O'Brian, Frank [pseud. B.W.
Act of Piracy.
Dell, 1975. 256 pages
A crazy captain takes steamboat from New
California around Cape Horn in the 1850s.
O'Brian, Patrick (1914-2000)
The Golden Ocean.
Norton, 1957. 285 pages
Based on Commodore Anson's voyage around
in the 1740s.
The Unknown Shore.
Norton, 1959. 313 pages
Companion to The Golden Ocean.
of future admiral (then midshipman) John "Foulweather Jack" Byron and
the surgeon of the storeship WAGER of Anson's fleet after she was
wrecked off southern Chile.
The Jack Aubrey - Steven Maturin
The first of the Jack Aubrey novels,
establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin,
ship's surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the
Napoleonic wars. Life aboard a man-of-war is detailed: the conversational idiom of
the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the
floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides
as the great ships close in battle.
"We've beat them before and we'll beat
them again." In 1803 Napoleon smashes the Peace of Amiens, and Captain Jack
Aubrey, R. N., taking refuge in France from his creditors, is interned. He escapes
from France, from debtor's Prison, from a possible mutiny, and pursues his quarry
straight into the mouth of a French-held harbor.
Third in the series of Aubrey/Maturin
adventures, this book is set among the strange sights and smells of the Indian
subcontinent, and in the distant waters ploughed by the ships of the East India
Company. Aubrey is on the defensive, pitting wits and seamanship against an enemy
enjoying overwhelming local superiority. But somewhere in the Indian Ocean lies
the prize that could make him rich beyond his wildest dream: the ships sent by
Napoleon to attack the China Fleet.
Captain Jack Aubrey is ashore on half
pay without a command—until Stephen Maturin arrives with secret orders for Aubrey
to take a frigate to the Cape of Good Hope under a commodore's pennant, there to
mount an expedition against the French-held islands of Mauritius and La Réunion.
But the difficulties of carrying out his orders are compounded by two of his own
captains—Lord Clonfert, a pleasure-seeking dilettante, and Captain Corbett, whose
severity pushes his crew to the verge of mutiny.
Commissioned to rescue Governor Bligh of
Bounty fame, Captain Jack Aubrey and his friend and surgeon Stephen Maturin sail
the Leopard to Australia with a hold full of convicts. Among them is a beautiful
and dangerous spy and a treacherous disease that decimates the crew. With a Dutch
man-of-war to windward, the undermanned, outgunned Leopard sails for her life into
the freezing waters of the Antarctic, where, in mountain seas, the Dutchman
Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., arrives in
the Dutch East Indies to find himself appointed to the command of the fastest and
best-armed frigate in the Navy. He and his friend Stephen Maturin take passage for
England in a dispatch vessel. But the War of 1812 breaks out while they are en
route. Bloody actions precipitate them both into new and unexpected scenes where
Stephen's past activities as a secret agent return on him with a
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin are
ordered home by dispatch vessel to bring the news of their latest victory to the
government. But Maturin is a marked man for the havoc he has wrought in the French
intelligence network in the New World, and the attention of two privateers soon
becomes menacing. The chase that follows through the fogs and shallows of the
Grand Banks is as tense, and as unexpected in its culmination, as anything Patrick
O'Brian has written.
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin,
veterans now of many battles, return in this novel to the seas where they first
sailed as shipmates. But Jack is now a senior captain commanding a line-of-battle
ship in the Royal Navy's blockade of Toulon, and this is a longer, harder, colder
war than the dashing frigate actions of his early days. A sudden turn of events
takes him and Stephen off on a hazardous mission to the Greek Islands, where all
his old skills of seamanship and his proverbial luck when fighting against odds
come triumphantly into their own.
A novel of action and intrigue, set
partly in Malta, partly in the treacherous, pirate-infested waters of the Red Sea.
While Captain Aubrey worries about repairs to his ship, Stephen Maturin assumes
the center stage for the dockyards and salons of Malta are alive with Napoleon's
agents, and the admiralty's intelligence network is compromised. Maturin's cunning
is the sole bulwark against sabotage of Aubrey's daring
The war of 1812 continues, and Jack
Aubrey sets course for Cape Horn on a mission after his own heart: intercepting a
powerful American frigate outward bound to play havoc with the British whaling
trade. Stephen Maturin has fish of his own to fry in the world of secret
intelligence. Disaster in various guises awaits them in the Great South Sea and in
the far reaches of the Pacific: typhoons, castaways, shipwrecks, murder, and
Captain Jack Aubrey, R. N., ashore after
a successful cruise, is persuaded by a casual acquaintance to make certain
investments in the City. This innocent decision ensnares him in the London
criminal underground and in government espionage - the province of his friend
Stephen Maturin. Is Aubrey's humiliation and the threatened ruin of his career a
Captain Jack Aubrey, a brilliant and
experienced officer, has been struck off the list of post-captains for a crime he
did not commit. His old friend Stephen Maturin, usually cast as a ship's surgeon
to mask his discreet activities on behalf of British Intelligence, has bought for
Aubrey his former ship the Surprise to command as a privateer, more politely
termed a letter of marque. Together they sail on a desperate mission against the
French, which, if successful, may redeem Aubrey from the private hell of his
Captain Jack Aubrey shepherds Stephen
Maturin - his friend, ship's surgeon, and sometimes intelligence agent - on a
diplomatic mission to prevent links between Bonaparte and the Malay princes which
would put English merchant shipping at risk.
Shipwrecked on a remote island in the
Dutch East Indies, Captain Aubrey, surgeon and secret intelligence agent Stephen
Maturin, and the crew of the Diane fashion a schooner from the wreck. A vicious
attack by Malay pirates is repulsed, but the makeshift vessel burns, and they are
UK title: Clarissa Oakes. A
British whaler has been captured by an ambitious chief in the sandwich islands at
French instigation, and Captain Aubrey, R. N., Is dispatched with the Surprise to
restore order. But stowed away in the cable-tier is an escaped female convict. To
the officers, Clarissa Harvill is an object of awkward courtliness and dangerous
jealousies. Aubrey himself is won over and indeed strongly attracted to this woman
who will not speak of her past. But only Aubrey's friend, Dr. Stephen Maturin, can
fathom Clarissa's secrets: her crime, her personality, and a clue identifying a
highly placed English spy in the pay of Napoleon's intelligence
Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin pursue
an American privateer through the Great South Sea. Their ship, the Surprise, is
now also a privateer, the better to escape diplomatic complications from Stephen's
mission, which is to ignite the revolutionary tinder of South America.
Having survived a long and desperate
adventure in the Great South Sea, Captain Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin return
to England to very different circumstances. For Jack it is a happy homecoming, at
least initially, but for Stephen it is disastrous: his little daughter appears to
be autistic, incapable of speech or contact, while his wife, Diana, unable to bear
this situation, has disappeared, her house being looked after by the widowed
In the spring of 1814, peace breaks out.
Stephen Maturin returns from a mission in France with the news that the Chileans,
to secure their independence, require a navy, and the service of English officers.
Jack is savoring this apparent reprieve for his career, when he receives an urgent
dispatch ordering him to Gibraltar: Napoleon has escaped from
On the high seas, Captain Jack Aubrey of
the Royal Navy and his co-adventurer, Dr. Stephen Maturin, chase a shipment of
gold destined for Napoleon. The emperor has escaped from Elba and the gold would
enable him to raise more troops.
Napoleon has been defeated at Waterloo,
and the ensuing peace brings with it both the desertion of nearly half of Captain
Aubrey's crew and the sudden dimming of Aubrey's career prospects in a peacetime
navy. When the Surprise is nearly sunk on her way to South America—where Aubrey
and Stephen Maturin are to help Chile assert her independence from Spain—the delay
occasioned by repairs reaps a harvest of strange consequences. The South American
expedition is a desperate affair; and in the end Jack's bold initiative to strike
at the vastly superior Spanish fleet precipitates a spectacular naval action that
will determine both Chile's fate and his own.
Incommplete at O'Brian's death. The
typescript of the third chapter ends mid-sentence, but the handwritten manuscript
continues on to include a duel between Maturin and a romantic
Norton, 1994. 247 pages
Twenty-seven short stories (1970-74)
humorous to the dramatic, often providing a glimpse of savage,
destructive forces through the fragile shell of human civilization.
Contents: The return -- The happy despatch -- The dawn flighting -- Not liking to
pass the road again -- The slope of the high mountain -- The little death -- The
Passeur -- The tunnel at the frontier -- The path -- The walker -- The soul --
Lying in the sun -- Billabillian -- The rendezvous -- The stag at bay -- Samphire
-- The clockmender -- The Chian wine -- The virtuous Peleg -- A passage of the
frontier -- The voluntary patient -- The long day running -- On the bog -- The
lemon -- The last pool -- The handmaiden -- On the Wolfsberg.
O'Connor, Patrick (1930- )
Across the Western.
Houghton Mifflin, 1976. 182
Novel, told in first-person format, of a
merchant marine sailor's adventures aboard a clapped-out rustbucket,
from its crossing to North America with a convoy in 1941, through its
numerous breakdowns, requiring long port stays, to a climatic battle
with a German surface raider on its voyage back to Britain.
O'Dell, Scott (1898-1989)
The Dark Canoe.
Houghton Mifflin, 1968. 165
Salvage and the novel Moby Dick merge as Queequeg's
coffin is found by the younger brother, Nathan in the lagoon where his
two older brothers, Jeremy and Caleb, are trying to salvage the sunken
cargo of a whaler wrecked by the incompetence of one of the two, --
but which one? Young adult.
The Luck of the Lonely Sea.
D. McKay, 1965. 411 pages
UK title: The Wake of the Gertrude
Beached German finds himself in command of an ancient cargo steamer in
the China Sea, survives fire, typhoon, stranding, commies, Nationalists,
and beautiful girl.
Olsen, Robert I.
Dodd, Mead, 1957. 247 pages
WW II in the Java Sea.
Olsen, T. V.
Brothers of the Sword.
Berkley, 1962. 224 pages
Adventures of two viking brothers,
by the wolf-like Halfdan.
Olson, Sheree-Lee (1954- )
Porcupine's Quill, 2008. 285 pages
The Great Lakes serve as the setting for a story about the men and women who work upon them. 19 year old Kate, belying her contemporary suburban origins and current career as an art student, takes a summer job as porter / steward / galley assistant on a freighter. She proves equal to the challenge of life aboard the Lakers.
Argus Better Book, 2013. 378
Robert Graham, rising from the ranks to
become the Captain of a British battleship by virtue of his dauntless leadership,
displayed under enemy fire, finds himself a wealthy man as the capture of enemy
ships resulted in rich rewards.
Captain Sir Martin Forest-Bowers KB
A mysterious spy(call me merely Mr.
Smith)involves Martin in more activity in the shadowy world of spies and secret
agents. Mainly a question of infiltrating and extricating agents, his involvement
becomes more complex as time goes on. Why does the spymaster require of him, and
what lies ahead?
Martin returns to work for 'plain Mr.
Smith' with clandestine excursions and undercover trips to France. At sea once
more, he is involved not only with preventing treasure ships from falling into
French hands, but also with events on the east coast of America in the run-up to
the war of 1812. .
The Rotterdam Delivery.
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1975. 285
Diplomatic relations between Holland and
her main Middle Eastern oil supplier "Al Tufiyah" are strained enough
that when the Dutch naval attach in Dublin is approached by an Irish
terrorist, at odds with his murderous colleagues for not being too
happy about bombing innocent children, he agrees in the name of the
Dutch Government to help seize an "Al Tufiyahn" super tanker as she
makes her approach to the oil terminal at Bantry Bay and deliver the
ship and her cargo to Rotterdam.
O'Neill, Eugene (1888-1953)
The Long Voyage Home : Seven Plays of the
Sea. Random House, 1923. 217
Collection of one acts from early in the
playwright's career. The Moon of the Caribbees -- Bound east for Cardiff -- The
Long Voyage Home -- In the Zone -- Ile -- Where the Cross is Made -- The Rope. The
first four plays all take place on the merchant ship
The Hairy Ape, a play in 8 scenes.
A brutal ship's stoker cannot relate to
human or beast.
Children of the Sea, a play in one act.
Optic, Oliver [pseud. William T.
The Boat Club, or, The Bunkers of Rippleton : a
tale for boys. Lee and Shepard, 1854.
The author uses a
12-oared gig; a boat which requires absolute coordination and
cooperation from the rowers, to make the point that that groups in
society need discipline. The Bunkers of the sub-title are a bunch of
rebellious boys who make life miserable for many on the shores of an
upstate New York Lake. After his son Frank has a run-in with the
Bunker's, Captain Sedley, a retired and well-to do shipmaster, decides
to form a boat club for his son and his friends. In the course of
learning to row the boat, they learn cooperation, discipline and
courage and, of course, manage to outdo the Bunker's with their
undisciplined and rebellious ways. For young
All aboard; or, Life on the lake. A sequel to "The
boat club". Brown, Bazin, 1855.
Outward Bound, or, Young America Afloat : a story
of travel and adventure. Lee and Shepard,
1867. 336 pages
A local nabob decides that
a school ship is just the thing for bringing discipline and order into
the lives of some of the scions of rich families who have a contempt
for authority. The ship is built and sets sail manned entirely by the
boys with some veteran sailors for supervision. In something akin to
The Lord of the Flies much of society's ills become manifested
the voyage; lies, deceit, treachery, even a planned mutiny! As he
describes the machinations of the characters, one gains a truly
detailed insight into the mind of the manipulator and the politician.
For young readers.
The Yacht Club, or, The Young Boat-Builder.
Lee and Shepard, 1874. 340
A ripping good
who-dun-it, taking place on Penobscot Bay. A really good introduction
to sailing, boat-building and yacht racing for the young reader. And an
excellent moral into the bargain. For young readers.
O'Rourke, Andrew P.
The Red Banner Mutiny.
Bantam, 1986. 209 pages
Novel based on the true story of Soviet
officer who steals the destroyer STOROZHEVOY and sails it toward Sweden
and safety. Set in the 1970s.
Osborne, Anne (Joy Gould Boyum,
Heather Barbash) (1934- )
Wind From the Main.
Sandlapper Press, 1972. 261
Novel based on the true story of pirate
O'Steen, Joseph L.(1950-2012)
Nathan Beauchamp of the Royal Navy
The Peace of Amiens has ended, The
Napoleonic Wars at Sea have begun and Lieutenant Nathan Beauchamp of the Royal
Navy is ordered home for reassignment to the rebuilding fleet. As temporary first
officer of the Brig HMS Sampson, Beauchamp captures the privateer cutter Bateuse,
as the Sampson sinks beneath him. Now he must stop the French Pirate/Privateer
Roseau from taking British merchant ships. Originally published on an Internet
pirate role-playing site.
A former Dutch merchantman is taken into
the Royal Navy, armed, and outfitted as a pirate raider. Commander Nathan
Beauchamp is given command and ordered to the Spanish Florida Keys to prevent the
San Pedro's treasure from falling into Irish hands.
Otis, James (1848-1912)
A Cruise With Paul Jones; a Story of Naval Warfare
in 1778. A.L. Burt, 1898. 214
David Carlton is picked up from a wreck at sea by the American sloop
RANGER and becomes a powder monkey under the command of John Paul Jones
and the friendly tutelage of boatswain Reuben Rollins. Jones harasses
English shipping in the English Channel, burns the merchant fleet at
Whitehaven and defeats the English sloop of war, DRAKE in the battle at
Carrickfergus, all of which events are described here from young
David's point of view.
Ott, Wolfgang (1923-2013)
Sharks and Little Fish.
Pantheon, 1957. 451 pages
Translation of: Haie und Kleine
fische. WW II novel set in German minesweepers and
The Shadow in the Sea.
E. P. Dutton, 1972. 188 pages
British secret service vs. a Russian
Oxley, James Macdonald (1855-1907)
Diamond Rock : or, on the right track.
T. Nelson, 1894. 302 pages
In this story for older boys His
GRYPHON sails for the West Indies in 1804 with fourteen year old Dick
Holden as a newly appointed midshipman. The fictional frigate puts
British tars and guns on to the Diamond Rock to harass the French fleet
off Martinique, a task in real life undertaken by HMS CENTAUR. Although
they have eventually to surrender, Dick is a hero and as a compliment
is chosen to serve with Nelson in HMS VICTORY and is present at