Drachmann, Holger Henrik
The Cruise of the "Wild Duck" and Other
Stories. Unwin, 1893. 208
Short stories, translated from
Draper, Alfred (1924-2007)
Macdonald, 1981. 255
GREY SEAL is a coal-burning 600 ton
ex-trawler taken up
by the Royal Navy as WW II gets under way. We follow the course of the
war in those early days as the crew come to terms with the dramatic
changes in their circumstances and slowly become welded into an
efficient fighting unit bonded by something stronger but less tangible
than naval discipline. E-boats, aircraft and U-boats take their toll on
GREY SEAL and her crew during East coast convoy duties, the Northern
Patrol and anti-submarine duties off Scapa
The Restless Waves.
Macdonald, 1983. 284
GREY SEAL, her main characters still
is rescuing the British Army from the debacle of Norway. Short of fuel
she hides in the fjords and manages to return to England with glory
after using everything that would burn to get there. While at Dunkirk,
after an extensive refit, helping to save the British army again, a
mysterious captain involves them in a secret mission to recover
diamonds, gold and blueprints from a vessel sunk in the exodus from
Holland in the face of the German advance.
Drake, John [pseud. J. C.
Edwards] (1944- )
Treasure Island prequel
John Silver had never killed a man.
Until now, charisma, sheer size and, when all else failed, a powerful pair of
fists, had been enough to see off his enemies. But on a smouldering deck off
the coast of Madagascar, his shipmates dead or dying all around him, his
cutlass has just claimed the lives of six pirates. With their comrades intent
on revenge, Silver's promising career in the merchant navy looks set to come
to an end until the pirate captain makes him an offer he can't refuse. On the
other side of the world Joseph Flint, a naval officer wronged by his
superiors, plots a bloody mutiny. Strikingly handsome, brilliant, but prey to
sadistic tendencies, the path Flint has chosen will ultimately lead him to
Joseph Flint and Long John Silver
have a score to settle. Marooned on a remote Caribbean island with his loyal
crew and a fortune in buried treasure, Silver awaits the return of the man who
left him there. In order to defeat Silver and claim the island back as his,
Flint will need to raise an army -- no easy feat for the man most wanted by
the Royal Navy.
When infamous 'gentleman of fortune'
Captain Flint is captured by the Royal Navy and condemned to hang for mutiny
and piracy, it seems that the secret location of his buried treasure will die
with him. But Flint has an audacious plan to gain command of ship and crew
before they reach London and escape the hangman's noose. Meanwhile, aboard
Flint's former vessel The Walrus, Long John Silver seeks one final prize
before retiring from privateering. However his wife Selena has jumped ship to
pursue a career on the London stage - only to fall into a trap - so Silver
must give chase to save the woman he loves.
Druett, Joan (1939- )
Random House, 1988. 409
Inspired by a true story. A young
girl inherits her
father's whaling ship when he is murdered in New Zealand in the 1850s,
sets out from US to claim her inheritance, crosses paths with pirates,
and seeks treasure.
A Promise of Gold.
Macmillan, 1990. 416
A young actress bluffs her way on
brig HAKLUYT in the year 1848, to find that the captain and crew are
professional treasure-hunters. She and her brother plan to make a
fortune by stealing a flock of alpaca and selling them in New South
Wales, but instead are carried off to the Californian gold-fields. Reprinted as three separate novels:
Judas Island, Calafia's Kingdom, and Dearest Enemy.
Historical crime series set during the
United States Exploring Expedition through the Pacific Ocean by the United
States Navy 1838-1842.
Exonerated for a murder hours after
an exploration convoy sets sail for the Pacific islands, ship linguist Wiki
Coffin is made a deputy by a Virginia sheriff and sets out to catch up with
his crewmates, one of whom is the real killer.
Forsythe leads Wiki and George into
dangerous waters where both sharks and men kill. Wiki knows that Forsythe is
capable of such violence but he believes him innocent and is duty-bound to
prove it for the sake of the expedition.
US Exploring Expedition linguist
Wiki Coffin sails with the famous convoy of ships toward Brazil. As the great
flagship Vincennes leads the convoy under the dubious command of eccentric
captain Charles Wilkes toward a dramatic entrance in the port of Rio, careless
manoeuvring leads one of the vessels to run afoul of a Boston trading ship.
Wiki Coffin plays many roles on the
US Exploring Expedition linguist, navigator, and, as half-Maori, cultural
liaison - but when a New England whaler shows up, frantically looking for his
stolen schooner, Wiki must take on the role of unofficial
The schooner Betsey is very nearly wrecked on a massive iceberg, which looms suddenly out of the fog. The terror of nearly hitting the ice island is only made worse by the corpse of a man, apparently bludgeoned to dead, frozen on a ledge on the face of the ice. When the sealers report the apparent murder, Wiki Coffin is called to investigate. While performing his other duties and coping with bigotry and misunderstanding in the small fleet, Wiki must untangle the skein of secrets and alliances that result in the death of the young officer while evading the determined killers that threaten his own survival.
The Money Ship.
Old Salt Press, 2017. 322
Oriental adventurer Captain Rochester spun an entrancing tale to Jerusha, seafaring daughter of Captain Michael Gardiner — a story of a money ship, hidden in the turquoise waters of the South China Sea, which was nothing less than the lost trove of the pirate Hochman. As Jerusha was to find, though, the clues that pointed the way to fabled riches were strange indeed — a haunted islet on an estuary in Borneo, an obelisk with a carving of a rampant dragon, a legend of kings and native priests at war, and of magically triggered tempests that swept warriors upriver. And even if the clues were solved, the route to riches was tortuous, involving treachery, adultery, murder, labyrinthine Malayan politics ... and, ultimately, Jerusha’s own arranged marriage..
Du Brul, Jack
Forge, 1998. 348
Philip Mercer, geologist and one-
unexpectedly finds himself caught in the middle of a global crisis when
he tries to rescue the daughter of an old friend who's being kept under
armed guard at a local hospital. A nuclear bomb born undersea volcano
with a rogue Russian submarine lurking near it, a violent secessionist
movement in Hawaii, gun battles in the New York subway system,
diplomatic breakdown in the Far East... can Mercer get us out of this
du Maurier, Daphne (1907-1989)
Doubleday, Doran, 1942. 310
A romance novel about a woman and a
of which takes place on the pirate ship.
Duel on the wind: a Novel of the America's Cup
Challenge. St. Martin's,
1976. 404 pages
fictitious 1977 Cup challenge by the Saudi Arabians!
Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures
The Western Mediterranean, 1756. An uneasy peace is about to be shattered as France’s greatest living general prepares an invasion force in Toulon; but where is it bound? Captain Carlisle hails from Virginia, a loyal colony of the British Crown. As the clouds of war gather, Carlisle’s small frigate — Fury — is ordered to Toulon on a reconnaissance mission. If battling the winter weather in the Gulf of Lions is not a sufficient challenge, Carlisle must also juggle the delicate diplomatic issues in this period of pre-war tension while contending with an increasingly belligerent French frigate.
In late 1756, as the British government collapses in the aftermath of the loss of Minorca and the country and navy are thrown into political chaos, a small force of ships is sent to the West Indies to reinforce the Leeward Islands Squadron. Captain Edward Carlisle, a native of Virginia, and his first lieutenant George Holbrooke are fresh from the Mediterranean and their capture of a powerful French man-of-war. Their new frigate Medina has orders to join a squadron commanded by a terminally ill commodore. Their mission: a near-suicidal assault on a strong Caribbean island fortress.
It is 1757, and the British navy is regrouping from a slow start to the seven years war. A Spanish colonial governor and his family are pursued through the Caribbean by a pair of mysterious ships from the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. The British frigate Medina rescues the governor from his hurricane-wrecked ship, leading Captain Edward Carlisle and his first lieutenant George Holbrooke into a web of intrigue and half-truths.
It is 1758 and the Seven Years War is at its height. The Duke of Cumberland’s Hanoverian army has been pushed back to the river Elbe while the French are using the medieval fortified city of Emden to resupply their army and to anchor its left flank. George Holbrooke is under orders to survey and blockade the approaches to Emden in advance of the arrival of a British squadron.
Durham, Lieutenant Commander
Victor G. (Pseudonym)
Two 16-year-old boys, Jack Benson
and Hal Hastings, find
employment at a boatyard building a new submarine boat. The
submarine's inventor, David Pollard, hopes to sell his boat, the
POLLARD, to the US Navy. Jack and Hal become crewmembers of the
POLLARD upon her launching, with Jack as captain. Eph Somers, also 16
years old, joins the crew as they successfully demonstrate the
POLLARD to the Navy. During their adventures, the Submarine Boys foil
sabotage attempts by a former employee of the boatyard, capture an
escaped lunatic, and nab the embezzler of a young heiress's
When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man.
Riverhead Books, 2012. 306
Every fall, the men of Loyalty
Island sail from the Olympic Peninsula up to the Bering Sea, to spend the
winter catching king crab. To Cal, Alaska remains as mythical and mysterious
as Treasure Island. But while Cal is too young to accompany his father, he is
old enough to know that everything depends on the fate of those boats
thousands of miles north. He is also old enough to wonder about his mother's
relationship with John Gaunt, owner of the fleet. Then Gaunt dies suddenly,
leaving the business in the hands of his son. Soon Cal stumbles on evidence
that his father may have taken measures to salvage their way of life. As
winter comes on, he is forced to make a terrible choice.