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
Deep Gold. Warner Books, 1991. 245
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
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
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
Ames, N. (Nathaniel) (1796-1835)
A Mariner's Sketches. Cory, Marshall and
Hammond, 1830. 312 pages
Originally published in the Manufacturers and farmers
Nautical reminiscences. W. Marshall, 1832. 216
An Old Sailor's Yarns. George Dearborn, 1835.
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
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
A realistic and quite often brutal depiction of merchant
marine life during the early days after America’s entry into World War
Hidden Latitudes. Scribner, 1996. 223
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
Anderson, Florence Bennett (1883-1968)
The Black Sail. Crown, 1948. 318
An Off-Islander : a story of Wesquo by the sea.
Stratford Company, 1921. 311 pages
Originally published under the name Florence Mary
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)
Reckoning in Ice. Gollancz, 1971. 224
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
Inspector Peter Blair, out yachting, discovers a woman's
body on a rocky shore.
Anderson, Poul (1926-2001)
Murder Bound. Macmillan, 1962. 198
Norwegian/Hawaiian detective Trygve Yamamura solves a murder
on a San Francisco bound tramp steamer.
The Last Viking.
Historical novels based on the life of Harald
Andom, R [pseud. Alfred Walter Barrett] (1903-1976)
The Cruise of the Mock Turtle. Jarrolds, 1904. 251
Sailing on the Thames Estuary.
Out and About with Troddles. Holden & Hardingham, 1920. 208
Humorous sketches about boating and other outdoor adventures.
Andrews, Robert Hardy (1903-1976)
Buring Gold. Doubleday, Doran, 1945. 217
Novel of eighteenth century England, in which three
historical figures appear, Daniel Defoe, the explorer Captain William Dampier, and Dr.
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
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.
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
Scrimshaw. Scholastic, 2009. 313
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
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
Ardagh, W. M.
The Magada. John Lane, 1910. 319
Spanish conquest of the Canary
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
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
The Final Crossing. Windsor, 1990. 447
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.
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.
Armstrong, Richard (1903-1986)
Cold Hazard. Houghton Mifflin, 1956. 180
U.K. title: Danger Rock. Shipmates
in the wintry North Atlantic look to an eighteen-year-old boy for survival after their
Sailor's Luck. Dent, 1959. 245
Ship Afire! : a story of adventure at sea.
Day, 1959. 188 pages
Survivors of a torpedoed ship in the North Atlantic during
Out of the Shallows : a story for boys.
Dent, 1961. 184 pages
The Big Sea. D. McKay Co., 1964. 154
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
The Mutineers. D. McKay Co., 1968. 181
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.
Arthur, Elizabeth (1953- )
Antarctic Navigation. Knopf, 1995. 798
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. [Foster, W. Bert] (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.
The Mountain and the Feather. Houghton,
Mifflin, 1961. 397 pages
Account of the activities of a young Naval Officer serving
as a Japanese language specialist in Honolulu and the Pacific, 1943-1945. Ashmead was a
graduate of Navy Japanese language program at the University of Colorado.
Austin, John Charles [pseud. Gun Buster] (1912-2001)
Return via Dunkirk. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940.
Royal Navy vs. the Kreigsmarine.
Battle Dress. Hodder & Stoughton, 1941.
Zero Hours. Hodder & Stoughton, 1942.
Grand barrage. Hodder & Stoughton, 1944.
Victory salvo. Hodder & Stoughton, 1946.
Avi [Edward Irving Wortis] (1937- )
Captain Grey. Pantheon Books, 1977. 141
Following the Revolution, an eleven-year-old boy becomes the
captive of a ruthless man who has set up his own "nation," supported by piracy, on a
remote part of the New Jersey coast.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
Orchard, 1991. 192 pages
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832,
Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew
Aye, Michael (1937- )
The Fighting Anthonys series:
The Captain Gilbert Anthony has a lot on his
mind. He has just been decorated for extraordinary bravery under fire, been given
command of the fourth-rate Drakkar, learned from his father's deathbed that he has a
fully-grown illegimate brother and will soon be dispatched on a special mission chasing
pirates in the Carribbean. Honoring his dying father, the eponymous 'Fighting James
Anthony,' Vice Admiral of the Blue, Gil takes his half-brother Gabriel into the ship's
company as a senior midshipman. As Drakkar sails Captain Anthony soon realizes having
his brother aboard might not be the family reunion he hoped for when he encounters the
resentment of one of his officers, Lieutenant Witzenfeld. But the real conflict lies
ahead with the menacing pirate raiders who must be captured to cease the depradations
against peaceful English merchants. There Drakkar will find the feared pirate frigate
Reaper and have her entire crew tested in savage combat.
The Gabe is at the center of the action as he
takes command for the first time. Not one to stand aside, he leads a daring cutting out
expedition that ends disastrously. Separated from the crew, he is presumed dead. But his
brother Gil knows better.
The Admiral Lord Gilbert Anthony and his
brother Lieutenant Gabriel Anthony, fighting for the Crown during the American
Revolution, find adventure, daring privateers, and a ghost ship. The ghost ship
Barracuda plies the waters off the coast of Saint Augustine in 1777. The Barracuda takes
no prize and leaves no one alive. Tracking down the Barracuda is only one of the many
challenges and battles the brothers face when assigned to protect Florida loyalists.
The A needful nation calls. Admiral Lord
Anthony has just returned from Gabe's wedding and is finally able to relax with Lady
Deborah and their new daughter. Then the admiralty's messenger arrives. Lord Anthony has
been given command of His Majesties ships in the West Indies. He and Gabe set sail with
a new squadron only to face old enemies, personal tragedies, daring privateers and the
French who have signed a alliance with the determined American colonies.
The July 1778. A French fleet of mighty
warships under Comte d'Estaing arrives off Sandy Hook to aid the colonies. The British
Navy finds itself hard pressed to fulfill the duties cast upon it. Vice Admiral Lord
Anthony has temporarily transferred his flag to the frigate, HMS Peregrine for
diplomatic duty. The ship's captain is Lord Anthony's brother Gabe. The mission is to
transport prisoners of war and their families to Norfolk, Virginia in exchange for
British prisoners. Sailing under a flag of truce Peregrine is viciously
Recently promoted to Rear Admiral, Rupert Buck's flag flies
aloft HMS Trident as his squadron is formed. Captain Sir Gabriel Anthony, England's
latest hero, has been chosen as flag captain. What was to have been a routine mission
has suddenly been changed by the Foreign Services Office. American privateers have
joined with the French to raid British convoys returning from the Indian Ocean. Buck's
squadron has to immediately weigh anchor and rush to meet this new threat. A sudden
crisis develops and Gabe finds himself thrust into command of the squadron.
The year is 1780. American privateers who have wreaked havoc among British shipping are now boldly entering British ports. Lord Anthony sets sail with a squadron to deal with the privateers. Gabe has been on the beach for several months, accused of overstepping his authority by an angered admiral who is sent to replace Admiral Buck.
Unbeknownst to the British, Spain has entered the war to aid the Americans. Sailing the crippled Trident to the Antigua dockyards, Gabe comes upon a decimated British convoy. Once in Antigua, the admiral places Gabe in temporary command of HMS Leopard, a fifty-gun ship. His job: To seek out Lord Anthony and alert him of this new enemy. Fighting enemy ships from several countries seems bad enough; yet the worst hurricane in history threatens to do what enemy cannons can't do -- stop the Fighting Anthonys
Pyrate Series series:
Young Cooper Cain is driven from his home and his country by a nefarious cousin. Little does he imagine what awaits: on his way to Antigua from his native England, Cooper finds himself captured by pirates and eventually signs on to be a member of their crew. He tries to reconcile his values with his adopted way of life as he navigates through danger, love, and loss on the high seas.
The second book in the Pyrate Trilogy.
The third book in the Pyrate Trilogy.
Aymar, Brandt (editor)
Men at Sea : the best sea stories of all time from Homer to William F. Buckley,
Jr. Barnes & Noble, 1994. 640
This huge companion volume to the anthology Men at
War contains 60 selections about men who have challenged the sea, from such writers
as Melville, Poe, Conrad, London, Hugo, and Hemingway, including short novels, excerpts
from novels, and historical accounts.