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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Bre - Bro

Brehm, Victoria (ed.)

Sweetwater, Storms, and Spirits: Stories of the Great Lakes. Univ of Michigan, 1990. 340 pages







Brereton, F. S. [Frederick Sadleir] (1899-1968) and Waters, Frank (1902-1995)

A Knight of St. John: a Tale of the Siege of Malta. Blackie, 1906. 384 pages

Another imitation G. A. Henty [q.v.] boy's adventure






Breslin, Howard (1912-1964)

The Silver Oar. Thomas Y. Crowell, 1954. 310 pages

Story of life in the Massachussets Bay Colony in the 1680s, loosely based on truth. Smuggler is shipwrecked, taken in by town, then resumes his trade.





Shad Run. Thomas Y. Crowell, 1955. 276 pages

Hudson River adventures of a fisherman's daughter during the American Revolution





A Hundred Hills: a Novel about the Siege of Vicksburg. Thomas Y. Crowell, 1960. 288 pages

Very accurate as to factual backgrpound






Briggs, Charles Frederick (1804-1877)

The Adventures of Harry Franco, a Tale of the Great Panic. F. Saunders, 1839. 2 volumes

Working a Passage: or Life in a Liner. John Allen, 1844. 108 pages


Briggs, Marie

Cocos Island Venture. Borden, 1950. 214 pages

Lighthearded stories of a girl's sailing trip to and from the Cocos.






Briggs, Philip [pseud. Phyllis Briggs (q.v.)] (1904-1981)

North with the Pintail. Lutterworth, 1943. 220 pages






Orchid Island. Lutterworth, 1947. 166 pages






Coast Waters. Lutterworth, 1949. 160 pages






The Turning Point. Pickering & Inglis, 1953. 44 pages






Under the Ensign. Oliphants, 1957. 63 pages







Briggs, Phyllis (1904-1981)

Ocean Redhead. Lutterworth, 1949. 191 pages







Brinkley, William (1917-1993)

Quicksand. Dutton, 1948. 255 pages

Story of a young American naval officer who falls in love with a lovely Italian girl. Unfortunately there is a wife back home.





Don't Go Near the Water. Random House, 1956. 373 pages

Hilarous story of public relations men who get drafted into Navy without corrupting effect of training, then wind up smack in the middle of the war in the Pacific.





The Ninety and Nine. Doubleday, 1966. 393 pages

Adventures of the nine officers and ninety men of LST 1826 ferrying between Naples and Anzio in World War II.





The Last Ship. Viking, 1988. 616 pages

The guided missile destroyer NATHAN JAMES, the last US ship afloat after a nuclear holocaust, heads for a Pacific island haven.






Brinton, Henry (1901-1977)

Death to Windward. Hutchinson & Co., 1954. 192 pages

A sailor recuses a young girl washed overboard from a yacht.






Brittain, Harry

Rambles in East Anglia: or, Holiday excursions among the rivers and broads. Jarrold, 1899. 150 pages







Brockway, Fenner (1888-1988) (Baron Brockway)

Purple Plague: A tale of love and revolution. S. Low, Marston, 1935. 310 pages

The terrible Purple Plague strikes an ocean liner, dooming it to ten years at sea while the disease runs its course and social revolution ensues aboard ship. Revised as Red Liner: a Novel in TV Form in 1961





Brooke, W. [William]

The Log of a Sailorman : a Record of Wandering Years taken from the Journal of Captain John Warner. Century, 1908. 280 pages


Brookes, Ewart (1901-1975)

Proud Waters. Jarrolds, 1954. 360 pages

When a RNVR officer is is ordered to take command of a minesweeper at a base close to the German-occupied French coast, he accepts the post reluctantly. The ship was known to have a sullen crew and a young lieutenant smarting under the injustice of a previous commander. But, as he discovers, the task of minesweeping is as essential as it is perilous




To Endless Night. Jarrolds, 1955. 239 pages

The CHARON was unfortunate to kill a man as she was launched. Bad luck dogs those sailing in her, especially her skipper. She is taken up as an ASDIC trawler for the Royal Navy at the outbreak of WW II and her erstwhile skipper, in greatly reduced circumstances, eventually finds himself back on board. The pre-war fishing and her war-time service is interestingly told but all in all a depressing story. Also published as The Curse of the Trawler Charon.



Nor On What Seas. Jarrolds, 1956. 247 pages

Tug salvaging a broken tanker; drunken captain, attractive wife, devil-may-care tug mate boards ship to attach tow.





The Glass Years. Jarrolds, 1957. 256 pages






Glory Passed Them By. Jarrolds, 1958. 175 pages






Ride the Wild Wind. Jarrolds, 1958. 255 pages






Tempest. Jarrolds, 1959. 224 pages






Wind Along the Waste. Jarrolds, 1962. 240 pages






Sea Dance. Jarrolds, 1963. 191 pages






The Fury of the Wind. Jarrolds, 1965. 200 pages







Brookfield, Frances M. [Mary]

My Lord of Essex : the Romantic Episode of Cadiz. William Pitman, 1907. 375 pages







Brooks, Kenneth F., Jr.

Run to the Lee. Norton, 1965. 185 pages

Not great literature, but a very satisfying tale about a run down the Chesapeake Bay in a snowy gale on a schooner that turns from a race for profits, to get a load of coal from Balto to Solomons and an equally profitable cargo of oysters back, to one for survival.





Chesapeake Sleighride. Chilton, 1970. 120 pages

The same story as Run for the Lee rewritten for young readers. During a winter storm on the Chesapeake Bay in 1904, a fourteen-year-old boy is responsible for bringing a ninety-foot schooner safely into port ahead of a rival boat





Brooks, Peter

World Elsewhere. Simon & Schuster, 1999. 224 pages

Based on an actual round the world voyage of a French ship in the 1770s. An 18th century voyage of exploration to Tahiti through the eyes of a French prince who has gone to sea to make his fortune. Tahiti is paradise and he falls in love, but one day the ship's captain announces they are going home. What should the prince do?





Broster, D. K. [Dorothy Kathleen] (1877-1950)

Ships in the Bay! Coward-McCann, 1931. 414 pages

Englishman in pursuit of his Irish brother-in-law during the Napoleonic Wars






Brown, Robert

Spunyarn and Spindrift : a Sailor Boy's Log of a Voyage Out and Home in a China Tea-clipper. Houlston and Sons, 1886. 391 pages

Jack's Yarn, or, Perils in the Pacific. Griffith, Farran, 1888. 344 pages

Jack Abbot's Log, a Yarn of the Merchant Service. Sampson Low, 1890. 2 volumes


Brown, Jamieson (1916-2009)

Destroyers Will Rendezvous. Jarrolds, 1959. 287 pages

Three Australians find adventure and a different way of life as naval officers on loan to the Royal Navy during WW II.






Brown, Wenzell (1911-1981)

They Called her Charity. Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1951. 296 pages

Reprinted as Devil's Spawn. The Spanish Main, with Anne Bonney, Blackbeard and the eponymous gypsy from St. Thomas










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