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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Ri - Ro

Ricci, Lewis Anselm de Costa [pseud. Bartimeus]

Action Stations! Little, Brown, 1941. 262 pages

Short story collection: The pitcher that goes to the well -- The beaches of Dunkirk -- Au Clair de la Lune -- Ishmael -- The hunters -- The eggshell went to sea -- Captains of the convoy -- Escort -- Cornet solo -- The "Altmark" adventure -- Sea brooms -- The ultimate factor -- The stunt -- The kill.



Richards, Alun (1929-2004)

Ennal's Point. Joseph, 1977. 239 pages

About the fortunes and misfortunes of a small village RNLI lifeboat and crew in England and the closely linked tragedies of two lost lifeboats.


Against the Waves. Joseph, 1978. 414 pages

Reprinted under the title: The Second Penguin book of Sea Stories. An anthology of stories under sail and steam across the oceans of the world.



Richards, Jessica

Mistress of the Western Wind. Jove, 1980. 318 pages

Young wife follows clipper ship captain to see, winds up taking ship around Cape Horn by herself. Based, at least loosely, on an actual event.



Richardson, Comdr. Justin, RNVR

The Phony Phleet. F. Muller, 1946. 155 pages

Verse of the Royal Navy kind. Many were first published in PUNCH magazine.



Riker, H. Jay [pseud. William H Keith] (1950- )

Silent Service series:

  1. Grayback Class. Avon, 2000. 421 pages

    A platoon of SEALS aboard a near obsolete Grayback Class boat has to get into the port of Russia's new Akula submarine.

  2. Los Angeles Class. Avon, 2001. 410 pages

    Military Intelligence has sent reports of an awesome new Soviet sub that no one in the West has ever seen before in the Russian-patrolled seas off the Kamchacka Peninsula. Now Tom Gorden, new commander of the Los Angeles Class submarine Pittsburgh, must transport a hand-picked team of U.S. Navy SEALs into hostile waters and go up against the phantom boat -- even at the risk of a shooting war. But the enemy has its own reasons for luring U.S. forces onto Russian turf. And there is a highly placed spy in the American ranks who may, even now, be leading a boat full of brave men to their doom.

  3. Seawolf Class. Avon, 2002. 410 pages

    World War Three now seems inevitable. And the fate of the Earth suddenly rests with the commander and crew of the U.S.S. Seawolf, lead boat of America's newest class of ultrasilent attack submarines. For this battle can only be won beneath the surface of a turbulent sea -- where the enemy rules in firepower and numbers...and will not relent, even at the cost of the future.

  4. Virginia Class. Avon, 2004. 420 pages

    The U.S.S. Virginia -- the first in the most technologically advanced new class of U.S. attack submarines -- sets sail, even as the Navy's high-tech submarine program falls under attack from a Congress that believes it unneeded. But a threat no one anticipated is gliding silently through dangerous waters. A rogue Kilo-class submarine built by a shadowy and powerful ally has become the latest weapon in al Qaeda's terrorist arsenal.

  5. Ohio Class. Avon, 2006. 404 pages

    Once the frontline weapon of America's nuclear Navy, they served vigilantly throughout the Cold War. Now an even more sinister enemy is preparing to strike -- and an upgraded Ohio Class is armed for action.



Rivette, Marc (1916-1982)

The Incident. World, 1957. 313 pages

In the far Pacific off the usual shipping lanes, an unidentified submarine sinks an American merchantman in peacetime.



Roark, Garland (George Garland) (1904-1985)

Wake of the Red Witch. Little, Brown, 1946. 434 pages

In 1939 the captain of the last of the sailing trading ships in the South Seas hunts for sunken treasure and fights for control of a trading empire.


Fair Wind to Java. Doubleday, 1948. 370 pages

Adventures aboard a clipper ship on a voyage to Java and the East.


Rainbow in the Royals. Doubleday, 1950. 307 pages

Two brothers race their clippers from Boston to San Francisco for gold, glory and the (what else?) hand of a beautiful woman.


Slant of the Wild Wind. Doubleday, 1952. 284 pages

Captain Redd of the LADY OF GLASGOW overtakes sister ship CASTELREAGH, takes gold, gets in trouble. Set in the 1890s.


The Wreck of the Running Gale. Doubleday, 1953. 310 pages

A man evens the score after an attack by a Confenderate privateer.


Star in the Rigging; A Novel of the Texas Navy. Doubleday, 1954. 345 pages

Captain Jeremiah Brown of the Texas Navy (4 ships, amigo!) battles Mexican batteries during the war for Texas independence.


The Outlawed Banner. Doubleday, 1956. 379 pages

On board Confederate and Federal ships during the Civil War.


The Lady and the Deep Blue Sea. Doubleday, 1958. 256 pages

Wife joins the captain of a clipper for a race from Melbourne to Boston.


Tales of the Caribbean. Doubleday, 1959. 282 pages

Collection of short stories set in the Caribbean during the 20th century: The Manchineel; Mr. Gilespie; Banana Run; The Ship that Vanished; The Strangler Vine; Our Lady of the Watch.


Should the Wind be Fair. Doubleday, 1960. 529 pages


The Witch of Mange Reiva. Doubleday, 1962. 411 pages


Bay of Traitors. Doubleday, 1966. 330 pages

Doctor falsely outcast at home finds romance, intrigue, and self-discovery in the South Seas.


Angels in Exile. Doubleday, 1967. 430 pages



Roberts, Kenneth (1885-1957)

Arundel: being the recollections of Steven Nason of Arundel, in the Province of Maine, attached to the secret expedition led by Colonel Benedict Arnold against Quebec and later a captain in the Continental army serving at Valcour Island, Bemis Heights, and Yorktown. Doubleday, Doran, 1930. 618 pages

A young innkeeper in Maine tells of the terrible journey made by Colonial Benedict Arnold and his soldiers through the wilderness to Quebec, many months before the Declaration of Independence, in a vain-attempt to dislodge the British.


The Lively Lady : a chronicle of certain men of Arundel in Maine, of privateering during the war of impressments, and of the circular prison on Dartmoor. Doubleday, Doran, 1931. 374 pages

Follows the fortunes of Richard Nason, a Maine sailing master and privateer who is captured and imprisoned by the British during the War of 1812. Roberts writes of the courage of American privateers during the war and the sufferings of thousands of American seamen in the infamous Dartmoor Prison.


Rabble in Arms : a chronicle of Arundel and the Burgoyne invasion. Doubleday, Doran, 1933. 870 pages

Dramatic, though somewhat old-fashioned novel of Benedict Arnold's 1776-77 campaigns from Canada to Saratoga. It focuses on the construction of his fleet and the battle of Valcour Island on Lake Champlain.


Captain Caution : a chronicle of Arundel. Doubleday, Doran, 1934. 310 pages

It is 1812 and America has declared war on Britain. The American ship OLIVE BRANCH is waylaid by a British cruiser. Captain Dorman is killed, and his crew is taken prisoner, including the captain's pretty and strong-willed daughter, Corunna. Roberts portrays the bravery of American seamen, their sufferings within the mist-shrouded walls of Dartmoor Prison, the invention of the gangway pendulum, and the sailor's dangerous and dramatic escape.


Northwest Passage. Doubleday, Doran, 1937. 709 pages

Novel follows the career of Major Rogers, whose incredible exploits during the French and Indian Wars are told through Langdon Towne, an artist and Harvard student who flees trouble to join the army. Includes an ice excursion to seek for a water passage to the Pacific.


Oliver Wiswell. Doubleday, Doran, 1940. 836 pages

Presents the Tory point of view of the American Revolution, including significant sea-based sections.


Lydia Bailey. Doubleday, 1947. 499 pages

Americans involved in Toussaint L'Ouverture's revolt in Haiti and at war with the "Barbary Pirates".


Boon Island. Doubleday, 1956. 275 pages

Shipwreck on barren Boon Island in the Gulf of Maine during the winter of 1710.



Robertson, John T.

Corvette Patrol. John Spencer, 1959. 162 pages

Novel, told in first person, about a Royal Navy corvette, HMS GARGOYLE, as it participates in a raid on Norway and Operation Pedestal in the Mediterranean. Style similar to Barton's THOSE WHO SERVE.



Robertson, Morgan (1861-1915)

The Wreck of the Titan, or, Futility. M.F. Mansfield, 1898. 145 pages

A gigantic, unsinkable steamship, the TITAN strikes an iceberg while recklessly racing across the Atlantic from England to the US on it's maiden voyage. In some ways eerily close to the TITANIC disaster, but in other ways very different.


Spun-yarn Sea Stories. Harper, 1898. 214 pages

The Slumber of a Soul: A tale of a Mate and a Cook; The Survival of the Fittest; A Creature of Circumstance; The Derelict Neptune; Honor Among Thieves.


The Three Laws and the Golden Rule. McClure, 1898. 249 pages

The Three Laws and the Golden Rule; The Americans; Dignity; The Honeymoon Ship; The Third Mate; Through the Deadlight; The Hairy Devil; The Slumber of a Soul; Honor Among Thieves; The Survival of the Fittest; A Creature of Circumstance.


"Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Tales of the Sea. Century, 1899. 302 pages

"Where Angels Fear to Tread"; The Brain of the Battle-Ship; The Wigwag Message; The Trade-Wind; Salvage; Between the Millstones; The Battle of the Monsters; From the Royal-Yard Down; Needs Must When the Devil Drives; When Greek Meets Greek; Primordial.


Masters of Men : a romance of the new navy. Doubleday, Page, 1901. 335 pages

Dick Halpin, 15, joins the US Navy at the time of the Spanish-American War, fights in Cuba.


Land Ho! Harper & Brothers, 1905. 321 pages

Stories: The Dollar; The Ship-Owner; The Wave; The Cook and the Captain; The Line of Least Resistance; The Lobster; On Board the Athol; The Magnetized Man; The Mistake; The Submarine Destroyer; The Dancer; On the Rio Grande.


Down to the Sea. Harper & Brothers, 1914. 311 pages

Stories: The Closing of the Circuit; A Cow, Two Men, and a Parson; The Rivals; A Chemical Comedy; A Hero of the Cloth; The Subconscious Finnegan; The Torpedo; The Submarine; Fifty Fathoms Down; The Enemies; The Vitality of Dennis; The Helix; The Shark; The Mutiny.



Robertson, Terence

The Hurricane. Ballentine, 1960. 143 pages

Four-piper destroyer in Royal Navy service endures a North Atlantic hurricane during escort duty in December 1942.



Robeson, Kenneth [pseud. Lester Dent] (1904-1959)

The Submarine Mystery. Doc Savage, June 1938.

The Man of Bronze investigates modern-day piracy when a Navy sub is destroyed off of Boston Harbor, and it's only survivor is found to be speaking an obscure 16th-century dialect.



Robinson, Bill (1918-2007)

Destruction at Noonday. Sheridan House, 1992. 211 pages

Nautical peril and adventure aboard ship after a devastating shoreside earthquake. A first novel by the former editor of YACHTING.



Robinson, Kim Stanley (1952- )

Black Air. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 1983.

Speculative fiction about the Spanish Armada. Robinson describes the conditions well, giving the inside dope on the rush job on some of the ships. We follow the teenage protagonist through his unusual spiritual development, where he learns the talent of seeing souls (as a flame above the head) from a friar on board.



Robinson, Patrick (1940- )

Admiral Arnold Morgan series:

  1. Nimitz Class. HarperCollins, 1997. 411 pages

    A nuclear powered Nimitz class carrier, the THOMAS JEFFERSON, suddenly vaporises, with the loss of 6000 men, in a nuclear explosion whilst exercising with her battle group in the Indian Ocean. A tragic accident that could cast doubt on the wisdom of American naval policy is the first thought that grips a grieving nation. The reader knows better - a nuclear-armed torpedo from a well-placed conventional submarine is to blame. We follow America's doubts, then resolution, as the villain is tracked down.

  2. Kilo Class. HarperCollins, 1998. 442 pages

    Set in the early years of the first decade of the twenty-first century when China places an order for ten Kilo class conventional submarines, almost undetectable and armed with nuclear torpedoes, from Russia. The chief of America's National Security Agency believes China's intention is to deny America access to the Taiwan Strait whilst they regain Taiwan back into Beijing's fold. This is so against America's interest that a "black" operation is instigated to prevent the Kilos ever reaching China. Concurrently Taiwan is clandestinely developing nuclear weapons at a secret island base. The part dealing with Russia's inland waterway system is extremely interesting and the story enfolds at a cracking pace.

  3. HMS Unseen. HarperCollins, 1999. 440 pages

    Gets off to a great start, many of the main characters are from the author's previous novels. This story involves the Iraqi submarine commander from THE NIMITZ. Sadam Hussein ungratefully wants him killed so he offers his services to Iran. Using a stolen conventional submarine imaginatively fitted with a new Russian guided missile system he sets out to terrorise the world which, as planned, believes Iraq is to blame.

  4. U.S.S. Seawolf. HarperCollins, 2000. 436 pages

    Espionage and the theft of military technology have enabled the Chinese to build a fleet of powerful warships. When the submarine "Seawolf" falls to enemy hands, the power balance shifts.

  5. The Shark Mutiny. HarperCollins, 2001. 463 pages

    Chinese admirals team up with the mullahs of Tehran to set up a massive minefield across the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, directly in the path of the world's oil tankers; destroying them will drive world oil prices through the stratosphere and derail the global economy. And the submarine USS Shark is in the thick of it.

  6. Barracuda 945. HarperCollins, 2003. 440 pages

    National security advisor Arnold Morgan faces his toughest adversary in a military genius who heads the Middle East's most vicious terrorist group and who has taken over a sophisticated and deadly Russian nuclear submarine.

  7. Scimitar SL-2. HarperCollins, 2004. 420 pages

    When terrorist Ravi Rashood plots to blow up a volcano and trigger a tsunami that will have devastating consequences for America, U.S. Admiral Arnold Morgan races against time to prevent the attack.

  8. Hunter Killer. HarperCollins, 2005. 453 pages

    When a rogue Saudi Arabian prince plots a coup d'etat with the assistance of the French, American admiral Arnold Morgan is assigned to counter the work of terrorist Ravi Rashood in the face of mounting international opposition.

  9. Ghost Force. HarperCollins, 2006. 418 pages

    The year is 2011, and Russia is poised to help Argentina blast its way into the Falkland Islands, to hurl the ruling British out of the South Atlantic forever. Enraged at this act of international piracy, Great Britain dispatches a battle fleet to the islands for the second time in thirty years.

  10. To the Death. Vanguard, 2008. 383 pages

    When Admiral Arnold Morgan breaks up a terrorist cell in the U.S. following a bombing at Boston's Logan Airport, the Hamas high command, led by Morgan's old enemy, Ravi Rashood, vows to assassinate the admiral when he leaves American soil.


Navy Seal Lt. Commander Mack Bedford series:

  1. Diamondhead. Vanguard, 2009. 408 pages

    After Iraqi insurgents kill his fellow officers, Navy SEAL Mack Bedford sets out for revenge, ultimately becoming involved in a plot to assassinate a French politician. At the same time, Mack must work out a way for his dying son to receive the costly and experimental medical treatment that may save his life.

  2. Intercept. Vanguard, 2010. 334 pages

    After a liberal judge releases four al-Qaeda terrorists, they slip away from CIA surveillance and disappear into the mountains of Pakistan, and soon the CIA learns that an attack on the U.S. mainland is imminent, an attack that can only be stopped by retired Navy SEAL Mack Bedford.

  3. The Delta Solution. Vanguard, 2011. 328 pages

    After Somali pirates capture two U.S. ships, Mack Bedford and the Navy SEALs' Delta Platoon are tasked with not only rescuing the ships, but also completely obliterating all pirates operating in the Indian Ocean.

  4. Power Play. Vanguard, 2012. 336 pages

    It is the year 2018—a highly volatile nuclear world. Against this background, the Russians have upped the stakes in the latest world power-play—cyber warfare—to reduce the United States to helplessness. It is now up to Mack Bedford to devise a plan to stop the Russians.



Rock, Philip (1927-2004)

The Extraordinary Seaman. Meredith, 1967. 250 pages

A US Navy officer and four sailors stranded in the Philippines in the aftermath of the Japanese invasion in 1941 find a potential escape in an old Royal Navy river patrol boat at one of the islands south of Luzon. With the boat's captain, a RN Lt. Commander who is always immaculately dressed, the widow of US businessman killed by the strafing Japanese, and some friendly Moros, they set out on a journey for Australia. But as the voyage progresses it becomes obvious to the American Lt. jg that there is something strange and unearthly about Commander Finchhaven. Lots of fun to read. Made into a movie starring David Niven, Fay Dunaway, and Mickey Rooney.



Rockwood, Roy [pseud. for The Stratemeyer Syndicate]

Under the ocean to the South pole: or, The strange cruise of the submarine wonder. Cupples & Leon, 1907. 248 pages


The Speedwell boys in a submarine: or, the lost treasure of Rocky Cove. Cupples & Leon, 1913. 204 pages



Roddy, Lee (1921-2017)

Search for the Avenger. Accent, 1980. 160 pages

Twin brothers get separated in infancy. One is raised in a whaling ship, the other stands to inherit fortune. Set in Hawaii.


Secret of the Sunken Sub. Focus on the Family, 1990. 148 pages

When twelve-year-old Josh witnesses the sinking of a Soviet robot submarine off the coast of a Hawaiian island, he becomes the quarry of Russian spies racing to beat the United States Navy to the sub and its secrets.



Rohan, Michael Scott

Chase the Morning. W. Morrow, 1990. 334 pages

In thes science fiction novel our hero gets into a street fight, is saved by aliens from another world, and boards a sailing ship from 1700s for piracy, swordplay and sea battles. Wild stuff!



Rohmer, Richard (1924- )

Periscope Red. Beaufort Books, 1980. 282 pages



Root, Corwin

An American, Sir. Dutton, 1940. 383 pages

Set during the War of 1812. Jeremy Peabody, son of a wealthy Boston family, having made a fiasco of his life at home, runs away to New York, boards a privateer, and lands in the thick of the war and a succession of hot-water episodes. Taken prisoner by the British he escapes, only to be captured by Americans who doubt his nationality until he finally gets a chance to fight with his own countrymen and is reprieved by General Jackson.



Roosa, Valerie

Henry Stapleton series:

  1. True Colors. Xlibris, 2006. 197 pages

    The main character Henry Stapleton has been press-ganged into the British Navy at the onset of the war of 1812. He is torn away from his wife and family in opposition to British law. As a Methodist minister he is supposed to be exempt from such outrageous practice. But it is too late! Being in the wrong place at the wrong time Henry finds himself on board a British frigate, and forced to serve his country by participating in war at sea, along with twelve other men who have also been captured.

  2. Shadow on the Water. Xlibris, 2008. 286 pages

    A mysterious turn of events during the war of 1812 sends Henry Stapleton, a victim of the British press gangs at the beginning of the war, into dangerous circumstances in Boston. His loyalties are pushed to the limits as he risks a daring escape on a privateering schooner, and ends up dueling with her captain. Who are his friends, and who are his enemies within the political and naval maelstrom of war?



Roscoe, W. F. (1885-1959)

Icebound. Vantage Press 1954. 132 pages

Autobiographical novel about a salmon fishing voyage in Alaska during World War I.



Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, (1828-1882)

"The White Ship" in "Ballads and Sonnets". Ellis and White 1881.

Long poem about the loss of King Henry's son and heir.



Rossi, Mitchell Sam

Truk Lagoon. Pinnacle, 1988. 384 pages

An American submarine laden with a fortune in gems heads for a rendezvous with the enemy in the war-ravaged Pacific, a mission that will brand the brave crew as traitors for generations to come. Fourty years later a young ex-naval officer driven by the dictates of honor is targeted for death in a frantic sea hunt to recover the lost secrets of civilization. The two stories link together to unleash a savage storm of violence, treachery, and greed on a tropic island paradise.



Rossman, Parker

Pirate Slave. T. Nelson, 1977. 148 pages

A twelve-year-old boy captured by Muslim pirates is forced into a life of piracy and slave trading.



Rostand, Robert [pseud. Robert S Hopkins]

Cross Currents. Pinnacle, 1985. 307 pages

White slaving and drugs in the Med, stir in a few ex-Nazis and season with a sprinkle of Mossad.



Rowland, Henry C. (1874-1933)

Hirondelle. Harper & Row, 1922. 321 pages