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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors H - Han

Haas, Irene

The Maggie B. Atheneum, 1975. 32 pages

A little girl's wish to sail for a day on a boat named for her "with someone nice for company" comes true. Childrens book.



Hackman, Gene (1930- ) & Lenihan, Daniel

Wake of the Perdido Star. Newmarket Press, 1999. 342 pages

A young man's adventures at sea in the early 1800s. After his parents are murdered in Cuba, Jack O'Reilly enlists on a U.S. merchant ship, where he distinguishes himself in deep diving, becomes a pirate and returns to Cuba to seek revenge on his parents' killers.



Hackforth-Jones, Gilbert (1900- 1982)

No Less Renowned. W. Blackwood & sons, 1939. 306 pages

RN submarines in peace-time 1918- 1938. Eleven short stories.


Submarine Flotilla: A chapter in the life of an obedient servant. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940. 283 pages

Racy, exciting novel about the WW II adventures of the submarine HMS STEADFAST, operating around South Africa.


One-One-One : Stories of the navy. Hodder & Stoughton, 1942. 223 pages

WW II stories. Published in the U.S. as "Topedo! Stories of the Royal Navy".


Submarine Alone: A Story of HMS Steadfast. Hodder & Stoughton, 1943. 141 pages

After her exciting debut described in One-One-One, STEADFAST is still only nine days into WW II when she is ordered to proceed to Singapore. With Cape Town behind, she damages her hull and both her propellers on an uncharted reef, and limps to an isolated island to effect repairs. They discover the island was clandestinely set up pre-war as a replenishment station for German surface raiders. Can STEADFAST complete her repairs before the arrival of a German raider? You know the answer!


Sixteen bells: stories of the Royal Navy in peace and war. Hodder and Stoughton, 1946. 272 pages


The Price Was High. Hodder & Stoughton, 1946. 285 pages

RNVR officer in peace and war.


The Worst Enemy : portrait of a harassed naval officer. Hodder & Stoughton, 1950. 254 pages

Set in the second year of WW II, at the Nth. Submarine Flotilla's base. We find the flotilla's commanding officer nearing the end of his tether with the constant strain of sending his men out on missions with no certainty of them returning - in fact he has lost six subs already. The scene is set when he has sent HMS PATINA, commanded by a captain in whom he has little confidence, away on a difficult patrol. His ex-wife arrives and inquires after their son who -shock!- is serving in PATINA! To make matters worse he suspects his second wife is having an affair with his staff officer and the German bombers are overhead again...


Dangerous Trade : a novel of the Submarine Branche. Hodder & Stoughton, 1952. 189 pages

The story of British submarine HMS GAUNTLET in WW II.


The Sole Survivor. Hodder & Stoughton, 1953. 255 pages

Suspicion falls on the new Captain of the Royal Naval College, Portcastle (not Dartmouth); the spyophobic science master thinks he's working for the Russians. The solution to the mystery lies in events that occurred at sea during the First World War.


Death Of An Admiral. Hodder & Stoughton, 1956. 250 pages

At great risk to his command a submarine captain rescues a famous admiral who has collapsed at the helm of his yacht. After the resultant courts martial the admiral dies mysteriously and it emerges that his saviour is bequeathed all the admiral's worldly goods. This naval mystery novel has a murder, a U-boat captain and a smidgen of romance as it moves to its readable conclusion.


Hurricane Harbour : Pre-View of a Victor. Hodder & Stoughton, 1958. 252 pages

Fiction about Horatio Nelson.


Life on the "Ocean Wave" : a chapter in the life of a naval officer. Hodder & Stoughton, 1960. 254 pages

Service in RN, NATO and RFA.


Crack Of Doom. Hodder & Stoughton, 1961. 223 pages

HMS PERICLES is a jinxed submarine; based at the Royal Navy's erstwhile submarine base HMS DOLPHIN; in command is her captain John Winter. With local colour and undersea action the novel moves to its unusual conclusion.


Storm in Harbour. Hodder & Stoughton, 1965. 188 pages


Paul Dexter series:

  1. Chinese Poison. Hodder & Stoughton, 1969. 221 pages

  2. All Stations to Malta. Hodder & Stoughton, 1971. 222 pages

    Lieutenant Commander Paul Dexter is unexpectantly given command of the future C-in-C's Mediterranean's yacht, which has hastily been specially, but not expertly, converted from an escort ship. Dexter is not used to the social scene aboard an admiral's yacht but his subsequent trials and tribulations are humorously and entertainingly told in this light hearted and affectionate portrayal of the Royal Navy between the wars.

  3. An Explosive Situation. Hodder and Stoughton, 1972. 224 pages

  4. Shadow of the Rock. Hodder and Stoughton, 1973. 224 pages

  5. Second-in-Command. Hodder and Stoughton, 1974. 220 pages

  6. Redoubtable Dexter. Hodder and Stoughton, 1975. 192 pages

  7. Dexter at War. Hodder and Stoughton, 1976. 192 pages



Children's stories:

The Green Sailors. Hodder & Stoughton , 1951. 192 pages

The Green Sailors on Holiday. Hodder & Stoughton , 1952. 192 pages

Green Sailors, Ahoy! Hodder & Stoughton , 1953. 192 pages

Green Sailors, Beware. Hodder & Stoughton , 1954. 192 pages

Green Sailors and Blue Water. Hodder & Stoughton , 1955. 192 pages

Green Sailors and Fair Winds. Hodder & Stoughton , 1956. 192 pages

Green Sailors to Gibraltar. Hodder & Stoughton , 1957. 192 pages

Green Sailors in the Caribbean. Hodder & Stoughton , 1958. 192 pages

Green Sailors in the Galapagos. Hodder & Stoughton , 1960. 192 pages

Green Sailors in the South Seas. Hodder & Stoughton , 1961. 192 pages



Hagberg, David

Countdown. St. Martin's, 1990. 472 pages

When an American submarine and a Pershing missile vanish, a maverick C.I.A. agent must chase and catch a ruthless K.G.B. assassin before terrorism can strike at the balance of power.



Hagen, Michael

Sail to Caribee. Royal Fireworks, 1998. 157 pages

Thirteen year old Jemmy becomes part of the crew of the ANNALISE with his father in 1702 to plunder Spanish and French ships who are at war with England. Through Jemmy's eyes, young readers will see the larger details of the ship and the smaller ones significant to the young. With the curiosity of the young he takes in the ship's construction, its rigging, the food, the rules of privateering, and the weaponry. But the first battle reveals the real consequences of this instrument of war. For young readers.



Hagy, Alyson Carol

Graveyard of the Atlantic : short stories. Graywolf Press, 2000. 186 pages

Sharking -- The snake hunters -- North of Fear, south of Kill Devil -- Graveyard of the Atlantic -- Semper paratus -- Brother, unadorned -- Search bay.



Haislip, Harvey (1889-1978)

Tommy Potter Series

  1. Sailor Named Jones : a novel of America's greatest captain. Doubleday, 1957. 311 pages

    Fictionalization of John Paul Jones' exploits aboard the RANGER and BONHOMME RICHARD. Two supporting characters in this novel, Tommy Potter, age 12, who lies about his age to get a position as a midshipman in Jones' BONHOMME RICHARD, and Reilly, an Irish seaman, become the leading characters in two future Haislip novels.

  2. The Prize Master. Doubleday, 1959. 283 pages

    Potter, now 14, sees service aboard the privateer PRINCESS ROYAL, and serves as prizemaster of the VIXEN. While commanding VIXEN he is captured by the frigate HMS L'AFRIQUE, and tried for piracy by the British.

  3. Sea Road to Yorktown. Doubleday, 1960. 288 pages

    Potter again ships out on the renamed PRINCESS, nee PRINCESS ROYAL on a voyage to the West Indies. He serves as acting captain following the death of the captain and disability of the other officers, participates in the capture of HMS L'AFRIQUE, and accepts a commission in the French Navy, when PRINCESS is incorporated into that force by de Grasse.


Escape From Java. Doubleday, 1962. 334 pages

WW II destroyer crew flees Japanese.



Hale, Edward Everett (1822-1909)

The Man Without A Country. The Atlantic, December 1863.

For participating in the Burr Conspiracy 1807, Lt. Phillip Nolan is convicted of treason, and condemned to eternal exile aboard US Navy warships on foreign cruises, and forbidden to hear any reference to the United States. He spends the next 56 years as a "guest" of the navy.



Hale, John

The Grudge Fight. Collins, 1964. 192 pages

The fight in the title is between two young men from different backgrounds who find themselves at loggerheads in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a training establishment for Royal Navy artificers during the early years of WW II. They joined as boys and hope to be fully trained by the time they reach eighteen after a four year apprenticeship.



Haliburton, Thomas Chandler (1796-1865)

The letter bag of the Great Western ; or, life in a steamer : dulce est desipere in loco. Bentley, 1840. 323 pages

A collection of letters written by the passengers and crew aboard the Great Western. The book’s ostensible function was the advertisement of the advantages of travel by steamship, but few, after reading the passengers’ accounts of their voyage, would, if they took them seriously, ever venture off shore. The book’s principal sources of amusement – infirmities of the human body (seasickness), the peculiarities of spelling and grammar that arise from faulty or defective education, the cultural mores of other races and lower classes, and the outrageous punning.



Hall, James Norman (1887-1951)

Doctor Dogbody's Leg. Little, Brown, 1940. 371 pages

In a comfortable tavern in Portsmouth a British naval surgeon spins ten yarns explaining the loss of his larboard leg, all different and "all true", set at various times during his long career from the 1760s through the Napoleonic wars. Good fun.


Lost Island. Little, Brown, 1944. 212 pages

Army engineer tells the tale of the construction of a naval air station on an isolated Pacific atoll shortly after Pearl Harbor, and the impact it has on the native inhabitants and wildlife.


The Far Lands. Little, Brown, 1950. 325 pages

A Pacific version of Exodus. Maui, the Tongan Moses, leads his people on a long sea voyage to the Far Lands where the Tongan people can live in peace without war.



Hall, James W. (1947- )

Hard Aground. Delacorte, 1993. 360 pages

Treasure ship goes down near Miami 450 years ago, with $400 million in gold. Our hero gets embroiled in the hunt.



Hall, Lawrence Sargent (1915-1993)

"The Ledge". The Hudson Review, Winter 1959.

One of the greatest short stories ever published. A fisherman takes his son and his nephew to sea for a duck hunting trip on Christmas morning. Things do not go well. Deservedly received the First Prize O. Henry Award in 1960.


Stowaway. Little, Brown, 1961. 188 pages

A nightmarish, and at time hallucinatory, vision of a ship adrift, figuratively and metaphorically, when its command structure fractures due to the illness of her aged captain and her Chief Mate’s inability to cope with added responsibilities. Set on convoy duty during the waning days of the Second World War. Unanimously received the William Faulkner Award for best debut novel.



Hamilton, Donald (1916-2006)

The Mona Intercept. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1980. 510 pages

Cuban exile Jimmy Columbus uses hijacking on the high seas, drugs, and murder to fuel his dreams of an empire. By the author of the Matt Helm series.



Hamilton, Seymour

Astreya, The Men of the Sea trilogy:

  1. The Voyage South. Cortero, 2011. 336 pages

    Astreya isn't like the other boys in his remote fishing village. When Astreya leaves home, his widowed mother gives him his father's knife, a riddling notebook, and a bracelet with a mysterious and powerful green stone. He sails south with an adventurous fishing boat skipper, hoping that in the world beyond, he can find out who his father was, what the three enigmatic gifts mean, and whether there is any value to the looks, skills and talents that have set him apart from everyone he has ever known.

  2. The Men of the Sea. Cortero, 2011. 336 pages

    Astreya learns from his grandfather Oron how to control his power over the shipstones aboard the great ship Cygnus. He still yearns for Lindey, left on shore against her will. Trying to purge a nagging guilt, Roaring Jack sails the Mollie south again, and this time Astreya's friend Cam is a stowaway. At The City of the Sea, the lawful meeting place of the great ships, family politics turn violent, with tragic consequences. Astreya must hurry to protect Lindey from his marauding uncle Mufrid, who wants the stone Gar gave her. A day-and-night sailing duel, a battle at sea, a shipwreck, a fight in a pub, escapes by sea and secret passage, help from unexpected allies and treachery from family all take their toll on Astreya and his friends.

  3. The Wanderer's Curse. Cortero, 2012. 302 pages

    Lindey takes Astreya, Cam, Damon, and Arneb to Matris, only to discover that much has changed since she left home. Suspicion and distrust surround the men. Astreya and Lindey begin to resolve their difficulties, but a gossipy old man on a horse misrepresents the past, and all five must flee aboard Arneb's boat. Once outside the shelter of the hills surrounding Matris, the group discovers that the bloodthirsty Men of the Sea are searching for their navigation stones, and they think the Village where Astreya was born has them. Astreya must arrive in time to avert a massacre.



Hammond, Marc

Fathom. Futura, 1978. 345 pages

The world's most sophisticated mini-sub is missing - along with a nuclear warhead.



Hammond, William C. (1947- )

Culter Family Chonicles


  1. A Matter of Honor. Cumberland House, 2007. 311 pages

    A Massachusetts teenager who ships out with John Paul Jones to avenge the death of his beloved brother Will, taken by force by the Royal Navy and flogged to death aboard a king's ship. On the high seas, in England and in France, on the sugar islands of the Caribbean and the battlefield of Yorktown, Richard Cutler proves his mettle and wins the love -- and the allegiance to the infant republic -- of a beautiful English aristocrat from the arms of a young British sea officer named Horatio Nelson.

  2. For Love of Country. Naval Institute Press, 2010. 239 pages

    In the late 18th century, Richard Cutler attempts to both save his family from Barbary pirates and his one true love and her daughters from the guillotine during the French Revolution, with help from U.S. naval commander John Paul Jones along the way.

  3. The Power and the Glory. Naval Institute Press, 2011. 254 pages

    Set in the late 1790s during the Quasi- War with France, and featuring the adventures of the seafaring Cutler family of Hingham, Massachusetts, looks at the new American Navy during the Age of Fighting Sail.

  4. A Call to Arms. Naval Institute Press, 2012. 246 pages

    Set primarily in the Mediterranean Sea during the war against Tripoli, this novel includes business ventures that expand the Cutler commercial empire to the Orient. Richard Cutler has command of a frigate while his younger son Jamie serves as midshipman aboard USS Constitution under the command of Captain Edward Preble. Other naval heroes in the novel include Stephen Decatur, Richard Somers and Charles Stewart.

  5. How Dark the Night. Naval Institute Press, 2014. 1 213 pages

    Included are the Chesapeake vs Leopard affair, impressment of American sailors at sea by the Royal Navy, and the Embargo Act, a piece of legislation imposed by President Jefferson and Sevretary of State Madison that crippled American shipping companies, including Cutler & Sons, and nearly caused New England to secede from the Union. In addition to facing fierce trials and tribulations in the external environment, Richard Cutler and his family are forced to confront the heart-wrenching illness of a dearly beloved family member. Years Covered: 1805 to 1811.



Hancock, Harrie Irving (1868-1922)

Motor Boat Club series:


  1. The Motor Boat Club and the Wireless; or, The Dot, Dash and Dare Cruise. Henry Altemus, 1909. 256 pages
  2. The Motor Boat Club Off Long Island; or, A Daring Marine Game at Racing Speed. Henry Altemus, 1909. 252 pages
  3. The Motor Boat Club in Florida; or, Laying the ghost of Alligator Swamp. Henry Altemus, 1909. 250 pages
  4. The Motor Boat Club of the Kennebec : or, The secret of Smugglers' Island. Henry Altemus, 1909. 253 pages
  5. The Motor Boat Club at Nantucket; or, The mystery of the Dunstan heir. Henry Altemus, 1909. 256 pages
  6. The Motor Boat Club at the Golden Gate, or, A thrilling capture in the great fog. Henry Altemus, 1909. 212 pages
  7. The Motor Boat Club on the Great Lakes; or, The "Flying Dutchman" of the big fresh water. Henry Altemus, 1912. 252 pages



Hankins, John Walter

Cayman Gold. Writer's Club of America, 1997. 416 pages

High-ranking Nazis, using specially modified submarines, sumggle gold bullion to countries still friendly to Germany. One U-boat--along with its precious cargo--is sunk by a British destroyer, but not before discharging its secret cargo on an unknown island in the Carribean. Some fifty years later, the missing cache is discovered by an American family visiting the Cayman Islands. Their unexpected find leads to a murder, kidnapping, and the sudden convergence of foreign agents and Neo-Nazis to what had once been a peaceful island paradise.



Hanks, Douglas Jr.

Muskrat: A Surprise Bid for the America's Cup. the Author, 1987. 239 pages

A local favorite around the Chesapeake Bay. A group of "good ole boys" (spelled drunks) from the Eastern Shore of Maryland mount an America's Cup campaign in 1987 and take it to Australia. MUSKRAT is the name of their boat and in the town of Oxford, Maryland you can now buy MUSKRAT t-shirts and hats, and find a half-hull model of the boat on the wall of the local drinking establishment.



Hanley, James (1901-1985)

Half an eye : sea stories. The Bodley Head, 1937. 438 pages

The tale -- Jacob -- The swimmer -- Shadows before sunset -- Fog -- Greaser Anderson -- Victory -- Sitting Royal -- The storm -- Captain Cruickshank -- The old ship -- Stoker Haslett -- The sea -- Feud.


The Ocean. Morrow, 1941. 233 pages

Written for a time when a group of men were likely to find themselves adrift in a lifeboat with little chance of survival. A thoughtful study of human behaviour.


Sailor's Song. Nicholson & Watson, 1943. 204 pages

Another lifeboat story featuring an old English stoker and his memories of his past.