Foreign Land. Viking, 1985. 352 pages
Modern cruise around UK.
The Oxford Book of the Sea. Oxford University Press, 1992. 524 pages
Editor. An anthology of short prose and
poetry about the sea, as well as excerpts from longer works.
Raddall, Thomas Head (1903-1994)
His Majesty's Yankees. Doubleday, Doran, 1942. 409 pages
Deals with the part played during the
American Revolution by the Yankees of Nova Scotia. An adventure story,
rather a tame romance and a spot of history all thrown together. Told
in the first person by David Strang it concerns his efforts to join
Nova Scotia to the rest of America! A bit turgid by modern standards,
could you trust a book that finished "... this rocky homeland on the
sea's edge, where life is a struggle that demands a man's utmost and
will take no less, where beauty alone is bountiful, and only death
comes easy; where courage springs from the eternal rock like the clear
singing rivers, like the deep rooted forest itself." Plenty of shipboard
action, although the story is not essentially set on the sea, rather by
it!. Much of the story involves smaller boats.
Roger Sudden. McClelland & Stewart, 1944. 358 pages
French and British seamen fight to claim Nova Scotia.
Pride's Fancy. Doubleday, 1946. 348 pages
French privateers from Nova Scotia cruise the
Caribbean in 1798.
Tidefall. Little, Brown, 1953. 300 pages
Unscrupulous Nova Scotian retired rumrunner returns to
his boyhood village and takes over a bankrupt shipping company. Some editions have title Give and Take.
The Rover : the story of a Canadian privateer. Macmillan, 1959. 156 pages
For young readers.
The Governor's Lady. Doubleday, 1960. 474 pages
Nautical adventures and political maneuvering in Nova Scotia. John and Frances Wentworth are the main characters.
Hangman's Beach. Doubleday, 1966. 421 pages
An historical novel set in Halifax during the
Napoleonic Wars. "The reader enjoys a tale of high adventure and
daring. He experiences the shock of battle at sea, the torment of
conflicting loyalities, and the searing heat of love in an
unforgettable picture of men and women caught in the sweep of events in
a tumultuous era." [from bookjacket blurb]
Raine, Norman Reilly (1895-1971)
Tugboat Annie. Minton, Balch, 1934. 313 pages
The humorous Adventures of the tug NARCISSUS and her
colorful captain in and around Puget Sound. Based on the real-life experiences of Thea Christiansen Foss (1857-1927).
Captain Kidd. World, 1945. 191 pages
A novelization of the screen play ; from an original story by Robert N. Lee ; illustrated with scenes from the Benedict Bogeaus film, released through United Artists.
Ralphson, G. Harvey (1879-1940)
Boy Scouts in the North Sea, or, "Mystery of U-13". M.A. Donohue & Co., 1915. 252 pages
Ransome, Arthur (1884-1967)
Swallows and Amazons series:
The Walker children get permission to
sail and camp on Wild Cat Island where they are attacked by the
AMAZON pirates. After some wild sailing adventures, the war is won
and an alliance concluded. Together they manage to capture a retired
pirate and find his stolen treasure!
Written after Swallowdale but chronologically before. A
story of buried treasure leads to an eventful sail down the Channel
and across the Atlantic to seek for the treasure of Crab Island. They
are pursued by the evil Black Jake and the VIPER. Despite the
attempts of Black Jake and his crew and the worst that weather can
do, they get back successfully.
A near disaster to the SWALLOW causes the Walkers to
camp up on the fells away from the lake. There they experience some
aspects of Lakeland life, foil a surprise pirate attack from the
strangely constrained AMAZONs and climb Kanchenjunga. The story ends
with a classic sailing race between the SWALLOW and AMAZON.
The "Ds" on a winter holiday in the Lakes meet the
SWALLOWs and AMAZONs after signalling to Mars. They all become
involved in Arctic exploration during an unexpectedly prolonged
holiday. The climax is a dash to the North Pole followed up by
several rescue expeditions.
The "Ds" go to the Norfolk Broads hoping to learn to
sail. They meet the Bird Preservation Society members, one of whom
gets into trouble with the "Hullabaloos" and has to go into hiding.
The "Ds" do learn to sail and go on a cruise through the Broads. They
are nearly caught by the "Hullabaloos" but instead the "Death and
Glories" have an opportunity to gain a reward.
The SWALLOWs, AMAZONs and "Ds" seek gold on High Topps
and have dangerous adventures in the disused mines while trying to
foil the claim jumper Squashy Hat. Gold is found but it isn't what it
seems. The pigeons save the day by getting a message for help through
at a dangerous moment.
A short cruise in the estuary turns
into a frightening adventure when Jim Brading disappears. The
SWALLOWs manage to do the right thing even though they have to break
a promise and prove they are deep water sailors.
A mapping expedition leads to war with the EELs and a
near fatal encounter with the tides. Bridget becomes a human
sacrifice but the map looks incomplete. However, last minute voyages
mean that the expedition is crowned with success.
There is more trouble on the Broads and the "Death and
Glories" are accused due to their unexplained wealth and presence at
the scene of the crimes. Together with Tom Dudgeon and the "Ds" they
manage to track down the real villain by using the methods of the
"Big Five" of Scotland Yard. In a dramatic climax the wrong doers are
caught in a flash.
Captured by Chinese pirates, the SWALLOWs and AMAZONs
manage to win over the Cambridge-educated pirate leader in an unusual
but unwelcome way. They seem doomed to stay prisoners for ever.
However, the rest of the pirates think beheading is a better solution
and so they have to dance their way to freedom.
The "Ds" come to stay with the AMAZONs
but have to leave and set up house on their own when an unwelcome
visitor arrives to take charge. The AMAZON pirates have to become
well behaved martyrs while the "Ds" are well hidden "Picts". Despite
the problems the "Ds" learn to guddle fish, sail, burgle and even
skin a rabbit while the "Martyrs" manage to escape from their
imprisonment occasionally. The "Martyrs" sacrifice is worth it in the
Are they or aren't they? Unfortunately the one
man who can confirm Dick's sighting of the Great Northern Divers
wants them dead. The SWALLOWs, AMAZONs and "Ds" on a cruise in the
Hebrides make a unique discovery and have to foil the owner of the
PTERODACTYL while proving Dick's discovery is genuine. The savage
Gaels complicate matters but help out in the end. Myles North, an admirer of Ransome, provided much of the basic plot of the book.
Unfinished fragments edited by Hugh Brogan.
The "Death and Glories" stow away on a boat transport to the Lakes.
There they meet the AMAZONs in an unpropitious manner. The rest of
the book is only an unfinished outline of their adventures together.
Rappaport, A. S. (Angelo Solomon) (1871-1950)
Superstitions of sailors. Stanley Paul, 1928. 287 pages
Later published as The Sea: Myths and Legends. Folk tales, superstitions, myths and legends.
Rascovich, Mark (1917-1976)
The Bedford Incident. Atheneum, 1963. 337 pages
US destroyer plays nuclear chicken with a
Soviet sub in the Denmark Strait.
Soo Canal! W.B. Eerdmans, 1955. 186 pages
Fictionalized account of the building of the canal
linking Superior with the rest of the Great Lakes in the 1850s.
The Adventures of Captain McCargo. Random House, 1956. 245 pages
Picturesque saga of Captain
"Thunder Bay" McCargo of the schooner MINONG -- Great Lakes skipper,
lover, and adventurer par excellence.
Jarge Makes In. Saturday Evening Post, October 3, 1936.
Short story. Doryman adrift off Newfoundland but survives. Collected in The Saturday evening post reader of sea stories
Cargo of Gold. Saturday Evening Post, April 8, 1961.
Short story. Gold laden sloop found adrift off Florida.
Rayner, Denys Arthur (1908-1967)
The Enemy Below. Collins, 1956. 191 pages
A solitary British destroyer fights a German
U-boat in the remote expanses of the South Atlantic in WW II.
The Long Fight. Holt, 1958. 181 ppages
Fictionalised account of an actual three-day Indian
Ocean frigate battle in 1808 in which HMS SAN FIORENZO defeated and
captured the French PIEMONTAISE. Well written in spare, spartan terms.
The Long Haul. McGraw-Hill, 1960. 194 pages
British Destroyer captain towing a disabled tanker
tangles with a U-boat in a deadly game of cat and mouse to the death.
Reed, Don C.
The Kraken. Boyds Mills Press, Caroline House, 1995. 217 pages
Boy from 19th century Newfoundland fishing village
battles giant squid. For young readers.
Reeman, Douglas (Alexander Kent) (1924-2017)
A Prayer For The Ship. Jarrolds, 1958. 254 pages
WW II adventure on British MTBs in the
High Water. Jarrolds, 1959. 255 pages
RNVR veteran, finding it hard to make ends meet in
postwar Britain, gets tangled up in smuggling and other criminal
activities in an effort to pay off the debts on the boat he purchased
for a charter service. Reeman's second novel.
Send a Gunboat. Jarrolds, 1960. 255 pages
Antiquated Royal Navy river gunboat and her
disgraced captain are sent to evacuate British citizens from an island
off the Chinese coast threatened by invasion by the Communist Chinese.
Dive in the Sun. Jarrolds, 1961. 257 pages
British midget submarine in action
against the Germans in the Adriatic during WW I.
The Hostile Shore. Jarrolds, 1962. 223 pages
Early in WW II an old passenger launch is used
in the flight from Singapore before the Japanese invasion and
disappears. Rupert Blair's family were among the passengers. Twenty
years later Blair, now rich and famous, has never forgotten or
abandoned his obsessive need to find out exactly what had happened. He
hires an old, beat up schooner with assorted misfits for a crew and
hangers-on and finds his answers in the New Hebrides Islands. Not bad,
but not up to Reeman's war novels.
The Last Raider. Jarrolds, 1963. 381 pages
A WW I German surface raider, and the
relationship between the raider's captain and a female British
With Blood And Iron. Jarrolds, 1964. 288 pages
The son of Captain Von Steiger of
The Last Raider commands a small U-boat squadron based in a quiet French town
on the Bay of Biscay in 1944, when Germany was losing "The War of
H.M.S. Saracen. Jarrolds, 1965. 320 pages
WW I and WW II adventures of a Royal Navy monitor and
the man who served on her as a midshipman in WW I, and captain in
Path of the Storm. Hutchinson, 1966. 320 pages
Superannuated USN subchaser is ordered to a
desolate island group in South China Sea to prepare them for use as a
naval base in 1965.
The Deep Silence. Hutchinson, 1967. 303 pages
A Royal Navy nuclear attack submarine is rushed
through its trials and hastily ordered to the Far East for a
geopolitical confrontation with the Chinese.
The Pride And The Anguish. Hutchinson, 1968. 320 pages
HMS PORCUPINE, a gunboat, in action
against the Japanese invading the Malay penninsula from December '41
through February '42 -- including an escape to the Dutch East Indies
during the fall of Singapore.
To Risks Unknown. Hutchinson, 1969. 320 pages
A British corvette's 1943 actions against the
Nazis in the Adriaic Sea.
The Greatest Enemy. Hutchinson, 1970. 320 pages
A strong-willed captain takes a clapped-out
WW II-era corvette into action against the Communist Chinese. The
story takes place in the South China Sea in 1970.
Rendezvous - South Atlantic. Hutchinson, 1972. 320 pages
A British Armored Merchant Cruiser
in action in WW II. The story ends in a climactic battle against a
German heavy cruiser in the South Atlantic.
Go In and Sink! Hutchinson, 1973. 400 pages
US title: His Majesty's U-boat. German U-Boat,
captured by the British, is pressed into service against her former
The Destroyers. Hutchinson, 1974. 317 pages
A flotilla of eight V-class and W-class British
destroyers in action in 1943 as the group is transferred to Special
Winged Escort. Hutchinson, 1976. 286 pages
British escort carrier group fights the Germans
and Japanese in WW II.
Surface with Daring. Hutchinson, 1976. 272 pages
X-craft raid on Norway in 1944.
Strike From The Sea. Hutchinson, 1978. 255 pages
British seize and use a formerly French
submarine that is a sister of the SURCOUF (8" gun turret) as a raider
against the Japanese.
A Ship Must Die. Hutchinson, 1979. 285 pages
A British light cruiser seeks a German surface
raider in the Indian and Pacific Oceans in 1944.
Torpedo Run. Hutchinson, 1981. 290 pages
A flotilla of British MTBs is transferred to the
Black Sea in 1943 to assist the Soviets fight the Germans.
The Volunteers. Hutchinson, 1985. 280 pages
Special Operations units carrying out raids on
enemy coasts and shipping in 1943-44.
The Iron Pirate. Putnam, 1986. 295 pages
Aboard the Kriegsmarine heavy cruiser PRINZ
LUITPOLD in action against the Allies in the summer of 1944 as it
prowls the Atlantic Ocean.
In Danger's Hour. Putnam, 1988. 319 pages
HM Minesweeper ROB ROY in action in the
Mediterranean and English Channel during the last half of WW II.
The White Guns. Heinemann, 1989. 325 pages
It is May 1945. The Germans have just surrendered.
But as a small flotilla of British light craft begin occupation duty in
Kiel Harbor, they discover that enemies exist even in peacetime.
Killing Ground. Heinemann, 1991. 312 pages
Battle of the Atlantic as seen from the bridge of
the destroyer HMS GLADIATOR on convoy escort duty.<
Sunset. Heinemann, 1994. 276 pages
LCDR Brooks, aboard HMS SERPENT in Hong Kong just prior to
Japanese attack in 1941, refuses to admit defeat.
A Dawn Like Thunder. Heinemann, 1996. 258 pages
The human torpedo is the ultimate weapon in a
high-risk war, and only men of extreme courage or recklessness
volunteer for the Special Operations requiring its use.
Battlecruiser. Heinemann, 1997. 274 pages
Follows the fictitious HMS RELIANT, a battlecruiser
from WW I, on convoy duty in the Atlantic during WW II.
For Valour. Heinemann, 2000. 292 pages
Odds are long for the British destroyers assigned to escort vital northern convoys through the bitter Arctic Sea in the bloodiest days of WWII. Commander Graham Martineau, still haunted by the loss of his ship and crew to Nazi destroyers, must take on a new command: the Tribal Class destroyer Hakka.
Twelve Seconds to Live. Heinemann, 2002. 310 pages
The mine is an impartial killer, and a lethal challenge to the men of the Royal Navy's special countermeasures. Lt-Commander David Masters, haunted by a glimpse of the mine that destroyed his first and only command. Lt Chris Foley, mine-laying off the enemy coast rolls on an uneasy sea with a live mine jammed by a broken release bracket. And Sub-Lt Michael Lincoln, hailed as a hero, but dreading exposure as a coward even more than the gentle whirr of the activated fuse which signals the last twelve seconds of his life.
The Glory Boys. Arrow, 2008. 312 pages
They are called The Glory Boys, by those who regard their exploits with envy or contempt. Bob Kearton is one of them. Already a veteran and survivor of the close action in the English Channel and North Sea, in January of 1943, he is ordered to the Mediterranean and beleagured Malta, a mere sixty miles from occupied Sicily.
Blackwood - Royal Marines series:
Captain Phillip Blackwood, Royal Marines, and
his marine contingent in action battling slavers off the coast of
West Africa, from the 90 gun HMS AUDACIOUS, and his further
adventures in the Crimea during the 1840s.
Captain David Blackwood, Royal Marines,
takes his men into action during the Boxer Rebellion in China in
The novel covers the Gallipoli campaign and the story
of the Naval Division in Flanders during WW I.
The Mediterranean, 1943: At long last the British Army has won a victory, and Rommel's Afrika Korps is in retreat. Into this new phase of the war comes Captain Mike Blackwood, Royal Marine Commando.
Set in fifties Malaya and Singapore, at the height of the new terrorist attempts to subvert the creation of the new federation. The Royal Marines, the Commandoes, were used in jungle operations at a time when it was said that the post-war promise of a stable Malaya was on a knife-edge.
Reid, Captain Mayne (1818-1883)
The Boy Tar, or A Voyage in the Dark. Ticknor and Fields, 1860. 356 pages
Young Philip Forster runs
away and tries to join the ship INCA, bound for Peru, but the captain
and crew just laugh at the wee lad, but he manages to stow away in the
hold. He falls asleep and awakes to find that he's been trapped in the
pitch dark hold! A horrifying ordeal follows, as he tries to escape to
The Ocean Waifs, A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea. Ticknor and Fields, 1865. 366 pages
A tale of
adventure and shipwreck, for the juvenile reader.
Ironclad! : A true story of the Civil War. Dodd, Mead, 1977. 92 pages
Presents the historic Civil War battle between two
ironclad ships, the MERRIMAC and the MONITOR, from the viewpoint of a
youth serving aboard the MONITOR.
The Defector. Viking, 1986. 327 pages
A Soviet physicist defects to the West with a devise capable of crippling Russian submarines
Rhinehart, Luke [pseud. George Cockcroft] (1932- )
Long Voyage Back. Delacorte, 1983. 395 pages
Family and friends are sailing Chesapeake Bay in
a trimaran on a pleasure cruise when WW III breaks out, and are forced
to use the sea to survive the ensuing holocaust.