Herman, Fred (Frederick Sawyer)
Dynamite Cargo: Convoy to Russia.
Vanguard, 1943. 158 pages
Another Murmansk run story of a merchant
seaman going to Russia on a liberty ship, which is then sunk, and his survival
with 300 sailors on board of the HMS Scylla. Based on the author's actual
Hersey, John (1914-1993)
Under the Eye of the Storm.
Knopf, 1967. 244 pages
Two couples on a weekend sail off the
Massachussets coast get caught in a hurricane shortly after the boat's
owner realized that his wife is having an affair with the other
Kensington, 1979. 352 pages
US missile sub cruising under the ice
pack in Russian
waters is found and trapped. Published in the US as Status 1SQ.
Hickham, Homer H. (1943- )
The Keeper's Son.
Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, 2003. 353
On the outer banks of the Carolinas in
1941, fisherman and a few lonely sailors constitute the human population.
Dominating the rough yet beautiful landscape is the majestic Killakeet Lighthouse,
run for generations by the Thurlow family. But Josh Thurlow, the lighthouse
keeper's son, has forsworn his heritage to become the commander of a small Coast
Guard patrol boat. Tortured by twenty years of guilt for losing his brother at
sea, Josh still searches for him, even while a looming wolf pack of German U-boats
threatens to decimate the shipping lanes off the coast. One of the U-boats is
captained by a hardened Nazi, Otto Krebs. But Captain Krebs may bring ashore more
than the war -- he may also have the answer to Josh Thurlow's quest.
Hickling, Reginald Hugh (1920-
The English flotilla : a war novel. Macdonald, 1954. 256 pages
U.S. title: Falconer's
Voyage. Adventures of a
misantropic Royal Navy landing ship commander in Europe during WWII.
Higgins, Jack [pseud. of Harry
Patterson] (1929- )
Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976. 311
During World War II, a group of German
expatriates trapped in Brazil must sail across five thousand miles of tempestuous
water to reach their homeland-and face the deadly barricade of American and
British military power. Sequel to his bestselling novel The Eagle has
Simon and Schuster, 1990. 318
As D-day approaches in Europe, the
Allied command learns of a German staff conference to be held in Brittany at the
Chateau de Voincourt, where the Nazis will discuss their Atlantic Wall defense
strategy. Foreknowledge of these plans could mean the difference between success
and failure for the Allied invasion, and as luck would have it, the chateau
happens to be the home of an undercover French Resistance agent, beautiful Anne-
Putnam, 1993. 356 pages
British agents search for the secret
diaries of Martin Bormann that reveal British Nazi sympathizers and the secret
Hill, Ernestine (Hemmings), (1899-
My Love Must Wait : the story of Matthew
Flinders. Angus and Robertson,
1941. 466 pages
Fictionalized biography of Matthew
Royal Navy officer who conducted the first circumnavigation of the
Hill, Porter (Pseud.)
Adam Horne a captain in
the Bombay Marine, the British East India Company's private navy sent by HEIC
to kidnap the former
commander of French forces in India, General Lailly, from the
custody of the British Army to the custody of the HEIC. Set in
Adam Horne is dispatched to seas around
to capture a war chest being sent from France to pay French troops in
Mauritius. Set in 1761.
Horne is sent to China to recover the
an HEIC ship stolen by a renagade HEIC purchasing agent -- who also
helped himself to the gold reserves at Madras. Set in 1762.
Ship of the Damned.
Magnum, 1972. 174 pages
Aboard the cruise ship Santa Lucia, out
Brazil for the Windward Islands with 600 passengers including five
Americans and Colonel De Sota, a savage revolutionary who hijacks the
First mate of the Henry Glass.
Vantage Press, 1959. 190
Newly licensed Chief Mate Robert Hall’s
first assignment is aboard the just-commissioned Liberty Ship HENRY GLASS, sailing
out of San Pedro early on during the War. The GLASS is described as an armed
merchant ship, complete with an S.O.B. of a skipper, unhappy crewmen and
contingents of Navy gunners and U.S. Marines clearly unhappy to have to associate
with merchant mariners.
Bantam, 1974. 204 pages
Nasty guy plants bombs on world's
liner, threatens to blow it up with 1,200 passengers aboard if he isn't
paid ransom. Novelization of a movie with Richard Harris and Omar
Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977. 324
Hitler's last desperate gamble: send sub
Maine, where they will liberate a POW camp filled with Afrika Korps
troops, invade the US, and threaten Boston with V-2 rockets.
TEMPEST QUEEN travels from Napoleon to
Natchez in the
spring of 1859 with a haunted captain, a captured runaway slave, a
pack of gamblers determined to steal the boat from its captain, and
a gambler who is determined to stop them. A fun
The TEMPEST QUEEN is chartered to take
stores and payroll from St. Louis to Leavenworth. A Missouri River
pirate learns of the cargo, and enlists every desperado along
the river to hijack the boat. Another fun read. Hirt name drops every
character on the Missouri River at that time.
The TEMPEST QUEEN stops at Baton Rouge
and picks up
Sen. Stephen Douglas as he goes on a presidential campaign swing
through the South -- and an assassin who wants to kill Douglas so
that a Civil War will erupt.
Hobb, Robin [pseud. of Margaret
Astrid Lindholm Ogden] (1952- )
The Liveship Traders fantasy
The Live Ships are ships
constructed from "wizard wood", a rare wood with magic properties. The
result is that the ships are alive, and self aware.
Hodgson, William Hope (1875-1918)
The Boats of the GLEN CARRIG: being an account of
their adventures in the
strange places of the Earth, after the foundering of the good ship Glen
Carrig through striking upon a hidden rock in the unknown seas to the
southward, as told by John Winterstraw, gent., to his son James
Winterstraw, in the year 1757, and by him committed very properly and
legibly to manuscript. Chapman and Hall, 1907. 312 pages
"An Edwardian voyage of mystery and
imagination as bizarre as Conan Doyle's Lost World, as sinister and
darkly shadowed as the most fevered and haunting creations of Edgar
Allan Poe" So there you go! Hodgson himself was quite a sailor and was
killed defending his post in the Great War.
Captain Gault: Being the Exceedingly Private Log
of a Sea-Captain. Eveleigh Nash, 1917. 303 pages
Stories from earlier magazine
publication, mostly about how the
roguish Captain Gault outwits customs agents to smuggle diamonds,
pearls, saccharine, guns, whatever.
Arkham House, 1967. 300 pages
Short stories: The Sea Horses; The
Derelict (A very
creepy story of a ship encountering an ancient derelict that seems to
be... alive?); The Thing in the Weeds; From the Tideless Sea; The
Island of the Ud; The Voice in the Night; The Adventure of the
Headland; The Mystery of the Derelict; The Shamraken Homeward-Bounder;
The Stone Ship; The Crew of the LANCING; The habitants of Middle Islet;
The Call in the Dawn.
Holland, Cecelia (1943- )
The Sea Beggars.
Knopf, 1982. 305 pages
Fictionalized account of a family during
revolt against Spain in the 16th Century. Significant action at sea, or
in port -- including a description of the relief of Leyden, when the
Dutch flooded the polders around the besieged city to bring supplies in
Escaping the bullying of his elder
brother, from the age of fifteen Jesamiah Acorne has been a pirate, with only two
loves - his ship and his freedom. But his life is to change when he and his crew
unsuccessfully attack a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa. He is to meet
Tiola Oldstagh, an insignificant girl or so he thinks - until she rescues him from
a vicious attack, and almost certain death, by pirate hunters. And then he
discovers what she really is; a healer and a midwife - and a white
Jesamiah Acorne, Captain of the Sea
Witch, has received a pardon for his crimes of piracy; but is still unable to free
his love Tiola Oldstagh from her unhappy marriage to Stefan van Overstratten. As a
white witch Tiola has the means of saving herself but refuses to use her Craft, so
Jesamiah must think of a brave solution. War is again looming between England and
Spain. The Admiralty in London is desperate for intelligence reports but their spy
has failed to return from the Spanish-held territory of
Jesamiah Acorne, Captain of the Sea
Witch, has accepted a government granted amnesty against his misdeeds of piracy,
but old enemies do not forget the past. In particular Edward Teach - better known
as Blackbeard - has a bone to pick with Acorne. Following an indiscretion with an
old flame, Jesamiah finds his fiancée, the midwife and white witch, Tiola
Oldstagh, has gone to North Carolina to help with an imminent and difficult birth;
the problem, that is where Blackbeard now resides.
Approaching England's North Devon Coast
Captain Jesamiah Acorne is worried. A Royal Navy frigate is trailing in his wake
and Sea Witch has a hidden cache of brandy and indigo aboard. His instinct is to
hoist full sail and flee, but he cannot attract attention, for his wife, Tiola, is
ill and getting worse. She says the sea is affecting her, but Jesamiah has never
seen seasickness like this before - is it something worse; something to do with
her being a white witch perhaps?
Holling, Holling Clancy (1900-
Houghton Mifflin, 1941. 63
This childrens' book Follows the journey
toy canoe carved by a Native American boy, launched at Lake Nipigon,
Canada, travelling through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic, with a
series of adventures on the way, each described in a one page text with
illustrations. Great amounts of geography, natural history, historical
detail are included. The Holling style is very characteristic: sort of
a 40's and 50's David Macauley.
Houghton Mifflin, 1948. 58 pages
Juvenile book about a whaling ship's boy
who carved a gull
of walrus ivory in 1832, and their adventures into the Twentieth
Century as he grows up to become a clipper captain, his son becomes a
reluctant convert to steam, his grandson becomes a ship designer, and
his great-grandson an airplane pilot. Many illustrations by the author.
Realistic look at whaling.
Houghton Mifflin, 1957. 86 pages
The story of a hermit crab, delightfully
told with detailed
full color plates facing the text pages. On the text page margins are pen
and ink drawings illustrating the many aspects of the tale.
Holt, Tom (1961- )
Macdonald, 1991. 252 pages
An utterly bizarre and entertaining yarn
Cornelius Vanderdecker became immortal and cursed, and how the saga
ends. In this madcap telling of the Flying Dutchman's tale, Van
Derdecker and his besotted crew do come ashore once every 7 years. As
their adventures progress to modern times, "Dutch" meets a woman who is
destined to keep him ashore, and encounters the man who started the
entire immortality caper in 1585. It's a page turner.
Demetrius Damilas, 1488-9. (Demetrius
Chalcondyles, ed.) 440 pages
Odysseus and his crew have many
adventures on the wine-dark
sea on their way back from the Trojan Wars.
McGraw-Hill, 1980. 372 pages
Submarine USS MAKO in action against the
McGraw-Hill, 1981. 354 pages
Submarine USS EELFISH in action against
in WW II -- a sequel to Final Harbor, with some of
McGraw-Hill, 1982. 352 pages
Cold War confrontation between US and
submarines after Soviets sink US Sub. Includes the same characters as
Final Harbor and Silent
O God of Battles.
W. Morrow, 1983. 359 pages
WW II Pacific epic, on, above, and below
Hoover, Thomas (1941- )
Doubleday, 1983. 473 pages
Captain Brian Hawksworth sails to India
as an emissary
of King James to the Great Moghul Jahangir and gets into battles with
Doubleday, 1985. 396 pages
Barbados buccaneers battle British for
Hope, Laura Lee [pseud. for The
Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on the Rolling
Ocean. Grosset & Dunlap, 1925. 246
Brown gets top billing in the title, little Sue is by no means a shadow
character in this story and the girls will enjoy it as much as the boys.
The Brown family embarks on a steamer passage to the West Indies and
along the way experience a temporary marooning on a tropical isle, the
discovery of a wild man, the saving of a shipwrecked mariner (the wild
man) and a general good time by all. For young readers.
Hopkins, Gerard Manley (1844-1889)
"The Wreck of the Deutschland" in "Poems of
Gerard Manley Hopkins". Humphrey
Milford, 1918. 124 pages
Poem about the wreck of a German packet
steamer on the sands off the English coast, it's based on an actual
wreck in the late Victorian era.
The Clammer and the Submarine.
Houghton Mifflin, 1917. 346
The Clammer and his family duel with a
German submarine off the U.S. East Coast.
Hopwood, Ronald Arthur (1868-1949)
The Old Way, And Other Poems.
J. Murray, 1916. 62 pages
Seek Out and Destroy.
Crown, 1958. 302 pages
Aboard the Confederate commerce raider
the dying days of the Civil War, as it wreaks havoc on the Yankee
merchant fleet -- even after the war ends. Novel closely based on
the exploits of the SHENANDOAH.
Brown, Watson, 1958. 157
Johnny Bates is the WW II corvette HMS
first lieutenant, who takes over command from his sick captain. While
on convoy protection duties as part of an escort group she faces
atrocious weather, never far from the Focke-Wolfe Condors and the
U-boats, trying to pick up as many survivors from stricken ships as
possible. The author seems to dwell on just seeing bits of bodies after
explosions and suffering in general, which is probably what it was
like! "Two swooping seagulls led the watchers to believe that human
remains may....." Bates' step brother is a Swordfish pilot on a carrier
and after being shot down is rescued by a U-boat but is reunited, under
peculiar circumstances, with his brother - this tends to destroy the
credibility of what started out as a good yarn.
Sink the 'Ark Royal'.
Corgi, 1979. 205 pages
Corgi, 1980. 205 pages
Corgi, 1981. 174 pages
Long Anchorage, a New Bedford Story.
D. Appleton-Century, 1947. 300
Novel about the whaling days
of New Bedford.
Hough, Richard Alexander (1922-
Archy Buller - Rod McLewin
Archy Buller, a rich officer, and Rod
Maclewin, a poor enlisted man, serve in the Royal
Navy in the 1880s-1890s, on the quarterdeck and fo'csle respectively,
but get bound into firm friendship through action, despite the
differences in class.
Early 20th century RN, including battle
Tsushima (between the Russian Baltic Fleet and the Japanese, where
Buller and McLewin were observers.
Archy Buller and his son fight WW I,
Cradock's defeat off Chile, von Spee's defeat at the Falklands and
the battle of Jutland.
Howard, Edward, (1793?-1841)
Rattlin, the Reefer.
Richard Bentley, 1836. 3
>Picaresque depiction of school and
in Napoleonic times. Mainly autobiographical, much in the style of
Marryat, who edited it.
The Old Commodore.
Richard Bentley, 1837. 3
Tells the tale of Commodore Sir Octavius
Bacuissart, Royal Navy and his adventures ashore and afloat during the
Outward Bound; or, a Merchant's Adventures.
Henry Colburn, 1838. 3
Another picaresque account,
with scenes, some delightful, some horrific, set in the West Indies.
Howard, Robert E. (1906-1936)
Black Vulmea's Vengeance & Other Tales of
Pirates. Donald M. Grant, 1976. 224
Contents: Swords of the red brotherhood
-- Black Vulmea's vengeance -- The isle of pirates' doom.
Howe, Michael [pseud. Schaill,
The Trident Force must identify and stop
a crazed and determined terrorist out to destroy a cruise ship in the Antarctic
and cause the hideous death of all aboard while the ship battles ice, bitter cold,
monstrous waves and slashing, hurricane-force winds.
A brilliant PLO terrorist launches a
campaign of death and destruction that promises to cripple the free world’s
maritime trade, then decides to defect. The Trident Force is tasked with both
getting the defector out before others can kill him and preventing his former
associates from bringing the campaign to its bloody conclusion.
The Trident Force is dispatched to
suppress the Somali pirates who are attacking ships, killing Americans and
crippling ocean shipping in the Indian Ocean. Just when they are up to their necks
in pirates the force finds it must also prevent a Saudi ship filled with nuclear
weapons from reaching port.
Stephen Decatur burns the captured
American frigate PHILADELPHIA in Tripoli Harbor.
Stephen Decatur launches a gunboat
against Tripoli in 1804.
The end of the war against the Barbary
The Terrible Voyage.
Pinnacle, 1976. 154 pages
On November 20, 1820, the Essex, a
Nantucket whaling ship of 105 feet, 238 tons, was rammed by a crazed sperm whale
and sunk in the Pacific. Her crew of twenty barely had time to abandon ship in
three small whaling boats. Thousands of miles from land, without charts, their
chances were slim, yet they rowed and fought the seas. Little did they know that
it would be months before any of them reached land, and that the others would
starve to death, go mad, or commit suicide. Only a handful survived . . . after
being reduced to eating human flesh.
Hoyt, Richard (1941- )
Fish Story : a John Denson mystery.
Viking, 1985. 187 pages
John Dennison, Seattle private eye teams
up with his darts-throwing Cowlitz Indian buddy, Willie Prettybird, to investigate
a Cowlitz claim to Native American salmon fishing rights. A judge is murdered and
dismembered parts show up in Seattle's Pioneer Square.
1987. 309 pages
Group of terrorists infiltrate Gibraltar
and take 20,000
British subjects hostage. The CIA comes to the rescue.
Hudson, Alec [pseud. W. Jay
"Jasper" Holmes] (1900-1986)
Macmillan, 1939. 71 pages
Macmillan, 1941. 61 pages
Macmillan, 1942. 94 pages
Contents: Rendezvous -- Up periscope! --
North of Tershelling.
Macmillan, 1942. 63 pages
Up Periscope! and Other Stories.
Naval Institute Press, 1992. 248
Combined edition of the author's