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Stabenow, Dana

Fire and Ice. Dutton, 1998. 264 pages

A well-wrought thriller set in the herring-roe fishing fleet of Bristol Bay. The Alaskan background is first rate.



Stables, Gordon, MD, RN (W. Gordon-Stables) (1840-1910)

Westward With Columbus. Blackie & Son, 1894. 352 pages

Fictionalized account of Columbus' famous voyage.


The Cruise of the "Vengeful" : a story of the Royal Navy. John F. Shaw, 1902. 268 pages

The Royal Navy in a war against France and Russia set in 1909! Although for the younger reader the message was clear Britain must have a modern powerful navy or this sort of thing would happen!


The Meteor Flag of England. J. Nisbet, 1905. 332 pages

"A rousing tale of war. England, some eighty years hence [c1980], has to fight a combination of powers on sea and land. How she meets her foes and overcomes them is told in Dr. Stables' well-known vigorous style." [From a bookjacket blurb]



Stack, John

Masters of the Sea series:

  1. Ship of Rome. HarperCollins, 2009. 368 pages

    Atticus, captain of one of the ships of Rome's small, coastal fleet, is from a Greek fishing family. Septimus, legionary commander, reluctantly ordered aboard ship, is from Rome, born into a traditionally army family. It could never be an easy alliance. But the arrival of a hostile fleet, larger, far more skilful and more powerful than any Atticus has encountered before, forces them to act together.

  2. Captain of Rome. HarperCollins, 2010. 384 pages

    Atticus is the young captain of the Aquila, the flagship of the attack fleet of the Roman navy. But his commander is a young upstart whose position has been purchased rather than earned. Bound to obey his inexperienced commander's rash orders, Atticus sails straight into a carefully-laid trap. In the battle that follows, it is only by defying his commander that he can pull his men back from the brink of defeat. But Atticus will pay a high price for his defiance, and, as he is summoned to Rome, he realises he has created a powerful enemy.

  3. Master of Rome. HarperCollins, 2011. 400 pages

    Atticus, the young Greek captain, is now a commander of the growing Roman navy, blockading a port near Tunis, when the Roman legions suffer terrible defeat by the triumphant Carthaginian army, spearheaded by the elephant charges. He and his ships escape together with the main body of the Roman fleet out manoevred by the more skillful Carthaginians and then caught and almost completely annhilated by a terrible storm.


Armada. HarperCollins, 2012. 400 pages

Thomas Varian is a captain in Drake's formidable navy, rising quickly through the ranks. But he guards a secret – one for which he would pay with his life if discovered: he is a Catholic. He is about to find his conflicting loyalty to his religion, to his Queen, and to his country tested under the most formidable of circumstances: facing the mighty Armada. Unknown to Varian, he will also be facing his long-estranged father, who is fighting on the side of the Spanish enemy.



Stackpole, Edouard A. (1905-1993)

Madagascar Jack; The Story of a Nantucket Whaler, being the account of Obed C. Folger, thirteen years of age, who went to the South Seas with whalemen and found there many adventures as well as sperm whales. W. Morrow , 1935. 308 pages



Stacpoole, Henry de Vere (1863-1951)

Palm Tree Island trilogy:

  1. The Blue Lagoon: A Romance. T.F. Unwin, 1908. 326 pages

    A boy and a girl shipwrecked on a tropical island grow up together and learn about the birds and the bees. Filmed in 1949 and 1980.

  2. The Garden of God. Dodd, Mead, 1923. 328 pages

    Sequel to The Blue Lagoon. The movie "Return to the Blue Lagoon" was loosely based on this novel.

  3. The Gates of Morning. Dodd, Mead, 1925. 290 pages


The Cruise of the "Kingfisher": A Tale of Deep-Sea Adventure. Wells Gardner, 1910. 308 pages

"The KINGFISHER is a cable ship which has undertaken a voyage down to the Canaries in order to mend the Venezuelan cable which runs under the sea near there." [from review in THE NEW YORK TIMES


The Ship of Coral: A Tropical Romance. Hutchinson, 1911. 368 pages

A tale of pirates, treasure, and murder in the Carribean.


The Children of the Sea: A Romance. Hutchinson, 1913. 357 pages

Chronicles the exploits of a deep-sea cable mender and his friend; set in the sea of Japan and in Iceland.


The Blue Horizon: Romance from the Tropics and the Sea. Hutchinson, 1915. 351 pages

A collection of sea tales set along the Florida coast.


The North Sea, and Other Poems. Hutchinson, 1915. 82 pages


The Pearl Fishers. Hutchinson, 1915. 336 pages

Two men and a woman "fish" for pearls on a Pacific island.


The Reef of Stars: A Romance of the Tropics. Hutchinson, 1916. 312 pages

Gold Trail in US. Five men leave Sydney for New Guinea in search of gold.


In Blue Waters. Hutchinson, 1917. 319 pages

Consists of eight short stories and three novellas, including "The Luck of Captain Slocum".


Sea Plunder. John Lane, 1917. 313 pages

Consists of two novellas: "The Buccaneers" and "The HEART OF IRELAND".


The Beach of Dreams: A story of the true world. Hutchinson, 1919. 315 pages

A flapper named Cleo is shipwrecked on a barren island in the Indian Ocean.


Under Blue Skies. Hutchinson, 1919. 285 pages

A collection of stories, some set at sea, including one about a photographer on board a cable ship which pulls a sea serpent to the surface, and his excitement over developing the photograph, only to discover that he had used an already exposed plate. Contents: The frigate bird -- The Bay of Pearls -- The long reach -- Trapped -- The King of Maleka -- A problem of the sea -- Mrs. Shane -- De profundis -- The slayer -- The message -- Skies of France.


A Man of the Islands. Hutchinson, 1920. 288 pages

A collection of stories originally published in magazines. "Once again we are on the fringe of southern Pacific seas, lost in a world thronged with lovely, lonely islands, whereon sailor-men, beachcombers and Kanakas play the good or the bad game of love and hatred, vice and death, with romantic wilfulness. The most acceptable part of this book consists of the first six tales, which group around Sigurdson, a big, brawny and bearded Dane, with enormous strength, unsubduable persistence and a pretty fashion of winning his way in the end. He belongs to the fraternity of wandering sailors who inevitably get cast on a rough beach in the company of a woman...." [The Bookman]


Vanderdecken: The Story of a Man. R.M. McBride, 1922. 282 pages

Hank Fisher sets out with a friend to claim the reward offered to anyone who can capture the pirate Vanderdecken.


Golden Ballast. Hutchinson, 1924. 288 pages

Richard Sebright discovers that the dilapidated mystery ship BALTRUM he has just bought contains a beautiful girl and a pile of golden ballast. In order to convert the gold to cash without arousing government suspicions he takes the BALTRUM south on a hazardous voyage, ostensibly in search of hidden treasure.


Ocean Tramps. Hutchinson, 1924. 292 pages

A collection of fifteen stories, including: Bud and Billy; Mandelbaum; A Deal with "Plain-Sailin' Jim"


Tropic Love. Readers Library, 1928. 252 pages

Contects: Coral sands -- The pearl of Taheu -- Mircami -- Karan -- The pearl that came home -- Saoni makes good.


Old Sailors Never Lie, and Other Tales of Land and Sea, By One of Them. Hutchinson, 1938. 288 pages

Stories.



Stahl, Norman

The Assault on Mavis A. Random House, 1978. 258 pages

A hijacked supertanker and crew of terrorists attacks an enormous oil rig in the North Sea, in the midst of a storm.



Stanton, Ken [pseud. Manning Lee Stokes] (1911-1976)

The Aquanauts series

This group of highly trained operatives, lead by code name Tiger Shark, is part of the elite Secret Underwater Service. To provide adequate protection to the nation from enemies who would either strike from the sea or attack naval underwater missions, the U.S. Navy established this top secret organization. The mission of the SUS was twofold: train personnel to be able to handle extremely difficult underwater missions and to actually carry out those tasks when the President so orders.


  1. Cold Blue Death. Macfadden-Bartell, 1970. 208 pages

    Devilfish was the code name for a vital operation in the waters of the Bermuda Triangle. Someone was out to destroy the mission but Tiger was there to save it.

  2. Ten Seconds To Zero. Macfadden-Bartell, 1970. 192 pages

    American submarines were becoming sitting ducks to the Soviet's new anti-sub missile called the Sea Serpent. Tiger must steal the secrets behind this dangerous weapon.

  3. Seek, Strike And Destroy. Macfadden-Bartell, 1971. 192 pages

    When a Chinese captain with a strange underwater craft lobs a missile at the U.S., the danger from the Bamboo Curtain becomes clearer but what of Madame Hee?

  4. Sargasso Secret. Manor, 1971. 224 pages

    A marine biologist has come up with a way to feed starving millions but someone is not pleased with his success. Tiger must keep alive him and his daughter, Poppy.

  5. Stalkers Of The Sea. Manor, 1971. 160 pages

    The man behind savage attacks on U.S. interests is a Soviet spy of American origins. Tiger must track him down from icy northern waters to hot foreign bordellos.

  6. Whirlwind Beneath the Sea. Manor, 1972. 192 pages

    Secret agent Tiger Shark and the underwater service are off to Australia to solve the mystery of an undersea eruption, a rising land mass and beautiful babes.

  7. >Operation Deep Six. Manor, 1972. 191 pages

    On her maiden voyage, the navy's newest supersub, the J1, just disappeared. Now its sister ship, the J2, is ready for launch and Tiger is on site to keep an eye on her.

  8. Operation Steelfish. Manor, 1972. 175 pages

    The Soviet villain from #5 is back, trying to get his hands on the newest weapon the Navy is testing in the Caribbean. Tiger must find a way to stop the theft.

  9. Evil Cargo. Manor, 1973. 192 pages

    The Mob has stolen a Russian submarine in Cuba to smuggle drugs into the U.S. Tiger is sent to stop them but he is told for diplomatic reasons not to damage the sub.

  10. Operation Sea Monster. Manor, 1974. 190 pages

    Some creature of monstrous proportions is randomly striking the underwater American sea lab and Tiger is ordered to find and eliminate the creature.

  11. Operation Mermaid. Manor, 1974. 192 pages

    The report was that a Chinese sailor was attacked by a mermaid. As crazy as that sounded, Tiger is sent to find the truth. So too were several Soviet agents.



Stanwood, Donald A.

The Memory of Eva Ryker. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1978. 350 pages

Eva Ryker survives the sinking of the TITANIC. In 1941 a middle-aged couple are murdered in Hawaii. In 1962 a multi-million dollar salvage expedition is exploring the TITANIC. All three events are linked in this thriller.



Stark, N. Beetham (1933- )

Rundell series:

  1. Humble Launching, A Story of a Little Boy Growing Up at Sea. Nellie Stark, 2011. 259 pages

    This is the story of an orphaned young English boy growing up at sea in the 18th century and facing many challenges from the four terrible ship's boys to a vindictive leftenant. We experience the Napoleonic Wars through his eyes and those of his friend, Thomas Murphy. It is pumped with action and still shows the challenges that will make Benji a fine captain under often near impossible odds.

  2. Midshipman Rundel. Nellie Stark, 2013. 326 pages

    Ben leaves a happy ship, the Faithful, to join a most unhappy ship, the Hawk, under Captain Sharp who is suffering from syphilis but will not admit it. Ben, who is only 15, is asked to serve as acting surgeon's mate on a ship with no surgeon. He is faced with 'lubbers', an alcoholic second lieutenant, an insane midshipman and tropical fevers. He is shanghaied aboard a slaver, escapes and later is taken with ten of his crew aboard a Spanish pirate ship. He manages to capture the pirate ship and her two foreign prizes and brings them into port at Barbados with a crew of only ten men, expecting to be blown out of the water. Besides saving the lives of men afflicted with fevers, he must serve as senior officer on a ship that is sinking and has a crew of Spaniards who are fever-ridden. He is crucified during a court martial for loss of the ship by one man who is destined to play an important role in his life. He manages to pass the lieutenant's exam on his second try.

  3. Mediterranean Madness . Nellie Stark, 2013. 433 pages

    This novel is set during the Napoleonic Wars. Benjamin Rundel fights in the Battle of Cape St. Vincent after a nerve-wracking sail through the French fleet in the fog. He suffers at the hands of a loud Italian lady whom he has been sent to rescue from her French paramours. Her children nearly drive his entire crew crazy. He is there when Commodore Horatio Nelson loses his right arm in battle at Tenerife and later becomes his scribe. He and his crew are captured when their ship is driven ashore during a severe storm. He manages to get them out of the prison and back to their original ship. When his captain panics at the Battle of Camperdown, as first Leftenant, Ben is forced to take over the ship.

  4. The Adventures of Leftenant Rundel. Nellie Stark, 2013. 295 pages

    The great battles in the Mediterranean are over and Ben is asked to assist with the assault on a castle on shore at St. Elmo. He is assigned to a bomb boat and with his friend, Tom Murphy, they learn how to sail the bomb boat and handle the mortars. When Commodore Troubridge is sent to explore Rome, Ben finds himself suddenly left sitting in the hot seat while the commodore returns to his ship. His friend Tom, has considerable trouble with exams and Ben helps him through his stressful Leftenant's exam.

  5. Forever Leftenant Rundel. Nellie Stark, 2013. 300 pages

    Benjamin Rundel is sent as first leftenant aboard the Gadfly which is under the command of the son of an M.P. who has bought his son's commission as 'captain.' But the young man is not interested in the sea, the war or sailing. He is a frustrated actor who is addicted to opium and has no idea of the duties of captain. Ben must face charges of mutiny in order to safeguard the ship as he assumes the duties of captain. He manages to capture a number of French merchantmen and destroys some frigates in a cutting out exercise. In the end he is exonerated by the court martial.

  6. Captain Rundel I - Trafalgar and Beyond. Nellie Stark, 2011. 314 pages

    Set in the years 1803-1806. Ben endures blockade duty and finds a novel way to overcome the boredom suffered by his crew. He is aboard the H. M. S. Victory under Admiral Lord Nelson. He and Tom survive the Battle of Trafalgar and see their hero, Lord Nelson fall and die. Ben helps get the fallen Admiral back to London for burial. He is put in charge of the Navy's part of the funeral and the procession of barges that take the Admiral's body to St. Paul's for the funeral service. Ben is determined to meet his lady love, Annie, there.

  7. Captain Rundel II - Give Me a Fair Wind. Nellie Stark, 2013. 265 pages

    Captain Benjamin Rundel suffers through the frustration of convoy duty. Then he runs into a nest of ship wreckers and he and his men manage to capture the lot and bring them to justice. On his next assignment, he manages to capture a Spanish ship a day after a peace treaty was signed by the English and Spanish.

  8. Captain Rundel III - Bend on a Sail and Watch Me Fly. Nellie Stark, 2013. 296 pages

    Napoleon's army of 600,000 has decided not to invade England and is headed to Russia. The Admiralty want to know what happens to Napoleon and his man in Russia. If they survive, they may return to France with over a million fighting men to attack England. If they fail, then England will be safe for a time. News travels slowly by land but faster by sea. Ben and his ship are sent to the White Sea to the Solovetsky Islands to rendezvous with an English spy. Ben is warned to return as soon as possible to avoid the frozen Arctic seas. When the spy does not appear on time, Ben sets out towards Moscow with two trusted men.

  9. Admiral Rundel. Nellie Stark, 2013. 310 pages

    Ben has suffered injuries to his feet and is partially crippled. He has made port admiral, but hates the constant string of petitioners and the paper work that he must sort through daily. He learns of the capture of Napoleon at Waterloo and the plans to exile him on St. Helena. He and Tom lay plans to get the Admiralty to send them off to escort Napoleon to St. Helena. Aboard ship Ben asks the little Emperor some pointed questions and gets some equally surprising answers. Then it is back to the daily grind of port admiral.



Steinbeck, John (1902-1968)

Cup of Gold : a life of Henry Morgan, buccaneer, with occasional reference to history. R.M. McBride, 1929. 269 pages

The infamous 17th-century pirate Henry Morgan, captain of the real JOLLY ROGER, consumed by lust and greed, tries to conquer Panama--and a mysterious woman. Steinbeck's first novel.



Steni, L. [pseud.]

Soldier Adrift. Heinemann, 1954. 251 pages

A medical officer aboard a troopship in convoy returning to England from the Far East immediately after the conclusion of the Second World War must contend with a mysterious epidemic which seemingly threatens to claim the lives of many men. Is it a new, yet undiscovered tropical disease or a virulent new strain of the plague?



Stepanov, Viktor

The Thunderers. Progress, 1986. 270 pages

Translation from the Russian Gromoverzhtsy. The breakdown of the friendship between a Soviet and an American nuclear submarine commander mirrors the deterioration in Soviet-US relations. The USA is perceived as wishing to recover the nuclear superiority it possessed in the 1940s by testing new weapons in space. Extremely anti-American in tone, a distinction is drawn between militaristic circles in the USA and an American scientist who becomes involved in the US peace movement. She is sympathetic to Soviet views, and eventually abandons her work on the training of dolphins for anti-submarine warfare. The USSR is presented as the wise protector not only of the human race, but also of 'the whole world. . . the whole planet'.



Stephens, Edward Carl

Blow Negative! Doubleday, 1962. 466 pages

During the Korean War, beach bum Harry Joy gets called back from the inactive reserves in an effort to discredit a Jewish submarine commander, Sampson Greice, but instead becomes an efficient submariner, and one of the commander's loyal supporters as Greice confounds his superiors and contemporaries while commanding a diesel boat, then forces through the development of the nuclear powerplant for submarines. Can anyone say Hyman Rickover?


The Submariner. Doubleday, 1973. 215 pages

A diesel sub is assigned to attack a nuclear enemy boat that has sunk two U.S. subs.



Stephens, Michael Gregory (1946- )

Shipping Out. Apple-Wood, 1979. 89 pages

Life below-decks on a transatlantic liner upon its last, mid-Sixties voyage before scrapping. The crew is largely Latin, often violent, a little crazy, and sometimes just plain silly--as all hands gear up for the ritual of drinking/whoring/fighting in port. But all the passengers above ever see is sweetness and light.



Sterling, Dorothy (1913-2008)

Captain of the Planter: the story of Robert Smalls. Doubleday, 1958. 264 pages

Robert Smalls, a slave who is captain of a paddle wheel steamer in Charleston at the outbreak of the Civil War sails (paddlewheels?) her Up North, and later is elected to Congress. A novel based on true events.



Stevenson, Janet

Departure. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1985. 333 pages

Novel about a 19th Century woman allowed to sail with her husband, captain of a merchant ship. She takes command after he falls gravely ill and, having learned navigation, gets the ship to the mouth of the Columbia River. Loosely based on an actual incident.



Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894)

Treasure Island. Cassell, 1883. 292 pages

The classic grandaddy of all pirate stories. Jim Hawkins discovers a map to treasure on the Spanish Main. With the local squire and doctor, he sets out to recover the treasure -- only to discover they hired the pirates that originally buried it for the crew of their ship.


Kidnapped : being memoirs of the adventures of David Balfour in the year 1751. Cassell, 1886. 311 pages

David Balfour is kidnapped and shipped off in the brig COVENANT, but escapes and is shipwrecked.


St. Ives : being the adventures of a French prisoner in England. Scribners, 1896. 438 pages

Unfinished historical novel set during the Napoleonnic Wars recounting the adventures of the dashing Capitaine Jacques St. Ives, after his capture by the British.



Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850-1894) and Osbourne, Lloyd (1868-1947)

The Wrecker. Cassell, 1892. 427 pages

A wonderful mystery novel set in roughly 1880 or so, centering on the salvage rights to a wreck out on Midway Island. When the rights are auctioned in San Francisco, and an odd consortium bids far more than the wreck ought to be worth, Our Hero outbids them -- and then has to try to figure out what's so valuable about his wreck.


The Ebb-Tide : a trio and quartette. Heinemann, 1894. 327 pages

Some neer-do-wells steal a ship and discover an uncharted island on which a pearl fishery is operating. Set about 1890.



Stevenson, Robert Louis III

Torchlight. G.P. Putnam's, 1997. 290 pages

In 1917, a U-boat torpedoes an American cruiser making a secret voyage to England, which sinks in 250 feet off the coast of Rhode Island. On board the cruiser is a fortune in American Double Eagle twenty-dollar gold coins. These coins were to be used to keep the Russians in the war against Kaiser Bill. Today, a ruthless arms dealer with the very highest connections in Washington wants to use the treasure to buy nuclear weapons from the former USSR. He acquires the assistance of two ex-SEALS, who, unbeknown to him, are connected to American Intelligence! Throw in some romance and double crosses, but the realistic deep-water diving scenes are the centerpiece and most memorable parts of the novel.



Steward, Davenport (1913- )

Sail the Dark Tide. Tupper & Love, 1954. 310 pages

Blockade runners operatating out of Nassau during the Civil War.


Way of A Buccaneer. Dutton, 1956. 320 pages

English youth escapes from Spanish treachery when his father is killed and his ship stolen. He takes up with the maroons in Jamaica, grows into manhood, then gets captured and enslaved by the Spanish. After a long period he is liberated by buccaneers, joins Morgan's raid on Porto Bello, and becomes a buccaneer captain.


Caribbean Cavalier. Dutton, 1957. 253 pages

Professional soldier on his way to visit an ill brother in Georgia gets caught up in the opening of the War of Jenkins Ear. After escaping Spanish imprisonment, he seeks revenge by becoming a privateer.



Stewart, Fred Mustard (1932-2007)

The Magnificent Savages. Forge, 1996. 383 pages

The illegitimate son of an American shipping magnate signs on to one of his father's clipper ships. Marked for murder by his half brother, he's saved by a missionary's daughter, only to be attacked by pirates & taken as a slave in China.