a horde of monitors.

Harrison, Payne

Thunder of Erebus. Crown, 1991. 498 p.

USA and Russian confederation go on joint mission in Antarctica, detect a new power deep beneath the glaciers, and duke it out for control over and under the sea.

Hartog, Jan de (1914-2002)

Tugboating series:

  1. Captain Jan : a story of ocean tugboats. Cleaver-Hume Press, 1952. 315 p.

    Originally published in Dutch as Holland's Glory. A young Dutchman rises from sailor to command in seagoing tugboats in the early years of the 20th century. He fights the sea and also a big company that is trying to monopolize the towing business by buying up all the smaller fleets and starving its crews to make a profit. De Hartog's first novel. Not as well written as his later work, but he does an excellent job of describing the seagoing tugs' work and the men who manned them. An instant and historic bestseller and a symbol of Dutch resistance; the German occupying forces banned the book in 1942 but it went on selling in large quantities in the underground market.

  2. The Captain. Atheneum, 1955. 434 p.

    Our Dutch hero now has his master's certificate for the big ocean-going tugs. The summer of 1940 finds him entering an RN school for foreign captains of rescue tugs. But his old boss, the mysterious robber-baron Mr Kwel, pulls strings, and has him yanked out to serve as job-captain of various ships of his remaining fleet of tugs. He mainly spells captains of the smaller tugs that are working local to the UK until the death of the famous and heroic Bok Mumble, captain of the largest tugboat in the Kwel fleet, who can be considered the Commodore of the Dutch tugboat fleet. It turns out that Kwel has been grooming our hero to replace the heroic Captain Bok. Unfortunately for Kwel he has just failed in his last attempt to hold this largest tug, the pride of his fleet, from convoy duty. The remaining two thirds of the book concern two voyages to Murmansk. Prior to his first Murmansk convoy he meets his old RN instructor at the school for tugboat captains, and asks him how his old class-mates are doing. He is shocked to learn that every single one of them has died in the line of duty.

  3. The Commodore: a novel of the sea. Harper & Row, 1986. 406 p.

    The "Captain", now 70, finds himself towing a giant oil rig to Singapore.

The Lost Sea. Harper, 1951. 153 p.

Memoirs of a ship's boy on the fleet of fishing boats that plied the Zuider Zee in the years before it was diked off from the ocean.

The Distant Shore, a story of the sea. Harper, 1952. 309 p.

Novel about a salvage ship plying the Mediterranean in the years immediately after WW II. Published in the U.K. in two volumes: Stella & The Distant Shore.

The Call of the Sea. Atheneum, 1966. 465 p.

Single volume collection of The Lost Sea, The Distant Shore, and A Sailor's Life.

The Trail of the Serpent. Harper & Row, 1983. 214 p.

Escape from the Japanese in Indonesia during WW II.

Star of Peace: a novel of the sea. Harper & Row, 1984. 376 p.

Aging freighter full of Jews flees Nazis.

Havighurst, Walter (1901-1994)

No Homeward Course. Doubleday, Doran, 1941. 295 p.

A sympathetic tale of a World War 2 Nazi merchant raider. The raider is manned with as devoted and chivalrous a crew of German idealists as ever put to sea. The captain is Siegfried-Lohengrin, the chief engineer is a more elderly version of Siegfried-Lohengrin, the ship’s doctor is service to humanity incarnate, and only the first officer is a Nazi.

Hawes, Charles Boardman (1889-1923)

The Mutineers : a tale of old days at sea and of adventures in the Far East as Benjamin Lathrop set it down some sixty years ago. Atlantic, 1919. 276 p.

Mutiny on a ship in the Pacific.

The Great Quest : a romance of 1826, wherein are recorded the experiences of Josiah Woods of Topham, and of those others with whom he sailed for Cuba and the Gulf of Guinea. Little Brown, 1921. 359 p.

Twelve-year-old Josiah tells of how his Uncle Seth is tricked by an old friend into selling his shop and buying a ship. Thinking they are going in search of gold, Josiah and his uncle find themselves unwillingly involved in the slave trade and at odds with the crew.

The Dark Frigate : wherein is told the story of Philip Marsham who lived in the time of King Charles and was bred a sailor but came home to England after many hazards by sea and land and fought for the king at Newbury and lost a great inheritance and departed for Barbados in the same ship, by curious chance, in which he had long before adventured with the pirates. Atlantic Monthly, 1923. 247 p.

The story of Philip Marsham, a sailor in King Charles times who dares not return to England after his ship is taken over by pirates, and he is forced to join their crew. Young adult -- in same sense that Mr. Midshipman Hornblower or Bolitho and the Avenger are. Newberry Award winner.

Haycox, Ernest (1899-1950)

The Adventurers. Little, Brown, 1954. 332 p.

In the 1860s a sea captain goes aground in storm on the West Coast, takes to working on a river in Oregon.

Hayden, Sterling (1916-1986)

Voyage: a novel of 1896. Putnam, 1976. 700 p.

On New Year's Day, 1896, the enormous steel-hulled four-masted square rigger Neptune's Car slides down the ways of a Maine shipyard, the pride of Banning Butler Blanchard, shipbuilder extraordinaire. Undertaking a torturous maiden voyage around the Horn to San Francisco, her crew are driven to murder and near mutiny by the brutal reality of life below deck on a "hellship" during the age of sail. Meanwhile, Blanchard's daughter Mrs. Montague Cutting, her husband, and a party of gilded aristocrats enjoy an idyllic cruise through the South Pacific to Japan, aboard the luxurious private yacht Atalanta. As both Atalanta and Neptune's Car arrive in San Francisco on the eve of the Bryan-McKinley presidential election, the increasing chasm between haves and have-nots threatens to erupt into riot and insurrection.

Hazlett, Edward Everett

"Rig for depth charges!" The career of a young naval officer on submarine duty. Dodd, Mead, 1945. 269 p.

For young readers.

Healey, David

The Sea Lord Chronicles:

  1. First Voyage. Intracoastal Media, 2012. 312 p.

    When 14-year-old Alexander Hope is sent by his stingy uncle to become a junior officer in the Royal Navy, he has never seen the sea or been very far from the ramshackle manor house where he grew up. He's also never seen a gryphon. There are high expectations for Alexander, whose famous ancestor was Sir Algernon Hope, a sea elemental who defeated the Spanish Armada and saved England from invasion.

  2. Ship of Spies. Intracoastal Media, 2014. 166 p.

    Alexander is assigned to catch the thief who stole something mysterious from the American diplomat aboard the HMS Resolution. His task is made difficult because crew and even some of the officers are suspicious and jealous of his new powers as an elemental who can command the sea.

Heatter, Basil (1918- )

The Dim View. Farrar, Straus, 1946. 256 p.

PT skipper fears that he has lost his nerve after being injured in the South Pacific, but must again face the Japanese from the deck of his PT boat.

Heggen, Thomas (1919-1949)

Mr. Roberts. Houghton Mifflin, 1946. 221 p.

US Navy transport RELUCTANT as it sails from Tedium to Apathy -- with occasional side trips to Monotony and Ennui -- in the back waters of WW II in the Pacific. Novel focuses on the attempts by a reserve lieutenant to defy his mustang captain by transfering off the ship to a combat position. Later an award winning play and film.

Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)

After the Storm. Hearst's International/Cosmopolitan, May 1932.

Short story.

The Old Man and the Sea. Scribner, 1952. 93 p.

Cuban doesn't bring home the big fish.

Islands in the Stream. Scribner, 1970. 448 p.

Published posthumously. About an American painter who lives on Bimini. The early part of the book (set in the 1930s) contains some great sport fishing scenes. During WW II the painter and his boat are drafted in the service of American intelligence to track down survivors of a German submarine who are trying to escape.

Hennessy, Max (pseud. of John Harris) (1916-1991)

Kelly "Ginger" Maguire trilogy:

  1. The Lion at Sea. Hamilton, 1977. 314 p.

    From 1911 through WW I, Maguire serves on armored cruiser HUGUENOT, gets torpedoed on CRESSY, stranded in Antwerp in 1914, captured when his submarine is sunk during Gallipoli, and sees action on destroyer MORDANT at Jutland.

  2. The Dangerous Years. Hamilton, 1978. 292 p.

    Follows our hero through the years between WW I and the Spanish Civil War. He has adventures in Russia during the Civil War, Shanghai, and in the Red Sea during the Abyssinian Crisis.

  3. Back to Battle. Hamilton, 1979. 297 p.

    Ginger Maguire, now the most decorated man in the Royal Navy, commands a destroyer in Iberian waters during the Spanish Civil War, fights at Narvik, Matapan and Crete, and commands an escort group on the Murmansk run in action remarkably similar to the Battle of the Barents Sea.

Henrick, Richard P.

Silent Warriors. Kensington, 1985. 381 p.

Alexander Korsakov, captain of Russia's most technologically advanced submarine, is shocked to learn that he is to spearhead a massive nuclear first strike against the Americans. The captain of a U.S. attack sub, out of radio contact and without orders, must engage in an epic undersea battle--or risk witnessing the shattering end of the world above.

Counterforce. Kensington, 1985. 415 p.

Inside the world's most advanced submarine, Vulkan, a man holds a list of U.S. targets--each one will mean millions of casualties and a world thrown into nuclear chaos. Capt. Cooksey knows that his elusive prey can be brought down only one way--betrayal. Someone within the Russian hierarchy is about to give the Americans the one tool they need to stop the Vulkan.

The Phoenix Odyssey. Kensington, 1986. 364 p.

Receiving a sudden War Alert while on a routiene patrol, the crew of the Trident submarine USS Phoenix is suddenly cut off of all communication--including the one cancelling the War Alert--and reemerges with the wrong ideas.

Flight of the Condor. Kensington, 1987. 381 p.

America's most advanced defensive surveillance satellite is hurtling towards Earth, leaving the United States susceptible to a surprise attack from the Soviet Union. As the Russians prepare to deliver a lethal nuclear blow, the fate of humanity will be fought on two battlefields--beneath the ocean and in outer space.

When Duty Calls. Kensington, 1988. 415 p.

Russians put first military laser on line in Siberia, so SEAL team has to go in by submarine, then destroy site.

Beneath the Silent Sea. Kensington, 1988. 414 p.

The Chinese have launched their most lethal submarine in a clandestine attack on both the U.S. and the Soviet Union--just as peace talks between these two nations have begun. Now, to stop the Maoist fanatics, two world powers about to come together in peace must join forces in war. As they race toward a showdown in the perilous ocean depths, the ultimate thermonuclear endgame is about to be played for the highest stakes of all.

Cry of the Deep. Kensington, 1989. 416 p.

30-year-old US sub SWORDFISH stands between gigantic Russian sub and nuclear warfare with US.

Under the Ice. Kensington, 1989. 383 p.

Airplane carrying the Soviet premier goes down in the arctic, and US and USSR subs race to the area.

Sea Devil. Kensington, 1990. 382 p.

Renegade Admiral Igor Starobin leads a new submarine to penetrate and destroy a U.S. Navy base that is the strategic core of NATO's defense advantage. The formidable "Sea Devil" becomes locked in a desperate battle against the super attack sub USS BOWFIN, under the command of Pentagon special investigator Brad Mackenszie.

The Golden U-Boat. Kensington, 1991. 384 p.

Nazi U-boat sinks with secret weapon; 50 years later, fugitive SS officer salvages it. A US sub must deal with the Nazi and a Russian boomer.

Sea of Death. Kensington, 1992. 350 p.

The ultimate biological weapon lies in the hands of a Ninja warrior with a mad dream of reestablishing Japan as the world's mightiest military superpower. Only an obsolete diesel-powered submarine manned by a crew of specially trained computer-oriented nuke submariners can stop him.

Dive to Oblivion. Kensington, 1993. 352 p.

When a nuclear-powered submarine vanishes, commander Thomas Moore uncovers a trail of terror that leads to a paranoid and ruthless cabal of hardline Communists.

Ecowar. HarperCollins, 1993. 338 p.

Dr. Peter Kraft, an expert in dolphin communication, is ordered to journey on the attack class vessel, the USS Chicago, to investigate strange reports of a marauding sea monster in the depths of the Kuril Trench.

Ice Wolf. Harper, 1994. 337 p.

Nuclear attack sub USS SPRINGFIELD encounters mysterous rogue U-boat with ex-Nazi aboard, seeking legendary lost treasure in the arctic.

Crimson Tide. Avon, 1995. 239 p.

Aboard nuclear sub USS ALABAMA when orders come to launch preemptive nuclear strike. Is order real, a test, or a mistake? It's impossible to confirm, skipper wants to launch, and exec says no. Made into a movie starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. This is the author's novelization of his screenplay.

Attack of a Queen. Avon, 1997. 368 p.

Terrorists seize the ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth II, hosting an economic conference of heads of top industrial countries. Two brothers try to outwit the terrorists, Thomas Kellogg of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Vincent Kellogg of the Secret Service.

Henty, G. A. (1832-1902)

Under Drake's Flag; a tale of the Spanish Main. C. Scribner's Sons, 1883. 386 p.

A Chapter of Adventures : or, Through the bombardment of Alexandria. Blackie & Son, 1891. 288 p.

U.S. title: The Young Midshipman.

By England's Aid; or The Freeing of the Netherlands (1585-1604). Blackie & Son, 1891. 384 p.

With Cochrane the Dauntless: a tale of the exploits of Lord Cochrane in South American waters. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. 388 p.

At Aboukir and Acre: a story of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1898. 331 p.

By Conduct and Courage; a story of Nelson's days. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. 381 p.

Hepburn, Andrew

Letter of Marque. Little, Brown, 1959. 342 p.

Edward Stockton, mate in an American ship bound for China in 1812, is impressed into a British frigate. He escapes and finds his way to L'Orient, "the bustling intrigue-ridden center of privateering". Stockton outfits a lugger he captured during his escape and goes privateering. "The stench of smoke and the crash of rigging; the shine of the sails as a desperate ship strives to catch the wind; the sound of shot and the turmoil of had-to-hand combat..." [from bookjacket blurb]

Herbert, Alan Patrick (1890-1971)

The Water Gipsies. Doubleday, Doran, 1930. 414 p.

Life and love on the River Thames.

Herbert, Frank (1920-1986)

Dragon in the Sea. Doubleday, 1956. 192 p.

It's the 21st century and the USA is running short on oil. The submarine FENIAN RAM is sent on a clandestine mission to tap the enemy's vast underwater oil deposits. Twenty vessels have failed to return and this is the final attempt! Revision of a serial published in "Astounding Science Fiction" under Herbert's prefered title Under Pressure. Also published as 21st Century Sub.

Herman, Fred (Frederick Sawyer) (1917-)

Dynamite Cargo: Convoy to Russia. Vanguard, 1943. 158 p.

Another Murmansk run story of a merchant seaman going to Russia on a liberty ship, which is then sunk, and his survival with 300 sailors on board of the HMS Scylla. Based on the author's actual experiences.

Hersey, John (1914-1993)

Under the Eye of the Storm. Knopf, 1967. 244 p.

Two couples on a weekend sail off the Massachussets coast get caught in a hurricane shortly after the boat's owner realized that his wife is having an affair with the other husband.

Herst, Roger E.

Ghost Sub. Kensington, 1979. 352 p.

US missile sub cruising under the ice pack in Russian waters is found and trapped. Published in the US as Status 1SQ.

Hickham, Homer H. (1943- )

The Keeper's Son. Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, 2003. 353 p.

On the outer banks of the Carolinas in 1941, fisherman and a few lonely sailors constitute the human population. Dominating the rough yet beautiful landscape is the majestic Killakeet Lighthouse, run for generations by the Thurlow family. But Josh Thurlow, the lighthouse keeper's son, has forsworn his heritage to become the commander of a small Coast Guard patrol boat. Tortured by twenty years of guilt for losing his brother at sea, Josh still searches for him, even while a looming wolf pack of German U-boats threatens to decimate the shipping lanes off the coast. One of the U-boats is captained by a hardened Nazi, Otto Krebs. But Captain Krebs may bring ashore more than the war -- he may also have the answer to Josh Thurlow's quest.

Hickling, Reginald Hugh (1920-2007)

The English flotilla : a war novel. Macdonald, 1954. 256 p.

U.S. title: Falconer's Voyage. Adventures of a misantropic Royal Navy landing ship commander in Europe during WWII.

Higgins, Jack (pseud. of Harry Patterson) (1929- )

Storm Warning. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976. 311 p.

During World War II, a group of German expatriates trapped in Brazil must sail across five thousand miles of tempestuous water to reach their homeland-and face the deadly barricade of American and British military power. Sequel to his bestselling novel The Eagle has Landed.

Cold Harbour. Simon and Schuster, 1990. 318 p.

As D-day approaches in Europe, the Allied command learns of a German staff conference to be held in Brittany at the Chateau de Voincourt, where the Nazis will discuss their Atlantic Wall defense strategy. Foreknowledge of these plans could mean the difference between success and failure for the Allied invasion, and as luck would have it, the chateau happens to be the home of an undercover French Resistance agent, beautiful Anne-Marie Trevaunce.

Thunder Point. Putnam, 1993. 356 p.

British agents search for the secret diaries of Martin Bormann that reveal British Nazi sympathizers and the secret plan Protocol.

Hill, Ernestine (Hemmings), (1899-1972)

My Love Must Wait : the story of Matthew Flinders. Angus and Robertson, 1941. 466 p.

Fictionalized biography of Matthew Flinders, a Royal Navy officer who conducted the first circumnavigation of the Australian coast.

Hill, Porter (Pseud.)

Adam Horne series:

  1. The Bombay Marines. Souvenir, 1985. 220 p.

    Adam Horne a captain in the Bombay Marine, the British East India Company's private navy sent by HEIC to kidnap the former commander of French forces in India, General Lailly, from the custody of the British Army to the custody of the HEIC. Set in 1761.

  2. The War Chest. Souvenir, 1986. 220 p.

    Adam Horne is dispatched to seas around Madagascar to capture a war chest being sent from France to pay French troops in Mauritius. Set in 1761.

  3. China Flyer. Souvenir, 1987. 203 p.

    Horne is sent to China to recover the CHINA FLYER, an HEIC ship stolen by a renagade HEIC purchasing agent -- who also helped himself to the gold reserves at Madras. Set in 1762.

Hilton, Joseph

Ship of the Damned. Magnum, 1972. 174 p.

Aboard the cruise ship Santa Lucia, out of Brazil for the Windward Islands with 600 passengers including five Americans and Colonel De Sota, a savage revolutionary who hijacks the ship.

Hill, Robert A.

First mate of the Henry Glass. Vantage Press, 1959. 190 p.

Newly licensed Chief Mate Robert Hall’s first assignment is aboard the just-commissioned Liberty Ship HENRY GLASS, sailing out of San Pedro early on during the War. The GLASS is described as an armed merchant ship, complete with an S.O.B. of a skipper, unhappy crewmen and contingents of Navy gunners and U.S. Marines clearly unhappy to have to associate with merchant mariners.

Hine, Al

Juggernaut. Bantam, 1974. 204 p.

Nasty guy plants bombs on world's greatest luxury liner, threatens to blow it up with 1,200 passengers aboard if he isn't paid ransom. Novelization of a movie with Richard Harris and Omar Sharif.

Hirschhorn, Richard

Target Mayflower. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977. 324 p.

Hitler's last desperate gamble: send sub pack to Maine, where they will liberate a POW camp filled with Afrika Korps troops, invade the US, and threaten Boston with V-2 rockets.

Hirt, Douglas

Riverboat Series:

  1. Riverboat. Jove, 1995. 295 p.

    TEMPEST QUEEN travels from Napoleon to Natchez in the spring of 1859 with a haunted captain, a captured runaway slave, a pack of gamblers determined to steal the boat from its captain, and a gambler who is determined to stop them. A fun read.

  2. Mississippi Pirates. Jove, 1995. 295 p.

    The TEMPEST QUEEN is chartered to take Army stores and payroll from St. Louis to Leavenworth. A Missouri River pirate learns of the cargo, and enlists every desperado along the river to hijack the boat. Another fun read. Hirt name drops every character on the Missouri River at that time.

  3. Assasination. Jove, 1995. 298 p.

    The TEMPEST QUEEN stops at Baton Rouge and picks up Sen. Stephen Douglas as he goes on a presidential campaign swing through the South -- and an assassin who wants to kill Douglas so that a Civil War will erupt.

Hobb, Robin (pseud. of Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden) (1952- )

The Liveship Traders fantasy series:

The Live Ships are ships constructed from "wizard wood", a rare wood with magic properties. The result is that the ships are alive, and self aware.

  1. Ship of Magic. Voyager, 1998. 667 p.
  2. The Mad Ship. Voyager, 1999. 400 p.
  3. Ship of Destiny. Voyager, 2000. 581 p.

Hodgson, William Hope (1875-1918)

The Boats of the GLEN CARRIG: being an account of their adventures in the strange places of the Earth, after the foundering of the good ship Glen Carrig through striking upon a hidden rock in the unknown seas to the southward, as told by John Winterstraw, gent., to his son James Winterstraw, in the year 1757, and by him committed very properly and legibly to manuscript. Chapman and Hall, 1907. 312 p.

"An Edwardian voyage of mystery and imagination as bizarre as Conan Doyle's Lost World, as sinister and darkly shadowed as the most fevered and haunting creations of Edgar Allan Poe" So there you go! Hodgson himself was quite a sailor and was killed defending his post in the Great War.

Captain Gault: Being the Exceedingly Private Log of a Sea-Captain. Eveleigh Nash, 1917. 303 p.

Stories from earlier magazine publication, mostly about how the roguish Captain Gault outwits customs agents to smuggle diamonds, pearls, saccharine, guns, whatever.

Deep Waters. Arkham House, 1967. 300 p.

Short stories: The Sea Horses; The Derelict (A very creepy story of a ship encountering an ancient derelict that seems to be... alive?); The Thing in the Weeds; From the Tideless Sea; The Island of the Ud; The Voice in the Night; The Adventure of the Headland; The Mystery of the Derelict; The Shamraken Homeward-Bounder; The Stone Ship; The Crew of the LANCING; The habitants of Middle Islet; The Call in the Dawn.

Holland, Cecelia (1943- )

The Sea Beggars. Knopf, 1982. 305 p.

Fictionalized account of a family during the Dutch revolt against Spain in the 16th Century. Significant action at sea, or in port -- including a description of the relief of Leyden, when the Dutch flooded the polders around the besieged city to bring supplies in by ship.

Hollick, Helen

Sea Witch series

  1. Sea Witch : being the first voyage of Cpt. Jesamiah Acorne & his ship, Sea Witch. Discovered Authors, 2006. 411 p.

    Escaping the bullying of his elder brother, from the age of fifteen Jesamiah Acorne has been a pirate, with only two loves - his ship and his freedom. But his life is to change when he and his crew unsuccessfully attack a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa. He is to meet Tiola Oldstagh, an insignificant girl or so he thinks - until she rescues him from a vicious attack, and almost certain death, by pirate hunters. And then he discovers what she really is; a healer and a midwife - and a white witch.

  2. Pirate Code. Discovered Authors, 2007. 313 p.

    Jesamiah Acorne, Captain of the Sea Witch, has received a pardon for his crimes of piracy; but is still unable to free his love Tiola Oldstagh from her unhappy marriage to Stefan van Overstratten. As a white witch Tiola has the means of saving herself but refuses to use her Craft, so Jesamiah must think of a brave solution. War is again looming between England and Spain. The Admiralty in London is desperate for intelligence reports but their spy has failed to return from the Spanish-held territory of Hispaniola.

  3. Bring it Close. Discovered Authors, 2009. 436 p.

    Jesamiah Acorne, Captain of the Sea Witch, has accepted a government granted amnesty against his misdeeds of piracy, but old enemies do not forget the past. In particular Edward Teach - better known as Blackbeard - has a bone to pick with Acorne. Following an indiscretion with an old flame, Jesamiah finds his fiancée, the midwife and white witch, Tiola Oldstagh, has gone to North Carolina to help with an imminent and difficult birth; the problem, that is where Blackbeard now resides.

  4. Ripples in the Sand. SilverWood Books, 2012. 310 p.

    Approaching England's North Devon Coast Captain Jesamiah Acorne is worried. A Royal Navy frigate is trailing in his wake and Sea Witch has a hidden cache of brandy and indigo aboard. His instinct is to hoist full sail and flee, but he cannot attract attention, for his wife, Tiola, is ill and getting worse. She says the sea is affecting her, but Jesamiah has never seen seasickness like this before - is it something worse; something to do with her being a white witch perhaps?

Holling, Holling Clancy (1900-1973)

Paddle-to-the-Sea. Houghton Mifflin, 1941. 63 p.

This childrens' book Follows the journey of a toy canoe carved by a Native American boy, launched at Lake Nipigon, Canada, travelling through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic, with a series of adventures on the way, each described in a one page text with illustrations. Great amounts of geography, natural history, historical detail are included. The Holling style is very characteristic: sort of a 40's and 50's David Macauley.

Seabird. Houghton Mifflin, 1948. 58 p.

Juvenile book about a whaling ship's boy who carved a gull of walrus ivory in 1832, and their adventures into the Twentieth Century as he grows up to become a clipper captain, his son becomes a reluctant convert to steam, his grandson becomes a ship designer, and his great-grandson an airplane pilot. Many illustrations by the author. Realistic look at whaling.

Pagoo. Houghton Mifflin, 1957. 86 p.

The story of a hermit crab, delightfully told with detailed full color plates facing the text pages. On the text page margins are pen and ink drawings illustrating the many aspects of the tale.

Holt, Tom (1961-)

Flying Dutch. Macdonald, 1991. 252 p.

An utterly bizarre and entertaining yarn about how Cornelius Vanderdecker became immortal and cursed, and how the saga ends. In this madcap telling of the Flying Dutchman's tale, Van Derdecker and his besotted crew do come ashore once every 7 years. As their adventures progress to modern times, "Dutch" meets a woman who is destined to keep him ashore, and encounters the man who started the entire immortality caper in 1585. It's a page turner.


The Odyssey. Demetrius Damilas, 1488-9. (Demetrius Chalcondyles, ed.) 440 p.

Odysseus and his crew have many adventures on the wine-dark sea on their way back from the Trojan Wars.

Homewood, Harry

Final Harbor. McGraw-Hill, 1980. 372 p.

Submarine USS MAKO in action against the Japanese in WW II.

Silent Sea. McGraw-Hill, 1981. 354 p.

Submarine USS EELFISH in action against the Japanese in WW II -- a sequel to Final Harbor, with some of the same characters.

Torpedo! McGraw-Hill, 1982. 352 p.

Cold War confrontation between US and Soviet nuclear submarines after Soviets sink US Sub. Includes the same characters as Final Harbor and Silent Sea.

O God of Battles. W. Morrow, 1983. 359 p.

WW II Pacific epic, on, above, and below the sea.

Hoover, Thomas (1941- )

The Moghul. Doubleday, 1983. 473 p.

Captain Brian Hawksworth sails to India as an emissary of King James to the Great Moghul Jahangir and gets into battles with the Portuguese.

Caribbee. Doubleday, 1985. 396 p.

Barbados buccaneers battle British for independence.

Hope, Laura Lee (pseud. for The Stratemeyer Syndicate)

Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on the Rolling Ocean. Grosset & Dunlap, 1925. 246 p.

Although Bunny Brown gets top billing in the title, little Sue is by no means a shadow character in this story and the girls will enjoy it as much as the boys. The Brown family embarks on a steamer passage to the West Indies and along the way experience a temporary marooning on a tropical isle, the discovery of a wild man, the saving of a shipwrecked mariner (the wild man) and a general good time by all. For young readers.

Hopkins, Gerard Manley (1844-1889)

"The Wreck of the Deutschland" in "Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins". Humphrey Milford, 1918. 124 p.

Poem about the wreck of a German packet steamer on the sands off the English coast, it's based on an actual wreck in the late Victorian era.

Hopkins, William

The Clammer and the Submarine. Houghton Mifflin, 1917. 346 p.

The Clammer and his family duel with a German submarine off the U.S. East Coast.

Hopwood, Ronald Arthur (1868-1949)

The Old Way, And Other Poems. J. Murray, 1916. 62 p.

Horan, James D.

Seek Out and Destroy. Crown, 1958. 302 p.

Aboard the Confederate commerce raider LEE in the dying days of the Civil War, as it wreaks havoc on the Yankee merchant fleet -- even after the war ends. Novel closely based on the exploits of the SHENANDOAH.

Horsley, David

Vinegar Johnnie. Brown, Watson, 1958. 157 p.

Johnny Bates is the WW II corvette HMS DESBOROUGH's first lieutenant, who takes over command from his sick captain. While on convoy protection duties as part of an escort group she faces atrocious weather, never far from the Focke-Wolfe Condors and the U-boats, trying to pick up as many survivors from stricken ships as possible. The author seems to dwell on just seeing bits of bodies after explosions and suffering in general, which is probably what it was like! "Two swooping seagulls led the watchers to believe that human remains may....." Bates' step brother is a Swordfish pilot on a carrier and after being shot down is rescued by a U-boat but is reunited, under peculiar circumstances, with his brother - this tends to destroy the credibility of what started out as a good yarn.

Horst, Karl

Sink the 'Ark Royal'! Corgi, 1979. 205 p.

Caribbean Pirate. Corgi, 1980. 205 p.

Arctic Mutiny. Corgi, 1981. 174 p.

Hough, Henry Beetle

Long Anchorage, a New Bedford Story. D. Appleton-Century, 1947. 300 p.

Novel about the whaling days of New Bedford.

Hough, Richard Alexander (1922- )

Archy Buller - Rod McLewin series

  1. Buller's Guns. Morrow, 1981. 297 p.

    Archy Buller, a rich officer, and Rod Maclewin, a poor enlisted man, serve in the Royal Navy in the 1880s-1890s, on the quarterdeck and fo'csle respectively, but get bound into firm friendship through action, despite the differences in class.

  2. Buller's Dreadnought. Morrow, 1982. 251 p.

    Early 20th century RN, including battle of Tsushima (between the Russian Baltic Fleet and the Japanese, where Buller and McLewin were observers.

  3. Buller's Victory. Morrow, 1984. 215 p.

    Archy Buller and his son fight WW I, including Cradock's defeat off Chile, von Spee's defeat at the Falklands and the battle of Jutland.

Howard, Edward, (1793?-1841)

Rattlin, the Reefer. Richard Bentley, 1836. 3 v.

Picaresque depiction of school and naval life in Napoleonic times. Mainly autobiographical, much in the style of Marryat, who edited it.

The Old Commodore. Richard Bentley, 1837. 3 v.

Tells the tale of Commodore Sir Octavius Bacuissart, Royal Navy and his adventures ashore and afloat during the Napoleonic Wars.

Outward Bound; or, a Merchant's Adventures. Henry Colburn, 1838. 3 v.

Another picaresque account, with scenes, some delightful, some horrific, set in the West Indies.

Howard, Robert E. (1906-1936)

Black Vulmea's Vengeance & Other Tales of Pirates. Donald M. Grant, 1976. 224 p.

Contents: Swords of the red brotherhood -- Black Vulmea's vengeance -- The isle of pirates' doom.

Howe, Michael (pseud. Schaill, William S.)

Trident Force series:

  1. Trident Force. Berkley, 2008. 264 p.

    The Trident Force must identify and stop a crazed and determined terrorist out to destroy a cruise ship in the Antarctic and cause the hideous death of all aboard while the ship battles ice, bitter cold, monstrous waves and slashing, hurricane-force winds.

  2. Sea Hawk. Berkley, 2009. 266 p.

    A brilliant PLO terrorist launches a campaign of death and destruction that promises to cripple the free world’s maritime trade, then decides to defect. The Trident Force is tasked with both getting the defector out before others can kill him and preventing his former associates from bringing the campaign to its bloody conclusion.

  3. Threat Level. Berkley, 2010. 267 p.

    The Trident Force is dispatched to suppress the Somali pirates who are attacking ships, killing Americans and crippling ocean shipping in the Indian Ocean. Just when they are up to their necks in pirates the force finds it must also prevent a Saudi ship filled with nuclear weapons from reaching port.

Hoyt, Edwin Palmer

Stephen Decatur series:

  1. Hellfire In Tripoli. Pinnacle, 1974. 151 p.

    Stephen Decatur burns the captured American frigate PHILADELPHIA in Tripoli Harbor.

  2. Against Cold Steel. Pinnacle, 1974. 185 p.

    Stephen Decatur launches a gunboat attack against Tripoli in 1804.

  3. Decatur's Revenge. Pinnacle, 1975. 180 p.

    The end of the war against the Barbary states.

The Terrible Voyage. Pinnacle, 1976. 154 p.

On November 20, 1820, the Essex, a Nantucket whaling ship of 105 feet, 238 tons, was rammed by a crazed sperm whale and sunk in the Pacific. Her crew of twenty barely had time to abandon ship in three small whaling boats. Thousands of miles from land, without charts, their chances were slim, yet they rowed and fought the seas. Little did they know that it would be months before any of them reached land, and that the others would starve to death, go mad, or commit suicide. Only a handful survived . . . after being reduced to eating human flesh.

Hoyt, Richard (1941- )

Fish Story : a John Denson mystery. Viking, 1985. 187 p.

John Dennison, Seattle private eye teams up with his darts-throwing Cowlitz Indian buddy, Willie Prettybird, to investigate a Cowlitz claim to Native American salmon fishing rights. A judge is murdered and dismembered parts show up in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

Siege. TOR, 1987. 309 p.

Group of terrorists infiltrate Gibraltar and take 20,000 British subjects hostage. The CIA comes to the rescue.

Hudson, Alec (pseud. W. Jay "Jasper" Holmes) (1900-1986)

Battle Stations! Macmillan, 1939. 71 p.

Enemy Sighted. Macmillan, 1941. 61 p.

Rendezvous. Macmillan, 1942. 94 p.

Contents: Rendezvous -- Up periscope! -- North of Tershelling.

Night Action. Macmillan, 1942. 63 p.

Up Periscope! and Other Stories. Naval Institute Press, 1992. 248 p.

Combined edition of the author's stories.

Hughes, Michael

The Gironde Incident. W. H. Allen, 1983. 251 p.

An U-570 is captured by the British, and used to infiltrate a false crew in Bordeaux with the mission of kidnaping a member of Dönitz´s staff.

Hughes, Richard A. (1900-1976)

In Hazard, a sea story. Chatto & Windus, 1938. 273 p.

Relates the story of a ship, the ARCHIMEDES, caught in a hurricane in the West Indies. The story is a simple one and it is very powerfully written. Closely based on the 1932 ordeal of SS PHEMIUS, which spent 5 days in a Caribbean hurricane.

A High Wind in Jamaica, or, The Innocent Voyage. Chatto & Windus, 1929. 283 p.

19th century pirates inadvertently kidnap children; filmed in 1965.

Hughes, Terry

Queen's Mate. Hodder and Stoughton, 1982. 348 p.

U.S. title: The Day They Stole the Queen Mary. Aboard the "Queen Mary," carrying Winston Churchill to a meeting with Roosevelt and one thousand Nazi prisoners bound for American camps, a fanatic German agent executes a plan to kidnap Churchill and change the course of the war.

Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

The Toilers of the Sea. Harper & Bros., 1867. 185 p.

Sailing and steaming around France, Spain and England, with smuggling, storms and octopus-monsters mixed in.

Ninety-Three. Harper & Bros., 1874. 356 p.

A chapter about what a loose cannon on deck can do justifies this book as nautical.

Hulme, Kathryn Cavarly (1900-1981)

Annie's Captain. Little, Brown, 1961. 330 p.

Biographical novel about the author's great, great grandfather, a clipper ship captain, and his bride Annie.

Hungerford, Edward Buell (1900- )

Fighting frigate. Follett, 1947. 261 p.

The hero is a boy from one of the New England states who goes to sea and is immediately pressed into the RN. His struggle then centers on his goal of returning to a US ship to fight in the war of 1812. The USS CONSTITUTION and the BON HOMME RICHARD figure in the story.

Emergency Run. Wilcox & Follett, 1948. 263 p.

Sixteen-year-old Chad Harper joins the navy and sees the world as a seaman on the U.S.S. Oregon, famous battleship of the U.S. fleet during the Spanish-American War.

Escape to Danger. Wilcox & Follett, 1949. 282 p.

Nat Huntley escapes from the hardships of Mill Prison in England, only to become involved in the daring ventures of Captain John Paul Jones, the famous American seaman.

Forbidden Island. Wilcox, 1950. 256 p.

Fictionalization of the Perry expedition to Japan that uses the POV of twin brothers -- one shipwrecked off Okinawa and held in Japan, and the other a sailor that volunteered for Perry's expedition in an effort to rescue his brother. For young readers.

Hunt, E. Howard (Everette Howard) (1918-2007)

East of Farewell. Knopf, 1942. 270 p.

Convoys and their escort in the North Atlantic.

Limit of Darknesss. Random House, 1944. 227 p.


Hunt, Todd

The Ship With a Flat Tire. Doubleday, 1964. 205 p.

An ensign, supply corps, reports aboard a ship that was to have been named for Carrie Nation, "But, with the confusion of the war and all that..." ended up as USS CARNATION, ASS-1. He is educated in the ways of the navy, as distinct from the ways of officer candidate and supply corps school. The ship is to be retired unless it gets some recognition and political backing. This makes the captain and XO nervous since careers do not advance from the deck of a sinking ship - however figuratively. The ensign, of course, saves the day by ingratiating himself and the ship to a crusty old senator. The "flat tire" reference comes from an attempt to doll the ship up as an ante-bellum river boat for some kind of festival and an inner tube deflates at exactly the wrong moment. PG rated for slapstick humor.

Hunter, Seth (pseud. Paul Byers) (1954- )

Nathan Peake series:

  1. The Time of Terror. Headline Review, 2008. 341 p.

    In 1793, British navy commander Nathan Peake get his chance for action when France declares war on England and descends into the bloody madness of the Terror. Peake is entrusted with a mission to wreck the French economy by smuggling fake bank notes into Paris.

  2. The Tide of War. Headline Review, 2009. 344 p.

    Newly-promoted Captain Nathan Peake has been dispatched to the Caribbean to take command of the British navy's latest frigate, the 32-gun Unicorn, a ship with an already tragic history of mutiny and murder. While Peake settles in, the Revolutionary authorities in Paris send out the Virginie - the best 44-gun warship in the French fleet - on a secret mission to spread war, rebellion, and mayhem from the shores of Cuba to the swamps of the Mississippi Delta.

  3. The Price of Glory. Headline Review, 2010. 346 p.

    Captain Nathan Peake’s adventures continue as he charts a perilous course into the dangerous waters of post-Revolutionary Paris. There, he encounters two of the most beautiful and scandalous courtesans in history and their playmate, laughingly dubbed Captain Cannon, who is about to win enduring fame as Napoleon Bonaparte.

  4. The Winds of Folly. Headline Review, 2011. 384 p.

    1796: Nathan Peake, captain of the frigate Unicorn is sent into the troubled waters of the Adriatic. His mission: to scourge the sea of pirates and turn the Serene Republic of Venice against Revolutionary France. But Nathan is soon drawn into a much more sinister web. At its heart two of the most feared women of the age: Emma Hamilton, the courtesan turned courtier, and the nun Caterina Caresini, uncrowned queen of Venice. And most feared of all, the mysterious agent of the Three Inquisitors, known as Il Diavolo, the Devil.

  5. The Flag of Freedom. Headline Review, 2012. 384 p.

    1797: Britain stands alone against the forces of Revolutionary France. A victorious French Army, led by the youthful Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised to invade Britain. And in his country's darkest hour, Captain Nathan Peake finds himself imprisoned by his own side on the Rock of Gibraltar - charged with treason. To prove his innocence Nathan must uncover the great deception that masks the French war aims. Is the great armada being assembled in Toulon bound for the shores of Great Britain - or Egypt? His secret mission to discover the truth about Napoleon's invasion plans will hurl him into two of the greatest battles of the 18th century.

  6. The Spoils of Conquest. Headline Review, 2013. 400 p.

    Admiral Nelson has sent Captain Nathan Peake on a desperate journey across the Middle East to convey a grim warning to British India. Bonaparte's army is poised to deliver a fatal blow to the source of Britain's wealth and power by marching overland to India. Arriving in Bombay, Nathan takes command of the East India Company's naval wing - the Bombay Marine - an under-armed and poorly crewed flotilla of sloops and gunboats. With these meagre resources he must stop the flow of French supplies to their Indian ally and protect the Company's trade from the pirates and privateers swarming in the Bay of Bengal. But when Nathan discovers the truth behind the East India Company's honorable facade he confronts some tough personal choices - and a crisis of conscience even more threatening than the enemy.

Hyne, Charles John Cutcliffe Wright (1866-1944)

Adventures of Captain Kettle. Donohue, 1898. 326 p.

Book of sea stories reprinted from PEARSON'S MONTHLY. Captain Kettle is an honest, simple, brave man who gets into some fairly tight scrapes (smuggling, revolution, and so on), mostly around South America; he is sometimes tempted to be unfaithful to Mrs. Kettle (who waits back home in South Shields) but always does the Right Thing. Fun stories.

Prince Rupert, the Buccaneer; his adventures, set to paper by Mary Laughan, a maid who through affection followed him to the West Indies and the Spanish main, acting as his secretary, he deeming her a male, though timid; which account is now put into more modern English. F.A. Stokes, 1900. 287 p.

Fictional account of Prince Rupert of Bohemia's piratical cruise in the Caribbean after the downfall of Charles I of England, of whom he was a staunch supporter.

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