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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Dorf - Dorr

Dorfman, Allan

A House at War. Xlibrus, 2000. 492 pages

Cover: a ship and a family do battle against the sea and the Nazis.





Dorgelès, Roland (1886-1973)

Departure. Simon and Schuster, 1928. 381 pages

Translation of Partir. Passenger-ship bound for the Orient is a microcosm of post-War France: tourists and crooks, an operatic troupe and two rival business partners






Dorling, Henry Taprell (Taffrail) (1883-1968)

Pincher Martin, O.D : a story of the inner life of the Royal Navy. Chambers, 1916. 340 pages

Great War adventures.




The Sub : Being the Autobiography of David Munro, Sub-Lieutenant, Royal Navy. Hodder & Stoughton, 1917. 356 pages

A naval officer's training at Dartmouth (Devon) and Osbourne (Isle of Wight) colleges before the eruption of the Great War




A Little Ship. Chambers, 1918. 337 pages

A naval officer tells of his experiences at sea during World War I.




H.M.S. anonymous. H. Jenkins, 1920. 320 pages






Oh, Joshua! Hodder & Stoughton, 1920. 318 pages






Michael Bray. Hodder & Stoughton, 1925. 333 pages






Pirates. Hodder & Stoughton, 1929. 311 pages

An account of British gunboats tackling piracy in the Canton delta.




Shipmates. Hodder & Stoughton, 1929. 316 pages

Tales of life in the British Merchant Marines.





Endless Story : being an account of the work of the destroyers, flotilla-leaders, torpedo-boats and patrol boats in the great war. Hodder & Stoughton, 1931. 451 pages

Destroyers in WW I




Kerrell. Hodder & Stoughton, 1931. 319 pages

First lieutenant of a destroyer in action in the North Sea and with the Dover Patrol in WW I. Good substantial naval action story.




Cypher K. Hodder & Stoughton, 1932. 315 pages

A book for older boys, The latest cypher is stolen from a RN cruiser and a retired naval officer in his sailing yacht manages to retrieve it.




The Scarlet Stripe : being the adventures of a naval surgeon. Hodder and Stoughton, 1932. 310 pages

Naval surgeon adrift in life-boat with 22 men after their Q ship is sunk by U-boat in WW I.




The Man from Scapa Flow. Hodder & Stoughton, 1933. 320 pages

The ships of the German Fleet were scuttled by their own crews at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys. A German who is posing as British attempts to obtain articles from the safe of the raised 'Prinzregent Rudolf'.




Dover-Ostend : A cross-channel thriller. Hodder & Stoughton, 1933. 351 pages

Piracy in the English Channel is resolved by a naval officer. Included are charts so the reader can follow the action which involves lots of coastal cruising aboard the officer's yacht.




Seventy North. Hodder & Stoughton, 1934. 319 pages

Plenty of statistics and social history are interestingly incorporated into a readable story involving a Hull trawler fishing in the arctic prior to WW II. Although written in the style of the day, reading the book now graphically illustrates how the importance and impact of fishing on the community has been eroded today.




Second Officer. Hodder & Stoughton, 1935. 310 pages

Gives the reader an accurate picture of the pleasant side of life in the Merchant Navy of the day. Large general cargo ships voyage London - Panama - Pacific to New Zealand with adventures on the way.




Swept Channels: Being an Account of the Work of the Minesweepers in The Great War. Hodder & Stoughton, 1935. 388 pages





Mid-Atlantic. Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. 318 pages

With this story the author takes up the cudgels on behalf of the merchant seamen of Great Britain during the Depression. Sailing aboard an ill-found tramp the unfailing courage and heroic tenacity of her people fail to save her after steering failure in severe weather. Plenty of technical, social and background detail.




The Mystery at Milford Haven. Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. 320 pages

A maritime murder mystery




Mystery Cruise. Hodder & Stoughton, 1937. 320 pages

Naval Intelligence track down and recover stolen state secrets, with the aid of the Royal Navy, from a merchantman off the Danish coast in this pre-war spy thriller. Really only 25% nautical.




Operation 'M.O.' Hodder & Stoughton, 1938. 228 pages

Naval Intelligence track down and recover stolen state secrets, with the aid of the Royal Navy, from a merchantman off the Danish coast in this pre-war spy thriller. Really only 25% nautical.




The Shetland Plan. Hodder & Stoughton, 1939. 256 pages

Pre-WW2 thriller.





Fred Travis A.B. Hodder & Stoughton, 1939. 336 pages

Naval action off the Spanish coast during the Spanish Civil War.





Chenies. Hodder & Stoughton, 1943. 282 pages

Two serving officers of the above name in the Royal Navy in the early years of WW2. Destroyer patrol, convoy duties, bad weather, U-boats and torpedoed ships combine to make a patriotic yarn. As the blurb says, Taffrail's first novel of the navy in action in WW2. U.S. title: White Ensigns




Eurydice. Hodder & Stoughton, 1953. 286 pages

The Royal Navy destroyer HMS EURYDICE, badly damaged and only just afloat, survives the battle of the Java Sea and by evading the omnipresent Japanese Navy, survives to seek shelter at a small island in the Japanese dominated Eastern Archipelago




Arctic Convoy. Hodder & Stoughton, 1956. 315 pages

A story strongly based on fact. The Arctic convoys to North Russia from the perspective of a young officer serving in a destroyer.




Naval Sketches and Stories:

  1. Carry On! C.A. Pearson, 1916. 122 pages





  3. Stand By! C.A. Pearson, 1916. 120 pages





  5. Off Shore. C.A. Pearson, 1917. 121 pages





  7. Sea, Spray and Spindrift. C.A. Pearson, 1917. 159 pages

    Naval yarns for boys.





  9. Minor Operations. C.A. Pearson, 1917. 120 pages





  11. The Watch Below. C.A. Pearson, 1918. 121 pages






Dorp, Jan Van [pseud. Oscar Van Godtsenhoven] (1908-1988)

The Sable Lion. Putnam, 1954. 314 pages

Translation of Flamand des vagues (1948). About a family of Flemish pirates who prey on English shipping during the reign of James I, the development of Ostend, and the East Indian trade.






Dorris, Michael (1945-1997) and Erdrich, Louise (1954- )

The Crown of Columbus. HarperCollins, 1991. 382 pages

An anthropologist discovers Columbus' lost diary and reference to "the greatest treasure of Europe", so it's off to the Caribbean.







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