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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Stables

Stables, Gordon, MD, RN (W. Gordon-Stables) (1840-1910)

The Cruise of the Snowbird: A Story of Arctic Adventure. Hodder and Stoughton, 1882. 366 pages






Wild Adventures round the Pole: or, The Cruise of the Snowbird crew in the Arrandoon. Hodder and Stoughton, 1883. 333 pages






From Pole to Pole: A Tale of the Sea. Hodder and Stoughton, 1886. 388 pages






On Special Service: A Tale of Life at Sea. Hodder and Stoughton, 1886. 362 pages






Jack Locke: A Tale of the War and the Wave. Frederick Warne, 1888. 192 pages






Harry Wilde: A Tale of the Brine and the Breeze. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1889. 319 pages






Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep: A Tale of the "Salt, Salt Sea". Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1890. 250 pages






Captain Japp : Or, the strange adventures of Willie Gordon. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1891. 512 pages






For England, Home and Beauty : A Story of Battle and the Breeze. John F. Shaw, 1891. 382 pages






The Cruise of the Crystal Boat: The Wild, the Weird, the Wonderful. Hutchinson, 1891. 343 pages

A tale in the vein of Jules Verne of a Huge Crystal Flying Machine and a Voyage around the World




Two Sailor Lads: A Story of Stirring Adventures on Sea and Land. John F. Shaw, 1892. 378 pages






Born to Command: A Tale of the Sea and of Sailors. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1892. 533 pages






From Greenland's Icy Mountains: A Tale of the Polar Sea. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1892. 224 pages






Hearts of Oak: A Story of Nelson and the Navy. John F. Shaw, 1893. 374 pages






Just like Jack: A Story of the Brine and the Breeze. Hodder and Stoughton, 1893. 389 pages






Westward With Columbus. Blackie & Son, 1894. 352 pages

Fictionalized account of Columbus' famous voyage.




As We Sweep Through the Deep : a story of the stirring times of old. T. Nelson, 1894. 214 pages

Camperdown and the Battle of the Nile.




The Pearl Divers and Crusoes of the Sargasso Sea. James Nisbet, 1896. 334 pages






A Life on the Ocean Wave: or, The Cruise of the Good Ship Boreas. J. F. Shaw, 1897. 334 pages






Every Inch a Sailor. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1897. 440 pages






The Island of Gold: A Sailor's Yarn. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1898. 344 pages






The Naval Cadet: A Story of Adventure. Blackie, 1898. 288 pages






Courage, True Hearts: The Story of Three Boys Who Sailed in Search of Fortune. Blackie, 1899. 288 pages






A Pirate's Gold: A True Story of Buried Treasure. Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1899. 137 pages






Remember the Maine: A Story of the Spanish-American War. James Nisbet, 1899. 329 pages






With Cutlass and Torch: A Story of the Great Slave Coast. James Nisbet, 1901. 322 pages






The Cruise of the "Vengeful" : a story of the Royal Navy. John F. Shaw, 1902. 268 pages

The Royal Navy in a war against France and Russia set in 1909! Although for the younger reader the message was clear: Britain must have a modern powerful navy or this sort of thing would happen!




The Cruise of the "Arctic Fox" in Icy Seas around the Pole. S. H. Bousfield & Co., 1903. 335 pages






Chris Cunningham : a story of the stirring days of Nelson. John F. Shaw, 1903. 320 pages

Nelson and the Battle of Capt St. Vincent




The Meteor Flag of England: The Story of a Coming Conflict. J. Nisbet, 1905. 332 pages

Description from SFE: Set in the distant Near Future, a 1980 world where attack ships known as Narwhals (because of their forward-thrusting spiral screws) can attain a speed of almost 300 knots, and where a resolutely racist and imperialist Britain (Stables refers to "alien scum", and patently approves of the lynching of peace protestors whilst the police stand by) must defend herself against Invasions from Russia, France and Germany




Silas Grigg

  1. An Island Afloat, by Silas Grigg, Master Mariner: The Stops Put In by Gordon Stables, R.N. James Nisbet, 1903. 336 pages






  3. The Voyage of the "Blue Vega": A Story of Arctic Adventure. The Religious Tract Society, 1907. 400 pages

    First published in 1906 as a 26 part serial in The Boy’s Own Paper






The Sauciest Boy in the Service: A Story of Pluck and Perseverance. Ward, Lock, 1905. 320 pages

A Future War tale set in 1906 with Britain combating Germany and Russia on the high seas




The City at the Pole. James Nisbet, 1906. 352 pages

Description from SFE: An expedition in an advanced submarine comes upon a Viking community enjoying a temperate climate in a circumpolar valley, where Eugenics are applied, and a remarkable Power Source makes both aviation and longevity possible, causing the exclusion of those unfit, who survive Underground.




From Slum to Quarter-Deck. The Religious Tract Society, 1908. 372 pages






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