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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Am - Ay

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)

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, 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 novels based on the life of Harald Hadraada.

  1. The Golden Horn. Zebra, 1980. 284 pages
  2. The Road of the Sea Horse. Zebra, 1980. 284 pages
  3. 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

Ardagh, W. M.

The Magada. John Lane, 1910. 319 pages

Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands.

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
  2. Tom Swift and his Submarine Boat; or, Under the Ocean for Sunken Treasure [no.4] Grosset & Dunlap, 1910. 227 pages
  3. Tom Swift and his Undersea Search; or, The Treasure on the Floor of the Atlantic [no.23] Grosset & Dunlap, 1920. 238 pages
  4. Tom Swift and his Flying Boat; or, The Castaways of the Giant Iceberg [no.26] Grosset & Dunlap, 1923. 231 pages
  5. Tom Swift and his Giant Magnet; or, Bringing up the Lost Submarine [no.35] Grosset & Dunlap, 1932. 241 pages

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
  2. The Crystal Star. Putnam, 1978. 440 pages
  3. The Yankee Girl. Putnam, 1980. 356 pages

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

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.

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. [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.

  1. Motor Boat Boys' Mississippi Cruise; or The Dash for Dixie. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912. 237 pages
  2. Motor Boat Boys on the Great Lakes; or Exploring the Mystic Isle of Mackinac. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912. 227 pages
  3. Motor Boat Boys on the St. Lawrence River; or Adventures Among the Thousand Islands. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1912. 238 pages
  4. Motor Boat Boys Among the Florida Keys; or The Struggle for the Leadership. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1913. 231 pages
  5. Motor Boat Boys Down the Coast; or Through Storm and Stress to Florida. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1913. 241 pages
  6. Motor Boat Boys' River Chase; or Six Chums Afloat and Ashore. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1914. 257 pages
  7. Motor Boat Boys Down the Danube; or Four Chums Abroad. M.A. Donohue & Co., 1915. 238 pages

Ashmead, John

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. Boulder.

Austin, John Charles [pseud. Gun Buster] (1912-2001)

Return via Dunkirk. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940. 256 pages

Royal Navy vs. the Kreigsmarine.

Battle Dress. Hodder & Stoughton, 1941. 255 pages

Zero Hours. Hodder & Stoughton, 1942. 176 pages

Grand barrage. Hodder & Stoughton, 1944. 186 pages

Victory salvo. Hodder & Stoughton, 1946. 190 pages

Avi [Edward Irving Wortis] (1937- )

Captain Grey. Pantheon Books, 1977. 141 pages

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 rebellious.

Aye, Michael (1937- )

The Fighting Anthonys series:

  1. The Reaper. Broadsides Press, 2005. 200 pages

    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.

  2. HMS SeaWolf. Boson, 2007. 276 pages

    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.

  3. Barracuda. Boson, 2008. 244 pages

    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.

  4. SeaHorse. Boson, 2010. 292 pages

    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.

  5. Peregrine. Boson, 2012. 205 pages

    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 attacked.

  6. Trident. Boson Books, 2014. 211 pages

    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.

  7. Leopard. Boson Books, 2017. 217 pages

    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:

  1. The Rise of Cooper Cain. Boson Books, 2015. 368 pages

    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.

  2. Letter of Marque. Boson Books, (forthcoming).

    The second book in the Pyrate Trilogy.

  3. The Hunter. Boson Books, (forthcoming).

    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 pages

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.

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