Tug of War : (December 22nd-December 31st 1941)
. Futura, 1975. 190
Adventures of a tugboat during an Arctic
convoy in the
mid-WW II period.
Futura, 1976. 190 pages
HMS ROSE, a WW I-era destroyer, fights
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.
Futura, 1976. 192 pages
Loosely based on the Royal Navy's
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!
Futura, 1977. 187 pages
A continuation of HMS ROSE's WW II
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
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.
Strike force Falklands series:
The Lost Sentinel.
Doubleday, 1960. 223 pages
Translation of Sentinelle Perdue.
Italian submarine Moro in the Med during WW II.
Up From the Deep.
Graphic Enterprises, 1997. 197
Compilation of SSG Class sea
Leisure, 1981. 220 pages
It's May 1945 and U-boat commander
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
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
Close to the Wind.
W. Sloane, 1956. 245 pages
Just a perfectly grand novel that blends
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:
Corporal Cotton's little war : a novel of the
Aegean campaign 1941. Hutchinson, 1979. 287 pages
Set in the Spring of 1941 around the
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
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.
Thunder of Erebus.
Crown, 1991. 498 pages
USA and Russian confederation go on
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)
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
Our Dutch hero now has his master's
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.
The "Captain", now 70, finds
himself towing a giant oil rig to
The Lost Sea.
Harper, 1951. 153 pages
Memoirs of a ship's boy on the fleet of
that plied the Zuider Zee in the years before it was diked off from the
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
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
Havighurst, Walter (1901-1994)
No Homeward Course.
Doubleday, Doran, 1941. 295
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-
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
Mutiny on a ship in the
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
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
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.
The Hungry Horizon.
Fireship, 2016. 345
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)
Little, Brown, 1954. 332
In the 1860s a sea captain goes aground
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.
The Sea Lord
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.
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
PT skipper fears that he has lost his
being injured in the South Pacific, but must again face the Japanese
from the deck of his PT boat.
Heggen, Thomas (1919-1949)
Houghton Mifflin, 1946. 221
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
The Old Man and the Sea.
Scribner, 1952. 93 pages
Cuban doesn't bring home the big
Islands in the Stream.
Scribner, 1970. 448 pages
Published posthumously. About an
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
Kelly "Ginger" Maguire
From 1911 through WW I, Maguire serves
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
Follows our hero through the years
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
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.
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
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 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
Siberia, so SEAL team has to go in by submarine, then destroy
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
Cry of the Deep.
Kensington, 1989. 416 pages
30-year-old US sub SWORDFISH stands
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
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
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
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
Harper, 1994. 337 pages
Nuclear attack sub USS SPRINGFIELD
rogue U-boat with ex-Nazi aboard, seeking legendary lost treasure in
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
A Chapter of Adventures : or, Through the
bombardment of Alexandria. Blackie & Son, 1891. 288 pages
U.S. title: The Young
By England's Aid; or The Freeing of the Netherlands
(1585-1604). Blackie & Son, 1891.
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
Letter of Marque.
Little, Brown, 1959. 342
Edward Stockton, mate in an American
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
Herbert, Alan Patrick (1890-1971)
The Water Gipsies.
Doubleday, Doran, 1930. 414
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
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