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Russell, S. Thomas (Sean) (1952- )

Charles Hayden series:

  1. Under Enemy Colours. G.P. Putnam's, 2007. 486 pages

    His career challenged by a mixed heritage in spite of his loyalty to the king of England, French Revolution-era naval officer Charles Saunders Hayden finds himself aboard an aging frigate that becomes subject to violent crew outbursts and mutiny.

  2. A Battle Won. G.P. Putnam's, 2010. 457 pages

    After being tasked with taking HMS Themis into battle against the French for the strategically located island of Corsica, Master and Commander Charles Hayden soon must land his ship on Corsica, where his men join forces with native insurgents.

  3. A Ship of War. Michael Joseph, 2012. 512 pages

    Charles Hayden sets off aboard the ill-fated HMS Themis with orders to destroy a French frigate sailing from Le Havre and to gather intelligence from a royalist spy. On discovering French plans for an imminent invasion of England, Hayden must return to Portsmouth to give warning before it's too late. U.S. title: Take, Burn and Destroy.

  4. Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead. Putnam, 2014. 448 pages

    Under the command of the steadfast Captain Charles Hayden, Royal Navy frigate HMS Themis is sent across the Atlantic to counter the threat of the French forces in the West Indies. But before she strikes port in Barbados, the Themis intercepts a single boat adrift in the middle of the ocean - its sole occupants, two young Spanish noblemen. But not is all as it seems with Hayden's unexpected guests.



Russell, William Clark (1844-1911)

John Holdsworth, Chief Mate. S. Low Marston, Low, & Searle, 1875. 3 volumes


The Wreck of the Grosvenor: an account of the mutiny of the crew and the loss of the ship when trying to make the Bermudas. S. Low Marston, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1877. 3 volumes

This gripping tale of the sea follows the disastrous of the Grosvenor of the British voyage Mercantile Marine, bound for Valparaiso. Aboard are a brutal and inhuman captain and chief mate. Mr. Royle, the ship's second mate, is our hero. Buffetted by the crew's mutiny and the captain's murder, and initiated into seamanship via brutal storms and a shipwreck, Mr. Royle rises to the rank of captain and gallantly proceeds to rescue a beautiful, wealthy young lady and her ailing father.


A Sailor's Sweetheart: An account of the wreck of the sailing ship WALDERSHARE, from the narrative of Mr. William Lee, second mate. Sampson Law, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1880. 3 volumes


My Watch Below; or, Yarns Spun When Off Duty. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882. 248 pages


Round the Galley Fire: a collection of maritime sketches. Chatto & Windus, 1883. 308 pages


The Sea Queen. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1883. 3 volumes

Young lady finally gets to sea with her captain husband for a mutiny, hurricane, fire at sea, fever, and other adventures.


Ocean Free Lance : from a privateersman's log, 1812. R. Bentley, 1881. 3 volumes


The Death Ship: a strange story; an account of a cruise in "The Flying Dutchman," collected from the papers of the late Mr. Geoffrey Fenton, of Poplar, master mariner. Hurst and Blackett, 1888. 3 volumes


The Mystery of the Ocean Star : a collection of maritime sketches. Chatto & Windus, 1888. 311 pages


An Ocean Tragedy. Chatto & Windus, 1890. 3 volumes

Mad Sir Wilfred's wife has run off with the dashing Colonel Hope-Kennedy in the schooner yacht SHARK, and Sir Wilfred means to get her back. Sir Wilfred has armed his yacht, the BRIDE, with a long, brass 18-pounder and gone after the fleeing couple. The events are many, including the unfortunate death of a Portuguese seaman at the hands of the 18-pounder, the haunting of the BRIDE, the fortuitous capture of the two "lovers" in mid-ocean, the duel on the quarterdeck, the wreck of the BRIDE on the volcanic island that wasn't supposed to be there, and, best of all, the fossilized galleon on the crest of the island that can only be inhabited by the castaways after the water is drained out of her. "There's a reason that Russell was considered among the finest writers of sea stories at the time, and a reason why Melville dedicated one of his books to Russell, and Russell dedicated this one to him. An extraordinary work." [DG]


What Cheer?: the sad story of a wicked sailor. Cassell, 1896. 464 pages


The Yarn of Old Harbour Town. T. Fisher Unwin, 1905. 454 pages

The tale of the kidnapping of a sea captain's daughter, his frantic pursuit of her, and a fight in the English Channel. Enlivening the novel is an unforgettable cameo appearance by Admiral Lord Nelson.



Rutherford, Gay [pseud. James Nobel Gifford] (1897?-1959)

Hearts at Sea. Gramercy, 1938. 255 pages

Jilted New York career girl books passage aboard poky freighter North Wind on a three week voyage to California. The passengers, crew and vessel are sympathetically portrayed.