Packard, Winthrop (1862-1943)
The Young Ice Whalers.
Houghton, Mifflin, 1903. 397
Salt and Steel.
Century, 1985. 629 pages
The story of a family growing up in
before 1914. Two of the boys follow their father into the RN and serve
in WW II. "The periods of action, whether in the family yacht,
PEACOCK, or later in battle cruisers or on the Somme, set a stunning
Houghton Mifflin, 1923. 220
Life of a midshipman at the Naval
including football and action at sea. For young readers.
Palliser, Marcus (1949-2002)
Matthew Loftus series:
Swept away to the Spanish Main, Matthew Stalbone is plunged into a bloody life of pillage and prize money.
Voted captain by his crew to keep the vessel legal by seeking profitable, honest trade,
Matthew is determinedly against allowing the Cornelius to be used for piracy and plunder. However, his crew lusts after the spoils that their fast, well-armed ship can win, and when Matthew fails to obtain the promised gold for their goods, discontent begins to rumble.
Now a successful fur trader sailing the Newfoundland coast, Matthew Loftus wants to put his skirmishes with privateers and pirates behind him. That is until the English Navy sails into the colony of Esperantia and puts it under their protection. Forced by the Navy to embark on a rescue mission to Hudson’s Bay, Matthew discovers that the true agenda is to foil the French.
Fireship, 2017. 213
In 1938, when the old tramp freighter Arrow arrives in Hamburg, the Nazi movement is making life difficult for those who don’t fit the mold of the new Germany. One of the crew wants to get his family out, but he has to rely on his crew mates. Will they rise to the challenge and bond together in order to outwit the pursuing Nazis?
Pangborn, Edgar (1909-1976)
Wilderness of Spring.
Rinehart and Company, 1958. 374
Two orphaned brothers in New England in
the early 1700s. The elder ends up on a misbegotten piracy adventure while the
younger copes with his homosexuality.
The Magic Ship.
St. Marin's, 1979. 342 pages
Translation of Das Zauberschiff.
Novel is based on the true story of the huge German
4-stack liner CECILE steaming into Frenchman Bay at Bar Harbor, Maine,
and the effect she and her crew had on the town during that dreamlike
summer at the dawn of WW I.
Parker, Richard (1915- )
A Moor of Spain : the story of a Rogue.
Penguin, 1953. 152 pages
Moorish lad survives the siege of
to Christianity, participates in the siege of Granada, joins Columbus
on his first voyage to the New World and becomes a Native American
Parker, Thomas Drayton (1871-1950)
The spy on the submarine; or, Over and under the
sea. W.A. Wilde, 1918. 298
Parkinson, C. Northcote (1909-1993)
1775-1782. Parkinson's hero, Delancey,
up in riots and "volunteers" for the navy. Follows his early career
throught the American War of Independence, culminating at the Siege
1794-1796. Lieutenant Delancey is sent
impossible mission involving smugglers and international intrigue off
the French coast.
1796-1798. This is really two short
novels back to
back. In the first, Delancey is the second Lt. and acting first Lt.
of the GRATTON during the Battle of Camperdown. The Dutch are
defeated and every first Lt. is promoted to Master and Commander,
except Delancey, whose captain has the discretion to allow the now
recovered original first Lt. to take the promotion. In the second
half Delancey is given command of a fireship. He makes the best of
bad situation. Being of a scientific and methodical turn of mind, he
researchs the previous use of fireships and finds that they are not
frequently used, and are not particularly useful, but on those
occasions when they have been used in the past, the commander has
received a promotion. Delancey's command is one of the smaller
vessels used to patrol the coast of Ireland, and intercepting a
French expeditionary force he is able to put his fireship to its
intended purpose, thus assuring himself of the promotion he lost
out on in the first half of the novel.
1798-1801. Delancey gets command of the
sloop MERLIN and cruises the Mediterranean on convoy
1801-1804. During the Peace of Amiens
Delancey is ashore, but still manages to get in trouble. He forms an
attachment to the pretty actress Fiona that threatens his career, and
mixes with men of the Opposition Party. When war with France breaks
out again Napoleon's first move is to plan an invasion of England,
and rumours circulate of steam-driven ships and a warcraft that can
travel under the water. Delancey's courage and skill are called upon
for the most audacious adventure of his career.
1805-1811. Now a post captain, Delancey
32 gun frigate LAURA are off to the East Indies to battle two French
The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower.
Joseph, 1970. 304 pages
Hilarious send-up of
military biography and a great overview of Hornblower. Parkinson
includes detailed appendices with delicious information such as that
HH's great-grandson commanded the BELLEROPHON at Jutland, and that a
great-great-grandson was a sub-lieutenant on the ACHILLES during the
Battle of the River Plate. How can you not love that? Also includes
a letter from Horatio himself explaining what really happened aboard
In 1777, finding himself falsely
accused of treason, Royal Navy Lt. Patrick Dalton steals a British
prize and attempts an escape through a gauntlet of privateers and
British and Colonial warships.
A fugitive Patrick Dalton refits a
derelict ship in the Chesapeake wilderness and makes a deal to
smuggle cannon to the Carolinas.
Patrick Dalton may have come up with a
plan to clear his name, but he needs the luck of the Irish to avoid
capture by both sides long enough to see it
In the spring of 1778, the opposing
British and US navies are supporting their armies in the north,
leaving the southern US coast wide open to pirates. After eluding a
long British search, Patrick Dalton and his crew find their fates
increasingly entangled with a particularly cutthroat pirate.
Patchin, Frank Gee (1861-1925)
The boys, Sam Hickey and
Dan Davis, serve aboard the battleship LONG ISLAND and gain their
petty officer ratings. For young readers.
Sam and Dave are on the
loose in Paris, Egypt and European ports between.
Patrick, Joseph [pseud. Joseph
Lippincott, 1951. 380 pages
English gentleman gets 'pressed into a
warship (in peacetime!!), escapes to the American colonies and becomes
a shipper and ocassional smuggler, all while trying to win the love of
the girl he left behind in Britain, who has also come to America. Set
in the late 1760s-early 1770s. Good read, despite some inaccuracies and
Patrick, William (editor)
Mysterious Sea Stories.
Salem House, 1985. 247 pages
Strange horrors at sea, Contents: Ms.
found in a bottle / Edgar Allan Poe -- The legend of the bell rock / Captain
Frederick Marryat -- Hood's isle and the hermit Oberlus / Herman Melville -- A
bewitched ship / W. Clark Russell -- J. Habakuk Jephson's statement / Sir Arthur
Conan Doyle -- The benevolent ghost and Captain Lowrie / Richard Sale -- Make
westing / Jack London -- The black mate / Joseph Conrad -- A matter of fact /
Rudyard Kipling -- The finding of the Graiken / William Hope Hodgson -- Davy
Jones's gift / John Masefield -- In the abyss / H.G. Wells -- Undersea guardians /
Ray Bradbury -- The turning of the tide / C.S. Forester.
Pattinson, James (1915-2009)
Soldier, Sail North.
Geroge G. Harrap, 1954. 224
The gunners on the Golden Ray were a
strangely assorted bunch. The seamen were more of a type, but the soldiers
seconded to the job could hardly have differed more from one another. There was
the professional, Sergeant Willis, in love with his job, Vernon the intellectual,
and Miller the tragic communistic misfit who found his Russian Mecca not quite
what he expected. The background and past of each character in the book are woven
into the narrative of the ordeal at sea in both directions, and experiences on
Russian soil at Murmansk.
Last in Convoy.
Geroge G. Harrap, 1957. 254
A convoy of forty-five ships try to make
it from Halifax to England. The convoy becomes the butt of enemy submarine
torpedoes. Terror strikes the crews who see their comrades drowning or becoming
human torches amid the burning oil spilling from the ships. Attention focuses on
the s.s. Regal Gesture, whose engines fail and is therefore left behind,
undefended. Can the s.s. Regal Gesture make port with a fire in her hold, an
unexploded bomb in her forecastle, with no wireless and a half- crazed man for a
On Desperate Seas.
Geroge G. Harrap, 1961. 224
None of the crew is particularly
gratified when the British tanker is chosen to carry a cargo of industrial alcohol
from Philadelphia to Russia. And when six American seamen are earmarked to take
passage to Archangel there is a concocted human mixture as explosive as the liquid
swilling in the tanks.
The Voyage of the Frog.
Orchard, 1989. 141 pages
When David goes out on his sailboat to
scatter his recently deceased uncle's ashes to the wind, he is caught
in a fierce storm and must survive many days on his own as he works out
his feelings about life and his uncle. For young readers.
Paylin, Jolie, [pseud.Nancy Alice
Judy Behrend] (1913-1993)
The Gill Netters.
Hillsdale Educational, 1979. 146
Commercial fishing in Wisconsin and
Michigan after the Civil War. The story of how the Danish Johannsen family
emigrate to the shores of Lake Michigan, to build a new settlement and life as
A Tainted Dawn : The Great War (1792-1815).
Fireship Press, 2012. 352 pages
England and Spain are on the brink of
war. France, allied by treaty with Spain, readies her warships. Three youths - the
son of an English carpenter, the son of a naval captain, and the son of a French
court tailor - meet in London, a chance encounter that entwines their lives ever
after. The English boys find themselves on the same frigate bound for the
Caribbean. The Frenchman sails to Trinidad, where he meets an even more zealous
Spanish revolutionary. As diplomats in Europe race to avoid conflict, war
threatens to explode in the Caribbean, with the three youths pitted against each
other. Book one of a proposed series.
Blood of the Albatross.
St. Martin's, 1986. 307 pages
A good old-fashioned page-turner of a
mystery, set in Seattle, with enough plot twists and sleazy characters
to keep things moving at an exhilarating pace. Jay Becker, sailing
instructor by day, rock star by night, takes the beautiful German woman
Marlene as a student and becomes involved in brutal deaths and treason
that seem to stem from her shadowy employer, known only as the
Pease, Howard (1894-1974)
The Tattooed Man: a tale of strange adventures,
befalling Tod Moran, mess
boy of the tramp steamer ARABY, upon his first voyage from San
Francisco to Genoa, via the Panama Canal.
Doubleday, Page, 1926. 332
Teenaged Tod goes in
search of his missing older brother. He takes a job as a cabin boy, and
later stoker on a freighter out of San Francisco bound for Genoa. An
interesting story because of the vividly realistic portrayal of life
aboard tramp freighters in the inter-war years. Also interesting is the
treatment of drug addiction in the days when it wasn't so painfully
The Jinx Ship: the dark adventure that befell Tod
Moran when he shipped as
fireman aboard the tramp steamer CONGO, bound out of New York for
Caribbean ports. Doubleday, Page,
1927. 324 pages
Tod Moran, stranded and jobless, signs
onto the CONGO, a ship with a bad rep, and he's in the middle of several
Shanghai Passage: being a tale of mystery and
adventure on the high seas
in which Stuart Ormsby is shanghaied aboard the tramp steamer NANKING
bound for ports on the China coast.
Doubleday, 1929. 301 pages
Secret Cargo: the story of Larry Matthews and his
dog Sambo, forecastle
mates on the tramp steamer CREOLE TRADER, New Orleans to the South
Seas. Doubleday, Doran,
1931. 272 pages
What was that strange chest buried in
the coal scuttle? What's being smuggled? Or who?
The Ship Without a Crew: the strange adventures of
Tod Moran, third mate
of the tramp steamer ARABY. Doubleday, Doran, 1934. 304 pages
Aboard ARABY in the South Pacific,
Tod finds an unmanned schooner, loses it in a gale, and has to find
answers in the Tahitian jungle.
Wind in the Rigging: an adventurous voyage of Tod
Moran on the tramp
steamer SUMATRA, New York to North Africa.
Doubleday, Doran, 1935. 333
Story based in part on a discusssion in
the 1930s about whether munitions makers were a cause of
Hurricane Weather: how Stan Ridley met adventure
on the trading schooner "Wind-rider". Doubleday, Doran, 1936. 296 pages
Who would think a simple vacation visit
and short cruise with an old friend in the South Pacific would involve pirates,
cannibals, a devastating cyclone?
Fog Horns: a story of the San Francisco water
front. Doubleday, Doran, 1937. 295
A young man buys a seaman's certificate
to work on the Araby and is plunged into intrigue, with a strong working-man's
point of view.
Doubleday, Doran, 1938. 295
An American boy searches for his lost
father in the New Guinea jungle; praos and dugouts, Papuans and, on the eve of
Dodd, Mead, 1938. 160 pages
Captain Binnacle sails his ancient river
boat on dry land, stuck in a field near Stockton; repelling pirates and savages
with the help of three children. For younder readers
The Black Tanker: the adventures of a landlubber on
the ill-fated last voyage of the oil tank steamer "Zambora".
Doubleday, Doran, 1941. 312
A Stanford student gets word that his
doctor working in China, has been seriously injured in a Japanese
bombing raid. The only way he can get to China is to sign on as an
engine wiper on a tanker, whose mate is Tod Moran, carrying oil to the
Japanese bases in China. There is a murder on board, a storm at sea,
and some adventures with the Japanese and Chinese after they arrive.
The book has an American neutrality political viewpoint, flavored with
a strong distaste for Japanese imperialism.
Night Boat, and other Tod Moran mysteries.
Doubleday, Doran, 1942. 267
Contents: Night boat -- Passengers for
Panama -- The trader of Noa Noa -- The ship bound North -- The silver outrigger --
Journey by night -- Toll bridge -- Black-out.
Heart of Danger: a tale of adventure on land and
sea with Tod Moran,
third mate of the tramp steamer ARABY.
Doubleday, 1946. 336 pages
he chief figure is a brilliant young
Jewish violinist, with a great career ahead, who gives it all up to become a spy
in wartime Germany. Tod Moran, third mate of the tramp steamer ARABY is involved
in helping smuggle the young spy into the continent, and somewhat in the
difficulties of his decision.
Bound for Singapore: being a true and faithful
account of the making of an adventurer. Doubleday, 1948. 243 pages
An autobiographical glimpse of Pease's
beginnings: how young "Chet" (Howard himself) first became a writer, how he and
friends selected his first stories, and why he first shipped out, bound for
"Singapore" (Anywhere), to gain experience.
Captain of the Araby: the story of a voyage.
Doubleday, 1953. 247 pages
This is also a Tod
Moran book, and the captain of the title is a man he sails with in
most of the books. He is the "Tattooed Man" as
Shipwreck: the strange adventures of Renny
Mitchum, mess boy of the
trading schooner SAMARANG. Doubleday, 1957. 257 pages
Renny ships out with no allies in a
probably vain attempt to discover what has happened to his father, apparently
shipwrecked and lost on a vague island in the least known part of the South
Pacific. Pease deals with racism head-on, when Renny has to take instruction from
a Filipino cook.
The true story of Commander Raphael
Semmes' rise to infamy, becoming the Union's "Public Enemy Number One." In June,
1861, Semmes' Confederate cruiser Sumter makes a daring escape through the Federal
Blockade of the Mississippi. So begins the commander's career as the Southern
Seahawk. With a hand-picked crew of Southern officers and mercenary seamen, Semmes
seizes eight enemy ships in four days, a record never surpassed by any other
captain of a warship.
Raphael Semmes abandons his broken
raider, the Sumter, which is penned in by the Federals near Gibraltar. In the
meantime, he has the Brits build him a new ship in Liverpool. Called the 290, it
is the fastest commercial raider designed for its time, and it is waiting for
Semmes in the Azores. After taking command of the ship he sets out seizing and
burning whalers at the rate of one a day, sails back across the North Atlantic
against the gulf stream where he picks off another dozen merchant ships headed to
As Raphael Semmes rises to mythic
stature, he becomes Lincoln's public enemy number one. Seizing and burning scores
of Yankee ships in the Caribbean Sea, the south Atlantic, the Indian Ocean, and
the South China Sea before heading to France for sanctuary, Semmes heads for final
showdown off Cherbourg, when he decides to take the Alabama into battle against
the U.S.S. Kearsarge, captained by his old friend John A. Winslow
Perkins, Wilder (1921-1999)
A 19th century mystery featuring a
whispering detective. He is Bartholomew Hoare of the Royal Navy whose larynx was
crushed by a musket ball. The case involves the murder of the captain of a navy
After being struck in the throat by a
musket ball, Bartholomew Hoare can't manage more than a whisper, but he finds
himself in charge of a ship again, off to investigate the murder of two Navy
captains, brothers, whose bodies, or parts of them, were found in the
A newly married Bartholomew Hoare combs
the back streets of London to uncover a conspiracy against the Crown.
The Twelfth Mile.
Doubleday, 1974. 256 pages
Oceangoing tug, North Pacific, storms,
Perrow, Angeli (1954- )
Down East Books, 1998. 1
Based on the true story of Seaboy, a
seafaring dog. When his vessel is wrecked in a storm he crawls ashore
on nearby Great Duck Island and is found, barely alive, by Sarah, the
lighthouse-keeper's daughter. Two years pass, and the dog settles in
happily with his new family. Then, a ship's captain arrives, home from
distant seas. It is Seaboy's owner, delighted to find his old friend. A
grief-stricken Sarah must reconcile herself to the loss of a loyal
companion, but in the end the castaway himself decides where he really
Not Self but Country: A New Nation Forges a New
Navy. Griz Independent Publishing, 2014.
This is a story of the men who sailed
into battle against the mighty British Navy in their smaller, often obsolete
vessels converted from merchant ships of the day — men with names such as John
Barry, Richard Dale, and John Paul Jones.