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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Am - An

Amado, Jorge (1912-2001)

Home is the Sailor: the whole truth concerning the Redoubtful Adventures of Captain Vasco Moscoso de Aragão, Master Mariner. Knopf, 1964. 298 pages

Translation of 1961 novel: Os velhos marinheiros : ou ; A completa verdade sobre as discutidas aventuras do Comandante Vasco Moscoso de Aragão, capitão de longo curso. Old fart masquerading as a sea captain finds himself in command of a Brazilian passenger ship.




Amberg, Jay

Deep Gold. Warner Books, 1991. 245 pages

WW II U-boat torpedoes cruiser containing 13 tons of Russian gold. 50 years later, UK, USA and USSR try to salvage it jointly, but there seems to be a killer curse.




Ambler, Eric (1909-1988)

Journey into Fear. Knopf, 1940. 275 pages

A British engineer returning home from a business trip to Istanbul aboard an Italian freighter is comfortably aware of his own security in a chaotic world and believes that some things could not possibly happen to him. Then he discovers that death is at his elbow, sudden horrible death.




The Levanter. Atheneum, 1972. 307 pages

Michael Howell is "the Levanter," an English businessman trying to keep his family firm intact in Syria, a country undergoing a revolution. He and his secretary-mistress are captured by a splinter group who want him to manufacture bombs.




Ames, N. [Nathaniel] (1796-1835)

A Mariner's Sketches. Cory, Marshall and Hammond, 1830. 312 pages

Originally published in the Manufacturers and farmers journal, Providence.

Nautical reminiscences. W. Marshall, 1832. 216 pages

An Old Sailor's Yarns. George Dearborn, 1835. 338 pages

A combination of story and memoir.

Ames, Nathan (1826-1865)

Pirate's Glen and Dungeon Rock. Redding, 1853. 64 pages

Verse-fiction based the local pirate legend of Dungeon Rock.





Andersen, Knud (1890-1980)

In the Grip of the Gale. George G. Harrap, 1939. 254 pages

Translation of: Vejret i vold. Set in New Zealand and the Auckland Islands.





Andersen, Uell Stanley (1917-1986)

The Smoldering Sea. A.A. Wynn, 1953. 314 pages

A realistic and quite often brutal depiction of merchant marine life during the early days after America’s entry into World War 2.





Anderson, Alison

Hidden Latitudes. Scribner, 1996. 223 pages

The story of the aviatrix Amelia Earhart, some 40 years after her disappearance on her round-the-world flight. It is told as she spies on a young couple, repairing their boat on her island while sailing in the Pacific. She never reveals herself.




Anderson, Florence Bennett (1883-1968)

The Black Sail. Crown, 1948. 318 pages

Pirate adventure.





An Off-Islander : a story of Wesquo by the sea. Stratford Company, 1921. 311 pages

Originally published under the name Florence Mary Bennett.





Anderson, G. Reid [George]

Boy 1st Class, and other naval yarns. F. Muller, 1945. 141 pages

The Royal Navy in WW II.





Anderson, J. R. L. [John Richard Lane] (1911-1981)

Reckoning in Ice. Gollancz, 1971. 224 pages

Mystery novel. Includes a section where the hero voyages to Greenland via Scotland in a folkboat.





Death on the Rocks. Stein and Day, 1975. 208 pages

Inspector Peter Blair, out yachting, discovers a woman's body on a rocky shore.





Anderson, Lindsay [pseud. Alexander Christie] (1841-1895)

A Cruise in an Opium Clipper. Chapman and Hall, 1891. 240 pages

Among Typhoons and Pirate Craft. Chapman and Hall, 1892. 284 pages

Story of Allan Gordon: or, From Cabin-boy to Quarterdeck. Chapman and Hall, 1893. 250 pages


Anderson, Poul (1926-2001)

Murder Bound. Macmillan, 1962. 198 pages

Norwegian/Hawaiian detective Trygve Yamamura solves a murder on a San Francisco bound tramp steamer.





The Last Viking.

Historical novel based on the life of Harald Hadraada. Written in the 1950s


  1. The Golden Horn. Zebra, 1980. 284 pages






  3. The Road of the Sea Horse. Zebra, 1980. 284 pages






  5. The Sign of the Raven. Zebra, 1980. 282 pages






Andom, R [pseud. Alfred Walter Barrett] (1903-1976)

The Cruise of the Mock Turtle. Jarrolds, 1904. 251 pages

Sailing on the Thames Estuary.






Out and About with Troddles. Holden & Hardingham, 1920. 208 pages

Humorous sketches about boating and other outdoor adventures.





Andrews, Robert Hardy (1903-1976)

Buring Gold. Doubleday, Doran, 1945. 217 pages

Novel of eighteenth century England, in which three historical figures appear, Daniel Defoe, the explorer Captain William Dampier, and Dr. Thomas Dover.




Andrews, William Keith [pseud. William H. Keith, Jr. (1950- ) and J. Andrew Keith (1958-1999)]

Freedom's Rangers #5: Sink the Armada! Berkeley, 1990. 217 pages

Russia has taken over the USA and the Freedom Rangers have moved back in time to change the future. In this installment they return to 1588 to help the Spanish Armada beat the Engilsh.




Anhar, Nazam

Milad : the Voyage to Ophir. Scholastic, 2008. 288 pages

Milad has always dreamed of the exciting life of a sailor, but his first voyage as a ship's boy brings more than Milad ever imagined: pirates, treasure, spies, a mysterious stowaway, a dangerous journey from the wilds of Africa to the pyramids of Memphis, and a meeting with the great King Solomon. Milad joins a fleet of Phoenician mariners on an expedition to Ophir, deep in Africa. But before they reach their destination, the fleet is attacked by the notorious pirate Kallabos.



Scrimshaw. Scholastic, 2009. 313 pages

The in 1700s, Nathan has joined his father for his first- ever voyage by sea - sailing to explore the wilds of the Amazon. But they have not been at sea for long before they are ambushed by pirates. Nathan is taken hostage by the infamous Captain Graham and given a terrible ultimatum: join the murderous pirate crew or face execution.




Annixter, Jane and Paul Annixter

Vikan the Mighty. Holiday, 1969. 192 pages

The life of a sperm whale parallels the adventures of a young harpooner until their confrontation decides their destinies.





Anstey, Edgar Carnegie

The Vanishing Yacht: a story of adventure. Longmans, 1936. 316 pages






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