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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Ap - Ar

Apollonius Rhodius (early 3rd century BCE - after 246 BCE)

Argonautica. (R.C. Seaton, trans.) G.P. Putnam, 1930. 431 pages

Epic poem about Jason, the Argonauts, and the quest for the golden fleece.





Appleton, Victor, pseud. [Stratemeyer, Edward (1862-1930) and Garis, Howard (1873-1962)]

Tom Swift series.

One of the many series of adventure books for boys published by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, Tom Smith is a teen inventor who shares his adventures with close friend Ned Newton. Only titles with nautical plots are included

  1. Tom Swift and his Motor Boat; or, The Rivals of Lake Carlopa [no.2] Grosset & Dunlap, 1910. 237 pages






  3. Tom Swift and his Submarine Boat; or, Under the Ocean for Sunken Treasure [no.4] Grosset & Dunlap, 1910. 227 pages





  5. Tom Swift and his Undersea Search; or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic [no.23] Grosset & Dunlap, 1920. 238 pages





  7. Tom Swift and his Flying Boat; or, The Castaways of the Giant Iceberg [no.26] Grosset & Dunlap, 1923. 231 pages





  9. Tom Swift and his Giant Magnet; or, Bringing up the Lost Submarine [no.35] Grosset & Dunlap, 1932. 241 pages






Ardagh, W. M. [Winifred Mary]

The Magada. John Lane, 1910. 319 pages

Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands.


Ardman, Harvey

The Final Crossing. Windsor, 1990. 447 pages

American agent, escaping Germany with two important Jewish refugees, one of whom is a protege of Einstein, books passage on the NORMANDIE, on its final transatlantic crossing prior to the outbreak of WW II. Once aboard he discovers that the ship is also carrying France's gold reserves to the US, and that the Nazis have a saboteur aboard to sink the ship en route.




Argo, Ellen

Julia Howard Logan Trilogy.

Heroine designs and builds an East Indiaman in the 1840s, sets sail with her captain husband to China, and deals with Chinese pirates, gales, typhoons and childbirth.

  1. Jewel of the Sea. Putnam, 1978. 407 pages






  3. The Crystal Star. Putnam, 1978. 440 pages






  5. The Yankee Girl. Putnam, 1980. 356 pages






Armstrong, F. C. [Francis Claudius] (1802-1872)

The Two Midshipmen: A Tale of the Sea. T. C. Newby, 1854. 3 volumes

The Warhawk: A Tale of the Sea. T. C. Newby, 1855. 3 volumes

The Battle on the Bosphorus. T. C. Newby, 1855. 3 volumes

The Young Commander: A Novel. T. C. Newby, 1856. 3 volumes

The Medora: A Tale of the Sea. T. C. Newby, 1857. 3 volumes

The Two Buccaneers: A Tale of the Sea. T. C. Newby, 1858. 3 volumes

The young middy, or, The perilous adventures of a boy-officer among the royalists and republicans of the first French Revolution. E. Marlborough, 1859. 478 pages

The Cruize of the Daring: A Tale of the Sea. T. C. Newby, 1860. 3 volumes

The Frigate and the Lugger: A Nautical Romance. T. C. Newby, 1861. 3 volumes

The Pirates of "The Foam": A Novel. T. C. Newby, 1863. 3 volumes

The Neapolitan Commander: A Romance of Sea and Land. T. C. Newby, 1863. 3 volumes

The Queen of the Seas: A Tale of Sea and Land. T. C. Newby, 1864. 3 volumes

The Naval Lieutenant: A Nautical Romance. T. C. Newby, 1865. 3 volumes

Our Blue Jackets, Afloat and Ashore: A Novel. T. C. Newby, 1868. 3 volumes


Armstrong, Richard (1903-1986)

Cold Hazard. Houghton Mifflin, 1956. 180 pages

U.K. title: Danger Rock. Shipmates in the wintry North Atlantic look to an eighteen-year-old boy for survival after their ship founders.





Sailor's Luck. Dent, 1959. 245 pages






The Lame Duck. Dent, 1959. 186 pages






Horseshoe Reef. Dent, 1960. 160 pages

A story for boys





The Secret Sea. Dent, 1966. 151 pages

Revised in 1976





Sea Change. Dent, 1948. 211 pages

Concerned with a journey which is carried out by a cargo ship between Liverpool and the main islands of the West Indies. The central character is a young apprentice, Cam Renton, who has reached a turning point in his life. Instead of being given a chance to train in navigation and to develop the skills needed to be an officer he spends all his time on dull jobs liking chipping rust and cleaning brass. He confronts the First Mate of the Langdale, his new ship, and tries to ensure that this latest voyage will be different. Andy, the Mate, proves to be a remarkable character and the story is about how the officer and the apprentice gradually come to terms with their relationship.


The Whinstone Drift. Dent, 1951. 221 pages






Storm Path. Dent, 1964. 182 pages

A ship receives warning of a hurricane, the path of which may or may not cross her course. Prudence dictates avoiding action; but expediency persuades the Master to stand on. The Mate thinks this decision is wrong (though in the beginning he is not at all sure where he stands in relation to the error. As the storm develops, however, so does his conviction that the Master is needlessly hazarding the ship and the lives of her people for his own selfish ends and personal aggrandizement and must be stopped at any cost.



Ship Afire! : a story of adventure at sea. Day, 1959. 188 pages

Survivors of a torpedoed ship in the North Atlantic during WW II.





Out of the Shallows : a story for boys. Dent, 1961. 184 pages






The Big Sea. D. McKay Co., 1964. 154 pages

An account of a tense three-day struggle to save a ship (S. S. Kariba) after her crew abandons ship, leaving one seaman abooard to ride it out.





The Mutineers. D. McKay Co., 1968. 181 pages

Fifteen boys, headed for rehabilitation and resettlement in Australia learn about social order and responsibility after they hijack their ship and land on a distant island.





Anderson, Thomas (1899-1978)

Dover Harbour. Collins, 1942. 576 pages

Set during the Napoleonic Wars, the novel centers around the personal conflict between two men, a shipowner and a banker, as to whether Dover should decay into a commercial backwater or grow into a great port, the Key to the Kingdom.




Arnold, Edwin Lester Linden (1857-1935)

The Constable of St. Nicholas. Chatto & Windus, 1894. 263 pages

The 15th century siege of Rhodes by the Ottoman Empire






Arnold-Forster, H. O. [Hugh Oakeley] (1855-1909)

In a Conning Tower ; or, How I took H.M.S. "Majestic" into Action. A story of Modern Ironclad Warfare. Cassell, 1891. 54 pages


Arthur, Elizabeth (1953- )

Antarctic Navigation. Knopf, 1995. 798 pages

The daughter of a Colorado rancher undertakes an expedition to recreate Scott's doomed 1910 journey to the South Pole. The novel analyzes the woman's motives for undertaking the project, a combination of the heroic culture of the West, fertile imagination and the power of books.




Arundel, Louis [pseud. W. Bert Foster] (1869-1929)

Motor Boat Boys series.

One of the many series of adventure books for boys published by the Stratemeyer Syndicate, featuring six teen-aged boys of the Motor Boat Club, and their adventures on various waterways.

  1. Motor Boat Boys' Mississippi Cruise; or The Dash for Dixie. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912. 237 pages






  3. Motor Boat Boys on the Great Lakes; or Exploring the Mystic Isle of Mackinac. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912. 227 pages





  5. Motor Boat Boys on the St. Lawrence River; or Adventures Among the Thousand Islands. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912. 238 pages





  7. Motor Boat Boys Among the Florida Keys; or The Struggle for the Leadership. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1913. 231 pages





  9. Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast; or Through Storm and Stress to Florida. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1913. 241 pages





  11. Motor Boat Boys' River Chase; or Six Chums Afloat and Ashore. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1914. 257 pages






  13. Motor Boat Boys Down the Danube; or Four Chums Abroad. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1915. 238 pages






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