Styles, Showell (1908-2005)
Septimus Quinn series:
Fifteen-year old Septimus Quinn is not your everyday hero. He makes his mark aboard HMS Althea in spite of his spectacles, which he always wore when he wanted to think. His keeness for scientific experiments - no matter how successful - gets him in trouble with authority.
Captain Sainsbury puts Quinn in command of a captured brig with a cargo of foul-smelling undressed hides as a punishment. Young Quinn's crew consists of an unwilling French aristocrat, a disaffected American midshipman and his cronies, along with a few other seamen.
U.K. title: Midshipman Quinn Wins Through. Septimus Quinn, aboard the Lively, participates in the The Battle of Cape Santa Maria,a naval action that took place off the southern Portuguese coast, in which a squadron commanded by Brigadier Don Jose Bustamante y Guerra fought a British squadron under the command of Commodore Graham Moore. This was brought about when Denise de St-Aulaye brought documents concerning the aid given France by Spain to William Pitt and Admiral Jervis, who organized the battle fleet.
Tiger Patrol series:
Mr. Fitton series:
"Acting Lieutenant Michael Fitton, a
sailor of Nelson's day, launched himself on a second career--piracy!
His intention was to attract the attention of the Lords of the
Admiralty with a view to winning a long-delayed promotion. He fought
in the Caribbean with a handful of men in small ships, one of them an
open long boat, and was secretly subsidised by a consortium of his
brother officers who needed to augment their meagre pay."
Discharged from active duty after the signing of the peace treaty with France in 1801 Michael Fitton is married and eking out a living as a farmer when he is called back into service with the Royal Navy as Britain embarks on war with France once more. Hoping to be sent into active service in the Mediterranean or the Channel - where the possibility of earning his Lieutenant's commission is high - Fitton is disappointed when he is sent instead back to the West Indies where he is placed in command of the schooner Gipsy.
Now past middle-age and still only a lieutenant the widowed Michael Fitton is in command of the gun-brig Cracker and has sailed to the Baltic to escort a convoy bringing timber back to Britain. This is an important mission for Fitton for without the timber Britain's chances of winning the war with France are greatly reduced as too many of its fleet need substantial repairs and wood is scarce.
It is 1815 and Britain is at war with France. Mr Fitton, relieved of his command, is finding shore-life difficult. With his wife expecting a baby, he is under pressure to earn more than his half-pay lieutenant's wage. When he is offered the command of a ship embarking on a mysterious expedition to Marseilles he feels compelled to accept. Promising his wife that he will return in time for the birth, he sets off on the voyage.
HMS FORTITUDE takes a French ship and Fitton
is appointed prize-master. He comes under the influence of a
beautiful French Royalist and is persuaded to disobey his captain's
orders and try and help her cause.
It is February 1797 and 1400 of the French army have landed on the Pembroke coast. Michael Fitton, master's mate in King George's Navy, finds himself involved in this historic event. As he becomes embroiled with Colonel Tate's Black Legion, Mr Fitton faces perilous adventures, including battles on the high seas, secret expeditions across the French borders and an encounter with the attractive Comtesse de Callac.
After a disastrous and dangerous encounter with a French frigate Michael Fitton, master's mate, finds himself in charge of the Courier's few survivors. Although not a stranger to danger, Fitton faces further peril as the crew are forced to land on an enemy-occupied island. There is also the added complication of the young wife of the British Envoy to Malta and her lover being among the survivors. With a mutiny imminent will Mr Fitton be able to retain control of the Courier and ensure that she and her passengers all return safely?
Michael Fitton falls in love at first sight with the armed cutter Snipe; fair and seaworthy with a competent, if enigmatic, captain. Last-minute re-routing sends her on a hazardous mission to enemy-held Minorca and matters are further complicated by the advent of the high-spirited Luisa O'Brien.
It's the early 1800s and Michael Fitton, now a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, has command of the 10-gun schooner Gipsy, which he uses to capture the enemy privateers who disrupt the trade between the British held Caribbean islands. Despite his successes the largest and most profitable privateer ship, the Spanish Senora, still remains at large and all Fitton's hopes rest on tracking her down and taking her. Instead, he is obliged by his orders to accompany the new Governor of St Lucia to his appointed island.
When the commander-in-chief of the West Indies Squadron orders a second officer onto the schooner Gipsy, Lieutenant Fitton is far from pleased. Feeling his command threatened by this newcomer Mr Fitton also finds his search for the notorious pirate Van Horn's secret base severely hindered. His new officer quickly becomes a thorn in Mr Fitton's side - not only is he inept but he also falls hopelessly in love with the admiral's beautiful niece, Maud. However, when Van Horn kidnaps Maud, Mr Fitton must lead a dangerous attack on both sea and land, which could provide him with the opportunity of solving more than one of his problems.
The fighting career of the armed schooner Gipsy was finished, her captain and crew doomed to long imprisonment in a French gaol. So thought Michael Fitton, lieutenant in command, as he hauled down his colours with his ship lying helpless under the guns of Fort de France.
It wasn't the first time that His Majesty's armed schooner Gipsy had encountered a Caribbean hurricane. But for Lieutenant Michael Fitton, who commanded her, this particular hurricane was to bring quite unexpected dangers and problems.
Path to Glory. Faber & Faber, 1951. 284 pages
A fictionalised account of the career to Sir Sidney Smith up to the Battle of Acre.
Land from the Sea. Faber & Faber, 1952. 262 pages
Mr. Nelsons Ladies. Faber & Faber, 1953. 238 pages
The author uses fiction to give substance to
Nelson's female acquaintances who were part of his life prior to his
The Frigate Captain. Faber & Faber, 1954. 268 pages
Fictionalized biography of Thomas Lord
Cochrane, from entering the Royal Navy as a midshipman through his
stock fraud conviction in 1814. Cochrane was the model for Patrick
O'Brian's Jack Aubrey. U.S. title: The Sea Lord
The Admiral's Fancy. Faber & Faber, 1958. 278 pages
Fictionalized biography of Ben Hallowell,
revolving around an uneasy relationship with Emma Hamilton.
Wolfe Commands You. Faber & Faber, 1959. 224 pages
A story of the life of General James Wolfe including the taking of Quebec.
The Sea Officer. Faber & Faber, 1961. 272 pages
A novel of high courage, adventure, and war at sea, based on the true story of Pellew of the Indefatigable, the finest sea officer of the 18th century. The fictional Horatio Hornblower learned his seamanship under Pellew, Vice Admiral of England.
H.M.S. Diamond Rock. Faber & Faber, 1963. 224 pages
A novel based on the occupation of the Rocher du Diamant in 1804.
Number Two-Ninety. Faber & Faber, 1966. 236 pages
Fictional account of the Confederate raider
ALABAMA. U.S. title: Confederate Raider.
Indestructable Jones. Faber, 1967. 138 pages
David "Indestructable" Jones's adventures
in the Royal Navy during the first two years of WW II. He starts out a
pacifist volunteer, and progresses through a collection of
misadventures, shipwrecks, and survivals to gain a reputation as a
fearless, intrepid, and indestructable young officer.
Jones's private navy. Faber, 1969. 123 pages
Sequel to Indestructable Jones.
Sea Road to Camperdown. Faber, 1968. 190 pages
A novel relating the story of Admiral
Duncan, a hulking great man, the opposite of Nelson. He was both 6 foot
6 and 66 years old when he led his motley fleet against the Dutch at
the Battle of Camperdown into what was to become the bloodiest sea
fight of the Napoleonic era. The battle was fought very shortly after
the infamous RN fleet mutinies in 1797. The book includes an account of
Duncan grabbing one of the mutineers by the lapels and shaking him over
the ship's side!
Vincey Joe at Quiberon. Faber and Faber, 1971. 185 pages
"Vincey Joe" was her sailors affectionate
nickname for the small brig HMS VENCEJO, captained by Commander John
Wesley Wright, who ran secret agents into Revolutionary and Napoleonic
France. Based on fact, the book tells of her last cruise in 1804 off
the coast of Brittany and in particular amongst the islands in
Quiberon Bay. HMS VENCEJO was a small quarterdeck brig with an elm tree
wash pump, does that remind anyone of any other ship in the world of
Admiral of England. Faber and Faber, 1973. 189 pages
Novel about Admiral Clowdisley Shovell, ending
with his drowning in 1707 when his fleet went aground in the Scilly
A Kiss for Captain Hardy. Faber and Faber, 1979. 188 pages
A fictionalised biography of Thomas Masterman Hardy - perhaps Nelson's least-known but most famous Captain.
Centurion Comes Home. Faber and Faber, 1980. 192 pages
A novel about the round the world voyage of Anson.
Seven Gun Broadside. Kimber, 1982. 187 pages
A story of King George's British Navy based on true naval exploits, during the wars against Spain and France.
The Quarterdeck Ladder. W. Kimber, 1982. 173 pages
Jeremiah Coghlan's meteoric rise from ship's boy to Post Captain in the Royal Navy of Nelson's time is a matter of historical fact. So is the succession of sea-fights by which he achieved his ambition. But navy records naturally have nothing to say about the private life of this obscure and forgotten hero, and here the author has interwoven fiction with fact to produce a stirring tale in which troubled romance ashore contrasts with desperate action afloat.
The Malta Frigate. Kimber, 1983. 189 pages
Captain Shuldham Peard of His Majesty's frigate Success needs to resupply his ship in Malta before finding Nelson's Mediterranean Fleet. He finds himself involved with Malta's bid to rid itself of the occupying French.
Mutiny in the Caribbean. Kimber, 1984. 191 pages
Surgeon transfers from well-commanded frigate to an ill-commanded frigate.
Stella and the Fireships. Kimber, 1985. 190 pages
The Lee Shore. Kimber, 1986. 173 pages
Ring was a good seaman, and an unusual one in the year of 1810 at the height of the Napoleonic Wars since his mother was French. The knowledge of this language was to lead him into an alien world, a world of espionage and adventure, as he carried out a secret mission vital to three countries: England, France and Spain.
Gun-Brig Captain. Kimber, 1987. 192 pages
HMS Cracker. Kimber, 1988. 192 pages
Nelson's Midshipman. Hale, 1991. 192 pages
A dramatised account of Sir William Hoste's
naval career from a midshipman in the 64 gun ship AGAMEMNON, commanded
by his patron Captain Horatio Nelson, through to his own masterly
handling of his squadron of four frigates off Lissa in March 1811 where
he defeated a French and Venetian fleet of superior force.
The Independent Cruise. Hale, 1992. 190 pages
When the captain of His Majesty's brig-sloop Chance fights a duel at Gibraltar he doesn't foresee the problems it will cause between him and the girl he loves. Before that however, the ship becomes involved in a search for a female archaeologist which ends in a sea-fight with a French corvette.
Suthren, Victor J. H. (1942- )
Paul Gallant series:
the siege and capture of the French fortress of Louisburg in Nova
Scotia during 1745 by a small force of British colonials supported
by a fleet of merchantmen.
Gallant is sent to find a bejewelled statuette
being sent to France by the Spanish to seal their alliance, and now
lost. "Was LA NUESTRA SENORA DE LA CONCEPCION captured by the
British? Was she lost in a storm? Or has she fallen prey to marauding
pirates? Gallant's search leads him from the high seas to a British
dungeon in Fort Louisbourg, from the arms of a beautiful Micmac squaw
into a pitched battle with his greatest enemies. The fearless captain
of the ECHO must overcome the treacherous waters of Louisbourg and
match wits with the Royal Navy in his quest to retrieve the golden
virgin. He is a brave and courageous navigator, but this is his
greatest challenge. Whoever finds the statue rules the seas."
It's 1747 and Gallant is now captain of a
frigate assigned to shepherd a convoy of merchantmen from the West
Indies to France. "...evading privateers and the British Navy and
guarding the person and dowry of Marianne de Poitrincourt, Marquise
de Bezy. There is treachery in high and low places, and Marianne and
dowry are taken hostage... Gallant once again lives up to his name,
and against terrific odds (including a nasty Spanish noble, a vicious
Dutch pirate, a British warship and the Carolina waters
Edward Mainwaring series:
Edward Mainwaring, a provincial lieutenant in the
Royal Navy, commands the six gun British schooner ATHENA in the
Caribbean during Admiral Vernon's attack on Porto Bello in 1739.
Edward Mainwaring's adventures in 1741, as he
takes a the sloop of war DIANA around Cape Horn chasing Spanish
privateers and finds the fabled Manila Galleon.
Edward Mainwaring is sent to Toulon harbor to
storm a French fortress.
Mainwaring as a captain in 1744. In command of
the 44-gun ship PALLAS in action against the French off Mauritius. He
is taken prisoner, but escapes and steals a flotilla of bizarre ships
and attacks the enemy.
Syers, William E.
The Seven : Navy Subchaser. Duell, Sloan, and Pearce, 1960. 373 pages
Young reservist Sam Chance is thrust too quickly into command, but soon faces up to the constant crises bearing down on him (including a hurricane) and earns the respect of his crew.
Szilagye, Robert J. and Monroe, Stanley C.
The Trident tragedy. Dell, 1983. 272 pages
Mediterranean Manuever. Dell, 1984. 287 pages
The old carrier CORAL SEA is called back
into action to help carry out a daring raid to steal secret electronic
stuff from Russians.