The Cruel Coast.
New American Library, 1966.
Disabled WW II U-boat seeks refuge
island off Irish coast, takes advantage of fisherfolk.
Gaines, Charles (1922- ) & Esther E. Miles
Last Convoy to Europe.
Writer's Club, 2001.
A story of a voyage of the just commissioned Liberty Ship Peter J. Lipscomb during the waning days of World War II, featuring a young narrator and his alcoholic Captain.
Gallery, Daniel V. (1901-1977)
adventures aboard the USS
GUADACANAL in the Mediterranean. Fatso has wangled the job of the
ship's incinerator operator, the better to run his numerous rackets
Adventures of the pilots aboard
the GUADACANAL in the Med. Fatso is in this one, but this book shows
how the officers can raise every bit as much Hell as the enlisted
Fatso now "commands" an LCU in the
Med. He ends up
stranded when his mother ship is sent to Viet Nam, and the Suez is
subsequently closed due to the 1967 Arab-Israeli War. He uses the
opportunity to irritate the Russian Navy, while cruising the Eastern
Med in search of fun.
Cap'n "Fatso" Gioninni and his
inimitable crew wage a Mediterranean war with the Russian navy, become
enmeshed in an Arab-Israeli caper, and emerge smelling of roses.
Doubleday, 1968. 317
American nuclear submarine nukes a
Russian destroyer in
the arctic, causing all kinds of embarassment and possibly WW III, not
Gallico, Paul (1897-1976)
The Snow Goose.
Knopf, 1941. 37
Against the backdrop of the Dunkirk
during World War II, friendship develops between a lonely crippled
painter and a village girl, when together they minister to an injured
The Poseidon Adventure.
Coward-McCann, 1969. 347
The luxury liner "Poseidon" is hit
by a massive tsunami
on New Year's Eve, rocking the ship upside down; and a small ban
survivors must work their way through the labyrinth of the ships'
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure.
Delacorte, 1978. 237
Three survivors return to the ship,
they find pirates who have come to plunder.
Gann, Ernest K. (1910-1991)
Sloane, 1950. 302
Criminal on the run hides out by
fishing in a boat based in San Francisco. Filmed as "Raging
Twilight for the Gods.
Sloane, 1956. 306
The owner-captain of the CANNIBAL,
the last commercial sailing vessels, attempts to take his hogged and
decaying barkentine from Suva to Mexico in October 1927. Captain Bell
has a checkered past and a drinking problem, and the crew and
passengers are all misfit has-beens. The movie of this one starred
Gann's own brigantine, the ALBATROS.
Gannon, Michael (1927-2017)
HarperCollins, 1994. 359
Semi-nautical. German spy is landed
by U-boat in
Florida in early 1942. A Catholic priest learns of the spy's presence
during confession, and sets out to stop the spy, while maintaining the
confidentiality of the confession. Then they stumble on the Dolittle
raiders practicing for their Tokyo mission. Much of the action involves
ASW off the Florida coast. Most of the action takes place on, or over,
water. A fun novel.
Sphere, 1971. 235
Yet another fictionalized Columbus
bio, with the focus on
his first American expedition.
Gardner, Erle Stanley (1889-
The Case of the Substitute Face.
William Morrow, 1938. 308
When Perry Mason meets Mrs. Carl
Newberry on a vacation cruise. Mrs. Newberry suspects that her husband
embezzled the company he worked for and their new-gotten fortune is illegal.
She turns to Mason for legal advice, and mentions during the interview that a
signed portrait of their daughter, who looks quite similar to a well-known
movie star, has been stolen from her suitcase. When Mr. Newberry dies suddenly
and his wife is left holding his hefty money belt, Perry wonders if his
grieving client is really a black widow.
Garfield, Leon (1921-1996)
Longman, 1964. 199
A pirate story for younger readers
set in the 18th
century. A young orphan stows away and then falls in with a gang of
pirates. The pirate captain claims to know who Jack's father was, and
strikes a strange bargain with him. If Jack saves the captain's life
three times, the captain will tell the boy who his father really
Collins, 1972. 127
Again, written for younger readers.
The fictionalised memoirs of Sir John Lee, an officer in the Royal Navy
who was present at the Battle of the Nile, amongst other events.
The Evan Ross series:
In 1784 Lieutenant Evan Ross serves as a spy for Nelson against the smugglers, but they aren't his only foe. French and American spies supporting the smugglers are playing for far higher stakes, sowing the seeds of violent unrest. Lieutenant Ross is soon in the midst of desperate action and working with a beautiful slave woman to gain information as he struggles to stop to their plot..
In 1787 a family of rich, young French nobles travel to the island of St. Lucia to promote freedom from slavery throughout the Caribbean. But they know that will take more than talk to achieve success. In secret they are distributing weapons to runaway slaves on both British and French islands, using fear of a slave revolution to force plantation owners to change. With plantations burning and owners murdered in their beds, Commander Evan Ross and Lieutenant James Wilton are tasked with finding out who is behind the violence and ending it. But French and American spies are prowling Caribbean waters and more is at stake than Commander Ross knows.
A representative of the new French revolutionary government arrives to assume command of the island of St. Lucia and royalist supporters are forced to flee or be sent to the guillotine. Staunch royalist supporter Captain Marcel Deschamps is imprisoned on St. Lucia as a spy for the British. Commander Evan Ross and Lieutenant James Wilton are tasked with finding out what has happened to their source and saving him if possible. While on reconnaissance their agent Manon Shannon, Lieutenant James Wilton's lover, is captured and imprisoned.
Garner, Hugh (1913-1979)
Collins, 1949. 227
HMCS RIVERFORD fights boredom, the
enemy and the
weather, as she escorts a convoy across the Atlantic to Newfoundland in
1943. An accident, a few days from arrival, results in the death of one
of her seamen and the Captain thinks it appropriate to retain his body
on board so he can be buried ashore rather than at sea. A novel of the
war at sea, but really a well observed study of the Canadians who
crewed these ships.
The Undersea Treasure.
Vanguard, 1960. 191
Teenagers dive for 50-yr-old
Garrett, George P. (1929-2008)
Death of the Fox.
Doubleday, 1971. 739
A study of Sir Walter Raleigh
Garrison, Paul [pseud. Justin
Scott] (1952- )
Fire and Ice.
Morrow, 1998. 389
Drs. Michael & Sarah Stone use their
yacht as a
traveling western Pacific medical clinic and refuge from their past.
Leaving Michael on a remote deserted atoll to tend a dying islander,
Sarah and their daughter answer a distress call from a LNG carrier that
really has no business being in that area in the first place. Michael
watches in disbelief as his yacht is hoisted onto the ship, which then
sails off, leaving him alone on the atoll. He has nothing but a
primitive and damaged canoe with which to save himself and find his
wife and daughter. Finding them, of course, involves finding out what
they accidentally stumbled into, avoiding assassins who seem to know
everything he does before he does it, dealing with some very dangerous
people in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and lots of exciting
Red Sky at Morning.
Morrow, 2000. 384
An armada of Chinese submarines
filled with soldiers has
launched an attack on Manhattan, aiming to hold the city and the United States
hostage. Tugboat captain Ken Hughes and his new love, book editor Kate Ross,
are swept up by events. Ken is captured by Chinese Admiral Tang Li, who wishes
be emperor of China, while Kate escapes to try and warn a disbelieving Gotham.
Buried at Sea.
Morrow, 2002. 400
Physical training expert Jim
Leighton knows nothing about sailing boats, but signs on for what should be a
pleasant and profitable body-conditioning six-week ocean voyage to Rio as the
of an elderly and eccentric capitalist, Will Spark. They will sail alone on
Spark's new diesel-powered sailboat,
the Hustle. But Jim soon finds himself on a wilder ride than he had expected,
forced to crisscross the Atlantic
to escape Will's implacable enemies.
Morrow, 2003. 352
Grief-stricken after scattering his
former lover's ashes at sea, journalist-turned-sailor
David Hope is rushing back to Tortola in the Leewards (where he ekes out a
living chartering his catamaran,
Oona, to scuba-diving tourists) when he sees a dolphin as large as a killer
whale. Arriving back in Tortola,
Hope finds his much-needed end-of-the-season charter-which was to provide the
money for long-overdue
boat repairs-has canceled. Serendipitously, he is approached by Sally Moffitt,
an underwater filmmaker intent
on making a film on the breeding habits of short-snouted spinner dolphins. She
charters his boat, and they
scarcely make it out to sea when they encounter the giant dolphin. After the
sighting, they are invited aboard a
huge, anachronistic sailing vessel owned by a wealthy naturalist, Bill Tree,
who is doing suspicious research
on dolphins. While they're aboard, Tree bugs the Oona so he can eavesdrop on
Hope and Moffitt, and all are
led north by the dolphin, which is soon revealed to be a "killphin,"
programmed for a mission of doom.
The Ripple Effect.
Morrow, 2004. 416
In 2001, the Page brothers, Aiden
and Charlie, are in their World Trade
Center office plotting a way to prop up the failing investment banking
business they helm and at the same
time respond to a threatening letter from the Department of Justice. Suddenly,
a passenger jet slams into the
building, and the fiery aftermath presents a possible solution. In the heavy
smoke the brothers become
separated, but each escapes the building and disappears. Months later, Aiden's
Morgan, is mourning the loss of her father and Uncle Charlie in the Trade
Center disaster when she receives
a three-second silent phone call that she insists is from her father. No one
believes her, so she runs away
and makes a 6,000-mile journey in a 27-foot sailboat to search for him. The
brothers, each unaware that the
other is alive, flee independently to Blind Man Island, the South Sea hideaway
of their boss, the secretive
Henry Ho Hong--even though Henry may have been the man who turned them in to
the Justice Department.
The brothers' journey is fast-paced and exciting, but spunky Morgan's heroic
solo sail is the real nail-biter.
Hodder & Stoughton, 1957. 320
In 1760 England and France have been
at war for 5
years, therefore David Hepburn, a bilingual Engish naval officer takes
on the identity of a French planter's son from the West Indies when
he's shipwrecked off the Breton Coast.
Hodder & Stoughton, 1959. 252
David Hepburn returns as a captain
of marines to
Belle Isle, French stronghold in the Bay of Biscay.
The Devil in Harbour.
Morrow, 1968. 310
WW I romance, Battle of Jutland.
The Plymouth Adventure : a chronicle novel of
the voyage of the Mayflower. Doubleday, 1950. 377 pages
Novel of the MAYFLOWER voyage to the
world amidst storms, no food and chaos.
Geelmuyden, Hans (1906-1969)
Harper & Row, 1962. 400
Story of a 19th century Norwegian
originally published in Norwegian as Åpent
Geer, Andrew (1905-1957)
The Sea Chase.
Harper, 1948. 214
Portrait of WW II master mariner
Erhlich, an absolutely ruthless and frighteningly driven man, thought at the
same time a most resourceful commander. The German freighter ERGENSTRASSE
Australia before the outbreak of WW II. Unarmed, she is faced with the
task of returning to Nazi Germany in the face of the Royal Navy's
blockade. Made into a movie with John Wayne playing the part of the
anti-Nazi German master, Karl Erlich. Loosely based on the story of the
ERLANGEN, a German ship which left Dunedin at the outbreak of the war.
She sailed to the Auckland Islands where they cut 500 tons of firewood
(rata - well known as iron wood)! They finally made it to South
America. Good movie, great book.
George, Peter (1924-1966)
Delacorte, 1965. 253
A submarine captain who survives
World War 3 becomes the ruler of what's left of the world.
Gerard, Charles (1914- )
Illinois River Hokeypokey.
Doubleday, 1969. 167
Fun riverboating novel.
Scribner, 1986. 246
Lighthouse keeper's story.
Gerson, Noel Bertram (1914-
1988) (pseuds. Philip Vail, Carter Vaughan)
The Nelson Touch.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston,
1960. 287 pages
Fiction about Lord
The River Devils.
Doubleday, 1969. 239
Set around the time of the War of
1812 and takes
place along the Mississippi River and around New Orleans. Published
under the Carter A. Vaughan pseud.
Clear for Action.
Doubleday, 1970. 250
Fictional biography of David Glasgow
Doubleday, 1970. 336
When the latest and greatest nuclear
inexplicably sinks during its trials, the director of the the company
that built it, and the second sub in its class, tries to piece together
the cause before the second sub is completed. He is blocked in his
efforts by the admiral commanding the nuclear submarine
Dodd, Mead, 1976. 242
The American navy, using a civilian
ocean exploration ship
for a cover, attempt to salvage a Soviet nuclear submarine wrecked on
the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.
Liner : A Novel About a Great Ship.
Doubleday, 1977. 323
The American ocean liner
COLUMBIA, a ship in the same class as the UNITED STATES, is
recommissioned in the early 1970s to compete with the FRANCE and QEII.
Success of the ship depends on getting Congressional subsidies and
impressing travel agents, but is jeopardized by conflict between the
ship's Commodore, a war hero with little knowledge of passenger
service, and the Staff Captain, a capable ship's captain. The conflict
climaxes when the COLUMBIA is caught in a hurricane during a trial run
with prominent passengers as guests.
Crowell, 1977. 244
Set on the east coast during the
Safe from the Sea.
Unbridled, 2010. 244
A son returns home to reconnect with his estranged and dying father thirty-five years after the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat that the father only partially survived and that has divided them emotionally ever since. When his father for the first time finally tells the story of the horrific disaster he has carried with him so long, it leads the two men to reconsider each other.
Ghosh, Amitav (1956- )
At the heart of this epic saga, set
just before the Opium Wars, is an old slaving-ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a
tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors
and stowaways, coolies and convicts.
In September 1838 a storm blows up
on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts
and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the
whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two
convicts and one of the passengers.
It is 1839 and tension has been
rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on
opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial
government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the
Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the
First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of
travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue.
Gibbs, Tony [pseud. Wolcott
Randon House, 1988. 262
"This sailing thriller employs an
old but servicable
plot: both good and bad guys chase after an unidentified hidden
treasure on an old sailboat, Glory. Gibbs knows and loves sailing, but
the novel itself is pretty thin.." [Library Journal]
Random House, 1990. 371
"...Gillian Verdan is a young woman
of good breeding
whose diminished circumstances have obliged her to charter out her
family's magnificent yacht, GLORY. Her crew includes crusty Jeremy
Barr, an old salt whose loss of wife and ship have left him high and
dry emotionally, and Patrick O'Mara, a lusty young ex-mercenary whose
working-class Catholic background puts him at a disadvantage among the
snobbish gentry with whom he sails" [PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY]. Gillian
searches for her college room mate, lost at sea with her editor boss.
She and her crew run into a tangled web of intrigue and
W. Morrow, 1992. 251
"...Jake Adler, a military man with
connections to a
dubious right-wing organization, charters the yacht GLORY and involves
its owner Gillian Verdean, the captain...Jeremy Barr, and the cook
Patrick O'Mara in a clandestine operation on the fictional Caribbean
island of St. Philip....Lush locales, and extensive, but not
overdrawan, seafaring lore add to the reading pleasure." [PUBLISHER'S
Shot in the dark.
Mysterious Press, 1996. 238
Gibbs launches his new
which features low crime on the high seas in the Santa Barbara area.
Lots of on the water action.
Fade to Black.
Mysterious Press, 1997. 245
Neal Donahoe walks the piers of
Santa Barbara as the town's acting Harbormaster. And Coast Guard Lieutenant
Tory Lennox, the newcomer on the dock, is beginning to feel a part of the
floating world that makes up the city's marina and her beat. Nevertheless,
Neal and Tory have their problems. Tory's reputation is frozen in mud, and she
seems doomed to wither quietly at her post. What's more, she and Neal are at
personal loggerheads. He's pushing for marriage, and Tory's not sure what she
wants. Enter Erling Halvorsen. Erling - family man, self-declared minister of
God, and skipper of the Prophet Jonah, a maritime eyesore on Santa Barbara's
pristine shoreline - finds an angel in Tory, who is touched by the plight of
the Halvorsen clan. When Tory's boss lowers the boom and orders the boat our
of the harbor, she befriends the Halvorsens and helps them move. For Tory,
it's a simple act of kindness. For Erling, it's a celestial sign. He has found
the one. Meanwhile, Halvorsen's eldest son is a delinquent dock rat who just
happens to be around when local painter Wilbur Andreas is blinded by acetone.
Martha, the oldest daughter, is quietly rebellious but obviously terrified of
her father. The three remaining children are wise beyond their years. And
Erling's righteous zeal masks a rage that can consume everyone he loves -
including Tory. Finally, in a single act of apocalyptic daring, the storm
erupts. Caught in its center, Tory will need all the courage she can summon to
prevent a bloodbath. And, trapped at its outermost edge, Neal must race
against time to save both the woman and the world he loves.
The Raging of the Sea.
Deutsch, 1984. 543
The son of a Royal Navy officer
died a hero in WW II joins the post-war Royal Navy as an officer,
becomes a pilot.
Armada: the novel.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987.
Tale of the Spanish Armada of
Houghton Mifflin Co., 2001. 289
Ruth Thomas returns from boarding
school to join her family in their Maine island lobster fishing business which
is in a age-old fishing feud with other local lobstermen.
Gilchrist, Sir Andrew (1910-
Death Of An Admiral.
Hale, 1988. 191
In this novel the author gives his
for the events of the nine fateful days between Admiral Sir Tom
Phillips' arrival in Singapore to assume command of the British Force Z
and December 10, 1941. On this day the Admiral was lost, along with a
thousand other men when the Japanese sank the British battleships HMS
PRINCE OF WALES and HMS REPULSE in the South China Sea.
Gilpatric, Guy (1896-1950)
Dipsomaniac Scots Chief Engineer
life difficult for Captain Ball and everyone else aboard the British
tramp steamer INCHCLIFFE CASTLE, especially First Mate Montgomery.
Duggan's Dew of Kirkintilloch, "most gorgeous of all liquids that ever
dripped golden from the nozzle of a still to mingle its perfume with that
of the heather in the cold highland mists", leads Glencannon into and,
amazingly, sometimes out of, all kinds of trouble.
Contents: Scotch And Water -- Mary,
Queen Of Scots -- The Lost Limerick -- The Missing Link -- He Might Have Been
A Rooshan -- The Snyke In The Grass -- The Bold Man Of Dunvegan -- Cock O' The
North -- The Flaming Chariot -- The Genii Of Gibraltar.
Contents: Odds And Ends -- The
Glasgow Smasher -- The Loathsome Captain Skinkly -- Barking Dog -- Knavery At
Naples -- Scones Upon The Waters -- The Ash Cat -- The Crafty Jerko-Slovaks --
The Fountain Of Youth -- Just Between Shipmates.
Contents: The ladies of Catsmeat
Broilers of the sea --
Hams across the sea --
One good tern --
One way to Mecca --
Pardon the French --
A plugged brass farthing --
The iron mare --
The admiral of Africa --
The roast beef of old England.
Contents: The Rolling Stone -- A
Nosegay For Mr. Montgomery -- Chinaman's Chance -- Champagne Charlie -- The
Pearl Of Panama -- Star Dust And Corn -- The Toothless Hag Of Cadiz -- Three
Lovesick Swains Of Gibraltar -- Mud Bottom Mulligan.
Contents: Gabriel's trumpet --
The toad men of Tumbaroo --
Captain Snooty-off-the-yacht --
At the sign of the Brass Knuckle --
Double, double deal and trouble --
Mutiny on the Inchcliffe Castle --
The yogi of West Ninth Street --
The donkeyman's widow --
The mean man of Genoa --
The wailing lady of Limehouse. <
Contents: The Rum Blossom -- The
Ancient Mariner -- The Way of a Man with a Mermaid -- The Loving Cup -- The
Monte Carlo Massacre -- The Smugglers of San Diego -- The Scot from Scotland
Yard -- The Hunting of the Haggis.
The Scot takes on the Japanese Navy.
Originally a 5 part serial in "The Saturday Evening Post".
Contents: Where early fa's the dew
The Glasgow fantom --
Monkey business at Gibraltar --
The home stretch --
Crocodile tears --
The Glencannon collection --
Mr. Glencannon and the ailing cockroach --
Souse of the border --
The masked monster --
The artful Mr. Glencannon -- Glenconnon ignores the war.
Written with Norman Reilly Raine.
Mostly a Tugboat Annie Puget Sound story with a guest appearence by
Action in the North Atlantic.
E.P. Dutton, 1943. 189
A Liberty Ship heading for Murmansk
during WW II becomes separated from the rest of the convoy.