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Eaton, Evelyn Sybill Mary (1902-1983)

Restless are the Sails. Harper & Bros. , 1941. 348 pages

French pirate captain at the siege of Louisburg, Nova Scotia in 1758.



Eberhart, Mignon Good (1899- 1996)

Five Passengers from Libson. Random House, 1946. 242 pages

Five passengers and three crewmen survive a sinking Portugese cargo ship via a lifeboat, but when they're picked up by a U. S. hospital ship, the Portugese mate is found murdered. Against a backdrop of Portugal being a haven for espionage with undertones of Nazi and Resistance alliances, Eberhart spins a claustrophobic web.



Eccles, Frank (1923- )

The Barbary Run. Longman, 1971. 249 pages

Captain Lawson, in command of the forty-four gun frigate, HMS COMUS, is ordered to hunt one of the most notorious pirates to operate on the North African coast, Yussaiff Ahmed, whose nefarious activities have sent insurance rates sky high, but it is his audacious seizure of an East Indiaman which rouses the British Government to demand his destruction. However, Captain Lawson's mission is complicated when he finds his admiral's wife adrift in a boat full of survivors from a pirate attack, and he discovers that she knows more than she is saying about the pirate leader. An entertaining naval yarn set in 1816. Needless to say it is promoted as being in the tradition of C. S. Forester.


Fifty Thousand Overcoats. Dent, 1973. 142 pages

Written for older children this story concerns a British ship's owner/captain, who comes out of retirement when he believes his ship is being used for nefarious purposes. With his adopted son he is forced to sail in his ship, which is now being used as a blockade runner attempting to take supplies, including the eponymous overcoats, to Bonaparte's army in Russia. Apparently based on a true incident in 1812.


The Mutiny Run. St. Martin's, 1994. 298 pages

In 1797 the Royal Navy hurriedly sends HMS ADAMANT with Midshipman John Lawson aboard on a mission with two goals: to get the crew away from the influence of the Spithead mutiny and to boost morale with a bold stroke against the coast of France.



Eco, Umberto (1932-2016)

The Island of the Day Before. Harcourt, Brace, 1995. 515 pages

Allegorical tale about a minor member of Italian nobility, Roberto de la Griva, who is swept off one ship in the Pacific and finds an abandoned ship anchored in the bay of a beautiful island. The ship, while fully provisioned, and apparently intact has been abandoned by its crew. As Roberto explores the ship, he muses about his life, the universe and everything.



Edgar, Day (Editor)

The Saturday Evening Post Reader of Sea Stories. Doubleday, 1962. 310 pages

Contents: Under the deck-awnings / Jack London -- The beast from 20,000 fathoms / Ray Bradbury -- Vengeance reef / Don Waters -- The snowflake and the starfish / Robert Nathan -- Hornblower and the man who felt queer / C. S. Forester -- The capture of the swordray / Clay Blair, Jr. -- Jarge makes in / Charles Rawlings -- The living torpedo / Tom Yates -- A sailor to the wheel / Bill Adams -- Cargo of gold / Charles Rawlings -- The ransom of Peter Drake / Jacland Marmur -- Port of call / Bud Hutton -- The sea devil / Arthur Gordon -- The kid in command / Jaclund Marmur -- Troubled voyage / William Holder -- Captive captain / John Paul Heffernan -- Without warning / Robert Murphy -- Treachery's wake / Olaf Ruhen -- Dr. Blanke's first command / C. S. Forester -- The cruise of the breadwinner / H. E. Bates.



Edmondson, G. C. (José Mario Garry Ordoñez Edmondson y Cotton) (1922-1995)

The Ship That Sailed the Time Stream. Ace, 1965. 167 pages

A USN owned yawl conducting experiments with newfangled ASW equipment in the 1960s is struck by lighting in a sudden squall off San Diego and finds itself suddenly in much colder waters, seriously off course, and in a calm fog. . . and out of the fog comes sailing up a Viking longship. Things get interesting from there.


To Sail the Century Sea. Ace, 1981. 194 pages

Further adventures of "the ship that sailed the time stream".



Edwards, J. C. (1944- )

Jacob Fletcher series

The more recent novels were published under the author's pseudonym John Drake (q.v.)


  1. Fletcher's Fortune. New American Library, 1992. 278 pages

    The start of a series of books centered on Jacob Fletcher, who joins the Navy in 1793. Harry Flashman in a sailor suit would sum it up, and none the worse for it. The author has "discovered" a set of papers purporting to be those of Admiral Fletcher, and the emphasis is on the comic.

  2. Fletcher's Glorious First of June. New American Library, 1993. 344 pages

    Obviously places the Flashmanesque hero at the famous 1794 naval battle between the British and French.

  3. Fletcher and the Mutineers. Endeavour Press, 2015. 332 pages

    The year is 1795 and Jacob Fletcher has reached the shores of Jamaica. Having been driven out of England by his cruel stepmother, Lady Sarah Coignwood, he has finally reached a land where he might be able to make his fortune. But this haven might not be as safe as he once thought . The Maroon peoples are being whipped up into a frenzy by the one of the most dangerous men Fletcher has ever met, Vernon Hughes. It’s seems that it will only be a matter of time before the island erupts into violence. To make matters worse, Lady Coignwood has heard that Fletcher is not dead but alive and well in Jamaica. She will stop at nothing to destroy her troublesome stepson.

  4. Fletcher and the Great Raid. Endeavour Press, 2016. 333 pages

    During a test to see if Fletcher is fit for promotion, a civilian named Rowland sits in. But the mysterious Rowland has more in store for Fletcher than a test. Fletcher is tasked to find and destroy anything he finds at sea regarding the steam engine, before the French can build one. A deal is struck, but when Rowland says he must also kill the McCloud brothers, the English-Scots who sold the steam engine to France, Fletcher is not sure how far he is willing to go.



Edwards, John E.

Yard-Arm For A Gallows. Dent, 1966. 176 pages

It is 1721 and England is at war with Spain. Piracy and adventure in the Caribbean.



Ehrlich, Max Simon (1909-1983)

Deep is the Blue. Doubleday, 1964. 299 pages

SSBN captain pushes his crew for perfection so hard that they end up making mistakes. This, in turn, endangers the safety and mission of the ship on its patrol, and almost leads to an attack on an allied submarine. Finally, in an effort to shake up the crew, the captain makes a mistake which almost sinks the sub.



Eldridge, Les

Rory Dunbrody and Tobias St. John series:

  1. The Chesapeake Command. Broadsides, 2005. 272 pages

    Shipwreck, Indian raids and the threat of war with Great Britain confront two U. S. Navy officers, one Irish, one black, in the Pacific Northwest on the eve of the American Civil War. Rory Dunbrody and Tobias St. John, sea officers and best friends, are thrust into armed confrontation with the British over possession of remote San Juan Island. Only their deft diplomacy averts a shooting war. Then, these two comrades from the lowest social orders of the day are separated by the advent of civil war. Rory, now a Confederate lieutenant, and Tobias, a Union sailing master, struggle to maintain their friendship as they battle the enemy, and one another, in New Orleans, Chesapeake Bay and on the Carolina coasts.

  2. Gray Raiders, Green Seas. Leeward Coast Press, 2007. 288 pages

    The story of two sea officers, best friends, one Irish and one black who are separated by the American Civil War at sea. Rory Dunbrody and Tobias St. John struggle to maintain their friendship while confronting storms, the enemy, the bias of brother officers, and occasionally, one another

  3. The Wake of the Woonsocket. Leeward Coast Press, 2008. 304 pages

    In yet another espionage mission masterminded by Lincoln and his Secret Service Chief, Allan Pinkerton, Tobias, aboard USS Woonsocket, must sort through the conflicting expectations of Mexican President Benito Juarez with his need for weapons to put down Mexico's French-supported rebellion, and Lincoln's need to keep French imperialism at bay while insuring that the blockade of Matamoros does not interfere with cotton shipments for Union uniforms. In the process, Tobias barely escapes death at the hand of his nemesis, blockade runner Bertram Ludlow, off the mouth of the Rio Bravo.

  4. The Pride of Pascagoula. Leeward Coast Press, 2010. 302 pages

    Tobias and Rory experience the chilling waters of the English Channel off Cherbourg as the Kearsarge sinks the Alabama. Next, Confederate Navy Secretary Stephen Mallory sends Rory and a cadre of Rebel officers to the Pacific. The Rebels arm a raider in Victoria, British Columbia that intercepts a Union gold shipment from San Francisco. Then they aid the CSS Shenandoah in attacks against whalers. Tobias and Kekoa Kalama are aboard a Union sloop of war in hot pursuit, determined to defend the whaling fleet against destruction.

  5. The Chilean Corvette. Leeward Coast Press, 2014. 295 pages

    Rory becomes commander of the Chilean/Peruvian Atlantic Squadron. He recruits Tobias and a host of Irish- American sailor-members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the "Fenians," thirsting for adventure, employment and training for the forthcoming Fenian uprising against Britain in 1867. Together, Rory and Tobias lead the squadron as it carries out Peruvian President Mariano Prado's plan to attack Spanish possessions in the Atlantic, and Spain herself.



Eliot, George Fielding (1894- 1971)

Caleb Pettengill, U. S. N. Messnor, 1956. 320 pages

The steam frigate MERRIMACK blockades Southern ports during the War Between the States.



Ellsberg, Edward (1891-1983)

Santa Cruz Treasure series:

  1. Thirty Fathoms Deep. Dodd, Mead, 1930. 266 pages

    Ex-USN salvage officer and ex-navy divers use a surplus WW I navy salvage ship to go after the treasure of a Spanish galleon sunk in 30 fathoms near a tiny island off the Peruvian coast.

  2. Ocean Gold. Dodd, Mead, 1935. 263 pages

    Ex-USN salvage officer Philip Ramsay takes command of the LAPWING to recover the remaining treasure of the Santa Cruz, now hidden underneath the sunken hull of another ship!

  3. Submarine Treasure. Dodd, Mead, 1936. 299 pages

    Also published as Spanish Ingots. After jettisoning the Spanish gold to avoid it's confiscation by the Peruvian navy and scuttling the LAPWING Philip Ramsay charters an old "S" class submarine, now a travelling exhibition, to recover the treasure.

  4. Treasure Below. Dodd, Mead, 1940. 305 pages

    More adventures in the S-53 and the NANTUCKET LIGHTSHIP as Philip Ramsay and the navy divers try to get the Santa Cruz treasure back to civilization.


Pigboats. Dodd, Mead, 1931. 239 pages

Lieutenant Knowlton commands the American submarine L-200 attached to Britain’s Grand Fleet in the First World War. Driven by enemy destroyers, crippled and helpless, to a depth she was not designed for we follow the despair and desperation of her people as their morale disintegrates in the face of what appears to be certain death. U. K. title: Submerged.


S-54 : Stories of the Sea. Dodd, Mead, 1932. 278 pages

Collection of fictional salvage stories. Contents: S-54 -- It's a tough problem -- Cargo to Newcastle -- Queenstown patrol -- The ring.


Hell on Ice : the Saga of the "Jeannette". Dodd, Mead, 1938. 421 pages

The personal narrative in fictional form of the chief engineer, G. W. Melville, of the tragic USN expedition "to that unknown part of the world lying North of Behring's strait. " 22 of the 34 men in the JEANETTE died while trying to reach Siberia after she was crushed in the ice in June 1881.


Captain Paul. Dodd, Mead, 1941. 607 pages

Fiction about John Paul Jones.


"I have just begun to fight" : The story of John Paul Jones. Dodd, Mead, 1942. 269 pages

Fictionalized for young readers. Abridged and altered from the author's "Captain Paul" (1941).


Cruise of the Jeannette. Dodd, Mead, 1949. 275 pages

Fictionalized for young readers. A retelling for young readers of the author's Hell on ice.


Mid Watch: a novel. Dodd, Mead, 1954. 279 pages

Boiler blows up in an old US Navy cruiser making a full power run sometime before WW I. Ensign is made scapegoat and court martialled.



Ellsworth, John (Editor)

Tiller and Pen: A Collection of Sailors' Stories. Eighth Moon, 1994. 179 pages

Modern short fiction. Contents: Cutting rope / John Tucker -- Three man and a boat / Eton Churchill -- Standing watch / Marian Blue -- Coffee on the watch / Ben Wilensky -- Aground / Joan Connor -- The sea has many voices / Gregory Fitz Gerald -- Wreck of the Juniper / Daniel Spurr -- Flo / Michael Badham -- Foggy Foggy Don'ts / Mary Lee Coe -- A daughter of the tradewind / Richard Morris Dey -- The cruise of the diablesse / Tamsen Merrill -- Island Hunter / Christine Kling -- La Carona del Diablo / Ray Bradley.



Elmer, Anthony

Chasing the Wind. Bethany House, 1996. 187 pages

Just after the surrender of Germany in World War II, three Danish children are trapped aboard a renegade German submarine attempting to escape to South America with Nazi treasure.



Esler, Anthony

For Love of a Pirate. Morrow, 1978. 251 pages

16th century English corsair captures the daughter of Cuba's Spanish governor, chases galleon carrying gold.



Etka, Craig L.

The Scorpius Connection. American Literary Press, 1994. 288 pages

The stealing of two Russian diesel Kilo Class submarines by a defecting U. S. ex-commanding officer of a nuclear submarine for transfer to a Columbian drug cartel results in the combining of forces of the U. S. and ex-Soviet Union to combat the drug cartel.


The Kilo Affair. American Literary Press, 1998. 279 pages

Direct sequel to The Scorpius Connection, concluding the story.



Evans, Alan (1930-2006)

David Cochrane Smith Series


  1. Thunder at Dawn. Doubleday, 1978. 215 pages

    Commander David Cochrane Smith pulls off heroics in an outdated British Cruiser off Chile in 1917 against two German cruisers. Probably based on the battle of Coronel

  2. Ship of Force. Walker, 1979. 254 pages

    Smith is given command of a motley collection of rejects in the Dover Patrol and given the assignment of killing U-boats through aggressive patrolling. He cannot convince his superior of the futility of the task or get support to stop a German surprise that he is expecting -- despite its potential to lose the war for Britain.

  3. Dauntless. Hodder and Stoughton, 1980. 252 pages

    Smith uses a mixed force -- his command, the light cruiser DAUNTLESS, a seaplane carrier, a USN subchaser, and a merchantman carrying a British infantry battalion that has murdered its commanding officer -- to interdict Central Power reinforcements and supplies in the Palestine theater in 1916. Just as he has things under control -- in time to support Allenby's attack on Bersheeba -- the Germans use a BLUCHER class heavy cruiser to run the 5000-man Afrika Legion into the theater. Smith is ordered to stop them.

  4. Seek Out and Destroy! Hodder and Stoughton, 1982. 251 pages

    Commander Smith and three British torpedo boats pursue the German battleship SALZBURG off the Italian Coast in 1917. Published in the U. S. as "Seek and Destroy".

  5. Audacity. Hodder and Stoughton, 1985. 256 pages

    In command of a British "Q" ship, Smith tries to deliver a cargo of gold and a mysterious woman to a Russian group fighting the Germans in 1918.

  6. Orphans of the Storm. Hodder and Stoughton, 1990. 207 pages

    At the start of WW II Captain Smith foils an attempt by a German light cruiser to aid the GRAF SPEE.

  7. Sink or Capture! Hodder and Stoughton, 1993. 280 pages

    Captain David Smith, thought by some to be unfit for command, is still serving in the Royal Navy in 1940. In this story, which stretches credulity to the utmost, Smith searches for his daughter Susan. He takes part in HMS COSSACK's boarding of the ALTMARK in Jossingfjord, survives the ramming of the HIPPER by the GLOWWORM and the novel's climax is his light cruiser engaging the German heavy cruiser BRANDENBURG in the Battle of Narvik knowing his daughter is aboard the German ship. . . .


Deed of Glory. Hodder and Stoughton, 1984. 304 pages

The lives of a Regular Royal Navy officer, his artist cousin, who joins the Royal Marines after WW II breaks out, an ex-USN officer who joins the Royal Navy, and a Frenchwoman whose father was a senior port offical intertwine around the raid on St. Nazaire during the early stages of WW II. The book starts with the British evacuation of St. Nazaire in 1940, and climaxes with the raid on the Normandie Dock in 1942.


Eagle at Taranto. Hodder & Stoughton, 1987. 224 pages

Based on true events. Tells the story of the pilots of the Fairey Swordfish biplanes ("stringbags") who attacked the Italian fleet anchored in the harbor of Taranto, Italy in 1940.


Night Action. Hodder & Stoughton, 1989. 256 pages

British MGBs raid a German-held French town to rescue an atomic scientist during WW II.


Sword at Sunrise : a novel of D- Day. Hodder & Stoughton, 1984. 289 pages

Adventures of the LCT CLIMAX at the D-Day invasion.



Eyster, Warren (1925-2016)

Far From the Customary Skies. Random House, 1953. 372 pages

WW II destroyer. Savage abuse of rank leads to the killing of an officer.