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Nautical Fiction Index

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Harding, Duncan

Tug of War : (December 22nd-December 31st 1941) . Futura, 1975. 190 pages

Adventures of a tugboat during an Arctic convoy in the mid-WW II period.


Flotilla Attack. Futura, 1976. 190 pages

HMS ROSE, a WW I-era destroyer, fights the Nazi invasion of Norway with a crew that believes her to be jinxed, and a First Lieutenant under a cloud because of the percieved cowardice of his father in WW I.


Torpedo Boat. Futura, 1976. 192 pages

Loosely based on the Royal Navy's involvement in Russia immediately after the Fist World War. Using two small but very fast torpedo boats, four British sailors attempt to put a British agent ashore in Petrograd. Petrograd is believed to be impregnable, and to make things even more complicated they are expected to sink a Soviet battleship on the way out!


Operation Chariot. Futura, 1977. 187 pages

A continuation of HMS ROSE's WW II service. Lamb, her erstwhile First Lieutenant, is now her captain. In spite of having the reputation as a jinxed ship her crew slowly become proud of her. In the attack by commandos and the destruction of the dock gates at St. Nazaire by by HMS CAMBELLTOWN, the ROSE is allocated the task of ensuring that E-boats do not prevent the escape of the survivors.



Hardy, Adam [pseud. Kenneth Bulmer (1921-2005) & Terry Harknett (1936- )]

George Abercrombie Fox series:

Napoleonic Wars adventures featuring an officer in the Royal Navy. Fairly standard, except that the brutal side to life in Nelson's navy is played up.


  1. The Press Gang. Pinnacle, 1973. 157 pages
  2. Prize Money. Pinnacle, 1974. 152 pages
  3. Savage Siege. (UK title: Siege). Pinnacle, 1974. 160 pages
  4. Treasure Map. (UK title: Treasure). Pinnacle, 1974. 155 pages
  5. Sailor's Blood. (UK title: Power Monkey). Pinnacle, 1974. 150 pages
  6. Sea of Gold. (UK title: Blood for Breakfast). Pinnacle, 1974. 151 pages
  7. Court Martial. Pinnacle, 1974. 151 pages
  8. Battle Smoke. Pinnacle, 1975. 152 pages
  9. Cut and Thrust. Pinnacle, 1975. 148 pages
  10. Boarder's Away. Pinnacle, 1975. 152 pages
  11. The Fireship. Pinnacle, 1976. 184 pages
  12. Blood Beach. New English Library, 1976. 110 pages
  13. Sea Flame. New English Library, 1976. 112 pages
  14. Close Quarters. New English Library, 1977. 128 pages


Strike force Falklands series:

  1. Operation Exocet. Futura, 1984. 158 pages
  2. Raider's Dawn. Futura, 1984. 160 pages
  3. Red Alert. Futura, 1984. 156 pages
  4. Recce Patrol. Futura, 1985. 158 pages
  5. Covert Op. Futura, 1985. 159 pages
  6. 'Ware Mines. Futura, 1985. 160 pages



Hardy, René

The Lost Sentinel. Doubleday, 1960. 223 pages

Translation of Sentinelle Perdue. Italian submarine Moro in the Med during WW II.



Harmuth, Robert

Up From the Deep. Graphic Enterprises, 1997. 197 pages

Compilation of SSG Class sea stories.



Harper, Richard

Greenland Passage. Leisure, 1981. 220 pages

It's May 1945 and U-boat commander Werner Reutemann is on an escape mission under the Arctic Ice through the Bering sea to Japan.



Harrigan, Stephen (1948- )

Aransas. Random House, 1980. 259 pages

A richly ambiguous story of self- discovery: an aimless ex-hippie is troubled by his training dophins to perform. Evokes the atmosphere of Aransas Pass (and Corpus Cristi, Texas) with detailed description. Worth a read.



Harris, John (1916-1991)

The Sea Shall Not Have Them. Hurst & Blackett, 1953. 256 pages

The title is the mottos of the Air/Sea Rescue High Speed launch Flotillas of the RAF. This is the heroic story of LAUNCH 7525, of four men lost in a rubber dinghy in the North Sea, and of those on shore and in the air who direct their destinies. The whole action takes place within forty-eight hours in the autumn of 1944. U.S. title: The Undaunted.


Close to the Wind. W. Sloane, 1956. 245 pages

Just a perfectly grand novel that blends a rare charm with the thrill of high seas adventure as it follows four people on a wild voyage through the tiny islands of the South Pacific. U.K. title: "Getaway".


Corporal Cotton's little war : a novel of the Aegean campaign 1941. Hutchinson, 1979. 287 pages

Set in the Spring of 1941 around the invasion of Greece... fast motor boat action to recover weapons and gold before the German hold on the Aegean is complete.



Harrison, Harry (1925-2012)

The QE2 Is Missing. TOR, 1980. 352 pages

The QE II is highjacked for a cargo of diamonds. Not SF, despite the author.


Stars & Stripes Forever. Ballantine, 1998. 338 pages

England joins the Confederates against the US during the American Civil War. Some naval action, with USN ironclads mixing it up with CSN ironclads and British wooden warships. WARRIOR gets her stuffing knocked out by a horde of monitors.



Harrison, Payne

Thunder of Erebus. Crown, 1991. 498 pages

USA and Russian confederation go on joint mission in Antarctica, detect a new power deep beneath the glaciers, and duke it out for control over and under the sea.



Hartog, Jan de (1914-2002)

Tugboating series:

  1. Captain Jan : a story of ocean tugboats. Cleaver-Hume Press, 1952. 315 pages

    Originally published in Dutch as Holland's Glory. A young Dutchman rises from sailor to command in seagoing tugboats in the early years of the 20th century. He fights the sea and also a big company that is trying to monopolize the towing business by buying up all the smaller fleets and starving its crews to make a profit. De Hartog's first novel. Not as well written as his later work, but he does an excellent job of describing the seagoing tugs' work and the men who manned them. An instant and historic bestseller and a symbol of Dutch resistance; the German occupying forces banned the book in 1942 but it went on selling in large quantities in the underground market.

  2. The Captain. Atheneum, 1955. 434 pages

    Our Dutch hero now has his master's certificate for the big ocean-going tugs. The summer of 1940 finds him entering an RN school for foreign captains of rescue tugs. But his old boss, the mysterious robber-baron Mr Kwel, pulls strings, and has him yanked out to serve as job-captain of various ships of his remaining fleet of tugs. He mainly spells captains of the smaller tugs that are working local to the UK until the death of the famous and heroic Bok Mumble, captain of the largest tugboat in the Kwel fleet, who can be considered the Commodore of the Dutch tugboat fleet. It turns out that Kwel has been grooming our hero to replace the heroic Captain Bok. Unfortunately for Kwel he has just failed in his last attempt to hold this largest tug, the pride of his fleet, from convoy duty. The remaining two thirds of the book concern two voyages to Murmansk. Prior to his first Murmansk convoy he meets his old RN instructor at the school for tugboat captains, and asks him how his old class-mates are doing. He is shocked to learn that every single one of them has died in the line of duty.

  3. The Commodore: a novel of the sea. Harper & Row, 1986. 406 pages

    The "Captain", now 70, finds himself towing a giant oil rig to Singapore.


The Lost Sea. Harper, 1951. 153 pages

Memoirs of a ship's boy on the fleet of fishing boats that plied the Zuider Zee in the years before it was diked off from the ocean.


The Distant Shore, a story of the sea. Harper, 1952. 309 pages

Novel about a salvage ship plying the Mediterranean in the years immediately after WW II. Published in the U.K. in two volumes: Stella & The Distant Shore.


The Call of the Sea. Atheneum, 1966. 465 pages

Single volume collection of The Lost Sea, The Distant Shore, and A Sailor's Life.


The Trail of the Serpent. Harper & Row, 1983. 214 pages

Escape from the Japanese in Indonesia during WW II.


Star of Peace: a novel of the sea. Harper & Row, 1984. 376 pages

Aging freighter full of Jews flees Nazis.



Havighurst, Walter (1901-1994)

No Homeward Course. Doubleday, Doran, 1941. 295 pages

A sympathetic tale of a World War 2 Nazi merchant raider. The raider is manned with as devoted and chivalrous a crew of German idealists as ever put to sea. The captain is Siegfried-Lohengrin, the chief engineer is a more elderly version of Siegfried-Lohengrin, the ship’s doctor is service to humanity incarnate, and only the first officer is a Nazi.



Hawes, Charles Boardman (1889- 1923)

The Mutineers : a tale of old days at sea and of adventures in the Far East as Benjamin Lathrop set it down some sixty years ago. Atlantic, 1919. 276 pages

Mutiny on a ship in the Pacific.


The Great Quest : a romance of 1826, wherein are recorded the experiences of Josiah Woods of Topham, and of those others with whom he sailed for Cuba and the Gulf of Guinea. Little Brown, 1921. 359 pages

Twelve-year-old Josiah tells of how his Uncle Seth is tricked by an old friend into selling his shop and buying a ship. Thinking they are going in search of gold, Josiah and his uncle find themselves unwillingly involved in the slave trade and at odds with the crew.


The Dark Frigate : wherein is told the story of Philip Marsham who lived in the time of King Charles and was bred a sailor but came home to England after many hazards by sea and land and fought for the king at Newbury and lost a great inheritance and departed for Barbados in the same ship, by curious chance, in which he had long before adventured with the pirates. Atlantic Monthly, 1923. 247 pages

The story of Philip Marsham, a sailor in King Charles times who dares not return to England after his ship is taken over by pirates, and he is forced to join their crew. Young adult -- in same sense that Mr. Midshipman Hornblower or Bolitho and the Avenger are. Newberry Award winner.



Hawthorne, Mike

The Hungry Horizon. Fireship, 2016. 345 pages

In 1679, a fleet of buccaneers secretly prepares to attack the Spanish Main, in defiance of the peace treaty between England and Spain. A veteran of the Dutch Wars and Henry Morgan's sack of Panama, Tom Sheppard flees from a brawl in Port Royal with his two young turtle-fishing mates to join the expedition and escape the threat of the gallows. First of the projected Pirates of the Pacific series.



Haycox, Ernest (1899-1950)

The Adventurers. Little, Brown, 1954. 332 pages

In the 1860s a sea captain goes aground in storm on the West Coast, takes to working on a river in Oregon.



Hayden, Sterling (1916-1986)

Voyage: a novel of 1896. Putnam, 1976. 700 pages

On New Year's Day, 1896, the enormous steel-hulled four-masted square rigger Neptune's Car slides down the ways of a Maine shipyard, the pride of Banning Butler Blanchard, shipbuilder extraordinaire. Undertaking a torturous maiden voyage around the Horn to San Francisco, her crew are driven to murder and near mutiny by the brutal reality of life below deck on a "hellship" during the age of sail. Meanwhile, Blanchard's daughter Mrs. Montague Cutting, her husband, and a party of gilded aristocrats enjoy an idyllic cruise through the South Pacific to Japan, aboard the luxurious private yacht Atalanta. As both Atalanta and Neptune's Car arrive in San Francisco on the eve of the Bryan-McKinley presidential election, the increasing chasm between haves and have-nots threatens to erupt into riot and insurrection.



Hazlett, Edward Everett

"Rig for depth charges!" The career of a young naval officer on submarine duty. Dodd, Mead, 1945. 269 pages

For young readers.



Healey, David

The Sea Lord Chronicles:


  1. First Voyage. Intracoastal Media, 2012. 312 pages

    When 14-year-old Alexander Hope is sent by his stingy uncle to become a junior officer in the Royal Navy, he has never seen the sea or been very far from the ramshackle manor house where he grew up. He's also never seen a gryphon. There are high expectations for Alexander, whose famous ancestor was Sir Algernon Hope, a sea elemental who defeated the Spanish Armada and saved England from invasion.

  2. Ship of Spies. Intracoastal Media, 2014. 166 pages

    Alexander is assigned to catch the thief who stole something mysterious from the American diplomat aboard the HMS Resolution. His task is made difficult because crew and even some of the officers are suspicious and jealous of his new powers as an elemental who can command the sea.



Heatter, Basil (1918-2009)

The Dim View. Farrar, Straus, 1946. 256 pages

PT skipper fears that he has lost his nerve after being injured in the South Pacific, but must again face the Japanese from the deck of his PT boat.



Heggen, Thomas (1919-1949)

Mr. Roberts. Houghton Mifflin, 1946. 221 pages

US Navy transport RELUCTANT as it sails from Tedium to Apathy -- with occasional side trips to Monotony and Ennui -- in the back waters of WW II in the Pacific. Novel focuses on the attempts by a reserve lieutenant to defy his mustang captain by transfering off the ship to a combat position. Later an award winning play and film.



Hemingway, Ernest (1899-1961)

After the Storm. Hearst's International/Cosmopolitan, May 1932.

Short story.


The Old Man and the Sea. Scribner, 1952. 93 pages

Cuban doesn't bring home the big fish.


Islands in the Stream. Scribner, 1970. 448 pages

Published posthumously. About an American painter who lives on Bimini. The early part of the book (set in the 1930s) contains some great sport fishing scenes. During WW II the painter and his boat are drafted in the service of American intelligence to track down survivors of a German submarine who are trying to escape.



Hennessy, Max [pseud. of John Harris] (1916-1991)

Kelly "Ginger" Maguire trilogy:


  1. The Lion at Sea. Hamilton, 1977. 314 pages

    From 1911 through WW I, Maguire serves on armored cruiser HUGUENOT, gets torpedoed on CRESSY, stranded in Antwerp in 1914, captured when his submarine is sunk during Gallipoli, and sees action on destroyer MORDANT at Jutland.

  2. The Dangerous Years. Hamilton, 1978. 292 pages

    Follows our hero through the years between WW I and the Spanish Civil War. He has adventures in Russia during the Civil War, Shanghai, and in the Red Sea during the Abyssinian Crisis.

  3. Back to Battle. Hamilton, 1979. 297 pages

    Ginger Maguire, now the most decorated man in the Royal Navy, commands a destroyer in Iberian waters during the Spanish Civil War, fights at Narvik, Matapan and Crete, and commands an escort group on the Murmansk run in action remarkably similar to the Battle of the Barents Sea.



Henrick, Richard P.

Silent Warriors. Kensington, 1985. 381 pages

Alexander Korsakov, captain of Russia's most technologically advanced submarine, is shocked to learn that he is to spearhead a massive nuclear first strike against the Americans. The captain of a U.S. attack sub, out of radio contact and without orders, must engage in an epic undersea battle--or risk witnessing the shattering end of the world above.


Counterforce. Kensington, 1985. 415 pages

Inside the world's most advanced submarine, Vulkan, a man holds a list of U.S. targets--each one will mean millions of casualties and a world thrown into nuclear chaos. Capt. Cooksey knows that his elusive prey can be brought down only one way--betrayal. Someone within the Russian hierarchy is about to give the Americans the one tool they need to stop the Vulkan.


The Phoenix Odyssey. Kensington, 1986. 364 pages

Receiving a sudden War Alert while on a routiene patrol, the crew of the Trident submarine USS Phoenix is suddenly cut off of all communication--including the one cancelling the War Alert--and reemerges with the wrong ideas.


Flight of the Condor. Kensington, 1987. 381 pages

America's most advanced defensive surveillance satellite is hurtling towards Earth, leaving the United States susceptible to a surprise attack from the Soviet Union. As the Russians prepare to deliver a lethal nuclear blow, the fate of humanity will be fought on two battlefields--beneath the ocean and in outer space.


When Duty Calls. Kensington, 1988. 415 pages

Russians put first military laser on line in Siberia, so SEAL team has to go in by submarine, then destroy site.


Beneath the Silent Sea. Kensington, 1988. 414 pages

The Chinese have launched their most lethal submarine in a clandestine attack on both the U.S. and the Soviet Union-- just as peace talks between these two nations have begun. Now, to stop the Maoist fanatics, two world powers about to come together in peace must join forces in war. As they race toward a showdown in the perilous ocean depths, the ultimate thermonuclear endgame is about to be played for the highest stakes of all.


Cry of the Deep. Kensington, 1989. 416 pages

30-year-old US sub SWORDFISH stands between gigantic Russian sub and nuclear warfare with US.


Under the Ice. Kensington, 1989. 383 pages

Airplane carrying the Soviet premier goes down in the arctic, and US and USSR subs race to the area.


Sea Devil. Kensington, 1990. 382 pages

Renegade Admiral Igor Starobin leads a new submarine to penetrate and destroy a U.S. Navy base that is the strategic core of NATO's defense advantage. The formidable "Sea Devil" becomes locked in a desperate battle against the super attack sub USS BOWFIN, under the command of Pentagon special investigator Brad Mackenszie.


The Golden U-Boat. Kensington, 1991. 384 pages

Nazi U-boat sinks with secret weapon; 50 years later, fugitive SS officer salvages it. A US sub must deal with the Nazi and a Russian boomer.


Sea of Death. Kensington, 1992. 350 pages

The ultimate biological weapon lies in the hands of a Ninja warrior with a mad dream of reestablishing Japan as the world's mightiest military superpower. Only an obsolete diesel-powered submarine manned by a crew of specially trained computer-oriented nuke submariners can stop him.


Dive to Oblivion. Kensington, 1993. 352 pages

When a nuclear-powered submarine vanishes, commander Thomas Moore uncovers a trail of terror that leads to a paranoid and ruthless cabal of hardline Communists.


Ecowar. HarperCollins, 1993. 338 pages

Dr. Peter Kraft, an expert in dolphin communication, is ordered to journey on the attack class vessel, the USS Chicago, to investigate strange reports of a marauding sea monster in the depths of the Kuril Trench.


Ice Wolf. Harper, 1994. 337 pages

Nuclear attack sub USS SPRINGFIELD encounters mysterous rogue U-boat with ex-Nazi aboard, seeking legendary lost treasure in the arctic.


Crimson Tide. Avon, 1995. 239 pages

Aboard nuclear sub USS ALABAMA when orders come to launch preemptive nuclear strike. Is order real, a test, or a mistake? It's impossible to confirm, skipper wants to launch, and exec says no. Made into a movie starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington. This is the author's novelization of his screenplay.


Attack of a Queen. Avon, 1997. 368 pages

Terrorists seize the ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth II, hosting an economic conference of heads of top industrial countries. Two brothers try to outwit the terrorists, Thomas Kellogg of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Vincent Kellogg of the Secret Service.



Henty, G. A. (1832-1902)

Under Drake's Flag; a tale of the Spanish Main. C. Scribner's Sons, 1883. 386 pages


A Chapter of Adventures : or, Through the bombardment of Alexandria. Blackie & Son, 1891. 288 pages

U.S. title: The Young Midshipman.


By England's Aid; or The Freeing of the Netherlands (1585-1604). Blackie & Son, 1891. 384 pages


With Cochrane the Dauntless: a tale of the exploits of Lord Cochrane in South American waters. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. 388 pages


At Aboukir and Acre: a story of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1898. 331 pages


By Conduct and Courage; a story of Nelson's days. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. 381 pages



Hepburn, Andrew

Letter of Marque. Little, Brown, 1959. 342 pages

Edward Stockton, mate in an American ship bound for China in 1812, is impressed into a British frigate. He escapes and finds his way to L'Orient, "the bustling intrigue-ridden center of privateering". Stockton outfits a lugger he captured during his escape and goes privateering. "The stench of smoke and the crash of rigging; the shine of the sails as a desperate ship strives to catch the wind; the sound of shot and the turmoil of had-to-hand combat..." [from bookjacket blurb]



Herbert, Alan Patrick (1890-1971)

The Water Gipsies. Doubleday, Doran, 1930. 414 pages

Life and love on the River Thames.



Herbert, Frank (1920-1986)

Dragon in the Sea. Doubleday, 1956. 192 pages

It's the 21st century and the USA is running short on oil. The submarine FENIAN RAM is sent on a clandestine mission to tap the enemy's vast underwater oil deposits. Twenty vessels have failed to return and this is the final attempt! Revision of a serial published in "Astounding Science Fiction" under Herbert's prefered title Under Pressure. Also published as 21st Century Sub.