St. Martin's, 1994. 319 pages
The journey to the New World of Daisie
Mason, 19, one of 102 people who made the celebrated voyage on the Mayflower. The
novel portrays the strife, love and death on the journey, in which a third of the
passengers did not survive.
Ship. Houghton Mifflin, 1993. 96 pages
Discovery and exploration of a wrecked
Spanish caravel by
marine archeologists, and the story of its construction. Excellent
drawings. For young Readers.
The Bamboo Cannon.
Crown, 1989. 233 pages
Boats, planes, love, wild oats and local
politics in the Caribbean. An abandoned smuggler's plane is stolen from the
St. Thomas airport in the Virgin Islands. Winston goes after the plane in a
sailboat and encounters a reluctant tourist and a hurricane.
McCammon, Robert R
The Night Boat.
Avon, 1980. 261 pages
A U-boat is discovered in a Caribbean
the dead crew are intent on completing their last mission in this
McCann, Hugh Wray (1928-2014)
"Utmost Fish!" Simon and Schuster, 1965. 384
Passed-over RN personnel officer seizes
chance for glory in the opening days of WW I. He leads an expedition to
transport two patrol boats over 500 miles of jungle to fight a German
fleet on an African lake. Loosely based on a real incident.
McCunn, Ruthanne Lum
Design Enterprises of San Francisco, 1985. 235
On November 23, 1942, German U-boats
torpedoed the British ship Benlomond, and it sank in the Atlantic in two minutes.
The second steward, named Poon Lim, with no knowledge of the sea, managed to stay
alive for 133 days on a small wooden raft.
McCutchan, Philip (1920-1996)
Donald Cameron RNVR
Cameron is aboard the destroyer
Carmarthen severely damaged in a surprise daylight attack.
The British destroyer Wharfedale is
tasked to rescue two men from Crete.
The Castle Bay is to blow up a secret
Nazi base in the Norwegian mountains.
Cameron is the only officer among the
survivors when the Northumberland is sunk by a German cruiser. Thousands of miles
from land, their only hope is to be picked up by a roving
Cameron, aboard destroyer BURNSIDES,
participates in a convoy to Malta, rescuing a tanker filled with
avgas in the process.
The battle-weary Sprinter has to
transport VIP's bound for an arms conference in Moscow.
The corvette Oleander joins in the
manoeuvres of Operation Torch
Cameron, now commanding a corvette is
stop a Japanese invasion of the Falklands. How? By blocking the
strait the Japanese plan to take!
Cameron is given orders to fly to
Gibralta and make contact with a British agent.
Cameron is part of a raid on Brest when he is forced to take
Cameron, commanding the destroyer
joins the chase for the German battleship ATILLA, and becomes a
decisive part in bringing it to bay.
Cameron, aboard the destroyer CAITHNESS,
weathers a typhoon only to find a convoy carrying British POWs to
Singapore. How can he rescue them without sinking the troopships?
Cameron is puzzled. Why has he been
given command of the light cruiser Castile?
The headstrong and capable Cmdr. Cameron
crossing to the USA aboard an aircraft carrier takes command and
saves the ship when her captain is knocked out during a fierce
St. Vincent Halfhyde
The author, in this, the first
of the series, introduces Halfhyde, a Royal Navy lieutenant, who is
on a secret assignment to forestall Russian intentions on the West
African coast. He is captured by the Russians but a subsequent mutiny
allows him to complete his mission with credit.
Halfhyde and a passed-over captain
are sent on a superannuated warship, HMS VICEROY, to claim a
newly-risen volcanic island for Britain before a Russian fleet led by
Halfhyde's nemesis Prince Gorsinski, can claim it for Russia. But in
the midst of the Russo-British struggle for the island a Japanese
fleet appears, seeking Gorsinski's scalp.
Halfhyde is attached to Bassinghorn's
on the battleship PRINCE CONSORT, and sent to Africa with Inspector
Todhunter of Scotland Yard, to recover plans stolen by a British
traitor, Sir Russell Savory and return Savory to custody. A German
fleet under the command of Admiral von Merkatz intervenes to take
Savory to Germany.
Halfhyde, detached from Bassinghorn,
is given acting command of the torpedo boat VENDETTA, and as part of
a flotilla under the command of the mule-headed Captain Watkiss, is
sent through the Dardanelles to the Black Sea to rescue a British
merchant ship held under the guns of a Russian fleet commanded by
Halfhyde, Watkiss and their 4th TBD
flotilla are operating out of Gibraltar when Halfhyde is ordered to
pick up a Queens Messenger in Spain. Turns out there is a Spanish
plot to kill Queen Vicky -- a plot the agent _may_ or may _not_ be
party to. So, it is off to Balmoral in the VENDETTA!
Watkiss and Halfhyde are sent on a
mission to turn over an obsolete battleship to Chile -- except en
route they learn their real mission is to assist Todhunter to
recapture an escaped Sir Russell Savory, and free the British admiral
at that station from Chilean custody. Naturally, von Merkatz and a
German fleet are trying to stop this.
Returning to England from Chile
with Sir Russell Savory, Halfhyde, Watkiss, and Admiral Daintree are
diverted to Uruguay, to free the British ambassador, held by the
winning faction in a coup. Daintree is driven to distraction by
Watkiss's insubordination. Von Merkatz shadowing the British
squadron, uses the coup to secure Savory for
The European residents in Chungking are
threatened with rebellion and massacre by the Chinese.
Halfhyde is given command of another
boat, and ordered to join Commadore Bassington's squadron off Zanatu.
There, the natives are in revolt because John Frumm, the cargo cult
deity is in residence. To end the rebellion, Halfhyde sets out to
capture Frumm, who turns out to be a shipwrecked and half-pay
Watkiss. Then, Prince Gorsinski appears on the scene, and steals
"Frumm" to use to lure islanders to Russian
On permanent half-pay -- due to events
the end of Zanatu -- and unhappily wed, Halfhyde signs onto a
windjammer bound for Sydney to learn how to run a merchant ship.
When the ship stops in Chile, the captain takes on a murderous
diamond-smuggling passenger, and Halfhyde is shopped to von Merkatz.
Escaping, Halfhyde enlists the aid of a sympathetic steamship captain
to rescue his old captain, and elude von Merkatz.
Halfhyde, having purchased a steamship,
TARONGA PARK, is maneuvered into illicitly carrying arms to Ireland
from Australia. Although he attempts to warn the authorities they
fail to stop them being landed, so Halfhyde is left to retrieve the
situation. En route he begins a liason with Victoria Penn -- his
significant other for the rest of the series.
With the outbreak of the Boer War,
Halfhyde is recalled to active duty in the Royal Navy Reserve. Pulled
off of his ship he is given command of a square-rigger which is to
carry convict volunteers from Dartmoor to South Africa for a labor
battalion. The task is complicated by the discovery that gold is
aboard, and that highly-placed individuals from England have sent a
yacht to follow him and remove and kill one of the convicts
Halfhyde is captured in a train wreck by
Watkiss, presumed dead at the end of
Halfhyde on Zanatu, reemerges -- serving the Brazilian Navy as an
admiral. Naturally, his disposition gets him in trouble. Halfhyde
reunited with the TARONGA PARK, sails with Victoria Penn and
Inspector Todhunter to the Amazon River on an undercover naval
Halfhyde is en route to Chile on the
TARONGA PARK with Canon Rampling and Watkiss's missionary sister as
passengers. The Admiralty then has Halfhyde take Todhunter along to
place Watkiss, now an admiral in the Chilean navy, into protective
custody, before the Chileans imprision Watkiss for being irritating.
As usual, complications ensue.
Halfhyde is back in the Royal
Navy; albeit the Royal Navy Reserve. He is assigned to the Chilean
Navy as their C in C and is given the task of ensuring the safety of
a controversial Chilean (but English) admiral.
Commodore John Kemp
Introduces Mason Kemp, convoy
commodore, as he takes charge of a convoy bound for Halifax, NS
during the height of the Battle of the Atlantic.
Mason Kemp leads a convoy on the
during which he encounters a German agent -- who was Kemp's friend
during peacetime days.
Kemp convoys Australian troop-ships to
intrigue, suspense and German pocket battleships.
Mason Kemp, with a group of WRENS in
guides his convoy from England through the Mediterranean to
Alexandria, and thence to Ceylon in the Far East. This novel only
takes the convoy as far east as Malta.
Starting at Malta, Kemp takes his
Ceylon-bound convoy through the Suez -- where a cholera epidemic is
raging -- and then to its ultimate destination at
On the way home to the UK, Kemp deals
German prisoners, a troublesome crew and the mysterious presence of a
Tom Chatto series:
U.K. title: Tom Chatto,
Apprentice. Set on the seas
of the nineteenth century. Tom Chatto is a young apprentice seaman
from west Ireland, hoping to make his living on the decks of a
square-rigged windjammer. He encounters heavy seas, treachery, and
twists of plot; a delight for sea lovers
U.K. title: Tom Chatto, Second
Mate. As the second officer of the steamship
ORTEGA bound from Liverpool to Chile about 1905, Chatto has no end of
problems. Fever breaks out among the passengers in the steerage,
preventing the ORTEGA from stopping at Madeira to repair a mechanical
problem. Then Tom must contend with a lusty grass widow on her way to
a new life in South America who has designs on our hero. With
difficulty Tom (who signed on the ORTEGA as much to see his ladylove,
daughter of a wealthy Argentine rancher, as to advance his career)
avoids her advances. To top it all Mr. Patience, the first mate of
the windjammer Tom sailed in during the first book, is aboard as a
passenger. Patience seems to have it in for Chatto, but the two
eventually team up to try to save a derelict windjammer encountered
off Cape Horn.
U.K. title: Tom Chatto, RNR.
After being attacked by the Dresden, Tom volunteers for the Royal Naval Reserve
where he commands a decoy ship, luring German submarines to their doom. The vessel
has the appearance of a merchant ship, but in fact is armed.
On Course for Danger.
St. Martin's, 1959. 247 pages
A story for
G.G. Harapp, 1959. 288 pages
G.G. Harapp, 1964. 204 pages
A British liner is crossing the Indian
when nuclear war breaks out. Seeking refuge in an island lagoon, she
falls into the hands of Chinese soldiers, and passengers and crew
become prey to despair and violence as they fight to avoid
transportation to China.
The Last Farewell.
St. Martin's, 1991. 308 pages
The liner LAURENTIA leaves New York for
in 1915 and is sunk by U-boats off the coast of Britain. Covers the
political intrigue ashore and the interaction of the various characters
McDaniel, J. T.
With Honour in Battle.
Writers Club, 2001. 257 pages
At the end of 1944, Korvettenkapita¨n
Hans Kruger, Germany's top U-Boat 'ace, ' is exhausted and in need of rest.
Instead, he is given command of U-2317, an experimental U-boat with a
revolutionary power plant that offers vastly increased underwater speed, but at
the risk of blowing up the boat and everyone aboard. Sent to sea with orders to
cause as much trouble as possible for the enemy and, perhaps, delay the war long
enough for Germany to regain the advantage, Kruger must face a triumphant enemy,
as well as jealous superiors and the intrusion of the war into his shattered
personal life. Revised by the author in 2003.
McDermot, R. E.
the Author, 2011. 414 pages
Consultant and very part-time spook Tom
Dugan is a happy man until his CIA handler comes calling. With a hijacking
investigation pointing to his long-time client and best friend, London ship owner
Alex Kairouz, Dugan is guilty by association and forced to go under cover in
Alex's company to clear his own name. In attempting to prove Alex's innocence
along with his own, Dugan manages to implicate them both more deeply, and when one
of Alex's tankers is found adrift near Singapore with a dead crew, and another
explodes in port, Dugan is framed for the attacks. When Alex is hospitalized, in
critical condition after a suspicious suicide attempt, Dugan finds himself almost
out of options.