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Icenhower, Joseph Bryan

Mr. Midshipman Murdock and the Barbary Pirates. Winston, 1956. 179 p.

Little Jim Murdock joins the USS LIBERTY, 44, sister to the frigate UNITED STATES and sails to the Mediterranean. Definitely for a younger audience.

Submarine rendezvous; Pacific adventure in World War II. Winston, 1957. 182 p.

Three youths must get a scientist away from Manila during the Japanese invasion.

Mr. Murdock Takes Command : a story of pirates and rebellion in Haiti. Winston, 1958. 173 p.

Midshipman Murdock is made prize master of a ship captured from one faction in the Haitian Rebellion, but gets captured in turn by his captives. When his captors are about to be run out of the town in which he is held, Murdock -- with the beautiful daughter of a French emigre in tow -- escapes just before the Haitians massacre the prisoners, and captures his captor in turn. Set in the 1790s.

Innes, Hammond (1913-1998)

Wreckers Must Breathe. Wm. Collins, 1940. 251 p.

A U-boat hiding out in a cave in the Cornish cliffs during WW II. U.S. title: Trapped.

Maddon's Rock. Pan Books Ltd., 1947. 218 p.

Mystery, adventure, treasure and salvage on the North Sea in 1945.

The Survivors. Harper, 1949. 276 p.

UK title: The White South. Adventurer and Norwegian girl go on whaling expedition to Antarctica to investigate the mysterious death of her father. Filmed as HELL BELOW ZERO.

Cruise of Danger. Westminister, 1952. 241 p.

The Wreck of the Mary Deare. Knopf, 1956. 276 p.

Salvage tug finds liberty ship adrift in the English Channel with only her captain aboard.

Atlantic Fury. Knopf, 1962. 308 p.

Evacuation of missile tracking station on island west of the Hebrides goes awry. The Royal Artillery at sea!

The Strode Venturer. Knopf, 1965. 338 p.

A new island appears in the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. The head of a shipping company tries to help the local people but a terrifying crash at sea jeopardizes more than those hopes.

North Star. Knopf, 1974. 334 p.

Drifting North Sea oil rig in a hurricane.

The Last Voyage: Captain Cook's Lost Diary. Knopf, 1979. 243 p.

Solomon's Seal. Knopf, 1980. 340 p.

Philately and fraud in the South Seas, mixed up with independence in Papua New Guinea and Bouganville and an old colonial trading house.

The Black Tide. Knopf, 1982. 368 p.

The Petros Jupiter is lying wrecked off the coast of Land's End. The tanker is spewing oil, and it only takes a week before the first oil-soaked birds begin to come ashore. Trevor Rodin's wife believes they have to fight back. She takes matters into her own hands and the result sends Rodin to sea to search for the truth about the wreck of the Petros Jupiter.

Medusa. Atheneum, 1988. 350 p.

HMS Medusa is an obsolete frigate with an ill-assorted crew and an insecure captain, yet it is dispatched under secret orders to be a sitting target in one of the most vital ports of the Mediterranean to cope with modern gunrunners and terrorists.

Isvik. St Marin's, 1991. 319 p.

An old wooden ship, with only the stumps of its masts, the helmsman frozen to the wheel, all coated in ice, is sighted in the Antarctic. Could a ship remain locked in the ice for centuries, or was there a more sinister secret?

Innis, W. Joe, and Bunton, William

In Pursuit of the Awa Maru. Bantam, 1980. 274 p.

"Docudrama" fictionalization of the events leading to the torpedoing of the AWA MARU by a USN Submarine during WW II. The AWA MARU was a mercy ship carrying illegal war materials, but guaranteed safe passage. This book mixes fact and fiction liberally, making it difficult to establish which are which.

Irvine, A. T.

Submarine Captain Anchor, 1985. 212 p.

Iverson, Marc

Persian Horse. Orion Books, 1991. 326 p.

In the Persian Gulf, Iranian commandos storm the frigate USS BULKELEY, kill the captain, take over the ship. But a handful of sailors elude capture and try to take the ship back.

Fire Storm. Orion Books, 1992. 354 p.

When Shining Path guerrillas launch a revolution in Peru, American Special Forces troops and Drug Enforcement Agency operatives stationed at two small bases in the Andes become specific targets of the uprising. Back in Washington, a determined president, his hard-nosed female national security adviser and a host of cabinet officers, generals and admirals hit upon the idea of using the soon-to-be mothballed USS Missouri to effect a rescue.


Jablonski, Joseph

Three Star Fix. Gardenia Press, 2002. 342 p.

Exiled from home for offending the village priest, young Jake Thomas boards a freighter in New Orleans, entering an exotic world of a ship and the sea. As the vessel sails into the sultry Southern hemisphere, Jake encounters bizarre characters and courageously faces danger, but falters when the voyage turns into a spiritual and emotional odyssey.

Jabra, Jabra Ibrahim (1919-1994)

The Ship. Three Continents Press, 1985. 200 p.

Original title al-Safinah, 1970. Taking a trip on a cruise ship from Beirut to Italy are Isam Salman, an architect from Baghdad who has studied in London and Wadi Assaf, a Palestinian buisnessman who lives in exile in Kuwait. As the ship sails from Beiut to Naples, the journey is marked by flashbacks, conversations and foreshadowing. Translated by Adnan Haydar & Roger Allen.

Jackson, Basil (1920- )

Rage under the Arctic. Norton, 1974. 220 p.

One tiny technical flaw turns the historic first voyage of the first submarine supertanker under the frozen Arctic Ocean into a potential death sentence for her crew and environmental catastrophe for the world. Later reprinted as Spill!.

Jackson, Jane

Tide of fortune. Robert Hale, 2004. 256 p.

It's 1795 and 19-year-old Kerenza Vyvyan's estranged family has been missing for a year on a trading voyage to the Mediterranean. When her father returns fo raise the ransom needed to free his wife and elder daughter held hostage in Tangier, he demands Kerenza sail back with him on the packet, Kestrel . But the Kestrel's commander is Nick Penrose, the man who broke Kerenza's heart. Following an attack by a French privateer, and traumatic events on board, Kestrel reaches Tangier. But the dangers survived are only a taste of those to come. Tentatively reconciled, Kerenza and Nick draw strength from each other.

Dangerous Waters. Robert Hale, 2006. 222 p.

Twenty-year-old Phoebe Dymond, a trained herbalist and midwife, boards the packet ship Providence bound for Jamaica and an arranged marriage. Incidents on board provoke clashes between Phoebe and the ship's surgeon, Jowan Crossley. But, their professional antagonism turns to mutual respect and a deepening attraction.

Devil's Prize. Robert Hale, 2008. 224 p.

Cornish smuggler, Devlin 'Devil' Varcoe, braves winter weather and revenue men to fetch the contraband on which Porthinnis depends for survival. Drawn to Jenefer Trevanion, whose father finances the smuggling operation, Devlin is seduced by beautiful wild-child Tamara Gillis.

Jacobs, W. W. (William Wymark) (1863-1943)

Many Cargoes. Laurence & Bullen, 1896. 247 p.

A change of treatment -- A love passage -- The captain's exploit -- Contraband of war -- A black affair -- The skipper of the "Osprey."--In borrowed plumes -- The boatswain's watch -- Low water -- In mid-Atlantic -- After the inquest -- In Limehouse Reach -- An elaborate elopement -- The cook of the "Gannet."--A benefit performance -- A case of desertion -- Outsailed -- Mated -- The rival beauties -- Mrs. Bunker's chaperon -- A harbour of refuge.

The Skipper's Wooing; and, The brown man's servant. F.A. Stokes, 1897. 190 p.

Sea Urchins. Laurence & Bullen, 1898. 243 p.

Published in the U.S. as "More Cargoes". Contents: Smoked skipper -- A safety match -- A rash experiment -- The cabin passenger -- Choice spirits -- A disciplinarian -- Brother Hutchins -- The disbursement sheet -- Rule of three -- Pickled herring -- Two of a trade -- An intervention -- The grey parrot -- Money-changers -- The lost ship.

A Master of Craft. McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie, 1900. 239 p.

The story tells of marital mishap and misadventure among mariners in the East End of London. Will Poppy Tyrell find happiness? What are the dark secrets of Cap'n Flower. Rest assured that all will be revealed and there will be a happy ending.

Light Freights. Dodd, Mead, 1901. 315 p.

An odd freak -- A question of habit -- Hard labour -- A garden plot -- Private clothes -- The bully of the "Cavendish" -- The resurrection of Mr. Wiggett -- A marked man -- To have and to hold -- Brevet rank -- Twin spirits -- Sam's boy -- A will and a way -- Jerry Bundler -- The peacemaker -- False colours.

At Sunwich Port. C. Scribner's, 1902. 351 p.

The Lady of the Barge. Dodd, Mead, 1902. 300 p.

The lady of the barge.--The monkey's paw.--Bill's paper chase.--The well.--Cupboard love.--In the library.--Captain Rogers.--A tiger's skin.--A mixed proposal.--An adulteration act.--A golden venture.--Three at table.

Odd Craft. C. Scribner's Sons, 1903. 341 p.

The money box.--The castaway.--Blundell's improvement.--Bill's lapse.--Lawyer Quince.--Breaking a spell.--Establishing relations.--The changing numbers.--The persecution of Bob Pretty.--Dixon's return.--A spirit of avarice.--The third string.--Odd charges.--Admiral Peters.

Captain's All. McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie, 1905. 269 p.

Captains all--The boatswain's mate--The nest egg--The constable's move--Bob's redemption--Over the side--Four pigeons--The temptation of Samuel Burge--The madness of Mr. Lister--The white cat.

Short Cruises. Scribner's, 1907. 296 p.

The changeling -- Mixed relations -- His lordship -- Alf's dream -- A distant relative -- The test -- In the family -- A love-knot -- Her uncle -- The dreamer -- Angel's visits -- A circular tour.

Salthaven. C. Scribner's, 1908. 316 p.

Sailor's Knots. C. Scribner's, 1909. 283 p.

Deserted.--Homeward bound.--Self-help.--Sentence deferred.-- "Matrimonial openings."--Odd man out.--"The toll-house."--Peter's pence.--The head of the family.--Prize money.--Double dealing.--Keeping up appearances.

Ship's Company. C. Scribner's, 1911. 261 p.

Fine feathers.--Friends in need.--Good intentions.--Fairy gold.--Watch-dogs.--The bequest.--The guardian angel.--Dual control.--Skilled assistance.--For better or worse.--The old man of the sea.--"Manners makyth man."

Night Watches. C. Scribner's, 1914. 247 p.

Back to back.--Keeping watch.--The understudy.--The weaker vessel.--Stepping backwards.--The three sisters.--The unknown.--The vigil.--Easy money.--His other self.

The Castaways. C. Scribner's, 1917. 303 p.

A yachting trip around the world by a suddenly-rich bachelor.

Deep Waters. C. Scribners, 1919. 290 p.

Shareholders -- Paying off -- Made to measure -- Sam's ghost -- Bedridden -- The convert -- Husbandry -- Family cares -- The winter offensive -- The substitute -- Striking hard -- Dirty work.

Sea Whispers. C. Scribner's, 1926. 293 p.

The Bravo -- Taking pains -- His brother's keeper -- Trust money -- Kitchen company -- The Model -- Artful cards -- Handsome Harry -- The Blindness of Capt. Ferguson -- Wapping-on-Thames -- The Interruption -- Bed cases.

Master Sea Stories. E.J. Clode, 1929. 330 p.

The black hour, by A. Philips and G. Stair.--A nightmare of the Doldrums, by W.C. Russell.--The fate of the Alida, by L. Becke.--The salving of the Duncansby Head, by C.J.C. Hyne.--A ride on a whale, by F.T. Bullen.--The floating beacon, anonymous.--False colors, by W.W. Jacobs.--The strange story of the Emily Brand, by A.H. Allen.--The craft of death, by R.T. Rose.--The derelict Neptune, by M. Robertson.--Ms. found in a bottle, by E.A. Poe.--The haven of dead ships, by S. Baxter.--The fatal repast, anonymous.--A deal with Spain, by J.A. Barry.--The seeker, by W.H. Holton.--A cigar cat, by W.L. Alden.--J. Habakuk Jephson's statement, by A.C. Doyle.

Snug Harbor. C. Scribner's, 1931. 681 p.

Collected short stories.

James, John (1923-1993)

Talleyman series:

  1. Talleyman. Gollancz, 1986. 247 p.

    Shipping action in the mid 19th century.

  2. Talleyman in the Ice. Futura, 1989. 342 p.

    Persuaded to go back to sea as Second Lieutenant aboard the steam frigate FLAMINGO on a secret mission to Murmansk in Arctic Russia Thomas Talleyman is ice-bound until the next Spring. As he has helped land a secret agent to support a rebellion against the Tsar trouble lies ahead in this very interestingly detailed novel set in the 1850s.

Jane, Fred T. (1865-1916)

Blake of the "Rattlesnake" : or, The man who saved England; a story of torpedo warfare in 189- W. Thacker, 1895. 269 p.

Britain and France at war, Russians join French but the British Navy and the RATTLESNAKE in particular win the day. This genre of novels were for an adult market and were substantial works, often complete with fold-out maps, charts, tables and illustrations similar to those appearing in The Illustrated London News and were written by the defence experts of the day and did not always concentrate on the naval aspects. Jane was a naval authority, although slow to identify the German threat. His name still adorns todays leading annual naval work.

Jean, Rima L.

The Noble Pirates. Cogito Media Group, 2011. 352 p.

A vacation in the Bahamas goes awry, and a woman from 2009 unexpectedly finds herself in 1718 - amidst pirates. Sabrina is so consumed with her present-day problems that the last thing she expects is to suddenly end up face to face with real pirates. The notorious bad boys of the Golden Age of Piracy, Edward England, Howel Davis, and Black Bart Roberts, become Sabrina's means of survival in the past, and ultimately, her key to returning to the future. Sabrina happens to be carrying a book about pirates when she is swept into the past, and that book contains biographies of the very men she meets. She forms relationships with them and learns that, contrary to what she previously thought, they are sailors, servants, and slaves who were pressed into service, victims of social and historical circumstances of the era.

Jeans, Thomas Tendron

Mr. Midshipman Glover, R.N. : A Tale of the Royal Navy of To-day. Blackie and Son, 1909. 1 v.

With government connivance British Naval officers are being hired as naval mercenaries to Chinese business interests, provided with newly built warships and charged with destroying the powerful pirate organisations preying on commerce in the China Seas.

On Foreign Service or The Santa Cruz Revolution. Blackie & Son, 1911. 381 p.

British citizens and business interests are suffering at the hands of the dictator of Santa Cruz, Central America; retribution arrives in the form of two Royal Navy armoured cruisers - the HECTOR and the HERCULES. The British are not as impartial as perhaps they should be. One of the leading insurgents is the brother of the hero of the story, Sub-Lieutenant William Wilson, RN and eventually a pro-British president is in power.

John Graham Sub-Lieutenant R.N.A. : A Tale of the Atlantic FleetBlackie & Son, 1913. 382 p.

The eponymous sub-lieutenant tells the story of the Atlantic Fleet during its ordinary routine of showing the flag and battle practice and how the intense rivalry between the ship's companies of the six battleships manifests itself throughout the fleet and particularly among the gunroom officers.

A Naval Venture: The War Story of an Armoured Cruiser. Blackie & Son, 1917. 416 p.

Gunboat and Gun-runner: A Tale of the Persian Gulf. Blackie & Son, 1915. 384 p.

Ford of H.M.S. Vigilant: A Tale of the Chusan Archipelago. Blackie & Son, 1910. 352 p.

Jekel, Pamela

Sea Star: the private life of Anne Bonny, pirate queen. Harmony, 1983. 391 p.


Jenkins, Geoffrey (1920-2001)

A Twist of Sand. Collins, 1959. 252 p.

Takes place on the African coast and is split over time, flashing back to WW II and a nuclear U-boat. This comes as a flashback from the main character who was an allied submarine skipper and sank the U-boat. In the "present-day" sequence a search, possibly for oil, comes into it, and some of the Nazis reappear. A good bit of thud and blunder. Made into a film.

The Watering Place of Good Peace. Collins, 1960. 318 p.

John Barrow persuades Ian Ogilvie to leave Pretoria and work day and night to build an electric shark barrier on the lonely Mozambique coast - 100 years earlier another Barrow and Ogilvie had come to the same place on a sinister enterprise which ended in tragedy and death. What is the link?

Grue of Ice. Viking, 1962. 242 p.

Modern whaling, his best book, some think.

The River of Diamonds. Viking, 1964. 246 p.

Diamonds lie on the sea-bed off the coast of South Africa. A ship specially built to recover them, the MAZY ZED, is anchored off Mercury Island, where the headman, an Englishman, is determined to sabotage the operation.

Hunter-killer. Putnam, 1967. 288 p.

Cold War nuclear submarine tale.

Hollow Sea. Putnam, 1972. 253 p.

A Scend of Sea in UK. All about nuclear subs and ICBMs and takes place in the (then) present or near future. It's a sort of chase book, set in the Indian Ocean and revolves about an RN? ICBM and the faked death of its inventor. The chase takes place between various Western factions rather than the usual cold war scenario. Worth a read.

The Bridge of Magpies. Collins, 1974. 254 p.

A story of U-boats, torpedoed liners, sunken frigates and Nazi-Japanese skullduggery carried through to the present day and centred on the eponymous landmark on South Africas Diamond Coast. The Author's customary ability to give a desolate and inhospitable landscape a magical and mysterious aura and to populate his stories with unusual characters makes this a good yarn.

South Trap. Collins, 1979. 294 p.

A thrill-seekers cruise in the South Atlantic ends in murder and shipwreck on a wind lashed island.

A Ravel of Waters. Collins, 1981. 252 p.

A revolutionary computerized sailing ship is out to break the speed record from South America to the Cape of Good Hope. Her captain is murdered, her journey sabotaged and the world watches as a lone yachtsman trys to complete it.

Jennings, John Edward (1906-1973)

The Salem Frigate. Doubleday, 1946. 500 p.

Uptight doctor and roguish carpenter play out their rivalry over the same women in the US Navy of 1798-1815, centered on the frigate ESSEX, which they helped build. During the course of the story both serve on the ESSEX during its first voyage, the PHILADELPHIA during the Barbary Wars and the ESSEX again in the War of 1812. The doctor also sees action on the PRESIDENT in its fight with the LITTLE BELT.

The Sea Eagles, a story of the American Navy during the Revolution; of the men who fought and the ships they sailed and the women who stood behind them. Doubleday, 1950. 299 p.

Joshua Barney helps win the Revolutionary war.

Rogue's Yarn. Little, Brown, 1953. 311 p.

Son of a Maryland farmer joins a Quaker branch of the family that runs a shipping company. Boredom and entanglements with a French woman leads him to take to the sea during the Quasi-War with France, becoming a privateer and later serving aboard the CONSTELLATION.

Chronicle of the Calypso, Clipper; a novel of the golden days of the California trade, of the great ocean race around Cape Horn, of the clipper ships, and of the men - and women- who sailed in them. Little, Brown, 1955. 295 p.

Maiden voyage of the clipper ship CALYPSO, as it races the WOLFHOUND from New York to San Francisco during Gold Rush days. It's cargo? Argonettes -- a load of women from New York City, including 30 hookers from a bordello relocating to San Francisco. The madam arranged for the charter to conceal the nature of her charges! A hoot.

The Wind in His Fists; a novel of Ireland and Spain and Barbary, in the middle of the sixteenth century: of the struggle between Christendom and Islam, the power of the Turks in the Mediterranean, and the terror of the "Scourge of Allah," 1557-1571. Holt, 1956. 384 p.

Irish farmboy leaves for abroad to escape a murder charge, but as an archer in Spain, helps some Moors and ends up sentenced to the galleys. After regaining his freedom through an act of courage he is again sentenced to the galleys, but is freed by the Moslems. He then becomes the terror of the Mediterranean as a Barbary corsair. Based loosely on an ancestor of Jennings. Does not get to sea for the first third of the novel.

The Tall Ships. McGraw-Hill, 1958. 229 p.

Young Marylander joins the frigate CHESAPEAKE to escape a hometown scandal, but get invalided out of the Navy after its battle with the LEOPARD. Seeking to remain at sea, he signs on with a fast merchant ship that makes its fortune by ignoring various British, French, & US embargo laws. When the War of 1812 starts, the hero signs on with the same skipper, who is now a privateer, and goes to Britain seeking his lady-love.

The Raider, a novel of World War I; the chronicle of a gallant ship. Morrow, 1963. 272 p.

Fictionalization of the exploits of SMS EMDEN in WW I. This German light cruiser cut a swath from China to Africa and back, before finally getting trapped in the Indian Ocean by HMAS SYDNEY.

Jerome, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka) (1859-1927)

Three Men in a Boat : Not To Mention the Dog. J.W. Arrowsmith, 1889. 315 p.

Classic comedy of a camping trip in a Thames skiff.

Jessup, Richard (1925-1982)

Sailor. Little, Brown, 1969. 471 p.

Twenty five years (1919-1943) in the life of an American mariner, Savannah native Howard Cadiz, as he moves from being a green boy of fourteen on his first voyage to service as captain of a World War 2 merchant vessel.

A Quiet Voyage Home. Little, Brown, 1970. 275 p.

A demagogue known as Indian provokes and leads an uprising by hundreds of young action-freaks (i.e. Hippies) aboard a luxury liner sailing from Le Harve to New York. Kids today.

Jewett, Roger

Navy Series

  1. Navy Battle Stations. New American Library, 1988. 382 p.

    Woven into this novel are a mafioso, admiral's son on PT boats, Jewish rabbi and Iowa farmboy, caught in the raging crosscurrents.

  2. Navy Carrier War. New American Library, 1989. 314 p.

    War in Pacific is over, and our heroes -- fighter pilot, sub skipper and commando -- go home, thinking it's all over. But then comes Korea.

  3. Navy on Station. New American Library, 1989. 326 p.

    Modern USN, now dealing with Cuba and Viet Nam, air and sea warfare, CIA and politics.

Jewett, Sara Orne (1849-1909)

The Tory Lover. Houghton, Mifflin, 1901. 405 p.

Also published as The Yankee Ranger. Man volunteers to serve with John Paul Jones to prove his patriotism after being accused of a being a Tory, but disappears under suspicious circumstances.

Johnson, Charles R. (1948- )

Middle Passage. Atheneum, 1990. 209 p.

Rutherford Calhoun, freed slave, con man and n'er-do-well, escapes creditors and and blackmailers in 1830s New Orleans by stowing away on THE REPUBLIC, a slaver bound for the coast of Africa. Crewed by an assortment of social misfits, THE REPUBLIC takes on the last remants of the Allmuseri, a tribe of mystics (some say sorcerers), and a large, mysterious crate with the aura of the supernatural. The story is told through Calhoun's eyes, and traces his transformation as he confronts his private demons during what could only be described as the sea voyage from Hell. An engaging book which unfortunately suffers from sloppy editing, particularly in historic details.

Johnson, Gerald S.

Tropical Furlough. Harrap, 1964. 264 p.

Lieutenant Jim Bradford is appointed supernumerary in the Royal Indian Navy freighter BANGALORE at Colombo in 1944. As the only other white man he shares the accommodation of the huge Russian captain on the voyage to Diego Garcia. She is caught by a typhoon, her machinery and radio destroyed. Left with a permanent list she is only afloat because of timely precautions. Six of her people are still alive and they drift, trying to escape the Great Oval Current of the Indian Ocean, for months. A Japanese raiding submarine sails from Singapore destroying any enemy commerce in her path including the steamer, CORAL QUEEN, that connects Diego Garcia with Mauritius leaving only a handful of survivors, aboard a lifeboat close to death. The scene is now set for the novel's conclusion.

Johnson, James L. (1927- )

The Nine Lives of Alphonse. Lippincott, 1968. 256 p.

2nd novel in the "Code Name Sebastian" series. Rev. Raymond Sebastian attempts to rescue Cuban defectors using an untested midget sub.

Johnson, Walter Reed

Oakhurst. New American Library, 1978. 343 p.

American Jeremy Beaufort is pressed into the RN, fights French, and becomes slaver in War of 1812.

Johnston, Mary (1870-1936)

1492. Little, Brown, 1922. 315 p.

This is the story of Columbus, but it is not told through the eyes of an academic or an historian. It is told by a simple sailor-a Christian of secret Jewish ancestry-whose hopes and fears not only makes the story more engaging, but all the more realistic.

The Slave Ship. Little, Brown, 1924. 330 p.

In the 17th century a Scotsman is shipped off to a Virginia plantation, escapes, signs onto slaver and takes up the trade.

Johnston, Ronald (1926- )

Inoco fleet series:

  1. Collision Ahead. Doubleday, 1965. 232 p.

    INOCO MONARCH, on her maiden voyage, collides with a T-2 Tanker in the English Channel in clear weather during daylight. Was the collision caused by the T-2's drunken captain or mechanical failure, or did the MONARCH's retiring captain show bad judgement?

  2. The Angry Ocean. Harcourt, Brace & World, 1968. 222 p.

    A revolutionary 500,000 ton tanker is on its shakedown cruise when a nearby volcanic island erupts creating a 300-foot high tsunami. Survival is complicated by the need to rescue nearby Japanese fishermen, rather than running away from the wave at flank speed, and also by a structural flaw in the new supertanker and the fact that mangaement has saddled her with two captains!

  3. Sea Story. Atheneum, 1980. 309 p.

    James Bruce, forced out at INOCO and suffering a busted marriage, returns to the sea as the second officer of a gas tanker, SEAGAS II to salve his wounds. He discovers that the Seagas line is operating on a shoestring and cutting safety corners. After an accident aboard that kills the captain, he is put in command, and sets about both whipping his command in shape and saving Seagas.

Disaster at Dungeness. Collins, 1964. 225 p.

A supertanker makes her way up the English Channel on the completion of her maiden voyage. We follow her every move until the incident the title suggests occurs. This part is well done but at nearly forty years distance it already has an historic aspect. The ship itself is just over thirty thousand tons gross, there are no separation lanes, no Anglo-French Control and nowhere in the book do the words "ecological" and "environment" occur. The last third, and least satisfactory part of the book, deals with the Court of Enquiry that follows.

Red Sky in the Morning. Collins, 1965. 191 p.

A gun running yacht runs onto a reef on a tiny Caribbean island during a hurricane. The rescued Cuban crew prove more dangerous to the islanders than the weather.

The Wrecking of Offshore Five. Harcourt, Brace & World, 1968. 191 p.

A WW II mine emerges from the ooze of the North Sea and drifts down on a veteran oil rig with disastrous results.

The Flying Dutchman. Macdonald, 1983. 221 p.

She was the first of her class; a nuclear powered big gas tanker. To her master and owners she was the ultimate and their future depended on her. But to the world's politicians she was vote and attention grabber supreme, and that made her a pariah hounded from port to port, never allowed to drop anchor.

Johnstone, Charles

Chrysal, or the Adventure of a Guinea : Wherein are exhibited views of several striking scenes, with curious and interested anecdotes of the most noted persons in every rank of life, whose hands it passed through. T. Becket, 1760. 2 v.

Burlesque of Smollett's The Adventures of Roderick Random.

Jonas, Carl

Beachhead on the Wind. Little, Brown, 1945. 212 p.

Tensions on a US Navy ship as it heads home.

Jones, J. Farragut (Pseud.)

Silent Service:

  1. Waters Dark and Deep. Dell, 1981. 363 p.

    Brilliant engineer Lt. Cdr. Ben Mount has two obstacles to overcome in his dream of being a submarine commander: he's Jewish in the American Navy of 1940, and he suffers from claustrophobia! He is ordered to England to work with the RN sub service. At the climax of the book, he sees his British friend get wounded, boards his British sub, takes over command(!), and accomplishes the mission in a way that truly defies suspension of disbelief.

  2. Forty Fathoms Down. Dell, 1981. 378 p.

    Fictionalized account of a US sub that sinks during pre-WW II peacetime operations, requiring rescue of its crew. Based *very* loosely on the SQUALUS incident.

  3. The Scourge of Scapa Flow. Dell, 1981. 352 p.

    Fictionalized account of Gunter Prein's raid on Scapa Flow, including assistance by German agent's ashore.

  4. Pearl Harbor Periscopes. Dell, 1981. 332 p.

    The USS STICKLEBACK is off to attack the Japanese fleet in home seas, create illusion of entire killer pack.

  5. Tracking the Wolfpack. Dell, 1981. 319 p.

    Germany's leading submarine ace versus a Royal Navy bent of revenge.

Jones, Robert F. (1934- )

Blood Tide. Atlantic Monthly, 1990. 272 p.

Young woman and her ex-Vietnam War POW father sail a schooner to the Philippines to recover her stolen ketch, encountering pirates and drug smugglers in the treacherous Flyaway Islands.

Jones, Tristan (1924-1995)

Dutch treat: a Novel of World War II. Andrews and McMeel, 1979. 271 p.

Thames barge at Dunkirk.

Aka. Macmillan, 1981. 205 p.

Dolphins try to save drowning solo yacht racer.

Jordan, Humfrey (1885-1963)

The Commander Shall --. Angus & Robertson, 1934. 280 p.

On Captain Gaunt's first voyage to Australia as commander of a fast passenger liner he has to deal with murder, a fire etc.

This Island Demands. Hodder & Stoughton, 1941. 320 p.

The Second World War has just started and Captain Pell is bound to Australia, in his cargo ship, where he embarks passengers anxious to return to the UK. Now familiar with the foibles and quirks of the passengers and crew, we read how, in the Indian Ocean, a German surface raider destroys the radio and damages the ship's propeller. Pell and his crew struggle to save the drifting freighter so she can continue her voyage to Britain. A novel of the time and for the time.

Decency of Hate. Hodder & Stoughton, 1943. 192 p.

Day Without Evening. Hodder & Stoughton, 1944. 240 p.

Joseph, Mark

To Kill The Potemkin. D.I. Fine, 1986. 255 p.

Submarine thriller, set in 1968, about conflict between a US SKIPJACK-class submarine and the first Soviet Alfa-class boat. Poor on technical detail, but some good characterisation and a nicely twisted plot.

Typhoon. Simon & Schuster, 1991. 300 p.

Russian faction plans nuclear incident to regain Soviet power. Other Russian sub commander tries to prevent it, while US sub watches and tries to figure out what's going on.

Judd, Denis (1938- )

The Adventures of Long John Silver. St. Martin's, 1977. 219 p.

A dying John Silver finds an adult Jim Hawkins, and tells the good doctor of his exploits prior to the events in Treasure Island.

Return to Treasure Island. St. Martin's, 1978. 209 p.

During a reunion with Jim Hawkins, Long John Silver tells of his tireless quest to recover the remaining treasure from Treasure Island.


Karig, Walter, (1898-1956)

Don't Tread on Me : a novel of the historic exploits, military and gallant, of Commodore John Paul Jones with eye-witness accounts of his many engagements related by the then Midshipman Manesseh Fisher. Bantam, 1954. 311 p.

Katcha, Vahé (1928- )

The Sea Duel. Avon, 1970. 234 p.

During WW II a Japanese captain and US surgeon hold power of life and death over each other, neither will give an inch.

Katz, William (1940- )

North Star Crusade. Putnam, 1976. 287 p.

Executive officer of US nuclear missile submarine takes over his boat and tries to start WW III by sinking a Russian ship and lobbing missiles at the US.

Kavanaugh, Patrick

Gaff Topsails. Cormorant, 1996. 431 p.

A Newfoundland fishing village reflects the souls of its colorful inhabitants.

Kay, Ross

Dodging the North Sea Mines : the adventures of an American boy. Barse & Hopkins, 1915. 249 p.

WW I tale.

The Go-Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat. Barse & Hopkins, 1920. 254 p.

The boys embark on an innocent expedition, a race from Yonkers, New York to the Saint Lawrence Valley, but soon run afoul of evil-doers; in this case crude canal-boat men, apparently a less desirable element around this time. Kay also uses this as an opportunity to impart some useful information about canals around the world.

Keating, Mark

Patrick Devlin series:

  1. The Pirate Devlin. Grand Central, 2010. 343 p.

    U.K. title: Fight for Freedom. Sold by his father as a child for four guineas, captain's servant Patrick Devlin knows how cheap a man's life can be. But his instinct for survival is strong, and when his master's ship is sunk by pirates, Devlin makes his choice – to trade his servile existence for a life of dangerous liberty. As he learns to adapt to his brutal new world, he watches men who would once have been his masters fall dead at his feet. Eventually, he finds himself captain of the very ship that took down the vessel of the man he once served – Captain John Coxon – who, disgraced and dissatisfied, hungers to return to the sea and take his revenge. And when His Majesty's Government and the East India Company hear of the Pirate Devlin, and that he is in pursuit of a secret French cargo of gold bullion, it is Coxon they send to bring his former dog to heel.

  2. Hunt for White Gold. Hodder & Stoughton, 2011. 436 p.

    The early 18th Century is obsessed with the flavours of the New World - coffee and chocolate. And only one material enables the kings, queens and rising middle classes of Europe to drink without burning their fingers on the handles of their cups - Chinese porcelain. In a brilliant conspiracy story reaching from the unknown empires of the East to the restless new colonies of America, a letter has gone missing. In the letter lies the formula for the manufacture of Chinese porcelain, and whoever can find the letter can name his price - and even change the course of history, by enriching the nation that owns the secret. Valentim Mendes, a Portugese noble who has crossed swords with Devlin before, now seeks to blackmail him into finding the letter. And wherever Devlin goes, his nemesis Coxon is never far behind.

  3. Blood Diamond. Hodder & Stoughton, 2012. 334 p.

    Fearles pirate captain Devlin is invited to London by the Prince of Wales, no less, and offered an amnesty if he will carry out a daring crime. Devlin is tasked with going to Paris to steal the biggest, most valuable diamond ever found - the Pitt Diamond - now in the possession of the French Prince Regent.

  4. Cross of Fire. Hodder & Stoughton, 2013. 420 p.

    The pirate Olivier Levasseur, 'the Buzzard', has captured the greatest ship ever to sail the high seas, the Virgin of the Cape, a Portuguese ship carring a solid gold cross seven feet long: The Fiery Cross of Goa. Levasseur is hiding somewhere in the Indian Ocean, but Patrick Devlin is on his tail. However, Devlin's former master, and bitter enemy, John Coxon, has been sent to kill him. Devlin traverses Guinea and the slave coasts of Africa and the pirate islands of the Seychelles with the Royal Navy blocking his path, his old pirate enemies hunting him and his murderous former master hot on his heels.

Keegan, Mel

Fortunes of War. Gay Men's Press, 1995. 347 p.

In the spring of 1588, two young men fell in love: an Irish mercenary, Dermot Channon, serving the Spanish ambassador in London, and the son of an English earl, Robin Armagh. After Dermot had to leave England due to impending war with Spain, Robin despaired of hearing from him again. But when Sir Francis Drake leads a fleet bound for Panama, Robin sails with him to ransom a kidnapped brother. His ship is attacked by privateers, commanded by Dermot Channon. The couple's adventures together on the Spanish Main make a swashbuckling romance in the best gay pirate tradition.

Keene, Brian

Dead Sea. Leisure Books, 2007. 337 p.

As zombies, driven by the need to kill and feed off human flesh, terrorize the streets, a small group of survivors finds a safe haven in an old Coast Guard ship out at sea where their isolation soon becomes their downfall. The shorter, self-published sequel, (Entombed: Deadite Press, 2011) has no maritime component.

Kei, M.

Pirates of the Narrow Seas series:

  1. The Sallee Rovers. Keibooks, 2011. 280 p.

    Lt. Peter Thorton of the 18th century British navy must struggle to come out gay while surviving storms at sea, ship to ship battles, duels, kidnapping, and more in his quest for true love and honor.

  2. Men of Honor. Keibooks, 2011. 290 p.

    Peter Thorton and his lover set out on a quest to rescue a captive duke who is the pretender to the throne of Portugal. Thorton is arrested and placed on trial for desertion and sodomy.

  3. Iron Men. Keibooks, 2011. 252 p.

    Back in service with the British navy, Lt. Peter Thorton suffers misfortunes in love and war. Temporarily placed in charge of His Britannic Majesty's frigate Ajax, he is badly outnumbered by the vengeful Spanish and must fight his way free with the assistance of the dishonored HMS Resolute. On the way back to England he must ferret out mutiny and balance friendship against honor, only to be arrested once again, and face a final showdown with his old nemesis, Captain Bishop.

  4. Heart of Oak. Keibooks, 2011. 248 p.

    Lt. Peter Thorton's divided loyalties are tested in the crucibles of love and war. A pawn in the war for Portuguese independence, he is marked for revenge by the Spanish, and comes perilously close to losing both his life and ship. Discarded by friends and lovers, his health wrecked, and at the nadir of his career, he discovers what really matters and must make a choice that will seal his fate.

  5. Man in the Crescent Moon. Keibooks, 2013. 232 p.

    Isam Tangueli is a gangly youth of nineteen, longing to leave home and become a famous corsair, and trying to understand his attraction to men. He joins the crew of the Grey Wolf and fights the Spanish on land, at sea, and under water. Under the command of the short but feisty Rajet Rais, young Isam learns the skills of navigation and leadership necessary to become "Captain Tangle," the most notorious corsair of the age.

  6. The Sea Leopard. Keibooks, 2014. 280 p.

    Isam Rais, captain of the xebec, Sea Leopard, is on a swashbuckling adventure in the Mediterranean Sea. Battling unfriendly allies as much as his enemies, he plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a much more powerful frigate, only to see victory snatched from his grasp by the resolution of the opposing captain. In debt and needing to repair his fortunes, he accepts a dangerous commission from the Dey of the Sallee Republic to hunt pirates—Muslim pirates—disloyal to the country that gives them refuge.

Keith, Bill (pseud. William H. Keith, Jr. (1950- ))

Sharuq. HarperCollins, 1993. 313 p.

Arabs buy Soviet Oscar-class SSGN, and use it to torpedo US supertankers in the Carribean. The US responds by hunting down the sub with a "carrier submarine" that hosts mini-sub "fighter" craft.

Stingray. HarperCollins, 1994. 314 p.

Second and final novel of this abortive series.

Kellogg, Rev. Elijah (1813-1901)

Elm Island series:

  1. The Young Ship-Builders of Elm Island. Lee and Shepard, 1870. 304 p.

    A fine story of a youngster who, in love with boats of all kinds, teaches himself the art of building them. In spite of an early set-back with his first effort (a sailing log canoe) he finally masters the difficulties and succeeds in becoming a much sought-after young boat-builder and shipwright. "Kellogg's descriptions of life in a small coastal fishing and farming community at the turn of the 18th & 19th centuries are nothing less than luminous and his portraits of some of the characters are uplifting to be sure. Reverend Kellogg has a very lyrical style. His descriptions of the surroundings of Elm Island are hard to resist. " [DG]

  2. The Hard-Scrabble of Elm island. Lee and Shepard, 1870. 320 p.

  3. The Ark of Elm Island. Lee and Shepard, 1869. 288 p.

  4. The Boy Farmers of Elm Island. Lee and Shepard, 1869. 300 p.

  5. Lion Ben of Elm Island. Lee and Shepard, 1869. 265 p.

Kenney, Susan (1941- )

Sailing. Viking, 1988. 320 p.

The story of a relationship which turns into a marriage. The husband, dying long-term from cancer, finds his peace in sailing, and the author uses sailing as an extended metaphor for life. Really well done.

One Fell Sloop. Viking, 1990. 294 p.

English professor/sleuth Roz Howard solves murder while on holiday sailing in Penobscot Bay.

Kent, Alexander (Douglas Reeman) (1924- )

Richard Bolitho series:

  1. Richard Bolitho, Midshipman. Hutchinson, 1975. 159 p.

    1772. Bolitho, a midshipman with 4 years experience, joins the GORGON, 74, and sees service off the Bight of Benin, hunting slavers and pirates.

  2. Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger. Hutchinson, 1978. 143 p.

    1773. Bolitho serves under the command of his older brother, Hugh aboard the sloop AVENGER. Home from the sea on leave in Cornwall, the 17-year-old midshipman becomes involved with smuggling, murder, and "wrecking."

  3. Band of Brothers. Heinemann, 2006. 124 p.

    1774. The new year seems to offer Richard Bolitho and his friend Martyn Dancer the culmination of a dream. Both have been recommended for promotion, although they have not yet gained the coveted lieutenant's commission. But a routine passage from Plymouth to Guernsey in an untried schooner becomes, for Bolitho, a passage from midshipman to King's officer, tempering the promise of the future with the bitter price of maturity.

  4. Stand into Danger. Hutchinson, 1980. 296 p.

    1774. Bolitho is the junior lieutenant of HMS DESTINY, 28, as she sets forth on a mission to the South Atlantic and Carribean to recover the lost treasure of a Spanish quota ship captured in the War of Jenkin's Ear.

  5. In Gallant Company. Hutchinson, 1977. 287 p.

    1777-78. Lt. Bolitho serves on HMS TROJAN during the opening phases of the War of American Independence, seeing action against American privateers and smugglers.

  6. Sloop of War. Hutchinson, 1972. 319 p.

    1778-81. Bolitho, promoted, takes charge of the sloop SPARROW, 20, seeing action in North American and West Indies waters. The first half, set in 1778 covers Bolitho's tenure as Commander. The second half, in 1781, has Bolitho as a Captain, and climaxes at the Battle of the Chesapeake.

  7. To Glory We Steer. Hutchinson, 1968. 328 p.

    1782-83. Bolitho commands the mutinous PHALAROPE, 32, in the closing stage of the Wars of American Independence. Sent to the West Indies, he fights, and destroys a frigate commanded by his turncoat brother, Hugh, and plays a decisive role at the Battle of the Saintes.

  8. Command a King's Ship. Hutchinson, 1973. 320 p.

    1784-85. Bolitho is given command of the UNDINE, 32, and sent to the East Indies to counter French assistance to a local prince.

  9. Passage to Mutiny. Hutchinson, 1976. 319 p.

    1789-91. Commanding TEMPEST, 36, Bolitho's search for the BOUNTY mutineers is interrupted as the first ripples of the French Revolution wash across the Great South Sea. TEMPEST is called to action against the pirate Tuke, who successively captures a British pay ship, and a mutinying French frigate, the ARGUS.

  10. With All Dispatch. Heinemann, 1988. 256 p.

    1792. Bolitho, in recovery from the fever contracted in the Great South Sea, is given a recruiting assignment in the Nore, with three cutters to assist him. Complicating the situation is corruption in local government and naval officals.

  11. Form Line of Battle! Hutchinson, 1969. 320 p.

    1793. Given command of the HYPERION, 74, in the Mediterranean, Bolitho is part of an expedition to capture Cozar and St. Clar. Under command of the man whom he relieved in PHALAROPE, the St. Clar effort fails along with the Toulon, leaving Bolitho to salvage the disaster.

  12. Enemy in Sight! Hutchinson, 1970. 320 p.

    1794-95. Still on the refitted HYPERION, Bolitho joins the blockade of the Biscay coast, just as his incompetent commander lets the French escape. The British pursue the French force to the West Indies, where the French plan is revealed: capture the Spanish Flota ship to force Spain to enter the war as French allies.

  13. The Flag Captain. Hutchinson, 1971. 384 p.

    1797. The squadron in which Bolitho has served as flag captain for the last two years is reassigned to the Western Mediterranean, in the first British action there since the sea was abandoned in 1796.

  14. Signal, Close Action! Hutchinson, 1974. 320 p.

    1798. Bolitho, a Commodore, is given charge of a small squadron serving as Nelson's vanguard in the Mediterranean. Overcoming treacherous and incompetent captains, Bolitho tracks down and destroys the French siege train at Corfu, allowing Nelson to fight Battle of the Nile without fear of shore batteries.

  15. The Inshore Squadron. Putnam, 1977. 256 p.

    1800. Promoted to Rear Admiral, Bolitho is sent to Denmark on a diplomatic mission, then given command of the inshore squadron supporting the British expedition in the Baltic in 1800.

  16. A Tradition of Victory. Hutchinson, 1981. 296 p.

    1801. Following actions in the Baltic, Bolitho is reassigned to the Bay of Biscay, with his squadron assigned the task of destroying the French invasion fleet. Bolitho ends up captured, escapes, then faces his captor in the climactic battle concluding the novel.

  17. Success to the Brave. Hutchinson, 1983. 284 p.

    1802. During the Peace of Amiens, Vice Admiral Bolitho is sent on a diplomatic mission to the United States and the West Indies. Bolitho must enforce treaty provision to turn over a British colony to the French. Both the colonists and the US resist the transfer, but the French wars break out again, giving Bolitho an opportunity to again capture his French opposite.

  18. Colors Aloft! Hutchinson, 1986. 286 p.

    1803. Sir Richard Bolitho's squadron is reconstituted, and sent to the Mediterranean, where Bolitho must contend with a political attempt to smear him and his flag captain, and a French squadron commanded by the admiral he captured in Success to the Brave.

  19. Honour This Day. Heinemann, 1987. 287 p.

    1804-05. As the war spins up again, Bolitho's squadron is sent first to the West Indies, with the task of intercepting a Spanish quota ship. Then in 1805 it is sent to the Mediterranean, where it prevents reinforcements from reaching the Combined Fleet at Trafalgar.

  20. The Only Victor. Heinemann, 1990. 340 p.

    1806. Bolitho is sent first to South Africa, where he assists efforts to capture the Dutch colony, then to Denmark, where he fights a battle in the North Sea against a force containing the ship that sank HYPERION in HONOR THIS DAY.

  21. Beyond the Reef. Hutchinson, 1992. 296 p.

    1808. Bolitho is again sent to South Africa to establish a permanent base, but is shipwrecked. After an epic open boat voyage, he is rescued. Then he is put in charge of a force sent to Martinique.

  22. The Darkening Sea. Heinemann, 1993. 305 p.

    1809-10. Increasing tensions with the Americans give rise to fears of the United States allying with France. Bolitho is sent to the Indian Ocean to contain the harrasment of British merchant shipping.

  23. For My Country's Freedom. Heinemann, 1995. 245 p.

    The War of 1812 from Admiral Bolitho's POV. It talks about the big frigates that the Americans used to demolish the smaller Brit ships.

  24. Cross of St. George. Heinemann, 1996. 275 p.

    Bolitho attempts to stem an American invasion of Canada, while Admiral Herrick is sent to preside over a mutiny court martial that the Admiralty intends will ruin Bolitho's reputation. That plot is foiled by Herrick's rigid integrity.

  25. Sword of Honour. Heinemann, 1998. 278 p.

    The Napoleonic Wars wind down as Richard Bolitho takes command at Malta, and Adam Bolitho commands a frigate off the American coast during the attack on Washington. Equality Dick exits, stage left, at the end of the novel, dying in a final skirmish, with Adam taking the estate as the last Bolitho. This may be setting up additional novels in the late 'teens and early 1820s centered around Adam Bolitho.

  26. Second to None. Heinemann, 1999. 309 p.

    1815. On the eve of Waterloo, a sense of finality and cautious hope pervade a nation wearied by decades of war. But peace will present its own challenges to Adam Bolitho, captain of His Majesty's Ship Unrivalled, as many of his contemporaries face the prospect of discharge.

  27. Relentless Pursuit. Heinemann, 2001. 323 p.

    December 1815. Adam Bolitho's orders are unequivocal. As captain of His Majesty's frigate Unrivalled of forty-six guns, he is required to 'repair in the first instance to Freetown, Sierra Leone, and reasonably assist the senior officer of the patrolling squadron'. But all efforts of the British anti-slavery patrols to curb a flourishing trade in human life are hampered by unsuitable ships, by the indifference of a government more concerned with old enemies made distrustful allies, and by the continuing belligerence of the Dey of Algiers, which threatens to ignite a full-scale war.

  28. Man of War. Heinemann, 2003. 276 p.

    Antigua, 1817 and every harbour and estuary is filled with ghostly ships, the famous and the legendary now redundant in the aftermath of war. In this uneasy peace, Adam Bolitho is fortunate to be offered the seventy-four gun Athena, and as flag captain to Vice-Admiral Sir Graham Bethune once more follows his destiny to the Caribbean.

  29. Heart of Oak. Heinemann, 2007. 253 p.

    It is February 1818, and Adam Bolitho longs for marriage and a safe personal harbour. But with so much of Britain's fleet redundant, he knows he is fortunate to be offered HMS Onward, a new 38-gun frigate whose first mission is not war but diplomacy, as consort to the French frigate Nautilus.

  30. In the King's Name. Century, 2011. 293 p.

    It is 1819, and Captain Adam Bolitho is ordered once again to Freetown in West Africa with secret orders for the senior officer there. The slave trade has been outlawed by many nations, but a hundred thousand slaves are still shipped out annually, the profit for slavers considered worth the risk of interception by the Royal Navy.

Kenyon, Charles M.

First Voyage Out. Four Winds, 1967. 173 p.

A young Rhode Island boy, determined to rescue his father who is reportedly held as a slave on a Pacific island, signs with his father's old ship for his first whaling voyage.

Kenyon, F. W.

Emma. Crowell, 1955. 314 p.

Fictionalized biography of Emma Hart, aka Emma Hamilton, who became Horatio Nelson's mistress. The novel adds more nautical connections than actually existed.

Keogh, S. K. (Susan K.)

The Jack Mallory Chronicles

  1. The Prodigal. Fireship Press, 2012. 270 p.

    When Jack Mallory was a young boy, James Logan and his pirates murders his father and abducts his mother. Falsely accused of piracy Jack survives seven years in London's notorious Newgate prison and emerges a hardened man seeking revenge. His obsession with finding his mother's kidnapper drives Jack to the West Indies where he becomes entangled with a fiery young woman named Maria Cordero. With a score of her own to settle with James Logan, she disguises her gender and blackmails Jack into taking her aboard his pirate brig, Prodigal, in his desperate search for Logan. First of a planned series.

  2. The Alliance. CreateSpace, 2013. 320 p.

    Two pirates; sworn enemies. An alliance forged by blood... Jack Mallory sailed into Carolina waters seeking vengeance upon fellow pirate James Logan, the man responsible for his father's murder and his mother's kidnapping. But Jack never expected his well-laid plans to be foiled by a mere child: Logan's precocious six-year-old daughter...and half-sister to Jack. A deathbed promise to their mother inexorably binds Jack to the child and robs him—at least temporarily—of his revenge against her father. But the two pirates' tenuous truce will be tested when a mysterious privateer sets sail to end Logan's devastation of Carolina's lucrative sea trade.

Kerr, Mark (1864-1944)

The Destroyer : and A Cargo of Notions. Hatchard, 1909. 43 p.

Verse from the navy of the beginning of the century by a serving officer who rose to become an admiral. Poetry is an important naval tradition as fans of O'Brian will know.

Kessler, Leo, (1926- )

Sea Wolves

  1. Sink the Scharnhorst! Macdonald Futura, 1981. 286 p.

    In 1937 two naval cadets meet at the Kiel Regatta and become firm friends. In 1942 the two meet again, as enemies, when the Royal Navy makes a determined onslaught to destroy the battle cruiser SCHARNHORST. Published under the name Charles Whiting.

  2. Death to the Deutschland. Macdonald Futura, 1982. 219 p.

King, Charles Daly (1895-1963)

Obelists at Sea. J. Heritage, 1932. 342 p.

The first of a short series of detective novels featuring Capt. Michael Lord of the NYPD and Dr. L. Rees Pons, an integrative psychologist. The murder of a multi-millionaire takes place on a transatlantic liner, the SS MEGANAUT, the detective his helped (and hindered] by the theories of four psychologists. The following books take place on trains and planes.

King, Dean and Hattendorf, John B.

Harbors and High Seas : an atlas and geographical guide to the complete Aubrey-Maturin novels of Patrick O'Brian. Henry Holt, 2000. 258 p.

3rd edition. Find out where the factual and fictional places Stephen and Jack visit in their adventures really were. Many maps and contemporary illustrations.

King, Paul

Journey of Discovery Series:

  1. The Dreamers : a novel of adventure and discovery. Bantam, 1992. 349 p.

    The year is 1418. Prince Henry the Navigator begins exploring the Atlantic, Cheng Ho is leading the Star Raft east, and Alessandro Cavalli of Venice is sold to the Moors by his brother.

  2. The Voyagers. Bantam, 1993. 410 p.

    The year is 1423. The threads started in The Dreamers come together to spur further exploration by Prince Henry just at the point when the Portugese are ready to abandon exploration.

  3. The Discoverers. Bantam, 1994. 346 p.

    The year is 1453. The fall of Constantinople spurs further Atlantic exploration, led by survivors of the conquest of Constantinople, and the children of the protagonists of the first two novels in the series.

Kinghorn, A. W.

Captain Martha, M.N. K. Mason, 1993. 144 p.

Martha Jackson becomes the first female captain of a British merchant ship. This novel is the story of her time as captain of the reefer vessel NORTHERN CASTLE. Kinghorn is himself a MN captain, recently retired, and whilst the book can best be described as undemanding it is at least techinically accurate, although the regime on the NORTHERN CASTLE is a trifle old fashioned for a merchant ship in the 1990s. Kinghorn is a regular contributor to the UK magazine SHIP'S MONTHLY with reports of his various voyages as master of a general cargo ship, trading round the Middle and Far East. The book is unusual in that Kinghorn published it himself.

Kingsley, Charles (1819-1875)

Westward Ho!, or, The voyages and adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh, knight : of Burrough in the County of Devon in the reign of Her Most Glorious Majesty, Queen Elizabeth rendered into modern English. Macmillan, 1855. 3 v.

A tale of swashbuckling, young love, villainy, etc., etc.

The Water-Babies : a fairy tale for a land-baby. Macmillan, 1863. 350 p.

Not strictly nautical, Tom the sooty little chimney sweep goes to live beneath the sea and encounters all the strange creatures that live there; including the water babies. Image Tom's delight then when he becomes one with the magical water babies and finds himself clean for the very first time! For young readers.

Kingston, W. H. G. (William Henry Giles) (1814-1880)

The Albatross; or, Voices from the Ocean. A Tale of the Sea. H. Hurst, 1849. 3 v.

The Ocean Queen and the Spirit of the Storm. A new Fairy tale of the Southern Seas. T. Bosworth, 1851. 91 p.

Peter the Whaler; His early life, and adventures in the Arctic Regions and other parts of the World. Grant and Griffith, 1851. 408 p.

Kingston's first big success, it established the format for most later books. In the 1830s Peter Lefroy, wild son of vicar in Ireland, is sent off to sea in an emigrant ship bound for Quebec. After an horrific account of seven-day fire on board in which many die, Peter is rescued, gets to Canada, spends a few months in the fur trade, travels via Fort Dearborn (site of Chicago) to New Orleans, and goes off to sea again. His ship is captured by a pirate and Peter is forced to swear an oath of allegiance to the pirates, but successfully wrestles with his conscience to find a way of bringing the pirates to justice without breaking his oath. The pirates are captured by the US Navy and hanged and Peter joins a USN expedition to the Polar regions. His ship runs on iceberg drowning all except Peter and a few mates who are picked up by whaler and becomes members of the crew. Towards the end of the summer Peter's whaleboat is left stranded when the whaler is blown away by a storm, and the men spend the winter in the Arctic, befriended by Eskimos. Next summer they are picked up by a French whaling ship, but wrecked on the Irish coast. Peter survives, walks home, and lives happily ever after. Great descriptions of Arctic conditions, clearly based on contemporary travellers' accounts.

The Pirate of the Mediterranean. A Tale of the Sea. T.C. Newby, 1851. 3 v.

Mark Seaworth, a Tale of the Indian Ocean. Griffith Farran Browne, 1852. 382 p.

Infant Mark and his sister are picked up from a boat adrift in the Atlantic and adopted by a rich Anglo-Indian who raises them in India then sends them home for schooling. On his return to India Mark finds that his sister was on a ship that has vanished in the pirate infested waters of the East Indies. He goes in search of her, finds a rascally American pirate captain who explains the mystery of his origins and is captured and enslaved by Borneo Dyaks, among other adventures along the way.

Salt Water; The Sea Life and adventures of Neil D'Arcy, the Midshipman. Griffith and Farran, 1857. 371 p.

The Early life of Old Jack: A Sea Tale. T. Nelson and sons, 1858. 303 p.

An old sailor's account of his own adventures, during times of peace and of war, in many parts of the world.

A Voyage Round the World: A Tale for Boys. Thomas Nelson, 1859. 415 p.

A young sailor's account of his own adventures by sea and land, the scenes being laid chiefly in South America, the South Sea Islands and Japan.

Will Weatherhelm; or the Yarn of an Old Sailor, about his early life and adventures. Griffith and Farran, 1860. 384 p.

Maritime adventures of a Shetlander before and during the Napoleonic wars.

The Cruise of the "Frolic"; or, Yachting Experiments of Barnaby Brine, esq., R.N. Sampson Low, 1860. 2 v.

My First Voyage to Southern Seas. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1860. 528 p.

Ralph Marsden sails to the Indian Ocean to seek his brother, who has left the Royal Navy in mysterious circumstances. Ralph survives various trials by his pluck and Christian steadfastness while others succumb to drink, bad living, or bad luck. Extensive descriptions of Ceylon, Aden, and East Africa in the 1840's.

True Blue; or the life and Adventures of a British Seaman of the Old School. Griffith and Farran, 1861. 436 p.

True Blue, born on a Royal Navy ship, serves all his life at sea, participating in various notable events.

Jack Buntline; or, Life on the Ocean. S. Low, 1861. 154 p.

Ronald Morton; or, The Fire Ships: A story of the Last Naval War. Gall and Inglis, 1862. 442 p.

The Three Midshipmen : their adventures in the Levant and in African waters. Routledge, Warne, and Routledge, 1862. 416 p.

The first of a highly popular series, the others being The Three Lieutenants, The Three Commanders, and The Three Admirals (q.v.). These books are full of adventures all over the world.

Marmaduke Merry, the Midshipman, or My Early Days at Sea: A tale of naval adventure in bygone days. W. Kent, 1862. 254 p.

Purports to be the memoirs of a midshipman serving in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars and as such is written in the first person. The varied life of a young officer (fourteen when he joins) is very entertainingly told and was probably much appreciated by the young lads it was obviously written for.

Paul Luggershall; or, The Lightship. A tale of the coast. J. S. Virtue, 1865. 80 p.

Washed Ashore; or, the Tower of Stormount Bay. Jackson, Walford, and Hodder, 1866. 124 p.

Paul Gerrard, the Cabin Boy. G. Routledge, 1867. 372 p.

The Perils and Adventures of Harry Skipwith by sea and land. Virtue and Yorston, 1868. 290 p.

Adrift in a Boat. Hodder & Stoughton, 1869. 190 p.

Napoleonic war period: two English lads are washed out to sea, picked up by a French privateer, wrecked in a West Indian hurricane and survive stranding on a desert key, among other trials and travails.

Our Fresh and Salt Water Tutors : a story of that good old time : our school days at the Cape. Sampson Low, Son, and Marston, 1869. 232 p.

Adventures of lads by and on the sea. Preface states that it is a rewrite of a book by an American author.

At the South Pole, or, The adventures of Richard Pengelley, mariner. Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 1870. 415 p.

In Eastern Seas: or The Regions of the Bird of Paradise; A tale for boys. T. Nelson and Sons, 1871. 608 p.

A tale of voyage and adventure among the islands of the Malay Archipelago. "I have endeavoured ... to describe minutely and exactly the numerous objects of natural history which exist in ... the Malay or Eastern Archipelago" - Pref.

Off to Sea; or, The Adventures of Jovial Jack Junker : on his road to fame. Cassell, Petter & Galpin, 1870. 224 p.

The Royal Merchant; or, events in the days of Sir Thomas Gresham, as narrated in the diary of E. Verner, whilom his Page and Secretary, during the reigns of Queens Mary and Elizabeth. S.W. Partridge, 1870. 483 p.

Later printings are titled The Golden Grasshopper.

Sunshine Bill. Religious Tract Society, 1870. 159 p.

A boy's book: young Bill Sunnyside of Portsmouth, poor but honest and God-fearing, enters as ship's boy aboard the LILLY sloop-of-war, Captain Trevelyan. In the West Indies he has many adventures, during which his unfailing cheerfulness and resourcefulness help his shipmates survive hurricanes, shipwreck, marooning on a waterless islet in the Tortugas for many months, and capture by the French. They are released when Dominique, where they have been held captive, is conquered by British forces (1805).

Ben Burton; or born and bred at Sea. S. Low, Marston, Low, and Searle, 1872. 227 p.

The Fortunes of the "Ranger" and "Crusader." A tale of two ships, & the adventures of their passengers & crews. Gall & Inglis, 1872. 352 p.

The History of Little Peter the ship-boy. Religious Tract Society, 1873. 128 p.

Hurricane Hurry, the Adventures of a Naval Officer Afloat and on Shore. Griffith and Farran, 1873. 472 p.

Claims to be based on the journal of a Royal Naval officer who participated in the American war of Independence; eye witness accounts of events leading up to Cornwallis' surrender.

Mary Liddiard; or the Missionary's Daughter. A tale of the Pacific. Gall & Inglis, 1873. 128 p.

Michael Penguyne; or, Fisher Life on the Cornish Coast. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1873. 157 p.

The Young Whaler; or the Adventures of Archibald Hughson. D. Lothrop & Co, 1873. 178 p.

A Shetlander in the whaling trade.

Alone on an Island. George Routledge, 1874. 47 p.

Charles Laurel: a story of adventure by sea and land. Sunday School Union, 1874. 1 v.

Happy Jack, and other tales of the sea. Gall and Inglis, 1874. 124 p.

  • Happy Jack: Our hero remains unflaggingly cheerful through three shipwrecks and a massacre by Columbia River indians, from each of which he is the sole survivor. Entering his father's law practice back home begins to look good after all!

  • The "San Fiorenzo" and Her Captain, Narrated by Admiral M--: Kingston states that this is a factual account of one ship's experiences during the mutiny at the Nore given him by Admiral Mitford. Mitford was at the time of the mutiny (1797) a midshipman under Sir Harry Burrard Neale, Kingston's uncle and the captain of the SAN FIORENZO.

  • Orlo and Era : A Tale Of The African Slave Trade.
  • The Three Lieutenants; or, Naval Life in the Nineteenth Century. Griffith and Farran, 1875. 463 p.

    Fighting slaving in the Caribbean

    Ralph and Dick, or, The Two Shipmates. Society for promoting Christian Knowledge, 1874. 215 p.

    Uncle Boz, and other tales of the sea. Gall and Inglis, 1889. 128 p.

    Uncle Boz: A Christmas tale of heroism in saving shipwrecked mariners. Other stories: My first command and how it ended -- Our first prize -- Cast away on a sandbank -- Owen's revenge -- Jack Osborne's wooing.

    The Child of the Wreck; or, the Loss of the Royal George. Griffith and Farran, 1875. 160 p.

    Saved From the Sea, or, The Loss of the "Viper", and the Adventures of her crew in the Great Sahara. Thomas Nelson & Sons, 1875. 379 p.

    A young sailor's account of his own adventures, along with three shipwrecked comrades.

    The South Sea Whaler, the story of the loss of the CHAMPION and the adventures of her crew. T. Nelson and Sons, 1875. 363 p.

    A tale of mutiny and the shipwreck of the whaler CHAMPION in the South Seas, the Captain having his son and daughter on board with him.

    The Three Commanders; or, Active Service Afloat in Modern Days. Griffith & Farran, 1876. 464 p.

    The "Ouzel" Galley: or, Notes from an old sea log. Griffith and Farran, 1876. 444 p.

    Also published unter the title The Missing Ship.

    Twice Lost : A story of shipwreck, and of adventure in the wilds of Australia. T. Nelson and Sons, 1876. 473 p.

    A young sailor's story of shipwreck and perilous adventures.

    Yachting Tales. Hunt, 1877. 239 p.

    Contents: Old Higson's will.--The rival yachtsmen.--The chase of the heiress.--The six yachtsmen.--The fair unknown.--The heiresses of Ballybrena.--The corsair's bride.

    Owen Hartley; or, Ups and Downs. A tale of the land and sea. E. & J.B. Young, 1877. 255 p.

    The Voyage of the "Steadfast"; or, the young missionaries in the Pacific. Religious Tract Society, 1877. 128 p.

    The Two Supercargoes, or adventures in Savage Africa. S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1878. 298 p.

    The Three Admirals and the Adventures of Their Young Followers. Griffith and Farran, 1878. 440 p.

    Antony Waymouth; or, the Gentlemen Adventurers, a chronicle of the sea. F. Warne, 1865. 271 p.

    The Mate of the "Lily"; or, Notes from Harry Musgrave's log book. E. & J.B. Young & Co, 1878. 160 p.

    Kidnapping in the Pacific, or The Adventures of Boas Ringdon; a long yarn in four lengths. G. Routledge, 1878. 173 p.

    The Rival Crusoes. Griffith and Farran, 1879. 378 p.

    A Yacht Voyage Round England. Religious Tract Society, 1879. 334 p.

    The Two Whalers; or, Adventures in the Pacific. Pott, Young & Co, 1879. 128 p.

    Dick Cheveley: his Adventures and Misadventures. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1880. 388 p.

    The Boy who sailed with Blake; and The Orphans. Sunday School Union, 1880. 210 p.

    The Cruise of the "Dainty;" or, Rovings in the Pacific. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1880. 192 p.

    Voyages and Travels of Count Funnibos and Baron Stilkin. Pott, Young, & Co., 1880. 288 p.

    Peter Trawl; or, The Adventures of a Whaler. J.W. Lovell, 1881. 350 p.

    Roger Willoughby; or, the Times of Benbow. Hodder & Stoughton, 1859. 402 p.

    The Two Voyages; or, Midnight and Daylight. Religious Tract Society, 1881. 315 p.

    Also published under the title The Cruise of the "Mary Rose": or Here and there in the Pacific.

    James Braithwaite, the Supercargo: the story of his adventures ashore and afloat. Armstrong, 1883. 226 p.

    Won from the Waves, or The Story of Maiden May. Griffith & Farran, 1882. 377 p.

    Paddy Finn; or, The Adventures of a Midshipman Afloat and Ashore. Griffith Farrar, 1883. 430 p.

    My First Cruise; or, Notes From Pringle Rushforth's Sea Log. Cassell Petter and Galpin, 1866. 103 p.

    Includes three other stories : The travelling tinman by Miss Leslie, The beautiful gate, and, The chimaera

    A Cruise on the Mersey or, twelve hours' missionary work among seamen. Griffith & Farran, 1857. 26 p.

    From Powder Monkey to Admiral : a story of naval adventure. Hodder and Stoughton, 1883. 400 p.

    Kinrade, Kim

    Rockets of the Reich. BainBridge Books, 2000. 330 p.

    Hitler and the SS formulate a plan to devastate the United States with a rocket attack during World War II. To carry out the plan, the Nazis set up a rocket base on a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia. An officer of the US Coast Guard and a Canadian army veteran find an unlikely ally in a German U-boat commander as they struggle to foil the plan.

    Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936)

    Captains Courageous. Nelson Doubleday, 1896. 224 p.

    Filmed in 1937 and 1977. Set on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, this story of the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon who must prove his worth aboard an American fishing schooner admirably captures the day-to-day workings of a 19th-century fisherman. An ageless tale that reads well.

    The Day's Work. Doubleday & McClure, 1898 431 p.

    Stories: The Ship That Found Herself; The Devil and the Deep Sea; Bread Upon the Waters; non-nautical stories.

    The Day's Work, part II. Scribner, 1905. 310 p.

    Stories: The Wreck of the Visigoth; The Lang Men O' Larut; Brugglesmith; non-nautical tales.

    Traffics and Discoveries. Doubleday, Page & Co, 1904. 363 p.

    Stories: Their Lawful Occassions - Parts I and II; Steam Tactics; non-nautical tales.

    Simple Simon. Macmillan, 1910. 23 p.

    Short story featuring Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada. Published later as one of the stories in the author's "Rewards and Fairies".

    The collected poems of Rudyard Kipling. Wordsworth Editions, 1994. 880 p.

    Nautical poetry: Sestina of the Tramp-Royal; The Liner She's A Lady; The "Mary Gloster"; The Ballad of the "Bolivar"; The Merchantmen; "Poor Honest Men"; White Horses; Song of the Wise Children; The Second Voyage; Mine Sweepers; The Wet Litany; My Boy Jack.

    Kneale, Matthew (1960- )

    English Passengers. Nan A. Talese, 2000. 446 p.

    Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley wants only to smuggle a little tobacco, brandy, and French pornography from the Isle of Mann to a secluded beach in England. Yet somehow in the process, he and his crew end up weighing anchor for Australia. Worse, they're forced to carry three temperamental Englishmen bound for Tasmania on a mission to discover the exact location of the Garden of Eden.

    Knight, Frank Edgar (1905- )

    Acting Third Mate. Nelson, 1954. 256 p.

    A fairly routine story of a young apprentice promoted to Third Mate, having some adventures along the way.

    The Sea Chest: stories of adventure at sea. Collins, 1960. 128 p.

    Collection of stories and short essays with the fiction featuring adolescent male protagonists. Includes four post-WW II stories set aboard the British tramp HOPEWELL, centering about the ship's cadets, five set between 1700 and 1900, and one Viking raid. For young readers, but good fun for all.

    Knox, William (Bill) (pseuds. Michael Kirk & Noah Webster) (1928-1999)

    Books below may be shelved under any of the three noms de plume! Laird mysteries more likely under Kirk and Carrick ones more likely under Knox

    Andrew Laird marine insurance investigator mysteries:

    1. All Other Perils. Doubleday, 1975 160 p.

    2. Dragonship. Doubleday, 1976. 174 p.

      When the freighter VELELLA survives a fire off the coast of Denmark Andrew Laird is sent to handle the insurance payoff, but a routine assignment turns sinister when a charred body is found in the hold, along with two firebombs and the burned remains of a replica Viking ship. A terrorist group, the New World Revolution, claims responsibility for the fire, but Laird finds out otherwise, with the help of a charming Danish policewoman.

    3. Salvage Job. Doubleday, 1979. 184 p.

    4. Cargo Risk. Doubleday, 1980. 177 p.

    5. Mayday From Malaga. Doubleday, 1983. 179 p.

      Trouble is getting to be a bad habit with Andrew Laird, even in paradise. His latest case finds the marine insurance inspector in sunny Spain on what he had assumed would be a totally routine investigation. There is never anything routine about danger-especially when it involves a half-submerged freighter, a ruthless shipping tycoon, a mysterious cargo.and more than one corpse.

    6. A Cut in Diamonds. Doubleday, 1986. 176 p.

    7. Witchline. Doubleday, 1988. 178 p.

    Scottish Fisheries Protection Officer Webb Carrick mysteries:

    1. Blacklight. Doubleday, 1967. 188 p.

    2. Figurehead (U.K. title: "The Klondyker"). Doubleday, 1968. 189 p.

    3. Blueback. Doubleday, 1969. 186 p.

    4. Seafire. Doubleday, 1970. 184 p.

    5. Stormtide. Doubleday, 1973. 157 p.

    6. Whitewater. Doubleday, 1974. 179 p.

      The traditional wedding flag is flying as the cruiser MARLIN enters Port MacFarlane on the west coast of Mull. But Port MacFarlane, a small and prosperous lobster fishing base, is no peaceful haven and the wedding flag becomes a signal which marks the start of murder and violence. Chief Officer Carrick discovers a maze of blackmail and threats in which death is the payment waiting those who seek too many answers.

    7. Hellspout. Doubleday, 1976. 176 p.

    8. Witchrock. Doubleday, 1977. 185 p.

    9. Bombship. Doubleday, 1980. 182 p.

      When a sunken WW II ammunition ship starts disintegrating and releasing its deadly cargo near a fishing village on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, the fisheries protection cruiser MARLIN is sent to the scene to help deal with the problem -- and so 1st officer Carrick and Captain Shannon can secretly investigate reports of modern-day piracy.

    10. Bloodtide. Doubleday, 1982. 186 p.

      MARLIN is sent to Port Ard to investigate a warning sent by an old drunk who then turns up dead, apparently by accident. Investigating the death, Shannon is injured, leaving Carrick in charge of MARLIN, and a web of murder involving a Soviet fish factory ship that may be spying on the British.

    11. Wavecrest. Doubleday, 1985. 181 p.

      Given command of the patrol launch TERN, off the Western Isles, Carrick encounters an oil slick, and the bodies of a couple that owned a lighthouse on one of the islands. As he investigates, the boat repair yard at Dumbrach burns to the ground, and yet another body is found in it. Carrick sets out to discover whether the bodies are related to an oil magnate in the area or a long buried monastic treasure.

    12. Dead Man's Mooring. Doubleday, 1988. 180 p.

      Carrick, and TERN are sent to quell trouble at a fishing village on Skye where a Canadian developer who is establishing a fish farm has turned the natives against him because of the roughshod methods of his employees. Then a dead man turns up on a warning buoy in the area, and divers discover a dynamited yatch just offshore.

    The Grey Sentinels. Doubleday, 1962. 185 p.

    SANCTUARY ISLE in UK. Glaswegian police detectives Colin Thane and Phil Moss investigate the murder of the caretaker of an island bird sanctuary off the West Highland Coast.

    Kobryn, A. P.

    Poseidon's Shadow. Rawson, Wade, 1979. 243 p.

    Renegade US ballistic missile sub ADRESTEIA goes up against the Pentagon, the Soviets and an American killersub. Skipper intends to expose nasty military scandal, but must stay alive in the meantime.

    Köepf, Michael

    The Fisherman's Son. Broadway Books, 1998. 293 p.

    As Neil Kruger clings to a liferaft during a fierce storm recalls his life of commercial fishing off the northern California coast.

    Koller, Jackie French.

    The Last Voyage of the Misty Day. Atheneum, 1992. 154 p.

    Having reluctantly moved to Maine after her father's death in Manhattan, fourteen-year-old Denise forges a healing friendship with a boat owner surrounded by considerable mystery. For young readers.

    Korel, Charles.

    Full Alert. Kensington, 1989. 286 p.

    The Command One, America's most sophisticated submarine, is pursued by twin Soviet attack subs while en route to the Persian Gulf and Captain Donald Smith is faced with a choice between the safety of his country and the lives of his crew.

    Krauss, Bruno (pseud. Kenneth Bulmer)

    Seawolf series:

    1. Steel Shark. Kensington, 1978. 175 p.

      Story of U-boat commander Baldur Wolz in action in the North and South Atlantic during 1940, commanding a new supersub.

    2. Shark North. Kensington, 1978. 171 p.

      Story of U-Boat U45 in action in the North Sea and Norway during the winter of 1940. Wolz is on a misson to land a spy in a Norwegian fjord, and winds up in command of another submarine.

    3. Shark Pack. Kensington, 1978. 156 p.

    4. Shark Hunt. Kensington, 1980. 160 p.

    5. Shark Africa. Kensington, 1980. 156 p.

    6. Shark Raid. Kensington, 1982. 159 p.

    7. Shark America. Kensington, 1982. 120 p.

    8. Shark Trap. Kensington, 1982. 124 p.

    Krutein, Manfred G. (1917-2002)

    Hitler's Last Gasp : the Miracle Weapon. Amador, 1995. 193 p.

    Encounter between an American OSS officer, a German U-Boat commander and a Nazi SS officer, who wants to become Hitler's successor. They fight for control of a super weapon, directed at the U.S. East Coast. .

    Kubeck, James.

    The Calendar Epic: A Novel of the Merchant Marine. Putnam's, 1956. 318 p.

    Set during World War 2 on the West Coast and in the South Pacific and New Guinea. An account of the C-2 freighter CALENDAR EPIC's first -- and last -- voyage.

    Kyne, Peter B. (1880-1957)

    Cappy Ricks, or the Subjugation of Matt Peasley. Grossett & Dunlap, 1915. 349 p.

    Cappy Ricks is a crusty yet soft-hearted Scots sea captain, a real go-getter, who owns the Dollar Steamship Lines.

    Cappy Ricks Retires, but that doesn't keep him from coming back stronger than ever. Cosmopolitan, 1922. 442 p.

    Cappy Ricks Comes Back. Kinsey, 1934. 335 p.

    The Cappy Ricks Special. Kinsey, 1935. 276 p.

    A short story collection.

    Kytle, Ray

    Last Voyage. Dell, 1979. 219 p.

    Two couples, off the Mexican coast in a sailing yacht, are suddenly attacked by modern-day pirates, who board for a day of rape, torture and murder. Sad to say, this kind of stuff happens in the Caribbean on a regular basis. U.K. title: Sea Stalk.

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