Adams of the Bounty.
Criterion, 1958. 316 pages
Another view of the mutiny, from POV of
John Adams. Mr. Christian and Captain Bligh portrayed somewhat
differently than in other novels.
Wilson, Sloan (1920-2003)
Voyage to Somewhere.
A.A. Wyn, 1946. 252 pages
Somewhat less than awe-inspiring
takes command of brand new very small supply ship during WW II. His
crew was assigned from the bottom of some alphabetical list; all their
names start with "W" except for a couple of the officers. They cruise
around the Pacific with assorted unimportant cargoes, never quite
catching up with the war. Very good.
Arbor House, 1979. 517 pages
Coast Guard ice trawler on Greenland
The Greatest Crime.
Arbor House, 1980. 306 pages
Fair-alcoholic charter yacht skipper and
Arbor House, 1982. 317 pages
Veteran of the Greenland patrol commands
tanker in the South Pacific during WW II.
Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey
The armies of France have only to sail
to England to complete Napoleon's domination over Europe. Britain is militarily
weak, politically divided, unsettled by her rioting poor. Into this feverish
environment comes a dead man. Pulled half-drowned from a shipwreck, his past
erased, Tom Roscarrock is put to work for the Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny
and Survey, a shadowy Government bureau. He is thrown into a bewildering world of
political intrigue and violence.
Napoleon's army masses across the
Channel - Britain is within hours of invasion and defeat. Only one thing stands in
the way - an obscure government bureau of murky origins and shadowy purpose: The
Comptrollerate General for Scrutiny and Survey. And, rescued from a shipwreck, his
past erased, Tom Roscarrock is their newest agent. In England, the man who
recruited Roscarrock has disappeared, his agents are turning up dead, and reports
of a secret French fleet are panicking the authorities. In France, a plan is
underway to shatter the last of England's stability. Behind the clash of fleets
and armies, there lies a secret world of intrigue, deception, treachery and
violence - and Roscarrock is about to be thrown into it headfirst.
Wingate, John Allen (1920-2008)
Below the Horizon.
St. Martin's, 1975. 195 pages
Set in the very near future, this tells
the story of the Third Cod War (there have been two real cod wars already).
Iceland, having fished itself fishless within its three-mile limit, then its newer
twelve-mile limit, has announced that now there is a 50-mile limit around the
island and that all foreign trawlers either will be arrested or sunk. British
skipper Hooky Walker, an overweight giant, does not recognize the new limit and
says the fish beyond the twelve-mile limit are in international waters. He plays
cat-and-mouse with the armed gunboat Hekla, sometimes getting a good haul, at
others going home with little to show the company. And trawling is expensive. His
worries mount. We follow his English Campion through a terrible blow and freak
wave that nearly sinks them. On another trip he is fired upon by the Hekla but
escapes in a fog. During the disastrous final voyage, a fellow trawler is fired
upon and, out of his mind, Hooky rams the gunboat. Both ships sink in icy waters.
But the tragedy is as much about the savaging of fish and rape of the world's
greatest protein supply as it is about toilers of the sea.
The Sea Above Them.
Barker, 1975. 186 pages
A British hunter-killer nuclear sub goes
down off Novaya Zemlya on the Russian coast.
St. Martin's, 1976. 197 pages
Building an oil rig off the coast of
Describes the deterioration of relations
Soviet and Western blocks in a plausible and comprehensive scenario
and spells out in some detail the NATO strategy to contain the Soviet
submarine threat and keep open the sea lanes between Europe and the
States in the pre-all-out-nuclear stage of the lead up to WW III.
The stories concentrate mainly on the vessels named in the titles
during the confrontation. The operation and deployment of the weapons
systems and the ships performance during the various assignments come
across as being realistic. This realism is carried through to the
dialogue used by the characters and the makes an interesting
comparison to the language used in naval war novels set in WW I and
A confrontation between a Soviet sub and
exercise brings an end to the Cold War at sea and the beginning of
perhaps WW3. Anti-submarine tactics, weapon capabilities and
details of naval life give authenticity to the story of the
eponymous LEANDER class frigate and her part in containing the
Soviet submarine threat in the early stages of the sea
This takes up the story where it was
left in FRIGATE,
but from the perspective of an ageing British aircraft carrier as
it plays its part in trying to keep the sea lanes to the US open
and providing the necessary air cover to prevent Soviet subs
getting at the convoys taking reinforcements to
The crisis is escalating and Armageddon
inevitable. A Royal Navy conventional submarine is sent on a
mission to decoy a Soviet super sub from its Northern Polar lair
to its destruction by a nuclear hunter killer.
Go Deep. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985. 191 pages
An authentic fictional account of the
tough 10th Submarine
Flotilla that defended Malta in WW II.
The Windship Race.
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987. 206
Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1977. 252
CIA tries to salvage Soviet missile-
sunk in 16,600' of water.
The Great Yacht Race.
Kingston, 1992. 321 pages
The book is mostly about Jamaica in the
and secondarily about a holy week yacht race from Lucia to Montego Bay.
Interweaves the lives of five Montegonians: Fitzpatrick the barrister, Angwin the
magistrate, O'Hara the hotelier, Biddle the reporter - all of whom eventually
compete in an annual yacht race - and Father Huck, the American priest who
ministers over them and tries his best to understand them, while battling with his
Jonathan Kincaid finds himself serving
as First Lieutenant aboard the American frigate Randolph of 32 guns,
blockaded in the port of Philadelphia during the winter of 1776-77. Tasked with
orders to undertake "independent action" in the frigid waters of the North
Atlantic against a mighty British convoy, she manages to elude enemy warships long
enough to transform her crew-from the crusty boatswain O'Toole to the teenage
midshipman Billy Weatherby-into an effective fighting force.
Kinkaid is given command of his own
ship, Swift, of sixteen guns. His assignment is threefold: to deliver a diplomat
bearing a copy of the Declaration of Independence to the Dutch free port of St.
Eustatia in the Caribbean, to assist a major of marines with a mysterious
assignment that takes them to the jungle island of Dominica, inhabited by
cannabalistic Carib Indians, and to gain information of any pirate activity in the
Virgin Islands that may interfere with American shipping from St. Eustatia to
Kinkaid is in command of the 18-gun
sloop of war, Ranger, tasked with scouting duties for the Continental
Fleet. Braving not only the foul and frigid weather of northern waters, Kinkaid
must contend with an inexperienced crew, a badly leaking ship, and personality
clashes among senior officers; one of them being the bold and aggressive John Paul
Jones, in command of the Frigate Alfred, not to mention trying to evade a
strong and powerful British force that hopes to trap and destroy the fleet in the
Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Captain Kinkaid and his seagoing
patriots take the news of the great victory at Saratoga to Benjamin Franklin in
Paris. The newly married Kinkaid wrestles with his own demons as well as enemies
of the cause.
Our intrepid captain is given command of
America's premier warship, one of the finest ships ever produced during the
Revolutionary War, the large and powerful 40-gun frigate Alliance, her mission to
deliver 100,000 Spanish milled dollars from the Caribbean port of Havana, Cuba to
the coffers of Congress. Needless to say there are many forces that hope to grab
this fortune for themselves and others would be just as happy to ensure it never
reaches American shores.
Deals with Kinkaid's first assignment as
a young officer when he is sent to advise and assist General Benedict Arnold in
the building and fighting of an Inland Fleet on Lake Champlain in the summer of
1776 when the war breaks out.
Winton, John [pseud. John Pratt]
The Bodger (Lt. Cmdr. Robert Badger)
to train a class of raw recruits on their first cruise at the RN
Some of the Bodger's former charges join
the madhouse cruiser CAROUSEL, where he is first Lieutenant, for a
cruise in Far Eastern waters.
The Artful Bodger takes command of the
newest and largest submarine.
The Artful Bodger now finds himself
Director of Naval Public Relations at the Ministry of Political
Warfare. "Saddled" with a racehorse it becomes imperative for his
future career to enter, and succeed, in the sport of kings!
The submarine HMS SEAHORSE (featured in
Never Go to Sea) goes into the dockyard for a major refit. Lieutenant
Dagwood Jones has a chance to pursue various young ladies and give
his commanding officer, the Bodger, many anxious moments. A humorous
insight into the Royal Navy's, not always cordial, relationship with
the civilians who repair and refit their ships.
Michael Joseph, 1967. 421
The fighting Téméraire.
Michael Joseph, 1971. 239
British Polaris sub spying in the Black
One of Our Warships.
Michael Joseph, 1975. 207
Deals with a possible atrocity at sea
RN frigate fires on a sampan during operations in Southeast Asia. Told
in reminscience form. Revealing look at the relationships between
officers of a navy.
Good Enough for Nelson.
Michael Joseph, 1977. 239
Michael Joseph, 1980. 303
Hands To Action Stations!: Naval poetry and verse
from World War II -
Chosen by John Winton. Bluejacket Books, 1980. 143 pages
Editor. An assortment of famous and
anonymous verse, mainly from serving naval personnel - a continuing
tradition as aficionados of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey and Maturin series
The Good Ship Venus, or, The Lass who Loved a
Sailor. Michael Joseph, 1984. 219
Humourous account of first RN warship to
women on board. The author himself found it rather amusing when women
actually did begin to go to sea not too long after it was
A Drowning War.
Michael Joseph, 1985. 285
WW II Battle of the Atlantic as seen
eyes of three participants who meet in a climatic ending to the novel:
a Fleet Air Arm Swordfish pilot, a Kriegsmarine submarine officer, and
a USN destroyer officer. Excellent, tightly-written story. The author
uses post-war revelations for marvelous irony.
Polaris : fears and dreams.
Michael Joseph, 1989. 248
Night of the Scorpion.
Severn House, 1994. 266 pages
Wodehouse, P. G. (1881-1975)
The Luck of the Bodkins.
Herbert Jenkins, 1935. 286
Monty Bodkin's wooing of Gertrude Butterwick on the RMS Atlantic is not progressing as it should. And the cause of all the trouble is Miss Lotus Blossum, the brightest star in Hollywood's firmament.
Wolfe, Gene (1931- )
TOR, 2007. 320 pages
Father Christopher was once a pirate
captain, hundreds of years before his birth. Fresh from the monastery, the former
novice finds himself inexplicably transported back to the Golden Age of Piracy,
where an unexpected new life awaits him. At first, he resists joining the
notorious Brethren of the Coast, but he soon embraces the life of a buccaneer,
even as he succumbs to the seductive charms of a beautiful and enigmatic senorita.
As the captain of his own swift ship, which may or may not be cursed, he plunders
the West Indies in search of Spanish gold.
TOR, 2011. 304 pages
Chelle and Skip have been separated by
Chelle's tour of duty in a war against aliens from distant solar systems. They
find their relationship complicated by time differentials that cause an injured
and war-weary Chelle to age only a few months while Skip reaches his forties. Bulk
of the novel takes place on a cruise liner.