Blue Sloop at Dawn. Dodd, Mead, 1979. 277
Small boat sailing off Long Island, from
duckboats to the "sloop of dreams."
Bodett, Tom (1955- )
Williwaw!. Knopf, 1999. 192
In their father's absence, thirteen-year-old September and
her younger brother Ivan disobey his orders by taking the boat out on their Alaska bay,
where they are caught in a terrifying storm called a williwaw. For younger
Bolger, Philip C. (1927-2009)
Schorpioen: a novel of southern Africa.
Duff & Duff, 1986. 203 pages
In an alternate universe
a family from the Kingdom of Hawaii are rescued by
Dutch speaking Africans from the pariah state that rules most of
southern Africa when their old George Lawley built schooner FLYING
CLOUD is dismasted off the Cape of Good Hope. In this world there is no
apartheid or racism in south Africa, but the country is boycotted by
much of the world because women are considered mere posessions. In
order to get FLYING CLOUD repaired her owner must accomodate himself to
the customs of the country, and the women in his family begin
accomodating themselves to the customs all too well for his taste! Men
own women to do all their thinking and all the skilled work, thus women
are valued for their brains and what they can do. One of the main
spectator sports in Africa is racing large lateen rigged "chebecs" on
Lake Chad, a giant inland sea where the southern Sahara exists in our
universe. Women who can steer a chebec are highly prized, so our hero's
wife and daughter join in the fun.
Fighting Sail series:.
In the spring of 1795 HMS Vigilant, a 64 gun ship-of-the-
line, is about to leave Spithead as senior escort to a small, seemingly innocent,
convoy. The crew is a jumble of trained seamen, volunteers, and the sweepings of the
press; yet, somehow, the officers have to mold them into an effective fighting unit
before the French discover the convoy's true significance.
December 1796. It was a time of unrest and discontent for
Britain, made even worse by the war with Revolutionary France and the possibility of
imminent invasion. Fresh from the dockyard, HMS Pandora, a 28-gun frigate, is about to
set sail to join the Mediterranean fleet. Revised by the author in 2009 for the Fireship
While Great Britain's major home fleets are immobilised by a
vicious mutiny, Adam Duncan, commander of the North Sea Squadron, has to maintain a
constant watch over the Dutch coast, where a powerful invasion force is ready to take
advantage of Britannia's weakest moment.
Disillusioned by the lack of opportunity in the Royal Navy,
Lieutenant King opts for a spell with the Honourable East India Company. But, a trip in
an Indiaman is anything but the easy option when his captain is revealed to be an old
It is 1798 and Ireland rises up against years of repression
and injustice. Rebels, supported by a mighty French invasion fleet, prepare to claim
their land but find themselves countered by a powerful British battle squadron. Two
friends and former allies, separated by chance and circumstance, witness developments
from opposing sides while storms, political intrigue and personal dynamics
A tired ship with a worn out crew, but HMS Scylla has one
more trip to make before her much-postponed re-fit. Bound for St Helena, she is to
deliver the island's next governor; a simple enough mission and, as peace looks likely
to be declared, no one is expecting difficulties. Except, perhaps, the commander of a
powerful French battle squadron, who has other ideas...
The uneasy peace with France is over, and Britain has once more been plunged into the turmoil of war. After a spell on the beach, Sir Richard Banks is appointed to HMS Prometheus, a seventy-four gun line-of-battleship which an eager Admiralty loses no time in ordering to sea. The ship is fresh from a major re-fit, but Banks has spent the last year with his wife and young family: will he prove himself worthy of such a powerful vessel, and can he rely on his officers to support him?
HMS Prometheus is needed to reinforce Nelson's squadron blockading the French off Toulon, but a major action has left her severely damaged and the British Fleet outnumbered. Prometheus must be brought back to fighting order without delay, and the work proves more than a simple refit. Barbary pirates, shore batteries and the powerful French Navy are conventional foes, although the men of Prometheus encounter equally dangerous enemies within their own ranks.
Christmas 1803, although the group of shipwrecked Royal Navy seamen have anything but festivities in mind as they pitch their wits against a French force sent to catch them. And all the while rescue, in the shape of a British frigate, lies temptingly close, yet just beyond their reach... Encompassing vicious sea battles, spirited land action and treachery from friend as much as foe, The Blackstrap Station tells a stirring tale of courage, honour and loyalty, set against the backdrop of what becomes a broiling Mediterranean summer.
Satisfied that he has forged HMS Kestrel into a formidable weapon, Commander King is keen to take her to sea once more. But the war is not progressing well for Britain, and his hopes of remaining in Malta are shattered as Kestrel is moved closer to the action.
And so begins a story that covers two seas and one ocean, as well as a cross-country trek through enemy territory, a closer look at the French prison system and a reunion with several familiar faces.
Captain Thomas King finds himself dispatched on an urgent deep-sea mission so secret only sealed orders will reveal the final objective. Facing enemies that range from French privateers to powerful battle fleets, extremes of weather and the unpredictable behavior of their Commander-in-Chief, the men of HMS Hare learn as much about themselves as any distant adversary and discover who their friends truly are.
Turn a Blind Eye. Old Salt Press, 2013. 315
Autumn, 1801. Newly appointed to the local revenue cutter,
Commander Griffin is determined to make his mark, and defeat a major gang of smugglers.
But the country is still at war with France and it is an unequal struggle; can he depend
on support from the local community, or are they yet another enemy for him to fight?
The Guinea Boat. Old Salt Press, 2015. 306
Set in Hastings, Sussex during the early part of 1803, The Guinea Boat tells the story of two young lads, and the diverse paths they take to make a living on the water. Private fights and family feuds abound; a hot press threatens the livelihoods of many, while the newly re-formed Sea Fencibles begin a careful watch on Bonaparte's ever growing invasion fleet.
Bone, David William (1874-1959)
The Brassbounder : A Tale of the Sea. Duckworth,
1910. 293 pages
Adventures of an apprentice aboard a 19th Century sailing
barque. A "brassbounder" is a youthful apprentice whose parents pay a premium for his
appointment to a vessel, where for three years he does the work of an ordinary seaman,
eats no better and gets no more pay, on the theory that he is learning to be an officer.
This "brassbounder" who tells this story sailed from Glasgow round the Horn and back,
meeting the dangers of storm and fog.
'Broken Stowage'. Duckworth, 1915. 286
The Lookoutman : A descriptive account of mercantile marine steamship
types. Harcourt, Brace, 1923. 220
The Queerfella. Duckworth, 1952. 288
Bonehill, Captain Ralph (1862-1930)
A Sailor Boy With Dewey. Mershon, 1899. 250
Oliver Raymond, a young civilian
entrepreneur, tries to save his father's business from the ravages of
the Spanish conquerors of Manila and the rebellious Tagals the local
population. Caught between both sides, alternately captured by both
and also beset by the evil intentions of his villainous captain, Oliver
and his chum Ken persevere and eventually end up with Commodore Dewey
during the battle of Manila Bay. For
The young naval captain, or, The war of all nations.
Thompson & Thomas, 1902. 211 pages
A future war against the United States (now encompassing all
of North America) by all the nations of the world, which is fought by submarines. Also
published under the title: Oscar, the Naval cadet, or, Under the sea :
an interesting and instructive story of adventures on a submarine
Bonfiglioli, Kyril (1928-1985)
All the tea in China: which tells how Carolus Mortdecai Van Cleaf set out
to seek his fortune in London Town, on the high seas, in India, the treaty ports
of China, and even in darkest Africa, and how he found it, predictably, in a place which
has no longitude and precious little latitude. A (distant) prequel to the Charlie
Mortdecai novels.. Pantheon Books, 1978. 258 pages
Inspired by a shotgun blast in the seat of his breeches,
Karli Van Cleef quits his native Holland to seek his fortune. He sees that true
opportunity flowers in India's fields of opium poppies and the treaty ports of China. So
he takes a birth in an opium clipper hell-bent for the Indies.
War Beneath the Sea. Crowell, 1962. 263
Young Keith Stockton serves aboard the submarine Mako during
World War II, growing from boy to man and learning to face danger and
Crowell, 1963. 192 pages
A youth tries to pay off his family's debts through abalone
diving but finds himself forced to take greater risks than he
Ultimatum. Ballantine, 1976. 202
Strange crew steals big oil tanker, threatens to flood
the entire coast of the western Mediterranean with oil unless their
demands are met.
Borodin, George [pseud. George Sava] (1903-1996)
Friendly Ocean. Staples, 1946. 179
Personal dramas of a group of passengers on a merchant ship
Ocean Black. Kensington, 1995. 310
18,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific, billionaire
industrialist Paul Deride has hit a motherlode of manganese. But the only way to
retrieve the precious ore is through a series of strategically placed nuclear detonators
that could trigger a massive earthquake along California's San Andreas
The Iron Ring. Avon, 1963. 181
Iron Joe Ring, the mustang ex-UDT captain of the
worn out minesweeper DEAN patrolling the Korean coast during the Korean
War, is finishing up his 20 years in the navy. He and the DEAN will be
retired in 20 days. Before he hangs it up, he wants to destroy a
railroad tunnel along the coast through which the Chinese are running
their supplies to the front.
Bosworth, Allan R. (1901-1986)
Storm Tide. Harper & Row, 1965. 268
Aboard one of the first steam-powered whalers in the
mid-1800s, the captain must contend with the rivalry of a fellow
captain and former mate who has impugned his courage, and the owner of
the ship -- a woman who joins the expedition to "rescue" her native
half-sister from life among Pacific island "savages."
Boulle, Pierre (1912-1994)
The Whale of the Victoria Cross. Vanguard,
1983. 182 pages
Translation of: La baleine des
Malouines. During the Falkland Islands war,
a British ship takes a whale, first mistaken for a submarine, as a
mascot. An admiral recommends the whale for a medal and the Home Office
thinks the entire fleet has gone bonkers. An odd novel.
Bowling, Tom [pseud.]
The Antigallican. Oldcastle, 2008. 283
Jersey fishing captain, Jean Cotterell is rescued by a
French frigate - the Hortense - off the Grand Banks of Nova Scotia in May 1794. His
fishing vessel has foundered and he is the sole survivor. The Hortense is part of
Republican Admiral Jan Van Stabel's great fleet of over 100 ships bringing corn to
France. Lord Howe's Channel Fleet is off Brest, hoping to intercept them. A planned
sequel A Ship Aground has never been
Lighter Than Air. Harcourt, Brace & World,
1961. 249 pages
Lighthearted novel about
life in the US Navy's blimp service during WW II. It follows the
collisions between a pompous blimp expert, dragooned into service as
the squadron commander, and a maverick Alaskan bush pilot, drafted in
as a blimp pilot, who is wooing an uptight minister's daughter, serving
as a Navy nurse.
Bradley, David [pseud. David Williams] (1950- )
The Lodestar Project. Pocket, 1986. 279
When the Blue Fin vanishes into the Caribbean with his wife
and daughter aboard, Alex Walker is mystified, until he discovers a Pentagon cover-up
that spread from the ocean around Key West to the White House itself. In shockwaves of
instant death, two American submarines have also vanished, wrecked in top-secret Navy
tests. Now, with the help of a smart, sexy reporter and an expert in deep-sea sound
waves, Walker is racing against the U.S. Navy to raise the Blue Fin from the depths. In
the menacing waters of the Bermuda Triangle, the final battle begins - a battle that
could expose the most awesome weapon ever unleashed beneath the seas.
Brady, Cyrus Townsend (1861-1920)
The Quiberon Touch; a romance of the days when "The Great Lord Hawke" was
king of the sea. D. Appleton, 1901. 410
Lieutenant Philip Grafton fights the French
navy in 1754 under the command of "The Great Lord Hawke". Good sea
battles, and a little romance, too.
In the Wasp's nest, the story of a sea waif in the war of 1812.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902. 327 pages
Woven With the Ship, a novel of 1865, together with certain other veracious tales
of various sorts. J.B. Lippincott, 1902. 368
American Civil War tale.
The Two Captains: a romance of Bonaparte and Nelson.
Macmillan Co, 1905. 413 pages
On the Old Kearsarge, a story of the civil war.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1909. 289 pages
The Island of Surprise. A.C. McClurg & Co,
1915. 317 pages
Romance, adventure and danger on islands in
the South Pacific.
Waif-o-the-sea : a romance of the great deep.
A.C. McClurg & Co, 1918. 318 pages
The adventures of the crew of a whaling
Brahms, Caryl (1901-1982) and Sherrin, Ned (1931-2007)
Benbow Was his Name : a story of tall ships in battle compiled from the
literature of the sea and fashioned into a novel.
Hutchinson, 1967. 209 pages
First written for the BBC as a radio, and then
a television play, it concerns Admiral Benbow's 1702 battles with the
French in the West Indies during which his officers refused to engage
the enemy, their subsequent courts martial and Benbow's death from
Between Two Shores. Kimber, 1983. 242
A sea captain sets his heart on commanding a French commerce
raider at the same time as he becomes enthralled with a French girl whose name he
doesn't even know.
The Captain's Wife : a Captain Davy story.
Kimber, 1985. 268 pages
Captain Ned Davy and his tough little wife,
Genevieve, sail to India in the 1780s to rescue a British
Breslin, Howard (1912-1964)
The Silver Oar. Crowell, 1954. 310
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.
Cocos Island Venture. Borden, 1950. 214
Lighthearded stories of a girl's sailing trip to and from
Brinkley, William (1917-1993)
Quicksand. Dutton, 1948. 255
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.
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
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
The guided missile destroyer NATHAN JAMES, the last
US ship afloat after a nuclear holocaust, heads for a Pacific island
Brinton, Henry (1901-1977)
Death to Windward. Hutchinson & Co., 1954. 192
A sailor recuses a young girl washed overboard from a
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
Brookes, Ewart (1901-1975)
Proud Waters. Jarrolds, 1954. 360
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. (aka The curse of the trawler Charon) . Jarrolds, 1955.
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.
Nor On What Seas. Jarrolds, 1956. 247
Tug salvaging a broken tanker; drunken captain,
attractive wife, devil-may-care tug mate boards ship to attach
Brooks, Kenneth F.
Run to the Lee. Norton, 1965. 185
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
World Elsewhere. Simon & Schuster, 1999. 224
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?
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.
The Manatee. E. P. Dutton and Co., 1945.
Nantucket, whaling, romance, and dark
Brunner, John (1934-1995)
The Great Steamboat Race.
Ballantine Books, 1983. 568 pages
Mississippi steamboats race to from New
Orleans to St. Louis. Purely historical change of pace from a noted SF
ClearWater. Berkley, 2000. 475
USS Submarine is hijacked. A new technology which can track
a trail of clear water in the ocean is the only hope to locating it.
Buchheim, Lothar Gunther (1918-2007)
The Boat. Knopf, 1975. 463
Translation of: Das Boot.
Autobiographical novel looks at the Battle of the Atlantic from a German U-boat
perspective. Revisionistic, boasting a humane submarine commandant who deeply regrets
the necessity of sinking civilian vessels, professional, competent officers and a crew
of decent, often unwarlike men nicknamed the "children's crusade" because of their
Budrys, Algis (1931-2008)
Scream at Sea. Fantastic, January-February,
Short story. A grifter is adrift on a lifeboat with a cat.
Only one can survive. Collected in Blood and Burning (Berkley,
Deep Sound Channel. Bantam, 2000. 354
Lt. Commander Jeffrey Fuller takes his stealth submarine,
the USS Challenger, on a covert mission to destroy a South African biological weapons
compound with the aid of a Navy SEAL strike force.
Tales of Margaritaville: Fictional Facts and Factual Fiction.
Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1989. 230
Stories set on the Gulf coast, Florida Keys and Caribbean,
ones seem to be more factual, but considering the
Where is Joe Merchant? . Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992. 382
A rock star committed suicide, or did he?
According to the tabloid headlines, he's very much on the move. Follow
a fictional gumbo of dreamers, wackos, pirates, and sharks on a wild
chase for the truth through the Caribbean.
Buffett, Jimmy and Buffett, Savanah Jane (Jimmy's daughter)
The Jolly Mon. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
1988. 32 pages
Childrens picture book about a Bob Marley-esque
Trouble Dolls. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich,
1991. 32 pages
A girl searches for her missing scientist