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Raban, Jonathan

Foreign Land. Viking, 1985. 352 p.

Modern cruise around UK.

The Oxford Book of the Sea. Oxford University Press, 1992. 524 p.

Editor. An anthology of short prose and poetry about the sea, as well as excerpts from longer works.

Raddall, Thomas Head (1903-1994)

His Majesty's Yankees. Doubleday, Doran, 1942. 409 p.

Deals with the part played during the American Revolution by the Yankees of Nova Scotia. An adventure story, rather a tame romance and a spot of history all thrown together. Told in the first person by David Strang it concerns his efforts to join Nova Scotia to the rest of America! A bit turgid by modern standards, could you trust a book that finished "... this rocky homeland on the sea's edge, where life is a struggle that demands a man's utmost and will take no less, where beauty alone is bountiful, and only death comes easy; where courage springs from the eternal rock like the clear singing rivers, like the deep rooted forest itself." Plenty of shipboard action, although the story is not essentially set on the sea, rather by it!. Much of the story involves smaller boats.

Roger Sudden. McClelland & Stewart, 1944. 358 p.

French and British seamen fight to claim Nova Scotia.

Pride's Fancy. Doubleday, 1946. 348 p.

French privateers from Nova Scotia cruise the Caribbean in 1798.

Tidefall. Little, Brown, 1953. 300 p.

Unscrupulous Nova Scotian retired rumrunner returns to his boyhood village and takes over a bankrupt shipping company. Some editions have title Give and Take.

The Rover : the story of a Canadian privateer. Macmillan, 1959. 156 p.

For young readers.

The Governor's Lady. Doubleday, 1960. 474 p.

Nautical adventures and political maneuvering in Nova Scotia. John and Frances Wentworth are the main characters.

Hangman's Beach. Doubleday, 1966. 421 p.

an historical novel set in Halifax during the Napoleonic Wars. "The reader enjoys a tale of high adventure and daring. He experiences the shock of battle at sea, the torment of conflicting loyalities, and the searing heat of love in an unforgettable picture of men and women caught in the sweep of events in a tumultuous era." [from bookjacket blurb]

Raine, Norman Reilly (1895-1971)

Tugboat Annie. Minton, Balch, 1934. 313 p.

The humorous Adventures of the tug NARCISSUS and her colorful captain in and around Puget Sound. Based on the real-life experiences of Thea Christiansen Foss (1857-1927).

Captain Kidd. World, 1945. 191 p.

A novelization of the screen play ; from an original story by Robert N. Lee ; illustrated with scenes from the Benedict Bogeaus film, released through United Artists.

Ralphson, G. Harvey (1879-1940)

Boy Scouts in the North Sea, or, "Mystery of U-13". M.A. Donohue & Co., 1915. 252 p.

Ransome, Arthur (1884-1967)

Swallows and Amazons series:

  1. Swallows and Amazons. J. Cape, 1930. 374 p.

    The Walker children get permission to sail and camp on Wild Cat Island where they are attacked by the AMAZON pirates. After some wild sailing adventures, the war is won and an alliance concluded. Together they manage to capture a retired pirate and find his stolen treasure!

  2. Peter Duck. J. Cape, 1932. 431 p.

    Written after Swallowdale but chronologically before. A story of buried treasure leads to an eventful sail down the Channel and across the Atlantic to seek for the treasure of Crab Island. They are pursued by the evil Black Jake and the VIPER. Despite the attempts of Black Jake and his crew and the worst that weather can do, they get back successfully.

  3. Swallowdale. J. Cape, 1931. 453 p.

    A near disaster to the SWALLOW causes the Walkers to camp up on the fells away from the lake. There they experience some aspects of Lakeland life, foil a surprise pirate attack from the strangely constrained AMAZONs and climb Kanchenjunga. The story ends with a classic sailing race between the SWALLOW and AMAZON.

  4. Winter Holiday. J. Cape, 1933. 359 p.

    The "Ds" on a winter holiday in the Lakes meet the SWALLOWs and AMAZONs after signalling to Mars. They all become involved in Arctic exploration during an unexpectedly prolonged holiday. The climax is a dash to the North Pole followed up by several rescue expeditions.

  5. Coot Club. J. Cape, 1934. 351 p.

    The "Ds" go to the Norfolk Broads hoping to learn to sail. They meet the Bird Preservation Society members, one of whom gets into trouble with the "Hullabaloos" and has to go into hiding. The "Ds" do learn to sail and go on a cruise through the Broads. They are nearly caught by the "Hullabaloos" but instead the "Death and Glories" have an opportunity to gain a reward.

  6. Pigeon Post. J. Cape, 1936. 383 p.

    The SWALLOWs, AMAZONs and "Ds" seek gold on High Topps and have dangerous adventures in the disused mines while trying to foil the claim jumper Squashy Hat. Gold is found but it isn't what it seems. The pigeons save the day by getting a message for help through at a dangerous moment.

  7. We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea. J. Cape, 1937. 351 p.

    A short cruise in the estuary turns into a frightening adventure when Jim Brading disappears. The SWALLOWs manage to do the right thing even though they have to break a promise and prove they are deep water sailors.

  8. Secret Water. J. Cape, 1939. 380 p.

    A mapping expedition leads to war with the EELs and a near fatal encounter with the tides. Bridget becomes a human sacrifice but the map looks incomplete. However, last minute voyages mean that the expedition is crowned with success.

  9. The Big Six. J. Cape, 1940. 399 p.

    There is more trouble on the Broads and the "Death and Glories" are accused due to their unexplained wealth and presence at the scene of the crimes. Together with Tom Dudgeon and the "Ds" they manage to track down the real villain by using the methods of the "Big Five" of Scotland Yard. In a dramatic climax the wrong doers are caught in a flash.

  10. Missee Lee. J. Cape, 1941. 336 p.

    Captured by Chinese pirates, the SWALLOWs and AMAZONs manage to win over the Cambridge-educated pirate leader in an unusual but unwelcome way. They seem doomed to stay prisoners for ever. However, the rest of the pirates think beheading is a better solution and so they have to dance their way to freedom.

  11. The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All. J. Cape, 1943. 340 p.

    The "Ds" come to stay with the AMAZONs but have to leave and set up house on their own when an unwelcome visitor arrives to take charge. The AMAZON pirates have to become well behaved martyrs while the "Ds" are well hidden "Picts". Despite the problems the "Ds" learn to guddle fish, sail, burgle and even skin a rabbit while the "Martyrs" manage to escape from their imprisonment occasionally. The "Martyrs" sacrifice is worth it in the end.

  12. Great Northern? J. Cape, 1947. 351 p.

    Are they or aren't they? Unfortunately the one man who can confirm Dick's sighting of the Great Northern Divers wants them dead. The SWALLOWs, AMAZONs and "Ds" on a cruise in the Hebrides make a unique discovery and have to foil the owner of the PTERODACTYL while proving Dick's discovery is genuine. The savage Gaels complicate matters but help out in the end. Myles North, an admirer of Ransome, provided much of the basic plot of the book.

  13. Coots in the North. Cape, 1988. 144 p.

    Unfinished fragments edited by Hugh Brogan. The "Death and Glories" stow away on a boat transport to the Lakes. There they meet the AMAZONs in an unpropitious manner. The rest of the book is only an unfinished outline of their adventures together.

Rappaport, A. S. (Angelo Solomon) (1871-1950)

Superstitions of sailors. Stanley Paul, 1928. 287 p.

Later published as The Sea: Myths and Legends. Folk tales, superstitions, myths and legends.

Rascovich, Mark (1917-1976)

The Bedford Incident. Atheneum, 1963. 337 p.

US destroyer plays nuclear chicken with a Soviet sub in the Denmark Strait.

Ratigan, William

Soo Canal! W.B. Eerdmans, 1955. 186 p.

Fictionalized account of the building of the canal linking Superior with the rest of the Great Lakes in the 1850s.

The Adventures of Captain McCargo. Random House, 1956. 245 p.

Picturesque saga of Captain "Thunder Bay" McCargo of the schooner MINONG -- Great Lakes skipper, lover, and adventurer par excellence.

Rawlings, Charles

Jarge Makes In. Saturday Evening Post, October 3, 1936.

Short story. Doryman adrift off Newfoundland but survives. Collected in The Saturday evening post reader of sea stories

Cargo of Gold. Saturday Evening Post, April 8, 1961.

Short story. Gold laden sloop found adrift off Florida.

Rayner, Denys Arthur (1908-1967)

The Enemy Below. Collins, 1956. 191 p.

A solitary British destroyer fights a German U-boat in the remote expanses of the South Atlantic in WW II.

The Long Fight. Holt, 1958. 181 p.

Fictionalised account of an actual three-day Indian Ocean frigate battle in 1808 in which HMS SAN FIORENZO defeated and captured the French PIEMONTAISE. Well written in spare, spartan terms.

The Long Haul. McGraw-Hill, 1960. 194 p.

A British Destroyer captain towing a disabled tanker tangles with a U-boat in a deadly game of cat and mouse to the death.

Reed, Don C.

The Kraken. Boyds Mills Press, Caroline House, 1995. 217 p.

Boy from 19th century Newfoundland fishing village battles giant squid. For young readers.

Reeman, Douglas (Alexander Kent) (1924- )

A Prayer For The Ship. Jarrolds, 1958. 254 p.

WW II adventure on British MTBs in the English Channel.

High Water. Jarrolds, 1959. 255 p.

RNVR veteran, finding it hard to make ends meet in postwar Britain, gets tangled up in smuggling and other criminal activities in an effort to pay off the debts on the boat he purchased for a charter service. Reeman's second novel.

Send a Gunboat. Jarrolds, 1960. 255 p.

Antiquated Royal Navy river gunboat and her disgraced captain are sent to evacuate British citizens from an island off the Chinese coast threatened by invasion by the Communist Chinese.

Dive in the Sun. Jarrolds, 1961. 257 p.

British midget submarine in action against the Germans in the Adriatic during WW I.

The Hostile Shore. Jarrolds, 1962. 223 p.

Early in WW II an old passenger launch is used in the flight from Singapore before the Japanese invasion and disappears. Rupert Blair's family were among the passengers. Twenty years later Blair, now rich and famous, has never forgotten or abandoned his obsessive need to find out exactly what had happened. He hires an old, beat up schooner with assorted misfits for a crew and hangers-on and finds his answers in the New Hebrides Islands. Not bad, but not up to Reeman's war novels.

The Last Raider. Jarrolds, 1963. 381 p.

A WW I German surface raider, and the relationship between the raider's captain and a female British captive.

With Blood And Iron. Jarrolds, 1964. 288 p.

The son of Captain Von Steiger of The Last Raider commands a small U-boat squadron based in a quiet French town on the Bay of Biscay in 1944, when Germany was losing "The War of the Atlantic".

H.M.S. Saracen. Jarrolds, 1965. 320 p.

WW I and WW II adventures of a Royal Navy monitor and the man who served on her as a midshipman in WW I, and captain in WW II.

Path of the Storm. Hutchinson, 1966. 320 p.

Superannuated USN subchaser is ordered to a desolate island group in South China Sea to prepare them for use as a naval base in 1965.

The Deep Silence. Hutchinson, 1967. 303 p.

A Royal Navy nuclear attack submarine is rushed through its trials and hastily ordered to the Far East for a geopolitical confrontation with the Chinese.

The Pride And The Anguish. Hutchinson, 1968. 320 p.

HMS PORCUPINE, a gunboat, in action against the Japanese invading the Malay penninsula from December '41 through February '42 -- including an escape to the Dutch East Indies during the fall of Singapore.

To Risks Unknown. Hutchinson, 1969. 320 p.

A British corvette's 1943 actions against the Nazis in the Adriaic Sea.

The Greatest Enemy. Hutchinson, 1970. 320 p.

A strong-willed captain takes a clapped-out WW II-era corvette into action against the Communist Chinese. The story takes place in the South China Sea in 1970.

Rendezvous - South Atlantic. Hutchinson, 1972. 320 p.

A British Armored Merchant Cruiser in action in WW II. The story ends in a climactic battle against a German heavy cruiser in the South Atlantic.

Go In and Sink! Hutchinson, 1973. 400 p.

US title: His Majesty's U-boat. German U-Boat, captured by the British, is pressed into service against her former owners.

The Destroyers. Hutchinson, 1974. 317 p.

A flotilla of eight V-class and W-class British destroyers in action in 1943 as the group is transferred to Special Operations.

Winged Escort. Hutchinson, 1976. 286 p.

British escort carrier group fights the Germans and Japanese in WW II.

Surface with Daring. Hutchinson, 1976. 272 p.

X-craft raid on Norway in 1944.

Strike From The Sea. Hutchinson, 1978. 255 p.

British seize and use a formerly French submarine that is a sister of the SURCOUF (8" gun turret) as a raider against the Japanese.

A Ship Must Die. Hutchinson, 1979. 285 p.

A British light cruiser seeks a German surface raider in the Indian and Pacific Oceans in 1944.

Torpedo Run. Hutchinson, 1981. 290 p.

A flotilla of British MTBs is transferred to the Black Sea in 1943 to assist the Soviets fight the Germans.

The Volunteers. Hutchinson, 1985. 280 p.

Special Operations units carrying out raids on enemy coasts and shipping in 1943-44.

The Iron Pirate. Putnam, 1986. 295 p.

Aboard the Kriegsmarine heavy cruiser PRINZ LUITPOLD in action against the Allies in the summer of 1944 as it prowls the Atlantic Ocean.

In Danger's Hour. Putnam, 1988. 319 p.

HM Minesweeper ROB ROY in action in the Mediterranean and English Channel during the last half of WW II.

The White Guns. Heinemann, 1989. 325 p.

It is May 1945. The Germans have just surrendered. But as a small flotilla of British light craft begin occupation duty in Kiel Harbor, they discover that enemies exist even in peacetime.

Killing Ground. Heinemann, 1991. 312 p.

Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the bridge of the destroyer HMS GLADIATOR on convoy escort duty.

Sunset. Heinemann, 1994. 276 p.

LCDR Brooks, aboard HMS SERPENT in Hong Kong just prior to Japanese attack in 1941, refuses to admit defeat.

A Dawn Like Thunder. Heinemann, 1996. 258 p.

The human torpedo is the ultimate weapon in a high-risk war, and only men of extreme courage or recklessness volunteer for the Special Operations requiring its use.

Battlecruiser. Heinemann, 1997. 274 p.

Follows the fictitious HMS RELIANT, a battlecruiser from WW I, on convoy duty in the Atlantic during WW II.

For Valour. Heinemann, 2000. 292 p.

Odds are long for the British destroyers assigned to escort vital northern convoys through the bitter Arctic Sea in the bloodiest days of WWII. Commander Graham Martineau, still haunted by the loss of his ship and crew to Nazi destroyers, must take on a new command: the Tribal Class destroyer Hakka.

Twelve Seconds to Live. Heinemann, 2002. 310 p.

The mine is an impartial killer, and a lethal challenge to the men of the Royal Navy's special countermeasures. Lt-Commander David Masters, haunted by a glimpse of the mine that destroyed his first and only command. Lt Chris Foley, mine-laying off the enemy coast rolls on an uneasy sea with a live mine jammed by a broken release bracket. And Sub-Lt Michael Lincoln, hailed as a hero, but dreading exposure as a coward even more than the gentle whirr of the activated fuse which signals the last twelve seconds of his life.

The Glory Boys. Arrow, 2008. 312 p.

They are called The Glory Boys, by those who regard their exploits with envy or contempt. Bob Kearton is one of them. Already a veteran and survivor of the close action in the English Channel and North Sea, in January of 1943, he is ordered to the Mediterranean and beleagured Malta, a mere sixty miles from occupied Sicily.

Blackwood - Royal Marines series:

  1. Badge of Glory. Hutchinson, 1982. 336 p.

    Captain Phillip Blackwood, Royal Marines, and his marine contingent in action battling slavers off the coast of West Africa, from the 90 gun HMS AUDACIOUS, and his further adventures in the Crimea during the 1840s.

  2. The First to Land. Hutchinson, 1984. 294 p.

    Captain David Blackwood, Royal Marines, takes his men into action during the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900.

  3. The Horizon. Heinemann, 1993. 289 p.

    The novel covers the Gallipoli campaign and the story of the Naval Division in Flanders during WW I.

  4. Dust on the Sea. Heinemann, 1999. 304 p.

    The Mediterranean, 1943: At long last the British Army has won a victory, and Rommel's Afrika Korps is in retreat. Into this new phase of the war comes Captain Mike Blackwood, Royal Marine Commando.

  5. Knife Edge. Heinemann, 2004. 279 p.

    Set in fifties Malaya and Singapore, at the height of the new terrorist attempts to subvert the creation of the new federation. The Royal Marines, the Commandoes, were used in jungle operations at a time when it was said that the post-war promise of a stable Malaya was on a knife-edge.

Reid, Captain Mayne (1818-1883)

The Boy Tar, or A Voyage in the Dark. Ticknor and Fields, 1860. 356 p.

Young Philip Forster runs away and tries to join the ship INCA, bound for Peru, but the captain and crew just laugh at the wee lad, but he manages to stow away in the hold. He falls asleep and awakes to find that he's been trapped in the pitch dark hold! A horrifying ordeal follows, as he tries to escape to daylight.

The Ocean Waifs, A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea. Ticknor and Fields, 1865. 366 p.

A tale of adventure and shipwreck, for the juvenile reader.

Reit, Seymour

Ironclad! : A true story of the Civil War. Dodd, Mead, 1977. 92 p.

Presents the historic Civil War battle between two ironclad ships, the MERRIMAC and the MONITOR, from the viewpoint of a youth serving aboard the MONITOR.

Reynolds, Howard

The Defector. Viking, 1986. 327 p.

A Soviet physicist defects to the West with a devise capable of crippling Russian submarines

Rhinehart, Luke (pseud. George Cockcroft) (1932- )

Long Voyage Back. Delacorte, 1983. 395 p.

Family and friends are sailing Chesapeake Bay in a trimaran on a pleasure cruise when WW III breaks out, and are forced to use the sea to survive the ensuing holocaust.

Ricci, Lewis Anselm de Costa (pseud. Bartimeus)

Action Stations! Little, Brown, 1941. 262 p.

Short story collection: The pitcher that goes to the well -- The beaches of Dunkirk -- Au Clair de la Lune -- Ishmael -- The hunters -- The eggshell went to sea -- Captains of the convoy -- Escort -- Cornet solo -- The "Altmark" adventure -- Sea brooms -- The ultimate factor -- The stunt -- The kill.

Richards, Alun (1929- )

Ennal's Point. Joseph, 1977. 239 p.

About the fortunes and misfortunes of a small village RNLI lifeboat and crew in England and the closely linked tragedies of two lost lifeboats.

Against the Waves. Joseph, 1978. 414 p.

Reprinted under the title: The Second Penguin book of Sea Stories. An anthology of stories under sail and steam across the oceans of the world.

Richards, Jessica

Mistress of the Western Wind. Jove, 1980. 318 p.

Young wife follows clipper ship captain to see, winds up taking ship around Cape Horn by herself. Based, at least loosely, on an actual event.

Richardson, Comdr. Justin, RNVR

The Phony Phleet. F. Muller, 1946. 155 p.

Verse of the Royal Navy kind. Many were first published in PUNCH magazine.

Riker, H. Jay (pseud. William H Keith) (1950- )

Silent Service series:

  1. Grayback Class. Avon, 2000. 421 p.

    A platoon of SEALS aboard a near obsolete Grayback Class boat has to get into the port of Russia's new Akula submarine.

  2. Los Angeles Class. Avon, 2001. 410 p.

    Military Intelligence has sent reports of an awesome new Soviet sub that no one in the West has ever seen before in the Russian-patrolled seas off the Kamchacka Peninsula. Now Tom Gorden, new commander of the Los Angeles Class submarine Pittsburgh, must transport a hand-picked team of U.S. Navy SEALs into hostile waters and go up against the phantom boat -- even at the risk of a shooting war. But the enemy has its own reasons for luring U.S. forces onto Russian turf. And there is a highly placed spy in the American ranks who may, even now, be leading a boat full of brave men to their doom.

  3. Seawolf Class. Avon, 2002. 410 p.

    World War Three now seems inevitable. And the fate of the Earth suddenly rests with the commander and crew of the U.S.S. Seawolf, lead boat of America's newest class of ultrasilent attack submarines. For this battle can only be won beneath the surface of a turbulent sea -- where the enemy rules in firepower and numbers...and will not relent, even at the cost of the future.

  4. Virginia Class. Avon, 2004. 420 p.

    The U.S.S. Virginia -- the first in the most technologically advanced new class of U.S. attack submarines -- sets sail, even as the Navy's high-tech submarine program falls under attack from a Congress that believes it unneeded. But a threat no one anticipated is gliding silently through dangerous waters. A rogue Kilo-class submarine built by a shadowy and powerful ally has become the latest weapon in al Qaeda's terrorist arsenal.

  5. Ohio Class. Avon, 2006. 404 p.

    Once the frontline weapon of America's nuclear Navy, they served vigilantly throughout the Cold War. Now an even more sinister enemy is preparing to strike -- and an upgraded Ohio Class is armed for action.

Rivette, Marc (1916-1982)

The Incident. World, 1957. 313 p.

In the far Pacific off the usual shipping lanes, an unidentified submarine sinks an American merchantman in peacetime.

Roark, Garland (George Garland) (1904-1985)

Wake of the Red Witch. Little, Brown, 1946. 434 p.

In 1939 the captain of the last of the sailing trading ships in the South Seas hunts for sunken treasure and fights for control of a trading empire.

Fair Wind to Java. Doubleday, 1948. 370 p.

Adventures aboard a clipper ship on a voyage to Java and the East.

Rainbow in the Royals. Doubleday, 1950. 307 p.

Two brothers race their clippers from Boston to San Francisco for gold, glory and the (what else?) hand of a beautiful woman.

Slant of the Wild Wind. Doubleday, 1952. 284 p.

Captain Redd of the LADY OF GLASGOW overtakes sister ship CASTELREAGH, takes gold, gets in trouble. Set in the 1890s.

The Wreck of the Running Gale. Doubleday, 1953. 310 p.

A man evens the score after an attack by a Confenderate privateer.

Star in the Rigging; A Novel of the Texas Navy. Doubleday, 1954. 345 p.

Captain Jeremiah Brown of the Texas Navy (4 ships, amigo!) battles Mexican batteries during the war for Texas independence.

The Outlawed Banner. Doubleday, 1956. 379 p.

On board Confederate and Federal ships during the Civil War.

The Lady and the Deep Blue Sea. Doubleday, 1958. 256 p.

Wife joins the captain of a clipper for a race from Melbourne to Boston.

Tales of the Caribbean. Doubleday, 1959. 282 p.

Collection of short stories set in the Caribbean during the 20th century: The Manchineel; Mr. Gilespie; Banana Run; The Ship that Vanished; The Strangler Vine; Our Lady of the Watch.

Should the Wind be Fair. Doubleday, 1960. 529 p.

The Witch of Mange Reiva. Doubleday, 1962. 411 p.

Bay of Traitors. Doubleday, 1966. 330 p.

Doctor falsely outcast at home finds romance, intrigue, and self-discovery in the South Seas.

Angels in Exile. Doubleday, 1967. 430 p.

Roberts, Kenneth (1885-1957)

Arundel: being the recollections of Steven Nason of Arundel, in the Province of Maine, attached to the secret expedition led by Colonel Benedict Arnold against Quebec and later a captain in the Continental army serving at Valcour Island, Bemis Heights, and Yorktown. Doubleday, Doran, 1930. 618 p.

A young innkeeper in Maine tells of the terrible journey made by Colonial Benedict Arnold and his soldiers through the wilderness to Quebec, many months before the Declaration of Independence, in a vain-attempt to dislodge the British.

The Lively Lady : a chronicle of certain men of Arundel in Maine, of privateering during the war of impressments, and of the circular prison on Dartmoor. Doubleday, Doran, 1931. 374 p.

Follows the fortunes of Richard Nason, a Maine sailing master and privateer who is captured and imprisoned by the British during the War of 1812. Roberts writes of the courage of American privateers during the war and the sufferings of thousands of American seamen in the infamous Dartmoor Prison.

Rabble in Arms : a chronicle of Arundel and the Burgoyne invasion. Doubleday, Doran, 1933. 870 p.

Dramatic, though somewhat old-fashioned novel of Benedict Arnold's 1776-77 campaigns from Canada to Saratoga. It focuses on the construction of his fleet and the battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain.

Captain Caution : a chronicle of Arundel. Doubleday, Doran, 1934. 310 p.

It is 1812 and America has declared war on Britain. The American ship OLIVE BRANCH is waylaid by a British cruiser. Captain Dorman is killed, and his crew is taken prisoner, including the captain's pretty and strong-willed daughter, Corunna. Roberts portrays the bravery of American seamen, their sufferings within the mist-shrouded walls of Dartmoor Prison, the invention of the gangway pendulum, and the sailor's dangerous and dramatic escape.

Northwest Passage. Doubleday, Doran, 1937. 709 p.

Novel follows the career of Major Rogers, whose incredible exploits during the French and Indian Wars are told through Langdon Towne, an artist and Harvard student who flees trouble to join the army. Includes an ice excursion to seek for a water passage to the Pacific.

Oliver Wiswell. Doubleday, Doran, 1940. 836 p.

Presents the Tory point of view of the American Revolution, including significant sea-based sections.

Lydia Bailey. Doubleday, 1947. 499 p.

Americans involved in Toussaint L'Ouverture's revolt in Haiti and at war with the "Barbary Pirates".

Boon Island. Doubleday, 1956. 275 p.

Shipwreck on barren Boon Island in the Gulf of Maine during the winter of 1710.

Robertson, John T.

Corvette Patrol. John Spencer, 1959. 162 p.

Novel, told in first person, about a Royal Navy corvette, HMS GARGOYLE, as it participates in a raid on Norway and Operation Pedestal in the Mediterranean. Style similar to Barton's THOSE WHO SERVE.

Robertson, Morgan (1861-1915)

The Wreck of the Titan, or, Futility. M.F. Mansfield, 1898. 145 p.

A gigantic, unsinkable steamship, the TITAN strikes an iceberg while recklessly racing across the Atlantic from England to the US on it's maiden voyage. In some ways eerily close to the TITANIC disaster, but in other ways very different.

Spun-yarn Sea Stories. Harper, 1898. 214 p.

The Slumber of a Soul: A tale of a Mate and a Cook; The Survival of the Fittest; A Creature of Circumstance; The Derelict Neptune; Honor Among Thieves.

The Three Laws and the Golden Rule. McClure, 1898. 249 p.

The Three Laws and the Golden Rule; The Americans; Dignity; The Honeymoon Ship; The Third Mate; Through the Deadlight; The Hairy Devil; The Slumber of a Soul; Honor Among Thieves; The Survival of the Fittest; A Creature of Circumstance.

"Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Tales of the Sea. Century, 1899. 302 p.

"Where Angels Fear to Tread"; The Brain of the Battle-Ship; The Wigwag Message; The Trade-Wind; Salvage; Between the Millstones; The Battle of the Monsters; From the Royal-Yard Down; Needs Must When the Devil Drives; When Greek Meets Greek; Primordial.

Masters of Men : a romance of the new navy. Doubleday, Page, 1901. 335 p.

Dick Halpin, 15, joins the US Navy at the time of the Spanish-American War, fights in Cuba.

Land Ho! Harper & Brothers, 1905. 321 p.

Stories: The Dollar; The Ship-Owner; The Wave; The Cook and the Captain; The Line of Least Resistance; The Lobster; On Board the Athol; The Magnetized Man; The Mistake; The Submarine Destroyer; The Dancer; On the Rio Grande.

Down to the Sea. Harper & Brothers, 1914. 311 p.

Stories: The Closing of the Circuit; A Cow, Two Men, and a Parson; The Rivals; A Chemical Comedy; A Hero of the Cloth; The Subconscious Finnegan; The Torpedo; The Submarine; Fifty Fathoms Down; The Enemies; The Vitality of Dennis; The Helix; The Shark; The Mutiny.

Robertson, Terence

The Hurricane. Ballentine, 1960. 143 p.

Four-piper destroyer in Royal Navy service endures a North Atlantic hurricane during escort duty in December 1942.

Robeson, Kenneth (pseud. Lester Dent) (1904-1959)

The Submarine Mystery. Doc Savage, June 1938.

The Man of Bronze investigates modern-day piracy when a Navy sub is destroyed off of Boston Harbor, and it's only survivor is found to be speaking an obscure 16th-century dialect.

Robinson, Bill (1918- )

Destruction at Noonday. Sheridan House, 1992. 211 p.

Nautical peril and adventure aboard ship after a devastating shoreside earthquake. A first novel by the former editor of YACHTING.

Robinson, Kim Stanley (1952- )

Black Air. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 1983.

Speculative fiction about the Spanish Armada. Robinson describes the conditions well, giving the inside dope on the rush job on some of the ships. We follow the teenage protagonist through his unusual spiritual development, where he learns the talent of seeing souls (as a flame above the head) from a friar on board.

Robinson, Patrick (1940- )

Admiral Arnold Morgan series:

  1. Nimitz Class. HarperCollins, 1997. 411 p.

    A nuclear powered Nimitz class carrier, the THOMAS JEFFERSON, suddenly vaporises, with the loss of 6000 men, in a nuclear explosion whilst exercising with her battle group in the Indian Ocean. A tragic accident that could cast doubt on the wisdom of American naval policy is the first thought that grips a grieving nation. The reader knows better - a nuclear-armed torpedo from a well-placed conventional submarine is to blame. We follow America's doubts, then resolution, as the villain is tracked down.

  2. Kilo Class. HarperCollins, 1998. 442 p.

    Set in the early years of the first decade of the twenty-first century when China places an order for ten Kilo class conventional submarines, almost undetectable and armed with nuclear torpedoes, from Russia. The chief of America's National Security Agency believes China's intention is to deny America access to the Taiwan Strait whilst they regain Taiwan back into Beijing's fold. This is so against America's interest that a "black" operation is instigated to prevent the Kilos ever reaching China. Concurrently Taiwan is clandestinely developing nuclear weapons at a secret island base. The part dealing with Russia's inland waterway system is extremely interesting and the story enfolds at a cracking pace.

  3. HMS Unseen. HarperCollins, 1999. 440 p.

    Gets off to a great start, many of the main characters are from the author's previous novels. This story involves the Iraqi submarine commander from THE NIMITZ. Sadam Hussein ungratefully wants him killed so he offers his services to Iran. Using a stolen conventional submarine imaginatively fitted with a new Russian guided missile system he sets out to terrorise the world which, as planned, believes Iraq is to blame.

  4. U.S.S. Seawolf. HarperCollins, 2000. 436 p.

    Espionage and the theft of military technology have enabled the Chinese to build a fleet of powerful warships. When the submarine "Seawolf" falls to enemy hands, the power balance shifts.

  5. The Shark Mutiny. HarperCollins, 2001. 463 p.

    Chinese admirals team up with the mullahs of Tehran to set up a massive minefield across the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, directly in the path of the world's oil tankers; destroying them will drive world oil prices through the stratosphere and derail the global economy. And the submarine USS Shark is in the thick of it.

  6. Barracuda 945. HarperCollins, 2003. 440 p.

    National security advisor Arnold Morgan faces his toughest adversary in a military genius who heads the Middle East's most vicious terrorist group and who has taken over a sophisticated and deadly Russian nuclear submarine.

  7. Scimitar SL-2. HarperCollins, 2004. 420 p.

    When terrorist Ravi Rashood plots to blow up a volcano and trigger a tsunami that will have devastating consequences for America, U.S. Admiral Arnold Morgan races against time to prevent the attack.

  8. Hunter Killer. HarperCollins, 2005. 453 p.

    When a rogue Saudi Arabian prince plots a coup d'etat with the assistance of the French, American admiral Arnold Morgan is assigned to counter the work of terrorist Ravi Rashood in the face of mounting international opposition.

  9. Ghost Force. HarperCollins, 2006. 418 p.

    The year is 2011, and Russia is poised to help Argentina blast its way into the Falkland Islands, to hurl the ruling British out of the South Atlantic forever. Enraged at this act of international piracy, Great Britain dispatches a battle fleet to the islands for the second time in thirty years.

  10. To the Death. Vanguard, 2008. 383 p.

    When Admiral Arnold Morgan breaks up a terrorist cell in the U.S. following a bombing at Boston's Logan Airport, the Hamas high command, led by Morgan's old enemy, Ravi Rashood, vows to assassinate the admiral when he leaves American soil.

Navy Seal Lt. Commander Mack Bedford series:

  1. Diamondhead. Vanguard, 2009. 408 p.

    After Iraqi insurgents kill his fellow officers, Navy SEAL Mack Bedford sets out for revenge, ultimately becoming involved in a plot to assassinate a French politician. At the same time, Mack must work out a way for his dying son to receive the costly and experimental medical treatment that may save his life.

  2. Intercept. Vanguard, 2010. 334 p.

    After a liberal judge releases four al-Qaeda terrorists, they slip away from CIA surveillance and disappear into the mountains of Pakistan, and soon the CIA learns that an attack on the U.S. mainland is imminent, an attack that can only be stopped by retired Navy SEAL Mack Bedford.

  3. The Delta Solution. Vanguard, 2011. 328p.

    After Somali pirates capture two U.S. ships, Mack Bedford and the Navy SEALs' Delta Platoon are tasked with not only rescuing the ships, but also completely obliterating all pirates operating in the Indian Ocean.

Rock, Philip (1927-2004)

The Extraordinary Seaman. Meredith, 1967. 250 p.

A US Navy officer and four sailors stranded in the Philippines in the aftermath of the Japanese invasion in 1941 find a potential escape in an old Royal Navy river patrol boat at one of the islands south of Luzon. With the boat's captain, a RN Lt. Commander who is always immaculately dressed, the widow of US businessman killed by the strafing Japanese, and some friendly Moros, they set out on a journey for Australia. But as the voyage progresses it becomes obvious to the American Lt. jg that there is something strange and unearthly about Commander Finchhaven. Lots of fun to read. Made into a movie starring David Niven, Fay Dunaway, and Mickey Rooney.

Rockwood, Roy (pseud.)

Under the ocean to the South pole: or, The strange cruise of the submarine wonder. Cupples & Leon, 1907. 248 p.

The Speedwell boys in a submarine: or, the lost treasure of Rocky Cove. Cupples & Leon, 1913. 204 p.

Roddy, Lee (1921- )

Search for the Avenger. Accent, 1980. 160 p.

Twin brothers get separated in infancy. One is raised in a whaling ship, the other stands to inherit fortune. Set in Hawaii.

Secret of the Sunken Sub. Focus on the Family, 1990. 148 p.

When twelve-year-old Josh witnesses the sinking of a Soviet robot submarine off the coast of a Hawaiian island, he becomes the quarry of Russian spies racing to beat the United States Navy to the sub and its secrets.

Rohan, Michael Scott

Chase the Morning. W. Morrow, 1990. 334 p.

In thes science fiction novel our hero gets into a street fight, is saved by aliens from another world, and boards a sailing ship from 1700s for piracy, swordplay and sea battles. Wild stuff!

Rohmer, Richard (1924- )

Periscope Red. Beaufort Books, 1980. 282 p.

Root, Corwin

An American, Sir. Dutton, 1940. 383 p.

Set during the War of 1812. Jeremy Peabody, son of a wealthy Boston family, having made a fiasco of his life at home, runs away to New York, boards a privateer, and lands in the thick of the war and a succession of hot-water episodes. Taken prisoner by the British he escapes, only to be captured by Americans who doubt his nationality until he finally gets a chance to fight with his own countrymen and is reprieved by General Jackson.

Roosa, Valerie

Henry Stapleton series:

  1. True Colors. Xlibris, 2006. 197 p.

    The main character Henry Stapleton has been press-ganged into the British Navy at the onset of the war of 1812. He is torn away from his wife and family in opposition to British law. As a Methodist minister he is supposed to be exempt from such outrageous practice. But it is too late! Being in the wrong place at the wrong time Henry finds himself on board a British frigate, and forced to serve his country by participating in war at sea, along with twelve other men who have also been captured.

  2. Shadow on the Water. Xlibris, 2008. 286 p.

    A mysterious turn of events during the war of 1812 sends Henry Stapleton, a victim of the British press gangs at the beginning of the war, into dangerous circumstances in Boston. His loyalties are pushed to the limits as he risks a daring escape on a privateering schooner, and ends up dueling with her captain. Who are his friends, and who are his enemies within the political and naval maelstrom of war?

Roscoe, W. F. (1885- )

Icebound. Vantage Press 1954. 132 p.

Autobiographical novel about a salmon fishing voyage in Alaska during World War I.

Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, (1828-1882)

"The White Ship" in "Ballads and Sonnets". Ellis and White 1881.

Long poem about the loss of King Henry's son and heir.

Rossi, Mitchell Sam

Truk Lagoon. Pinnacle, 1988. 384 p.

An American submarine laden with a fortune in gems heads for a rendezvous with the enemy in the war-ravaged Pacific, a mission that will brand the brave crew as traitors for generations to come. Fourty years later a young ex-naval officer driven by the dictates of honor is targeted for death in a frantic sea hunt to recover the lost secrets of civilization. The two stories link together to unleash a savage storm of violence, treachery, and greed on a tropic island paradise.

Rossman, Parker

Pirate Slave. T. Nelson, 1977. 148 p.

A twelve-year-old boy captured by Muslim pirates is forced into a life of piracy and slave trading.

Rostand, Robert (pseud. Robert S Hopkins)

Cross Currents. Pinnacle, 1985. 307 p.

White slaving and drugs in the Med, stir in a few ex-Nazis and season with a sprinkle of Mossad.

Rowland, Henry C. (1874-1933)

Hirondelle. Harper & Row, 1922. 321 p.

Russell, S. Thomas (Sean) (1952- )

Charles Hayden series:

  1. Under Enemy Colours. G.P. Putnam's, 2007. 486 p.

    His career challenged by a mixed heritage in spite of his loyalty to the king of England, French Revolution-era naval officer Charles Saunders Hayden finds himself aboard an aging frigate that becomes subject to violent crew outbursts and mutiny.

  2. A Battle Won. G.P. Putnam's, 2010. 457 p.

    After being tasked with taking HMS Themis into battle against the French for the strategically located island of Corsica, Master and Commander Charles Hayden soon must land his ship on Corsica, where his men join forces with native insurgents.

  3. A Ship of War. Michael Joseph, 2012. 512 p.

    Charles Hayden sets off aboard the ill-fated HMS Themis with orders to destroy a French frigate sailing from Le Havre and to gather intelligence from a royalist spy. On discovering French plans for an imminent invasion of England, Hayden must return to Portsmouth to give warning before it's too late. U.S. title: Take, Burn and Destroy.

  4. Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead. Putnam, 2014. 448 p.

    Under the command of the steadfast Captain Charles Hayden, Royal Navy frigate HMS Themis is sent across the Atlantic to counter the threat of the French forces in the West Indies. But before she strikes port in Barbados, the Themis intercepts a single boat adrift in the middle of the ocean - its sole occupants, two young Spanish noblemen. But not is all as it seems with Hayden's unexpected guests..

Russell, William Clark (1844-1911)

John Holdsworth, Chief Mate. S. Low Marston, Low, & Searle, 1875. 3 v.

The Wreck of the Grosvenor: an account of the mutiny of the crew and the loss of the ship when trying to make the Bermudas. S. Low Marston, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1877. 3 v.

This gripping tale of the sea follows the disastrous of the Grosvenor of the British voyage Mercantile Marine, bound for Valparaiso. Aboard are a brutal and inhuman captain and chief mate. Mr. Royle, the ship's second mate, is our hero. Buffetted by the crew's mutiny and the captain's murder, and initiated into seamanship via brutal storms and a shipwreck, Mr. Royle rises to the rank of captain and gallantly proceeds to rescue a beautiful, wealthy young lady and her ailing father.

A Sailor's Sweetheart: An account of the wreck of the sailing ship WALDERSHARE, from the narrative of Mr. William Lee, second mate. Sampson Law, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1880. 3 v.

My Watch Below; or, Yarns Spun When Off Duty. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882. 248 p.

Round the Galley Fire: a collection of maritime sketches. Chatto & Windus, 1883. 308 p.

The Sea Queen. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1883. 3 v.

Young lady finally gets to sea with her captain husband for a mutiny, hurricane, fire at sea, fever, and other adventures.

Ocean Free Lance : from a privateersman's log, 1812. R. Bentley, 1881. 3 v.

The Death Ship: a strange story; an account of a cruise in "The Flying Dutchman," collected from the papers of the late Mr. Geoffrey Fenton, of Poplar, master mariner. Hurst and Blackett, 1888. 3 v.

The Mystery of the Ocean Star : a collection of maritime sketches. Chatto & Windus, 1888. 311 p.

An Ocean Tragedy. Chatto & Windus, 1890. 3 v.

Mad Sir Wilfred's wife has run off with the dashing Colonel Hope-Kennedy in the schooner yacht SHARK, and Sir Wilfred means to get her back. Sir Wilfred has armed his yacht, the BRIDE, with a long, brass 18-pounder and gone after the fleeing couple. The events are many, including the unfortunate death of a Portuguese seaman at the hands of the 18-pounder, the haunting of the BRIDE, the fortuitous capture of the two "lovers" in mid-ocean, the duel on the quarterdeck, the wreck of the BRIDE on the volcanic island that wasn't supposed to be there, and, best of all, the fossilized galleon on the crest of the island that can only be inhabited by the castaways after the water is drained out of her. "There's a reason that Russell was considered among the finest writers of sea stories at the time, and a reason why Melville dedicated one of his books to Russell, and Russell dedicated this one to him. An extraordinary work." [DG]

What Cheer?: the sad story of a wicked sailor. Cassell, 1896. 464 p.

The Yarn of Old Harbour Town. T. Fisher Unwin, 1905. 454 p.

The tale of the kidnapping of a sea captain's daughter, his frantic pursuit of her, and a fight in the English Channel. Enlivening the novel is an unforgettable cameo appearance by Admiral Lord Nelson.


Sabatini, Rafael (1875-1950)

The Sea Hawk. M. Secker, 1915. 362 p.

An English renegade who becomes a Barbary corsair and preys on the Spanish -- and others -- in the Elizabethan era.

Captain Blood, his Odyssey. Grosset & Dunlap, 1922. 356 p.

For treating a wounded nobleman who participated in the Monmouth rebellion, Dr. Peter Blood is condemned and sold as a slave in the Carribean. Taking advantage of a Spanish raid on the island on which he is held, Blood captures the Spaniard's ship, and embarks on the carreer of a buccaneer. Good fun.

Captain Blood Returns. Houghton Mifflin, 1931. 296 p.

Short stories about Blood's adventures as a buccaneer captain. Also published under the title: The Chronicles of Captain Blood.

The Black Swan. Houghton Mifflin, 1932. 311 p.

Pirates versus buccaneers in the 17th century Caribbean.

The Fortunes of Captain Blood. Houghton Mifflin, 1936. 240 p.

More short stories about Blood's adventures as a buccaneer captain.

Columbus, a romance. Hutchinson, 1941. 304 p.

Depicts the life of Christopher Columbus at the Spanish court, his voyages across the Atlantic Ocean in which he discovered the Americas and his relationship with the mother of his second son Beatriz Enríquez de Arana, who he never married. Originally a screenplay.

A Century of Sea Stories. Hutchinson, 1935. 1024 p.

Contents: Tempest / Charles Dickens -- Mutiny of the "Speedwell" / R. Austin Freeman -- The sword of Islam -- The treasure ship / Rafael Sabatini -- Captain Belson's mate -- Duty / Albert Richard Wetjen -- The death of the white whale / Herman Melville -- The phantom ship -- Mr. Midshipman easy / Captain Marryat -- The merry men / Robert Louis Stevenson -- A speck on the sea / Thomas Hardy -- Queen of song / James Francis Dwyer -- How Gerard was saved from the wreck / Charles Reade -- The promotion of the admiral -- Jack-all-alone / Morley Roberts -- The story of Matthew Conolly / "Taffrail" -- Dead reckoning / Ralph Stock -- False colours / "Sinbad" -- Smoked skipper / W.W. Jacobs -- The captain's arm -- The murderer / Perceval Gibbon -- The last whale / J.J. Bell -- The golden ball -- The rebel / "Bartimeus" -- His duty -- Tramps / Boyd Cable -- The mermaid / George A. Birmingham -- Being ashore -- Ambitious Jimmy Hicks / John Masefield -- The great armada / Charles Kingsley -- The voyage / H.E. Bates -- Senta / Sir Max Pemberton -- Mr. Harrington's wife / W. Townend -- The tow / Cutcliffe Hyne -- The sealing of Zeebrugge / Sir Archibald Hurd -- The phantom island / Washington Irving -- A descent into the maelstrom / Edgar Allan Poe -- High-water mark / Francis Bret Harte -- Macassar to the Aru Islands / Alfred Russel Wallace -- The "Heart's Desire" / H.M. Tomlinson -- The catch of the season / Stephen Reynolds -- Ninety days / J.F. Wilson -- The innocents abroad / Mark Twain -- The South Pole / Jules Verne -- The landfall / Captain David Bone -- The disappearance of the "'Waratah" / J.G. Lockhart -- An adventure with a derelict / W. Clark Russell -- Boarding masters / Alexander H. Bone -- Engine-room stuff / William McFee -- The secret sharer / Joseph Conrad -- Two years before the mast / R.H. Dana -- Out of the depths / W. Guy Carr -- The coffin ship / F. Tennyson Jesse -- The fringe of calamity / Victor MacClure -- The message / H. de Vere Stacpoole.

Sadler, S. Whitechurch (Samuel Whitchurch) (?-1890)

Adventures of Marshall Vavasour, Midshipman. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1873. 160 p.

The African Cruiser: A midshipman's adventures on the West Coast. Henry S. King, 1873. 197 p.

The Slave-Dealer of the Coanza: A naval story. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1874. 127 p.

Perilous Seas and How Oriana Sailed Them, a naval romance. Marcus Ward, 1875. 298 p.

The Ship of Ice : a strange story of the polar seas. Marcus Ward, 1875. 279 p.

The Last Cruise of the Ariadne and What Befell Her Passenger. Marcus Ward, 1876. 300 p.

The Flag Lieutenant: a Story of the Slave Squadron. Marcus Ward, 1877. 1 v.

Slavers and Cruisers : a tale of the West Coast. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1881. 384 p.

Set during the Anglo-French campaign against slavers in the mid-19th century. Midshipman Claude Sefton, age 18, having two years experience in the Royal Navy, is put in command of a slaving schooner captured on the coast of Angola. Surviving attack by the slavers, sinking, and capture by African slave dealers, he displays courage and resourcefulness in re-capturing a British merchant vessel and rescuing his beautiful sister-in-law who happens to be aboard.

The Good Ship Barbara, a story of two brothers. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1882. 370 p.

Pirate's Creek: A story of treasure-quest. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1883. 318 p.

After the death of his father, a Naval Lieutenant, Harry Treverton sets off for London to seek aid from a relative.

The Adventurous Voyage of the "Polly," and Other Yarns. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1886. 320 p.

Sahin, Ozgur K.

Brethren of the Spanish Main series:

  1. The Wrath of Brotherhood. Amazon Digital, 2014. 414 p.

    After learning of his sister's death at the hands of pirates, successful merchant Captain Roy Toppings sails to the Caribbean on a misguided mission of vengeance against the man who failed to protect her: her Spanish widower, Pablo Francisco. In the climate of the Restoration-era Caribbean colonies, where scheming and stealth could yield a prize as readily as boldness and firepower, Roy's vendetta lands him and his small but talented privateer crew in the middle of political intrigue and a deadly invasion in the West Indies as the nations of Europe struggle to consolidate power in anticipation of new monarchs in England and France.

Sale, Richard (1911-1993)

Is a Ship Burning? Cassell, 1937. 260 p.

John Banion, communications officer aboard a luxury cruise ship, receives a telegraph message from another ship 40 miles away. The other ship sees a glow in the sky and asks if a ship is burning. As the passengers escape the burning vessel, the radio man etches their lives and stories and personalities in swift sketches. Sale later adapted and directed his novel in "Abandon Ship" (1957).

Sanders, Leonard

Act of war : a novel of love and treason. Simon and Schuster, 1982. 396 p.

During World War II, former U-boat captain Walther Von Beck and Rachel, a German Jewess working for the Nazis to save her imprisoned family, carry out a plan to destroy the liner "Normandie" docked in New York.

Savage, Douglas

Incident in Mona Passage. Combined Books, 1994. 432 p.

A US sub conducts a top secret biowar experiment that goes wrong. The sub seeks a solution to the sickness as another sub stalks it.

Savage, Les

Danger Rides the River : a frontier story. Five Star, 2002. 408 p.

Expanded from Silver Street Woman (Hanover House, 1954). Just a few years before the War of 1812, Natchez-Under-the-Hill rang with the cries of hawkers and harlots, the curses of brawling river boatmen and the clank of slave chains. It was a lusty and turbulent time on the mighty Mississippi. Owen Naylor and Charlotte Dumaine are united in their effort to put steam power on the river, an idea that threatens the traditional reign of the keelboats. They must pit their strength and will against the river's treachery and the men who are willing to fight steam with fire, violence and bloodshed. Against this backdrop is the dramatic Battle of New Orleans with the ragtag Americans under the command of Andrew Jackson-a handful of troops standing alone against thousands of British regulars poised to seize the city and control the Mississippi.

Schaill, William S. (1944- )

Cabot Station. Walker, 1990. 243 p.

Once central to the US Navy’s anti-submarine warning network, Cabot Station is now obsolete. Then, a mystery submarine is found abandoned nearby and Cabot’s 70 men and women are plunged into a bloodchilling battle for survival against time and the icy terrors of the merciless deep.

Seaglow. Dorchester, 1998. 360 p.

A Soviet submarine sinks off Puerto Rico during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Years later, Al Madeira is hired by the Russian Federation to salvage the sub because its experimental plutonium reactor is leaking radiation. Madeira finds himself caught between the US and Russian governments, the Russian Mob and Saddam Hussein.

The Wreck of Misericordia. Leisure, 1999. 358 p.

Cuban-American syndicate hires Al Madeira to salvage a rich treasure galleon. The syndicate says the recovered artifacts are for a Cuban Heritage museum but the Cuban government is convinced the treasure will be used to fund dissidents and will stop at nothing to destroy the operation.

Schenck, Hilbert. (1926-2013)

Wave Rider. Pocket Books, 1980. 237 p.

Collection of speculative nautical stories. Title short story is about a catamaran surfing some extremely high waves. "The Morphology of the Kirkham Wreck": A New England coastal rescue team creates alternative presents. "Three Days at the End of the World": Oceanic survey ship battles to forestall an ecological catastrophe. "Buoyant Ascent": an account of a rescue attempt of a sunken submarine.

At the Eye of the Ocean. Timescape, 1981. 224 p.

A young man in 19th century Cape Cod has an intuitive capacity to understand the inner shape of the ocean Under the Sea, which unveils to him a mystical enlightenment about the shape and outcome of human history. As a result, he and his wife almost become the messiahs of a new age.

A Rose for Armageddon. Timescape, 1982. 175 p.

A long ago love-affair between a mis-matched pair comes to fruition at the morphological heart of a Timeslip in the centre of an Island in the midst of the waters, leading to a form of liberation from (and possibly for) an Ecologically-degraded Near-Future world sliding into chaos.

Chronosequence. TOR, 1988. 314 p.

A small island off Martha's Vinyard contains a mystery from previous centuries whose solution involves the ocean, geography, time-slippage, an Alien presence, and, once again, the potential redemption of the world.

Schoonover, Lawrence L. (1906-1980)

The Gentle Infidel. Macmillan, 1950. 304 p.

The adventures of a Italian lad wrongly drafted into the Ottoman Janissaries during the reign of the sultan immediately before Mohammed the Conqueror. Has some very good descriptive material on the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The story of how the Sultan has his fleet carried over land into the Golden Horn, and why, is worth reading in itself, but there is more on the role of sea power. "...Very well written and an easy read." [LF]

The Revolutionary. Little, Brown, 1958. 495 p.

Yet another fictionalized bio of John Paul Jones.

Central Passage. W. Slone, 1962. 246 p.

Nuclear war blasts Panama to bits, opens a passage between the Atlantic and the Pacific.

Scortia, Thomas N. (1926-1986) and Robinson, Frank M. (1926-2014)

The Gold Crew. Warner, 1980. 435 p.

Psycological experiment (crew is led to believe the USSR has attacked the US) aboard a US Navy SSBN leads to big trouble under the Arctic Ocean.

Scott, Douglas (1926- )

The Burning of the Ships. Secker & Warburg, 1980. 436 p.

A merchant captain, surviving a torpedoing, gets rescued by Vichy forces attempting to recover Italian survivors from a torpedoed liner -- shades of the LACONIA. This gets him involved in a web of intrigue involving Vichy collaboration with the Germans, a sabotage ring burning Allied merchant ships, and a Soviet spy seeking to wreck Anglo-Allied cooperation.

Die for the Queen. Secker & Warburg, 1981. 300 p.

The British Admiralty sends the liner QUEEN ELIZABETH - the world’s then-largest liner - on her secret 1940 maiden voyage from Great Britain to the United States in what turned out to be a successful attempt to elude the German U-boats which were waiting for her.

Chains. Secker & Warburg, 1984. 342 p.

Merchant captain, captured by a German U-Boat crew after his ship is torpedoed and sunk, escapes from a special POW camp in France and finds himself enmeshed in a web of espionage and treachery in the days leading up to Allied invasion of Sicily.

The Albtross Run. Secker & Warburg, 1986. 300 p.

American war correspondent, recuperating from airplane crash injuries in Bombay get swept into the orbit of a hard-bitten, self-taught merchant captain who befriends the correspondent. The captain arranges for the correspondent -- who is trying to get to Sierra Leone -- to travel on his merchantman, which is making an unescorted passage from Bombay to Durban in the face of German and Japanese opposition. The captain faces down a Japanese raider, a typhoon, and a hostile crew, before the correspondent discovers that this hero is being destroyed by personal burdens. Good read.

Scott, J. M. (James Maurice) (1906-1986)

The Devil You Don't. Heinemann, 1967. 243 p.

Three Britons take a 20 ton yawl to South Trinidad Island off Brazil in search of treasure stolen during the Peruvian war of independence.

Scott, Justin

The Shipkiller. Dial, 1978. 340 p.

The story of a man whose sailboat was rammed by the largest tanker in the world. He lost his wife and swears that he is going to sink the ship. Will he make it? The story takes you all over the world. A well documented fiction but not far from reality.

Normandie Triangle. Arbor House, 1981. 475 p.

German saboteur who sank the NORMANDIE plans an encore by sinking the QUEEN MARY in New York harbor with 12,000 soldiers aboard. A naval architect working on salvaging the Normandie discovers the plot.

Scott, Michael (1789-1835)

Tom Cringle's Log. T. Cadell, 1833. 2 v.

First published as a series of sketches in Blackwood's Magazine 1829-33. Scott puts Tom in the Royal Navy in the years 1805-1812. Tom has many nautical adventures though the book is as much a travelogue as a nautical log. In some ways the book is reminiscent of Marryat and in other respects a precursor of O'Brian.

Scott, Sir Walter (1771-1832)

The Pirate. Constable, 1822. 3 v.

Makes the list due to some fifteen pages of shipboard activity and the fact that Scott's inaccurate picture of ocean life inspired James Fenimore Cooper to write THE PILOT (q.v.) as a corrective.

Scott, William Ralph (psued. Weldon Hill)

Onionhead. D. McKey, 1957. 378 p.

A fictionalisation of the author's WW II experiences in the US Coast Guard. Released as a motion picture in 1958.

Searls, Hank (1922- )

The Hero Ship. World, 1969. 302 p.

A retired mustang USN Captain seeks to block the CNO appointment of an officer that served under him during WW II because of an act of cowardice committed by the CNO candidate during a raid on Japan where their carrier gets hit by multiple kamikazes. The captain had backed off punishing the officer in 1945 because he was the only witness, and the officer had had an affair with the captain's wife while a midshipman at Annapolis.

Overboard. Norton, 1977. 283 p.

Yachtsman sailing the Pacific wakes up to discover that his wife has fallen overboard. Seventy miles from Tahiti he searches for her along the yacht's path.

Sounding. Random House, 1982. 214 p.

A sperm whale that wants to communicate with humans encounters a sonar officer in a Soviet nuclear submarine stranded on the ocean's bottom. Object: survival.

Sellwood, A. V.

Stand By to Die! White Lion, 1961. 128 p.

Extremely improbable novel about a Royal Navy river gunboat, built for China service but withdrawn to Singapore in 1940, that is trapped behind Japanese lines when Singapore falls. The crew attempts to escape to Australia, but encounters a Japanese invasion fleet in Indonesia, and goes down in a blaze of glory, with the survivors then continuing their efforts in small boats and with native assistance.

Senseney, Dan

Scanlon of the Sub Service. Doubleday, 1963. 142 p.

Teen joins the Navy, following family tradition by striking for submarines, experiences submarine training, and is posted on a nuclear sub heading for the North Pole. For young Readers.

Setlowe, Richard

The Black Sea. Ticknor & Fields, 1991. 413 p.

The Soviet luxury liner BLACK SEA is highjacked by Moslem fundamentalist pirates in the Singapore Strait, who then hide her up an uncharted jungle river. A US destroyer captain tries his darndest to find and rescue the hostages. A thriller about the new world order.

Shannon, Dell (pseud. Elizabeth Linington) (1921-1988)

The Scalpel and the Sword. Morrow, 1987. 392 p.

Irish surgeon moves to London in 1803 to improve his fortune, then does a stint as a Royal Navy surgeon. He serves in the Mediterranean, and sees action at Trafalgar.

Shay, Edith Foley (1893-1961) and Smith, Katherine Foster (1896-1947)

The Private Adventure of Captain Shaw. Houghton Mifflin, 1945. 255 p.

Cape Cod captain's curious adventure in 1790s France leads to a prosperous voyage. Katherine Smith was the wife of John Dos Passos.

Shea, Philip

The Devil's Captain. Windsor, 1992. 318 p.

Bartholemew Roberts, forced to become a pirate when captured by them, becomes captain Black Bart Roberts, scourge of the Atlantic. Improbable but fun pirate adventure set during War of Jenkins' Ear.

Sheckley, Robert (1928-2005)

The Man in the Water : a novel of great tension. Regency, 1961. 158 p.

Two men struggle for possession of a small boat alone on the wasteland of the Sargasso Sea.

Sheldon, Charlie

The Boomerang Heist. Writer's Showcase, 2003. 286 p.

An investigative reporter is forced to take a voyage on a container ship crossing the Pacific to Seattle. A promotional cargo container, the Boomerang Box, which has been traveling the world as a high school project, will arrive in Seattle aboard that same ship and will be met by the President and seventeen other heads of state. Two hours after leaving Kobe, Japan, the ship is hijacked by terrorists.

Shellabarger, Samuel (1888-1954)

Lord Vanity. Little, Brown, 1953. 367 p.

From galley slave to the most dangerous swordsman in Europe in the 1750s.

Shelley, Sidney (1921- )

The Bowmanville Break. Delacorte, 1968. 242 p.

German prisoners of war are plotting a daring escape, and it's up to a brash Allied officer to stop them. The novel recounts the elaborate escape strategies used by the prisoners and the tactics the prison camp officials employed to track the escapees to the U-boats that were to carry them back to Germany. Filmed and reprinted as The McKenzie Break.

Shepard, Lucius (1947- )

Viator Plus. PS Publishing, 2009. 355 p.

Hoping a salvage job on VIATOR, an abandoned ship off the coast of Alaska, will be a springboard to a new life, Thomas Wilander is disturbed to find that his four workmates are behaving erratically, perhaps suffering from mental instability. With the help of Arlene, a woman in the nearby town of Kaliaska, Wilander investigates VIATOR's past and the origins of the mysterious man who hired him, eventually learning that some of the answers may lie in his own dreams, which seem to be coming true. The text in this collection is the author's perfered version. Also available as an e-book.

Shepherd, Peter

The Saturn Experiment. W. H. Allen, 1988. 192 p.

NATO nuclear submarine "Saturn" and the Soviet battleship "Kharkov" face-off in Soviet waters--in a battle that could mean not only the lives of the crewmen aboard but the loss of world freedom.

Shepperd, Stephen

For All the Tea in China. Tudor, 1988. 477 p.

Two rogue captains are challenged to sail the tea route from China to England in a race against a steamship. The Winner makes a fortune, gets the girl, and keeps his ship.

Sherlock, John (1932- ) and Westheimer, David

The Amindra Gamble. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1982. 319 p.

Cargo ship smuggles England's gold reserves to the Canada in fall 1940 struggles to avoid capture by Germans.

Shirreffs, Gordon D. (1914-1996)

Roanoke Raiders. Westminster, 1959. 160 p.

William Barker Cushing fits out a spar torpedoboat to destroy the newly launched Confederate ram ALBEMARLE, lying eight miles up North Carolina's Roanoke River. Based on an actual exploit.

The Gray Sea Raiders. Chilton, 1961. 160 p.

Civil War adventure for young readers.

The Mosquito Fleet. Chilton, 1961. 184 p.

The siege of Vicksburg, for young readers.

Powder Boy of the Monitor. Westminster, 1961. 188 p.

Civil War adventure for young readers.

Torpedoes Away! Westminster, 1967. 206 p.

Bob Dunbar and Gary Lunt get back on board the submarine GRAYFIN just in time for its third patrol in World War II, a special mission in the Java Sea to seek out and destroy enemy ships.

The Killer Sea. Westminster, 1968. 192 p.

Discharged from the Navy after World War II but not yet ready to exchange sea life for college life, two young men join the crew of a salvage tug, and find themselves trying to salvage a Canadian ship taken over by twenty Japanese who do not know the war is over. For young readers.

Captain Cutlass. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1978. 352 p.

Giant pirate battles other pirates, Spanish ships and two women. Somewhat erotic at times.

Shute, Nevil (Nevil Shute Norway) (1899-1960)

Most Secret. W. Morrow, 1945. 310 p.

A flamethrower is fitted to a fishing boat as a secret weapon during WW II.

The Breaking Wave. Morrow, 1955. 282 p.

U.K. title: Requiem for a Wren. Australian veteran of WW II returns home to discover his parent's housekeeper has just died through an overdose of sleeping pills. In attempting to unearth her true identity he discovers that she was his late brother's fiance, a WREN during the War. Much of the novel takes place ashore, but the central events are linked to the sea, whether in harbor or on the English Channel.

The Trustee from the Toolroom. Morrow, 1960. 311 p.

Machinist goes to the South Seas to salvage a yacht and settle an estate.

Silliphant, Stirling (1918-1996)

Steel Tiger. Ballentine, 1983. 318 p.

Our hero, an ex-cop and Vietnam vet, sails off to the South Pacific, smack into a mystery of brutal killings that he has to solve.

Silver, Richard

Captain Shark series:

  1. By Pirates' Blood. Pinnacle, 1975. 158 p.

    Introduces, Sebastian Shark, pirate captain in the dying days of the buccaneers -- who sailed with Morgan to Panama in his youth and now commands various ships, generally named DRACO. He buckles a swash across the Spanish Main in various scrapes and contretemps. Ahrrg, me hearties!

  2. Jaws of Death. Pinnacle, 1975. 184 p.

    Picks up from By Pirates' Blood with Shark escaping from Spanish captivity, embarking on a wide variety of stereotypical buccaneering activities, and finally going in search of Morgan's treasure.

Silverberg, Robert (1935- )

Lord of Darkness. Arbor House, 1983. 558 p.

In the late 16th century a young British seaman is captured by the Portuguese and shipped to Angola, where he's forced to act as pilot for slavers. He gets drawn into African Satanic rites, and confronts the Lord of Darkness.

Simenon, Georges (1903-1989)

Maigret Keeps a Rendezvous. (Margaret Ludwig, translator) Harcort, Brace & Co., 1941. 312 p.

Collection which includes "The Sailors' Rendezvous" (Au rendez-vous des Terre-Neuvas). Inspector Maigret investigates the death of Captain Fallut after the disasterous voyage of the trawler Océan.

Simmons, Dan (1948- )

The Terror. Little, Brown, 2007. 769 p.

Captain Francis Crozier, searching for the Northwest Passage commands HMS Terror and has to overcome bad food, poor leadership, even poorer subordinates, mutinous sailors, cold, scurvy and a Monster, in order to reconcile himself with the future that he has seen but fails to understand.

Simpson, George E. and Burger, Neal R.

Ghostboat. Dell, 1976. 412 p.

Fantasy. US Submarine CANDLEFISH disappears on December 11, 1944 and reappears on October 5, 1974 with everything in perfect working condition - but no crew. A new crew assembles to retrace the last voyage.

Thin Air. Dell, 1978. 318 p.

Shades of The Philadelphia Experiment! A ship disappears during tests, the crew reappear 25 years later. Investigation of Navy coverup of secret weapon tests ensues.

Skouen, Arne (1913-2003)

Stokers' Mess. A.A. Knopf, 1948. 237 p.

Norwegian sailors on Norwegian-flagged cargo ships. Originally published in Norway as Fest i Port des Galets.

Slater, Ian (1941- )

Firespill. Bantam, 1977. 309 p.

An oil spill ignites off the Canadian coast, turns into an inferno.

Deep Chill. Worldwide, 1989. 378 p.

USN submarine is disabled on the bottom of the North Pacific. An oceanographer is sent to help and a Soviet sub is ready to pounce.

Slaughter, Frank G. (pseud. C. V. Terry) (1908-2001)

Buccaneer Surgeon. Hanover House, 1954. 309 p.

Originally published using the pseudonym C.V. Terry. Footloose British-Spanish surgeon's adventures as a spy, adventurer, and ship's captain serving Francis Drake as "El Draco" raids Santo Domingo and Cartegena in the years leading up to the Armada. A Captain Blood knock-off, but not a particularly good one.

Darien Venture. Hanover House, 1955. 286 p.

Originally published using the pseudonym C.V. Terry. English who used his buccaneering income to become a surgeon. Unable to set up a practice is Edinburgh, he gets dragged against his better judgment into a Scots attempt to buccaneer and settle in the Darien coast (Panama). Events take place in 1698-1700.

The Mapmaker : a novel of the days of Prince Henry, the Navigator. Doubleday, 1957. 320 p.

Andrea Bianco escapes from slavery on a Moorish galley to become a navigator in the service of Prince Henry of Portugal. Between fending off the treachery of his half-brother, he discovers the Senegal River and Cuba -- before Columbus. Fun and plausibly told. _Very_ loosely based on the life of a noted cartographer: Andrea Bianco.

The Deadly Lady of Madagascar. Doubleday, 1959. 264 p.

A C. V. Terry book. Bonita, daughter of pirate pirate Red Carter, buckles swashes with the best of them, mesmerizes British captain, and steals gold.

Pilgrims in Paradise. Doubleday, 1960. 319 p.

Puritan expedition to settle Eleuthera in the 1650s. Book pivots around the interaction of the expedition's surgeon, a freethinking doctor, and its leader, the surgeon's bluenosed brother. Action includes plagues and pirates at sea, survey of a coastline, shipwreck, and escape on a raft, a battle against a Spanish ship that attempts to raid the colony, and a witchcraft trial.

The Purple Quest, a novel of seafaring adventure in the ancient world. Doubleday, 1965. 301 p.

The Phonecian merchant-prince Stabon -- who is not a surgeon -- helps Queen Dido establish Carthage, after himself establishing a Phonecian colony in Spain. Sea battles, shipbuilding and ocean voyages a plenty, but as with most Slaughter sea novels, most of the action occurs on shore. Enjoyable read.

Plague Ship. Doubleday, 1976. 254 p.

An archeologist releases an Ebola-like disease from an ancient burial site in Peru. Only the archeologist's brother, a Nobel-winning epidemiologist, and a clapped-out hospital ship with a bad engine, offer a chance to control the virus before it becomes a world-wide epidemic. Then the superstitious population of the port at which the ship is berthed force it out to sea into the path of a Pacific storm. Good medical detective read, but doesn't get to sea for the first 2/3rds of the story.

Smalley, Peter

Hayter-Rennie series:

  1. HMS Expedient. Century, 2005. 402 p.

    In 1786: Captain William Rennie is on the beach and on half pay. Things weren't always so bad for him. So Rennie is amazed when he's given a prime commission: HMS Expedient is a 36 gun frigate; she is to be sent to the South Seas on a scientific expedition. Then a long series of mysterious accidents and setbacks occur as Expedient sails south.

  2. Port Royal. Century, 2006. 386 p.

    It is the year 1788. HMS Expedient has returned from a perilous secret mission to the Pacific Ocean. Her Captain, William Rennie, and First Lieutenant James Hayter should be wealthy men, but their patron has seen that their rewards are meager at best. The most they can hope for is a new commission, and soon Expedient is on her way to Port Royal, Jamaica, to protect the British Colony from possible attack. Finding a society founded on the unimaginable riches of slavery and the plantations, Rennie and Hayter also discover a complex enemy plot taking place at the Governor's residence.

  3. Barbary Coast. Century, 2007. 366 p.

    Lieutenant James Hayter and Captain William Rennie are to sail to the Mediterranean, to assist Britain's ally Rashid Bey of Rabhet. Murky politics, threatened mutiny, desperate sea actions and imprisonment follow on the sweltering North African Coast, where the rules of European warfare no longer apply and the victor will take everything.

  4. The Hawk. Century, 2008. 354 p.

    1790 and England is on the cusp of war with Revolutionary France. The night-time Channel is the scene of intense smuggling activity and the passage of spies from one coast to another. Lieutenant James Hayter has achieved his heart's desire - his first independent command, His Majesty's 'Hawk' cutter, 10 guns.

  5. The Gathering Storm. Century, 2009. 370 p.

    Spring 1791. Though deeply disturbed by a terrible incident during his previous commission, James Hayter is nevertheless on the verge of taking command of HMS Sloop Eglantine as Master and Commander when personal tragedy shatters his life. The twin blows convince Hayter that he is not fit to command and he must turn his back on the sea forever.

  6. The Pursuit. Century, 2010. 366 p.

    Spring 1792. HMS Expedient and her crew have survived their most perilous commission yet: the dead have been buried and the battle scars repaired. Captain James Rennie is anxious to be active again after a year on the beach. And this time he longs for regular service with the Fleet as opposed to the dangerous detached missions. His friend, Lieutenant James Hayter, is haunted by his past and he too longs for the sea. Both will find their escape, but not in the circumstances they would have wished. Once more the summons comes for a secret voyage, in pursuit of a heavily armed neutral vessel. Aboard the ship lies a secret that could change the course of the coming war for Britain, and the loss of which could tip the balance irrevocably in favour of Revolutionary France. Rennie and Hayter must play a deadly game involving sea battles, mutiny and breathtaking deception.

  7. The Marvellous Sea. Amazon Digital, 2014. 374 p.

    The year is 1793 and while England mobilises her navy and looks East across the Channel and into the Mediterranean, a mission is being planned by Mr. Brough Mappin, administrator of the Secret Service Fund. Once again in command of the frigate HMS Expedient (36) Captain William Rennie and his Lieutenant, James Hayter, find themselves under secret orders and with an independent commission steering a course deep into the South Atlantic.

Smith, Arthur Douglas Howden (1887-1945)

Porto Bello Gold. Brentano's, 1924. 330 p.

A prequel to Treasure Island, telling about all the characters and how they became who they were. I starts off with Captain Flint and all the pirates on the WALRUS and how they end up on Treasure Island...Darby, Ben Gunn, Long John Silver are all explained in this book...very well written.

Smith, Bernard K.

Shark. iUniverse, 2000. 232 p.

Captain Peter Van Damm finds himself passed over for the rank of admiral and retires. The Company makes him an offer he can't refuse: command of his old Triton sub, Oregon, and a large sum of money if he will take his old sub out on a shakedown cruise with an untried heavy water power plant. He ends up with a sub half full of women, the other half consists of retired sailors and marines, and everyone trying to sink the sub.

Smith, C. Fox (Cicely Fox) (1882-1954)

Tales of the Clipper Ships. Houghton Mifflin, 1926. 159 p.

Six short novels about adventures aboard clipper ships.

Smith, Derek

The Sentinels. Frederic C. Bell, 2001. 234 p.

In 1864 the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley made naval history--it became the first underwater vessel ever to blow up an enemy ship. Then, in 1994, unsolved murders in Charleston, S.C., involve the U.S. Coast Guard in a search for answers to clues that increasingly point to a ghostly Confederate submarine still fighting more than a century after the Civil War.

Smith, Martin Cruz (1942- )

Polar Star. Random House, 1989. 386 p.

Arkady Renko, formerly a top criminal investigator in Moscow, investigates deaths aboard the Russian fish factory ship on which he is crewman. Set in the Bering Sea in the late 1980s.

Smith, Ron (John Ron) (1925-2008)

Torpedoman. The author, 1993. 195 p.

The book follows an enlisted man training to be a submariner, through the Seal's outfitting, and on through a number of harrowing patrols. The book captures the camaraderie of the sub's crew and the way more experienced submariners looked out for the new sailors and showed them the ropes.

Smith, Wilbur (1933- )

Shout at the Devil. Coward-McCann, 1968. 310 p.

Flynn Patrick O'Flynn, an ivory poacher by profession, lets his hatred of the German East African governer lead him to an assault on a mercantile raider in 1914. He drags Sebastian Oldsmith, an innocent son of English industry, into his schemes. Made into a movie by the same name starring Lee Marvin and Roger Moore.

The Diamond Hunters. Doubleday, 1971. 230 p.

Two men battle for supremacy in the Van Der Byl Diamond Company. Lots of action and adventure from Cape Town to London. The successfull exploration of an offshore diamond field will decide the winner.

Eye of the Tiger. Doubleday, 1976. 300 p.

Attempted salvage of a sunken East Indiaman off the coast of Africa. The title refers to a diamond from the throne of Tipoo Sultan, an indian ruler in the 18th century. Boat chases, diving, shooting, sex, sharks, sunburn and the British Library!

Hungry As The Sea. Doubleday, 1978. 395 p.

Nicholas Berg, forced out of leadership of the Christie Line, starts over with an ocean salvage company, then rebuilds his fortune by salvaging ships from the company he once headed. A business duel with the man who stole his wife and company results, leading to a climactic conclusion when the world's largest tanker breaks down with a load of poisonous oil in a hurricane.

Birds of Prey. St. Martin's, 1997. 554 p.

Action, sex and skullduggery along the African coast as British privateer Francis Courteney and his 14 year old son harass and loot the ships of the Dutch republic.

Monsoon. St. Martin's, 1999. 822 p.

Sequel to: Birds of Prey. Sir Hal Courteney goes back to sea to confront the pirates who are threatening the East India Trading Co.

Those in Peril. St. Martin's, 2011. 385 p.

An adventure set in the violent world of modern piracy and terrorism follows the kidnapping of an oil heiress's daughter for a multi-billion-dollar ransom and the efforts of Cross Bow Security head Hector Cross to secure her release.

Smollett, Tobias (1721-1771)

The Adventures of Roderick Random. J. Osborn, 1748. 2 v.

The siege of Cartagena and other nautical adventures with his uncle Lt. Tom Bowling. Good descriptions of the conditions aboard British men-of-war of the period. Smollett had been at the siege of Cartagena while serving as a surgeon's mate in the Royal Navy in the 1740s.

The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, in which are included Memoirs of a lady of quality. R. Main, 1751. 3 v.

Followup to Roderick Random.

Snell, Roy J.

The Flying Sub. Reilly & Lee, 1925. 282 p.

Number five of The Radio-Phone series.

Snow, C. P. (Charles Percy) (1905-1980)

Death Under Sail. W. Heinemann, 1932. 334 p.

Six guests are detained on their murdered host's wherry halfway through a holiday on the Norfolk Broads. One of them has killed Roger Mills, and, as the enigmatic Finbow points out, all of them hated him... A murder mystery of buttonholding tension. Revised in 1959.

Snow, Dave

Raven's Nest. Writers Club Press, 2000. 390 p.

After 27 years of knowing little or nothing about her orphan past, Myria Wyler is surprised to find out who she really is: the daughter of an infamous modern-day pirate, Lightning McFallen, who has used his WWII submarine to plunder the high seas for decades. Lured to a remote Alaskan island by the promise of a lucrative inheritance, Myria is held against her will at McFallen's secret hideaway, Raven's Nest. Meanwhile, her husband, Steven, an ex-navy SEAL still haunted by Vietnam, desperately searches for her.

Solley, George C. (1946- ) and Steinbaugh, Eric (Editors)

Moods of the Sea: masterworks of sea poetry. Naval Institute Press, 1981. 300 p.

Short Stories of the Sea. Naval Institute Press, 1984. 566 p.

Southworth, John Van Duyn (1904-1986)

The Pirate From Rome. Crown, 1965. 376 p.

Young Roman, captured by Mediterranean pirates, and abandoned by his family, who would rather see him dead -- so they can inherit his estate -- joins the Pirate Brotherhood rather than allow himself to be sold into slavery. Shortly after he does so, Rome begins efforts to eradicate the pirates. Features appearances by Julius Caesar and Sparticus.

Spector, Robert M.

Salt Water Guns. H.Z. Walck, 1970. 216 p.

Impetuous and strong-willed youth, who wants to join Washington's Army is instead put on a ship that is running guns and ammunition to the Continental Army. Because he is aboard unwillingly, his attitude and actions threaten the mission until he becomes convinced of its importance.

Sperry, Armstrong (1897-1976)

All Sail Set, a romance of the "Flying Cloud". John C. Winston, 1935. 175 p.

When his father loses his fortune, a boy is taken on by a famous shipbuilder and eventually makes a maiden, record-breaking trip around Cape Horn on the "Flying Cloud."

Lost Lagoon : a Pacific adventure. Doubleday, Doran, 1939. 277 p.

Seventeen-year-old Judd Anders, born and raised in Tahiti by his American parents, unknowingly becomes involved in a scheme to find a fortune in gold which was on a ship sunk in the South Pacific during World War I.

Call it Courage. Macmillan, 1940. 95 p.

Polynesian youth goes into self-imposed exile from his island because of his fear of the sea. During his adventures on the sea and on a taboo island, he overcomes his fears and comes to manhood. For young readers. Newberry Award winner.

Storm Canvas. John C. Winston, 1944. 301 p.

American Jason Cobb learns that his stepfather is a British spy in 1814. To avoid the man's vengence when he discovers Jason's knowledge, Jason flees to the ship commanded by a friend of his birth father, the 32-gun USN frigate THUNDERBOLT. Jason sets sail on the ship for adventures in the Caribbean, including a diplomatic mission to Haiti, and the improbable capture of Admiral Home Popham's flagship -- a 74-gun ship-of-the-line.

Hull-Down For Action. Doubleday, Doran, 1945. 215 p.

Independent sequel to Lost Lagoon. Four young men are stranded on a raft in South Pacific, after a German and Japanese agent on their sailing brig take over the ship on December 7, 1941. Young adult.

Danger to Windward. J. C. Winston, 1947. 241 p.

In 1816, an orphaned teen inherits a whaler from his grandfather, but has to battle his uncle's family -- figuratively and literally -- to keep the prize when they dispute the existence of the will, and go to more direct lengths to eliminate the youth from consideration.

Black Falcon, a story of piracy and Old New Orleans. J. C. Winston, 1949. 216 p.

It is the last year of the War of 1812. Wade Thayer is captured by the British while aboard a merchant ship running the blockade from New Orleans to Havana. Escaping, he joins up with Jean Lafitte, and helps repell the British invation of New Orleans. For young readers.

Stabenow, Dana

Fire and Ice. Dutton, 1998. 264 p.

A well-wrought thriller set in the herring-roe fishing fleet of Bristol Bay. The Alaskan background is first rate.

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

Westward With Columbus. Blackie & Son, 1894. 352 p.

Fictionalized account of Columbus' famous voyage.

The Cruise of the "Vengeful" : a story of the Royal Navy. John F. Shaw, 1902. 268 p.

The Royal Navy in a war against France and Russia set in 1909! Although for the younger reader the message was clear Britain must have a modern powerful navy or this sort of thing would happen!

The Meteor Flag of England. J. Nisbet, 1905. 332 p.

"A rousing tale of war. England, some eighty years hence [c1980], has to fight a combination of powers on sea and land. How she meets her foes and overcomes them is told in Dr. Stables' well-known vigorous style." [From a bookjacket blurb]

Stack, John

Masters of the Sea series:

  1. Ship of Rome. HarperCollins, 2009. 368 p.

    Atticus, captain of one of the ships of Rome's small, coastal fleet, is from a Greek fishing family. Septimus, legionary commander, reluctantly ordered aboard ship, is from Rome, born into a traditionally army family. It could never be an easy alliance. But the arrival of a hostile fleet, larger, far more skilful and more powerful than any Atticus has encountered before, forces them to act together.

  2. Captain of Rome. HarperCollins, 2010. 384 p.

    Atticus is the young captain of the Aquila, the flagship of the attack fleet of the Roman navy. But his commander is a young upstart whose position has been purchased rather than earned. Bound to obey his inexperienced commander's rash orders, Atticus sails straight into a carefully-laid trap. In the battle that follows, it is only by defying his commander that he can pull his men back from the brink of defeat. But Atticus will pay a high price for his defiance, and, as he is summoned to Rome, he realises he has created a powerful enemy.

  3. Master of Rome. HarperCollins, 2011. 400 p.

    Atticus, the young Greek captain, is now a commander of the growing Roman navy, blockading a port near Tunis, when the Roman legions suffer terrible defeat by the triumphant Carthaginian army, spearheaded by the elephant charges. He and his ships escape together with the main body of the Roman fleet out manoevred by the more skillful Carthaginians and then caught and almost completely annhilated by a terrible storm.

Armada. HarperCollins, 2012. 400 p.

Thomas Varian is a captain in Drake's formidable navy, rising quickly through the ranks. But he guards a secret – one for which he would pay with his life if discovered: he is a Catholic. He is about to find his conflicting loyalty to his religion, to his Queen, and to his country tested under the most formidable of circumstances: facing the mighty Armada. Unknown to Varian, he will also be facing his long-estranged father, who is fighting on the side of the Spanish enemy.

Stackpole, Edouard A. (1905-1993)

Madagascar Jack; The Story of a Nantucket Whaler, being the account of Obed C. Folger, thirteen years of age, who went to the South Seas with whalemen and found there many adventures as well as sperm whales. W. Morrow , 1935. 308 p.

Stacpoole, Henry de Vere (1863-1951)

Palm Tree Island trilogy:

  1. The Blue Lagoon: A Romance. T.F. Unwin, 1908. 326 p.

    A boy and a girl shipwrecked on a tropical island grow up together and learn about the birds and the bees. Filmed in 1949 and 1980.

  2. The Garden of God. Dodd, Mead, 1923. 328 p.

    Sequel to The Blue Lagoon. The movie "Return to the Blue Lagoon" was loosely based on this novel.

  3. The Gates of Morning. Dodd, Mead, 1925. 290 p.

The Cruise of the "Kingfisher": A Tale of Deep-Sea Adventure. Wells Gardner, 1910. 308 p.

"The KINGFISHER is a cable ship which has undertaken a voyage down to the Canaries in order to mend the Venezuelan cable which runs under the sea near there." [from review in THE NEW YORK TIMES

The Ship of Coral: A Tropical Romance. Hutchinson, 1911. 368 p.

A tale of pirates, treasure, and murder in the Carribean.

The Children of the Sea: A Romance. Hutchinson, 1913. 357 p.

Chronicles the exploits of a deep-sea cable mender and his friend; set in the sea of Japan and in Iceland.

The Blue Horizon: Romance from the Tropics and the Sea. Hutchinson, 1915. 351 p.

A collection of sea tales set along the Florida coast.

The North Sea, and Other Poems. Hutchinson, 1915. 82 p.

The Pearl Fishers. Hutchinson, 1915. 336 p.

Two men and a woman "fish" for pearls on a Pacific island.

The Reef of Stars: A Romance of the Tropics. Hutchinson, 1916. 312 p.

Gold Trail in US. Five men leave Sydney for New Guinea in search of gold.

In Blue Waters. Hutchinson, 1917. 319 p.

Consists of eight short stories and three novellas, including "The Luck of Captain Slocum".

Sea Plunder. John Lane, 1917. 313 p.

Consists of two novellas: "The Buccaneers" and "The HEART OF IRELAND".

The Beach of Dreams: A story of the true world. Hutchinson, 1919. 315 p.

A flapper named Cleo is shipwrecked on a barren island in the Indian Ocean.

Under Blue Skies. Hutchinson, 1919. 285 p.

A collection of stories, some set at sea, including one about a photographer on board a cable ship which pulls a sea serpent to the surface, and his excitement over developing the photograph, only to discover that he had used an already exposed plate. Contents: The frigate bird -- The Bay of Pearls -- The long reach -- Trapped -- The King of Maleka -- A problem of the sea -- Mrs. Shane -- De profundis -- The slayer -- The message -- Skies of France.

A Man of the Islands. Hutchinson, 1920. 288 p.

A collection of stories originally published in magazines. "Once again we are on the fringe of southern Pacific seas, lost in a world thronged with lovely, lonely islands, whereon sailor-men, beachcombers and Kanakas play the good or the bad game of love and hatred, vice and death, with romantic wilfulness. The most acceptable part of this book consists of the first six tales, which group around Sigurdson, a big, brawny and bearded Dane, with enormous strength, unsubduable persistence and a pretty fashion of winning his way in the end. He belongs to the fraternity of wandering sailors who inevitably get cast on a rough beach in the company of a woman...." [The Bookman]

Vanderdecken: The Story of a Man. R.M. McBride, 1922. 282 p.

Hank Fisher sets out with a friend to claim the reward offered to anyone who can capture the pirate Vanderdecken.

Golden Ballast. Hutchinson, 1924. 288 p.

Richard Sebright discovers that the dilapidated mystery ship BALTRUM he has just bought contains a beautiful girl and a pile of golden ballast. In order to convert the gold to cash without arousing government suspicions he takes the BALTRUM south on a hazardous voyage, ostensibly in search of hidden treasure.

Ocean Tramps. Hutchinson, 1924. 292 p.

A collection of fifteen stories, including: Bud and Billy; Mandelbaum; A Deal with "Plain-Sailin' Jim"

Tropic Love. Readers Library, 1928. 252 p.

Contects: Coral sands -- The pearl of Taheu -- Mircami -- Karan -- The pearl that came home -- Saoni makes good.

Old Sailors Never Lie, and Other Tales of Land and Sea, By One of Them. Hutchinson, 1938. 288 p.


Stahl, Norman

The Assault on Mavis A. Random House, 1978. 258 p.

A hijacked supertanker and crew of terrorists attacks an enormous oil rig in the North Sea, in the midst of a storm.

Stanton, Ken (pseud. Manning Lee Stokes)

The Aquanauts series

This group of highly trained operatives, lead by code name Tiger Shark, is part of the elite Secret Underwater Service. To provide adequate protection to the nation from enemies who would either strike from the sea or attack naval underwater missions, the U.S. Navy established this top secret organization. The mission of the SUS was twofold: train personnel to be able to handle extremely difficult underwater missions and to actually carry out those tasks when the President so orders.

  1. Cold Blue Death. Macfadden-Bartell, 1970. 208 p.

    Devilfish was the code name for a vital operation in the waters of the Bermuda Triangle. Someone was out to destroy the mission but Tiger was there to save it.

  2. Ten Seconds To Zero. Macfadden-Bartell, 1970. 192 p.

    EAmerican submarines were becoming sitting ducks to the Soviet's new anti-sub missile called the Sea Serpent. Tiger must steal the secrets behind this dangerous weapon.

  3. Seek, Strike And Destroy. Macfadden-Bartell, 1971. 192 p.

    When a Chinese captain with a strange underwater craft lobs a missile at the U.S., the danger from the Bamboo Curtain becomes clearer but what of Madame Hee?

  4. Sargasso Secret. Manor, 1971. 224 p.

    A marine biologist has come up with a way to feed starving millions but someone is not pleased with his success. Tiger must keep alive him and his daughter, Poppy.

  5. Stalkers Of The Sea. Manor, 1971. 160 p.

    The man behind savage attacks on U.S. interests is a Soviet spy of American origins. Tiger must track him down from icy northern waters to hot foreign bordellos.

  6. Whirlwind Beneath the Sea. Manor, 1972. 192 p.

    Secret agent Tiger Shark and the underwater service are off to Australia to solve the mystery of an undersea eruption, a rising land mass and beautiful babes.

  7. Operation Deep Six. Manor, 1972. 191 p.

    On her maiden voyage, the navy's newest supersub, the J1, just disappeared. Now its sister ship, the J2, is ready for launch and Tiger is on site to keep an eye on her.

  8. Operation Steelfish. Manor, 1972. 175 p.

    The Soviet villain from #5 is back, trying to get his hands on the newest weapon the Navy is testing in the Caribbean. Tiger must find a way to stop the theft.

  9. Evil Cargo. Manor, 1973. 192 p.

    The Mob has stolen a Russian submarine in Cuba to smuggle drugs into the U.S. Tiger is sent to stop them but he is told for diplomatic reasons not to damage the sub.

  10. Operation Sea Monster. Manor, 1974. 190 p.

    Some creature of monstrous proportions is randomly striking the underwater American sea lab and Tiger is ordered to find and eliminate the creature.

  11. Operation Mermaid. Manor, 1974. 192 p.

    The report was that a Chinese sailor was attacked by a mermaid. As crazy as that sounded, Tiger is sent to find the truth. So too were several Soviet agents.

Stanwood, Donald A.

The Memory of Eva Ryker. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1978. 350 p.

Eva Ryker survives the sinking of the TITANIC. In 1941 a middle-aged couple are murdered in Hawaii. In 1962 a multi-million dollar salvage expedition is exploring the TITANIC. All three events are linked in this thriller.

Stark, N. Beetham (1933 - )

Rundell series:

  1. Humble Launching, A Story of a Little Boy Growing Up at Sea. Nellie Stark, 2011. 259 p.

    This is the story of an orphaned young English boy growing up at sea in the 18th century and facing many challenges from the four terrible ship's boys to a vindictive leftenant. We experience the Napoleonic Wars through his eyes and those of his friend, Thomas Murphy. It is pumped with action and still shows the challenges that will make Benji a fine captain under often near impossible odds.

  2. Midshipman Rundel. Nellie Stark, 2013. 326 p.

    Ben leaves a happy ship, the Faithful, to join a most unhappy ship, the Hawk, under Captain Sharp who is suffering from syphilis but will not admit it. Ben, who is only 15, is asked to serve as acting surgeon's mate on a ship with no surgeon. He is faced with 'lubbers', an alcoholic second lieutenant, an insane midshipman and tropical fevers. He is shanghaied aboard a slaver, escapes and later is taken with ten of his crew aboard a Spanish pirate ship. He manages to capture the pirate ship and her two foreign prizes and brings them into port at Barbados with a crew of only ten men, expecting to be blown out of the water. Besides saving the lives of men afflicted with fevers, he must serve as senior officer on a ship that is sinking and has a crew of Spaniards who are fever-ridden. He is crucified during a court martial for loss of the ship by one man who is destined to play an important role in his life. He manages to pass the lieutenant's exam on his second try.

  3. Mediterranean Madness . Nellie Stark, 2013. 433 p.

    This novel is set during the Napoleonic Wars. Benjamin Rundel fights in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent after a nerve-wracking sail through the French fleet in the fog. He suffers at the hands of a loud Italian lady whom he has been sent to rescue from her French paramours. Her children nearly drive his entire crew crazy. He is there when Commodore Horatio Nelson loses his right arm in battle at Tenerife and later becomes his scribe. He and his crew are captured when their ship is driven ashore during a severe storm. He manages to get them out of the prison and back to their original ship. When his captain panics at the Battle of Camperdown, as first Leftenant, Ben is forced to take over the ship.

  4. The Adventures of Leftenant Rundel. Nellie Stark, 2013. 295 p.

    The great battles in the Mediterranean are over and Ben is asked to assist with the assault on a castle on shore at St. Elmo. He is assigned to a bomb boat and with his friend, Tom Murphy, they learn how to sail the bomb boat and handle the mortars. When Commodore Troubridge is sent to explore Rome, Ben finds himself suddenly left sitting in the hot seat while the commodore returns to his ship. His friend Tom, has considerable trouble with exams and Ben helps him through his stressful Leftenant's exam.

  5. Forever Leftenant Rundel. Nellie Stark, 2013. 300 p.

    Benjamin Rundel is sent as first leftenant aboard the Gadfly which is under the command of the son of an M.P. who has bought his son's commission as 'captain.' But the young man is not interested in the sea, the war or sailing. He is a frustrated actor who is addicted to opium and has no idea of the duties of captain. Ben must face charges of mutiny in order to safeguard the ship as he assumes the duties of captain. He manages to capture a number of French merchantmen and destroys some frigates in a cutting out exercise. In the end he is exonerated by the court martial.

  6. Captain Rundel I - Trafalgar and Beyond. Nellie Stark, 2011. 314 p.

    Set in the years 1803-1806. Ben endures blockade duty and finds a novel way to overcome the boredom suffered by his crew. He is aboard the H. M. S. Victory under Admiral Lord Nelson. He and Tom survive the Battle of Trafalgar and see their hero, Lord Nelson fall and die. Ben helps get the fallen Admiral back to London for burial. He is put in charge of the Navy's part of the funeral and the procession of barges that take the Admiral's body to St. Paul's for the funeral service. Ben is determined to meet his lady love, Annie, there.

  7. Captain Rundel II - Give Me a Fair Wind. Nellie Stark, 2013. 265 p.

    Captain Benjamin Rundel suffers through the frustration of convoy duty. Then he runs into a nest of ship wreckers and he and his men manage to capture the lot and bring them to justice. On his next assignment, he manages to capture a Spanish ship a day after a peace treaty was signed by the English and Spanish.

  8. Captain Rundel III - Bend on a Sail and Watch Me Fly. Nellie Stark, 2013. 296 p.

    Napoleon's army of 600,000 has decided not to invade England and is headed to Russia. The Admiralty want to know what happens to Napoleon and his man in Russia. If they survive, they may return to France with over a million fighting men to attack England. If they fail, then England will be safe for a time. News travels slowly by land but faster by sea. Ben and his ship are sent to the White Sea to the Solovetsky Islands to rendezvous with an English spy. Ben is warned to return as soon as possible to avoid the frozen Arctic seas. When the spy does not appear on time, Ben sets out towards Moscow with two trusted men.

  9. Admiral Rundel. Nellie Stark, 2013. 310 p.

    Ben has suffered injuries to his feet and is partially crippled. He has made port admiral, but hates the constant string of petitioners and the paper work that he must sort through daily. He learns of the capture of Napoleon at Waterloo and the plans to exile him on St. Helena. He and Tom lay plans to get the Admiralty to send them off to escort Napoleon to St. Helena. Aboard ship Ben asks the little Emperor some pointed questions and gets some equally surprising answers. Then it is back to the daily grind of port admiral.

Steinbeck, John (1902-1968)

Cup of Gold : a life of Henry Morgan, buccaneer, with occasional reference to history. R.M. McBride, 1929. 269 p.

The infamous 17th-century pirate Henry Morgan, captain of the real JOLLY ROGER, consumed by lust and greed, tries to conquer Panama--and a mysterious woman. Steinbeck's first novel.

Steni, L. (pseud.)

Soldier Adrift. Heinemann, 1954. 251 p.

A medical officer aboard a troopship in convoy returning to England from the Far East immediately after the conclusion of the Second World War must contend with a mysterious epidemic which seemingly threatens to claim the lives of many men. Is it a new, yet undiscovered tropical disease or a virulent new strain of the plague?

Stepanov, Viktor

The Thunderers. Progress, 1986. 270 p.

Translation from the Russian Gromoverzhtsy. The breakdown of the friendship between a Soviet and an American nuclear submarine commander mirrors the deterioration in Soviet-US relations. The USA is perceived as wishing to recover the nuclear superiority it possessed in the 1940s by testing new weapons in space. Extremely anti-American in tone, a distinction is drawn between militaristic circles in the USA and an American scientist who becomes involved in the US peace movement. She is sympathetic to Soviet views, and eventually abandons her work on the training of dolphins for anti-submarine warfare. The USSR is presented as the wise protector not only of the human race, but also of 'the whole world. . . the whole planet'.

Stephens, Edward Carl

Blow Negative! Doubleday, 1962. 466 p.

During the Korean War, beach bum Harry Joy gets called back from the inactive reserves in an effort to discredit a Jewish submarine commander, Sampson Greice, but instead becomes an efficient submariner, and one of the commander's loyal supporters as Greice confounds his superiors and contemporaries while commanding a diesel boat, then forces through the development of the nuclear powerplant for submarines. Can anyone say Hyman Rickover?

The Submariner. Doubleday, 1973. 215 p.

A diesel sub is assigned to attack a nuclear enemy boat that has sunk two U.S. subs.

Sterling, Dorothy (1913-2008)

Captain of the Planter: the story of Robert Smalls. Doubleday, 1958. 264 p.

Robert Smalls, a slave who is captain of a paddle wheel steamer in Charleston at the outbreak of the Civil War sails (paddlewheels?) her Up North, and later is elected to Congress. A novel based on true events.

Stevenson, Janet

Departure. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985. 333 p.

Novel about a 19th Century woman allowed to sail with her husband, captain of a merchant ship. She takes command after he falls gravely ill and, having learned navigation, gets the ship to the mouth of the Columbia River. Loosely based on an actual incident.

Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894)

Treasure Island. Cassell, 1883. 292 p.

The classic grandaddy of all pirate stories. Jim Hawkins discovers a map to treasure on the Spanish Main. With the local squire and doctor, he sets out to recover the treasure -- only to discover they hired the pirates that originally buried it for the crew of their ship.

Kidnapped : being memoirs of the adventures of David Balfour in the year 1751. Cassell, 1886. 311 p.

David Balfour is kidnapped and shipped off in the brig COVENANT, but escapes and is shipwrecked.

St. Ives : being the adventures of a French prisoner in England. Scribners, 1896. 438 p.

Unfinished historical novel set during the Napoleonnic Wars recounting the adventures of the dashing Capitaine Jacques St. Ives, after his capture by the British.

Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894) and Osbourne, Lloyd (1868-1947)

The Wrecker. Cassell, 1892. 427 p.

A wonderful mystery novel set in roughly 1880 or so, centering on the salvage rights to a wreck out on Midway Island. When the rights are auctioned in San Francisco, and an odd consortium bids far more than the wreck ought to be worth, Our Hero outbids them -- and then has to try to figure out what's so valuable about his wreck.

The Ebb-Tide : a trio and quartette. Heinemann, 1894. 327 p.

Some neer-do-wells steal a ship and discover an uncharted island on which a pearl fishery is operating. Set about 1890.

Stevenson, Robert Louis III

Torchlight. G.P. Putnam's, 1997. 290 p.

In 1917, a U-boat torpedoes an American cruiser making a secret voyage to England, which sinks in 250 feet off the coast of Rhode Island. On board the cruiser is a fortune in American Double Eagle twenty-dollar gold coins. These coins were to be used to keep the Russians in the war against Kaiser Bill. Today, a ruthless arms dealer with the very highest connections in Washington wants to use the treasure to buy nuclear weapons from the former USSR. He acquires the assistance of two ex-SEALS, who, unbeknown to him, are connected to American Intelligence! Throw in some romance and double crosses, but the realistic deep-water diving scenes are the centerpiece and most memorable parts of the novel.

Steward, Davenport (1913- )

Sail the Dark Tide. Tupper & Love, 1954. 310 p.

Blockade runners operatating out of Nassau during the Civil War.

Way of A Buccaneer. Dutton, 1956. 320 p.

English youth escapes from Spanish treachery when his father is killed and his ship stolen. He takes up with the maroons in Jamaica, grows into manhood, then gets captured and enslaved by the Spanish. After a long period he is liberated by buccaneers, joins Morgan's raid on Porto Bello, and becomes a buccaneer captain.

Caribbean Cavalier. Dutton, 1957. 253 p.

Professional soldier on his way to visit an ill brother in Georgia gets caught up in the opening of the War of Jenkins Ear. After escaping Spanish imprisonment, he seeks revenge by becoming a privateer.

Stewart, Fred Mustard (1932- )

The Magnificent Savages. Forge, 1996. 383 p.

The illegitimate son of an American shipping magnate signs on to one of his father's clipper ships. Marked for murder by his half brother, he's saved by a missionary's daughter, only to be attacked by pirates & taken as a slave in China.

Stockenberg, Antoinette

The Challenge and the Glory. Bantam, 1987. 547 p.

"Harlequin" style romance set around the America's Cup races.

Stockton, Frank Richard (1834-1902)

The Adventures of Captain Horn. Cassell, 1895. 440 p.

A typical late 19th century adventure story, with 2 shipwrecks, Aztec gold, and a shootout with a murderous gang.

The Great Stone of Sardis. Harper & Brothers, 1898. 230 p.

Set in 1947 this futuristic novel recounts Arctic submarine exploration and a journey to the Earth's center.

Stockwin, Julian (1944- )

The Kydd series

Based on real events from history, is the story of one man’s journey from pressed man to Admiral in the Great Age of Fighting Sail. There are a projected 21 titles in the series.

  1. Kydd. Hodder & Stoughton, 2001. 440 p.

    Europe is ablaze with war. The British prime minister is under pressure to intimidate the French, and dispatches a Navy squadron to appear off the French coast. To man the ships, ordinary citizens must be press-ganged. Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized and taken across country to be part of the crew of the ninety-eight-gun line-of-battle ship Duke William.

  2. Artemis. Hodder & Stoughton, 2002. 375 p.

    Thomas Paine Kydd's jubilation after a ferocious battle against the French is cut short when a family matter means he must return to Guildford. But the sea beckons irresistibly and he manages to ship out again in his beloved Artemis.

  3. Seaflower. Hodder & Stoughton, 2003. 344 p.

    England, 1794. Thomas Paine Kydd and the crew of shipwrecked sailors have returned to England for the court-martial of the sole surviving officer of Her Majesty's frigate Artemis. As a result, Kydd and his mate Nicholas Renzi are forcibly shipped off to the Caribbean.

  4. Mutiny. Hodder & Stoughton, 2003. 376 p.

    In 1797 Kydd joins the crew of the figate Bacchante in a mission to rescue a British diplomat mired in the hostilities of Napoleon's siege of Venice.

  5. Quarterdeck. Hodder & Stoughton, 2004. 329 p.

    Thomas Kydd was promoted to acting lieutenant at the Battle of Camperdown. Now, he must sit an examination to confirm his rank or face inglorious return before the mast. But this is only the first of many obstacles. Kydd is from humble origins and he must become a gentleman - or spend the rest of his career as a tarpaulin officer.

  6. Tenacious. Hodder & Stoughton, 2005. 346 p.

    Kydd is in Halifax when Tenacious is summoned to join Horatio Nelson on an urgent reconnaissance mission. However, Bonaparte evades the British ships, sailing towards Egypt, which holds the key to the route to India.

  7. Command. Hodder & Stoughton, 2006. 345 p.

    Kydd sails in his first command--the brig-sloop Teazer--to defend Malta against Barbary pirates. Soon peace is declared and Kydd is out of work. To make ends meet, he captains a convict ship to Australia. There, at the ends of the earth, his seamanship and humanity are tested to the limit.

  8. The Admiral's Daughter. Hodder & Stoughton, 2007. 361 p.

    Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi return to England in 1803 after tumultuous episodes on the other side of the world to find England in peril of starvation and bankruptcy. Kydd is placed back in command of his beloved vessel, Teazer, but he barely has time to prep her for the sea when he is sent on an urgent mission. Smugglers, enemy privateers, and treacherous sea conditions await Kydd on his journey to northern France on the eve of war, but equally worrisome events are occurring ashore. A growing attachment to the admiral's daughter curbs Kydd's blissful reunion with Teazer and he is forced to make a terrible decision that may cause the end of his friendship with Renzi or the end of his naval career.

  9. Treachery. Hodder & Stoughton, 2008. 344 p.

    U.S. Title The Privateer's Revenge. Thomas Kydd has dragged himself up in the navy from press-ganged seaman to captain of his own ship. Now he faces disgrace. After offending a general and suffering a personal tragedy, Kydd is sent to guard the Channel Islands. His career is tatters, he then makes a terrible enemy on his own side. When he is brutally betrayed off the Normandy coast, only his old friend Renzi is willing to stick by him. Then Kydd is given an extraordinary opportunity to salvage his fortunes and return to the sea as captain of a privateer. But privateers are hated by the French - and the Royal Navy.

  10. Invasion. Hodder & Stoughton, 2009. 346 p.

    Rumors fly of Napoleon's planned invasion of England, and British naval commander Thomas Kydd is sent to liaise with American inventor, Robert Fulton, who has created "infernal machines" that can wreak mass destruction from a distance. Fulton believes that his inventions, namely the submarine and torpedo, will win the day for the power that possesses them, and Kydd must help him develop the devices. Despite his own scruples, believing that standing man-to-man is the only honorable way to fight, Kydd agrees to take part in the crucial testing of these weapons of mass destruction, which just may decide the fate of England.

  11. Victory. Hodder & Stoughton, 2010. 352 p.

    Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte's plans for the invasion of England. Joining Admiral Nelson's command, Kydd and his ship soon find themselves at the heart of the action that leads up to the famous clash of the mighty British and French fleets at Trafalgar. Kydd's journey takes him from false sightings of the enemy and dramatic chases across the Atlantic, to the bloody annihilation of the enemy during the actual battle, and the heroic aftermath.

  12. Conquest. Hodder & Stoughton, 2011. 340 p.

    Newly victorious at the Battle of Trafalgar, England now rules the seas and is free to colonize the furthest reaches of the world. Captain Thomas Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic harbor that will give England a rich trade route to India. With enemies lurking on all sides, Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony while braving Africa's vast and hostile hinterland. When Renzi learns too much about the enemy's plans, even Kydd may not be able to save him.

  13. Betrayal. Hodder & Stoughton, 2012. 384 p.

    Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Thomas Kydd's daring commander-in-chief Commodore Popham. Rumours that South America's Spanish colonies are in a ferment of popular unrest and of a treasure hoard of Spanish silver spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Buenos Aires.

  14. Caribbee. Hodder & Stoughton, 2013. 368 p.

    More than a decade ago, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi were in the Caribbean as sailors before the mast in the old Trajan. Now Kydd, a storied hero of Trafalgar, holds the glory of being Post-captain of the 32-gun frigate, L'Aurore. His almost unbelievable feat of self-advancement is the toast of his own crew... but the envy of others less blessed than he. After unremitting war a Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite. But, in addition to the balmy warmth and turquoise waters, Kydd and Renzi find themselves facing a familiar threat as the French imperil Britain's vital sugar trade. When more and more merchantmen begin vanishing from the sea, fear spreads. Before long, the sugar ships refuse to set sail at all. Now Kydd and Renzi must embark on a dangerous game of espionage, seamanship and breath-taking action in order to destroy this new and terrible danger to the Empire.

  15. Pasha. Hodder & Stoughton, 2014. 328 p.

    Kydd returns to sea and has just pulled off a daring reconnaissance into the inner harbour of Cadiz when he is summoned to urgently carry despatches to Admiral Louis in Malta. Word has come from the British ambassador Arbuthnot that the neutral Turks are being wooed by the French; if the ancient city of Constantinople falls into their hands Napoleon's route to India will be completely unfettered and his plans for world domination a reality. Concerned for his safety, Arbuthnot is demanding a large fleet presence to take him off and bring the Turks to their senses.

Stone, Irving (1903-1989)

The Origin : a biographical novel of Charles Darwin. Doubleday, 1980. 743 p.

Details the life of Charles Darwin from his notable trip as a naturalist on the Beagle through his mature career as a widely respected but still controversial scientist. Nautical part is his voyage with Fitzroy in the BEAGLE.

Stone, Raymond

Tommy Tiptop and His Boat Club, or, The young hunters of Hemlock Island. Graham & Matlack, 1914. 126 p.

Tommy Tiptop is the born leader of his neighborhood and is always getting up ideas, teams, projects, trips, etc. This time he forms a boat club. He's a nervy and responsible little lad and of course everything goes very well indeed in the club's first race. A Stratemeyer Syndicate title.

Stone, Robert

Outerbridge Reach. Ticknor & Fields, 1992. 409 p.

A decision to enter a solo round-the-world pits man against the sea and impinges on relationships he has established ashore. With an episode inspired by the Crowhurst disappearance in the 1960s during a similar race, this novel concerns love, betrayal, and self-betrayal.

Stoppard, Tom

Rough Crossing : freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar's Play "At the Castle". Faber and Faber, 1985. 76 p.

Comedy play set on an ocean liner.

Street, James Howell (1903-1954)

By Valour and Arms. Dial, 1944. 538 p.

The Civil War battles for Vicksburg form the backdrop for this novel. Even though the North controlled most of the Mississippi River throughtout the Civil War, it wasn't until July 4, 1863 that Vicksburg fell. While following the exploits of a confederate naval gunner through his service on the truly amazing CSS ARKANSAS in the summer of 1862 and his efforts to find iron to build a new ARKANSAS during the following year, Street manages to include a lot of history and seemingly authentic and fascinating insights into the politics and social customs of the times. He presents a fairly thorough picture of the laws and attitudes about slavery and the relations between black and white, northern and southern sympathizers, high society and low, without letting it get in the way of a good story with lots of action.

Streib, Dan

The Trident Hijacking. Ballantine, 1983. 201 p.

Counterforce #2. "The super strike team that takes on the jobs the CIA won't touch".

Strickland, Brad

Dragon's Plunder, or, The last voyage of Captain Deadmon : a fantasy adventure. Atheneum, 1992. 153 p.

Having been kidnapped by former pirates because of his ability to whistle up the wind, fifteen-year-old Jamie agrees to help their leader, a living corpse, find the dragon of Windrose Island. For young readers.

Stuart, V. A. (Vivian Stuart, aka William Stuart Long) (1914-1986)

Phillip Hazard 19th Century British naval series:

  1. The Valiant Sailors. Hale, 1966. 272 p.

    We meet our hero, 1st Lieutenant Phillip Horatio Hazard, in London aboard the 300 hp. 31 gun steam frigate TROJAN. TROJAN is dispatched to the Crimea with a large RN fleet to deal with the Russian Black Sea fleet and support the reduction of Sevastapol. By 1854 the RN has many steam driven vessels but the captain of TROJAN is an old timer who finds the whole concept obnoxious and makes the life of Hazard very unpleasant(hazardous?) indeed. Much of the novel's ensuing action takes place on land.

  2. Brave Captains. Hale, 1968. 236 p.

    Charge of the Light and Heavy Brigades, supported by men and ships from the Royal Navy.

  3. Black Sea Frigate. Hale, 1971. 239 p.

    U.S. title: Hazard's Command. In temporary command of TROJAN, Commander Hazard transports troops and battles a hurricane.

  4. Hazard of "Huntress". Hale, 1972. 224 p.

    Hazard gets his own ship, the steam-screw sloop HUNTRESS, in time to do battle in the Crimean winter.

  5. Hazard in Circassia. Hale, 1973. 208 p.

    Hazard meets with guerrilla leaders in the spring of 1855.

  6. Victory of Sebastopol. Hale, 1973. 191 p.

    U.S. title: Hazard to the Rescue. Hazard must clear a channel through the Strait of Kertch so the Allied fleet can launch a final attack on Sebastopol and end the Crimean War.

  7. Guns to the Far East. Pinnacle, 1975. 213 p.

    U.K. title: Shannon's Brigade. Hazard is sent to India to support the beleaguered British army.

  8. Escape From Hell. Pinnacle, 1976. 214 p.

    U.K. title: Sailors on Horseback. Philip Horatio Hazard serves in the Naval Brigade ashore in India supressing the Sepoy Mutiny, and seeking his two sisters, caught up in the Mutiny.

The Seafarers. Dell, 1988. 402 p.

The only nautical book in Stuart's Australian series (no.10), published in the US as written by William Stuart Long. Samuel Gordon is mate aboard the clipper Cutty Sark.

Sturgeon, Theodore

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Pyramid, 1961. 158 p.

The SEAVIEW, an atomic research submarine belonging to a federal exploration agency is on its maiden voyage when solar activity begins cooking the world. The submarine's designer realizes that the only way to counteract the flare is to launch a payload of ionized carbon into the Van Allen Belt, and takes the SEAVIEW to do so. Unfortunately a distinguished scientist decides that this will worsen the problem, and mobilizes the United Nations to destroy SEAVIEW. Translation of a movie screenplay by Irwin Allen and Charles Bennett , basis of the TV series by the same name.

Styles, Showell (1908-2005)

Septimus Quinn series:

  1. Midshipman Quinn. Vanguard, 1957. 192 p.

    Fifteen-year old Septimus Quinn is not your everyday hero. He makes his mark aboard HMS Althea in spite of his spectacles, which he always wore when he wanted to think. His keeness for scientific experiments - no matter how successful - gets him in trouble with authority.

  2. Quinn of the Fury. Vanguard, 1958. 200 p.

    Captain Sainsbury puts Quinn in command of a captured brig with a cargo of foul-smelling undressed hides as a punishment. Young Quinn's crew consists of an unwilling French aristocrat, a disaffected American midshipman and his cronies, along with a few other seamen.

  3. Midshipman Quinn and Denise the Spy. Vanguard, 1961. 182 p.

    U.K. title: Midshipman Quinn Wins Through. Septimus Quinn, aboard the Lively, participates in the The Battle of Cape Santa Maria,a naval action that took place off the southern Portuguese coast, in which a squadron commanded by Brigadier Don Jose Bustamante y Guerra fought a British squadron under the command of Commodore Graham Moore. This was brought about when Denise de St-Aulaye brought documents concerning the aid given France by Spain to William Pitt and Admiral Jervis, who organized the battle fleet.

  4. Quinn at Trafalgar. Vanguard, 1965. 148 p.

    Midshipman Quinn is at the Battle of Trafalgar which leads to his eventual promotion.

Tiger Patrol series:

  1. Tiger Patrol. Collins, 1957. 192 p.
  2. The Tiger Patrol Wins Through. Collins, 1958. 192 p.
  3. The Tiger Patrol at Sea. Collins, 1959. 192 p.
  4. The Tiger Patrol Presses On. Collins, 1961. 192 p.

Mr. Fitton series:

  1. A Sword For Mr. Fitton. Faber, 1975. 188 p.

    "Acting Lieutenant Michael Fitton, a sailor of Nelson's day, launched himself on a second career--piracy! His intention was to attract the attention of the Lords of the Admiralty with a view to winning a long-delayed promotion. He fought in the Caribbean with a handful of men in small ships, one of them an open long boat, and was secretly subsidised by a consortium of his brother officers who needed to augment their meagre pay."

  2. Mr. Fitton's Commission. Faber, 1977. 190 p.

    Discharged from active duty after the signing of the peace treaty with France in 1801 Michael Fitton is married and eking out a living as a farmer when he is called back into service with the Royal Navy as Britain embarks on war with France once more. Hoping to be sent into active service in the Mediterranean or the Channel - where the possibility of earning his Lieutenant's commission is high - Fitton is disappointed when he is sent instead back to the West Indies where he is placed in command of the schooner Gipsy.

  3. The Baltic Convoy. Faber, 1979. 189 p.

    Now past middle-age and still only a lieutenant the widowed Michael Fitton is in command of the gun-brig Cracker and has sailed to the Baltic to escort a convoy bringing timber back to Britain. This is an important mission for Fitton for without the timber Britain's chances of winning the war with France are greatly reduced as too many of its fleet need substantial repairs and wood is scarce.

  4. A Ship for Mr. Fitton. Hale, 1991. 190 p.

    It is 1815 and Britain is at war with France. Mr Fitton, relieved of his command, is finding shore-life difficult. With his wife expecting a baby, he is under pressure to earn more than his half-pay lieutenant's wage. When he is offered the command of a ship embarking on a mysterious expedition to Marseilles he feels compelled to accept. Promising his wife that he will return in time for the birth, he sets off on the voyage.

  5. Mr. Fitton's Prize. Hale, 1993. 190 p.

    HMS FORTITUDE takes a French ship and Fitton is appointed prize-master. He comes under the influence of a beautiful French Royalist and is persuaded to disobey his captain's orders and try and help her cause.

  6. Mr. Fitton and the Black Legion. Hale, 1994. 188 p.

    It is February 1797 and 1400 of the French army have landed on the Pembroke coast. Michael Fitton, master's mate in King George's Navy, finds himself involved in this historic event. As he becomes embroiled with Colonel Tate's Black Legion, Mr Fitton faces perilous adventures, including battles on the high seas, secret expeditions across the French borders and an encounter with the attractive Comtesse de Callac.

  7. Mr. Fitton in Command. Hale, 1995. 174 p.

    After a disastrous and dangerous encounter with a French frigate Michael Fitton, master's mate, finds himself in charge of the Courier's few survivors. Although not a stranger to danger, Fitton faces further peril as the crew are forced to land on an enemy-occupied island. There is also the added complication of the young wife of the British Envoy to Malta and her lover being among the survivors. With a mutiny imminent will Mr Fitton be able to retain control of the Courier and ensure that she and her passengers all return safely?

  8. The 12-Gun Cutter. Hale, 1996. 160 p.

    Michael Fitton falls in love at first sight with the armed cutter Snipe; fair and seaworthy with a competent, if enigmatic, captain. Last-minute re-routing sends her on a hazardous mission to enemy-held Minorca and matters are further complicated by the advent of the high-spirited Luisa O'Brien.

  9. Lieutenant Fitton. Robert Hale, 1997. 187 p.

    It's the early 1800s and Michael Fitton, now a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, has command of the 10-gun schooner Gipsy, which he uses to capture the enemy privateers who disrupt the trade between the British held Caribbean islands. Despite his successes the largest and most profitable privateer ship, the Spanish Senora, still remains at large and all Fitton's hopes rest on tracking her down and taking her. Instead, he is obliged by his orders to accompany the new Governor of St Lucia to his appointed island.

  10. Mr. Fitton at the Helm. Robert Hale, 1998. 190 p.

    When the commander-in-chief of the West Indies Squadron orders a second officer onto the schooner Gipsy, Lieutenant Fitton is far from pleased. Feeling his command threatened by this newcomer Mr Fitton also finds his search for the notorious pirate Van Horn's secret base severely hindered. His new officer quickly becomes a thorn in Mr Fitton's side - not only is he inept but he also falls hopelessly in love with the admiral's beautiful niece, Maud. However, when Van Horn kidnaps Maud, Mr Fitton must lead a dangerous attack on both sea and land, which could provide him with the opportunity of solving more than one of his problems.

  11. The Martinique Mission. Robert Hale, 1999. 206 p.

    The fighting career of the armed schooner Gipsy was finished, her captain and crew doomed to long imprisonment in a French gaol. So thought Michael Fitton, lieutenant in command, as he hauled down his colours with his ship lying helpless under the guns of Fort de France.

  12. Mr. Fitton's Hurricane. Robert Hale, 2000. 204 p.

    It wasn't the first time that His Majesty's armed schooner Gipsy had encountered a Caribbean hurricane. But for Lieutenant Michael Fitton, who commanded her, this particular hurricane was to bring quite unexpected dangers and problems.

Path to Glory. Faber & Faber, 1951. 284 p.

A fictionalised account of the career to Sir Sidney Smith up to the Battle of Acre.

Land from the Sea. Faber & Faber, 1952. 262 p.

Mr. Nelsons Ladies. Faber & Faber, 1953. 238 p.

The author uses fiction to give substance to Nelson's female acquaintances who were part of his life prior to his marriage.

The Frigate Captain. Faber & Faber, 1954. 268 p.

Fictionalized biography of Thomas Lord Cochrane, from entering the Royal Navy as a midshipman through his stock fraud conviction in 1814. Cochrane was the model for Patrick O'Brian's Jack Aubrey. U.S. title: The Sea Lord.

The Admiral's Fancy. Faber & Faber, 1958. 278 p.

Fictionalized biography of Ben Hallowell, revolving around an uneasy relationship with Emma Hamilton.

Wolfe Commands You. Faber & Faber, 1959. 224 p.

A story of the life of General James Wolfe including the taking of Quebec.

The Sea Officer. Faber & Faber, 1961. 272 p.

A novel of high courage, adventure, and war at sea, based on the true story of Pellew of the Indefatigable, the finest sea officer of the 18th century. The fictional Horatio Hornblower learned his seamanship under Pellew, Vice Admiral of England.

H.M.S. Diamond Rock. Faber & Faber, 1963. 224 p.

A novel based on the occupation of the Rocher du Diamant in 1804.

Number Two-Ninety. Faber & Faber, 1966. 236 p.

Fictional account of the Confederate raider ALABAMA. U.S. title: Confederate Raider.

Indestructable Jones. Faber, 1967. 138 p.

David "Indestructable" Jones's adventures in the Royal Navy during the first two years of WW II. He starts out a pacifist volunteer, and progresses through a collection of misadventures, shipwrecks, and survivals to gain a reputation as a fearless, intrepid, and indestructable young officer.

Jones's private navy. Faber, 1969. 123 p.

Sequel to Indestructable Jones.

Sea Road to Camperdown. Faber, 1968. 190 p.

A novel relating the story of Admiral Duncan, a hulking great man, the opposite of Nelson. He was both 6 foot 6 and 66 years old when he led his motley fleet against the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown into what was to become the bloodiest sea fight of the Napoleonic era. The battle was fought very shortly after the infamous RN fleet mutinies in 1797. The book includes an account of Duncan grabbing one of the mutineers by the lapels and shaking him over the ship's side!

Vincey Joe at Quiberon. Faber and Faber, 1971. 185 p.

"Vincey Joe" was her sailors affectionate nickname for the small brig HMS VENCEJO, captained by Commander John Wesley Wright, who ran secret agents into Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. Based on fact, the book tells of her last cruise in 1804 off the coast of Brittany and in particular amongst the islands in Quiberon Bay. HMS VENCEJO was a small quarterdeck brig with an elm tree wash pump, does that remind anyone of any other ship in the world of nautical fiction?

Admiral of England. Faber and Faber, 1973. 189 p.

Novel about Admiral Clowdisley Shovell, ending with his drowning in 1707 when his fleet went aground in the Scilly Isles.

A Kiss for Captain Hardy. Faber and Faber, 1979. 188 p.

A fictionalised biography of Thomas Masterman Hardy - perhaps Nelson's least-known but most famous Captain.

Centurion Comes Home. Faber and Faber, 1980. 192 p.

A novel about the round the world voyage of Anson.

Seven Gun Broadside. Kimber, 1982. 187 p.

A story of King George's British Navy based on true naval exploits, during the wars against Spain and France.

The Quarterdeck Ladder. W. Kimber, 1982. 173 p.

Jeremiah Coghlan's meteoric rise from ship's boy to Post Captain in the Royal Navy of Nelson's time is a matter of historical fact. So is the succession of sea-fights by which he achieved his ambition. But navy records naturally have nothing to say about the private life of this obscure and forgotten hero, and here the author has interwoven fiction with fact to produce a stirring tale in which troubled romance ashore contrasts with desperate action afloat.

The Malta Frigate. Kimber, 1983. 189 p.

Captain Shuldham Peard of His Majesty's frigate Success needs to resupply his ship in Malta before finding Nelson's Mediterranean Fleet. He finds himself involved with Malta's bid to rid itself of the occupying French.

Mutiny in the Caribbean. Kimber, 1984. 191 p.

Surgeon transfers from well-commanded frigate to an ill-commanded frigate.

Stella and the Fireships. Kimber, 1985. 190 p.

The Lee Shore. Kimber, 1986. 173 p.

Ring was a good seaman, and an unusual one in the year of 1810 at the height of the Napoleonic Wars since his mother was French. The knowledge of this language was to lead him into an alien world, a world of espionage and adventure, as he carried out a secret mission vital to three countries: England, France and Spain.

Gun-Brig Captain. Kimber, 1987. 192 p.

HMS Cracker. Kimber, 1988. 192 p.

Nelson's Midshipman. Hale, 1991. 192 p.

A dramatised account of Sir William Hoste's naval career from a midshipman in the 64 gun ship AGAMEMNON, commanded by his patron Captain Horatio Nelson, through to his own masterly handling of his squadron of four frigates off Lissa in March 1811 where he defeated a French and Venetian fleet of superior force.

The Independent Cruise. Hale, 1992. 190 p.

When the captain of His Majesty's brig-sloop Chance fights a duel at Gibraltar he doesn't foresee the problems it will cause between him and the girl he loves. Before that however, the ship becomes involved in a search for a female archaeologist which ends in a sea-fight with a French corvette.

Suthren, Victor J. H.

Paul Gallant series:

  1. The Black Cockade: Paul Gallant's Louisbourg Command. Collins, 1977. 246 p.

    Based on the siege and capture of the French fortress of Louisburg in Nova Scotia during 1745 by a small force of British colonials supported by a fleet of merchantmen.

  2. A King's Ransom. Collins, 1981. 217 p.

    Gallant is sent to find a bejewelled statuette being sent to France by the Spanish to seal their alliance, and now lost. "Was LA NUESTRA SENORA DE LA CONCEPCION captured by the British? Was she lost in a storm? Or has she fallen prey to marauding pirates? Gallant's search leads him from the high seas to a British dungeon in Fort Louisbourg, from the arms of a beautiful Micmac squaw into a pitched battle with his greatest enemies. The fearless captain of the ECHO must overcome the treacherous waters of Louisbourg and match wits with the Royal Navy in his quest to retrieve the golden virgin. He is a brave and courageous navigator, but this is his greatest challenge. Whoever finds the statue rules the seas."

  3. In Perilous Seas. St. Martin's, 1983. 208 p.

    It's 1747 and Gallant is now captain of a frigate assigned to shepherd a convoy of merchantmen from the West Indies to France. "...evading privateers and the British Navy and guarding the person and dowry of Marianne de Poitrincourt, Marquise de Bezy. There is treachery in high and low places, and Marianne and dowry are taken hostage... Gallant once again lives up to his name, and against terrific odds (including a nasty Spanish noble, a vicious Dutch pirate, a British warship and the Carolina waters

Edward Mainwaring series:

  1. Royal Yankee. Hodder & Stoughton, 1987. 230 p.

    Edward Mainwaring, a provincial lieutenant in the Royal Navy, commands the six gun British schooner ATHENA in the Caribbean during Admiral Vernon's attack on Porto Bello in 1739.

  2. The Golden Galleon. Hodder & Stoughton, 1989. 192 p.

    Edward Mainwaring's adventures in 1741, as he takes a the sloop of war DIANA around Cape Horn chasing Spanish privateers and finds the fabled Manila Galleon.

  3. Admiral of Fear. Hodder & Stoughton, 1991. 192 p.

    Edward Mainwaring is sent to Toulon harbor to storm a French fortress.

  4. Captain Monsoon. St. Martin's, 1993. 220 p.

    Mainwaring as a captain in 1744. In command of the 44-gun ship PALLAS in action against the French off Mauritius. He is taken prisoner, but escapes and steals a flotilla of bizarre ships and attacks the enemy.

Syers, William E.

The Seven : Navy Subchaser. Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1960. 373 p.

Young reservist Sam Chance is thrust too quickly into command, but soon faces up to the constant crises bearing down on him (including a hurricane) and earns the respect of his crew.

Szilagye, Robert J. and Monroe, Stanley C.

The Trident tragedy. Dell, 1983. 272 p.

Submarine adventure.

Mediterranean Manuever. Dell, 1984. 287 p.

The old carrier CORAL SEA is called back into action to help carry out a daring raid to steal secret electronic stuff from Russians.

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