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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Conr - Copp

Conrad, Barnaby (1922-2013)

Last Boat to Cadiz. Capra Press, 2003. 250 pages

Europe, 1945: Hitler is dead; the Third Reich is an open wound. Amid the chaos, a man like no other makes his way south through France and into Spain. No one will stand in his way and live. Only idealistic young Wilson Tripp, American vice consul in the city of Seville, stands to discover the man's true identity and the stunning threat he poses--that is, if Wilson Tripp can survive.





Conrad, Joseph (Josef Teodor Nalecz Korzeniowski) (1857-1924)

Almayer's Folly : a story of an Eastern River. T. Fisher Unwin, 1895. 272 pages






An Outcast of the Islands. T. Fisher Unwin, 1896. 391 pages






The Nigger of the Narcissus : a Tale of the Sea. Doubleday, 1897. 190 pages

Conrad's first sea story: a sailing ship voyage from Bombay to London with a dying black seaman aboard. American edition published under the title "The Children of the Sea: a Tale of the Forecastle".





The Heart of Darkness. Blackwood's Magazine, February-April 1899.

Marlow tells of his voyage in command of a steamboat far up the Congo River to relieve the mad ivory trader Kurz. Adapted to fit the Vietnam War and filmed by Francis. F. Coppola as Apocalypse Now in 1979. "The Horror! The Horror!"


The End of the Tether. Blackwood's Magazine, July-August 1902.

Upright 67 year old Captain Whalley compromises with his own rectitude without understanding the evil around him. As his coastal steamer sails through the Pacific his own falsehoods and the ambitions and obsessions of his crew bring on disaster.


Lord Jim : a Tale. Blackwood, 1900. 451 pages






Nostromo : a Tale of the Seaboard. Doubleday, Page, 1904. 630 pages






Chance : a Tale in Two Parts. Doubleday, Page, 1913. 468 pages

Significant for being Konrad Korzeniowski's breakthrough novel, outselling all his previous work.





Victory : an Island Tale. Doubleday, Page, 1915. 462 pages






The Arrow of Gold : a Story Between Two Notes. Doubleday, Page, 1919. 385 pages

Fictional version of the gun running section in "The Mirror of the Sea".





The Rescue : a Romance of the Shallows. Doubleday, Page, 1920. 404 pages

Long delayed sequel to "Almayer's Folly" and "An Outcast of the Islands".





The Rover. Doubleday, Page, 1923. 286 pages

Retired French freebooter settles near Toulon, where the French fleet under Villeneuve is bottled up by Nelson. In early 1805, urged by compassion for a brave young officer, the old salt sacrifices his life to deceive Nelson into withdrawing the British fleet, allowing the French to escape to ultimate doom at Trafalgar. Most of the novel covers life ashore, but the sea scenes are well drawn. One of very few books showing the war from the French point of view.



Tales of Unrest. Scribner's, 1898. 348 pages

Karain : A Memory -- The Idiots -- An Outpost of Progress -- The Return -- The Lagoon.





Youth : A Narrative, and Two Other Stories. Blackwood, 1902. 375 pages

In the title story, the 400 ton barque JUDEA and its attempt to sail from Scotland to Bangkok and we meet a young Marlow. Also collected: Heart of Darkness -- The End of the Tether.





Typhoon and Other Stories. W. Heinemann, 1903. 304 pages

In the title story, the steamer NAN-SHAN, with 200 Chinese coolies aboard, encounters a terrible storm in the China Sea. Also collected: Amy Foster -- Falk -- Tomorrow.





A Set of Six. Methuen & Co, 1908. 310 pages

The Informer -- Gaspar Ruiz -- The Brute -- An Anarchist -- The Duel -- Il Conde. "The Brute" is a story of an evil ship, seemingly malevolent, which kills a crewman on every voyage, and at last is destroyed in a freak accident.





'Twixt Land and Sea : Tales. London : J.M.Dent, 1912. 264 pages

A Smile of Fortune : A Harbour Story -- The Secret Sharer : An Episode from the Coast -- Freya of the Seven Isles : A Story of Shallow Waters





The Shadow-Line : a confession. Doubleday, Page, 1917. 197 pages






Within the Tides : tales. J.M. Dent, 1915. 280 pages

The Planter of Malata -- The Partner -- The Inn of the Two Witches -- Because of the Dollars






Constantin-Weyer, Maurice (1881-1964)

The French Adventurer: The Life and Exploits of LaSalle. Macaulay, 1931. 255 pages

Translation of Cavalier de la Salle (1927)






Cook, C. J. R. [Charles]

The Quarter Deck. Printed for private circulation, 1844. 312 pages

Preface: The author "has woven his fictions around a basis of truth, for every chapter is founded on fact"


Cook, Scott W.

Catherine Cook Sea Adventures

  1. A Heart of Oak. self, 2021. 232 pages

    Catherine Cook, unclaimed granddaughter of the great explorer James Cook is on her way to America to re-connect with her mother’s family when fate intervenes and thrusts her into ultimate peril. All of her life, Kate has yearned to go to sea and to command a sailing ship in the Royal navy… an impossible dream for a young woman in 1797




  3. A Treacherous Wind Blows Foul. self, 2021. 376 pages

    As Kate and her crew set out to defend British and American shipping from French and Spanish marauders, the young improbable captain is sailing straight into deadly peril. For her old nemesis, Pierre Meraux, survived their last encounter and is out for vengeance





Cooke, Francis Bernard (1873-1974)

Yachting Yarns. Jenkins, 1944. 191 pages

Short stories






Cooley, Leland Frederick (1909-1998)

The Run for Home. Doubleday, 1958. 419 pages

In the 1920's when young Slim Fredericks left his comfortable California home to ship aboard the Tropic Trader as a deck hand, the U.S. Merchant Marine Service was at its lowest ebb--rusty freighters manned by the scrapings of the waterfronts, officered by rum-runners, foreigners, embittered mariners; devoid of decent living conditions, terrible food, no medical care. All the incidents that have happened to sailors since the days of wooden ships are experienced by Slim--love affairs casual and serious, steadfast friendship, brutal fights, cruel petty officers, wild nights ashore, shipboard accidents, table-top surgery




Coomer, Joe (1958- )

Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God. Graywolf, 1995. 245 pages

Nine weeks after losing her husband, Charlotte escapes to a wooden houseboat where her shipmates are an aging blue-haired widow, an emotional seventeen-year-old, and the ugliest dog in literature. Gradually, a genuine friendship develops between the three women, united by the cramped quarters that confine them.






Coonts, Stephen (1946- )

America : a Jake Grafton novel. St. Martin's, 2001. 390 pages

USS AMERICA, the most technologically advanced nuclear-powered submarine ever built, is hijacked in front of hundreds of people gathered to watch its departure on its first operational cruise. As the sub disappears into the North Atlantic, the joint chiefs realize that AMERICA carries the United States' newest weapon: cruise missiles with electromagnetic pulse warheads designed to fry every electronic device within a ten-mile radius. Within hours, missiles from the sub rain down on Washington, D.C., starting a massive fire in the White House, bringing down jet-liners, and destroying nearly all the electronic devices in the nation's capital. Called upon to find the rogue sub, Jake Grafton must determine who is behind the carnage, what they want, and most importantly, how to stop them.



Cooper, James Fenimore (1789-1851)

The Pilot : a tale of the sea. Charles Wiley, 1823. 2 volumes

American revolutionary seaman terrorises the coast of Northeast England in the late 1770s; probably suggested by exploits of John Paul Jones.

The Red Rover : a tale. Carey, Lea & Carey, 1827. 2 volumes

Elusive Red Rover, aboard frigate DOLPHIN, fights British during the Revolutionary War.

The Water-Witch, or, The Skimmer of the Seas. A.L. Bert, 1830. 471 pages

Smuggling in the New York/New Jersey area around 1711.

Homeward Bound, or, The Chase: A tale of the Sea. Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1838. 2 volumes

An American packet ship, bound to New York from London, is chased by a British man-of-war.

Mercedes of Castile, or, The voyage to Cathay. Lea & Blanchard, 1840. 2 volumes

The voyage of Columbus, touching slightly on life at sea.

The Two Admirals : a Tale. Lea & Blanchard, 1842. 2 volumes

The two heroes, friends from youth, espouse opposite sides in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.

The Wing-and-Wing, or, Le Feu-follet. Lea & Blanchard, 1842. 2 volumes

A French privateer in the Mediterranean, 1799, involved with the Neapolitan admiral Caracciolo, who Nelson hanged; a Yankee soldier of fortune plays a significant part. One of very few books showing the war from the French point of view.

Ned Myers, or, A Life Before the Mast. Lea & Blanchard, 1843. 232 pages

Claims to be the real-life autobiography of a seaman, edited by Cooper. Contains an eye-witness description of the 1813 naval campaign in Upper Canada.

Afloat and Ashore, or, The adventures of Miles Wallingford. The Author, 1844. 4 volumes

Adventures of two Yankee lads in the East Indies and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Miles Wallingford. Richard Bentley, 1844. 3 volumes

A sequel to Afloat and Ashore, extending the action to the Atlantic. Originally published as "Lucy Hardinge".

Jack Tier, or, The Florida Reef. Burgess, Stringer, 1848. 2 volumes

Unusual for Cooper, this is contemporary novel of maritime life. The wife of the brutal and greedy Captain Stephen Spike is forced to masquerade as the seaman Jack Tier.

The Crater, or, Vulcan's Peak : a tale of the Pacific. Burgess, Stringer, 1847. 2 volumes

The first two thirds of the book take place at sea as a young man advances from forecastle to cabin. The remainder is a Robinson Crusoe shipwreck tale.

The Sea-Lions, or, The Lost Sealers. Stringer & Townsend, 1849. 2 volumes

Two Yankee schooners compete for the riches of a secret sealing ground in Antarctica, but co-operate when forced to over-winter (1819-20) under appalling conditions. In this, his last adventure novel, Cooper writes in a far less stilted style than in previous novels, and the book is a pleasure to read. Also reflects on the decline in Yankee morality, into mere hypocritical money-grubbing.


Cooper, Jefferson (1911-1986)

Captain Seadog. Pocket, 1959. 183 pages

Lusty swordsman Michael Goddard is falsely accused of treachery when he returns to England rich from plundering the galleons of the Spanish Main. A beautiful woman he has never seen before helps Goddard escape -- and then Queen Elizabeth herself orders him to perform a service upon which the fate of England hangs. Is this a trap laid by an evil beauty or a chance for our hero to regain his honor and gold? A steamy bodice-untier.





Cooper, Lettice Ulphea (1897-1994)

The Old Fox. Hodder & Stoughton, 1927. 355 pages

Smuggling during the American Revolution as practiced in southern England. Much of the plot centers around the feared French invasion






Cooper, Susan

Victory. Margaret K. McElderry, 2006. 196 pages

Sam Robbins is a farm boy, kidnapped to serve on HMS Victory, the ship on which Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Molly Jennings is a twenty-first-century English girl transplanted to the United States by her stepfather's job, who's fighting her own battle against loss and loneliness.





Copping, Arthur E. (1865-1941)

Gotty and the Guv'nor. Mitchell Kennerley, 1908. 350 pages

A true narrative of Gotty's doings ashore & afloat, with an account of his voyage of discovery on a shrimping bawley in the English Channel.












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