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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors A - Al

Aarons, Edward S. (1916-1975)

Assignment: Sulu Sea. Fawcett, 1964. 159 pages

Part of the long running series starring CIA agent Sam Durell. A fully armed American nuclear submarine vanishes.



Aasheim, Ashley

A Stillness At Sea. Dell/Banbury Books, 1983. 358 pages

Female Naval Intelligence agent uncovers evidence of a British plot to have the LUSITANIA sunk to bring the US into WW I, but is ordered to drop her investigation. In an effort to find the truth, she books passage on the LUSITANIA's final voyage along with her fiance, a captain in the British Army.



Abraham, Cyril ( - 1979)

The Onedin Line series.

The series is set in Liverpool in the mid-19th century and deals with the rise of a shipping line, the Onedin Line, named after its owner James Onedin. Around this central theme are the lives of his family, most notably his brother and 'partner', shop owner Robert, and his sister Elizabeth, giving insight into the lifestyle and customs at the time, not only at sea, but also ashore (mostly lower and upper middle class). The series also illustrates some of the changes in business and shipping, such as from wooden to steel ships and from sailing ships to steam ships. And it shows the role that ships played in affairs like international politics, uprisings and the slave trade.


  1. The Shipmaster. Tandem, 1972. 358 pages

    Elizabeth Onedin bargains everything for a ship, builds shipping empire

  2. The Iron Ships. Allan Wingate, 1974. 358 pages

    Elizabeth Onedin battles brothers for control of the Onedin Line.

  3. The High Seas. Allan Wingate, 1975. 358 pages

    Callon makes a run for the Onedin Line, resulting in the Onedins placing the future of the line on outcome of a tea race.

  4. The Trade Winds. Allan Wingate, 1977. 358 pages

    Following his wife's death, James throws himself into the line, as familial storm clouds gather -- including Daniel Fogarty running off with Elizabeth Onedin.

  5. The White Ships. W.H. Allan, 1979. 358 pages

  6. The Turning Tide. W.H. Allan, 1980. 188 pages

    Posthumous novelization of the TV series written by Bruce Stewart.


The Blazing Ocean. Severn House, 1979. 358 pages

Armed merchantman sails from North Africa to Liverpool at the outbreak of WW II.



Adair, James B.

DeepCore series.

  1. DeepCore. Berkley, 1991. 249 pages

    Far below the surface of the Pacific lies an underwater security installation, DeepCore, whose mission is to guard top-secret weapons system PosiTrak MTI. Somehow the secret gets out, and the Soviets dispatch a high-tech naval force to destroy the facility.

  2. DeepCore 2: Boomer Down. . Berkley, 1992. 247 pages

    The British sub Revenge lies crippled by a mine in the icy depths of the Pacific. But as the crew of DeepCore race to free it, a deadlier situation erupts--and what started as an undersea accident could soon mean Mayday for the world.

  3. DeepCore 3: Crash Dive. . Berkley, 1992. 247 pages

    Nearly 300 years after a Spanish galleon sinks to the depths of the Atlantic, a DeepCore team struggles to raise its precious cargo of gold. Japan wants the treasure too.



Adams, Cleve F. (1895-1949)

And Sudden Death. E.P. Dutton, 1940. 249 pages

First appeared as a 6-part serial in Detective Fiction Weekly under the title "Homicide: Honolulu Bound". Private detective Rex McBride follows a woman to Hawaii on board the liner Honolulu Queen, where she just might be planning to rendezvous with her husband - a man who betrayed his business partners and absconded with two million dollars.



Adams, Eustace Lane (1891-1963)

Death Charter. Coward-McCann, 1943. 252 pages

Two brothers operate a large yacht out of the Miami River. It is 1942 and most of the regular navy have gone to the Pacific. They accept a charter from some dubious characters who turn out to be Nazi agents trying to rendezvous with a float plane from a German raider.



Adams, Samuel Hopkins (1871-1958)

Canal Town. Random House, 1944. 465 pages

Life in a small village bordering the Erie Canal. During the course of the book, Adams depicts the changes in the daily life brought about by the construction of the canal. By the close of the book, citizens in Palmyra are regularly and casually travelling to Rochester via packet boat on the canal, or to New York by canal packet to Albany and thence by steam packet down the Hudson.



Adlard, Mark

The Greenlander. Summit Books, 1978. 319 pages

Young man comes of age at sea, whaling in the Arctic, as steam overtakes sail in the 19th century.



Ageton, Arthur A. (1900-1971)

The Jungle Seas. Random House, 1954. 339 pages

World War II Pacific novel, featuring a French planter's daughter.



Albano, Peter (1922-2006)

The Carrier YONAGA series.

84,000 ton Japanese aircraft carrier frozen in the Arctic ice since 1941. It breaks free in 1983 and becomes the savior of the free world


  1. The Seventh Carrier. . Zebra, 1983. 397 pages

    YONAGA breaks free of the arctic ice, and her Samurai crew is determined to complete its 1941 mission: destroying Pearl Harbor.

  2. The Second Voyage of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1986. 398 pages

    The Chinese launch a particle beam satellite that knocks out all modern electronics, airplanes and ships. The old Japanese carrier YONAGA is the only warship that still works and has planes that fly.

  3. Return of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1987. 397 pages

    The world is still crippled by the Chinese particle beam, and Libyan terrorists are out to destroy YONAGA, last hope of the free world.

  4. The Quest of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1989. 381 pages

    YONAGA is still the largest functioning warship in the world. She leads a ragtag group of WW II airplanes and ships against the Libyan Navy and its bigger collection of WW II vintage ships.

  5. Attack of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1989. 400 pages

    Old US Navy WW II submarine joins YONAGA's fleet as the battle with Libya's navy continues.

  6. Trial of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1990. 382 pages

    The Arab navy threatens Japan, and YONAGA still carries the banner of the free world.

  7. Revenge of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1992. 384 pages

    Libyan Navy strike force armed with poison gas threatens the major cities of the free world, but YONAGA's Samurai crew is still on the job.

  8. Ordeal of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1992. 384 pages

    YONAGA fights Arab battle group off Iwo Jima. It's carrier versus carrier, 1940s style, in the 1980s!

  9. Challenge of the Seventh Carrier. Zebra, 1993. 382 pages

    YONAGA, with help from every corner of the earth, including the battleship NEW JERSEY, continues the battle with the Libyan madman.

  10. Super Carrier, the Ultimate Secret Weapon. Zebra, 1994. 383 pages

    When an Arab terrorist seizes control of Japan's Marianas Islands and a conspiracy for mass extermination is about to be launched in the Middle East, a World War II warship surfaces carrying a secret weapon that may save humanity.

  11. Assult of the Super Carrier. Zebra, 1996. 444 pages

    The disappearance of two nuclear attack submarines leads Commander Brent Ross, the "Yankee Samurai," and fighter pilot Commander Yoshi Matsuahara into a desperate and dangerous mission to stop a Libyan madman out to control the fate of the free world.


Tides of Valor. Warner 1990. 326 pages

Rodney loves the life his father had worked for, living on New York's Fifth Avenue in all the luxury that comes with it. Nathan is a Marxist radical, opposed to all that is his brother. Rodney, following in his father's footsteps and defending his country on the sea, sails the Pacific for revenge on the Japanese after Pearl Harbor. Nathan, pushed into the war at the last minute, finds himself in North Africa, an able killer.



Alderman, Clifford Lindsey (1902-1988)

The Silver Keys. Putman, 1960. 319 pages

William Phips hunts sunken treasure in the 17th century.


Wooden Ships and Iron Men. Walker, 1964. 134 pages

Sea adventure story about a young English lad on H.M.S. Macedonian when she fought a winning battle against the frigate United States during the War of 1812.



Alding, Peter

All leads negative. Harper & Row, 1967. 184 pages

Young dectective Kerr investigates the disappearance of valuable cargo from the T.S.S. Sandstream.



Aldis, Dorothy Keeley (1896-1966)

Ride the Wild Waves : a true story of adventure. Putman, 1957. 182 pages

Adventures with the "Mayflower".



Aldridge, James (1918-2015)

A Captive in the Land. Hamish Hamilton, 1962. 376 pages

After saving an injured Russian, Rupert Royce visits Moscow and carries off a mission for British Naval Intelligence.


The Statesman's Game. Doubleday, 1966. 309 pages

Rebuffed by the British Admiralty to trade ships with the Soviets, Royce contacts China.



Alexander, Bruce [pseud. Bruce Alenander Cook] (1932-2003)

Watery Grave. Putnam, 1996. 265 pages

Off Cape Town in 1767, the captain of a British frigate drowns in a storm and a lieutenant is accused of pushing him overboard. Sir John Fielding, a blind magistrate, is given the case, helped by his 14-year-old assistant who narrates this tale.



Alexander, Caroline

Mrs. Chippy's Last Expedition: The Remarkable Journal of Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat. HarperCollins Publishers, 1997. 252 pages

The 1914 Shackleton Expedition to the South Pole as seen by a cat. He is Mrs. Chippy, whose owner is the ship's carpenter and they are so close it's like a man and wife. Mrs. Chippy describes how he helped the crew retain their sanity during the many months they were trapped by ice.



Alger, Horatio Jr. (1832-1899)

Charlie Codman's Cruise, or, A young sailor's pluck. Loring, 1866. 231 pages

Kidnapped by a brutal mate and captain because of the mate's earlier rejection by Charlie's mother, things look bleak until he is befriended by an old seaman named Bill Sturdy. After escaping from the vessel in Rio, they make their way back to Boston and everyone get's their comeuppance.



Allen, Hervey (1889-1949)

Anthony Adverse. Farrar and Rinehart, 1933. 1224 pages

Traces the fortunes of its hero, Anthony Adverse, from his illegitimate birth through his struggle to claim his rightful inheritance. Many ocean sequences.



Allen, Thomas B. and Polmar, Norman

Ship of Gold. Macmillan, 1987. 273 pages

Submarines seek a sunken ship, as the CIA, Pentagon, etc. strive to solve the forty year old mystery surrounding the OSAKA MARU.



Allis, Marguerite (1886-1958)

Water Over the Dam. Putnam, 1947. 376 pages

Connecticut in 1820. Story of the building of the Farmington canal and the people involved.



Alten, Steve

Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror. Doubleday, 1997. 278 pages

A prehistoric shark surfaces off California and proceeds to wreck havoc. Sixty feet long, it is a member of a species living in the ocean depths for the last 100,000 years. Jonas Taylor, a paleontologist and deep-sea submariner, tries to capture it for an aquarium.



Alter, Robert Edmond (1925-1966)

Red Water. Putnam, 1968. 233 pages

Shanghaied aboard a whaling ship in 1820, seventeen-year-old Jess grows to maturity at sea and eventually becomes captain of the vessel whose crew had kidnapped him.