Banks, Polan (1906-1984)
Black Ivory. Harper & Brothers, 1926. 305 pages
Once upon a time there was a pirate who marauded the Gulf of Mexico. Black ivory (slaves) was his chief booty. His men were cutthroats to the last gurgle. But his diablerie was so debonair, his ruthlessness so discriminating, that the Latin citizenry of New Orleans around 1800 could not take offense when he came boldly ashore to do business with them and dance with their daughters to the wailing guitar. In 1812 the British tried to buy him up to betray his favorite port.
Mistress of the Sea. Ebury Press, 2012. 416 pages
Plymouth 1570; Ellyn Cooksley fears for her elderly father's health when he declares his intention to sail with Drake on an expedition he has been backing. Already yearning for escape from the loveless marriage planned for her, Ellyn boards the expedition ship as a stowaway. Also aboard the Swan is Will Doonan, Ellyn's charming but socially inferior neighbour. Will has courted Ellyn playfully without any real hope of winning her, but when she is discovered aboard ship, dressed in the garb of a cabin boy, he is furious. To Will's mind, Drake's secret plot to attack the Spanish bullion supply in the New World is a means to the kind of wealth with which he might win a girl like Ellyn, but first and foremost it is an opportunity to avenge his brother Kit, taken hostage and likely tortured to death by the Spanish.
Barker, Benjamin (1817- )
The Bandit of the Ocean; or, The Female Privateer. А Romance of the Sea. R. М. DeWitt, 184-? 115 pages
Francisco; or, The Pirate of the Pacific. А Tale of Land and Sea. Gleason's PuЫishing Hall, 1845. 50 pages
The Dwarf of the Channel; or, The Commodore's Daughter. А Nautical Romance of the Revolution. F. Gleason, 1846. 100 pages
The Gold Hunters; or, The Spectre of the Sea King. А Romance of the Sea. Gleason's Publishing Hall, 1846. 50 pages
The Nymph of the Ocean; or, The Pirate's Betrothal. А Tale of the Sea. United States Publishing Company, 1846. 50 pages
Coriillia; or, The Indian Enchantress. А Romance of the Pacific and Its Islands. Flag of Our Union Office, 1847. 50 pages
The Land Pirate; or, The Wild Girl of the Beach. А Tale of New Jersey Shore. F. Gleason, 1847. 50 pages
The Sea Serpent; Or, The Queen of the Coral Cave. А Romance of the Ocean. F. Gleason, 1847. 100 pages
Barker, Roland (1905- )
Johah's Ark. Carlyle House, 1940. 288 pages
One of the last sailing ships of of New York faces hurricanes, doldrums, illness, and so forth. All is blamed on a cursed Jonah figure aboard.
Barker, Roland and Doerflinger, William (1910-2000)
The Middle Passage. Macmillan, 1939. 410 pages
Although innocent, a young Cornishman is found guilty of wrecking a ship. He escapes his sentence and joins a slaver, later becoming an important figure in the Black Ivory trade on the Guinea coast. Tiring of the misery, he returns to England and secures his freedom
Barlow, James (1921-1973)
Liner. Simon and Schuster, 1970. 443 pages
Passengers and crew aboard an ageing Greek cruise ship, heading from Tasmania for Singapore, with metal fatigue in the engine room and lifeboats corroded to the davits, encounter a typhoon.
Barnes, James (1866-1936)
Midshipman Farragut. D. Appleton, 1896. 151 pages
For King or Country; a story of the American revolution. Harper, 1896. 269 pages
Commodore Bainbridge from the Gunroom to the Quarter Deck. D. Appleton, 1897. 168 pages
A Loyal Traitor; a story of the War of 1812. D. Appleton, 1897. 306 pages
Drake and his Yeomen; a true accounting of the character and adventures of Sir Francis Drake as told by Sir Matthew Maunsell, his friend and follower. D. Appleton, 1899. 158 pages
With the Flag in the Channel; or, The Adventures of Captain Gustavus Conyngham. D. Appleton, 1902. 158 pages
The Blockaders, and other stories. Harper, 1905. 202 pages
The Deepest Sea. Roc, 1996. 540 pages
Viking fantasy. Deals with the late 8th Century, a raid on a monastery in 793 AD and subsequent adventures. The events, conditions and attitudes described have an unerring ring of truth to them, despite a glib though highly enjoyable 20th century style and sense of humor at places and the fantasy aspects. A top notch read.
Barney, Helen Corse (1890-1982)
Light in the Rigging. Crown, 1955. 223 pages
A young boatswain's converts to the Quakers, suffers through trials and tortures before he reaches the New World and marries the girl he loves
The Voyage of the Narwhal. Norton, 1998. 399 pages
In Philadelphia in 1855, naturalist Erasmus Darwin Wells sees a last chance to make his reputation as he prepares to accompany his future brother-in-law, Zechariah Voorhees, on a voyage to the arctic in search of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition.
Barrington, E. [pseud. Elizabeth Louisa Moresby] (1862-1931)
The Divine Lady : a romance of Nelson and Emma Hamilton. Dodd, Mead, 1924. 417 pages
Made into an Oscar willing film in 1929.
Barth, John (1930- )
Sabbatical. Putnam, 1982. 366 pages
A charming book. A couple take a last sailing cruise around the Chesapeake before their child is born; sort of a sabbatical from all sorts of responsibilities, disputes, complications. Including, will they stay together? Much less convoluted than Barth's other fiction.
Tidewater Tales. Putnam, 1987. 655 pages
About a writer who's muse has gone mute due to being privy to secrets from a spook friend and not being able to talk about them. Much of the action takes place on the Chesapeake Bay.
The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor. Little, Brown, 1991. 573 pages
About a guy on a sailboat charter vacation who somehow gets transported to the time and place of Sinbad and the 1001 Nights. The book is quite interesting, though the sailing takes a backseat to the story-telling.
Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera. Little, Brown, 1994. 398 pages
About a guy and his wife passing through some strange time/space warp in a squall on the Chesapeake Bay.
Bartimeus, pseud. [Lewis Anselm DaCosta Ricci] (1883-1967)
Naval Occasions : and some Traits of the Sailor-man. William Blackwood, 1914. 295 pages
Stort stories about naval life in peace and war.
A Tall Ship : On Other Naval Occasions. Cassell, 1915. 190 pages
Ten additional short stories about naval life in peace and war: Crab-Pots; The Drum; A Captain's Forenoon; The Seven Bell Boat; The King's Pardon; An Off-Shore Wind; The Day; The Mummers; Chummy-Ships; The Higher Claim.
The Long Trick. Cassell, 1917. 292 pages
The Navy Eternal : Which is The Navy-That-Floats, The Navy-That-Flies, and the Navy-Under-The-Sea. Hodder & Stoughton, 1918. 332 pages
An Awfully Big Adventure. Cassell, 1919. 277 pages
Seaways : Tales. Cassell, 1923. 308 pages
Great Security. Cassell, 1925 331 pages
A Make-and-Mend. Rich & Cowan,, 1934. 288 pages
Under Sealed Orders : a Tale of Yesterday. Collins, 1938. 256 pages
A Ditty-Box. Hutchinson, 1940. 223 pages
Action Stations. Little, Brown and Co., 1941. 262 pages
Factual and fictional sketches of naval events during WW II, including the exploits of ORZEL, ALTMARK, minesweepers and the BISMARCK.
Steady as You Go : Stories of the War at Sea. Collins, 1942. 192 pages
Barton, A. F.
Those Who Serve. John Spencer & Co., 1958. 161 pages
The story of the Royal Navy submarine TAMARANTH during WW II, from the beginning of the war until the sinking of the sub, as told from the point of view of a man who served on her as First Lieutenant and Captain.
Under the Freeze. Pinnacle, 1984. 404 pages
US secret agent chases madman with stolen plutonium from Buenos Aires to London, Paris, Moscow and finally aboard subs under the Arctic ice pack.
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