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Talbot, Michael (1932- )

To the Ends of the Earth. Knopf, 1986. 519 p.

Carrying convicts to Botany bay, Australia, one step ahead of France in a battle for dominion over the South Pacific in the 1780s.

Tanner, Mack

Target: Subic Bay. Kensington, 1992. 320 p.

A bloody coup in the Philippines threatens a USN base at Subic Bay. The base commander, shunned by the Pentagon, partners up with a Soviet fleet for a counterattack.

Tanner, Tony (Editor)

The Oxford Book of Sea Stories. Oxford Univ. Press, 1994. 410 p.

Initiation / Joseph Conrad -- The Voyage / Washington Irving -- A Descent into the Maelstrom / Edgar Allan Poe -- I have been Drowned / Tom Hopkinson -- Mocha Dick / J.N. Reynolds -- The Chase / Herman Melville -- A Tragedy of Error / Henry James -- High-Water Mark / Francis Bret Harte -- The Open Boat / Stephen Crane -- Make Westing / Jack London -- A Matter of Fact / Rudyard Kipling -- In the Abyss / H.G. Wells -- The Cruise of the Willing Mind / A.E.W. Mason -- The Terror of the Sea Caves / Charles G.D. Roberts -- False Colours / W.W. Jacobs -- The Secret Sharer / Joseph Conrad -- The Ghost Ship / Richard Middleton -- Ambitious Jimmy Hicks / John Masefield -- Poor Old Man! / A.E. Dingle -- Easting Down / Shalimar -- The Story of the Siren / E.M. Forster -- The Rough Crossing / F. Scott Fitzgerald -- After the Storm / Ernest Hemingway -- The Bravest Boat / Malcolm Lowry -- The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck / C.S. Forester -- Turnabout / William Faulkner -- The Frontiers of the Sea / Peter Ustinov.

Taylor, Charles D.

Show of Force. St. Martin's, 1980. 281 p.

Update of James Fenimore Cooper's tale, The Two Admirals. Here, U.S. and Russian admirals and their fleets square off over a missile base in the Indian Ocean.

The Sunset Patriots. Charter, 1982. 450 p.

Why is a US-Soviet fleet steaming into the East China Sea? Inquiring Chinese want to know. A US admiral also wants to know why the 7th fleet is visiting Vladivostock, biggest navy base in the USSR.

First Salvo. Charter, 1985. 311 p.

Strange incidents in Long Island Sound and the Sea of Japan say the Soviets are up to something... like WW III! Should we strike first?

Silent Hunter. Berkeley, 1987. 338 p.

A super large submersible cruises the ocean floor with all the latest weapons. The Soviets are going after it in the Arctic.

War Ship. Berkley, 1989. 307 p.

Russian agents sieze USS GETTYSBURG, sail her to Cam Ranh Bay in Viet Nam. Seals go to the rescue.

Boomer. Pocket, 1990. 335 p.

20 years ago, KGB planted an agent in the USN; now he's skipper of a nuclear attack sub. The plot thickens.

Deep Sting. Pocket, 1991. 371 p.

Russian spies with mini-subs seeks to destroy the Trident sub base in Bangor, Washington. Navy Seals are in pursuit.

Summit. Pocket, 1996. 355 p.

When fourteen world leaders gather aboard a high-security yacht to discuss peace terms, the negotiations are threatened by a deadly terrorist plot involving a rogue submarine.

Taylor, J. E. (John Edmund Singleton Renfrew)

At Close Quarters. Sampson Low, Marston, 1949. 286 p.

Spells out sympathetically the reason why the USA felt it necessary to go to war in 1812 against Britain's arrogance at sea. Broadbank with the privateer AVENGER joins in the war from the beginning but gets off to a poor start and loses the ship and an arm. He is a shorebound spectator to the SHANNON-CHESAPEAKE fight and in the confusion is able to escape his captors and rejoin the British and go on to organise at Lake Champlain a small but tactically important mini-fleet that prevents the Americans from invading Canada.

By Force of Arms : a sea novel. Sampson Low, Marston, 1948. 246 p.

"This stirring sea story of the Napoleonic Wars follows the fortunes of Captain Broadbank, and his privateer schooner the AVENGER, his life, his aims, and the love that came to him so strangely, told against a broad exciting background of the lives and conditions of ships and seamen of that great maritime era." [from the bookjacket].

Taylor, Theodore (1921-2006)

The Cay. Doubleday, 1969. 137 p.

When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Cape Hatteras trilogy:

  1. Teetoncey. Doubleday, 1974. 153 p.

    Eleven-year-old Ben rescues an English girl from a shipwreck off the Outer Banks of North Carolina; and, though she becomes part of his family, she never speaks.

  2. Teetoncey and Ben O'Neal. Doubleday, 1975. 185 p.

    When the English girl Ben saved from a shipwreck recovers her memory and speech and reveals to him that two chests full of silver went down with the ship, Ben and his friends try to recover them without arousing suspicions.

  3. The Odyssey of Ben O'Neal. Doubleday, 1977. 208 p.

    The further adventures of Ben and Teetoncey as they take to the sea-- he, to find his brother, and she to escape a forced return to England.

To Kill the Leopard. Harcourt Brace, 1993. 297 p.

Merchant mariner Sully Jordan never dreamed that he would be actively involved in United States naval defense against Hitler's U-boat onslaught in World War II. Not until his tankers are torpedoed twice--by the same relentless, stealthy submarine with snarling leopards painted on its conning tower. What ensues is one man's gritty battle against an invincible U-boat.

Timothy of the Cay. Harcourt Brace, 1993. 161 p.

Sequel to The Cay. Having survived being blinded and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island with the old black man Timothy, twelve-year-old white Phillip is rescued and hopes to regain his sight with an operation. Alternate chapters follow the life of Timothy from his days as a young cabin boy.

Taylor, Tom

The Sin Bearer. Word, 1986. 170 p.

Novelization of a biblical adventure and love story, told in Acts 27:1-28:11, about a merchant ship that is commandeered by the Romans to take prisoners to Rome.

Tennyson, Alfred, Lord (1809-1892)

The Kraken. in "Poems, Chiefly Lyrical". Effingham Wilson, 1830.

Short poem about the hideous beast.

The Revenge : a ballad of the fleet. in "Ballads and Other Poems". C. Kegan Paul, 1880.

"In Flores in the Azores, Sir Richard Grenville lay... dum de dum de dum..." classic narrative poem, stirring stuff. In 1591 Grenville bravely tried to fight his undermanned ship, the REVENGE, through a powerful Spanish fleet, being defeated only after 15 hour of battle!

Crossing the Bar. in "Demeter, and other poems". Macmillan, 1889.

Death as an ocean voyage, classic short poem.

Terman, Douglas (1933- )

Enemy Territory. Bantam, 1989. 402 p.

U.K. title: Star Shot. Hi-tech, hi-seas clash between ex Vietnam War POW, now skippering a charterboat in Caribbean, and the Commie who brainwashed and tortured him, with sabotage of an SDI trial at stake.

Terrill, Rogers (Editor)

The Argosy Book of Sea Stories. A.S. Barnes, 1953. 328 p.

A collection of fairly light-weight adventure stories published in the magazine between 1943 and 1953. Contents: Pull, you lubbers! / Brian O'Brien -- Ship from nowhere / A. Bertram Chanlder -- Captain's prisoner / Calvin J. Clements -- Congo Cargo / T. T. Flynn -- Jonah curse / J. F. Wallace -- Alone men / Vincent McHugh -- Taste of command / Steve Hail -- One for O'Brien / George P. Morrill -- Pirate and the gamecock / Howard Bloomfield -- Mutiny below / Cedric Mentiplay -- Nitro ship / William Holder -- Bound for the bottom / J. F. Wallace -- Bayou bait / Leslie T. White.

Thacher, Russell (1919-1990)

The Captain. Macmillan, 1951. 280 p.

The unnamed protagonist is assigned the command of a LST - a "Large Slow Target." Despite his integrity and courage, he undergoes a series of misfortunes and ends up a victim.

A Break in the Clouds. Lippincott, 1957. 256 p.

Rick Dedrick is a Naval Air Corps cadet during the Korean War. He finds he does not share the sense of purpose that motivated his father's combat experience during World War II.

Thomas, Craig (pseud. David Craig Owen Thomas) (1942-2011)

Emerald Decision. Michael Joseph, 1980. 393 p.

A 40-year-old covert mine field in the Irish Sea contains a shattering secret that investigators must dig out of old WW II records and witnesses. First published under the pseudonym David Grant.

The Sea Leopard. Viking, 1981. 316 p.

British nuclear sub with sonar "cloaking device."

Thomas, Edwin (1977- )

Martin Jerrold series:

  1. The Blighted Cliffs. Bantam, 2003. 289 p.

    Lieutenant Martin Jerrold emerged from Trafalgar with not an ounce of credit. In February 1806, he comes to Dover with one final chance to redeem his reputation. Before he has been there a day, however, he finds himself standing over a body that is too far from the cliffs to have fallen accidentally. Jerrold is suspected of murder. Only the fact that no one can identify the corpse prolongs his freedom. When word reaches Jerrold's uncle at the Admiralty, the choice is he must clear his name or be cut off without a guinea.

  2. The Chains of Albion. Bantam, 2004. 330 p.

    It was July, 1806. Commanding a prison-hulk in the Medway guarding French captives, Martin Jerrold thinks his war can't get much better. He's far away from storm, battle and the other disagreeable elements of naval life, and he can keep his mistress, Isobel, close at hand. Then he loses a prisoner and all Hell breaks loose.

  3. Treason's River. Bantam, 2006. 339 p.

    There are rumours of a conspiracy in America and Jerrold's mission is to infiltrate the conspirators and stop them. His journey takes him across the seas, the wilderness and down the Mississippi river. Enemies are ranged against him, agents of Spain and America are trying to kill him, and the plotters are growing suspicious of his intentions.

Thompson, Earl

Caldo Largo. Putnam, 1976. 285 p.

Mystery novel set in Brownsville, Texas, upper Mexican coast aboard a shrimper. Tough, rough, a little raw sex.

Thompson, Edward (1738?-1786)

Sailor's letters, written to his select friends in England during his voyages and travels in Europe, Asia, Africa and America from the year 1754 to 1759. T. Becket and P.A. De Hondt, W. Flexney and C. Moran, 1767. 2 v.

Serialised anonymously in The London Magazine it followes the pattern set by Smollett's The Adventures of Roderick Random in realistically illustrating naval life.

Thompson, E. V. (Ernest Victor) (1931- )

The Restless Sea. Macmillan, 1983. 399 p.

Fishing and smuggling off the Cornish coast occupy prizefighter Nathan Jugo. Set about 1810.

Thompson, Richard

The Tiger Cruise. Knox Jones Enterprizes, 1999. 280 p.

The USS Woodbridge, a Los Angeles-class nuclear-attack submarine, leaves Norfolk on a routine two-day tiger cruise, with fourteen civilians aboard. There is a massive earthquake in the mid-Atlantic, and large tsunamis strike the East Coast of the United States. Iraq immediately deploys a submarine loaded with lethal anthrax toward the shores of America. The U.S. Navy, completely crippled by the large tidal waves, calls on the USS Woodbridge for help. The damanged submarine, manned by a reduced crew and the fourteen family members, is America's only hope.

Thorndike, Arthur Russell (1885-1972)

Doctor Syn series:

After his wife is kidnapped by pirates, an English cleric takes to the high seas in pursuit of them. In the process, he assumes the persona of a pirate, Captain Clegg. He eventually hunts the pirates down only to learn that his wife is dead and that a price has been placed on his head by King George. After some years, and two books, of high seas adventures, he returns to rural England to shed his past and assume a posting as vicar of Dymchurch. He is accompanied, however, by his former ship's carpenter, Mr. Mipps, who quickly becomes involved in the local smuggling ring. Dr. Syn, fearing for the life of his friend and others, decides to bring the ragtag group of smugglers together by becoming their masked leader, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. The remaining books in the series address his adventures as leader of this group, and the Crown's efforts to capture and kill him.

  1. Doctor Syn : A Tale of the Rommey Marsh. Doubleday, Page, 1915. 301 p.
  2. Dr.Syn on the High Seas. Rich & Cowan, 1935. 279 p.
  3. Dr. Syn Returns. Rich & Cowan, 1935. 248 p. (expanded edition: The Scarecrow Rides. Dial, 1935. 344 p.)
  4. Further Adventures of Dr. Syn. Rich & Cowan, 1936. 275 p.
  5. Amazing Quest of Doctor Syn. Rich & Cowan, 1938. 288 p.
  6. Courageous Exploits of Dr. Syn. Rich & Cowan, 1939. 282 p.
  7. Shadow of Doctor Syn. Rich & Cowan, 1944. 168 p.

Buchanan, William (pseud. Buck, William Ray), (1930- )

Doctor Syn series (new):

  1. Christopher Syn. Abelard Schuman, 1960. 254 p.

    The Vicar of Dymchurch pursues his smuggling activities in the guise of a scarecrow during the reign of George III. Since there was no American copyright of Further Adventures of Dr. Syn, Buck took parts of Thorndike's original story and added a new ending. This novel was the basis of the Disney movie.

Thorne, Anthony

I'm a Stranger Here Myself. William Heinemann, 1943. 188 p.

Fictionalised but obviously autobiographical account of service on the lower deck of the Royal Navy as a "Y" Scheme entrant in the early days of WW II. His messmates are vividly brought to life in this enjoyable tale of the hardships and boredom of war in an armed merchant cruiser. Service on the lower deck was the norm for "Y" Scheme entrants prior to being selected for officer training. It is interesting to see that the book is bound in light navy blue cloth and along the edges of the top board are three white stripes making it look like a matelot's collar. All this under the Book Production War Economy Standard!

Thorne, Guy (pseud. Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull) (1876-1923)

The Secret Service Submarine: A story of the present war. Sully & Kleinteich, 1915. 190 p.

The story involves a teacher, unable to join the services because of a leg damaged playing rugby at university, who reluctantly settles down to seeing the war out at a boys school on England’s east coast. Things are not as quiet as they seem - he suspects his headmaster is a spy - his brother commands a submarine - all a good Boy’s Own adventure complete with maps, secret codes etc.!

Tier, Alexander

Britannia Rules the Waves. Westminster Press, 1944. 86 p.

The author and another Lieutenant, RNVR, Charles Page, who was responsible for the delightful illustrations, had their work serialised in THE FLEET, the journal of the British Navy, prior to its publication in book form. In this story of an alternative war-time Royal Navy, The WRENS make up the crew of HMS ARDENT, a battleship, much to the disgust of the squadron's other battleship's Captain the Hon. Aloysius Waldemar Fitz-Urse who is the bete noire of ARDENT's Commandant Sneeryng-Robarts. The Marines are also women, Marinettes in fact.... They do meet the enemy and amazingly, the Germans are written up, particularly bearing in mind the time, as only human... A lighthearted and affectionate send-up.

Tillman, Barrett

The Sixth Battle. Bantam, 1991. 562 p.

Rear Admiral Chuck Gideon served his country in Vietnam and in the Gulf-- but he faces his greatest challenge as the commander of a task force in the Indian Ocean, off the South African coast, where a geopolitical time bomb is primed and ready to explode. In a new era of instability the Soviet Union has become the Union of Eurasian Republics, South Africa is prey to UER-sponsored invaders, and the former policeman to the world, Uncle Sam,is called out of "retirement" to bring his most potent air, sea, and land power to bear on a crisis in the making. At the point of the spear thrust for freedom is Admiral Gideon, who orders his flyers into action off an aging aircraft carrier and into the annals of military heroism.

Dauntless : A Novel of Midway and Guadacanal. Bantam, 1992. 412 p.

Marine and naval aviators -- both USN and IJN -- at war during the battle of Midway and the battles for Guadacanal. Emphasis on sea warfare and the customs of the sea.

Tilsley, Frank (1904-1957)

Mutiny. Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1958. 264 p.

Story of a mutiny on British frigate in 1796. Filmed as DAMN THE DEFIANT! ("H.M.S. Defiant" in the UK) in 1962 starring Alec Guiness.

Toner, Raymond John

Midshipman Davy Jones; being the log of his adventures aboard divers frigates; sloops of war; and other fighting craft of the United States Navy; together with an account of his captivity in, and escape from, the islands of the Bermudas, during the late war with Great Britain, 1812-1815. Wherein may be discovered to those of a nautical mind, sundry time-honored naval customs, and the routine observed aboard United States men of war. To the adventurous, a recounting of gallant deeds of iron men in wooden ships. A. Whitman, 1938. 328 p.

For young readers.

Meeheevee; being an account of the commerce-raiding cruise of the United States frigate ESSEX into the South Pacific seas under command of Captain David Porter, U. S. Navy, anno 1812-14. A. Whitman, 1940. 319 p.

Fictional account of the famous voyage.

Gamble of the Marines : a condensed revision for young readers from the original manuscript. Whitman, 1963. 208 p.

A US Marine accompanies the frigate ESSEX on her raiding expedition to the Pacific during the War of 1812. For young readers.

Tonkin, Peter

The Coffin Ship. Headline, 1989. 304 p.

The VLCC PROMETHEUS is plagued by mysterious accidents before sailing from the Persian Gulf with 250,000 tons of crude. Will she make it?

The Fire Ship. Dorchester, 1990. 308 p.

A sea thriller in which three separate incidents of terrorism, seas apart, are linked to one group, led by a madman. The action begins aboard the trial voyage of a high-tech multihull in the Indian Ocean.

Topol, Edward (1938- )

Submarine U-137. Quartet Books, 1983. 278 p.

In 1981 Soviet submarine U-137 ran aground off the Swedish coast near a major Swedish naval base. The Soviets claimed faulty navigation equipment ...But was it??

Torrey, Michele

Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum. Royal Fireworks Press, 1998. 138 p.

Kip attempts to fake his class assignment, an oral report on pirates, by using his grandfather's tales. The plan backfires and he turns to his grandfather for help. Unable to believe the story his grandfather tells, Kip follows his instructions and takes out a bottle from a chest in the attic. Instantly he is being fished out of the sea by pirates and learns about their life by becoming one. Adventures follow, of course, but startling surprises as well as Kip uses his modern skills in the age of wooden ships. For 9 to 12 year olds.

Tracy, Don (1905-1976)

Crimson is the Eastern Shore. Dial, 1953. 440 p.

A romantic tale of strong-minded men and women on Maryland's Eastern Shore during the tumultuous events of 1812.

Carolina Corsair. Dial, 1955. 375 p.

The year is 1717 and Edward Teach -- Blackbeard the Pirate -- is plaguing the American coast in an alchoholic haze. Novel that makes Blackbeard's irrational behavior a consequence of alcoholism.

Tracy, Louis (1863-1928)

The Captain of the Kansas. Grosset & Dunlap, 1906. 336 p.

Gallant captain of the KANSAS, on a run from Chile to England, with the help of assorted more or less useful passengers, overcomes sabotage, Indian attacks, and the stormy sea and finally gets the girl to boot. It's a pretty good look at the racial stereotyping of the day, but holds up pretty well after 90 years.

Traven, B. (1890-1969)

The Death Ship: the Story of an American Sailor. Chatto & Windus, 1934. 311 p.

Black comedy about the black gang of a doomed freighter. Translation of: Das Totenschiff: Geschichte eines amerikanischen Seemanns.

Travers, Robert J. (1911-1974)

20th Meridian. Norton, 1951. 288 p.

Story of a convoyed tramp steamer carrying a load of whiskey during wartime, and the effects of the situation on the crew.

Treece, Henry (1911-1966)

Viking's Dawn. The Bodley Head, 1955. 154 p.

Tells the story of the earliest Vikings, before they were the kings of the sea.

The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Criterion, 1958. 190 p.

Trelawny, Edward John (1792-1881)

Adventures of a Younger Son. Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. 3 v.

RN midshipman deserts in India because of harsh treatment, joins an American privateer sailing under French letter of marque, has various adventures in the Indian Ocean and East Indies. He's indignant about the ill treatment of the natives by foreign intruders, but behaves just as callously himself. Some episodes (e.g. ship overrun by man-hungry naked Malay women) were omitted from the original edition, because of protests by Trelawny's friend Mary Shelley, but are restored in the Oxford English Novels edition, 1974, which also has useful notes.

Trevor, Elleston (1920-1995)

The Big Pick-Up : a novel of Dunkirk. Macmillan, 1955. 259 p.

Gale Force. Heinemann, 1956. 262 p.

"A shattering story of a [steam]ship's fight for survival in the Atlantic gone mad." [from bookjacket blurb]

Trew, Antony (1906-1996)

Two Hours to Darkness. Random House, 1962. 312 p.

Captain of a British Polaris submarine goes mad during a patrol in the Baltic Sea in 1960s. He plans to launch Polaris missiles at the USSR, while his exec, learning of the plot is determined "to keep his yardarm clear," and not endanger his own chances of promotion.

The White Schooner. Collins, 1969. 255 p.

Mystery and revenge in the Balearics.

The Moonraker Mutiny. St. Martin's, 1972. 288 p.

Crew mutinies and abandons freighter on way to Australia.

Kleber's Convoy. St. Martin's, 1973. 222 p.

Johan Kleber commands a wolf pack hunting a Murmansk bound convoy, while an old friend commands its destroyer escort.

The Zhukov Briefing. St. Martin's, 1975. 254 p.

Soviet sub runs aground off Norway.

Death of a Supertanker. St. Martin's, 1978. 220 p.

A supertanker runs aground on the African coast, leaving behind dead sailors and a massive insurance bill. Someone on board had sabotaged its navigation gear. Suspects range from a crewman up to the captain.

The Antonov Project. St. Martin's, 1979. 235 p.

US and UK intelligence want to know what's with Russia's new class of bulk carrier ships that never take on cargo.

Sea Fever. St. Martin's, 1980. 220 p.

During a single-handed round trip race to the Azores from Britain our hero finds stowaway aboard his small ketch. Her presence will disqualify him, but only if she is discovered. Is winning worth throwing her overboard?

Running wild. Collins, 1982. 249 p.

Anti-apartheid activists escape S. Africa in a ketch.

Bannister's Chart. St. Martin's, 1984. 285 p.

Mystery and suspense as a cruise ship get battered by a cyclone and diverted on a treasure hunt.

Yashimoto's Last Dive. St. Martin's, 1986. 287 p.

Japanese submarine commander and British destroyer captain in a duel on the Indian ocean during WW II.

The Chalk Circle. St. Martin's, 1989. 256 p.

Spy thriller set in Mozambique. Survivors of a wrecked big game fishing boat and a small aircraft are drawn into an intrigue.

Trimble, Hugh J. (1924- )

Return from the Deep. McHew, 1958. 197 p.

A US sub skipper sinks a Japanese ship, finds out later that it contained US prisoners of war, including his best friend. Based on an actual incident during WW II.

Trowbridge, John

Three Boys on an Electrical Boat. Houghton, Mifflin, 1894. 215 p.

Tucker, George Fox (1852-1929)

The Boy Whaleman. Little, Brown, 1924. 293 p.

Whaling voyage to the Pacific and Arctic.

Turnbull, Archibald Douglas

Cochrane the Unconquerable. Century, 1929. 319 p.

Novel based on the adventures of RN hero Thomas Cochrane. "Since man first pushed out upon blue water, there has been only one Thomas Cochrane. Because the Golden Age of Sailors is dead, there can never be another quite like him, asking no odds in weather or war. Alike against political double-dealing and naval corruption ashore, or against overwhelming gales and roaring broadsides afloat, he set a straight course and steered it with a high heart. From a downfall that must have killed a lesser man, he rose to new and greater heights. The spars of this tale are history; it's sails, romance. Who must, may hunt out the robands bending sails to spars"

Turteltaub, H. N. (pseud. Harry Turtledove) (1949- )

Menedemos and Sostratos series:

The adventures of two cousins who are merchantmen from Rhodes, set in the years shortly after the death of Alexander the Great. Originally planned as a seven book series, leading up to the siege of Rhodes by the forces of Antigonos, only four were published.

  1. Over the Wine-Dark Sea. TOR, 2001. 384 p.

    The plot of the book centers around the cousins voyaging around the Greek parts of the Mediterranean Sea. They trade a great many things on their ship, the Aphrodite, including, much to the chagrin of many on board, peacocks. During their voyage they encounter pirates, other traders and get caught up in conflicts between some of Alexander's former generals, including Antigonos.

  2. The Gryphon's Skull. TOR, 2002. 384 p.

    The book centers around the discovery of an apparent gryphon skull (in reality a skull from a dinosaur), and the efforts of Sostratos to get the skull back to scholars for study.

  3. The Sacred Land. TOR, 2003. 380 p.

    Sostratos, the more scholarly of the pair, visits Jerusalem, where he tries to learn more about the odd monotheists who live there. Menedemos, meanwhile, fulfills his usual role of paying more attention to profits than prophets and pays a great deal of attention to women.

  4. Owls to Athens. TOR, 2004. 382 p.

    Sostratos and Menedemos arrive in Athens in time for the Dionysia. Sostratos spends much of his time visiting with his old teachers. His cousin, Menedemos finds himself having a sexual encounter with an important Athenian woman.

Tute, Warren (1914-1989)

The Cruiser. Cassell, 1955. 363 p.

Life-history of LEANDER class cruiser ANTIGONE from the peace-time Caribbean to WW II in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

The Rock. Cassell, 1957. 395 p.

Gibraltar at war during WW II. Lots of sea action.

The Leviathan. Cassell, 1959. 377 p.

Life story of LEVIATHAN, a ship patterned on the QUEEN MARY -- the crew's pub even has the same name as that on the QM -- from its launch through peacetime and wartime service until it is sunk in WW II.

The Admiral. Cassell, 1963. 313 p.

The career of Mark Hamerlock, RN, from entry as a midshipman 1897, through service in China and at Jutland, to retirement as an admiral in 1942. Not terribly original, but a lot of good period detail.


Ulett, V. E.

Captain Blackwell's Prize. Old Salt Press, 2013. 272 p.

In 1802 Captain James Blackwell attacks and takes La Trinidad, a Spanish frigate aboard which Blackwell finds 35,000 gold dollars and the American woman Mercedes de Aragon. On putting into Gibraltar with his treasure and his new mistress Blackwell is informed by his irate evangelical admiral of the Treaty of Amiens, denying him prize money earned by the capture and setting Mercedes at liberty. But the self-possessed American has formed a strong attachment to lusty Captain Blackwell. When she journeys with the captain to the North African coast and is taken into the Dey of Oran's harem, Captain Blackwell must follow his own code of morality and honor to rescue the woman on whom his future happiness depends. Revised edition from the 2011 audiobook.

Blackwell's Paradise. Old Salt Press, 2013. 300 p.

The repercussions of a court martial and the ill-will of powerful men at the Admiralty pursue Royal Navy captain James Blackwell into the Pacific, where danger lurks around every coral reef. Even if Captain Blackwell and Mercedes survive the venture into the world of early nineteenth century exploration, can they emerge unchanged with their love intact. The mission to the Great South Sea will test their loyalties and strength, and define the characters of Captain Blackwell and his lady in Blackwell's Paradise.

Unsworth, Barry (1930-) (Editor)

Classic Sea Stories. Bracken, 1994. 616 p.

Huge book has 80 classic tales, accounts of great navigators, fierce sea battles, legends, sea gods and lost islands. Authors include Homer, Conrad, Melville, H. C. Anderson, Poe, Washington Irving, Defoe and Jules Verne.


Vail, Jason

Lone Star Rising series:

  1. Lone Star Rising: The Voyage of the Wasp. Fireship, 2012. 304 p.

    The American rebellion has failed. George Washington is dead. The few surviving revolutionaries, led by Andrew Jackson, have fled to Spanish territories and the wasteland called Texas. But Jackson is not content to be a Spanish subject. He dreams large. Texas must be free and independent from the corrupt old empires of Europe. But with no army other than the Texas Rangers, and no navy, Texas has no hope of opposing the mighty forces of Spain. No hope, that is, until David Crockett meets an unemployed, sardonic naval officer named John Paul Jones II on the wharves at Baltimore. Together they buy and refit a broken down warship to become the first ship of the Texas Navy. With a handful of Crockett's men, the blessing of a voodoo queen, and a dubious crew of French pirates, they set sail to seize Spanish treasure and remake history in a ship called the Wasp.

  2. Lone Star Rising: T.S. Wasp and the Heart of Texas. Hawk, 2013. 328 p.

    British forces spread across the rebellious colonies, crushing all resistance now that George Washington is dead and the American army is dispersed. But defeat is merely a reckoning postponed. A few die-hards flee west into the Tennessee and the unsettled wilderness beyond the frontiers of British control, where after many years a leader arises among them, Andrew Jackson. Yet the British cannot ignore these upstarts, and Banastre Tarleton eventually arrives to crush them as well. Those who survive, lead by Jackson, escape into the Spanish Empire — to Texas. Still, even within the Empire the fugitives are not safe and free, for Spanish tyranny bears upon them. So Jackson and his friends pool their resources to buy a warship. Renamed the T.S. Wasp, they dispatch her to acquire guns for the Texas Army. On the way, Wasp finds more than they expected.

Vail, Philip, (1914-1988) (pseud. Noel B. Gerson)

The Sea Panther : a novel about the Commander of the U.S.S. Constitution. Dodd, Mead, 1962. 302 p.

William Bainbridge's exploits, from 1797 through his capture of the JAVA in 1812, interpreted in fiction of dubious accuracy. Bainbridge is given the capabilities of a comic book superhero -- regularly besting Royal Navy warships with a merchantman. Additionally, all American frigates are 44s -- including PHILADELPHIA, ESSEX, and CONSTELLATION -- and the Royal Navy frigate JAVA is transformed into a 64-gun ship of the line.

Van der Post, Laurens

The Hunter and the Whale : a tale of Africa. W. Morrow, 1967. 350 p.

Big game hunter and whaling captain trade pot shots at an elephant and a whale.

Van der Rol, Greta

Die a Dry Death. Dragon International Independent Arts, 2010. 338 p.

June 1629. Laden with treasure and the riches of Europe, the merchantman Batavia, flagship of the Dutch East India Company, sails on her maiden voyage from Amsterdam bound for the East Indies. But thirty miles off the coast of Terra Incognita Australis-the unknown south land-she smashes into an uncharted reef. The survivors-women and children, sailors, soldiers and merchants-are washed ashore on a pair of uninhabited, hostile islands, with little food or fresh water. Desperately seeking help, the ship's officers set out in an open boat to make a two-thousand-mile journey to the nearest trading post. While they are gone, from the struggle for survival on the islands, there emerges a tyrant whose brutal lust for power is even deadlier than the reef which wrecked the Batavia.

Van Zwienen, John

Pivot. Jove, 1980. 246 p.

Germans mount an effort to hit the Empire State Building with a V-2 launched from a U-Boat. The expedition experiences difficulties due to production bottlenecks, denial of reality by the senior leaders in 1944-45, cronyism, and mysticism -- a combination which makes allied forces trivial by comparison.

China Clipper. Paradise, 1983. 319 p.

Potboiler set in the 1840s-1860s centering on the exploits of an American seafaring and shipbuilding family, a renegade Englishman, and a nymphomaniac who starts out the novel as the wife of a clipper captain, then becomes acting captain when her husband falls ill. Between bedroom scenes, the story has lots of seagoing action examining the impact of the introduction of the clipper and the steamship in commercial shipping.

Vane, Conrad

Foreign spies : Doctor Doom and the ghost submarine, an international spy story. Whitman, 1939. 424 p.

A Better Little Book: half text, half pictures..

Vanner, Antoine

Britannia's Wolf: The Dawlish Chronicles: September 1877 - February 1878. CreateSpace, 2013. 414 p.

1877 and the Russo-Turkish War is reaching its climax. A Russian victory will pose a threat for Britain's strategic interests. To protect them an ambitious British naval officer, Nicholas Dawlish, is assigned to the Ottoman Navy to ravage Russian supply-lines in the Black Sea. In the depths of a savage winter, as Turkish forces face defeat on all fronts, Dawlish confronts enemy ironclads, Cossack lances and merciless Kurdish irregulars and finds himself a pawn in the rivalry of the Sultan's half-brothers for control of the collapsing empire. First in a proposed series.

Vaughan, Carter A. (1914-1988) (pseud. Noel B. Gerson)

The Yankee Brig. Doubleday, 1960. 258 p.

Seven Years War adventure. Boston skipper takes a brig to sea as a privateer fighting the French while facing the opposition of the Royal Navy commodore in command in Boston.

Dragon Cove. Doubleday, 1964. 248 p.

Probably written earlier. A band of Providence, RI, rebels led by Captain Jonathan Sherwood, strike at the British from their secret base in Dragon Cove. Among other adventures, they blow up a British 74 in port, steal a merchantman, use that as springboard to steal a British sloop-of-war, then take to the seas around Providence to give the British grief.

Vercel, Roger (1894-1957)

Tides of Mont St.-Michel. Random House, 1938. 305 p.

Translation of "Sous le pied de l'archange".

Verne, Jules (1828-1905)

Jules Verne's Twenty thousand leagues under the sea : the definitive unabridged edition based on the original French texts. Naval Institute Press, 1993. 392 p.

A new translation which corrects the many errors, mistranslations, and bogus additions of the English versions previously available and restores nearly a quarter of Verne's original text that was cut from that version of the adventures of Captain Nemo and his marvelous submarine NAUTILUS.

The Mysterious Island. Modern Library, 2001. 629 p.

A new translation. Five Union prisoners escaping in a balloon from the siege of Richmond set down on the shores of an uncharted island.

Captain Grant's Children or, In search of the castaways. Gloria Mundi, 2009. 379 p.

Lord Glenarvan, Scots aristocrat, liberal and owner of the big steam/sail yacht DUNCAN, finds in the sea a bottle with a document telling about a shipwreck that mentions the name of the ship's captain - Grant. Unfortunately, part of information related to the location of shipwreck was destroyed by the sea water and Glenarvan only could get the latitude: 37 degrees and some minutes. He also knew that it was the Southern Hemisphere. He gets familiar with the two children of the captain and decides to search their father, having many adventures on the way, including meeting a character who later plays a part in Verne's The Mysterious Island.

The extraordinary journeys : the adventures of Captain Hatteras. Oxford University Press, 2005. 402 p.

The novel, set in 1861, described adventures of British expedition led by Captain John Hatteras to the North Pole. Hatteras is convinced that the sea around the pole is not frozen and his obsession is to reach the place no matter what. Mutiny by the crew results in destruction of their ship but Hatteras, with a few men, continues on the expedition. On the shore of the island of "New America" he discovers the remains of a ship used by the previous expedition from the United States.

The Blockade Runners. Sampson Low, Marston & Co, 1891. 120 p.

The exploits of James Playfair who must break the Union blockade of the harbour of Charleston in South Carolina to trade supplies for cotton and, later in the book, to rescue the father of a young girl held prisoner by the Confederates. Verne's tale was inspired by reality as many ships were actually lost while acting as blockade runners in and around Charleston in the early eighteen sixties.

Verrill, Alpheus Hyatt (1871-1954)

The Deep Sea Hunters. D. Appleton, 1922. 241 p.

The old derelict sailing ship HECTOR is repaired and fitted out for a voyage to South Shetlands to obtain sea-elephant oil for the WW I war effort.

The Deep Sea Hunters in the frozen seas. D. Appleton, 1923. 262 p.

The Deep Sea Hunters in the South Seas. D. Appleton, 1924. 265 p.

Vidal, Gore (1925- )

Williwaw. E.P. Dutton, 1946. 222 p.

Storm in the Aleutian islands takes a tremendous physical and mental toll on a ship's company.

Villars, Elizabeth

The Normandie affair. Doubleday, 1982. 319 p.

Life at sea on a 1935 sailing from New York to Southampton aboard the Normandie, most glamorous of the luxury liners.

Villiers, Alan (1903-1982)

Whalers of the Midnight Sun : a story of modern whaling in the Antarctic. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1934. 285 p.

Children's sea story

Great Sea Stories: A Seaman's Selection of Great Sea Stories. Dell, 1959. 255 p.

Contents: Youth / Joseph Conrad -- The reluctant hero / William Mcfee -- "Seventy-two days without a port" / Joshua Slocum -- Easting down / F.C. Hendry -- The captain of the Ullswater / Morley Roberts -- Ordeal / Angus Macdonald -- The boat journey / Sir Ernest Shackleton --The captains from Ilhavo / Alan Villiers -- A frigid reception / Sir James Bisset -- Christmas day on the high seas / Felix Riesenberg -- Skipper next to God /Jan de Hartog -- The advantages of seafaring / Kenneth Hardman -- First deck landing / Hugh Popham -- The character of the foe / Joseph Conrad.

Vignoles, Keith H.

Dick Burgess of Bosham. I. Harrap, 1976. 144 p.

Young Dick works for his father who mixes a bit of smuggling in with his fishing. They are ambushed by Custom officers but Dick manages to evade capture. French agents assisted by some locals are preparing for Napoleon's imminent invasion and Dick, at great risk, is able to help in unmasking traitors amongst the local community in 1803.

A Prisoner of Portchester. I. Harrap, 1977. 127 p.

Two French POWs escape from Portchester Castle (situated at the north end of Portsmouth Harbour) in 1808 and hope to use the long established escape route to return to France. Two young lads become involved when they discover a wounded man near their home.

Portsmouth Point. I. Harrap, 1984. 95 p.

A naval adventure set in 1814 with plenty of local interest thrown in - a young lad has no future ashore in Portsmouth and finds himself aboard a Royal Navy schooner, Dick Burgess (from the first novel) is a leading hand, and they are involved in an action against an American schooner off Ireland.

Vollmann, William T. (1959- )

The Rifles. Viking, 1994. 411 p.

Fictionalized recreation of the disastrous last voyage of Sir John Franklin with the bomb ketches EREBUS and TERROR in 1845 searching for the Northwest Passage. Volume six of the author's series "Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes" about the settlement of North America and the conflicts between natives and settlers.

Vorhies, John Royal

Pre-empt. H. Regnery, 1967. 220 p.

Done up in a series of reports, articles, tapes, letters and editorials, it traces the events leading to the impeachment of the President of the U.S. It all starts with a message from the S.S. Nathan Hale, a submarine with enough bombs aboard to make it the sixth nuclear power. Captain Hawk of the Hale, demands that all nations with atomic weapons turn them over to the control of an international committee and he emphasizes his point by launching first a bomb into a relatively unpopulated area in the U.S. hinterlands, then ditto into Russia. The hot lines sizzle as the world tries to track down the renegade sub.


Wadelton, Tommy (Thomas Dorrington) (1926-1975)

Silver Buckles on His Knee. Coward-McCann, 1945. 167 p.

Typical WW II boater.

Wakeman, Frederic (1909-1998)

Shore Leave. Farrar & Rinehart, 1944. 310 p.

Three decorated Navy pilots finagle a four day leave in San Francisco. They procure a posh suite at the hotel and Commander Crewson, a master of procurement, arranges to populate it with party people.

Waldock, Sarah J., Mrs.

William Price and the 'Thrush'. CreateSpace, 2012. 224 p.

Inspired by Jane Austen's Mansfield Park this introduces William Price, just promoted to Lieutenant, who finds his new commission places him on a ship sailing under sealed orders and a potentially mutinous crew.

Wales, Ken (1938- ) and Poling, David

Sea of glory : a novel : based on the true WW II story of the four chaplains and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester. Broadman & Holman, 2001. 357 p.

In the early morning hours of February 3, 1943, a German submarine torpedoes the American troop ship Dorchester en route to a top-secret radar installation in Greenland. The four Army chaplains on board could scarcely be more different from each other: Methodist pastor and war veteran George Fox: intellectual and athletic Rabbi Alex Goode; scholar, poet and Dutch Reformed minister Clark Poling: baseball fan and "regular guy" Father John Washington. yet in the terror and confusion following the attack by a deadly U-boat wolfpack, the chaplains unite in a final triumphant sacrifice that transforms the life of every survivor who lives to tell of it.

Wall, Bill (William) (1955- )

Donal Long series:

  1. The Powder Monkey: A 1798 Story. Mercer, 1996. 160 p.

    Set in the troubled days of the 1798 Rebellion, The Powder Monkey is the story of a boy, Donal Long, who steals a boat to escape his violent uncle and is picked up by a British warship. He is adopted by the ship's crew and becomes the "powder monkey" whose job it is to carry powder to the guns.

  2. The Slave Coast. Mercer, 1997. 144 p.

    Taken on as cabin boy aboard an American ship, Donal makes his escape from the tragic Ireland of 1798. But the Provident of Boston is not a normal trading vessel, the ship is bound for Africa to pick up slaves

  3. The Cove of Cork. Mercer, 1998. 144 p.

    In 1813, Donal Long and his shipmates are made prisoners of war after a sea battle with a British ship. To his surprise he is brought back to Ireland, to the Cove of Cork, close to his birthplace. Paroled as an officer, Donal's past is waiting in the wings to catch up with him.

Wallace, Willard Mosher (1911- )

East to Bagaduce. H. Regnery, 1963. 318 p.

Based on a true event. US Navy lays siege to Maine town during the Revolutionary War, but effort ends in humiliating disaster. Not for sunshine patriots.

Jonathan Dearborn; a novel of the War of 1812. Little, Brown, 1967. 376 p.

American privateers.

The Raiders: a novel of the Civil War at sea. Little, Brown, 1970. 470 p.

Cruise of the Confederate raider ALABAMA, as seen by Lieutenant Scott Pettigrew from Maine.

Wallop, Douglass (1920- )

Regatta. Norton, 1981. 285 p.

A crack international yachtsman steps down in class to race his fifty-eight foot yacht against ordinary weekend sailors in a thirty mile, 150-boat sailing race on Chesapeake bay. His chief adversary, in a much smaller sloop, gives him all he can handle.

Walmsley, Leo

Three Fevers. Knopf, 1932. 284 p.

The struggles of the "Lunns" and the "Fosdyks", rival inshore fisherman in North Yorkshire coastal village of "Bramblewick". The book is actually semi-autobiographical, and is based around real families who lived in the early part of this century at Robin Hood's Bay. Leo Walmsley wrote several such books, mainly based around his experiences in Robin Hood's Bay, and also the time he spent living in Fowey, Cornwall, where he eventually died. The book was adapted into the first film made by Arthur Rank, and was released as TURN OF THE TIDE.

Walsh, Joseph Patrick

King's Arrow. Lippincott, 1951. 380 p.

English medical sudent, in hiding after a duel, gets pressed into the Royal Navy. Escaping with a Nantucket sailor and a Native American, he becomes involved in smuggling goods to the Colonies in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Meanwhile, his ladylove emigrates to the Colonies after the death of her father. The collapse of his shipping business impoverishes her. She marries a Yankee loyalist, who is a businessman and a former ship owner. Sparks fly when the patriot smuggler and the Loyalist women encounter each other once again in Providence, Rhode Island. Despite anachronisms, a rollicking good tale.

Wambaugh, Joseph (1937-)

Floaters. Bantam, 1996. 293 p.

Set in San Diego's Mission Bay during America's Cup '95, water cops Mickey Fortney and his partner Leeds are on the trail of Cup saboteurs. This one is worth reading just for the commentary on the Cup scene. Fast paced & funny.

Wanttaja, Ron

The Key to Honor. Royal Fireworks, 1996. 188 p.

15 year old Midshipman Nate Lawton reports to USS CHESAPEAKE, blockaded in Boston by HMS SHANNON. Fatherless and seeking revenge because seven years earlier the English had impressed his father (and impoverished his family). Hiding a shameful secret and groping for truths he might have learned from his father, Nate immediately runs athwartship 2nd Lieutenant Westcott who abhors Nate's blind acceptance of natural gifts for which "others worked so hard." But it's Westcott that starts Nate on his search for honor. Of course, the CHESAPEAKE goes out and fights the SHANNON. Whether intentionally or not, the book is Patrick O'Brianish in every good sense: it demonstrates civility and honor, teaches leadership, teaches the nautical stuff along the way, is a bit better than reality, has a happy ending, and feels authentic. For young readers.

The Price of Command. Royal Fireworks, 1998. 330 p.

Midshipman Nate Lawton of The Key to Honor continues his adventures and maturing by joining Oliver Hazard Perry on Lake Erie right smack in the center of the Perry-Elliot controversy. Chance has thrown Nate into second in command and his captain moves to make him a scapegoat as well. For young adults 12 and up.

Warga, Wayne

Singapore Transfer. Viking, 1991. 151 p.

A rare-book dealer gets mixed up in smuggling and a murder mystery in Singapore involving junks, an ocean liner and the wreckage of USS ARIZONA at the bottom of Pearl Harbor.

Waters, Don

Vengeance Reef. in "The Saturday evening post reader of sea stories". Doubleday, 1962. 310 p.

Shipwrecked sailor single handedly destroys the dastardly german submarine that sank his ship - c.f. Forester's Brown on Resolution.

Waters, Kenneth

Sea Officer. Blacksmith, 1996. 266 p.

Novel based on the Black River Raid, the burning of Hampton and the great Atlantic storm of 1861. Our hero, Jonathon Comstock, fights for the Union aboard the sloop of war BENNINGTON. This was intended to be the first of a series of historical novels based upon naval actions during the American Civil War.

Watkins, Paul (1964- )

Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn. Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 280 p.

Young man expelled from college joins the crew of a fishing boat against the wishes of his fisherman father. Takes place on the Rhode Island Shoreline.

Watson, John

The Iron Man. Warner, 1998. 488 p.

Captain Jakob Zof, disappointed by events that have reduced the Soviet Navy to a shambles, seeks to restore some of his pride by allowing himself to be persuaded to commission a WW II battleship. This is no ordinary battleship; named after Stalin, it was to have been the culmination of Russian naval design and construction. It has been hidden from the world for years in a Vladivostok backwater. The endless supply of dollar bills from Zof’s mysterious new employers puts new life into the under-motivated and unpaid Russians. It’s not long before the STALIN is committing acts of piracy in the Pacific but it soon becomes apparent that there is an even more sinister motive. Another novel where heavy armour does not readily succumb to modern weaponry.

Webb, Alexander

Fates Anointed. Kimber, 1985. 191 p.

1805, Lt. Phillip Naseby, RN, formula period piece but readable.

Webber, Gordon (1912-1986)

The Far Shore. Little, Brown, 1954. 236 p.

1944: the Normandy Beaches.

Weber, Joe

Defcon One. Presidio, 1989. 336 p.

A worst-case scenario of the future of U.S.-Soviet relations envisions the failure of the current Soviet reform, leading to a desperate attack on the U.S. that threatens to escalate to nuclear war.

Webster, Rank V.

Two Boys of the Battleship. Cupples & Leon, 1915. 208 p.

Ned and Frank join the navy. It's off to South America aboard the battleship GEORGETOWN to deal with them furriners in the carefree days before the Big War.

Weiser, Bruce

Nicholas Chenevix Series:

  1. The French Imposter. Leisure, 1980. 278 p.

    British lieutenant Nicholas Chenevix is sent to Cadiz to spy as Admiral Nelson cruises offshore.

  2. Dispatch From Cadiz. Leisure, 1981. 283 p.

    Chenvevix allows himself to be captured by the French as part of a plan to lure the French out of Cadiz so Nelson can defeat them. Unfortunately, Chenevix, once caught, is tried as a spy, then kept aboard the BUCENTAURE during Trafalgar -- and the subsequent storm when the ship runs aground. Contains a long dream sequence about a world where Nelson loses Trafalgar.

Wenger, Susan

The Port-Wine Sea. America House, 1999. 190 p.

A rousing parody of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. It is a story about a British naval captain during the Napoleonic War, and his friend, a naval physician/espionage agent. They set sail once again aboard HMS AGHAST during the War of 1812 to demonstrate to the upstart Colonies the errors of their ways. The doctor/spy tries to establish liaison with the Creek Indians to create a diversion to the main British assault. Meanwhile the noble Captain is diverted by a teenaged Maryland vixen. Along the way, they encounter a skittish horse, a demure skunk, a whooping crane, and an escaped colony of termites aboard the ship.

West, Nigel

Cuban Bluff: a Documentary Novel of the Cuban Missle Crisis. Secker & Warburg, 1990. 250 p.

Feautres a last-minute scramble to find a missing Soviet submarine.

Westcott, Jan Vlachos (1912- )

Captain Barney. Crown, 1951. 286 p.

Privateer battles British from home port of Philadelphia during the Revolutionary war.

Westergaard, Ross

Midshipman Kirk : being the adventures of a midshipman, Royal Navy, aboard the iron screw corvette HMS Calcutta, during the 1880s on the west coast of North America. Horsdal & Schubart, 1993. 167 p.

Midshipman Eric Kirk aboard HMS CALCUTTA, patrolling Pacific Coast in the 1880s.

Westerman, Percy F. (Francis) (1876-1959)

A lad of grit : a story of adventure on land and sea in Restoration times. Blackie and Son, 1909. 240 p.

The quest of the Golden Hope : a seventeenth century story of adventure. Blackie and Son, 1912. 255 p.

With Beatty off Jutland: A Romance of the Great Sea Fight. Blackie, 1918. 284 p.

Another book for older boys - Sub-Lieutenant Sefton is having such a busy war aboard the torpedo boat destroyer CALDER; U-boats, fishing boats trawling up German spy service cables etc., that when a seaman falls overboard he jumps in after him and they are both picked up by the cruiser HMS WARRIOR that gets reduced to a sinking wreck in the Battle of Jutland. Prior to WARRIOR's demise Sefton is taken off by his captain and enjoys further heroic adventures!

The Salving of the "Fusi Yama" : A post-war story of the sea. Nisbet & Co, 1921. 288 p.

A riveting tale including an element of desperate rivalry, sea-plane flying, diving, a hurricane, and all the incidental thrills inseparable from a quest for sunken treasure.

The Third Officer: A present day pirate story. Blackie and Son, 1921. 288 p.

A ripping yarn from a once popular and prolific nautical author.

The Wireless Officer. Blackie, 1922. 320 p.

The Pirate Submarine. Nisbet & Co, 1923. 296 p.

Tom Trevorrick and Paul Pengelly are about to bring disgrace to all Cornish mariners. They are dismantling surplus ex-Royal Naval ships in order to sell them for scrap value but the value of brass falls to an uneconomic level. They must answer to their shareholders and their solution to the problem is both simple and startling. A doomed ship will be disguised and they will sneak out to the Channel and turn it into a modern day pirate.

A Cadet of the Mercantile Marine. Blackie, 1923. 256 p.

The hero is Peter Kelso (incidentally a motor-bike fanatic), who sails as a cadet on the Golden Vanity, a fully-rigged ship of 3200 tons. That first voyage, full of incident, makes a sailor of him and takes the reader through a series of experiences combining to make a first-rate yarns in the author's best and most popular style.

The Good Ship "Golden Effort". Blackie, 1924. 256 p.

Keith Harrington rescues a Mr. Whatmough from an attempted street robbery. Whatmough is the chief partner in the famous shipping line Whatmough,Duvant and Co and Keith is given his chance to become a cadet. He makes friends with Peter Kelso and Dusty Miller and joins the Golden Effort - one of the famous Golden line.

Captain Cain. Nisbet & Co, 1924. 284 p.

Captain Cain is the commander of the Alerte, a pirate submarine, pursued by the HMS Canvey. It is damaged and sinks in a shallow West African Lagoon where Cain and a select few escape the vessel in diving suits. Arriving ashore they steal a whaling craft from an unsuspecting fisherman and join a Greek Ship heading for Paraguil del Norte wher the pirates become embroiled in a local war.

The Buccaneers of Boya. Nisbet & Co, 1925. 319 p.

East in the "Golden Gain". Blackie and Son, 1925. 256 p.

The Luck of the "Golden Dawn". Blackie and Son, 1926. 256 p.

Chums of the "Golden Vanity". Blackie and Son, 1927. 255 p.

Captain Blundell's Treasure. Blackie and Son, 1927. 320 p.

The Junior Cadet. Blackie, 1928. 255 p.

Junior Cadet Norman Mansell takes up his first post on the Golden Pursuit at Southampton Docks. His first voyage is to Philadelphia in the U.S.A. during which they suffer from both heavy fog and a tremendous storm. The lifeboat is launched to rescue the crew of a sinking French ship, General Sardinot. The voyage continues to Cape Town and Madagascar, where they experience a tidal wave, and then home via Port Sudan and the Suez Canal.

Pat Stobart in the "Golden Dawn". Blackie, 1929. 256 p.

Leslie Dexter, Cadet. Blackie, 1930. 255 p.

The Senior Cadet. Blackie, 1931. 255 p.

His Unfinished Voyage. Blackie, 1937. 255 p.

Cadet Alan Carr joins the Golden Effort in the port of Southampton for a voyage to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and then Montevideo in Uruguay but after a series of adventures trouble withe the main shaft followed by a collision mean that Alan's voyage ends in Cape Town.

Cadet Alan Carr. Blackie, 1938. 255 p.

Cadet Alan Carr is appointed to the Golden Vanity currently in the port of London. The voyage takes him to Funchal in Madeira, Cape Town, where the cadets climb Table Mountain and get lost in a fog, and Auckland in New Zealand where Alan is caught in a terrific hailstorm whilst ashore. The ship the returns to the Atlantic and England by way of the Magellan Straits.

In Eastern Seas. Blackie, 1939. 255 p.

Alan Carr is in Swaledale when he learns that he has to join the Golden Venture at Liverpool. The ship is stranded on the sands at Formby at the beginning of her voyage but is able to continue her voyage to the Panama Canal via the West Indies. It then proceeds to Yokohama and is involved in a tsunami after an earthquake. Finally they voyage to China before heading home.

The War - and Alan Carr. Blackie, 1940. 254 p.

The S.S. Golden Venture is at sea when war is declared between Britain and Germany. After narrow scrapes with U-Boats the ship arrives safely in Cape Town where the cadets have a run ashore and unwittingly betray their next destination to a German spy. Lourenzo Marques contains a German freighter which has supposedly been interned by the Portuguese. However, it breaks out to sea where the Golden Venture overcomes her in conflict. Later Captain Harrington manages to outwit the German pocket battleship Graf Spee by pretending to be carrying a cargo of explosives.

War Cargo. Blackie, 1941. 255 p.

Destroyer's Luck. Blackie, 1942. 223 p.

Alan Carr in the Near East. Blackie, 1942. 256 p.

The story of a Cadet's life and adventures aboard the S.S. Golden Venture during the World War.

Alan Carr in the Arctic. Blackie, 1943. 255 p.

Secret Convoy. Blackie, 1944. 224 p.

The S.S. Golden Crest is in dock in New York shortly after Pearl Harbour. Her holds and decks are converted to take ramps for Sherman Tanks intended for a secret destination on the other side of the Atlantic. The tanks are shipped in Chesapeake Bay and as part of a convoy they set off.

Alan Carr in Command. Blackie, 1945. 224 p.

His First Ship. Blackie, 1946. 256 p.

Alan Carr is too young to be accepted by the Golden Line but the junior partner of Whatmough and Duvant, Mr. Dexter, manages to get him a job on the small coastal vessel called the Mary Rumbold. Alan begins the voyage in Boston, Lincolnshire and travels up to Dundee and then on to Thurso. He experiences many adventures and learns the harsh lessons of life at sea. On her last voyage to the breakers' yard the Mary Rumbold founders in a gale in the North Sea. Alan conducts himself well during the time of crisis which gains him a cadetship on the Golden Effort.

By Luck and By Pluck. Blackie, 1946. 232 p.

This is the story of Dick Danesby and Tony Andrews, apprentices on the tramp Mulcaster, before, during and after the landings on "D" Day. Their skipper is the well-known Alan Carr. The Mulcaster was one of the ships destined to play a humble but essential part in the operations by being purposely sunk off the Beaches.

The "Golden Gleaner". Blackie, 1948. 272 p.

Angus Cross anxious to follow the example of his uncle, known as "Fiery Cross", and go to sea, is lucky enough to be accepted as a cadet by the owners of the famous "Golden Line". Certain events connected with the launching of the ship on which he has his first seafaring experiences cause the superstitious to shake their heads, but on the whole the voyage of the Golden Gleaner is not unlucky, though certainly eventful.

The Mystery of the Key. Blackie and Son, 1948. 288 p.

John Cloche, his many war-time sea adventures behind him, is at rather a loose end when he has the chance of making one of a party which, onboard a former trawler, set out to try their luck at sponge-getting. The company of the Dream of Devon is a mixed one, but every man has had wide experience, and under Jimmy Ellicot, owner of the craft, they pull well together. It is well they do so, for they encounter emergencies which call for mutual trust and combined effort.

Missing, believed lost. Blackie and Son, 1949. 224 p.

A holiday yachting cruise in the Channel, under the command of their sporting schoolmaster, might well have provided plenty of interest for the four boys who accepted Mr Morgan's invitation to sail with him in the Marie, but something quite foreign to the programme transformed the cruise into a strange adventure indeed. As the result of a war wound, Mr Morgan began to be the victim of illusions, believing himself, sometimes, to be living in the days of Morgan the pirate.

Held to Ransom. Blackie, 1951. 288 p.

Sir Montague Corton decides to answer an advertisement offering a Mediterranean cruise in the ex-naval craft Zenna. His little party includes Major Haworth, his old friend, and his son Hugh, and Hugh's friend Alastair. They had no means of knowing that the Cornish Skipper and mate had actually stolen the yacht in the absence of her owner.

Working their Passage. Blackie, 1951. 256 p.

Phil Pryor and Jack Desmond, Sea Scouts, set out, despite a stiffish head wind, to sail the Scouts' dinghy ten miles to her "home port" and ran into trouble. Their little craft was swamped, and they were lucky, with the help of a lifebelt, to manage to reach the precarious safety of a buoy. From this they were rescued, none too soon, by the Golden Gleaner. Thanks to various fortunate circumstances, they found themselves installed as more or less unofficial cadets, and completed the voyage with the ship that had saved their lives.

Round the World in the "Golden Gleaner". Blackie, 1952. 253 p.

Held in the Frozen North. Blackie, 1956. 222 p.

Wheeler, Keith

The Last Mayday. Doubleday, 1968. 333 p.

A novel about an American nuclear submarine, a former Russian Premier, and an international crisis.

White, James Dillon (pseud. Stanley White) (1913-1978)

The Tall Ship. Heinemann, 1958. 271 p.

A battered old sailing ship attempts to run the blockade of the Royal Navy.

Roger Kelso series:

  1. Young Mister Kelso. Hutchinson, 1963. 255 p.

    Kelso joins the East Indiaman Shropshire as fourth mate, with a brutal, drunken captain who terrorises the crew and brings the ship to a state of mutiny.

  2. Kelso of the 'Paragon'. Hutchinson, 1969. 224 p.

    Commander Kelso commands the frigate Paragon of the Honourable East India Company's Marine during the Seven Years War.

  3. A Spread of Sail. Hutchinson, 1975. 192 p.

    In this readable stand-alone story an East India Company Marine ship is wrecked off the Amirantes. Kelso picks up dying survivors and hopes to keep secret that there was treasure in the ship. There is little chance of doing this in Bombay in the 1750s. His search for the treasure attracts the unwelcome attentions of a notorious French pirate who, with his Angrian allies, shadow Kelso in his frigate, the PARAGON, hoping he will lead them to it. Kelso's young Indian mistress has stowed herself onboard and helps him alleviate the hardships of the voyage. A giant stranger has joined the ship as a seaman in peculiar circumstances and somebody is helping the pirates.

  4. Brave Captain Kelso. Hutchinson, 1959. 223 p.

    Kelso commands the frigate PARAGON of the Bombay Marine. Off the Malabar coast Kelso retakes an East India Company ship from pirates and although he rescues the Commodore's young daughter, who falls hopelessly in love with him, and falls foul of a sadistic major of marines, the worst of his problems stem from his love of Margaret Clive - his friend's wife - when the East India Company with the assistance of the Royal Navy embarks on a strategy to eliminate the pirate menace. Rear-Admiral Charles Watson, the Royal Navy C-in-C, was a real person as of course was Robert Clive and it appears that the author now starts to follow the events of British Indian history.

  5. Captain of Marine. Hutchinson, 1960. 208 p.

    This story opens with Calcutta being seized by the Nawab of Bengal in 1756. It was he who placed his British captives in the Black Hole. Kelso is still obsessed by Margaret Clive - and she still hates Kelso for encouraging her husband in his military undertakings. In spite of the presence of the Royal Navy and units of the British Army it is Kelso's intuition and initiative which enables the British to soundly defeat the errant Nawab and at the same time frustrate the French. The author avoids being bogged down with excessive detail in this readable adventure set against the backdrop of Anglo-Indian history at the start of the Seven Years War (1756-1763).

  6. The Princess of Persia. Hutchinson, 1961. 223 p.

    After a fierce battle with the French ship of the line Lyon, Captain Kelso and his frigate Paragon arrive at Bombay. There is already a new order waiting for him, and on behalf of the East India Trading Company that wants to build another British base, he sails toward Iran - just like the Lyon.

  7. Commodore Kelso. Hutchinson, 1967. 223 p.

    It is the late 1750's and Roger Kelso is made Commodore of the Bombay Marine, much to the chagrin of a rival captain who has married his friend Lady Susan Verity. This means he must leave his beloved PARAGON and raise his pennant in PROTECTOR (44). To make matters worse Kelso falls in love with Lady Susan, his rival's wife, and the French and the Dutch want to dislodge the British and possess India themselves. Clive with the assistance of his friend Kelso must thwart their enemies without and within.

  8. A Wind in the Rigging. Hutchinson, 1973. 256 p.

    This story begins in 1760 with Kelso marrying Lady Susan (he is her third husband!) in Bombay during a lull in the war with France. The honeymoon is brought to an abrupt end when from his marriage bed Kelso spots an attacking pirate fleet. Kelso is captured but he is released because of his new wife's ability to turn a fate worse than death to an advantage. Lady Susan wants to make money out of India, much to her husbands disgust, so while she exploits the natives he attempts to eliminate the pirate threat.

  9. Fair Wind to Malabar. Hutchinson, 1978. 194 p.

    After the defeat of France and Holland two French warships ally themselves to the Mahrattan pirates and threaten the prosperity of India. Commodore Kelso of the Bombay Marine has to deal with this threat. To aggravate the situation, Kelso's wife Susan, on her way to England in disgrace, has been captured by the pirates....

White, Leslie Turner (1903-1967)

Lord Johnnie. Crown, 1949. 308 p.

Leader of London's underworld in the 1750s escapes hanging, goes to sea as pirate, captures ship and heads for New York.

White, Richard

Sword of the North. Pegma, 1983. 400 p.

Scots/Norse voyage to New England in the 13th century.

White, Robb (1909-1990)

Three Against the Sea. Harper & Bros., 1940. 416 p.

Sea stories for children set in the West Indies.

The Lion's Paw. Doubleday, 1946. 243 p.

The story of two runaway orphans who help a teenage boy sail his father's sailboat from Brunswick, Georgia to Sanibel Island, Florida to prevent it from being sold by an uncle who believes the father dead after being MIA in the Pacific at the close of WW II. The boy believes that if he finds a particular sea shell, a lion's paw, his father will come back to him. "It was a great boy's story to read growing up in the '50s." [AW]

Secret Sea. Doubleday, 1947. 243 p.

Young naval officer seeks SANTA YBEL, a sunken Spanish treasure ship with the aid of a waterfront urchin. For young readers.

Up Periscope. Doubleday, 1956. 251 p.

How Ken Braden, lieutenant junior grade, and the submarine 'Shark' went 3,000 miles through Japanese-infested Pacific waters to steal a code from an enemy-held island. For young readers.

Flight Deck. Doubleday, 1961. 215 p.

Young American naval officer serves as a dive bomber pilot at Midway, then following injuries that take him off flight status, becomes a coastwatcher during the Solomons campaign. For Young readers.

Torpedo Run: Mutiny and Adventure Aboard a Navy PT Boat During World War II. Doubleday, 1962. 183 p.

A tightly knit torpedo boat team operating off the New Guinea coast faces splintering loyalties and possible mutiny when their captain is killed and his replacement turns out to be an ignorant martinette fresh from stateside officers' school. For young readers.

Silent Ship, Silent Sea. Doubleday, 1967. 232 p.

USN destroyer CANON, desperately wounded in opening battles off Guadacanal faces a 1000 mile voyage through enemy-controlled waters to reach safety. Based loosely on the events surrounding the loss of the JARVIS.

The Frogmen. Doubleday, 1973. 239 p.

Four misfits from the navy UDT school are accidently sent to the Pacific for a priority, secret mission. They are to aid a Nissei graduate of the USNA solve the mystery of Japanese mines blocking access to an invasion beach days before the invasion is set to take place. Occurs 1944-45. Young adult book.

White, Simon

Captain Jethro Cockerill ("Cocky") Penhaligon series:

  1. The English Captain. St. Martin's, 1977. 203 p.

    The year is 1800. "Cocky" Penhaligon is given command of the 32-gun frigate AVENGER by Horatio Nelson. Penhaligon is assigned the task of destroying the French 74 GIRONDE, which is preying on British shipping in the Med.

  2. Clear for Action! St. Martin's, 1978. 188 p.

    The daughter of the admiral commanding Minorca elopes with Penhaligon. The admiral, angered, orders the AVENGER to the Western Med to harass French shipping. To eliminate the nuisance, the French send a squadron after him.

  3. His Majesty's Frigate. St. Martin's, 1979. 223 p.

    Captain Penhaligon and AVENGER escort a convoy of East Indiamen to Madeira, fight French and Spanish.

White, Stewart Edward (1873-1946)

Skookum Chuck. Doubleday, Page, 1925. 286 p.

A novel about a weathy disillusioned young veteran who discovered a man who calls himself a Healer of Souls. They make an agreement in which the veteran must do everything the Healer of Souls tells him to do without question, unless he is morally opposed, for a period of three months. If he is not "cured" by then, he will owe the Healer of Souls $10,000.00. If he is "cured", he will owe him nothing. They set out on an adventure from Vancouver in the Healer's yacht.

White, William H.

War of 1812 Trilogy (Isaac Biggs):

  1. A Press of Canvas. Tiller, 2000. 256 p.

    Isaac Biggs of Marblehead, Massachusetts, sails from Boston as captain of the foretop aboard the bark Anne, bound for St. Barts in the West Indies in the fall of 1810. When the Anne is stopped by a British Royal Navy frigate, Isaac and several shipmates are forcibly pressed into service on the Orpheus, actively engaged in England's long-running war with France. The young Isaac faces the harsh life of a Royal Navy seaman and a harrowing war at sea. His new life is hard, with strange rules, floggings, and new dangers. Then the United States declares war on England and Isaac finds himself in an untenable position, facing the possibility of fighting his own countrymen.

  2. A Fine Tops'l Breeze. Tiller, 2001. 288 p.

    Isaac Biggs ships as Third Mate on the Salem privateer General Washington in February 1813. At the same time, his friends from the British frigate Orpheus and the Baltimore schooner Glory find berths on the American warship USS Constellation and, eventually, they wind up on the USS Chesapeake in Boston just in time for her disastrous meeting with HMS Shannon. Throughout the spring of 1813, Isaac and the General Washington roam the waters between Massachusetts and Nova Scotia, taking prizes and harassing the British. When the American survivors of the Chesapeake / Shannon battle are confined in Melville Island Prison in Halifax, the General Washington and Isaac play an important role in securing their freedom.

  3. The Evening Gun. Tiller, 2001. 288 p.

    The year is 1814, the final year of the War of 1812. With the Atlantic seaboard closed by the blockade, the action shifts to Joshua Barney's gunboats where Isaac and Jack Clements find themselves commanding sloop rigged raiders assisting the effort in Maryland. They witness the British landing at Benedict MD and the burning of our capital. Sent to Baltimore to assist with the preparations for the expected British invasion, they witness the bombardment of that city and the writing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Oliver Baldwin series:

  1. The Greater the Honor : a novel of the Barbary Wars. Tiller, 2003. 287 p.

    14 year-old midshipman Oliver Baldwin tells the story of fighting with the corsairs of the Barbary Coast from the deck of Captain Stephen Decatur's ship as the young man, like the young nation he represents, struggles to find his way on the course to manhood. Gunboat battles, duels, and storms encourage his personal growth and challenge his maturity as he learns his role as an officer-in-training of the United States Navy.

  2. In Pursuit of Glory. Tiller, 2006. 352 p.

    Oliver Baldwin, recently back from the Barbary Wars, sets sail in the U.S. frigate Chesapeake on a routine patrol. The patrol becomes anything but routine when the ship is confronted by the 50-gun HMS Leopard outside the Virginia Capes. Commodore James Barron refuses the British captain's orders to produce Royal Navy deserters, and the Leopard fires into the American frigate with disastrous results. Following the ensuing court-martial, a new captain takes command of Chesapeake to enforce the Jeffersonian Embargoes on the Atlantic seaboard, with Oliver Baldwin still in his crew. Baldwin’s adventures continue, encountering more ships of the Royal Navy, going to battle with the HMS Macedonian, and, ultimately, witnessing the actual beginnings of the War of 1812.

Edward Ballantyne series:

  1. When Fortune Frowns. Tiller, 2008. 343 p.

    Most people are aware of the story of the Mutiny on the Bounty. Few, however, know what happened to the mutineers. They did not all sail to Pitcairn Island; indeed only nine of them did, leaving sixteen in Tahiti by their own choice. The Royal Navy was not about to let them remain at large and sent an armed frigate, HMS Pandora, to the Pacific to capture them and return them to England for trial.

  2. Gun Bay. CreateSpace, 2013. 248 p.

    In February 1794 ten ships, nine merchants and a Royal Navy frigate, wrecked on the reef at the east end of Grand Cayman Island. They were part of a convoy of fifty-eight ships that had left Jamaica only a few days prior and were bound for North America and England. Edward Ballantyne returns to tell the story of this disastrous event, still well-known in Cayman lore and, while the bones of the wrecked ships are no longer visible, several cannon from the Royal Navy frigate, HMS Convert can be found in the front yards of homes along the bluff above Gun Bay.

Wibberley, Leonard (1915-1983)

Treegate Family series:

  1. John Treegate's Musket. Ariel, 1959. 188 p.

    In 1769, just after his pro-Royalist father has sailed for England on business, 11 year-old Peter Treegate of Boston unwittingly becomes involved in a dock murder. Fleeing arrest he takes refuge on an American cargo ship which is subsequently wrecked off the the South Carolina coast. Peter is rescued by a Scotsman who, in 1775, helps him rejoin his father, now an embattled American patriot, ready to fight at Bunker Hill.

  2. Peter Treegate's War. Ariel, 1960. 156 p.

    Peter attempts to resolve the conflict between his loyalty to his real father and the Scottish clansman who has fostered him.

  3. Sea Captain from Salem. Ariel, 1961. 186 p.

    Peace of God Manly, now in France with the brig-rigged sloop-of-war HORNET, takes to the seas against Perfidious Albion in 1777-78, to attack sink, and capture all British vessels found -- except fishing smacks -- as part of Franklin's efforts to encourage the French to enter the war on the side of the Colonials. The book has numerous historical innaccuracies -- e.g., a Royal Navy Captain "purchasing" his commission -- but is a fun read, nevertheless.

  4. Treegate's Raiders. Ariel, 1962. 218 p.

    Peter Treegate and the sea captain, Peace of God Manly, finish out the war at Yorktown and return to Salem, Massachusetts, and a reunion with the sea captain's daughter.

  5. Leopard's Prey. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1971. 183 p.

    Manly Treegate accompanies his uncle on a routine trip to Norfolk, and is captured and pressed into service as a powderboy on HMS LEOPARD. Presumably takes place in period between 1806 and 1812. Young adult.

  6. Red Pawns. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973. 183 p.

    Peter Treegate, now in his sixties, and a wealthy shipowner, goes to England in period immediately preceeding War of 1812 for economic and political talks aimed at averting the war. Meanwhile, his nephew Manly strikes out for the Northwest Territory where he becomes involved in the fighting involving Tecumseh. Young adult. Not primarily nautical, but part of a nautical series.

  7. The Last Battle. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1976. 197 p.

    Manly Treegate commands USN brig WILD DUCK in the War of 1812. With his brother Peter as a member of his crew, they act against British shipping in the West Indies, and join uncle Peter Treegate -- that 's right there are two Peter Treegates in this novel -- a US Army major to help Andrew Jackson repulse the British at the Battle of New Orleans. Concluding novel in series.

Flint's Island. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1972. 165 p.

Inspired by, and somewhat a sequel to, Stevenson's TREASURE ISLAND. The New England brig JANE stops at an island to repair storm damage. The island turns out to be Treasure Island, and they find Long John Silver, who has found Captain Flint's buried treasure. Mutiny and murder follow. For younger readers.

Wilcox, Colin

The Coast of Loneliness. Deutsch, 1971. 236 p.

Set in 1950. An attempt to board a Second World War freighter aground off the Skeleton Coast of South West Africa to retrieve hidden valuables makes this a nautical novel, although the ship is boarded from the shore by a line attached to the ship, by dropping a grapple from an old Junkers aircraft.

Wilkins, Vaughan (1890-1959)

Being Met Together. Macmillan, 1944. 510 p.

"Even Napoleon didn't believe it--but it was true! The British held Napoleon a prisoner on St. Helena... If only someone could invent a boat that would sail under the sea-- Then the Emperor could be rescued. So someone did! The most unusual escape story of all time." Reprinted under the title Napoleon's Submarine.

Willans, Geoffrey (1911-1958)

Admiral on Horseback. Michael Joseph, 1954. 256 p.

In three parts; the middle part has the hero; Stangeways Foxe-Forsyth, (Yes its that sort of book!) as a commander having his ships war damage repaired in the States in 1941. In the first section (1952) he is the admiral in command of a British carrier strike group having trouble with his own government, SHAPE and the Americans. The last part (1952-1954) finds him sharing the Mediterranean with a giant American fleet under his US admiral friend. A story of changing times.

Williams, Ben Ames (1889-1953)

The Strumpet Sea. Houghton Mifflin, 1938. 338 p.

Three men seek one woman aboard the whaler VENTURER in the South Seas.

Thread of Scarlet. Houghton Mifflin, 1939. 374 p.

"Lusty saga of one man against angry sea" during War of 1812.

Williams, Charles (1909-1975)

The Sailcloth Shroud. Viking, 1960 188 p.

Charter boat skipper finds himself in a fix when one of his crew dies of a heart attack off Central America and the other is murdered in a Texas port. Raymond Chandleresque mystery.

Dead Calm. Viking, 1963. 188 p.

A young couple alone on their honeymoon yacht in mid Pacific rescue another voyager from his sinking yacht after burying his wife and another couple dead from food poisoning, leading to unexpected consequences. This thriller was filmed in 1989.

And the Deep Blue Sea. New American Library, 1971. 191 p.

A shipwrecked sailor is picked up by a mystery cruise ship up to no good.

Williams, David

Atlantic Convoy. Cassell, 1979. 304 p.

Convoy HX-114 assembles off the east coast to begin its dash to Britain. Aboard one of the Liberty ships the radio operator is a German agent who has on his person the American battle order for Operation Torch (The invasion of North Africa). Meanwhile in London at the Admiralty Tracking Station, from where the Battle of the Atlantic is controlled, the civil service trade union is working to rule because of the introduction of a WREN onto the staff. At the U-boat Operations Centre in Paris an intelligence windfall ensures that a trap will be set.

Williams, Henry

Ensign Pulver. Dell, 1964. 189 p.

Sequel to Mr. Roberts featuring Ensign Pulver. Novelization of the movie by the same name.

Williams, Jon (pseud. Walter Jon Williams) (1953- )

Privateers and Gentlemen series:

  1. The Privateer. Dell, 1981. 448 p.

    Malachi, Jehu, and Josiah Markham as American privateers in the Revolution. Original title: To Glory Arise.

  2. The Yankee. Dell, 1981. 368 p.

    Josiah's son Gideon Markham's adventures as a privateer in the ship MALACHI'S REVENGE at the begining of the War of 1812. Original title: The Tern Schooner.

  3. The Raider. Dell, 1981. 428 p.

    The exploits of Favian Markham -- Jehu Markham's son -- as a midshipman and officer aboard Decatur's frigate UNITED STATES and commanding the brig EXPERIMENT in British home waters. Original title: Brig of War.

  4. The Macedonian. Dell, 1984. 253 p.

    Favian Markham, now a captain, USN, takes the MACEDONIAN -- the frigate he helped capture -- on a cruise against the British in 1814.

  5. Cat Island. Dell, 1984. 333 p.

    Gideon and Favian Markham battle the British at New Orleans and The Gulf of Mexico at the end of the War of 1812.

Williams, Naomi J. (1964- )

Landfalls. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015. 315 p.

Reimagines the historical Lapérouse expedition, a voyage of exploration that left Brest in 1785 with two frigates, more than two hundred men, and overblown Enlightenment ideals and expectations, in a brave attempt to circumnavigate the globe for science and the glory of France. Each chapter is told from a different point of view and is set in a different part of the world, ranging from London to Tenerife, from Alaska to remote South Pacific islands to Siberia, and eventually back to France.

Williams, Paul

The Shenandoah Affair. Hodder & Stoughton, 1992. 394 p.

A maritime historical romance based on the factual visit of the successful Confederate raider SHENANDOAH (James Waddell) to the port of Melbourne, Australia for repairs during the Civil War. A bodice-ripper complete with embossed title and a purple cover that matches the prose within, featuring a Scarlet O'Hara-like character abducted from one of the Union ships Waddell sinks.

Willis, Connie (1945- )

Passage. Bantam, 2001. 594 p.

How the biologcal purpose of near death experiences (NDEs) is just like the sinking of the Titanic.

Williams, Wirt

The Enemy. Houghton Mifflin, 1951. 314 p.

Four-piper destroyer is assigned to second ASW Hunter-Killer carrier group in the Atlantic during 1943. Told first person from point of view of one officer.

Willis, Matthew

Daedalus and the Deep. Fireship Press, 2013. 262 p.

For Midshipman Colyer of the corvette HMS Daedalus, life is a constant struggle: savage pirates in the South China Sea, an erratic Captain, and a First Lieutenant guarding a personal secret. But the voyage of the Daedalus takes a stranger turn when the ship encounters a giant sea-serpent in the South Atlantic, and is plunged into a headlong pursuit of the creature in the name of science, personal glory, and the promise of fortune. But as the quest leads further into the cold wastes of the Southern Ocean, becoming ever more dangerous, Colyer begins to wonder just who is hunting whom? The sea-serpent's purpose could turn out to be more sinister than anyone on board the Daedalus imagined.

Willoughby, Lee Davis (Group pseudonym)

The Whalers. Dell, 1983. 285 p.

Life among New England whalers and whaling families. Making of America no.37.

The Caribbeans. Dell, 1983. 319 p.

Confederate captain and crew of blockade-runner become fugitives at end of the Civil War, flee to the Caribbean for love and adventure. Making of America no.42.

The Raiders. Dell, 1984. 317 p.

Confederate captain aboard steam/sail sloop DELTA DANCER harasses Union shipping, gets pursued by new armored paddlewheeler. Making of America no.52.

Wilson, Erle

Adams of the Bounty. Criterion, 1958. 316 p.

Another view of the mutiny, from POV of seaman John Adams. Mr. Christian and Captain Bligh portrayed somewhat differently than in other novels.

Wilson, Sloan (1920-2003)

Voyage to Somewhere. A.A. Wyn, 1946. 252 p.

Somewhat less than awe-inspiring lieutenant takes command of brand new very small supply ship during WW II. His crew was assigned from the bottom of some alphabetical list; all their names start with "W" except for a couple of the officers. They cruise around the Pacific with assorted unimportant cargoes, never quite catching up with the war. Very good.

Ice Brothers. Arbor House, 1979. 517 p.

Coast Guard ice trawler on Greenland patrol during WW II.

The Greatest Crime. Arbor House, 1980. 306 p.

Fair-alcoholic charter yacht skipper and his travails.

Pacific Interlude. Arbor House, 1982. 317 p.

Veteran of the Greenland patrol commands gasoline tanker in the South Pacific during WW II.

Wilton, Robert

Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey series:

  1. The Emperor's Gold. Corvus, 2011. 448 p.

    The armies of France have only to sail to England to complete Napoleon's domination over Europe. Britain is militarily weak, politically divided, unsettled by her rioting poor. Into this feverish environment comes a dead man. Pulled half-drowned from a shipwreck, his past erased, Tom Roscarrock is put to work for the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey, a shadowy Government bureau. He is thrown into a bewildering world of political intrigue and violence.

  2. Treason's Tide. Corvus, 2013. 448 p.

    Napoleon's army masses across the Channel - Britain is within hours of invasion and defeat. Only one thing stands in the way - an obscure government bureau of murky origins and shadowy purpose: The Comptrollerate General for Scrutiny and Survey. And, rescued from a shipwreck, his past erased, Tom Roscarrock is their newest agent. In England, the man who recruited Roscarrock has disappeared, his agents are turning up dead, and reports of a secret French fleet are panicking the authorities. In France, a plan is underway to shatter the last of England's stability. Behind the clash of fleets and armies, there lies a secret world of intrigue, deception, treachery and violence - and Roscarrock is about to be thrown into it headfirst.

Wingate, John Allen (1920-2008)

Submariner Sinclair series:

  1. Submariner Sinclair. Newnes, 1959. 255 p.

  2. Jimmy-the-One : a Submariner Sinclair story. Newnes, 1960. 256 p.

  3. Sinclair in Command : a Submariner Sinclair story. Newnes, 1961. 256 p.

  4. Nuclear Captain : the fourth story of Submariner Sinclair. Macdonald, 1962. 224 p.

  5. Sub-zero : a Submariner Sinclair story. Macdonald, 1963. 184 p.

  6. Full Fathom Five : a Submariner Sinclair story. Heinemann, 1967. 174 p.

  7. In the Blood : a Sinclair story. Heinemann, 1973. 147 p.

Below the Horizon. St. Martin's, 1975. 195 p.

Set in the very near future, this tells the story of the Third Cod War (there have been two real cod wars already). Iceland, having fished itself fishless within its three-mile limit, then its newer twelve-mile limit, has announced that now there is a 50-mile limit around the island and that all foreign trawlers either will be arrested or sunk. British skipper Hooky Walker, an overweight giant, does not recognize the new limit and says the fish beyond the twelve-mile limit are in international waters. He plays cat-and-mouse with the armed gunboat Hekla, sometimes getting a good haul, at others going home with little to show the company. And trawling is expensive. His worries mount. We follow his English Campion through a terrible blow and freak wave that nearly sinks them. On another trip he is fired upon by the Hekla but escapes in a fog. During the disastrous final voyage, a fellow trawler is fired upon and, out of his mind, Hooky rams the gunboat. Both ships sink in icy waters. But the tragedy is as much about the savaging of fish and rape of the world's greatest protein supply as it is about toilers of the sea.

The Sea Above Them. Barker, 1975. 186 p.

A British hunter-killer nuclear sub goes down off Novaya Zemlya on the Russian coast.

Oil Strike. St. Martin's, 1976. 197 p.

Building an oil rig off the coast of Scotland.

Cold War Trilogy:

Describes the deterioration of relations between the Soviet and Western blocks in a plausible and comprehensive scenario and spells out in some detail the NATO strategy to contain the Soviet submarine threat and keep open the sea lanes between Europe and the States in the pre-all-out-nuclear stage of the lead up to WW III. The stories concentrate mainly on the vessels named in the titles during the confrontation. The operation and deployment of the weapons systems and the ships performance during the various assignments come across as being realistic. This realism is carried through to the dialogue used by the characters and the makes an interesting comparison to the language used in naval war novels set in WW I and WW II.

  1. Frigate. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980. 216 p.

    A confrontation between a Soviet sub and a NATO exercise brings an end to the Cold War at sea and the beginning of perhaps WW3. Anti-submarine tactics, weapon capabilities and details of naval life give authenticity to the story of the eponymous LEANDER class frigate and her part in containing the Soviet submarine threat in the early stages of the sea war.

  2. Carrier. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1981. 192 p.

    This takes up the story where it was left in FRIGATE, but from the perspective of an ageing British aircraft carrier as it plays its part in trying to keep the sea lanes to the US open and providing the necessary air cover to prevent Soviet subs getting at the convoys taking reinforcements to Europe.

  3. Submarine. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982. 212 p.

    The crisis is escalating and Armageddon looks inevitable. A Royal Navy conventional submarine is sent on a mission to decoy a Soviet super sub from its Northern Polar lair to its destruction by a nuclear hunter killer.

Go Deep. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985. 191 p.

An authentic fictional account of the tough 10th Submarine Flotilla that defended Malta in WW II.

The Windship Race. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987. 206 p.

Wingate, William

Fireplay. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1977. 252 p.

CIA tries to salvage Soviet missile-carrying submarine sunk in 16,600' of water.

Winkler, Anthony C.

The Great Yacht Race. Kingston, 1992. 321 p.

The book is mostly about Jamaica in the 1950's and secondarily about a holy week yacht race from Lucia to Montego Bay. Interweaves the lives of five Montegonians: Fitzpatrick the barrister, Angwin the magistrate, O'Hara the hotelier, Biddle the reporter - all of whom eventually compete in an annual yacht race - and Father Huck, the American priest who ministers over them and tries his best to understand them, while battling with his own conflicts.

Winston, Michael

Jonathan Kinkaid series:

  1. Independent Action: Kinkaid in the North Atlantic. Createspace, 2012. 310 p.

    Jonathan Kincaid finds himself serving as First Lieutenant aboard the American frigate Randolph of 32 guns, blockaded in the port of Philadelphia during the winter of 1776-77. Tasked with orders to undertake "independent action" in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic against a mighty British convoy, she manages to elude enemy warships long enough to transform her crew-from the crusty boatswain O'Toole to the teenage midshipman Billy Weatherby-into an effective fighting force.

  2. Uprising: Kinkaid in the West Indies. Createspace, 2012. 368 p.

    Kinkaid is given command of his own ship, Swift, of sixteen guns. His assignment is threefold: to deliver a diplomat bearing a copy of the Declaration of Independence to the Dutch free port of St. Eustatia in the Caribbean, to assist a major of marines with a mysterious assignment that takes them to the jungle island of Dominica, inhabited by cannabalistic Carib Indians, and to gain information of any pirate activity in the Virgin Islands that may interfere with American shipping from St. Eustatia to American shores.

  3. Hazardous Duty: Kinkaid with the Northern Fleet. Createspace, 2012. 308 p.

    Kinkaid is in command of the 18-gun sloop of war, Ranger, tasked with scouting duties for the Continental Fleet. Braving not only the foul and frigid weather of northern waters, Kinkaid must contend with an inexperienced crew, a badly leaking ship, and personality clashes among senior officers; one of them being the bold and aggressive John Paul Jones, in command of the Frigate Alfred, not to mention trying to evade a strong and powerful British force that hopes to trap and destroy the fleet in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

  4. Tidings of Victory: Kinkaid in Europe. Createspace, 2012. 316 p.

    Captain Kinkaid and his seagoing patriots take the news of the great victory at Saratoga to Benjamin Franklin in Paris. The newly married Kinkaid wrestles with his own demons as well as enemies of the cause.

  5. The Treasure Ship: Kinkaid and the Alliance. Createspace, 2013. 306 p.

    Our intrepid captain is given command of America's premier warship, one of the finest ships ever produced during the Revolutionary War, the large and powerful 40-gun frigate Alliance, her mission to deliver 100,000 Spanish milled dollars from the Caribbean port of Havana, Cuba to the coffers of Congress. Needless to say there are many forces that hope to grab this fortune for themselves and others would be just as happy to ensure it never reaches American shores.

  6. The Lake War: Kinkaid with the Inland Fleet. Createspace, 2013. 222 p.

    Deals with Kinkaid's first assignment as a young officer when he is sent to advise and assist General Benedict Arnold in the building and fighting of an Inland Fleet on Lake Champlain in the summer of 1776 when the war breaks out.

Winton, John (Pseud. John Pratt) (1931-2001)

Artful Bodger series:

  1. We Joined the Navy. Michael Joseph, 1959. 253 p.

    The Bodger (Lt. Cmdr. Robert Badger) tries to train a class of raw recruits on their first cruise at the RN Academy.

  2. We Saw the Sea. Michael Joseph, 1960. 205 p.

    Some of the Bodger's former charges join him in the madhouse cruiser CAROUSEL, where he is first Lieutenant, for a cruise in Far Eastern waters.

  3. Down the Hatch. Michael Joseph, 1961. 204 p.

    The Artful Bodger takes command of the RN's newest and largest submarine.

  4. Never Go to Sea. Michael Joseph, 1963. 213 p.

    The Artful Bodger now finds himself Assistant Director of Naval Public Relations at the Ministry of Political Warfare. "Saddled" with a racehorse it becomes imperative for his future career to enter, and succeed, in the sport of kings!

  5. All the Nice Girls. Michael Joseph, 1964. 222 p.

    The submarine HMS SEAHORSE (featured in Never Go to Sea) goes into the dockyard for a major refit. Lieutenant Dagwood Jones has a chance to pursue various young ladies and give his commanding officer, the Bodger, many anxious moments. A humorous insight into the Royal Navy's, not always cordial, relationship with the civilians who repair and refit their ships.

HMS Leviathan. Michael Joseph, 1967. 421 p.

Jet-age aircraft carrier.

The fighting Téméraire. Michael Joseph, 1971. 239 p.

British Polaris sub spying in the Black Sea.

One of Our Warships. Michael Joseph, 1975. 207 p.

Deals with a possible atrocity at sea when an RN frigate fires on a sampan during operations in Southeast Asia. Told in reminscience form. Revealing look at the relationships between officers of a navy.

Good Enough for Nelson. Michael Joseph, 1977. 239 p.

Aircraft Carrier. Michael Joseph, 1980. 303 p.

Hands To Action Stations!: Naval poetry and verse from World War II - Chosen by John Winton. Bluejacket Books, 1980. 143 p.

Editor. An assortment of famous and anonymous verse, mainly from serving naval personnel - a continuing tradition as aficionados of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin series will appreciate.

The Good Ship Venus, or, The Lass who Loved a Sailor. Michael Joseph, 1984. 219 p.

Humourous account of first RN warship to have women on board. The author himself found it rather amusing when women actually did begin to go to sea not too long after it was published.

A Drowning War. Michael Joseph, 1985. 285 p.

WW II Battle of the Atlantic as seen through the eyes of three participants who meet in a climatic ending to the novel: a Fleet Air Arm Swordfish pilot, a Kriegsmarine submarine officer, and a USN destroyer officer. Excellent, tightly-written story. The author uses post-war revelations for marvelous irony.

Polaris : fears and dreams. Michael Joseph, 1989. 248 p.

Night of the Scorpion. Severn House, 1994. 266 p.

Wolfe, Gene (1931- )

Pirate Freedom. TOR, 2007. 320 p.

Father Christopher was once a pirate captain, hundreds of years before his birth. Fresh from the monastery, the former novice finds himself inexplicably transported back to the Golden Age of Piracy, where an unexpected new life awaits him. At first, he resists joining the notorious Brethren of the Coast, but he soon embraces the life of a buccaneer, even as he succumbs to the seductive charms of a beautiful and enigmatic senorita. As the captain of his own swift ship, which may or may not be cursed, he plunders the West Indies in search of Spanish gold.

Home Fires. TOR, 2011. 304 p.

Chelle and Skip have been separated by Chelle's tour of duty in a war against aliens from distant solar systems. They find their relationship complicated by time differentials that cause an injured and war-weary Chelle to age only a few months while Skip reaches his forties. Bulk of the novel takes place on a cruise liner.

Wood, James (1918-1984)

The Rain Islands. Duckworth, 1957. 198 p.

A Novel Set in the Faeroe Islands.

The Sealer. Hutchinson, 1959. 224 p.

World War 2 novel about the pursuit of a German sea-raider, the fictitious steamship SEEADLER. Wood’s narrator is Scotsman James Fraser, a trawler fisherman turned merchant seaman, who, after surviving the sinking of his freighter out of a North Atlantic convoy, is recruited by the Royal Navy for a bit of espionage. In due course he finds himself in the wilds of South America’s Tierra del Fuego and the Straits of Magellan, the German raider’s probable home base.

The Lisa Bastian. Hutchinson, 1960. 191 p.

Adventures of James Fraser (from The Sealer), maverick trawler skipper, continue from Bergen where Fraser and his crew (including the token black, the cod intellectual, the rough Polish mate) agree to take a couple of girls and an (unrelated) Hungarian political refugee from Norway to Shetland with a little fishing on the wrong side of the territorial limit en route. The Russians want the Hungarian, the mate wants one girl, the other girl wants the Captain. The real baddies get shot, their sidekicks merely winged.

Be Thou My Judge. Hutchinson, 1966. 192 p.

U.S. title: Voyage into Nowhere. A Navy Lieutenant is falsely jailed for heroin possession, then is sprung by a gang who wants his services. A basic sea thriller.

The Friday Run. Hutchinson, 1967. 190 p.

Skipper James Fraser decides to go to sea on a Friday run during which an unmarked and frightening canister surfaces with a load of fish shortly after a large plane has crashed.

Three Blind Mice. Hutchinson, 1969. 208 p.

Mystery/thriller, North Sea fishing vessel, Cold War intrigue.

Woodland, Geoff

Ice King. MDW, 2010. 481 p.

In 1804, Liverpool was the largest slave trading port in Great Britain, yet her influential traders felt threatened by the success, in Parliament, of the anti-slavery movement. Few, in Liverpool, condemned the 'Trade'. William King, son of a Liverpool trader, is sickened by what he experiences aboard a Spanish slaver, and dares to speak out against the Trade.

Woodman, Richard (1944- )

Drinkwater series:

  1. An Eye of the Fleet. J. Murray, 1981. 185 p.

    Drinkwater as a midshipman on frigate CYCLOPS at Admiral Rodney's "Moonlight Battle" against the Spanish in 1780 and during the American Revolution. 1780-1783.

  2. A King's Cutter. J. Murray, 1982. 170 p.

    Drinkwater as master's mate and acting lieutenant on cutter KESTREL at the Nore Mutiny and the Battle of Camperdown against the Dutch in the opening phase of the War of the French Revolution. 1792-1798.

  3. A Brig of War. J. Murray, 1983. 233 p.

    Drinkwater as lieutenant on brig HELLEBORE in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean following French invasion of Egypt, 1798-1799.

  4. Bomb Vessel. J. Murray, 1984. 215 p.

    Drinkwater as Commander of bomb ketch VIRAGO at Battle of Copenhagen, 1801.

  5. The Corvette. J. Murray, 1985. 224 p.

    Arctic Treachery in US, Drinkwater as "job captain" -- temporary captain -- on a sloop of war assigned to protect the British whaling fleet, 1801-1802.

  6. 1805. J. Murray, 1985. 209 p.

    Decision at Trafalgar in the US. Drinkwater as Captain of the frigate ANTIGONE brings about the battle of Trafalgar. 1805.

  7. Baltic Mission. J. Murray, 1986. 224 p.

    Drinkwater as captain of frigate ANTIGONE in the Baltic during events surrounding the Treaty of Tilsit spies on a meeting between Napoleon and Alexander, 1806.

  8. In Distant Waters. J. Murray, 1988. 246 p.

    Drinkwater and the new frigate PATRICIAN are sent to the California coast on mission involving diplomatic skullduggery with the Spanish and Russians, 1807-1808.

  9. A Private Revenge. J. Murray, 1989. 247 p.

    Drinkwater and PATRICIAN in the Far East. Plot revolves around multiple revenges between Drinkwater, Tregembo (Drinkwater's coxswain) and Morris a former navy officer who made Drinkwater's life a misery in books #1 and #3, 1808.

  10. Under False Colours. J. Murray, 1991. 247 p.

    Drinkwater disguised as merchant shipmaster on a secret mission to Denmark, 1809.

  11. The Flying Squadron. J. Murray, 1992. 250 p.

    Drinkwater in Chesapeake Bay in events leading up to War of 1812, 1811.

  12. Beneath the Aurora. J. Murray, 1995. 247 p.

    Drinkwater, now head of the RN's Secret department, goes on secret mission to Scandinavia in 1813. Woodman used the name of his own boat for Drinkwater's frigate

  13. The Shadow of the Eagle. J. Murray, 1997. 260 p.

    With Napoleon about to abdicate, Drinkwater learns of a plot, possibly Russian sponsored, to free Napoleon from the planned prison in the Azores, and take him to America to be the United States's new war leader. Drinkwater sails in the ANDROMEDA to forstall the effort.

  14. Ebb Tide. J. Murray, 1999. 230 p.

    In 1843 Captain Sir Nathaniel Drinkwater, now 81, is on an inspection tour of lighthouses on the west coast of England aboard the paddle-steamer VESTAL when tragedy strikes, and he is suddenly confronted with the spectre of his past. The author uses flashbacks to 1781 and 1815 to tidy up some details of the hero's life.

William Kite Trilogy:

  1. The Guineaman. Severn House, 2000. 260 p.

    When William Kite runs away to sea to escape a charge of muder, he finds himself aboard the Enterprize, a Liverpool Guineaman, or slave ship, destined for the Guinea coast of West Africa. Having loaded the slaves the ship then prepares to cross the Atlantic, bound for the sugar plantations of the West Indies.

  2. The Privateersman. Severn House, 2000. 250 p.

    The Seven Years War is over, and William Kite is now a successful ship-owner in Liverpool. But when deception and tragedy strikes, Kite finds himself back at sea and enmeshed with the beginning of the American Revolution.

  3. The East Indiaman. Severn House, 2001. 295 p.

    The American Revolutionary War is in full swing, with Yankee privateers swarming in British waters. For ship-owners like Captain William Kite of Liverpool, ruin was only a gunshot away. When providence strikes the embattled Kite yet again, he is desperate to restore his fortune and travels to London to tray a final throw of the dice.

James Dunbar series:

  1. Waterfront. Little, Brown, 1995. 315 p.

    Brought up in Edwardian Britain James goes to sea in search of romantic adventure. He falls in love with a waterfront prostitute. A meeting with the Madame of the brothel reveals an event of terrifying brutality and makes him the agent of retribution. These events not only alter his perception of life, but lead him to discover in himself a powerful artistic talent.

  2. Under Sail. Little, Brown, 1998. 374 p.

    The sea is James Dunbar's vocation but also it is his destiny. Securing a berth in a sailing ship bound for Australia he strives to build the character essential for a successful career. With the outbreak of the First World War comes a desperate confrontation amid the wilds of the South Atlantic Ocean but Dunbar's sense of purpose remains undimmed.

Voyage East : a cargo ship in the 1960s. Murray, 1988. 220 p.

Not strictly speaking a work of fiction, it is more a fictionalised account of a voyage to the Far East and back in a Blue Funnel cargo liner in the early sixties. It is based on a number of voyages that the author made as a junior officer on these vessels. It is a vivid representation of the last days of the cargo liner - containers were just making their first appearance. Reprinted as The Antigone and Blue Funnel: Voyage East.

The Darkening Sea. Macdonald, 1991. 352 p.

Account of Martin family -- a British seafaring family from WW I to the 1980s. Action during both peacetime and wartime.

Endangered Species. Little, Brown, 1992. 323 p.

The MATTHEW FLINDERS, an old out-dated cargo liner is bound for the breakers yard, with her captain heading for retirement. They symbolize the irreversible, quiet decline of the British Merchant Navy. The MATTHEW FLINDERS steams into a hurricane, and the crew of the MATTHEW FLINDERS are fighting for their lives. The title refers to both the ships and men of the British Merchant Navy. Who are a dying breed - there are fewer and fewer of them, and those that are left are sailing on ships with flags of convience flying at the back end. Look for a Lieutenant Drinkwater in a small role.

Wager. Murray, 1990. 272 p.

Tea clippers race from China to England without rules.

Act of Terror. Severn House, 1996. 313 p.

As the luxury cruise liner Adventurer sails from a United States port, a world-wide spate of terrorist bombings breaks out. It soon becomes apparent that the liner and the bombings are linked, and that its passengers are in great danger.

Captain of the Caryatid. Severn House, 1997. 216 p.

Captain Septimus Macready, commander of the lighthouse tender Caryatid finds his tranquility disturbed when ambitious Harbour Master, James St. John Stanier comes to town.

The Cruise of the Commissioner. Severn House, 1998. 218 p.

Captain James St. John Stainer, formerly Porth Ardr's ambitious Harbor Master, has been elected a Commissioner of Celtic Lighthouses. And from this elevated position he is determined to get even with Septimus Macready, captain of the lighthouse tender, Caryatid. As tension builds and old loyalties are put to the test, both sides anticipate stormy seas ahead.

The disastrous voyage of the Santa Margarita. Severn House, 2008. 267 p.

Don Iago Fernandez barely survives a shipwreck that leaves him a prisoner in a remote area of China. Eventually, he escapes to the Philippines and negotiates passage on the Santa Margarita, a New Spain-bound ship carrying 300 passengers, among them soldiers, priests, prostitutes, merchants, and seamen. As a seafarer with years of experience, Don Iago knows the ship is overcrowded and overloaded, so he's prepared for problems, but even he can't predict the 40 typhoons and hurricanes that will batter the boat and force it to spend more than six months covering less than a quarter of its intended journey.

Kit Faulkner series:

  1. A Ship for the King. Severn House, 2011. 218 p.

    Kit Faulkner is a young vagrant orphan, but his life changes forever when two gentlemen spot his potential and he is taken aboard their merchant ship, the Swallow, to be trained for a life at sea. As he rises through the ranks, he risks all in encounters with pirates and French corsairs. Meanwhile, England edges ever closer to civil war, and very soon Kit must chose which side he will fight for.

  2. For King of Commonwealth. Severn House, 2012. 224 p.

    England has been torn asunder by a civil war that has pitted Parliamentarians against Royalists. Captain Kit Faulkner, bound to the Royalist cause, has been living in exile for the past four years. Faulkner must now support himself with the tiny rump of the Royal Navy that remains loyal. But his loyalties are torn, partly by the desire of his old patron, Sir Henry Mainwaring, who wishes to return home, and partly by the predatory nature of Prince Charles, who has his eyes on the beautiful Katherine Villiers.

  3. The King's Chameleon. Severn House, 2013. 272 p.

    Captain Kit Faulkner's house is prospering; his eldest son, Nathaniel, has recently returned from a profitable trip to Jamaica in the good ship Faithful, and his daughter, Hannah, has made a suitable match with a young sailor. But the resignation of the Lord Protector, Richard Cromwell, throws England into uncertainty. Will the republic flourish, or will a King return to the throne? Kit is content to let matters take their natural course, but his younger son, Henry, is an idealist with political ambitions. It soon becomes clear that Henry is in much deeper than Kit first realised, and Henry's actions may threaten everything that Kit holds dear.

Woodrooffe, Cdr. Thomas (1899-1978)

Naval Odyssey. J. Cape, 1936. 287 p.

Toby Warren, in the fictitious British cruiser HMS CASSIOPEIA, participates in the events in Turkey during the 1920s, and the Royal Navy's involvement in the crises there.

River of Golden Sand. Faber & Faber, 1936. 325 p.

Toby Warren, a young lieutenant in HMS BEETLE, a Yangtze gunboat, paints a lively picture of Navy ways and days in China at a very interesting period.

Best Stories of the Sea. Faber & Faber, 1945. 415 p.

Contents: Shalimar / Easting down -- Conrad, Joseph / The brute -- Hyne, Cutcliffe / Fortunes adrift -- Martyr, Weston / An abolition of armaments -- Henry, O / The admiral -- Lubbock, Basil / China clippers -- Hanley, James / Jacob (from Half an eye: sea stories)--Roberts, Morley / The overcrowded iceberg -- Jacobs, W.W / The lady of the barge -- Shaw, F.H / Tramp odyssey -- Jones, Philip / A sea fight at Pantalarea (from Hakluyt)--Roberts, Morley / Jack-all-alone -- Teonge, Henry / Adventures of a naval chaplain -- Kipling, Rudyard / The ship that found herself -- Scott, David / "E l'Egitto!"--Scott, David / The Egypt's gold -- "Sea-Wrack." The net -- Woodrooffe, T / Bligh's open-boat voyage (after Barrow)--Melville, H / The death of the white whale -- Tomlinson, H.M / The sinking of the Titanic -- Bradford, William / Sailing of the Pilgrim fathers -- "Bartimeus." Sea brooms -- Ommanney, F.D / North Cape -- Bullen, F.T / The cruise of the Cachalot.

Woods, Stuart (1938- )

Blue Water, Green Skipper. Norton, 1977. 190 p.

Young man inherits a sailing yacht and has to bring it across the Atlantic.

Run Before the Wind. Norton, 1983. 337 p.

A big sailing yacht, political intrigue, and the IRA.

Deep Lie. Signet, 1986. 340 p.

Sifting through reams of seemingly unrelated intelligence, CIA analyst Katherine Rule discovers a chilling pattern: an ultrasecret Baltic submarine base ... a crafty Russian spy-master in command ... a carefully planned invasion about to be launched from dark waters. Her suspicions, however, are dismissed by those higher up; her theory, they say, is too crazy to be true. But to Katherine, it's just crazy enough to succeed - unless she can stop it. If she''s right, an attack sub has already penetrated friendly waters. Worse yet, the enemy has penetrated deep into her own life, so deep she can touch him. And in this game, one wrong touch can mean Armageddon.

White Cargo. Simon and Schuster, 1988. 350 p.

Our hero takes off on a world cruise on a Swan. Picks up a "helpful" college student who turns out to be a hijacker who with friends who show up on another boat, kills the guy and his family (they think). The guy survives and learns to fly to distract himself from his grief. A couple years later he gets a phone call from his (he thought) dead daughter and he realizes it was the female accomplice he saw dead. The rest of the book has him flying to South America and investigating the cocaine trade in the hopes of locating the girl.

Worrall, Jay (1943- )

Charles Edgemont series

  1. Sails on the Horizon : a novel of the Napoleonic Wars. Random House, 2005. 284 p.

    In 1797, at the height of the Napoleonic Wars, a small group of English ships, including the HMS Argonaut, plays a key role in preventing a fleet of twenty-seven Spanish ships from linking up with the French at Brest. Unusual in that the lead character is married to a Quaker.

  2. Any Approaching Enemy : a novel of the Napoleonic Wars. Random House, 2006. 276 p.

    In 1798, Captain Charles Edgemont leads the Louisa and its companion brig Pylades on a voyage across the Mediterranean in a race against time to bring Admiral Horatio Nelson vital information that is needed to stop the French off the coast of Alexandria. Jack Aubrey makes a cameo. Original title: Aboukir Bay.

  3. A Sea Unto Itself : a novel of the Napoleonic Wars. Fireship Press, 2013. 319 p.

    Charles Edgemont, newly appointed Captain of the Frigate Cassandra, 32, is ordered on what he initially considers a fool's errand to the foot of the Red Sea. He finds an under-strength crew on the point of mutiny, and an unresolved murder. Near the entrance to the Red Sea, Charles reports to Admiral Sir John Blankett. Blankett is openly contemptuous of any notion that the French would make any other attempt to invade the subcontinent. Admiral Blankett is wrong.

Wouk, Herman (1915- )

The Caine Mutiny, a novel of World War II. Doubleday, 1951. 494 p.

Officers take over minesweeper from crazed captain during WW II.

Don't Stop the Carnival. Doubleday, 1965. 395 p.

Comic novel about the coming of middle age and the "realities" of living on an island in the sun.

World War Two Duology

  1. Winds of War. Little, Brown, 1971. 885 p.

    The story revolves around a mixture of real and fictional characters, all connected in some way to the extended family of Victor "Pug" Henry, a middle-aged Naval Officer and confidant of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The story begins six months before Germany's invasion of Poland, which launched the European portion of the war, and ends shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, when the United States and, by extension, the Henry family, enters the war as well.

  2. War and Remembrance. Little, Brown, 1978. 1042 p.

    Continues the story of the extended Henry family and the Jastrow family starting on 15 December 1941 and ending on 6 August 1945.

Wright, William Talboy

Churchill's Gold. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980. 218 p.

With nothing to lose, falsely accused fugitive Mark Masters agrees to take a wooden barkentine to the South Seas on a search for sunken treasure to bail out the British treasury during WW II.

Wyeth, N. C. (1882-1945) (Editor)

Great Stories of the Sea & Ships. David McKay, 1940. 431 p.

About three dozen short sea stories and excerpts, fiction and factual, by some of the great nautical authors. Illustrated by Peter Hurd.

Wylie, Philip (1902-1971)

The Big Ones Get Away! Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. 271 p.

Crunch and Des fishing tales.

Salt Water Daffy. Farrar & Rinehart, 1941. 299 p.

More Crunch and Des fun.

Fish and Tin Fish; Crunch and Des strike back. Farrar & Rinehart, 1944. 300 p.

Crunch and Des fishing stories.

Crunch and Des; stories of Florida fishing. Rinehart, 1948. 250 p.

Contents: Bait for McGillicudy -- A diet of fish -- Fire on the beach -- The snarling Santa Claus -- Three time winner -- The shipwreck of Crunch and Des -- Fair-caught -- Eve and the sea serpent -- Key jinx.

The Best of Crunch and Des. Rinehart, 1954. 404 p.

Collection of short stories first published in the SATURDAY EVENING POST about the lighthearted adventures of charter fishermen Crunch and Des, fishing out of the Gulf Stream Dock in Miami: Widow Voyage; Hooky Line and Sinker; The Old Crawdad; The Reelistic Viewpoint; The Visiting Fire-eater; Crunch Catches One; Light tackle; Fifty-Four, Forty and Fight; Crazy Over Horse Mackerel; The man Who Had Been Around.

Treasure Cruise, and Other Crunch and Des Stories. Rinehart, 1956. 336 p.

Contents: Treasure cruise -- Danger at Coral Key -- Planedown -- Hurricanearea -- The affair of the ardent Amazon -- Smuggler's cove -- The man who loved a joke.

Wynd, Oswald (1913-1998)

The Forty Days. Collins, 1972. 254 p.

Allied POWs from Singapore suffer a hellish voyage aboard the OSHIMA MARU, bound for Japan in the fall of 1943.


Yaffe, James (1927- )

The Voyage of the Franz Joseph. Putnam's, 1970. 448 p.

Based on a true story; 1939 more than a one thousand Jews have paid Hitler a small fortune to escape from Germany; the Cuban government has agreed to accept the refugees. During the voyage their entry visas are revoked, the passengers are faced with returning to Germany, internment and death unless another country accepts them. All civilized nations protest but none will step forward to aid them.

Yates, Tom

Living Torpedo. Saturday Evening Post, Sept. 8, 1951

WW II Mini-sub destroys battleship.

Yerby, Frank (1916-1991)

Captain Rebel. Dial, 1956. 343 p.

Ty Meredith captains a Confederate blockade-runner during the Civil War.

The Golden Hawk. Dial, 1948. 346 p.

Pirate Kit Gerado and his search for revenge on the Spanish Main in the 1690s.

Young, N. Jay

A Ship's Tale. Boson Books, 2006. 358 p.

Set in post-war England, this is the story of the square-rigger Bonnie Clyde, a grand vessel in her time, but now awaiting scuttling in the English Channel; a group of rogue sailors, unable to persuade the Admiralty to help save the vessel, pirates the ship away while under tow to be scuttled, sailing her through the English Channel and the Irish Sea, hoping to deliver the ship to her original home where she was built in Dumbarton, Scotland on the river Clyde.


Zhdanov, Aleksandr Ivanovich

Shadow of Peril. Doubleday, 1963. 321 p.

Novel, told from the POV of a defected Soviet submarine commander, of his exploits in the Eastern Med and Caribbean waters in 1958-1963. Among other things he is apparently ordered to sink John Glenn's capsule and refuses to do so. The repeated Soviet claims of technical superiority are fascinating and occasionally hilarious when viewed through history's lens. Compare to THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER.

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