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Cobb, James H.

Amanda Lee Garrett Series:

  1. Choosers of the Slain. Putnam, 1996. 339 pages

    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.

  2. Sea Strike. Putnam, 1997. 357 pages

    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.

  3. Sea Fighter. Putnam, 2000. 424 pages

    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.

  4. Target Lock. G.P. Putnam's, 2002. 419 pages

    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 pages

Colcord's only novel, set in the Orient.


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 -- Home.


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 mariners.


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 -- Home -- 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)

Ship's Company. Little, Brown, 1955. 229 pages

WW II troop transport in the Mediterranean.


The Golden Vanity. Macmillian, 1962. 214 pages

Two men, Captain Winter and first lieutenant Wesley Mason, fight for control of the U.S.S. Nellie Crocker in order prove their authority.



Collenette, Eric J.

Sub-Smash. Brown, Watson, 1958. 159 pages

Life aboard a RN submarine in peacetime. The sub and occupants become trapped at the bottom of the sea.


Ninety Feet to the Sun : a sea novel of World War II. Kimber, 1984. 192 pages

In 1940 when the officers of the British 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 pages

The submarine in which coxswain Ben grant is 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 Sun.


Eye of the Eagle. Kimber, 1986. 188 pages

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 pages


The Monday Mutiny. Kimber, 1987. 190 pages

Hunt for Jewish immigrants ships 1947-1948


Secret of the Kara sea. Kimber, 1987. 189 pages

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.<


Gruesome Tide. Kimber, 1988. 192 pages

The adventures of an English boatswain at Dunkirk.


A Capful of Glory. Kimber, 1988. 192 pages

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.


Sea-wolf Hunter. Kimber, 1989. 176 pages

W II. A Ben Grant adventure. Hunting U-boats in British submarine Tarantula.


The Talisman Deception. Inner Circle, 1991. 256 pages

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.



Collett, Bill

The Last Mutiny. Norton, 1995. 294 pages

The year 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 pages

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 pages

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 lads.


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 pages

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 cargo.


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.



Collins, Max Allan

U-571. Avon, 2000. 245 pages

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 machine.



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. 305 pages

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.



Collins, Paul

Dangerous Waters. Jesperson, 1996. 164 pages

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.



Collins, Warwick

America's Cup:

Set in the near future (up to 2010) and dealing with a Cup competition between the US, Estonia and Russia. In the "sailing thriller" genre.


  1. Challenge. Pan, 1990. 400 p.

  2. New World. Pan, 1991. 431 p.

  3. Death of an Angel. Pan, 1992. 418 p

    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.



Collison, Linda

Patricia MacPherson series:

  1. Star-Crossed. Knopf, 2006. 416 pages

    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 Bound.

  2. Surgeon's Mate. Fireship Press, 2011. 292 pages

    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.

  3. Rhode Island Rendezvous. Old Salt Press, 2017. 288 pages

    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 her life.



Comer, Perry (1951- )

Donland series:

  1. Raid on Port Royal: Donland and The Hornet. self, 2015. 107 pages

    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.

  2. The Messenger: Donland and the Hornet. self, 2015. 94 pages

    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.

  3. Donland's Ransom: Donland and The Hornet . self, 2015. 100 pages

    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."

  4. The Treacherous Prize. Whiskey Creek Press, 2010. 272 pages

    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 titl The Prize

  5. The Bond of Duty: Donland and The Hornet. self, 2017. 288 pages



Connery, Tom [pseud. David Donachie (1944- )]

George Markham, Royal Marines series:

  1. A Shred of Honour. Orion, 1996. 389 pages

    In 1793 George Markham, an infantry lieutenant 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".

  2. Honour Redeemed. Orion, 1997. 328 pages

    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.

  3. Honour Be Dammed. Orion, 1998. 244 pages

    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 ship-to-ship action.



Conrad, Barnaby (1922-2013)

Last Boat to Cadiz. Capra Press, 2003. 250 pages

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 pages


The Nigger of the Narcissus : a Tale of the Sea. Doubleday, 1897. 190 pages

Conrad's first 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. Blackwood's, 1902.

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 disaster.


The Heart of Darkness. Blackwood's, 1899.

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 Horror!"


Lord Jim : a Tale. Blackwood, 1900. 451 pages


Nostromo : a Tale of the Seaboard. Doubleday, Page, 1904. 630 pages


Chance : a Tale in Two Parts. Doubleday, Page, 1913. 468 pages


Victory : an Island Tale. Doubleday, Page, 1915. 462 pages


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 pages


The Rover. Doubleday, Page, 1923. 286 pages

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 view.


Stories:

Tales of Unrest. Scribner's, 1898. 348 pages

Karain : A Memory -- The Idiots -- An Outpost of Progress -- The Return -- The Lagoon.


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 pages

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 pages

The Informer -- Gaspar Ruiz -- The Brute -- An Anarchist -- The Duel -- Il Conde.


The Brute. Daily Chronicle, 1906.

The story of an evil ship, seemingly malevolent, which kills a crewman on every voyage, and at last is destroyed in a freak accident.


The Secret Sharer : An Episode from the Coast. Harper's Magazine, 1910.


'Twixt Land and Sea : Tales. London : J.M.Dent, 1912. 264 pages

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 pages


Within the Tides : tales. J.M. Dent, 1915. 280 pages

The Planter of Malata -- The Partner -- The Inn of the Two Witches -- Because of the Dollars