Chalker, Jack L. (1944-2005)
The Devil's Voyage.
Doubleday, 1981. 328
The sinking of USS INDIANAPOLIS
during WW II.
Challoner, Robert (1924-1986)
Penguin, 1982. 435
Piracy and passion in the 1820s
aboard the 8 gun
ARGO, fastest ship afloat.
Commander Lord Charles Oakshott
sallies forth to war. He faces not one enemy but three. France, newly at war
with England in the aftermath of the Revolution. His ship, grimy, down-at-
heel, and riddled with death watch beetle. And the third is his crew, mutinous
and very low on morale.
Lord Charles, having survived the
French siege of Toulon, is assigned to carry a special British envoy aboard
the sloop Daisy to Mameluke Egypt to try and thwart Napoleon's Oriental
strategy. Calling at Naples, he meets Lady Emma Hamilton and her elderly
husband Sir William, as well as the King and Queen of the Two Sicilies. After
some unexpected scrapes, Oakshott finds himself witnessing the Battle of the
In March 1800 Lord Charles Oakshott,
commanding the 32 gun frigate Javelin, is serving in the squadron of Commodore
Sir James Freakley off the coast of Denmark. In a storm Javelin and and the
flagship ground but are saved by a Danish 84 gun ship Odense. During a
subsequent mission to Russia he is imprisoned but escapes in time to rejoin
the fleet and serve under William Bligh aboard Glatton at the Battle of
Chambers, Robert W. (1865-
The Happy Parrot.
D. Appleton, 1929. 344
The hero is the captain of a slave
ship. He thinks that the blacks are better off as slaves then they would be in
Africa. A very disturbing book because of the matter of fact portrayal of the
acceptance of slavery by almost all of the early 1800's society. It is hard to
say if it was Chamber's intent to disturb and awaken or if he was just
reporting the facts of history.
Chamier, Captain Frederick,
Ben Brace : The Last of Nelson's
Agamemnons. R. Bentley, 1836.
A nautical biography of
Horatio Nelson as seen by a sailor who has been with him since his
midshipman days. There several interesting passages relating to Emma.
Ben Brace is said to be modeled on Nelson's coxswain. After Nelson's
death Ben retires to Greenwhich; marries and lives an interesting life
eventualy becoming wealthy.
Arethusa : A Naval Story.
R. Bentley, 1837. 3
The Life of A Sailor.
R. Bentley, 1832. 3
Jack Adams, the mutineer.
H. Colburn, 1838. 3
Also published as: Jack Adams, the mutiny on the
The Spitfire : a Tale of the Sea.
H. Colburn, 1840. 3
Tom Bowling: A Tale of the Sea.
H. Colburn, 1841. 3
Ten year old Tom is rescued from a
drunken pedlar and taken in hand by the Rev. Mr Monckton, whose
daughter Susan teaches Tom the 3 R's. At age twelve Tom goes to sea,
where his courage, zeal, and education attract the patronage of Nelson
and Collingwood and lead to rapid advancement. He is post captain at
20, marries Susan, and finds that he is really the stolen son of a
noble family. Tom serves through the Napoleonic wars, and dies as
Admiral Sir Thomas Bowling, Governor of Greenwich Hospital. The story
contains detailed accounts of many real actions, and first-hand
descriptions of conditions in the Royal Navy. Supposedly based on the
life of Captain Richard Bowen, 1761-1797, who was killed in the action
at Teneriffe in which Nelson lost his arm.
Citadel, 1960. 221
Translation from the Yiddish. Novel
about a submarine disaster caused by a delusional captain which has trapped
its crew in a battle for survival in a compartment at the bottom of the
Hale, 1974. 192
A freighter is hijacked by the Viet
Cong and comes
under attack by both US and Vietnamese fighter
Great Wave, 1994. 194
Contemporary, small time commercial
fishing in Southeast
Alaska , British Columbia and the Northwest. based on the author's
Chase, Mary Ellen (1887-1973)
Macmillan, 1935. 404
Set in Maine covering the history of
the Crockett family from 1830 to 1933, and the fate of each of the many
Crocketts as they descended the scale from clipper ships to schooners, to
coastwise steamers, to fishing smacks, to ferryboats.
Echo of Lions.
Morrow, 1989. 381
Novel based on the AMISTAD incident
in 1839, when
a cargo of slaves captured the vessel they in which they were being
Chekhov, Anton (1860-1904)
At Sea - a Sailor's Story.
Two rather dissolute sailors, father
and son, win the "honor" of looking through two peepholes drilled into the
wall of a cabin that happen to be occupied by honeymooners. Chekhov's first
story published under his own name.
Cheney, Theodore A.
Day of Fate.
Popham, 1981. 259
Chinese get a copy of a US super sub
and set out for
Hudson Bay to destroy America.
The Cygnet Adventure.
Rigby, 1984. 264
William Dampier's historically factual 1680s adventures in the
Philippines, Sumatra, north coast of Australia and the Andaman
Islands. Rollicking good tale full of blood and
Chidsey, Donald Barr (1902-
Doubleday, 1948. 343
Action, color, romance and drama,
set against the danger-filled
days of the War of
Crown, 1953. 318
A Romantic tale of pirates,
smugglers, war and love, in the day of Queen Anne. The Hero is a recently
freed indentured servant, who became Captain of a trading ship plying between
the Caribbean and Rhode Island.
Ace, 1958. 191
The pirate from Philadelphia and the
wench from Gallow's End -- a swashbuckling novel of the Spanish
Edge of Piracy.
Crown, 1964. 284
Set during the American
Childers, Robert Erskine (1870
The Riddle of the Sands : a record of secret
service recently achieved. Simth, Elder, 1903. 336 pages
Pre Great War yachtsmen find German
preparations. One of the Best. The classic adventure of cruising along
the sand banks of the North Sea. Compare to Maurice Griffith's non-
fiction books about the same areas.
Christopher, John [pseud.
Samuel Youd] (1922-2012)
The White Voyage.
Simon and Schuster, 1960. 212
UK Title: The Long
Voyage. Danish freighter-passenger vessel sailing from
Dublin to Copenhagen experiences rudder and hatch failure during a
storm on the North Sea. After the panicked crew abandons the ship
during the height of the storm, the officers and passengers work
together to survive an arctic shipwreck.
Crown, 1958. 281
PT boats in the Solomon Islands
during WW II.
Torpedo Run on Iron Bottomed Bay.
Cowles, 1969. 168
A seventeen-year-old sailor tries
to prove the sincerity of a Japanese-American friend serving on his PT
boat in the Pacific during World War II.<
Messner, 1970. 191
Japanese kamikazes and a typhoon
test the courage of
the men aboard a United States Navy destroyer in World War
Avon, 1964. 192
Ras Hubert, Lt. USN, goes south
after his home state leaves
the Union, commands the LITTLE REBEL on the Mississippi, the PAMLICO on
the Atlantic Coast, and becomes the Confederate's greatest naval hero
-- while killing his best friend, and falling in love with a Union spy
in the process.
Surprise Attack! J. Messner, 1968. 191
The surprise, tragedies, and triumph
of the naval
battle of Leyte Gulf as experienced by five boys not long out of boot
camp. For young Readers
Crown, 1982. 279
A novel of Charles Noble, former
commander of PT-97
during the Guadalcanal campaign, whose wartime experiences are awakened
at a reunion in 1965.
Clancy, Tom (1947-2013)
The Hunt for Red October.
Naval Institute Press, 1984.
The Soviets' new ballistic-missile
submarine is attempting to defect to the United States, but the Soviet
Atlantic fleet has been ordered to find and destroy her at all costs. Can Red
October reach the U.S. safely?
Red Storm Rising.
Putnam, 1986. 652
When Moslem fundamentalists destroy
a key Soviet oil complex, the Russians initiate a plan of diplomatic trickery
for their seizure of Persian Gulf oil, resulting in a non-nuclear WWIII,
concentrating on the new
Battle of the Atlantic.
Debt of Honor.
Putnam, 1994. 766
A Japanese financier seeks revenge
on the United States for the death of his parents during World War II,
devising a scheme which threatens to plunge the world into another world war.
Jack Ryan, the president's national security advisor, is given the task of
stopping him. The upshot is an US-Japan war, fought mostly at sea and in the
Clark, Halsey [pseud. Richard
US sub skipper takes command of new
fleet submarine after commanding another sub on war patrols, takes his
new command, MANTA, through shake-down and commissioning, then for a
series of successful war patrols in the Pacific. Due to feelings of
inadequacy he continues in command after he has become too fatigued to
function at top efficiency, leading to a demise in a blaze of
Ben Mount, a brilliant loner in the
close-knit clan of submariners and their ladies, draws the toughest assignment
of his checkered career. With his British sidekick, Moxie Mulford, he must
lead a daring undersea commando raid on the key German U-boat pen, guided by a
brave girl named Lilette.
It’s 1944, and the submarine
Whitting skippered by Bob DuToin, outcast member of the McCrary family, goes
on an incredible mission in the Formosa Straits. Meanwhile his cousin
legendary submarine hero Jack McCrary is missing in action and presumed dead.
It’s all headed for a violent climax in the Inland Sea, where Ben Mount, Bob
DuToin and their fellows in the Silent Service.
The final days of the Pacific war
was a time of trial for the closely-bonded men of the Silent Service. For
Commander Jack McCrary of the Chimera, it meant a dangerous mission with his
former enemy, Ben Mount in the East China Sea. For Bob DuToin, skipper of the
Killifish, it meant a hairbreadth sally into the Sea of Japan, impregnable
bastion of the home islands of the Rising Sun.
A young WWII maverick submarine
genius struggles to bring a nuclear submarine to life. A U-Boat commander
resurfaces as a Soviet agent with plans to steal the supersub's
Clarke, Anna (1919-2004)
St. Martin's, 1982. 192
World War 2 shipboard murder
mystery. Though the murder in question actually occurred in 1929 on a liner
bound for London from Cape Town, most of Clarke’s action takes place either
aboard a similar vessel en route to Southampton in early Sept. 1939 or in
London during the early days of the War. .
Clavell, James (1924-1994)
Tai-Pan : a novel of Hong Kong.
Atheneum, 1966. 594
Dirk Straun builds Hong Kong and the
Noble House -- a
trading company -- in the early 1840s. To do so, he must overcome
pirates, incompetent British officials, rival shipping companies, Royal
Navy officers that are waiting for him to step out of line, and the
forces of nature. Most nautical of the Asia series, and very
Cleary, Jon (1917-2010)
The Long Pursuit.
W. Morrow, 1967. 282
Escape by sea from the Japanese at
of WW II.
Clement, Hal (1922-2003)
Mission of Gravity.
Doubleday, 1954. 224
The planet Mesklin has a monstrous
gravitational field... up to 600 times that of earth... yet is
inhabited by insect-like creatures who ride the planet's oceans on
hinged rafts (hinged because they need to flow over the surface...
caught between two wave tops at that gravity would snap any craft in
half). An earth probe has gone missing and needs to be recovered. So a
bargain is struck with a Mesklinite merchant skipper who is ready to
collaborate in return for scientific knowledge. Sci-fi for sure, but
Left of Africa.
Aurian Society Press, 1976. 160
Gizona, a young Phoenician slave, becomes involved in the Egyptians' first attempt to circumnavigate Africa. In his adventures he deduces that "the world is a ball."
Clowes, William Laird (1856-1905)
The Captain of the "Mary Rose": A tale of
tomorrow. Tower, 1892. 306
Set in 1905 at
a time of strained international relations. Sailors ashore in Toulon
from the British and French fleets have a serious entente un-cordiale
which extends to their higher commands and results in a naval battle
off the port in which the Royal Navy is severely mauled - a day later
French torpedo boats destroy units of the Royal Navy off Portsmouth.
Subsequent French strategy is to lay a naval siege to Gibraltar and
deny access to the Mediterranean. (The latter situation was a probable
the result of the Admiralty's decision not to maintain a naval
superiority in the Mediterranean but the investiture of Gibraltar is an
unlikely French strategy, but Clowes used it to emphasise the danger.
To alert public opinion was the main reason Clowes wrote the novel) The
hero is a disgraced naval lieutenant (he leaked details of the Toulon
incident to the press) who is given command of a privately owned new
armoured cruiser that is to operate as a privateer. He offers to
run the French blockade to take orders, for the British counter attack,
to the trapped remnants of the Mediterranean Fleet. In this he
succeeds, creating havoc amongst the French on the way. The MARY ROSE
plays a leading part as the British attack the French from both sides.
Our hero is knighted and reinstated in the Royal Navy as a full
Clowes, William Laird, (1856-1905) and Burgoyne, Alan H.
Thomas Nelson, 1905. 328
From 1890 to 1895 Clowes was the
correspondent for the Times and one of the most influential naval
experts of the day; he actually died just before the Centenary for
which this book was written. In this constructive study the British and
French fleets are as they were at the time (1905) but the Spanish seem
to have the Russian type of warships that were to suffer at the hands
of the Japanese at Tsushima. The strategic situation runs parallel with
the real lead up to Trafalgar, even Diamond Rock is captured by the
armoured cruiser CENTAUR. The fleet actions are described with the aid
of numerous pullout charts and the likely tactics described in some
Clowes, William Laird, (1856-1905) and Robinson, Commander C. N.
The Great Naval War of 1887 : an account of an
imaginary engagement. Hatchards,
1886. 60 pages
Originally serialised in the ST.
GAZETTE and published as a novelette of 64 pages of first person
accounts. The frontispiece is a pull-out chart of the Battle of
Flamborough Head. The breakdown of relations between Britain and
France, the results of the inevitable naval clash and the military
invasion are described and tabulated in some detail. Contempory famous
names are barely disguised. In spite of many individual acts of courage
the French humiliate and defeat the British and all "because the
government failed to properly fund the Royal