Foster, Walter Bertram, (1869-
Swept out to Sea, or Clint Webb Among the
Whalers. M. A. Donohue,
1913. 257 pages
whaling adventure for young readers.
Pirate. Hale, 1980. 192
18th century English highwayman
preying on ships in the English Channel instead.
Rip. Viking, 1984. 226
Fishermen versus the "Organization"
on Atlantic waters
and the New York fish market. U. K. title: Tidal
Coaster. Viking, 1986. 326
Our hero's ship sinks in English
Channel, and he searches
for answers from Wales to Antwerp.
Challenge. Viking, 1988. 400
Paul Briggs, once a promising boat
designer, has fallen
into despair over the disappearance of his wife and daughter. He and
his cousin Jack have been contracted by a well-heeled corporate
syndicate to design a yacht for the America's Cup competition. For the
investors, the Cup bid is little more than a splashy publicity ploy to
sell cheap electronic gadgets. But for Paul Briggs, its tha chance to
save the Maine boatyard that's been in the family for five
generations, and the town of French Harbor, with its cast of
curmudgeonly Downeast inhabitants. The project takes on even more
urgency when Jack is murdered one night by an intruder clearly looking
for the yacht plans and test results. Suddenly Paul Briggs is tossed
into a maelstrom of murder, sabotage and treachery; someone has
determined to sink the CHALLENGE effort before the boat can be
launched, and Paul must unravel the plot and stop the perpetrators
before it's too late.
Run of the Sea
Witch. Abingdon, 1978.
Young boy joins his family for a 2-
on a shrimp boat off Key West. For young readers.
Fraser, George MacDonald (1925
Flash for Freedom! Barrie & Jenkins,
1971. 272 pages
In this novel Flashman, amongst
other things, is
shanghaied onto a slaver under the command of a former Oxford don of
all things. Third in the series.
Lady. Barrie & Jenkins, 1977. 328
While Flashy and his wife are
she is kidnapped by a notorious pirate. Flashy enlists (reluctantly!)
in the brown-water navy of James Brooke, White Rajah of Sarawak, and
sails up the jungle-lined rivers of Borneo to destroy the pirates in
their lair and rescue the fair Elspeth. Great fun with Flashy
blubbering and whining his way to eventual victory (mostly brought
about through the efforts of his betters). Sixth in the
1983. 421 pages
Comic spoof of Hollywood sea movies.
"I cannot resist
a book in which one man thinks he is a famous French pirate because he
was hit over the head with a skillet while taking a French lesson at
the age of eight. . . a book in which characters 'speak in that genuine
Mummerset growl which was to keep Robert Newton in gainful employment
for so many years'. . . a book in which the action is interrupted by a
strike by the Union of Pirates, Buccaneers and Merchant Adventurers
Afloat. And I cannot resist a book in which we are told: 'We last left
our hero in an open boat off the coast of Madagascar. In the last two
chapters, he has rowed a distance of 1,500 miles, a physical
impossibility, but we warned you on page 13 we were going to take
certain liberties with history, geography and the grammar of the French
Commander Steadfast Thrillers:
1941. After losing his grandmother and brother to the war, Steadfast has a personal vendetta against the Germans, and is determined to prove himself as a ruthless, relentless and remorseless leader. However, many of his makeshift crew do not share Steadfast's hunger for battle and glory. They see the Navy as the first and last defender of Britain's liberty, rather than as an aggressive force that can take the fight to the enemy. The Defiant and its exhausted crew will have to cope with the harsh conditions of winter at sea, whilst defending itself from enemy attack from E-Boats and the Luftwaffe.
Steadfast is being sent to the Mediterranean to rescue an Albanian scientist called Janos Dobransky. Dobransky has invented a compound that is vital to the war effort. Unaware of his importance, the Italians have captured him and are keeping him and other prisoners in a fortress off the Albanian coast. It is of vital importance that he is rescued before the Germans realise who he is. The mission is top secret, and Steadfast's orders are clear: Get Dobransky back. No high jinks. No bravado. Just straight in and straight out.
Lieutenant Commander George Steadfast – maverick leader and a favourite of Sir Winston Churchill – is in North Africa, assigned to a station that does not want him, to a command he does not desire. In an attempt to drive him out, Steadfast is assigned what is supposed to be a mundane task: he is to ferry a squad of sappers to the island of Platos. But when an E-boat crosses his path, toying with him, guiding him towards Platos, he realises something bigger is going on. The island is not what it seems, and the Germans are lying in wait
French, Joseph Lewis (Editor)
Stories. Darby, 1922. 2
Fiction and non-fiction: The
S. Purchas; The Revenge, W. Raleigh; Early Arctic Adventure, W.
Barents; The Sword of Alan, R. L. Stevenson; In good King George's
Time, T. Smollett; Fishers of the Deep, P. Lotti; Firebrand, L. R.
Freeman; The Whale, J. F. Cooper; In the Hornet'S Nest, M. Scott; The
Duel, W. C. Russell; In Nelson's time, J. Masefield; The Great Sea
Serpent, F. Whymper; A burial at Sea, R. H. Dana; The Phantom Ship, F.
S. Bassett; The Last Whale, W. H. Macy; Cape Horn, H. Melville; The
Octopus, V. Hugo.
French, Peter (1918-1994)
Cross. Doubleday, 1958.
In 1838 the Southern Cross was
reputed to be the fastest merchant ship out of New York. Now the owner demands
that she break all records on the perilous China run to Canton. His ambition
was rivalled only by her new captain, on his first voyage as master of a ship,
young Samuel Wilson. And prove himself- and his ship- he did- against gales,
reefs, calms, pirates, the sinister but bumbling machinations of the English
opium traders and the corrupt officialdom of the Chinese
Mistress. Doubleday, 1961.
Clipper captain, his wife, his
mistress and his true mistress - the sea.
Freuchen, Peter (1886-1957)
Tyrant. Liveright, 1932.
Danco Kellar, greatest whaler of
them all, and captain
of the NORTH CAPE, takes his ship into the far North on a whaling
expedition that becomes a frenzied battle for survival. Translation of
Boy. Putnam, 1958. 127
Danish boy goes on a whaling cruise
to the arctic. For
In the Wake of the
Leopard. Paradise, 1990.
Nazi gold & jewels in a sunken U-
in the Bahamas. Years later the discovery of some of this involves an
Austrian actress, an ancient flying boat and a bloodstained schooner in
an attempted recovery during a hurricane.
Frye, Pearl (1917- ) [pseud.
Mrs Lowell Sanford Rau]
A Game for Empires, a biographical novel (1793
-1798). Little, Brown,
1950. 471 pages
This story covers the years from
1793 when Horatio Nelson took command of his first battleship, Agamemmon, to
the battle of the Nile in August 1798.
The Sleeping Sword, a biographical novel (1798
-1805). Little, Brown,
1952. 400 pages
The second half of her fictional
partial biography of Lord Nelson.
Gallant Captain; a biographical novel based on
the life of John Paul
Jones. Little, Brown,
1955. 324 pages
Fuhrman, Paul Thomas
The Downeaster: Deadly Voyage. Fireship, 2016.
The interactions of three characters going Round the Horn in 1872: the down on his luck Captain, the gun running Irish feminist nurse, and a lad suffering through the Captains Courageous cure for weaklings.
World War III : the
Beginning. 1stBooks, 2003.
The Islamic countries of the world
have joined together to form a united republic. Now they are using the
violation of their territorial waters by the United States as a pretext to
declare war on the free world. With a massive military they invade Israel and
seal off the Mediterranean Sea. The United States' newest submarine and a
handful of aircraft carriers must lead an assault against a superior force to
keep the United States' Mediterranean Fleet from
Fullerton, Alexander (1924-
P. Davis, 1953. 224
After the Germans surrender, the
British sub SEAHOUND
joins the war against Japan.
Mistress. P. Davis, 1955.
After James Wentworth resigned his
the RN he had always declined to attend the Annual Summer Ball at Fort
Blockhouse, home of the navy's submarine service, but this year he
decides to go. Finding he has little in common with most of the other
guests he wanders out to the jetty and boards the submarine he last
served in. He joins the captain and shares a bottle with him. They were
midshipmen together in the cruiser HMS PELORUS in the Mediterranean in
the dark days of 1941. As they talk the story
A Wren Called
Smith. P. Davis, 1957.
A Norwegian freighter bound for
the Phillipines in 1945 -- with mixed assortment of passengers
including a tuburcular British submarine commander, a RN desk officer,
a group of German POWs off a U-boat, a loud-mouthed American officer
commanding their guard, and a man-hungry WREN -- is torpedoed by a
Japanese sub, and cast away on an isolated Pacific Island. The story is
told retrospectively by the British sub
Game. Granada, 1961. 160
WW II submarine adventure set on HMS
the Arctic, during summer, when there's no nightime, so subs shouldn't
The Thunder and the
Flame. Hodder and
Stoughton, 1964. 189 pages
Novel based on true story of Sir
Grenville's REVENGE, which in 1591 sailed alone in battle off Flores in
the Azores against 53 Spanish ships protecting their treasure
Cargo. Joseph, 1985. 283
Sunken treasure off a Greek
Bird. Macmillan, 1989. 272
Matt Johnson, professional
yachtsman, sails for
Turkey where an old friend is on the run from police and where his
girlfriend's sister has been kidnapped.
Sunset. Macdonald, 1991.
In the summer of 1918, Count Nikolai
Solovyev pleads with Lt Bob Cowan for help in rescuing five females, including
two of the Tsar's daughters. Cowan wants to help, but the Royal Navy's task is
to fight Turks and Germans, not Bolsheviks.
Look to the
Wolves. Little, Brown,
1992. 393 pages
Set in the Russian civil war of
1919. While serving in Sebastopol, Lt Cdr Bob Cowan - half Russian, half
British - is sent to rescue two Red Cross nurses who have joined up with the
White Army. Sequel to Bloody
Love for an
Enemy. Little, Brown,
1993. 419 pages
A naval adventure, and a love story
of divided wartime loyalties, set in Alexandria and the Mediterranean in the
summer of 1942. Lt Cdr Ned Mitcheson falls for the half-Italian sister of the
commander of an enemy ship.
Not Thinking of
Death. Little, Brown,
1994. 410 pages
British submariner gets his younger
brother's fiancee involved with another submarine officer, who is a
rake. The girl throws over the brother for the rake, but her new
fiancee gets killed when the "T" class submarine he is on sinks during
acceptance trials just before WW II. Then, during the war, the girl
becomes engaged to another submariner, who gets sent out on a one-time,
dangerous mission on the same submarine that her first fiancee was
killed in. If this sounds vaguely like HMS THETIS/THUNDERBOLT, it is
because Fullerton used that incident as the basis for this novel. Even
now, when this tragedy is mentioned, it is guaranteed to upset anyone
who was in the Royal Navy's submarine service at the
Brothers. Little, Brown,
1996. 248 pages
The German U-boat supply ship,
Heilbronne, is sailing heavily escorted from Le Havre to the Atlantic, and a
mixed force of motor gunboats and motor torpedo boats from Newhaven in Sussex
is ordered to intercept and sink her.
Dive. Little, Brown, 1998. 284
In the depths lies a cargo
containing gold and atomic secrets, upon which a Ukrainian retrieval vessel
has sinister designs. This submarine and shipwreck adventure culminates in a
thrilling Atlantic dive that may be the crew's final chance of survival. Part
of the SOE Operative Rosie Ewing series.
Cry. Little, Brown, 1999. 427
An Irish family - Eileen and Frank
Maguire and their 3-year-old son Tom - emigrants travelling steerage-class
from Queenstown to New York on The Titanic - are woken by the jolt of the
collision; Eileen survives but in scenes of terrifying confusion her husband
and child do not. Then in the rescue ship Carpathia - by this time wishing she
had drowned, and not entirely sane - she sees Bruce Joseph Ismay, managing
director of the White Star Line, alive and well. Eileen sets out to kill him.
Madhouse. Little, Brown,
2000. 376 pages
In the summer of 1904 Tsar Nicholas
II sent his Baltic fleet, mostly old crocks with untrained, potentially
mutinous crews & hopelessly inefficient officers, halfway around the world to
reinforce his few remaining ships in the Far East. There the Japanese fleet
under Admiral Togo had been scoring success after success. The Russians' main
aim was to relieve besieged Port Arthur.
Realities. Time Warner, 2004.
October 1918: Germany is suing for
peace, terms for an armistice are being negotiated between the several
capitals, all U- boats have meanwhile been ordered home from patrol. Among
them is U81, commanded by Otto von Mettendorff: he's young, dynamic, already
approaching the status of an 'Ace', and is infatuated with a new girlfriend
who works not far from Wilhelmshaven, to which port U81 is now returning.
However, U81 is 'holed' by a destroyer and sent to the bottom of forty fathoms
of English sea. <
Submariner. Sphere, 2008. 385
Lieutenant Mike Nicholson is
operating out of Malta. Captaining the submarine Ursa, he's part of the fleet
deputed to disrupt the flow of war supplies from Italian ports to Rommel's
Afrika Korps. Although Ursa is small, under armed, and frustratingly slow, she
succeeds, on her 17th Mediterranean cruise, in sinking a German tank-
Andy Holt series:
Andy Holt, is a 20-year-old 3rd Mate
in the PollyAnna carrying coal in the South Atlantic to be off-loaded, before
picking up a cargo of iron ore. There are rumours of German raiders in the
area which are confirmed when the seamen come across what's left of a boat and
its crew, in a rapid state of decomposition. Andy's vessel is onward bound via
Calcutta and her whorehouses, to Montevideo, a neutral port, all the while
wary of a particular German warship, the Graf Spee, which is picking off
British naval vessels.
It is the summer of 1940 and Andy
Holt has signed on as 2nd mate in the SS Barranquilla, sailing in ballast from
the Clyde for Nuevitas in Cuba. From there she'll be routed up the US seaboard
to Halifax, Nova Scotia, assembly-point for homebound convoys. The homebound
ones are the worst - U-boats preferring their victims to be deep-laden, full
of cargo. That's if he makes it back, because this is what the U-boat people
are calling their Happy Time - easy targets and lots of them, convoys with
hardly any escorting warships. There have been heavy losses off Norway and
Dunkirk - the vital priority at this time is for destroyers to counter the
invasion that seems imminent.
Nick Everard, mariner of England
The Everards, Hugh, commanding a
ELIZABETH-class battleship, David aboard an armored cruiser, and Nick
in a destroyer, see action and have their mettle tested at the battle
The Dover Patrol 1917-18 and
Assault on the GOEBEN at
Constantinople in 1918.
British destroyers in the battles of
Narvik Fjord, Norway in 1940.
In command of the destroyer HMS
takes part in the evacuation of the British Army from Crete in May
1941, fighting off the Luftwaffe's murderous Stuka dive bombers while
overcrowded with troops, many wounded.
In 1942, as Japan sweeps across the
Pacific, a handful of ships prepare for the last ditch defence of
Submarines in the Mediterranean in
and the raid on St. Nazaire.
The convoy Nick is escorting from
is deliberately being used by the Allied High Command to bait the
German U-boats in the hope that the fleet for the Invasion of North
Africa (Operation TORCH) will be undiscovered as it makes it way
south. Paul Everard's submarine is landing an agent in Sicily; Jack
Everard is a POW in Germany and Nick's new wife is in a sitting duck
that has unexpectedly joined the convoy!
Midget submarines against the
Tirpitz in north
Norway and convoys to Russia in 1943.
Furst, Alan (1941- )
Voyage. Random House,
2004. 256 pages
The Noordenham, a Dutch freighter
under the command of Captain Eric DeHaan, docks in Lisbon under the guise of a
neutral boat. But the ship, sailing for the Intelligence Division of the
British Royal Navy, loads detection equipment for a clandestine operation on
the Swedish coast--a secret mission, a dark voyage.