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Nautical Fiction Index

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Wilson, Erle

Adams of the Bounty. Criterion, 1958. 316 pages

Another view of the mutiny, from POV of seaman 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 lieutenant 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.


Ice Brothers. Arbor House, 1979. 517 pages

Coast Guard ice trawler on Greenland patrol during WW II.


The Greatest Crime. Arbor House, 1980. 306 pages

Fair-alcoholic charter yacht skipper and his travails.


Pacific Interlude. Arbor House, 1982. 317 pages

Veteran of the Greenland patrol commands gasoline tanker in the South Pacific during WW II.



Wilton, Robert

Comptrollerate-General for Scrutiny and Survey series:

  1. The Emperor's Gold. Corvus, 2011. 448 pages

    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.

  2. Treason's Tide. Corvus, 2013. 448 pages

    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)

Submariner Sinclair series:

  1. Submariner Sinclair. Newnes, 1959. 255 pages

  2. Jimmy-the-One : a Submariner Sinclair story. Newnes, 1960. 256 pages

  3. Sinclair in Command : a Submariner Sinclair story. Newnes, 1961. 256 pages

  4. Nuclear Captain : the fourth story of Submariner Sinclair. Macdonald, 1962. 224 pages

  5. Sub-zero : a Submariner Sinclair story. Macdonald, 1963. 184 pages

  6. Full Fathom Five : a Submariner Sinclair story. Heinemann, 1967. 174 pages

  7. In the Blood : a Sinclair story. Heinemann, 1973. 147 pages


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.


Oil Strike. St. Martin's, 1976. 197 pages

Building an oil rig off the coast of Scotland.



Cold War Trilogy:

Describes the deterioration of relations between the 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 WW II.


  1. Frigate. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980. 216 pages

    A confrontation between a Soviet sub and a NATO 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 war.

  2. Carrier. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1981. 192 pages

    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 Europe.

  3. Submarine. Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1982. 212 pages

    The crisis is escalating and Armageddon looks 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 pages



Wingate, William

Fireplay. Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1977. 252 pages

CIA tries to salvage Soviet missile- carrying submarine sunk in 16,600' of water.



Winkler, Anthony C.

The Great Yacht Race. Kingston, 1992. 321 pages

The book is mostly about Jamaica in the 1950's 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 own conflicts.



Winston, Michael

Jonathan Kinkaid series:

  1. Independent Action: Kinkaid in the North Atlantic. Createspace, 2012. 310 pages

    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.

  2. Uprising: Kinkaid in the West Indies. Createspace, 2012. 368 pages

    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 American shores.

  3. Hazardous Duty: Kinkaid with the Northern Fleet. Createspace, 2012. 308 pages

    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.

  4. Tidings of Victory: Kinkaid in Europe. Createspace, 2012. 316 pages

    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.

  5. The Treasure Ship: Kinkaid and the Alliance. Createspace, 2013. 306 pages

    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.

  6. The Lake War: Kinkaid with the Inland Fleet. Createspace, 2013. 222 pages

    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] (1931-2001)

Artful Bodger series:

  1. We Joined the Navy. Michael Joseph, 1959. 253 pages

    The Bodger (Lt. Cmdr. Robert Badger) tries to train a class of raw recruits on their first cruise at the RN Academy.

  2. We Saw the Sea. Michael Joseph, 1960. 205 pages

    Some of the Bodger's former charges join him in the madhouse cruiser CAROUSEL, where he is first Lieutenant, for a cruise in Far Eastern waters.

  3. Down the Hatch. Michael Joseph, 1961. 204 pages

    The Artful Bodger takes command of the RN's newest and largest submarine.

  4. Never Go to Sea. Michael Joseph, 1963. 213 pages

    The Artful Bodger now finds himself Assistant 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!

  5. All the Nice Girls. Michael Joseph, 1964. 222 pages

    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.


HMS Leviathan. Michael Joseph, 1967. 421 pages

Jet-age aircraft carrier.


The fighting Téméraire. Michael Joseph, 1971. 239 pages

British Polaris sub spying in the Black Sea.


One of Our Warships. Michael Joseph, 1975. 207 pages

Deals with a possible atrocity at sea when an 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 pages


Aircraft Carrier. Michael Joseph, 1980. 303 pages


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 will appreciate.


The Good Ship Venus, or, The Lass who Loved a Sailor. Michael Joseph, 1984. 219 pages

Humourous account of first RN warship to have 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 published.


A Drowning War. Michael Joseph, 1985. 285 pages

WW II Battle of the Atlantic as seen through the 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 pages


Night of the Scorpion. Severn House, 1994. 266 pages



Wodehouse, P. G. (1881-1975)

The Luck of the Bodkins. Herbert Jenkins, 1935. 286 pages

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- )

Pirate Freedom. 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.


Home Fires. 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.