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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Ch - Cl

Chalker, Jack L. (1944-2005)

The Devil's Voyage. Doubleday, 1981. 328 pages

The sinking of USS INDIANAPOLIS during WW II.



Challoner, Robert (1924-1986)

Jamaica Passage. Penguin, 1982. 435 pages

Piracy and passion in the 1820s aboard the 8 gun ARGO, fastest ship afloat.


Oakshott series

  1. Run Out the Guns. Century, 1984. 193 pages

    Commander Lord Charles Oakshott sallies forth to war. He faces not one enemy but three. France, newly at war with England in the aftermath of the Revolution. His ship, grimy, down-at- heel, and riddled with death watch beetle. And the third is his crew, mutinous and very low on morale.

  2. Give Fire! Century, 1986. 204 pages

    Lord Charles, having survived the French siege of Toulon, is assigned to carry a special British envoy aboard the sloop Daisy to Mameluke Egypt to try and thwart Napoleon's Oriental strategy. Calling at Naples, he meets Lady Emma Hamilton and her elderly husband Sir William, as well as the King and Queen of the Two Sicilies. After some unexpected scrapes, Oakshott finds himself witnessing the Battle of the Pyramids.

  3. Into Battle. Century, 1987. 214 pages

    In March 1800 Lord Charles Oakshott, commanding the 32 gun frigate Javelin, is serving in the squadron of Commodore Sir James Freakley off the coast of Denmark. In a storm Javelin and and the flagship ground but are saved by a Danish 84 gun ship Odense. During a subsequent mission to Russia he is imprisoned but escapes in time to rejoin the fleet and serve under William Bligh aboard Glatton at the Battle of Copenhagen.



Chambers, Robert W. (1865- 1933)

The Happy Parrot. D. Appleton, 1929. 344 pages

The hero is the captain of a slave ship. He thinks that the blacks are better off as slaves then they would be in Africa. A very disturbing book because of the matter of fact portrayal of the acceptance of slavery by almost all of the early 1800's society. It is hard to say if it was Chamber's intent to disturb and awaken or if he was just reporting the facts of history.



Chamier, Captain Frederick, R.N. (1796-1870)

Ben Brace : The Last of Nelson's Agamemnons. R. Bentley, 1836. 3 volumes

A nautical biography of Horatio Nelson as seen by a sailor who has been with him since his midshipman days. There several interesting passages relating to Emma. Ben Brace is said to be modeled on Nelson's coxswain. After Nelson's death Ben retires to Greenwhich; marries and lives an interesting life eventualy becoming wealthy.


Arethusa : A Naval Story. R. Bentley, 1837. 3 volumes


The Life of A Sailor. R. Bentley, 1832. 3 volumes

Autobiographical.


Jack Adams, the mutineer. H. Colburn, 1838. 3 volumes

Also published as: Jack Adams, the mutiny on the Bounty.


The Spitfire : a Tale of the Sea. H. Colburn, 1840. 3 volumes


Tom Bowling: A Tale of the Sea. H. Colburn, 1841. 3 volumes

Ten year old Tom is rescued from a drunken pedlar and taken in hand by the Rev. Mr Monckton, whose daughter Susan teaches Tom the 3 R's. At age twelve Tom goes to sea, where his courage, zeal, and education attract the patronage of Nelson and Collingwood and lead to rapid advancement. He is post captain at 20, marries Susan, and finds that he is really the stolen son of a noble family. Tom serves through the Napoleonic wars, and dies as Admiral Sir Thomas Bowling, Governor of Greenwich Hospital. The story contains detailed accounts of many real actions, and first-hand descriptions of conditions in the Royal Navy. Supposedly based on the life of Captain Richard Bowen, 1761-1797, who was killed in the action at Teneriffe in which Nelson lost his arm.



Chanukoff, Lon

Submarine Z-1. Citadel, 1960. 221 pages

Translation from the Yiddish. Novel about a submarine disaster caused by a delusional captain which has trapped its crew in a battle for survival in a compartment at the bottom of the sea.



Charles, Robert

Sea Vengeance. Hale, 1974. 192 pages

A freighter is hijacked by the Viet Cong and comes under attack by both US and Vietnamese fighter planes.



Charrier, Larry

Tidelines. Great Wave, 1994. 194 pages

Contemporary, small time commercial fishing in Southeast Alaska , British Columbia and the Northwest. based on the author's experiences.



Chase, Mary Ellen (1887-1973)

Silas Crockett. Macmillan, 1935. 404 pages

Set in Maine covering the history of the Crockett family from 1830 to 1933, and the fate of each of the many Crocketts as they descended the scale from clipper ships to schooners, to coastwise steamers, to fishing smacks, to ferryboats.



Chase-Riboud, Barbara

Echo of Lions. Morrow, 1989. 381 pages

Novel based on the AMISTAD incident in 1839, when a cargo of slaves captured the vessel they in which they were being transported.



Chekhov, Anton (1860-1904)

At Sea - a Sailor's Story. Mirskoi Tolk, 1883

Two rather dissolute sailors, father and son, win the "honor" of looking through two peepholes drilled into the wall of a cabin that happen to be occupied by honeymooners. Chekhov's first story published under his own name.



Cheney, Theodore A. Rees

Day of Fate. Popham, 1981. 259 pages

Chinese get a copy of a US super sub and set out for Hudson Bay to destroy America.



Chester, Alan

The Cygnet Adventure. Rigby, 1984. 264 pages

A dramatisation/fictionalised account of William Dampier's historically factual 1680s adventures in the Philippines, Sumatra, north coast of Australia and the Andaman Islands. Rollicking good tale full of blood and thunder.



Chidsey, Donald Barr (1902- 1981)

Stronghold. Doubleday, 1948. 343 pages

Action, color, romance and drama, set against the danger-filled days of the War of 1912.


Captain Adam. Crown, 1953. 318 pages

A Romantic tale of pirates, smugglers, war and love, in the day of Queen Anne. The Hero is a recently freed indentured servant, who became Captain of a trading ship plying between the Caribbean and Rhode Island.


Captain Crossbones. Ace, 1958. 191 pages

The pirate from Philadelphia and the wench from Gallow's End -- a swashbuckling novel of the Spanish Main.


Edge of Piracy. Crown, 1964. 284 pages

Set during the American Revolutionary War.



Childers, Robert Erskine (1870 -1922)

The Riddle of the Sands : a record of secret service recently achieved. Simth, Elder, 1903. 336 pages

Pre Great War yachtsmen find German military preparations. One of the Best. The classic adventure of cruising along the sand banks of the North Sea. Compare to Maurice Griffith's non- fiction books about the same areas.



Christopher, John [pseud. Samuel Youd] (1922-2012)

The White Voyage. Simon and Schuster, 1960. 212 pages

UK Title: The Long Voyage. Danish freighter-passenger vessel sailing from Dublin to Copenhagen experiences rudder and hatch failure during a storm on the North Sea. After the panicked crew abandons the ship during the height of the storm, the officers and passengers work together to survive an arctic shipwreck.



Clagett, John

The Slot. Crown, 1958. 281 pages

PT boats in the Solomon Islands during WW II.


Torpedo Run on Iron Bottomed Bay. Cowles, 1969. 168 pages

A seventeen-year-old sailor tries to prove the sincerity of a Japanese-American friend serving on his PT boat in the Pacific during World War II.<


Typhoon 1944. Messner, 1970. 191 pages

Japanese kamikazes and a typhoon test the courage of the men aboard a United States Navy destroyer in World War II.


Rebel. Avon, 1964. 192 pages

Ras Hubert, Lt. USN, goes south after his home state leaves the Union, commands the LITTLE REBEL on the Mississippi, the PAMLICO on the Atlantic Coast, and becomes the Confederate's greatest naval hero -- while killing his best friend, and falling in love with a Union spy in the process.


Surprise Attack! J. Messner, 1968. 191 pages

The surprise, tragedies, and triumph of the naval battle of Leyte Gulf as experienced by five boys not long out of boot camp. For young Readers


Papa Tango. Crown, 1982. 279 pages

A novel of Charles Noble, former commander of PT-97 during the Guadalcanal campaign, whose wartime experiences are awakened at a reunion in 1965.



Clancy, Tom (1947-2013)

The Hunt for Red October. Naval Institute Press, 1984. 387 pages

The Soviets' new ballistic-missile submarine is attempting to defect to the United States, but the Soviet Atlantic fleet has been ordered to find and destroy her at all costs. Can Red October reach the U.S. safely?


Red Storm Rising. Putnam, 1986. 652 pages

When Moslem fundamentalists destroy a key Soviet oil complex, the Russians initiate a plan of diplomatic trickery for their seizure of Persian Gulf oil, resulting in a non-nuclear WWIII, concentrating on the new Battle of the Atlantic.


Debt of Honor. Putnam, 1994. 766 pages

A Japanese financier seeks revenge on the United States for the death of his parents during World War II, devising a scheme which threatens to plunge the world into another world war. Jack Ryan, the president's national security advisor, is given the task of stopping him. The upshot is an US-Japan war, fought mostly at sea and in the air.



Clark, Halsey [pseud. Richard Deming] (1915-1983)

Periscope! Series:

  1. Pacific Standoff. Dell, 1983. 286 pages

    US sub skipper takes command of new construction fleet submarine after commanding another sub on war patrols, takes his new command, MANTA, through shake-down and commissioning, then for a series of successful war patrols in the Pacific. Due to feelings of inadequacy he continues in command after he has become too fatigued to function at top efficiency, leading to a demise in a blaze of glory.

  2. Deepwater Showdown. Dell, 1983. 335 pages

    Ben Mount, a brilliant loner in the close-knit clan of submariners and their ladies, draws the toughest assignment of his checkered career. With his British sidekick, Moxie Mulford, he must lead a daring undersea commando raid on the key German U-boat pen, guided by a brave girl named Lilette.

  3. Depths of Danger. Dell, 1983. 288 pages

    It’s 1944, and the submarine Whitting skippered by Bob DuToin, outcast member of the McCrary family, goes on an incredible mission in the Formosa Straits. Meanwhile his cousin legendary submarine hero Jack McCrary is missing in action and presumed dead. It’s all headed for a violent climax in the Inland Sea, where Ben Mount, Bob DuToin and their fellows in the Silent Service.

  4. Grand Finale. Dell, 1983. 350 pages

    The final days of the Pacific war was a time of trial for the closely-bonded men of the Silent Service. For Commander Jack McCrary of the Chimera, it meant a dangerous mission with his former enemy, Ben Mount in the East China Sea. For Bob DuToin, skipper of the Killifish, it meant a hairbreadth sally into the Sea of Japan, impregnable bastion of the home islands of the Rising Sun.

  5. Supersub. Dell, 1983. 317 pages

    A young WWII maverick submarine genius struggles to bring a nuclear submarine to life. A U-Boat commander resurfaces as a Soviet agent with plans to steal the supersub's secrets.



Clarke, Anna (1919-2004)

Last Voyage. St. Martin's, 1982. 192 pages

World War 2 shipboard murder mystery. Though the murder in question actually occurred in 1929 on a liner bound for London from Cape Town, most of Clarke’s action takes place either aboard a similar vessel en route to Southampton in early Sept. 1939 or in London during the early days of the War. .



Clavell, James (1924-1994)

Tai-Pan : a novel of Hong Kong. Atheneum, 1966. 594 pages

Dirk Straun builds Hong Kong and the Noble House -- a trading company -- in the early 1840s. To do so, he must overcome pirates, incompetent British officials, rival shipping companies, Royal Navy officers that are waiting for him to step out of line, and the forces of nature. Most nautical of the Asia series, and very nautical.



Cleary, Jon (1917-2010)

The Long Pursuit. W. Morrow, 1967. 282 pages

Escape by sea from the Japanese at the beginning of WW II.



Clement, Hal (1922-2003)

Mission of Gravity. Doubleday, 1954. 224 pages

The planet Mesklin has a monstrous gravitational field... up to 600 times that of earth... yet is inhabited by insect-like creatures who ride the planet's oceans on hinged rafts (hinged because they need to flow over the surface... caught between two wave tops at that gravity would snap any craft in half). An earth probe has gone missing and needs to be recovered. So a bargain is struck with a Mesklinite merchant skipper who is ready to collaborate in return for scientific knowledge. Sci-fi for sure, but nautical too.

Left of Africa. Aurian Society Press, 1976. 160 pages

Gizona, a young Phoenician slave, becomes involved in the Egyptians' first attempt to circumnavigate Africa. In his adventures he deduces that "the world is a ball."



Clowes, William Laird (1856-1905)

The Captain of the "Mary Rose": A tale of tomorrow. Tower, 1892. 306 pages

Set in 1905 at a time of strained international relations. Sailors ashore in Toulon from the British and French fleets have a serious entente un-cordiale which extends to their higher commands and results in a naval battle off the port in which the Royal Navy is severely mauled - a day later French torpedo boats destroy units of the Royal Navy off Portsmouth. Subsequent French strategy is to lay a naval siege to Gibraltar and deny access to the Mediterranean. (The latter situation was a probable the result of the Admiralty's decision not to maintain a naval superiority in the Mediterranean but the investiture of Gibraltar is an unlikely French strategy, but Clowes used it to emphasise the danger. To alert public opinion was the main reason Clowes wrote the novel) The hero is a disgraced naval lieutenant (he leaked details of the Toulon incident to the press) who is given command of a privately owned new armoured cruiser that is to operate as a privateer. He offers to run the French blockade to take orders, for the British counter attack, to the trapped remnants of the Mediterranean Fleet. In this he succeeds, creating havoc amongst the French on the way. The MARY ROSE plays a leading part as the British attack the French from both sides. Our hero is knighted and reinstated in the Royal Navy as a full captain.



Clowes, William Laird, (1856-1905) and Burgoyne, Alan H.

Trafalgar Refought. Thomas Nelson, 1905. 328 pages

From 1890 to 1895 Clowes was the naval correspondent for the Times and one of the most influential naval experts of the day; he actually died just before the Centenary for which this book was written. In this constructive study the British and French fleets are as they were at the time (1905) but the Spanish seem to have the Russian type of warships that were to suffer at the hands of the Japanese at Tsushima. The strategic situation runs parallel with the real lead up to Trafalgar, even Diamond Rock is captured by the armoured cruiser CENTAUR. The fleet actions are described with the aid of numerous pullout charts and the likely tactics described in some detail.



Clowes, William Laird, (1856-1905) and Robinson, Commander C. N.

The Great Naval War of 1887 : an account of an imaginary engagement. Hatchards, 1886. 60 pages

Originally serialised in the ST. JAMES GAZETTE and published as a novelette of 64 pages of first person accounts. The frontispiece is a pull-out chart of the Battle of Flamborough Head. The breakdown of relations between Britain and France, the results of the inevitable naval clash and the military invasion are described and tabulated in some detail. Contempory famous names are barely disguised. In spite of many individual acts of courage the French humiliate and defeat the British and all "because the government failed to properly fund the Royal Navy!"