Eaton, Evelyn Sybill Mary
Restless are the
Sails. Harper & Bros. ,
1941. 348 pages
French pirate captain at the siege
Louisburg, Nova Scotia in 1758.
Eberhart, Mignon Good (1899-
Five Passengers from
Libson. Random House,
1946. 242 pages
Five passengers and three crewmen
survive a sinking Portugese cargo ship via a lifeboat, but when they're picked
up by a U. S. hospital ship, the Portugese mate is found murdered. Against a
backdrop of Portugal being a haven for espionage with undertones of Nazi and
Resistance alliances, Eberhart spins a claustrophobic
Eccles, Frank (1923- )
Run. Longman, 1971. 249
Captain Lawson, in command of the
frigate, HMS COMUS, is ordered to hunt one of the most notorious
pirates to operate on the North African coast, Yussaiff Ahmed, whose
nefarious activities have sent insurance rates sky high, but it is his
audacious seizure of an East Indiaman which rouses the British
Government to demand his destruction. However, Captain Lawson's mission
is complicated when he finds his admiral's wife adrift in a boat full
of survivors from a pirate attack, and he discovers that she knows more
than she is saying about the pirate leader. An entertaining naval yarn
set in 1816. Needless to say it is promoted as being in the tradition
of C. S. Forester.
Overcoats. Dent, 1973. 142
Written for older children this
concerns a British ship's owner/captain, who comes out of retirement
when he believes his ship is being used for nefarious purposes. With
his adopted son he is forced to sail in his ship, which is now being
used as a blockade runner attempting to take supplies, including the
eponymous overcoats, to Bonaparte's army in Russia. Apparently based on
a true incident in 1812.
Run. St. Martin's, 1994. 298
In 1797 the Royal Navy hurriedly
ADAMANT with Midshipman John Lawson aboard on a mission with two goals:
to get the crew away from the influence of the Spithead mutiny and to
boost morale with a bold stroke against the coast of
Eco, Umberto (1932-2016)
The Island of the Day
Before. Harcourt, Brace,
1995. 515 pages
Allegorical tale about a minor
of Italian nobility, Roberto de la Griva, who is swept off one ship in
the Pacific and finds an abandoned ship anchored in the bay of a
beautiful island. The ship, while fully provisioned, and apparently
intact has been abandoned by its crew. As Roberto explores the ship, he
muses about his life, the universe and
Edgar, Day (Editor)
The Saturday Evening Post Reader of Sea
Stories. Doubleday, 1962.
Contents: Under the deck-awnings /
Jack London -- The beast from 20,000 fathoms / Ray Bradbury -- Vengeance reef
/ Don Waters -- The snowflake and the starfish / Robert Nathan -- Hornblower
and the man who felt queer / C. S. Forester -- The capture of the swordray /
Clay Blair, Jr. -- Jarge makes in / Charles Rawlings -- The living torpedo /
Tom Yates -- A sailor to the wheel / Bill Adams -- Cargo of gold / Charles
Rawlings -- The ransom of Peter Drake / Jacland Marmur -- Port of call / Bud
Hutton -- The sea devil / Arthur Gordon -- The kid in command / Jaclund Marmur
-- Troubled voyage / William Holder -- Captive captain / John Paul Heffernan
-- Without warning / Robert Murphy -- Treachery's wake / Olaf Ruhen -- Dr.
Blanke's first command / C. S. Forester -- The cruise of the breadwinner / H. E.
Edmondson, G. C. (José Mario
Garry Ordoñez Edmondson y Cotton) (1922-1995)
The Ship That Sailed the Time
Stream. Ace, 1965. 167
A USN owned yawl conducting
experiments with newfangled ASW equipment in the 1960s is struck by
lighting in a sudden squall off San Diego and finds itself suddenly in
much colder waters, seriously off course, and in a calm fog. . . and out
of the fog comes sailing up a Viking longship. Things get interesting
To Sail the Century
Sea. Ace, 1981. 194
Further adventures of "the ship that
sailed the time stream".
Edwards, J. C. (1944- )
Jacob Fletcher series
The more recent novels were published under the author's pseudonym John Drake (q.v.)
The start of a series of books
Jacob Fletcher, who joins the Navy in 1793. Harry Flashman in a sailor
suit would sum it up, and none the worse for it. The author has
"discovered" a set of papers purporting to be those of Admiral
Fletcher, and the emphasis is on the comic.
Obviously places the Flashmanesque
hero at the famous 1794 naval battle between the British and
The year is 1795 and Jacob Fletcher has reached the shores of Jamaica. Having been driven out of England by his cruel stepmother, Lady Sarah Coignwood, he has finally reached a land where he might be able to make his fortune. But this haven might not be as safe as he once thought . The Maroon peoples are being whipped up into a frenzy by the one of the most dangerous men Fletcher has ever met, Vernon Hughes. It’s seems that it will only be a matter of time before the island erupts into violence. To make matters worse, Lady Coignwood has heard that Fletcher is not dead but alive and well in Jamaica. She will stop at nothing to destroy her troublesome stepson.
During a test to see if Fletcher is fit for promotion, a civilian named Rowland sits in. But the mysterious Rowland has more in store for Fletcher than a test. Fletcher is tasked to find and destroy anything he finds at sea regarding the steam engine, before the French can build one. A deal is struck, but when Rowland says he must also kill the McCloud brothers, the English-Scots who sold the steam engine to France, Fletcher is not sure how far he is willing to go.
Yard-Arm For A
Gallows. Dent, 1966. 176
It is 1721 and England is at war
Spain. Piracy and adventure in the Caribbean.
Ehrlich, Max Simon (1909-1983)
Deep is the
Blue. Doubleday, 1964. 299
SSBN captain pushes his crew for
hard that they end up making mistakes. This, in turn, endangers the
safety and mission of the ship on its patrol, and almost leads to an
attack on an allied submarine. Finally, in an effort to shake up the
crew, the captain makes a mistake which almost sinks the
Rory Dunbrody and Tobias St. John series:
Shipwreck, Indian raids and the
threat of war with Great Britain confront two U. S. Navy officers, one Irish,
one black, in the Pacific Northwest on the eve of the American Civil War. Rory
Dunbrody and Tobias St. John, sea officers and best friends, are thrust into
armed confrontation with the British over possession of remote San Juan
Island. Only their deft diplomacy averts a shooting war. Then, these two
comrades from the lowest social orders of the day are separated by the advent
of civil war. Rory, now a Confederate lieutenant, and Tobias, a Union sailing
master, struggle to maintain their friendship as they battle the enemy, and
one another, in New Orleans, Chesapeake Bay and on the Carolina
The story of two sea officers, best
friends, one Irish and one black who are separated by the American Civil War
at sea. Rory Dunbrody and Tobias St. John struggle to maintain their
friendship while confronting storms, the enemy, the bias of brother officers,
and occasionally, one another
In yet another espionage mission
masterminded by Lincoln and his Secret Service Chief, Allan Pinkerton, Tobias,
aboard USS Woonsocket, must sort through the conflicting expectations of
Mexican President Benito Juarez with his need for weapons to put down Mexico's
French-supported rebellion, and Lincoln's need to keep French imperialism at
bay while insuring that the blockade of Matamoros does not interfere with
cotton shipments for Union uniforms. In the process, Tobias barely escapes
death at the hand of his nemesis, blockade runner Bertram Ludlow, off the
mouth of the Rio Bravo.
Tobias and Rory experience the
chilling waters of the English Channel off Cherbourg as the Kearsarge sinks
the Alabama. Next, Confederate Navy Secretary Stephen Mallory sends Rory and
a cadre of Rebel officers to the Pacific. The Rebels arm a raider in
Victoria, British Columbia that intercepts a Union gold shipment from San
Francisco. Then they aid the CSS Shenandoah in attacks against whalers.
Tobias and Kekoa Kalama are aboard a Union sloop of war in hot pursuit,
determined to defend the whaling fleet against
Rory becomes commander of the
Chilean/Peruvian Atlantic Squadron. He recruits Tobias and a host of Irish-
American sailor-members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the "Fenians,"
thirsting for adventure, employment and training for the forthcoming Fenian
uprising against Britain in 1867.
Together, Rory and Tobias lead the squadron as it carries out Peruvian
President Mariano Prado's plan to attack Spanish possessions in the Atlantic,
and Spain herself.
Eliot, George Fielding (1894-
U. S. N. Messnor, 1956. 320
The steam frigate MERRIMACK
Southern ports during the War Between the States.
Ellsberg, Edward (1891-1983)
Santa Cruz Treasure series:
Ex-USN salvage officer and ex-navy
use a surplus WW I navy salvage ship to go after the treasure of a
Spanish galleon sunk in 30 fathoms near a tiny island off the
Ex-USN salvage officer Philip Ramsay
takes command of
the LAPWING to recover the remaining treasure of the Santa Cruz, now
hidden underneath the sunken hull of another ship!
Also published as Spanish Ingots. After
jettisoning the Spanish gold to avoid it's confiscation by the
Peruvian navy and scuttling the LAPWING Philip Ramsay charters an old
"S" class submarine, now a travelling exhibition, to recover the
in the S-53 and the NANTUCKET
LIGHTSHIP as Philip Ramsay and the navy divers try to get the
Santa Cruz treasure back to civilization.
Pigboats. Dodd, Mead, 1931.
Lieutenant Knowlton commands the
L-200 attached to Britain’s Grand Fleet in the First World War. Driven
by enemy destroyers, crippled and helpless, to a depth she was not
designed for we follow the despair and desperation of her people as
their morale disintegrates in the face of what appears to be certain
death. U. K. title: Submerged.
S-54 : Stories of the
Sea. Dodd, Mead, 1932. 278
Collection of fictional salvage
stories. Contents: S-54 -- It's a tough problem -- Cargo to Newcastle --
Queenstown patrol --
Hell on Ice : the Saga of the
"Jeannette". Dodd, Mead, 1938.
The personal narrative in
fictional form of the chief engineer, G. W. Melville, of the tragic
USN expedition "to that unknown part of the world lying North of
Behring's strait. " 22 of the 34 men in the JEANETTE died while trying
to reach Siberia after she was crushed in the ice in June
Paul. Dodd, Mead, 1941. 607
Fiction about John Paul
"I have just begun to fight" : The story of
John Paul Jones. Dodd, Mead, 1942.
Fictionalized for young readers.
Abridged and altered from the author's "Captain Paul" (1941).
Cruise of the
Jeannette. Dodd, Mead, 1949.
Fictionalized for young readers. A
retelling for young readers of the author's Hell on
Mid Watch: a
novel. Dodd, Mead, 1954.
Boiler blows up in an old US Navy
making a full power run sometime before WW I. Ensign is made scapegoat
and court martialled.
Ellsworth, John (Editor)
Tiller and Pen: A Collection of Sailors'
Stories. Eighth Moon, 1994.
Modern short fiction. Contents:
Cutting rope / John Tucker -- Three man and a boat / Eton Churchill --
Standing watch / Marian Blue -- Coffee on the watch / Ben Wilensky -- Aground
/ Joan Connor -- The sea has many voices / Gregory Fitz Gerald -- Wreck of the
Juniper / Daniel Spurr -- Flo / Michael Badham -- Foggy Foggy Don'ts / Mary
Lee Coe -- A daughter of the tradewind / Richard Morris Dey --
The cruise of the diablesse / Tamsen Merrill -- Island Hunter / Christine
La Carona del Diablo / Ray Bradley.
Wind. Bethany House, 1996. 187
Just after the surrender of Germany
in World War II, three Danish children are trapped aboard a renegade German
submarine attempting to escape to South America with Nazi
For Love of a
Pirate. Morrow, 1978. 251
16th century English corsair
daughter of Cuba's Spanish governor, chases galleon carrying
Connection. American Literary
Press, 1994. 288 pages
The stealing of two Russian diesel
Kilo Class submarines by a defecting U. S. ex-commanding officer of a nuclear
submarine for transfer to a Columbian drug cartel results in the combining of
forces of the U. S. and ex-Soviet Union to combat the drug
Affair. American Literary
Press, 1998. 279 pages
Direct sequel to The Scorpius Connection, concluding the story.
Evans, Alan (1930-2006)
David Cochrane Smith Series
Commander David Cochrane Smith pulls
in an outdated British Cruiser off Chile in 1917 against two German
cruisers. Probably based on the battle of
Smith is given command of a motley
rejects in the Dover Patrol and given the assignment of killing
U-boats through aggressive patrolling. He cannot convince his
superior of the futility of the task or get support to stop a German
surprise that he is expecting -- despite its potential to lose the
war for Britain.
Smith uses a mixed force -- his
command, the light
cruiser DAUNTLESS, a seaplane carrier, a USN subchaser, and a
merchantman carrying a British infantry battalion that has murdered
its commanding officer -- to interdict Central Power reinforcements
and supplies in the Palestine theater in 1916. Just as he has things
under control -- in time to support Allenby's attack on Bersheeba --
the Germans use a BLUCHER class heavy cruiser to run the 5000-man
Afrika Legion into the theater. Smith is ordered to stop
Commander Smith and three British
pursue the German battleship SALZBURG off the Italian Coast in 1917.
Published in the U. S. as "Seek and Destroy".
In command of a British "Q" ship,
Smith tries to
deliver a cargo of gold and a mysterious woman to a Russian group
fighting the Germans in 1918.
At the start of WW II Captain Smith
an attempt by a German light cruiser to aid the GRAF
Captain David Smith, thought by some
to be unfit
for command, is still serving in the Royal Navy in 1940. In this
story, which stretches credulity to the utmost, Smith searches for
his daughter Susan. He takes part in HMS COSSACK's boarding of the
ALTMARK in Jossingfjord, survives the ramming of the HIPPER by the
GLOWWORM and the novel's climax is his light cruiser engaging the
German heavy cruiser BRANDENBURG in the Battle of Narvik knowing his
daughter is aboard the German ship. . . .
Glory. Hodder and
Stoughton, 1984. 304 pages
The lives of a Regular Royal Navy
artist cousin, who joins the Royal Marines after WW II breaks out, an
ex-USN officer who joins the Royal Navy, and a Frenchwoman whose father
was a senior port offical intertwine around the raid on St. Nazaire
during the early stages of WW II. The book starts with the British
evacuation of St. Nazaire in 1940, and climaxes with the raid on the
Normandie Dock in 1942.
Taranto. Hodder &
Stoughton, 1987. 224 pages
Based on true events. Tells the
story of the
pilots of the Fairey Swordfish biplanes ("stringbags") who attacked the
Italian fleet anchored in the harbor of Taranto, Italy in
Action. Hodder &
Stoughton, 1989. 256 pages
British MGBs raid a German-held
French town to rescue an atomic scientist during WW
Sword at Sunrise : a novel of D-
Day. Hodder & Stoughton, 1984. 289
Adventures of the LCT CLIMAX at the
Eyster, Warren (1925-2016)
Far From the Customary
Skies. Random House,
1953. 372 pages
WW II destroyer. Savage abuse of
rank leads to the killing of an officer.