Hard Tack. Scribner's, 1991. 229 pages
A Cat Marsala mystery. A locked room murder mystery on a sailboat in the Great Lakes. The author is not a sailor and is only a so-so writer but the whole book does take place on a boat.
Dahl, Mary B.
Free Souls. Houghton Mifflin, 1969. 133 pages
Novel based on the true story of the capture of the Spanish slaver AMISTAD by its "cargo" in 1839.
Danielski, John M.
Royal Marine Captain Thomas Pennywhistle series
The Royal Navy of Great Britain is all that stands between Napoleon and absolute domination of Europe. Royal Marine Captain Thomas Pennywhistle is assigned to HMS Active, part of a small squadron of frigates in the Adriatic Sea. It's considered a sideshow theatre of the war, but on those waters, one of the greatest naval battles of the age will be fought. As a Marine, Pennywhistle fights on land and sea. He leads his handful of men first against a battalion of Napoleon's Army and finally against the French fleet in all its terrible grandeur, always leading from the front, fighting not only with weapons but by using his wit - cool and analytical where others are blinded by passion.
Trapped behind enemy lines with vital dispatches for Lord Wellington, Pennywhistle violates orders when he saves a beautiful stranger, setting off a sequence of events that jeopardize his mission. The French launch a massive manhunt to capture him. His Spanish allies prove less than reliable. The woman he rescued has an agenda of her own that might help him along, if it doesn’t get them all killed.
It’s the summer of 1814, and Captain Thomas Pennywhistle of the Royal Marines is fighting in a New World war that should never have started, a war where the old rules of engagement do not apply. Here, runaway slaves are your best source of intelligence, treachery is commonplace, and rough justice is the best one can hope to meet—or mete out. The Americans are fiercely determined to defend their new nation and the Great Experiment of the Republic; British Admiral George Cockburn is resolved to exact revenge for the burning of York, and so the war drags on. Thanks to Pennywhistle’s ingenuity, observant mind, and military discipline, a British strike force penetrates the critically strategic region of the Chesapeake Bay. But this fight isn’t just being waged by soldiers, and the collateral damage to innocents tears at Pennywhistle’s heart.
Royal Marine Captain Thomas Pennywhistle has no wish to see the young American republic destroyed; he must strike a balance between his humanity and his passion for absolute victory. Captain John Tracy of the United States Marines hazards his life on the battlefield, but he must also fight a powerful conspiracy that threatens the country from within. Pennywhistle and Tracy are forced into an uneasy alliance that will try the resolve of both. Together, they will question the depth of their loyalties as heads and hearts argue for the fate of a nation.
Dann, Jack (1945- )
Going Under. Omni, September 1981.
Short story where the RMS Titanic is a modern-day thrill ride where passengers opt to go down with ship and die or choose to reserve a lifeboat and live. Incorporated into the novel The Man Who Melted, Bluejay, 1984.
David, Evan John
As Runs the Glass. Harper & Brothers, 1943. 312 pages
The Tudor family, of coastal Maine, in the 1780's, during the period when the young country is involved in running British blockades, aiding the Revolutionary French and building legend in the shipping trade.
Davidson, Louis Bennett (1894- )
Captain Marooner. Crowell, 1952. 245 pages
Fictionalized account of the mutiny aboard the American whaleship GLOBE in the 1820s, in the Pacific, and the pursuit of her by USS DOLPHIN.
Davies, Lieut. John, RNVR (1913- )
Lower Deck : The story of a gun's crew in a destroyer. Macmillan & Co, 1945. 172 pages
Six weeks service in a fictional destroyer until she is sunk in 1942 in the Eastern Mediterranean seen, as the title suggests, from the lower deck.
Stone Frigate. Macmillan & Co, 1947. 179 pages
Prequel to Lower Deck. Covers the transition of civilian to sailor while being trained as an ordinary seaman.
Davies, J. D.
The Journals of Matthew Quinton series:
A planned 12-book series to run from the Restoration to the Georgians.
Charles II has been restored to the English throne for one year. He presides over a court swirling with intrigue, where friends and enemies mingle and conspire. Our hero, 22-year-old Matthew Quinton, is from a family loyal to their monarch. Pressed for time and facing evidence of yet another plot against his person, the king gives Quinton command of a ship and tasks him with a delicate mission: to sail to the western isles of Scotland, intercept a cargo of weapons destined for the king's sworn enemies and blow the conspiracy apart. Matthew is not an experienced seaman his last ship was lost with all hands. Dreading another failure, he is determined to master the sea and overcome his own fear and ignorance. But he has other difficulties to face on the voyage north: a resentful crew, a suspicion of murder, and the growing conviction that betrayal and treason lie closer to home than he thought.
Beset by pirates, Knights of Malta, and saboteurs, Captain Matthew Quinton sails to Africa in pursuit of a mountain of gold. When a captured Barbary pirate saves his neck with a tall tale of a fabled mountain of gold, Quinton has his doubts. But King Charles II can't resist the chance to outstrip the Dutch with a limitless source of wealth. With the devious pirate O'Dwyer in tow, Quinton embarks on a voyage beyond the map's edge, still convinced that the mountain is mere legend. But as attempts to sabotage his mission draw closer to the mark, he begins to wonder. Back in England, the king has arranged a wedding between Matthew's elder brother, the Earl of Ravensden, and a mysterious lady rumored to have murdered her previous two husbands. Resolved not to fail his meddlesome sovereign, and to return home in time to protect his family and his home, Captain Quinton approaches the coast of Africa with a troubled mind.
Set in the opening year of the war - 1665 - and centred on the Battle of Lowestoft, one of the most stunning victories in British naval history. Captain Matthew Quinton finds himself thrust unexpectedly into the midst of a deadly conspiracy against King Charles II when he is given command of a vast and ancient man-of-war. Forced to contend with scheming ministers of state, a raw, rebellious crew and an alleged curse on his ship, Quinton sails against the might of the Dutch fleet.
Captain Matthew Quinton's fifth mission for King and country is to the Swedish court at Gothenburg. Sweden is at the height of its military power, and Quinton is charged with securing much-needed support in England's new war against her old enemy, the Dutch republic. Accompanying him is the mysterious Lord Conisborough, who - unknown to his captain - is sworn to another, secret mission: to track down and kill the notorious regicide John Bale, alone among peers of the realm to sign the death warrant of Charles I. Gothenburg proves to be a hotbed of dangerously con?icting loyalties, and Quintonand crew find themselves needing help from the most unexpected quarters.
Once again Captain Quinton finds himself in the thick of the action, fighting the Dutch in one of the epic encounters of the age of sail. But the battle is a disaster: the fleet is mysteriously divided, with part of it sent to meet a French threat that never materialises, while thousands are slaughtered by the Dutch. As popular fury turns violent, the King decides heads must roll, and Quinton is sent to rebellious, pirate-infested Plymouth to root out the source of the false intelligence that cost so many British lives.
In September 1666, one word was on everyon's lips. Fire. But not all attention was on the blaze that destroyed London. Just three weeks earlier, British ships had obliterated the Dutch town of Westerschelling and set 150 merchant vessels ablaze. In an atmosphere thick with rumour, many thought the Great Fire of London was caused by Britain's enemies, perhaps in revenge for Westerschelling. Perhaps they were right. In the weeks before London's burning, Sir Matthew Quinton, master of H.M.S. Sceptre, is recalled to a city seething with foreign plots and paranoia, and given a dangerous mission by the King. A secret quartet of terrorists is planning to destroy the capital, stir rebellion, open the way for invasion. Only Quinton can stop them.
A prequel to the Quinton series. Set against the backdrop of a series of real historical events, depicting naval actions such as the affairs of Invisible Armada, and at the Battles of Castlehaven, Kinsale and Sesimbra Bay, as well as intrigues over the succession to the English throne.
England suffers the worst defeat in her naval history, at the hands of the Dutch, who, not content with attacking and destroying British ships in their own waters, added insult to injury by towing away the flagship Royal Charles. The shame and humiliation is too much for this king’s captain of the seas to bear. He must recapture the Charles and redeem his country’s honor
Davis, A. Kennard (Arthur Kennard) (1910- )
The Gentle Captain. Jonathan Cape, 1954. 175 pages
In bad weather the tramp steamer ANTARES is in trouble and her master Captain O'Maras experience of the sea, and probably more importantly, human nature, is severely tested as he attempts to save his ship and her people.
Davis, Bart (1950- )
Peter MacKenzie series:
US Navy must recover stolen Soviet nuclear sub.
The Soviet sub RED DAWN is trapped under ice while on a secret mission. A US sub tries to rescue her and capture her secrets while a Soviet killer sub tries to protect the prize.
Terrorists seize the minisub USS KENTUCKY and plan to attack Moscow with nuclear missiles. The Soviets put an American captain in a Russian sub to hunt her down.
Captain Peter MacKenzie takes a group of undersea "top guns" to stop a top Soviet submarine captain from delivering a high-tech submarine to Cuba.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington have assigned Admiral MacKenzie to oversee the transfer of a shipment of plutonium from Russia to Japan. But fanatic Japanese terrorists have hijacked the deadly cargo in mid-ocean. Isolated on a South Seas island, MacKenzie and a small band of survivors are determined to raise the Storm and sink the terrorists before they unleash a ring of deadly fire.
Davis, John (1774-1854)
The Post Captain, or, The wooden walls well manned : comprehending a view of naval society and manners. T. Tegg, 1806. 300 pages
Reprinted in the Nautilus Library, 1936. Lively adventures, both afloat and ashore, in rollicking language.
Jack Ariel; or Life on Board an Indiaman. H. Long and Brother, 1847. 156 pages
Events in the East India merchant service, during a voyage from London via Bombay to Canton and home.
Davis, John Gordon
Cape of Storms. Doubleday, 1971. 519 pages
Southern Ocean whaling based in South Africa.
Leviathan. Dutton, 1976. 309 pages
Oceanographer's son tries to save the whales by sinking a Soviet whaling factory ship in the Antarctic with a midget sub, helicopter and other hi-tech toys he inherited from his dad.
Dawlish, Peter [pseud. James Lennox Kerr] (1899-1963)
North Sea Adventure. Oxford University, 1949. 214 pages
Trainee fishermen on board a trawler in the North Sea in winter with a gale blowing. For young readers.
Dawson, Michael [pseud. John Howard Jackson Boyle]
Fathoms Deep. Nicholson & Watson, 1943. 145 pages
This purports to do for the submarine service what Monsarrat's books do for destroyers. And up to a point, it succeeds. One gets a very real feel of what it is like, -- the crowding, the close proximity of fellows of the crew, the periods of boredom and the activities, the sense of oneness with the ship and her parts, the planning for shore leave, the thoughts of women -- of food and drink and smokes, and the yearning for action, no matter what the outcome.
The "Schaduw" Dives. Nicholson & Watson, 1948. 190 pages
In a long and complicated story, we follow the fortunes of the Dutch submarine SCHADUW from her escape to Britain as the Nazi Germans invade Holland, to the war in the Pacific.
Day, Holman (1865-1935)
Blow the Man Down; A Romance of the Coast. Harper, 1916. 461 pages
Yacht captain works among the rich and beautiful, falls for boss's daughter, gets in trouble, and quits to work as freighter captain.
De Camp, L. Sprague (1907- 2002)
The Golden Wind. Doubleday, 1969. 288 pages
Exploits of Eudoxos of Kyzikos, as he attempts to establish a commercial route from the Mediterranean to India during the time of the Ptolemys. He leads two profitable expeditions across the Indian Ocean, only to be robbed and imprisoned by the Ptolemys on his return in each case, then attempts to reach India without going through Egypt by circumnavigating Africa. Novel inspired by actual events.
The Arrows of Hercules. Doubleday, 1965. 297 pages
While not strictly nautical has considerable nautical content, including two sea voyages and a stint where the protagonist is employed at the world's first naval research laboratory in ancient Syracuse.
The Hand of Zei. Ace, 1963 (serialized 1950). 113 pages
Takes place on the planet Krishna, one of Sprague De Camp's favorite venues. Krishna is inhabited by people very like humans, except for being oviparous and having "antennae" on their foreheads that function as organs of smell. The planet is politically and technologically about like Europe in the 16th century, and interstellar law has placed an interdict on the importation of more advanced technology. This makes Krishna an ideal place for De Camp to introduce Terran heroes, who can disguise themselves as Krishnans and undertake some derring-do, while maintaining a more sophisticated attitude towards it all. In this book Zei, a princess of one of the Krishnan kingdoms, has been kidnapped by pirates who haunt a Sargasso Sea-like swamp in the middle of one of the major oceans, studded with the wrecks of ships of various origins and kinds. The Terran hero has the task of rescuing the princess. Since she can only be reached by sea, the job gives De Camp, who is interested in the history of technology, a chance to describe the ships and techniques the hero encounters. At one point a crisis is handled by changing the rig of a ship, under way, to a more efficient one that the local seamen are unfamiliar with. A good yarn, with a fair dose of seafaring and nautical hardware.
De Felita, Frank
Sea Trial. Avon, 1980. 270 pages
An Orgy in the Caribbean aboard the sailboat PENNY DREADFUL turns into horror as something evil this way comes.
Defoe, Daniel (1661?-1731)
The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates. Written by Himself. William Taylor, 1719. 364 pages
Classic tale of survival on a deserted island. Inspired by the real-life adventure of British privateer Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on the island of Juan Fernandez off the coast of Chile, for four years before being rescued by Woodes Rogers in 1709. Followed by The Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe : being the second and last part of his life, and of the strange surprizing accounts of his travels round three parts of the globe (1719) and Serious reflections during the life and surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe : with his Vision of the angelick world (1720).
A New Voyage Round the World, by a course never sailed before. Being a voyage undertaken by some merchants, who afterwards proposed the setting up an East-India company in Flanders. A. Bettesworth, 1725. 2 volumes
An entirely fictional account, in the style of Dampier's epoch-making accounts of his genuine voyages.
The Four Voyages of Capt. George Roberts : being a series of Uncommon events, Which befell him In a Voyage to the Islands of the Canaries, Cape de Verde, and Barbadoes, from whence he was bound to the Coast of Guiney. The Manner of his being taken by Three Pyrate Ships, commanded by Low, Russell, and Spriggs, who, after having plundered him, and detained him 10 Days, put him aboard his own Sloop, without Provisions, Water, &c. and with only two Boys, one of Eighteen, and the other of Eight Years of Age. The Hardships he endur'd for above 20 Days, 'till he arriv'd at the Island of St. Nicholas, from whence he was blown off to Sea (before he could get any Sustenance) without his Boat and biggest Boy, whom he had sent ashore; and after Four Days of Difficulty and Distress, was Ship-Wreck'd on the Unfrequented Island of St. John, where, after he had remained near two Years, he built a Vessel to bring himself off. With a particular and curious Description and Draught of the Cape de Verd Islands; their Roads, Anchoring Places, Nature and Production of the Soils; The Kindness and Hospitality of the Natives to Strangers, their Religion, Manners, Customs, and Superstitions, &c. Together with Observations on the Minerals, Mineral Waters, Metals, and Salts, and of the ... with which some of these Islands abound. Written by Himself, And interspers'd with many Pleasant and Profitable Remarks, very instructive for all those who use this Trade, or who may have the Misfortune to meet with any of the like Distresses either by Pyracy or Shipwreck. Adorn'd with several Copper Plates. A. Bettesworth, 1726. 458 pages
The Life, Adventures, and Pyracies of the Famous Captain Singleton: Containing an Account of his being set on Shore in the Island of Madagascar, his Settlement there, with a Description of the Place and Inhabitants: Of his Passage from thence, in a Paraguay, to the main Land of Africa, with an Account of the Customs and Manners of the People: His great Deliverances from the barbarous Natives and wild Beasts: Of his meeting with an Englishman, a Citizen of London, among the Indians, the great Riches he acquired, and his Voyage Home to England: As also Captain Singleton's Return to Sea, with an Account of his many Adventures and Pyracies with the famous Captain Avery and others. J. Brotherton, 1720. 360 pages
Alternate title: CAPTAIN SINGLETON
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Scientists. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004. 135 pages
The adventures of "The Pirate Captain" and his crew of non-orthodox pirates. They meet a young Charles Darwin and Mister Bobo, a highly trained and sophisticated "man-panzee", who have been exiled from London by a rival scientist. Having sunk The Beagle, which he believed was a Bank of England treasure ship thanks to a tip-off from Black Bellamy, the Pirate Captain agrees to take Darwin home and help him defeat his enemies.
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Whaling. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005. 152 pages
U.S. title: The pirates! : in an Adventure with Ahab. Reissued under the title The pirates! : in an Adventure with Moby Dick. Fresh from their mishaps with Charles Darwin and the evil Bishop of Oxford, the Pirates set sail in a bouncy new vessel -- purchased on credit. In order to repay his debts, the Pirate Captain is determined to capture the enigmatic White Whale, hunted by the notoriously moody Ahab, who has promised a reward. Chaos ensues, featuring the lascivious Cutlass Liz, the world's most dangerous mosquito, an excerpt from the Pirate Captain's novel in progress (a bodice ripper, of course), whale ventriloquism, practical lessons in whale painting, a shanty- singing contest in a Las Vegas casino, and a dra-matic climax in which the Pirate Captain's prize ham saves the day! <
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Communists. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2006. 167 pages
The Pirate Captain - his disguise proving something of a letdown - finds himself incarcerated in Scotland Yard, in a case of mistaken identity. Discovering that his doppelganger is none other than Karl Marx, the Captain and his crew are unwittingly caught up in a sinister plot to discredit the communists: a plot that involves a red-eyed monster, stolen waxworks and a sack of pretend kittens.
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Napoleon. >Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008. 177 pages
The Pirate Captain and his merry band of ne'er-do-wells face off against their toughest--but by no means their tallest--challenge yet, in this swashbuckling tale of lavish tea parties, educational museum exhibits, and naked political ambition.
The pirates! : in an Adventure with Romantics, or Prometheus versus a terrible fungus. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012. 306 pages
Our nautical heroes’ latest encounter is with no less than the literary greats of their age: the swaggering Lord Byron, the oddly shifty Percy Shelley - and his beautiful young wife Mary. Together they embark upon a quest that will take them from the bowels of Oxford all the way to a forbidding Transylvanian castle. A quest that forces the Pirate Captain to confront some important questions: what is the secret behind his mysterious belly tattoo? How do Charles Babbage and a lost treatise by Plato fit into all of this? Is "Zombuloid, the corpse-beast that walks like a man" a better name for a monster than "Gorgo, the terrible fungus"? And, most importantly, what happens when the Pirate Captain finally falls in love?
The Triton Ultimatum. Crowell, 1977. 247 pages
Ten men steal the Triton sub LEWIS AND CLARK, demand ransom and wreak havoc on Sino-Soviet-US relations.
Demarest, Phyllis Gordon
What Happened on the Melisande? Cassell, 1971. 287 pages
Murder mystery aboard the 65' MELISANDE in the South Pacific.
DeMille, Nelson (1943- )
Plum Island. Warner, 1997. 511 pages
Injured detective gets involved in investigating the murder of two friends who worked at a research facility rumored to be a germ warfare center. While the general belief is that they were offed in a germ sale or drug deal gone bad, the detective finds evidence for a pirate treasure hunt gone sour.
Anitov. Burke Publishing, 2001. 345 pages
A hybrid United States Nuclear Attack Submarine loaded with SubRoc torpedoes, a 129-man crew, and millions of dollars of American technology, disappears without a trace. While conducting a deep dive test in the north Atlantic, her last sea trial prior to assignment to Combat Patrol, the U.S.S. Thresher (SSN-593) inexplicably was cut off in her last radio transmission. After months of investigation, the United States Navy informed the American public, and the world, that the loss of the Thresher was an accident caused by a malfunctioning seawater pipe. But buried deep in the vaulted archives of the Pentagon is a volume of ultra-secret files that reveal much more about that suspect pipe and what really happened to the Thresher. In Russia on the shore of Lake Baikal, lives a now older and retired Soviet Naval Officer who wore no ribbons of honor but has a similarly buried military file that documents his being awarded the Highest Medal of Valor to exist in the Soviet Military.
The Starboard Sea. St. Martin's, 2012. 310 pages
Jason Prosper grew up in the elite world of Manhattan penthouses, Maine summer estates, old-boy prep schools, and exclusive sailing clubs. A smart, athletic teenager, Jason maintains a healthy, humorous disdain for the trappings of affluence, preferring to spend afternoons sailing with Cal, his best friend and boarding-school roommate. When Cal commits suicide during their junior year at Kensington Prep, Jason is devastated by the loss and transfers to Bellingham Academy. There, he meets Aidan, a fellow student with her own troubled past. They embark on a tender, awkward, deeply emotional relationship. When a major hurricane hits the New England coast, the destruction it causes brings with it another upheaval in Jason's life, forcing him to make sense of a terrible secret that has been buried by the boys he considers his friends.
Deutermann, Peter T. (1941- )
Scorpion in the Sea: the Goldsborough Incident. George Mason University Press, 1992. 464 pages
Libyan submarine seeks revenge for the US bombing of Tripoli by trying to sink the carrier CORAL SEA at her base in Florida.
The Edge of Honor. St. Martin's, 1994. 456 pages
During the Vietnam War, Lt. Holcomb becomes weapons deptartment head on USS HOOD and discovers the ship is riddled with problems that make it vulnerable to air assault--problems that the ship's enigmatic captaim seems unwilling or unable to address. Holcomb must decide between ignoring the problems, and possibly endangering the ship, or doing something and putting his career in jeopardy. Meanwhile, back home, his wife is having her own problems with being left alone.<
Official Privilege. St. Martin's, 1995. 392 pages
The body of a young black naval lieutenant is found, chained inside a boiler of an old battleship mothballed in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Naval Commander Dan Collins and Naval Service Investigator Grace Ellen Snow are assigned to investigate the murder. Questions about the killing lead them into Washington's highest circles.
Sweepers. St. Martin's, 1997. 322 pages
The inner ring of the Pentagon is being rocked by a Sweeper. A trained covert assassin, an ex-Seal, has gone rogue. A newly appointed Pentagon admiral is scrambling for his life and for his career. A police detective needs answers.
Pacific Glory. St. Martin's, 2011. 389 pages
A multilayered World War II adventure following two men and an unforgettable woman, from Pearl Harbor through the most dramatic air and sea battles of the war.
Dibner, Martin (1912-1992)
WW II series
The battleship ATLANTIS and its task group patrol the Aleutians.
Captain Harry Paige takes a crippled cruiser into battle, becomes a hero, gets carrier and becomes an Admiral.
The Trouble with Heroes. Doubleday, 1971. 365 pages
Why does the captain-hero of a US nuclear guided missile cruiser off Viet Nam refuse to carry out unjust order?
Dickinson, Peter (1927-2015)
Emma Tupper's Diary. Little, Brown, 1971. 212 pages
While visiting her Scottish cousins, Emma becomes involved in a plot to hoax the news media by changing the appearance of an old submarine into a sea monster.
Dickson, Carter [pseud. John Dickson Carr] (1906-1977)
Murder in the Submarine Zone. Heinemann, 1940. 253 pages
U.S. Titles: Nine--And Death Makes Ten and Murder in the Atlantic. Nine oddly-assorted passengers aboard the S.S. Edwardic are crossing the Atlantic during World War II, with the constant threat of attack by German submarines. When one passenger is murdered, apparently for a military secret, Sir Henry Merrivale must solve the mystery. But can he contend with the fact that the killer's fingerprint doesn't match anybody on the ship?