Amanda Lee Garrett Series:
Argentina has launched an armed
takeover of the Antarctic Peninsula, in an attempt to seize the last untapped
pool of natural resources on the planet. One hope remains, a lone U.S. Navy
vessel docked in the harbor of Rio de Janeiro and her untested commanding
officer, Amanda Lee Garrett, U.S.N.
Set in the near future of 2006, when
a Colin Powell-type is President of the United States, there is a bloody civil
war in China with Taiwan invading to reclaim their homeland. Into this action,
Commander Amanda Garrett arrives on her hypertech stealth destroyer, the
U.S.S. "Duke" Cunningham.
Garrett heads a United Nations task
force made up of units from Great Britain, France, and the United States. Her
mission: halt a rapidly escalating African civil war.
The disappearance of an industrial
research satellite puts Commander Amanda Lee Garrett and her Navy task force
on the hunt for a high-tech pirate-a criminal genius whose own sea force turns
the mission into an international crisis.
Colcord, Lincoln (1883-1947)
The Drifting Diamond.
Macmillan, 1912. 279
Colcord's only novel, set in the
The Game of Life and Death : stories of the
sea. Macmillan, 1914. 289 pages
Short story collection. The game of
life and death -- The measure of a man -- The leak -- The voice of the dead --
De Long: a story of the Sunda Straits -- Carrying sail -- Thirst: an incident
of the Pacific -- The moths -- The final score -- The captian's son --
An instrument of the gods, and other stories of
the sea. Macmillan, 1922. 321 pages
Short story collection. An
instrument of the gods -- Outward bound -- The uncharted isle -- Servant and
master -- Rescue at sea -- Good-bye, Cape Horn! -- Under sail -- Anjer --
Moments of destiny -- Cape St. Roque -- A friend -- Ballad of master
Sea Stories from Seasport to Singapore :
selected works of Lincoln Colcord. North Country Press, 1987. 217 pages
Edited with an introduction by
Donald F. Mortland. FICTION. The Drifting diamond --
Servant and master --
Ah-man: The story of a Chinese steward --
The Game of life and death --
The Leak --
De Long: A story of Sunda straits --
Carrying sail --
ESSAYS. I was born in a storm at sea --
Preface to an instrument of the Gods --
The Bogie Hole --
Eastern names --
POETRY. Outward bound --
Captain Robert Belknap goes west.
Coleman, Lonnie (1920-1982)
Little, Brown, 1955. 229
WW II troop transport in the
The Golden Vanity.
Macmillian, 1962. 214
Two men, Captain Winter and first
lieutenant Wesley Mason, fight for control of the U.S.S. Nellie Crocker in
order prove their authority.
Brown, Watson, 1958. 159
Life aboard a RN submarine in
peacetime. The sub and
occupants become trapped at the bottom of the
Ninety Feet to the Sun : a sea novel of World
War II. Kimber, 1984. 192 pages
In 1940 when the officers of the
submarine SCAVENGER are killed in an attack off the Norwegian coast it
is the coxswain, Ben Grant, who has to assume command of the damaged
vessel and complete her vital mission.
The Gemini plot.
Kimber, 1986. 189
The submarine in which coxswain Ben
serving, HMS AVON, is sunk by German stukas in Malta after she returns
from an abortive attempt to deliver tank spares to the army at Tobruk
(Its 1942). He finds himself selected for a secret mission in Greek
waters; the destruction of a new type of U-boat undergoing trials.
Sequel to Ninety Feet to the
Eye of the Eagle.
Kimber, 1986. 188
In the spring of 1944, aboard HM
aircraft carrier Cyclops, Seaman Mortimer, his enemy the distracted Mallory,
and pilot Lieutenant-Commander Potter nervously await official orders that
will involve them in the Normandy invasion.
Atlantic Encounter: a novel of World War Two at
sea. Kimber, 1987. 190
The Monday Mutiny.
Kimber, 1987. 190
Hunt for Jewish immigrants ships
Secret of the Kara sea.
Kimber, 1987. 189
WW II. A Ben Grant adventure. The
crew of a submarine goes in the second world war in Norwegian waters looking
for a missing freighter full of chemicals.<
Kimber, 1988. 192
The adventures of an English
boatswain at Dunkirk.
A Capful of Glory.
Kimber, 1988. 192
The further adventures of submarine
coxswain Ben Grant. Aboard the submarine "Audacity" Grant finds himself en
route to the Korean War. His captain's death-and-glory bid to reach the war as
soon as possible has disastrous consequences for the crew, especially when he
clashes with Grant's old enemy, Chief Welks.
Kimber, 1989. 176
W II. A Ben Grant adventure. Hunting
U-boats in British submarine Tarantula.
The Talisman Deception.
Inner Circle, 1991. 256
In 1943, as the U-boat war rages in
the Atlantic, a captain and his crew find that they are the innocent victims
of a conspiracy.
The Last Mutiny.
Norton, 1995. 294
is 1817, and Vice Admiral William Bligh is settled into a distinctly
unpeaceful retirement in rural Kent. Bligh has been dogged by mutinies
and accusations of tyranny. Even in retirement, there is no rest. Beset
by the dumb insolence of neighbors, the domestic mutinies of his
daughters, the folly of doctors, and the rebellion of his own failing
health, Bligh casts his mind back over his life, reliving Cook's last
voyage, the famous victories at Camperdown and Copenhagen, encounters
with the natives of Timor, his governorship of New South Wales, and the
mutiny of his friend Fletcher Christian.
Collingwood, Harry (William
Joseph Cosen Lancaster) (1851-1922)
Under the Meteor Flag: The log of a midshipman
during the French
revolutionary war. Sampson Low, Marston, 1884. 326 pages
The Log of the 'Flying-Fish' : A story of
aerial and submarine peril and
adventure. Blackie & Son,
1887. 384 pages
This author was responsible for so
many boys nautical
adventure stories that received popular acclaim that to find he
ventured into the realms of science fiction strikes one as odd. This
story, that travels from the Arctic to Africa, concerns the invention
of a super light metal from which a ship that can fly is built (its
propeller works in the air and on and under water). Its underwater mode
and its occupants use of the German inventor's (the attempt at writing
his accent phonetically borders on the farcical) various underwater
apparatus is a major feature.
The Rover's Secret: A tale of the pirate cays
and lagoons of Cuba. Blackie &
Son, 1888. 352 pages
The Missing Merchantman.
Blackie & Son, 1889. 352
The crew of a vessel got it into
their heads that the captain and officers of merchant vessels were paid far
too much, and that ordinary deckhands ought to be paid on the same scale. In
other words they had been "robbed of fair wages" for hundreds of years. They
quite forgot the education and skill that goes into the training of an
officer, as well as the taking of responsibility. So they take the ship,
making themselves essentially into pirates. The officers and passengers, being
resourceful people, manage somehow to work their way out of this predicament,
and eventually to bring their ship back home, where she had been posted as
"Missing" for some considerable time.
The Cruise of the 'Esmeralda'.
Society for Promoting Christian
Knowledge, 1894. 384 pages
They were tough times, those years,
but there was a story in his family -- they'd been telling it for generations
-- that centuries ago, an ancestor of Captain Saint Leger's had found a
shipwreck laden with a huge hoard of gold and jewels. He'd buried it, so the
story went, in a secret location on an island in the Far East. Young Captain
Saint Leger -- broke as he is -- sets out to find the treasure. It's not as
easy as it sounds: he gets attacked by pirates, and of course the voyage
itself is long and fretful. . . . but they get there, puzzle out the
directions his ancestor encrypted, find the treasure -- and then the crew
turns on him, intending to steal the treasure.
The Log of a Privateersman.
Blackie & Son, 1896. 384
In 1804 George Bowen completes his
seven-year apprenticeship in the merchant marine and becomes 2nd mate
of a privateer. After exploits which include defeating French
privateers and a French frigate, he is put in command. In mid-Atlantic
lightning sets his ship on fire, and he and a few shipmates survive
days in an open boat before being picked up by a rascally French
pirate. Bowen and his men capture the pirate, and sail to Jamaica,
where he is first with the news that Villeneuve's fleet is in the West
Indies. Following a successful mission for the Navy he captures a
Spanish galleon laden with 20 tons of gold and a large box of gems. His
sagacity, skill, and daring are recognised by the admiral, who
commissions him as lieutenant in the Royal Navy. A tale for
For Treasure Bound.
Griffith Farran Browne & Co.,
1897. 395 pages
Young Harry Collingwood, the same as
the pseudonym of the author, does all he can to rescue the sailors who clutch
the remains of the beleaguered craft being dashed to pieces by the storm. One
man is rescued -- and Harry and his friends have the others within reach . . .
when a torrential rush of water off the ocean snaps the ship in two, washing
away the rest of the crew! And soon even the lone sailor rescued from the
waves lies on his deathbed.
The Castaways : An ocean romance.
Griffith Farran Browne & Co.,
1899. 320 pages
It was on a wet, dreary, dismal
afternoon, toward the end of October 18--, that Charles Conyers, R.N., aged
27, found himself en route to Gravesend, to join the clipper ship City of
Cawnpore, in the capacity of cuddy passenger, bound for Calcutta. After wounds
received while hunting slavers off the coast West Africa, Conyers had
convalesced in England. His prescription from his doctor for a full recovery
-- the salty air of the ocean. Little did he know what perils awaited him on
this voyage, though. Horrendous weather. A harrowing shipwreck, dastardly
criminals, and a treasure beyond compare. And then of course there was the
beautiful Miss Onslow.
Across the Spanish Main : a tale of the sea in
the days of Queen Bess. Blackie & Son, 1907. 351 pages
Set at the end of the sixteenth
century, when the English were in a state of war against the Spanish. The
heroes of the story are two boys from Devon. They set off with a view to
repairing the fortunes of the family of one of them, by chasing and capturing
Spanish treasure ships.
Turned Adrift : An adventurous voyage.
Blackie & Son, 1913. 295
17 year old apprentice officer Mark
temple tells the tale of what happened after a mutiny aboard the clipper
barque Zenobia in January 1862.
Two gallant sons of Devon: a tale of the days
of Queen Bess. Blackie & Son,
1913. 364 pages
The story opens in the town of
Devonport, now a naval dockyard, in the year 1577, on a light June evening.
Two young men, close friends, meet after work, and go for a sail in a lugger
borrowed from a boat-builder, but while they are out, there is a violent
change in the weather, with the wind reversing and increasing to a point in
which the lugger is swamped, and about to sink. They are picked up by a
passing vessel, which turns out to be a privateer, and her captain refuses to
waste time by landing them. So they are found positions in the crew, and take
part in the subsequent events. They do battle with a Spanish vessel, loot her,
and let her go. Then they arrive at Cartagena in the West Indies, where they
also capture a Spanish galleon carrying a valuable
The Cruise of the 'Flying-Fish' : the Airship-
Submarine. Sampson Low, 1924. 314 pages
The wonder ship that flies high in
the air, skims the surface of the sea, and descends to its lowest depths is
stolen from its hiding place under the English Channel. Sequel to The Log of the 'Flying-Fish.
Avon, 2000. 245
Novelization of the movie. A World
War II German submarine is boarded in 1942 by disguised United States Navy
submariners, seeking to capture her Enigma cipher
Collins, Norman (1907-1982)
Black Ivory: being the story of Ralph Rudd, his
early adventures, perils and misfortunes on land and sea.
Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1948.
Set in the 1820s this is the story
of a youngster
forced to sign on as cabin boy in the brigantine NERO. He subsequently
discovers that the ship is a slaver, and she is bound for West Africa
for another cargo of slaves.
Jesperson, 1996. 164
Fictionalized account of actual
events that occured in and around Newfoundland during WW II including an U-
boat shotting torpedos at St. John's Harbour.
Set in the near future (up to 2010) and
a Cup competition between the US, Estonia and Russia. In the "sailing
The year is 2003. As Russia moves from
crisis to crisis, the Kremlin struggles to retain control over the Baltic
Republics. Meanwhile the dreams of the renegade Estonian America's Cup team
are destroyed by the death of their helmsman, but then their American
tactician takes control.
Patricia MacPherson series:
Patricia Kelley has been raised a
proper British lady--but she's become a stowaway. Her father is dead, and her
future in peril. To claim the estate that is rightfully hers, she must travel
across the seas to Barbados, hidden in the belly of merchant ship. It is a
daring escapade, and the plan works - for a time. But before she knows it,
Patricia's secret is revealed, and she is torn between two worlds. During the
day, she wears petticoats, inhabits the dignified realm of ship's officers,
and trains as a surgeon's mate with the gentle Aeneas MacPherson; at night she
dons pants and climbs the rigging in the rough company of sailors. And it is
there, alongside boson's mate Brian Dalton, that she feels stunningly alive.
Revised for adults in 2012 under the title Barbados
Patrick MacPherson is a qualified
surgeon's mate; but she's not the man he claims to be. It's late October,
1762. After surviving the deadly siege of Havana, Patrick MacPherson and the
rest of the ship's company are looking forward to a well deserved liberty in
New York. But what happens in that colonial town will change the surgeon's
mate's life in ways she could never have imagined. Using a dead man's
identity, young Patricia Kelley MacPherson is making her way as Patrick
MacPherson, surgeon's mate aboard His Majesty's frigate Richmond. She's become
adept at bleeding, blistering, and amputating limbs; but if her cover is
blown, she'll lose both her livelihood and her berth aboard the frigate.
Patricia MacPherson is not the man
she claims to be. The Seven Years War is over but trouble in the American
colonies is brewing. Maintaining her disguise as a young man, Patricia is
finding success as Patrick MacPherson. Formerly a surgeon’s mate in His
Majesty’s Navy, Patrick has lately been employed aboard the colonial merchant
schooner Andromeda, smuggling foreign molasses into Rhode Island. Late
October, amidst riots against the newly imposed Stamp Act, she leaves Newport
bound for the West Indies on her first run as Andromeda’s master. In Havana a
chance meeting with a former enemy presents unexpected opportunities while an
encounter with a British frigate and an old lover threatens her liberty - and
Comer, Perry (1951- )
Donland and The Hornet series:
Three sloops does not a squadron make nor a commodore. Sailing from English Harbor, Donland is in command of the sloops Hornet, Stinger and Jacket. His destination is Port Royal in Carolina to deliver munitions and soldiers. Sumerford has his secrets, Major Ellington of the army has his bluster and Donland has a captain afraid of his first lieutenant. The mix is explosive and Donland is challenged to stay in command.
Hornet was a cursed ship. Distrust of the fever-laden Hornet and the young American born Captain are an ill-fit to the fleet of Admiral Hyde Parker and Admiral Rowley. Yet, their communications are hampered by a small squadron of Spanish and Hornet is given the task of running the gauntlet. Trapped and outgunned he must use his wits to escape and keep the dispatches he is carrying from falling into the hands of the Spanish.
It is 1779 and the war is going badly for England. Donland and the crew of the Hornet must outwit and out sail pirates, the French and the Spanish to rescue the crown prince of Portugal. He is to deliver a king's ransom in gold to pirates holding the prince.
Donland is warned, " The man who requested you has placed you in a difficult position. You are to deliver the gold and provide assistance to him. It is the latter than should concern you, for if his mission fails you will bear the brunt of that failure."
The task is simple. "Deliver the prize to the Admiral in Antigua." But nothing's simple for Lieutenant Donland as the leaking ship sinks beneath his feet. Aboard is a young boy with no memory that the French desperately want to capture. Donland's first command may well be his only command as he fights off traitors, spies and a young woman ready to split his gizzard. Later reissued under the title The Prize
The year is 1779, the Colonials with the aid of French Admiral D’estang are rumored to be plotting to re-take Savannah.
Donland is tasked to ferret out information concerning French intentions. He will do so without his trusted first lieutenant and friend who is near death and the doctor holds out little hope. Unknown to Donland, as he is about the discovery the French fleet, is Sumerford's scheme to settle an old score with a traitor on the Island of Jamaica.
Connery, Tom [pseud. David
Donachie (1944- )]
George Markham, Royal Marines
In 1793 George Markham, an infantry
with a past, is seconded to the Royal Marines, together with a
platoon of misfits from his Regiment. An Irishman and a Papist,
Markham had gained a reputation as a coward during the American War
of Independence. Knowing nothing about ships or how to fight them, or
even the duties of a marine officer, he soon earns the wrath of the
captain of the ship he is assigned to. However, the action soon moves
ashore, as Markham and his platoon are landed at Toulon, then in the
hands of the Bourbon French, to help in its defense against the
Revolutionary forces. During the course of his stay Markham meets
both Nelson, then Captain of the AGAMMENON, and Bonaparte, then a
Captain in the Revolutionary Army Artillery. The plot involves spies,
a false Dauphin, betrayal, and various other nefarious activities.
The book may briefly be summed up as "Bolitho merged with Sharpe
bashes the French and annoys the Boss".
Our hero, son of an English general
and an Irish
servant, is accused of cowardice and must clear his name and rebuild
his military career.
After completing the siege of a
French fortress in Corsica, Markham and his men are assigned to the sloop
Syphide under the impetuous Captain Germaine. Before long, Germaine's
foolhardy hunt for glory throws Markham and his ‘Lobsters' into a desperate
Conrad, Barnaby (1922-2013)
Last Boat to Cadiz.
Capra Press, 2003. 250
Europe, 1945: Hitler is dead; the
Third Reich is an open wound. Amid the chaos, a man like no other makes his
way south through France and into Spain. No one will stand in his way and
live. Only idealistic young Wilson Tripp, American vice consul in the city of
Seville, stands to discover the man's true identity and the stunning threat he
poses--that is, if Wilson Tripp can survive.
Conrad, Joseph (Josef Teodor
Nalecz Korzeniowski) (1857-1924)
Almayer's Folly : a story of an Eastern
River. T. Fisher Unwin,
1895. 272 pages
An Outcast of the Islands.
T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. 391
The Nigger of the Narcissus : a Tale of
the Sea. Doubleday, 1897. 190 pages
sea story: a sailing ship voyage from Bombay to London with a dying
black seaman aboard. American edition published under the title "The
Children of the Sea: a Tale of the Forecastle".
The End of the Tether.
Upright 67 year old Captain Whalley
compromises with his own rectitude without understanding the evil
around him. As his coastal steamer sails through the Pacific his own
falsehoods and the ambitions and obsessions of his crew bring on
The Heart of Darkness.
Marlow tells of his voyage in
command of a
steamboat far up the Congo River to relieve the mad ivory trader Kurz.
Adapted to fit the Vietnam War and filmed by Francis. F. Coppola as
Apocalypse Now in 1979. "The Horror! The
Lord Jim : a Tale.
Blackwood, 1900. 451
Nostromo : a Tale of the Seaboard.
Doubleday, Page, 1904. 630
Chance : a Tale in Two Parts.
Doubleday, Page, 1913. 468
Victory : an Island Tale.
Doubleday, Page, 1915. 462
The Arrow of Gold : a Story Between Two Notes. Doubleday, Page, 1919. 385 pages
The Rescue : a Romance of the Shallows.
Doubleday, Page, 1920. 404
Doubleday, Page, 1923. 286
Retired French freebooter settles
near Toulon, where the
French fleet under Villeneuve is bottled up by Nelson. In early 1805,
urged by compassion for a brave young officer, the old salt sacrifices
his life to deceive Nelson into withdrawing the British fleet, allowing
the French to escape to ultimate doom at Trafalgar. Most of the novel
covers life ashore, but the sea scenes are well drawn. One of very few
books showing the war from the French point of
Tales of Unrest.
Scribner's, 1898. 348
Karain : A Memory -- The
Idiots -- An Outpost of Progress -- The Return -- The
Youth : A Narrative, and Two Other Stories. Blackwood, 1902. 375 pages
In the title story, the 400 ton
barque JUDEA and its attempt to sail
from Scotland to Bangkok and we meet a young Marlow. Also collected:
Heart of Darkness -- The End of the Tether.
Typhoon and Other Stories.
W. Heinemann, 1903. 304
In the title story, the steamer
NAN-SHAN, with 200 Chinese coolies aboard,
encounters a terrible storm in the China Sea. Also collected: Amy
Foster -- Falk -- Tomorrow.
A Set of Six.
Methuen & Co, 1908. 310
The Informer -- Gaspar Ruiz -- The
Brute -- An Anarchist -- The Duel -- Il Conde.
The story of an evil ship, seemingly
kills a crewman on every voyage, and at last is destroyed in a freak
The Secret Sharer : An Episode from the Coast.
'Twixt Land and Sea : Tales.
London : J.M.Dent, 1912. 264
A Smile of Fortune : Harbour
Story -- The Secret Sharer : An Episode from the Coast -- Freya of
the Seven Isles : A Story of Shallow Waters
The Shadow-Line : a confession.
Doubleday, Page, 1917. 197
Within the Tides : tales.
J.M. Dent, 1915. 280
The Planter of Malata -- The Partner
-- The Inn of the Two Witches -- Because of the Dollars