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Nautical Fiction Index

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Cooley, Leland Frederick (1909-1998)

The Run for Home. Doubleday, 1958. 419 pages

In the 1920's when young Slim Fredericks left his comfortable California home to ship aboard the Tropic Trader as a deck hand, the U.S. Merchant Marine Service was at its lowest ebb--rusty freighters manned by the scrapings of the waterfronts, officered by rum-runners, foreigners, embittered mariners; devoid of decent living conditions, terrible food, no medical care. All the incidents that have happened to sailors since the days of wooden ships are experienced by Slim--love affairs casual and serious, steadfast friendship, brutal fights, cruel petty officers, wild nights ashore, shipboard accidents, table-top surgery

Coonts, Stephen (1946- )

America : a Jake Grafton novel. St. Martin's, 2001. 390 pages

USS AMERICA, the most technologically advanced nuclear-powered submarine ever built, is hijacked in front of hundreds of people gathered to watch its departure on its first operational cruise. As the sub disappears into the North Atlantic, the joint chiefs realize that AMERICA carries the United States' newest weapon: cruise missiles with electromagnetic pulse warheads designed to fry every electronic device within a ten-mile radius. Within hours, missiles from the sub rain down on Washington, D.C., starting a massive fire in the White House, bringing down jet-liners, and destroying nearly all the electronic devices in the nation's capital. Called upon to find the rogue sub, Jake Grafton must determine who is behind the carnage, what they want, and most importantly, how to stop them.

Cooper, James Fenimore (1789- 1851)

The Pilot : a tale of the sea. Charles Wiley, 1823. 2 volumes

American revolutionary seaman terrorises the coast of Northeast England in the late 1770s; probably suggested by exploits of John Paul Jones.

The Red Rover : a tale. Carey, Lea & Carey, 1827. 2 volumes

Elusive Red Rover, aboard frigate DOLPHIN, fights British during the Revolutionary War.

The Water-Witch, or, The Skimmer of the Seas. A.L. Bert, 1830. 471 pages

Smuggling in the New York/New Jersey area around 1711.

Homeward Bound, or, The Chase: A tale of the Sea. Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1838. 2 volumes

An American packet ship, bound to New York from London, is chased by a British man-of-war.

Mercedes of Castile, or, The voyage to Cathay. Lea & Blanchard, 1840. 2 volumes

The voyage of Columbus, touching slightly on life at sea.

The Two Admirals : a Tale. Lea & Blanchard, 1842. 2 volumes

The two heroes, friends from youth, espouse opposite sides in the Jacobite rebellion of 1745.

The Wing-and-Wing, or, Le Feu-follet. Lea & Blanchard, 1842. 2 volumes

A French privateer in the Mediterranean, 1799, involved with the Neapolitan admiral Caracciolo, who Nelson hanged; a Yankee soldier of fortune plays a significant part. One of very few books showing the war from the French point of view.

Ned Myers, or, A Life Before the Mast. Lea & Blanchard, 1843. 232 pages

Claims to be the real-life autobiography of a seaman, edited by Cooper. Contains an eye-witness description of the 1813 naval campaign in Upper Canada.

Afloat and Ashore, or, The adventures of Miles Wallingford. The Author, 1844. 4 volumes

Adventures of two Yankee lads in the East Indies and the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Miles Wallingford. Richard Bentley, 1844. 3 volumes

A sequel to Afloat and Ashore, extending the action to the Atlantic. Originally published as "Lucy Hardinge".

Jack Tier, or, The Florida Reef. Burgess, Stringer, 1848. 2 volumes

Unusual for Cooper, this is contemporary novel of maritime life. The wife of the brutal and greedy Captain Stephen Spike is forced to masquerade as the seaman Jack Tier.

The Crater, or, Vulcan's Peak : a tale of the Pacific. Burgess, Stringer, 1847. 2 volumes

The first two thirds of the book take place at sea as a young man advances from forecastle to cabin. The remainder is a Robinson Crusoe shipwreck tale.

The Sea-Lions, or, The Lost Sealers. Stringer & Townsend, 1849. 2 volumes

Two Yankee schooners compete for the riches of a secret sealing ground in Antarctica, but co-operate when forced to over-winter (1819-20) under appalling conditions. In this, his last adventure novel, Cooper writes in a far less stilted style than in previous novels, and the book is a pleasure to read. Also reflects on the decline in Yankee morality, into mere hypocritical money-grubbing.

Cooper, Jefferson

Captain Seadog. Pocket, 1959. 183 pages

Lusty swordsman Michael Goddard is falsely accused of treachery when he returns to England rich from plundering the galleons of the Spanish Main. A beautiful woman he has never seen before helps Goddard escape -- and then Queen Elizabeth herself orders him to perform a service upon which the fate of England hangs. Is this a trap laid by an evil beauty or a chance for our hero to regain his honor and gold? A steamy bodice-untier.

Cooper, Susan

Victory. Margaret K. McElderry, 2006. 196 pages

Sam Robbins is a farm boy, kidnapped to serve on HMS Victory, the ship on which Lord Nelson will die a hero's death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Molly Jennings is a twenty-first-century English girl transplanted to the United States by her stepfather's job, who's fighting her own battle against loss and loneliness.

Corbett, Julian Stafford (1854 -1922)

A Business in Great Waters. Methuen, 1895. 361 pages

A naval story set in the 1790's when England is at war with France. Based around smuggling in late 18th Century Sussex it features the Quiberon Expedition (1795) and provides a detailed look at the state of the French navy after the Glorious First of June battle.

Corbett, Scott

Midshipman Cruise. Little, Brown, 1957. 248 pages

A tale of the US Naval Academy set against the background of a real cruise.

Dead Before Docking. Little, Brown, 1972. 134 pages

A young boy accidentally discovers that a murder is planned on board his Panama-bound freighter. Who is the victim? Who is the killer? For young readers.

Captain Butcher's Body. Little, Brown, 1976. 168 p.

Two boys confront the ghost of a long-dead pirate on an island off the coast of New England. For young readers.

Corkum, Captain Alexander C.

Musings of a Mariner. Atlantic Printing Co., 1921. 110 pages

Privately published book of poems.

Corder, Eric (1941- ) [pseud. Jerrold Mundis]

Slave Ship. McKay, 1969. 278 pages

Middle passage voyage aboard the slaver JUBILATION turns into a struggle between a journalist aboard to write an expose, and her power-crazed captain, with the slaves aboard looking for an opportunity to kill everyone and regain their freedom.

Corley, Edwin

Sargasso. Doubleday, 1977. 259 pages

Apollo 19 splashes down in the Bermuda Triangle... with the three US astronauts missing. Spooky suspense novel.

Cornwell, Bernard (1944- )

Killer's Wake. Putnam, 1989. 317 pages

Also published as Sea Lord. John Rossendale, a sea gypsy, is called into action when he returns to England and becomes a reluctant player in a dangerous game of blackmail and ransom.

Wildtrack. Putnam, 1988. 320 pages

Nick Sandman won a Victoria Cross in the Falklands War, but his heroism cost him his marriage, his savings and two years in the hospital. Determined to start afresh, he plans to sail his beloved ketch Sycorax to New Zealand. But then he finds his boat beached, looted and rotting near his former home, now owned by media star Tony Bannister. To earn money to restore it, Nick agrees to captain Tony's yacht, Wildtrack, in a transatlantic race. Soon Nick is sucked into Tony's messy private life: Bannister may have been responsible for his wife's death, and her father is plotting to kill him. And now Nick is falling in love with Tony's mistress, Angela. Before long Nick finds his own life on the line as he battles human treachery and nature's storms on a mid-Atlantic "killing ground".

Crackdown. HarperCollins, 1990. 308 pages

Drug pirates stalk their victims in the treacherous waters of the Bahamas, then return to their fortress island of Murder Cay like primal sharks after a kill. Then along comes skipper Nicholas Breakspear with the son and daughter of a U.S. Senator. What should have been a simple de-tox cruise soon lurches into a voyage of terror and death when Breakspear is lured into a horrifying plot of cocaine, cash, and cold-blooded killings. Suddenly, he's racing through the shadowy kingdom of drug lords to save the woman he loves ... one step ahead of his own murder, and one step away from the big crackdown on Murder Cay.

Stormchild. HarperCollins, 1991. 358 pages

Yachtsman and boatbuilder Tim Blackburn embarks on a mission to rescue his daughter from suspected environmental terrorists in Patagonia. An American journalist looking for a story accompanies him.

Sharpe's Devil : Richard Sharpe and the Emperor, 1820-1821. HarperCollins, 1992. 280 pages

Lord Cochrane's adventures commanding the Chilean navy in the war of independence against Spain. Most action is ashore, but there is some at sea, and an interesting portrayal of Cochrane.

Sharpe's Trafalgar : Richard Sharpe and the Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805. HarperCollins, 2000. 276 pages

Sharpe's voyage home from India is interupted by the French warship Revenant. Soon, Sharpe finds himself caught up in the one of the greatest naval battles in British history.

Sharpe's Prey : Richard Sharpe and the expedition to Copenhagen, 1807. HarperCollins, 2002. 262 pages

It is 1807. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe, newly returned to England, now wants to leave the army. One last job is offered to him. Go to Copenhagen, help the Hon. John Lavisser deliver a bribe and so stop a war. It seems easy, but nothing is easy in a Europe stirred by French ambitions. The Danes possess a battle fleet that could replace every warship the French lost at Trafalgar, and Napoleon's forces are gathering to seize it. The British have to stop them, while the Danes, caught between two rival armies, insist on being neutral.

Cornwell, John

The Free & the Brave. Nordon, 1978. 319 pages

Young man caught bootlegging volunteers for the US Navy after Pearl Harbor to avoid jail, goes through boot training, and joins a 4-piper destroyer converted to a seaplane tender cruising the Caribbean and Pacific Coast in the opening days of the war. After the ship's alcohol-sodden commander dries up, the ship straightens out and becomes a hero ship in an action with a U-boat. Book ends with the protagonist entering flight school on the strength of the medal he's earned.

Costain, Thomas B. (1885-1965)

For My Great Folly. Putnam's, 1942. 504 pages

English pirate John Ward fights Spaniards, London underworld, and gentlemen swordsmen in the early 1600s.

Couch, Dick, (1943- )

Pressure point. Putnam, 1992. 287 pages

Contemporary USN SEAL adventure.

Silent Descent. Putnam, 1993. 298 pages

A US diesel sub loaded with SEAL Team Two sneaks stealthily into the Soviet Arctic to see if they can successfully rescue a CIA mole from the frozen Kola Penninsula where she's investigating an entrepreneurial Russian colonel who's selling off the nuclear weaponry he's supposed to be dismantling to any tin-pot dictator or rogue state with the cash. The colonel isn't in the racket for personal gain, he's just trying to keep his men paid and prevent the collapse of his command.

Rising wind. Naval Institute Press, 1996. 326 pages

Chilling thriller that raises disturbing questions about leftover World War II animosities, as a Japanese terrorist group captures a key US chemical weapons facility in the Pacific and takes 1,000 American hostages.

Coulter, Stephen (1914- )

Threshold. Morrow, 1964. 215 pages

An explosion brings the HMS Uranus to rest on the ocean floor seven miles inside Russian territorial waters. There is seven days of oxygen left for the twenty nine survivors. At 10 Downing St., the survivors count for little in what is debated as an embarrassing accident that may hurt international relations because the sub was in fact on a secret reconnaissance mission. The sub's commander is faced with a mutinous crew led by the Communist saboteur who planned the wreck.

Cox, Patrick G.

A Baltic Affair. Indiego Publishing , 2013. 370 pages

Captain Petroc Gray, commander of the ship-rigged sloop of war, HMS Kestrel, is drawn into diplomacy, intrigue, and espionage when he rescues the Freiherr von Dieffenbach and his family off the island of Rügen in the Baltic. The Freiherr is an important and valuable connection in the struggle to beat the Napoleonic Continental blockade of British trade, and his daughter, Silke, is a delightful young woman with a quick wit, brilliant intelligence, and a keen eye for observing the events unfolding around them. .

Crace, Jim

Signals of Distress. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1995. 275 pages

In the 1830s an American barque is grounded by a storm on sandbar off small village in the west of England. Americans prove to be a disturbing presence.

Craig, Mary Shura

Pirate's Landing. Jove, 1983. 331 pages

Saga of an American colonial family who "ploughed the land and sailed the seas" in the early 18th century.

Crane, Stephen (1871-1900)

The Open Boat. Scribner's, June 1898.

Short story about four shipwreck survivors who set out for safety in a lifeboat. "The sternest, creepiest bit of realism ever penned".

Flanagan and His Short Filibustering Adventure. McClure's Magazine, October 1897.

The story of The Open Boat told from the point of view of the Captain.

Crawford, Iain, (1922-2011)

The Burning Sea. Cassell, 1959. 218 pages

Saga of a WW II British rescue tug in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

Crichton, Michael (1942-2008)

Pirate Latitudes. HarperCollins, 2009. 312 pages

Posthumous tale of pirates in The Caribbean set in 1665.

Crockett, Sherman

Two American boys aboard a submersible. Hurst, 1917. 305 pages

The adventures of two American schoolboys aboard an Allied submarine searching for marauding German submarines and Greek blockade gun-runners during World War I.

Crofts, Freeman Wills (1879- 1957)

The Loss Of The Jane Vosper. Dodd, Mead, 1936. 338 pages

The first 40 pages are afloat, the rest of the book solves the mystery.

Cruts, Randy

Dive into Terror. Black Forest Press, 1995. 348 pages

The Islamic ibn Allah (ISA), a newly formed terrorist organization is in the process of uniting all terrorist factions worldwide. This new threat has split from Nidal's Black June and other heretic terrorist groups. Nick Cutter, a lieutenant in the United States Navy with the warfare specialty of SEAL, is recruited by an elite counter- terrorist team, the Terrorist Neutralization/Hostage Extraction Squad (TNHES or Tennis Team). His new mission, eliminate the most important cell of the ISA.

Currey, Commander Edward Hamilton

Ian Hardy Series:

  1. Ian Hardy, Naval Cadet. Seeley, Service, 1914. 324 pages

    For young boys - the "hero" is ten at the start. A troublesome son, after nearly half a book of non-nautical adventures, is taken to sea by his uncle as a cadet to combat slavers etc. The story is set in the latter half of the nineteenth century. At the story's end he is about fourteen and ready to be promoted midshipman.

  2. Ian Hardy, Midshipman. Seeley, Service, 1915. 320 pages

  3. Ian Hardy, Senior Midshipman. Seeley, Service, 1916. 314 pages

  4. Ian Hardy fighting the Moors. Seeley, Service, 1917. 320 pages

Cussler, Clive (1931- )

Dirk Pitt series:

  1. The Mediterranean Caper. Pocket, 1973. 248 pages

    Dirk Pitt is up against an international drug smuggling ring and the evil Bruno Von Till, a German pilot who survived both World Wars to become one of the most ruthless smugglers in history. The novel is set in the Aegean Sea, where Dirk Pitt has been sent with Al Giordino to assist Rudi Gunn, with an expedition being conducted by NUMA.

  2. Iceberg. Dodd, Mead, 1975. 314 pages

    Ship found frozen in iceberg. Crazed maniac tries to take over the world. Dirk Pitt tries to stop him.

  3. Raise the Titanic! Viking, 1976. 314 pages

    Special ore from the only known source in the world sinks with the TITANIC. Dirk Pitt sets out to recover it. Story predates finding the TITANIC by 15 years.

  4. Vixen 03. Viking, 1978. 286 pages

    In 1954 a plane, Vixen 03, bound for the South Pacific with canisters of a virulant organism, vanishes. In 1988 Dirk Pitt discovers the remains of the plane whilst on holiday. The lethal canisters are recovered - but not all are accounted for.

  5. Night Probe! Bantam, 1981. 344 pages

    The world is in the throes of an energy crunch and the United States is on the brink of financial disaster. Desperate to find any solution that can save the nation from national bankruptcy, the President of the United States looks to Dirk Pitt and NUMA to pull off an audacious double salvage operation.

  6. Pacific Vortex! Bantam, 1983. 270 pages

    Undersea adventurer Dirk Pitt faces the toughest challenge of his life when he plunges into the deadly Pacific Vortex, a fog-shrouded zone where dozens of ships have vanished without a trace, the latest being the gigantic STARBUCK, America's deep-diving nuclear arsenal. Dirk battles deep-sea assassins and an exotic beauty as he tries to find and salvage the huge submarine before it explodes.

  7. Deep Six. Simon and Schuster, 1984. 432 pages

    From the icy Alaskan waters to a Korean shipbreakers, from a Caribbean shipwreck to the Mississippi, trouble shooter Dirk Pitt tracks down a fiendish conspiracy.

  8. Cyclops. Simon and Schuster, 1986. 475 pages

    Dirk Pitt is confronted with the hijacking on a golf course of one of the world's most powerful leaders; an exotic but outrageous undercover operation in the Caribbean and the sinister intrigue of a secret power base on the moon. He also is on the trail of the legendary lost lady of Eldorado, a fabulous treasure hidden in the depths of the ocean.

  9. Treasure. Simon and Schuster, 1988. 539 pages

    In 391 a fanatical Emperor orders the destruction of the Library at Alexandria. A small group of conspirators secretly remove some of the most precious items and hides them in a distant, desolate land in an underground redoubt. In 1991 a UN plane is shot down over Greenland. Dirk Pitt, in the area on a search mission for a crippled Soviet submarine, is caught up in a vortex of of complex intrigue. An archaeologist working nearby has found an ancient gold coin far further north than it should have been.

  10. Dragon. Simon and Schuster, 1991. 542 pages

    Dirk Pitt gets involved with an Japanese attempt to take over the world again. The ending is the best piece of "TAKE THAT" the reviewer has ever read!

  11. Sahara. Simon and Schuster, 1992. 541 pages

    It is 1865. A Confederate ironclad, Texas, fights her way through the Federal blockade and vanishes into the Atlantic as Richmond falls, bearing a secret cargo that could change history... It is 1931. A world-famous Australian aviatrix, Kitty Mannock, vanishes mysteriously in the middle of the Sahara while attempting a record- breaking flight from London to Capetown and is never see again. It is 1995. Dirk Pitt, on a mission to find the remains of a Pharaoh's funeral barge buried in the bottom of the Nile, rescues an attractive young woman, Dr. Eva Rojas, a biochemist with the UN World Health Organization, from being murdered by thugs on a beach near Alexandria.

  12. Inca Gold. Simon and Schuster, 1994. 537 pages

    An action-filled chase through the Amazon jungle for 16th Century Spanish treasure. Joining in the pursuit are Dirk Pitt, the hero, his congresswoman girlfriend, the FBI, the Customs Service, archaeologists, a tribe of local Indians, smugglers and various thieves. There's plenty of treasure for everyone, the gold requiring 200 men just to lift.

  13. Shock Wave. Simon and Schuster, 1996. 537 pages

    Dirk confronts his most sinister villain yet -- a billionaire diamond king with three beautiful Amazon daughters. Dirk discovers that a deadly plague in the Pacific is being caused by a strange ultrasound resonance which produces shock waves under the sea that kill ever living thing for miles around when they converge. Dirk must stop whoever is generating these waves because the next ones may kill millions of people!

  14. Flood Tide. Simon and Schuster, 1997. 511 pages

    The coin of the realm for the wealthy, insatiably greedy Chinese smuggler who is Dirk Pitt's adversary in Flood Tide is human lives: much of his vast fortune has been made smuggling Chinese immigrants into countries around the globe, including the United States. Tracking the smuggler's activities leads Pitt from Washington State to Louisiana, where his quarry is constructing a huge shipping port in the middle of nowhere. Why has he chosen this unlikely location? The trail then leads to the race to find the site of the mysterious sinking of the ship that Chiang Kai-shek filled with treasure when he fled China in 1949, including the legendary boxes containing the bones of Peking Man that had vanished at the beginning of World War I. As Pitt prepares for a final showdown, he is faced with the most formidable foe he has ever encountered.

  15. Atlantis Found. Putnam's, 1999. 544 pages

    A team of experts gazes in awe at a wall covered in ancient inscriptions, moments before a dynamite blast seals them deep beneath the rocky ground of Colorado ... A US research ship is attacked by an impossibility - a vessel from a war that ended over half a century ago ... Dirk Pitt, Director of Special Projects for the US National Underwater and Marine Agency, knows that the incidents are connected - but how? As his investigation deepens an astonishing truth becomes clear and a terrible danger revealed. From the impossibly distant past has come a warning. And from an enemy thought long defeated comes a threat to the future of all mankind. Now the clock is ticking. And only one man stands in the way of global Armageddon.

  16. Valhalla Rising. Putnam's, 2001. 531 pages

    When the luxury cruise liner Emerald Dolphin - powered by a revolutionary new propulsion system - becomes a raging inferno and sinks mysteriously it is lucky that NUMA special projects director Dirk Pitt is on hand to rescue the passengers and investigate the tragedy. Sifting through the undersea wreckage for signs of foul play, Pitt is unaware of powerful, dark forces playing their hand against him. Forced to fight for his life - and those of friends and colleagues - against ever-more ruthless enemies from a shadowy organization, Pitt finds himself caught between the secrets of the past and the intrigues of the future. A future that will hold the world to ransom.

  17. Trojan Odyssey. Putnam, 2003. 485 pages

    Dirk Pitt battles his most dangerous foe ever - with help from a very unexpected source. There is a black tide infesting the ocean off the shore of Nicaragua. Whilst trying to determine its origin, startling things begin to occur and the inhabitants of a floating resort find themselves directly in the path of a violent storm. Dirk and the NUMA crew rush to their rescue, but they discover that there is an all-too- human evil at work and the black tide is only a by-product of its plan. Soon its work will be complete - and the world will be a very different place?

  18. Black Wind. Putnam, 2004. 544 pages

    In the waning days of World War II, the Japanese tried a last desperate measure - a different kind of kamikaze mission, this one carried out by two submarines bound for the west coast of the United States, their cargo a revolutionary new strain of biological virus. Neither sub made it to the designated target. But that does not mean they were lost. Someone knows about the subs and what they carried, knows too where they might be, and has an extraordinary plan in for the prize inside - a plan that could reshape the world as we know it.

  19. Treasure of Kahn. Putnam, 2006. 560 pages

    Dirk Pitt and the NUMA crew are about to come head to head with their most dangerous ever enemy. A mysterious Mongolian mogul harbors a dream of restoring the conquests of ancient Mongolia. He holds a dark secret about Genghis Khan, his grandson Kublai Khan and the treasures of Xanadu - treasures of gold, yes, but also much, much more. His relentless pursuit of them will cause devastation to millions unless Dirk Pitt can somehow find a way to stop him.

  20. Arctic Drift. Putnam, 2008. 528 pages

    Written with Dirk Cussler. In 2011, as the price of gas hits $10 a gallon, President Garner Ward must contend with a corrupt Canadian cabal that's subverting efforts to solve America's energy problems. Pitt barely escapes serious injury when a bomb destroys a D.C. lab along with records of research into an artificial photosynthesis process that could, almost immediately, eliminate the threat of global warming. That discovery may be connected with a legendary failed 19th-century sailing expedition to the Arctic as well as a series of deaths due to the phenomena that the Native Americans of British Columbia know as the Devil's Breath.

  21. Cresent Dawn. Putnam, 2010. 560 pages

    In A.D. 327, a Roman galley barely escapes a pirate attack with its extraordinary cargo. In 1916, a British warship mysteriously explodes in the middle of the North Sea. In the present day, a cluster of important mosques in Turkey and Egypt are wracked by explosions. Does anything tie them together?

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