Karig, Walter, (1898-1956)
Don't Tread on Me : a novel of the historic
exploits, military and gallant, of Commodore John Paul Jones with eye-witness
accounts of his many engagements related by the then Midshipman Manesseh
Fisher. Bantam, 1954. 311
Katcha, Vahé (1928-2003)
The Sea Duel.
Avon, 1970. 234 pages
During WW II a Japanese captain and US
power of life and death over each other, neither will give an
Katz, William (1940- )
North Star Crusade.
Putnam, 1976. 287 pages
Executive officer of US nuclear missile
submarine takes over his boat and tries to start WW III by sinking a
Russian ship and lobbing missiles at the US.
Cormorant, 1996. 431 pages
A Newfoundland fishing village reflects
the souls of
its colorful inhabitants.
Dodging the North Sea Mines : the adventures of an
American boy. Barse & Hopkins, 1915.
WW I tale.
The Go-Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat.
Barse & Hopkins, 1920. 254
The boys embark on an
innocent expedition, a race from Yonkers, New York to the Saint
Lawrence Valley, but soon run afoul of evil-doers; in this case crude
canal-boat men, apparently a less desirable element around this time.
Kay also uses this as an opportunity to impart some useful information
about canals around the world.
U.K. title: Fight for
Freedom. Sold by his father as a child for four guineas, captain's servant
Patrick Devlin knows how cheap a man's life can be. But his instinct for survival
is strong, and when his master's ship is sunk by pirates, Devlin makes his choice
– to trade his servile existence for a life of dangerous liberty. As he learns to
adapt to his brutal new world, he watches men who would once have been his masters
fall dead at his feet. Eventually, he finds himself captain of the very ship that
took down the vessel of the man he once served – Captain John Coxon – who,
disgraced and dissatisfied, hungers to return to the sea and take his revenge.
And when His Majesty's Government and the East India Company hear of the Pirate
Devlin, and that he is in pursuit of a secret French cargo of gold bullion, it is
Coxon they send to bring his former dog to heel.
The early 18th Century is obsessed with
the flavours of the New World - coffee and chocolate. And only one material
enables the kings, queens and rising middle classes of Europe to drink without
burning their fingers on the handles of their cups - Chinese porcelain. In a
brilliant conspiracy story reaching from the unknown empires of the East to the
restless new colonies of America, a letter has gone missing. In the letter lies
the formula for the manufacture of Chinese porcelain, and whoever can find the
letter can name his price - and even change the course of history, by enriching
the nation that owns the secret. Valentim Mendes, a Portugese noble who has
crossed swords with Devlin before, now seeks to blackmail him into finding the
letter. And wherever Devlin goes, his nemesis Coxon is never far
Fearles pirate captain Devlin is invited
to London by the Prince of Wales, no less, and offered an amnesty if he will carry
out a daring crime. Devlin is tasked with going to Paris to steal the biggest,
most valuable diamond ever found - the Pitt Diamond - now in the possession of the
French Prince Regent.
The pirate Olivier Levasseur, 'the
Buzzard', has captured
the greatest ship ever to sail the high seas, the Virgin
of the Cape, a Portuguese ship carring a solid gold cross
seven feet long: The Fiery Cross of Goa. Levasseur is
hiding somewhere in the Indian Ocean, but Patrick Devlin
is on his tail. However, Devlin's former master, and
bitter enemy, John Coxon, has been sent to kill him. Devlin traverses
Guinea and the slave
coasts of Africa and the pirate islands of the Seychelles
with the Royal Navy blocking his path, his old pirate
enemies hunting him and his murderous former master hot on
Fortunes of War.
Gay Men's Press, 1995. 347
In the spring of 1588, two young men
fell in love: an
Irish mercenary, Dermot Channon, serving the Spanish ambassador in
London, and the son of an English earl, Robin Armagh. After Dermot had
to leave England due to impending war with Spain, Robin despaired of
hearing from him again. But when Sir Francis Drake leads a fleet bound
for Panama, Robin sails with him to ransom a kidnapped brother. His
ship is attacked by privateers, commanded by Dermot Channon. The
couple's adventures together on the Spanish Main make a swashbuckling
romance in the best gay pirate tradition.
Leisure Books, 2007. 337
As zombies, driven by the need to kill
and feed off human flesh, terrorize the streets, a small group of survivors finds
a safe haven in an old Coast Guard ship out at sea where their isolation soon
becomes their downfall. The shorter, self-published sequel, (Entombed:
Deadite Press, 2011) has no maritime component.
Pirates of the Narrow Seas
Lt. Peter Thorton of the 18th century
British navy must struggle to come out gay while surviving storms at sea, ship to
ship battles, duels, kidnapping, and more in his quest for true love and honor.
Peter Thorton and his lover set out on a
quest to rescue a captive duke who is the pretender to the throne of Portugal.
Thorton is arrested and placed on trial for desertion and
Back in service with the British navy,
Lt. Peter Thorton suffers misfortunes in love and war. Temporarily placed in
charge of His Britannic Majesty's frigate Ajax, he is badly outnumbered by the
vengeful Spanish and must fight his way free with the assistance of the dishonored
HMS Resolute. On the way back to England he must ferret out mutiny and balance
friendship against honor, only to be arrested once again, and face a final
showdown with his old nemesis, Captain Bishop.
Lt. Peter Thorton's divided loyalties
are tested in the crucibles of love and war. A pawn in the war for Portuguese
independence, he is marked for revenge by the Spanish, and comes perilously close
to losing both his life and ship. Discarded by friends and lovers, his health
wrecked, and at the nadir of his career, he discovers what really matters and must
make a choice that will seal his fate.
Isam Tangueli is a gangly youth of
nineteen, longing to leave home and become a famous corsair, and trying to
understand his attraction to men. He joins the crew of the Grey Wolf and fights
the Spanish on land, at sea, and under water. Under the command of the short but
feisty Rajet Rais, young Isam learns the skills of navigation and leadership
necessary to become "Captain Tangle," the most notorious corsair of the
Isam Rais, captain of the xebec, Sea
Leopard, is on a swashbuckling adventure in the Mediterranean Sea. Battling
unfriendly allies as much as his enemies, he plays a deadly game of cat and mouse
with a much more powerful frigate, only to see victory snatched from his grasp by
the resolution of the opposing captain. In debt and needing to repair his
fortunes, he accepts a dangerous commission from the Dey of the Sallee Republic to
hunt pirates—Muslim pirates—disloyal to the country that gives them
Keith, Bill [pseud. William H.
Keith, Jr.] (1950- )
Sharuq. HarperCollins, 1993. 313 pages
Arabs buy Soviet Oscar-class SSGN, and
use it to torpedo
US supertankers in the Carribean. The US responds by hunting down the
sub with a "carrier submarine" that hosts mini-sub "fighter"
HarperCollins, 1994. 314
Second and final novel of this abortive
Kellogg, Rev. Elijah (1813-1901)
A fine story of a
youngster who, in love with boats of all kinds, teaches himself the
art of building them. In spite of an early set-back with his first
effort (a sailing log canoe) he finally masters the difficulties and
succeeds in becoming a much sought-after young boat-builder and
shipwright. "Kellogg's descriptions of life in a small coastal
fishing and farming community at the turn of the 18th & 19th
centuries are nothing less than luminous and his portraits of some of
the characters are uplifting to be sure. Reverend Kellogg has a very
lyrical style. His descriptions of the surroundings of Elm Island are
hard to resist. " [DG]
Kenney, Susan (1941- )
Sailing. Viking, 1988. 320 pages
The story of a relationship which turns
into a marriage.
The husband, dying long-term from cancer, finds his peace in sailing,
and the author uses sailing as an extended metaphor for life. Really
One Fell Sloop.
Viking, 1990. 294 pages
English professor/sleuth Roz Howard
while on holiday sailing in Penobscot Bay.
Kent, Alexander (Douglas Reeman)
1772. Bolitho, a midshipman
with 4 years experience, joins the GORGON, 74, and sees service off
the Bight of Benin, hunting slavers and pirates.
1773. Bolitho serves
under the command of his older brother, Hugh aboard the sloop
AVENGER. Home from the sea on leave in Cornwall, the 17-year-old
midshipman becomes involved with smuggling, murder, and
1774. The new year seems to offer
Richard Bolitho and his friend Martyn Dancer the culmination of a dream. Both have
been recommended for promotion, although they have not yet gained the coveted
But a routine passage from Plymouth to Guernsey in an untried schooner
becomes, for Bolitho, a passage from midshipman to King's officer, tempering the
promise of the future with the bitter price of maturity.
1774. Bolitho is the junior lieutenant
HMS DESTINY, 28, as she sets forth on a mission to the South Atlantic
and Carribean to recover the lost treasure of a Spanish quota ship
captured in the War of Jenkin's Ear.
1777-78. Lt. Bolitho serves on HMS
during the opening phases of the War of American Independence, seeing
action against American privateers and smugglers.
1778-81. Bolitho, promoted, takes charge
sloop SPARROW, 20, seeing action in North American and West Indies
waters. The first half, set in 1778 covers Bolitho's tenure as
Commander. The second half, in 1781, has Bolitho as a Captain, and
climaxes at the Battle of the Chesapeake.
1782-83. Bolitho commands the mutinous
PHALAROPE, 32, in the closing stage of the Wars of American
Independence. Sent to the West Indies, he fights, and destroys a
frigate commanded by his turncoat brother, Hugh, and plays a decisive
role at the Battle of the Saintes.
1784-85. Bolitho is given command of
the UNDINE, 32, and sent to the East Indies to counter French
assistance to a local prince.
1789-91. Commanding TEMPEST, 36,
search for the BOUNTY mutineers is interrupted as the first ripples
of the French Revolution wash across the Great South Sea. TEMPEST is
called to action against the pirate Tuke, who successively captures a
British pay ship, and a mutinying French frigate, the
1792. Bolitho, in recovery from the
contracted in the Great South Sea, is given a recruiting assignment
in the Nore, with three cutters to assist him. Complicating the
situation is corruption in local government and naval
1793. Given command of the HYPERION,
74, in the Mediterranean, Bolitho is part of an expedition to capture
Cozar and St. Clar. Under command of the man whom he relieved in
PHALAROPE, the St. Clar effort fails along with the Toulon, leaving
Bolitho to salvage the disaster.
1794-95. Still on the refitted HYPERION,
Bolitho joins the blockade of the Biscay coast, just as his
incompetent commander lets the French escape. The British pursue the
French force to the West Indies, where the French plan is revealed:
capture the Spanish Flota ship to force Spain to enter the war as
1797. The squadron in which Bolitho has
served as flag captain for the last two years is reassigned to the
Western Mediterranean, in the first British action there since the
sea was abandoned in 1796.
1798. Bolitho, a Commodore, is given
charge of a small squadron serving as Nelson's vanguard in the
Mediterranean. Overcoming treacherous and incompetent captains,
Bolitho tracks down and destroys the French siege train at Corfu,
allowing Nelson to fight Battle of the Nile without fear of shore
1800. Promoted to Rear Admiral,
Bolitho is sent to Denmark on a diplomatic mission, then given
command of the inshore squadron supporting the British expedition in
the Baltic in 1800.
1801. Following actions in the
Baltic, Bolitho is reassigned to the Bay of Biscay, with his squadron
assigned the task of destroying the French invasion fleet. Bolitho
ends up captured, escapes, then faces his captor in the climactic
battle concluding the novel.
1802. During the Peace of Amiens, Vice
Admiral Bolitho is sent on a diplomatic mission to the United States
and the West Indies. Bolitho must enforce treaty provision to turn
over a British colony to the French. Both the colonists and the US
resist the transfer, but the French wars break out again, giving
Bolitho an opportunity to again capture his French
1803. Sir Richard Bolitho's squadron is
reconstituted, and sent to the Mediterranean, where Bolitho must
contend with a political attempt to smear him and his flag captain,
and a French squadron commanded by the admiral he captured in Success
to the Brave.<
1804-05. As the war spins up again,
Bolitho's squadron is sent first to the West Indies, with the task of
intercepting a Spanish quota ship. Then in 1805 it is sent to the
Mediterranean, where it prevents reinforcements from reaching the
Combined Fleet at Trafalgar.
1806. Bolitho is sent first to South
Africa, where he assists efforts to capture the Dutch colony, then to
Denmark, where he fights a battle in the North Sea against a force
containing the ship that sank HYPERION in HONOR THIS
1808. Bolitho is again sent to South
to establish a permanent base, but is shipwrecked. After an epic open
boat voyage, he is rescued. Then he is put in charge of a force sent
1809-10. Increasing tensions with the
Americans give rise to fears of the United States allying with
France. Bolitho is sent to the Indian Ocean to contain the harrasment
of British merchant shipping.
The War of 1812 from Admiral
Bolitho's POV. It talks about the big frigates that the Americans
used to demolish the smaller Brit ships.
Bolitho attempts to stem an American
invasion of Canada, while Admiral Herrick is sent to preside over a
mutiny court martial that the Admiralty intends will ruin Bolitho's
reputation. That plot is foiled by Herrick's rigid
The Napoleonic Wars wind down as Richard
Bolitho takes command at Malta, and Adam Bolitho commands a frigate
off the American coast during the attack on Washington. Equality Dick
exits, stage left, at the end of the novel, dying in a final
skirmish, with Adam taking the estate as the last Bolitho. This may
be setting up additional novels in the late 'teens and early 1820s
centered around Adam Bolitho.
1815. On the eve of Waterloo, a sense of
finality and cautious hope pervade a nation wearied by decades of war. But peace
will present its own challenges to Adam Bolitho, captain of His Majesty's Ship
Unrivalled, as many of his contemporaries face the prospect of discharge.
December 1815. Adam Bolitho's orders are
unequivocal. As captain of His Majesty's frigate Unrivalled of forty-six guns, he
is required to 'repair in the first instance to Freetown, Sierra Leone, and
reasonably assist the senior officer of the patrolling squadron'. But all efforts
of the British anti-slavery patrols to curb a flourishing trade in human life are
hampered by unsuitable ships, by the indifference of a government more concerned
with old enemies made distrustful allies, and by the continuing belligerence of
the Dey of Algiers, which threatens to ignite a full-scale war.
Antigua, 1817 and every harbour and
estuary is filled with ghostly ships, the famous and the legendary now redundant
in the aftermath of war. In this uneasy peace, Adam Bolitho is fortunate to be
offered the seventy-four gun Athena, and as flag captain to Vice-Admiral Sir
Graham Bethune once more follows his destiny to the Caribbean.
It is February 1818, and Adam Bolitho
longs for marriage and a safe personal harbour. But with so much of Britain's
fleet redundant, he knows he is fortunate to be offered HMS Onward, a new 38-gun
frigate whose first mission is not war but diplomacy, as consort to the French
It is 1819, and Captain Adam Bolitho is
ordered once again to Freetown in West Africa with secret orders for the senior
officer there. The slave trade has been outlawed by many nations, but a hundred
thousand slaves are still shipped out annually, the profit for slavers considered
worth the risk of interception by the Royal Navy.
First Voyage Out.
Four Winds, 1967. 173 pages
A young Rhode Island boy, determined to
his father who is reportedly held as a slave on a Pacific island, signs
with his father's old ship for his first whaling
Emma. Crowell, 1955. 314 pages
Fictionalized biography of Emma Hart,
aka Emma Hamilton, who
became Horatio Nelson's mistress. The novel adds more nautical
connections than actually existed.
Keogh, S. K. (Susan K.)
The Jack Mallory
When Jack Mallory was a young boy, James
Logan and his pirates murders his father and abducts his mother. Falsely accused
of piracy Jack survives seven years in London's notorious Newgate prison and
emerges a hardened man seeking revenge. His obsession with finding his mother's
kidnapper drives Jack to the West Indies where he becomes entangled with a fiery
young woman named Maria Cordero. With a score of her own to settle with James
Logan, she disguises her gender and blackmails Jack into taking her aboard his
pirate brig, Prodigal, in his desperate search for Logan. First of a planned
Two pirates; sworn enemies. An alliance
forged by blood... Jack Mallory sailed into Carolina waters seeking vengeance upon
fellow pirate James Logan, the man responsible for his father's murder and his
mother's kidnapping. But Jack never expected his well-laid plans to be foiled by a
mere child: Logan's precocious six-year-old daughter...and half-sister to Jack. A
deathbed promise to their mother inexorably binds Jack to the child and robs him—
at least temporarily—of his revenge against her father. But the two pirates'
tenuous truce will be tested when a mysterious privateer sets sail to end Logan's
devastation of Carolina's lucrative sea trade.
Kerr, Mark (1864-1944)
The Destroyer : and A Cargo of Notions.
Hatchard, 1909. 43 pages
Verse from the navy of the
beginning of the century by a serving officer who rose to become an
admiral. Poetry is an important naval tradition as fans of O'Brian will
Kessler, Leo [pseud. Charles Henry
In 1937 two naval cadets
meet at the Kiel Regatta and become firm friends. In 1942 the two meet
again, as enemies, when the Royal Navy makes a determined onslaught to
destroy the battle cruiser SCHARNHORST. Published under the name Charles