Scribner's, 1991. 229
A Cat Marsala mystery. A locked room
murder mystery on a
sailboat in the Great Lakes. The author is not a sailor and is only a
so-so writer but the whole book does take place on a
Houghton Mifflin, 1969. 133
Novel based on the true story of the
capture of the
Spanish slaver AMISTAD by its "cargo" in 1839.
Danielski, John M.
Royal Marine Captain Thomas Pennywhistle series
The Royal Navy of Great Britain is all that stands between Napoleon and absolute domination of Europe. Royal Marine Captain Thomas Pennywhistle is assigned to HMS Active, part of a small squadron of frigates in the Adriatic Sea. It's considered a sideshow theatre of the war, but on those waters, one of the greatest naval battles of the age will be fought. As a Marine, Pennywhistle fights on land and sea. He leads his handful of men first against a battalion of Napoleon's Army and finally against the French fleet in all its terrible grandeur, always leading from the front, fighting not only with weapons but by using his wit - cool and analytical where others are blinded by passion.
Trapped behind enemy lines with vital dispatches for Lord Wellington, Pennywhistle violates orders when he saves a beautiful stranger, setting off a sequence of events that jeopardize his mission. The French launch a massive manhunt to capture him. His Spanish allies prove less than reliable. The woman he rescued has an agenda of her own that might help him along, if it doesn’t get them all killed.
It’s the summer of 1814, and Captain Thomas Pennywhistle of the Royal Marines is fighting in a New World war that should never have started, a war where the old rules of engagement do not apply. Here, runaway slaves are your best source of intelligence, treachery is commonplace, and rough justice is the best one can hope to meet—or mete out. The Americans are fiercely determined to defend their new nation and the Great Experiment of the Republic; British Admiral George Cockburn is resolved to exact revenge for the burning of York, and so the war drags on. Thanks to Pennywhistle’s ingenuity, observant mind, and military discipline, a British strike force penetrates the critically strategic region of the Chesapeake Bay. But this fight isn’t just being waged by soldiers, and the collateral damage to innocents tears at Pennywhistle’s heart.
Royal Marine Captain Thomas Pennywhistle has no wish to see the young American republic destroyed; he must strike a balance between his humanity and his passion for absolute victory. Captain John Tracy of the United States Marines hazards his life on the battlefield, but he must also fight a powerful conspiracy that threatens the country from within.
Pennywhistle and Tracy are forced into an uneasy alliance that will try the resolve of both. Together, they will question the depth of their loyalties as heads and hearts argue for the fate of a nation.
Dann, Jack (1945- )
Short story where the RMS Titanic is
a modern-day thrill ride where passengers opt to go down with ship and die or
choose to reserve a lifeboat and live. Incorporated into the novel The Man Who Melted, Bluejay, 1984.
David, Evan John
As Runs the Glass.
Harper & Brothers, 1943. 312
The Tudor family, of coastal Maine,
in the 1780's, during the period when the young country is involved in running
British blockades, aiding the Revolutionary French and building legend in the
Davidson, Louis Bennett (1894-
Crowell, 1952. 245
Fictionalized account of the mutiny
American whaleship GLOBE in the 1820s, in the Pacific, and the pursuit
of her by USS DOLPHIN.
Davies, Lieut. John, RNVR
Lower Deck : The story of a gun's crew in a
destroyer. Macmillan & Co,
1945. 172 pages
Six weeks service in a fictional
destroyer until she is
sunk in 1942 in the Eastern Mediterranean seen, as the title suggests,
from the lower deck.
Macmillan & Co, 1947. 179
Prequel to Lower
Deck. Covers the transition of
civilian to sailor while being trained as an ordinary
The Journals of Matthew Quinton
A planned 12-book series to run from
the Restoration to the Georgians.
Charles II has been restored to the
English throne for one year. He presides over a court swirling with intrigue,
where friends and enemies mingle and conspire. Our hero, 22-year-old Matthew
Quinton, is from a family loyal to their monarch. Pressed for time and facing
evidence of yet another plot against his person, the king gives Quinton
command of a ship and tasks him with a delicate mission: to sail to the
western isles of Scotland, intercept a cargo of weapons destined for the
king's sworn enemies and blow the conspiracy apart. Matthew is not an
experienced seaman his last ship was lost with all hands. Dreading another
failure, he is determined to master the sea and overcome his own fear and
ignorance. But he has other difficulties to face on the voyage north: a
resentful crew, a suspicion of murder, and the growing conviction that
betrayal and treason lie closer to home than he thought.
Beset by pirates, Knights of Malta,
and saboteurs, Captain Matthew Quinton sails to Africa in pursuit of a
mountain of gold. When a captured Barbary pirate saves his neck with a tall
tale of a fabled mountain of gold, Quinton has his doubts. But King Charles II
can't resist the chance to outstrip the Dutch with a limitless source of
wealth. With the devious pirate O'Dwyer in tow, Quinton embarks on a voyage
beyond the map's edge, still convinced that the mountain is mere legend. But
as attempts to sabotage his mission draw closer to the mark, he begins to
wonder. Back in England, the king has arranged a wedding between Matthew's
elder brother, the Earl of Ravensden, and a mysterious lady rumored to have
murdered her previous two husbands. Resolved not to fail his meddlesome
sovereign, and to return home in time to protect his family and his home,
Captain Quinton approaches the coast of Africa with a troubled mind.
Set in the opening year of the war -
1665 - and centred on the Battle of Lowestoft, one of the most stunning
victories in British naval history. Captain Matthew Quinton finds himself
thrust unexpectedly into the midst of a deadly conspiracy against King Charles
II when he is given command of a vast and ancient man-of-war. Forced to
contend with scheming ministers of state, a raw, rebellious crew and an
alleged curse on his ship, Quinton sails against the might of the Dutch fleet.
Captain Matthew Quinton's fifth
mission for King and country is to the Swedish court at Gothenburg. Sweden is
at the height of its military power, and Quinton is charged with securing
much-needed support in England's new war against her old enemy, the Dutch
republic. Accompanying him is the mysterious Lord Conisborough, who - unknown
to his captain - is sworn to another, secret mission: to track down and kill
the notorious regicide John Bale, alone among peers of the realm to sign the
death warrant of Charles I. Gothenburg proves to be a hotbed of dangerously
con?icting loyalties, and Quintonand crew find themselves needing help from
the most unexpected quarters.
Once again Captain Quinton finds
himself in the thick of the action, fighting the Dutch in one of the epic
encounters of the age of sail. But the battle is a disaster: the fleet is
mysteriously divided, with part of it sent to meet a French threat that never
materialises, while thousands are slaughtered by the Dutch. As popular fury
turns violent, the King decides heads must roll, and Quinton is sent to
rebellious, pirate-infested Plymouth to root out the source of the false
intelligence that cost so many British lives.
In September 1666, one word was on
everyon's lips. Fire. But not all attention was on the blaze that destroyed
London. Just three weeks earlier, British ships had obliterated the Dutch town
of Westerschelling and set 150 merchant vessels ablaze. In an atmosphere thick
with rumour, many thought the Great Fire of London was caused by Britain's
enemies, perhaps in revenge for Westerschelling. Perhaps they were right. In
the weeks before London's burning, Sir Matthew Quinton, master of H.M.S.
Sceptre, is recalled to a city seething with foreign plots and paranoia, and
given a dangerous mission by the King. A secret quartet of terrorists is
planning to destroy the capital, stir rebellion, open the way for invasion.
Only Quinton can stop them.
A prequel to the Quinton series. Set against the backdrop of a series of real historical events, depicting naval actions such as the affairs of Invisible Armada, and at the Battles of Castlehaven, Kinsale and Sesimbra Bay, as well as intrigues over the succession to the English throne.
England suffers the worst defeat in her naval history, at the hands of the Dutch, who, not content with attacking and destroying British ships in their own waters, added insult to injury by towing away the flagship Royal Charles. The shame and humiliation is too much for this king’s captain of the seas to bear. He must recapture the Charles and redeem his country’s honor
Davis, A. Kennard (Arthur
Kennard) (1910- )
The Gentle Captain.
Jonathan Cape, 1954. 175
In bad weather the tramp steamer
ANTARES is in
trouble and her master Captain O'Maras experience of the sea, and
probably more importantly, human nature, is severely tested as he
attempts to save his ship and her people.
Davis, Bart (1950- )
Peter MacKenzie series:
US Navy must recover stolen Soviet
The Soviet sub RED DAWN is trapped
while on a secret mission. A US sub tries to rescue her and capture
her secrets while a Soviet killer sub tries to protect the
Terrorists seize the minisub USS
and plan to attack Moscow with nuclear missiles. The Soviets put an
American captain in a Russian sub to hunt her
Captain Peter MacKenzie takes a
group of undersea "top guns" to stop a top Soviet submarine captain from
delivering a high-tech submarine to Cuba.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff in
Washington have assigned Admiral MacKenzie to oversee the transfer of a
shipment of plutonium from Russia to Japan. But fanatic Japanese terrorists
have hijacked the deadly cargo in mid-ocean. Isolated on a South Seas island,
MacKenzie and a small band of survivors are determined to raise the Storm and
sink the terrorists before they unleash a ring of deadly fire.
Davis, John (1774-1854)
The Post Captain, or, The wooden walls well
manned : comprehending a view of naval society and manners.
T. Tegg, 1806. 300
Reprinted in the Nautilus Library,
adventures, both afloat and ashore, in rollicking
Jack Ariel; or Life on Board an
Indiaman. H. Long and
Brother, 1847. 156 pages
Events in the East India
merchant service, during a voyage from London via Bombay to Canton and
Cape of Storms.
Doubleday, 1971. 519
Southern Ocean whaling based in
Dutton, 1976. 309
Oceanographer's son tries to save
the whales by sinking
a Soviet whaling factory ship in the Antarctic with a midget sub,
helicopter and other hi-tech toys he inherited from his
Dawlish, Peter [pseud. James
Lennox Kerr] (1899-1963)
North Sea Adventure.
Oxford University, 1949. 214
Trainee fishermen on board a trawler
North Sea in winter with a gale blowing. For young
Dawson, Michael [pseud. John
Howard Jackson Boyle]
Nicholson & Watson, 1943. 145
This purports to do for the
submarine service what Monsarrat's books do for destroyers. And up to a point,
it succeeds. One gets a very real feel of what it is like, -- the crowding,
the close proximity of fellows of the crew, the periods of boredom and the
activities, the sense of oneness with the ship and her parts, the planning for
shore leave, the thoughts of women -- of food and drink and smokes, and the
yearning for action, no matter what the outcome.
The "Schaduw" Dives.
Nicholson & Watson, 1948. 190
In a long and complicated story, we
fortunes of the Dutch submarine SCHADUW from her escape to Britain as
the Nazi Germans invade Holland, to the war in the
Day, Holman (1865-1935)
Blow the Man Down; A Romance of the
Coast. Harper, 1916. 461
Yacht captain works
among the rich and beautiful, falls for boss's daughter, gets in
trouble, and quits to work as freighter captain.
De Camp, L. Sprague (1907-
The Golden Wind.
Doubleday, 1969. 288
Exploits of Eudoxos of Kyzikos, as
to establish a commercial route from the Mediterranean to India during
the time of the Ptolemys. He leads two profitable expeditions across
the Indian Ocean, only to be robbed and imprisoned by the Ptolemys on
his return in each case, then attempts to reach India without going
through Egypt by circumnavigating Africa. Novel inspired by actual
The Arrows of Hercules.
Doubleday, 1965. 297
While not strictly nautical has
considerable nautical content, including two sea voyages and a stint
where the protagonist is employed at the world's first naval research
laboratory in ancient Syracuse.
The Hand of Zei.
Ace, 1963 (serialized 1950).
Takes place on the planet Krishna,
one of Sprague
De Camp's favorite venues. Krishna is inhabited by people very like
humans, except for being oviparous and having "antennae" on their
foreheads that function as organs of smell. The planet is politically
and technologically about like Europe in the 16th century, and
interstellar law has placed an interdict on the importation of more
advanced technology. This makes Krishna an ideal place for De Camp to
introduce Terran heroes, who can disguise themselves as Krishnans and
undertake some derring-do, while maintaining a more sophisticated
attitude towards it all. In this book Zei, a princess of one of the
Krishnan kingdoms, has been kidnapped by pirates who haunt a Sargasso
Sea-like swamp in the middle of one of the major oceans, studded with
the wrecks of ships of various origins and kinds. The Terran hero has
the task of rescuing the princess. Since she can only be reached by
sea, the job gives De Camp, who is interested in the history of
technology, a chance to describe the ships and techniques the hero
encounters. At one point a crisis is handled by changing the rig of a
ship, under way, to a more efficient one that the local seamen are
unfamiliar with. A good yarn, with a fair dose of seafaring and
Avon, 1980. 270
An Orgy in the Caribbean aboard the
DREADFUL turns into horror as something evil this way
Defoe, Daniel (1661?-1731)
The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of
Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone
in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great
River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck wherein all the Men
perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely
deliver'd by Pyrates. Written by Himself.
William Taylor, 1719. 364
Classic tale of survival on a
Inspired by the real-life adventure of British privateer Alexander
Selkirk, who was marooned on the island of Juan Fernandez off the coast
of Chile, for four years before being rescued by Woodes Rogers in
1709. Followed by The Farther Adventures of Robinson
Crusoe : being the second and last part of his life, and of the strange
surprizing accounts of his travels round three parts of the globe
(1719) and Serious reflections during the life and
surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe : with his Vision of the angelick
A New Voyage Round the World, by a course never
sailed before. Being a voyage undertaken by some merchants, who afterwards
proposed the setting up an East-India company in Flanders.
A. Bettesworth, 1725. 2
An entirely fictional account, in
style of Dampier's epoch-making accounts of his genuine
The Four Voyages of Capt. George Roberts :
being a series of Uncommon events, Which befell him In a Voyage to the Islands
of the Canaries, Cape de Verde, and Barbadoes, from whence he was bound to the
Coast of Guiney. The Manner of his being taken by Three Pyrate Ships,
commanded by Low, Russell, and Spriggs, who, after having plundered him, and
detained him 10 Days, put him aboard his own Sloop, without Provisions, Water,
&c. and with only two Boys, one of Eighteen, and the other of Eight Years of
Age. The Hardships he endur'd for above 20 Days, 'till he arriv'd at the
Island of St. Nicholas, from whence he was blown off to Sea (before he could
get any Sustenance) without his Boat and biggest Boy, whom he had sent ashore;
and after Four Days of Difficulty and Distress, was Ship-Wreck'd on the
Unfrequented Island of St. John, where, after he had remained near two Years,
he built a Vessel to bring himself off. With a particular and curious
Description and Draught of the Cape de Verd Islands; their Roads, Anchoring
Places, Nature and Production of the Soils; The Kindness and Hospitality of
the Natives to Strangers, their Religion, Manners, Customs, and Superstitions,
&c. Together with Observations on the Minerals, Mineral Waters, Metals, and
Salts, and of the ... with which some of these Islands abound. Written by
Himself, And interspers'd with many Pleasant and Profitable Remarks, very
instructive for all those who use this Trade, or who may have the Misfortune
to meet with any of the like Distresses either by Pyracy or Shipwreck. Adorn'd
with several Copper Plates. A. Bettesworth, 1726. 458 pages
The Life, Adventures, and Pyracies of the
Famous Captain Singleton: Containing an Account of his being set on Shore in
the Island of Madagascar, his Settlement there, with a Description of the
Place and Inhabitants: Of his Passage from thence, in a Paraguay, to the main
Land of Africa, with an Account of the Customs and Manners of the People: His
great Deliverances from the barbarous Natives and wild Beasts: Of his meeting
with an Englishman, a Citizen of London, among the Indians, the great Riches
he acquired, and his Voyage Home to England: As also Captain Singleton's
Return to Sea, with an Account of his many Adventures and Pyracies with the
famous Captain Avery and others. J. Brotherton, 1720. 360 pages
Alternate title: CAPTAIN
The pirates! : in an Adventure with
Scientists. Weidenfeld &
Nicolson, 2004. 135 pages
The adventures of "The Pirate
Captain" and his crew of non-orthodox pirates. They meet a young Charles
Darwin and Mister Bobo, a highly trained and sophisticated "man-panzee", who
have been exiled from London by a rival scientist. Having sunk The Beagle,
which he believed was a Bank of England treasure ship thanks to a tip-off from
Black Bellamy, the Pirate Captain agrees to take Darwin home and help him
defeat his enemies.
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Whaling. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005. 152 pages
U.S. title: The
pirates! : in an Adventure with Ahab. Reissued under the title The pirates! : in an Adventure with Moby Dick. Fresh from
their mishaps with Charles Darwin and the evil Bishop of Oxford, the Pirates
set sail in a bouncy new vessel -- purchased on credit. In order to repay his
debts, the Pirate Captain is determined to capture the enigmatic White Whale,
hunted by the notoriously moody Ahab, who has promised a reward. Chaos ensues,
featuring the lascivious Cutlass Liz, the world's most dangerous mosquito, an
excerpt from the Pirate Captain's novel in progress (a bodice ripper, of
course), whale ventriloquism, practical lessons in whale painting, a shanty-
singing contest in a Las Vegas casino, and a dra-matic climax in which the
Pirate Captain's prize ham saves the day! <
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Communists. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006. 167 pages
The Pirate Captain - his disguise
proving something of a letdown - finds himself incarcerated in Scotland Yard,
in a case of mistaken identity. Discovering that his doppelganger is none
other than Karl Marx, the Captain and his crew are unwittingly caught up in a
sinister plot to discredit the communists: a plot that involves a red-eyed
monster, stolen waxworks and a sack of pretend kittens.
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Napoleon. >Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008. 177 pages
The Pirate Captain and his merry
band of ne'er-do-wells face off against their toughest--but by no means their
tallest--challenge yet, in this swashbuckling tale of lavish tea parties,
educational museum exhibits, and naked political
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Romantics,
or Prometheus versus a terrible fungus.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012.
Our nautical heroes’ latest
encounter is with no less than the literary greats of their age: the
swaggering Lord Byron, the oddly shifty Percy Shelley - and his beautiful
young wife Mary. Together they embark upon a quest that will take them from
the bowels of Oxford all the way to a forbidding Transylvanian castle. A quest
that forces the Pirate Captain to confront some important questions: what is
the secret behind his mysterious belly tattoo? How do Charles Babbage and a
lost treatise by Plato fit into all of this? Is "Zombuloid, the corpse-beast
that walks like a man" a better name for a monster than "Gorgo, the terrible
fungus"? And, most importantly, what happens when the Pirate Captain finally
falls in love?
The Triton Ultimatum.
Crowell, 1977. 247
Ten men steal the Triton sub LEWIS
demand ransom and wreak havoc on Sino-Soviet-US
What Happened on the Melisande? Cassell,
1971. 287 pages
Murder mystery aboard the 65'
MELISANDE in the South Pacific.
DeMille, Nelson (1943- )
Warner, 1997. 511
Injured detective gets involved in
murder of two friends who worked at a research facility rumored to be a
germ warfare center. While the general belief is that they were offed
in a germ sale or drug deal gone bad, the detective finds evidence for
a pirate treasure hunt gone sour.
Burke Publishing, 2001. 345
A hybrid United States Nuclear
Attack Submarine loaded with SubRoc torpedoes, a 129-man crew, and millions of
dollars of American technology, disappears without a trace. While conducting a
deep dive test in the north Atlantic, her last sea trial prior to assignment
to Combat Patrol, the U.S.S. Thresher (SSN-593) inexplicably was cut off in
her last radio transmission. After months of investigation, the United States
Navy informed the American public, and the world, that the loss of the
Thresher was an accident caused by a malfunctioning seawater pipe. But buried
deep in the vaulted archives of the Pentagon is a volume of ultra-secret files
that reveal much more about that suspect pipe and what really happened to the
Thresher. In Russia on the shore of Lake Baikal, lives a now older and retired
Soviet Naval Officer who wore no ribbons of honor but has a similarly buried
military file that documents his being awarded the Highest Medal of Valor to
exist in the Soviet Military.
The Starboard Sea.
St. Martin's, 2012. 310
Jason Prosper grew up in the elite
world of Manhattan penthouses, Maine summer estates, old-boy prep schools, and
exclusive sailing clubs. A smart, athletic teenager, Jason maintains a
healthy, humorous disdain for the trappings of affluence, preferring to spend
afternoons sailing with Cal, his best friend and boarding-school roommate.
When Cal commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason is
devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets
Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. They embark on a tender,
awkward, deeply emotional relationship. When a major hurricane hits the New
England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in
Jason's life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been
buried by the boys he considers his friends.
Deutermann, Peter T. (1941- )
Scorpion in the Sea: the Goldsborough
Incident. George Mason
University Press, 1992. 464 pages
seeks revenge for the US bombing of Tripoli by trying to sink the
carrier CORAL SEA at her base in Florida.
The Edge of Honor.
St. Martin's, 1994. 456
During the Vietnam War, Lt. Holcomb
weapons deptartment head on USS HOOD and discovers the ship is riddled
with problems that make it vulnerable to air assault--problems that
the ship's enigmatic captaim seems unwilling or unable to address.
Holcomb must decide between ignoring the problems, and possibly
endangering the ship, or doing something and putting his career in
jeopardy. Meanwhile, back home, his wife is having her own problems
with being left alone.<
St. Martin's, 1995. 392
The body of a young black naval
lieutenant is found, chained inside a boiler of an old battleship
mothballed in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Naval Commander Dan
Collins and Naval Service Investigator Grace Ellen Snow are assigned
to investigate the murder. Questions about the killing lead them into
Washington's highest circles.
St. Martin's, 1997. 322
The inner ring of the Pentagon is
being rocked by a
Sweeper. A trained covert assassin, an ex-Seal, has gone rogue. A newly
appointed Pentagon admiral is scrambling for his life and for his
A police detective needs answers.
St. Martin's, 2011. 389
A multilayered World War II
adventure following two men and an unforgettable woman, from Pearl Harbor
through the most dramatic air and sea battles of the
Dibner, Martin (1912-1992)
WW II series
The battleship ATLANTIS and its task
Captain Harry Paige takes a crippled
battle, becomes a hero, gets carrier and becomes an
The Trouble with Heroes.
Doubleday, 1971. 365
Why does the captain-hero of a US
nuclear guided missile cruiser off Viet Nam refuse to carry out
Dickinson, Peter (1927-2015)
Emma Tupper's Diary.
Little, Brown, 1971. 212
While visiting her Scottish cousins,
Emma becomes involved in a plot to hoax the news media by changing the
appearance of an old submarine into a sea monster.
Dickson, Carter [pseud. John
Dickson Carr] (1906-1977)
Murder in the Submarine Zone.
Heinemann, 1940. 253
U.S. Titles: Nine--And Death Makes Ten and Murder in
the Atlantic. Nine oddly-assorted passengers aboard the S.S. Edwardic
are crossing the Atlantic during World War II, with the constant threat of
attack by German submarines. When one passenger is murdered, apparently for a
military secret, Sir Henry Merrivale must solve the mystery. But can he
contend with the fact that the killer's fingerprint doesn't match anybody on