Gladd, Arthur Anthony (1913- )
Dodd, Mead, 1961. 270
Greek-Venetian lad, forced to become
a sponge fisher
after his father's disappearance, meets Miguel de Cervantes, finds
Barbarossa's treasure, gets shipwrecked by a storm, captured by the
Turks, and forced to become a galley slave. Escaping from the Turks, he
goes to the Holy League fleet camped outside of Lepanto, warns them of
a Turkish trap, and fights at the battle of Lepanto alongside
Cervantes, rescuing his father and restoring the family fortune. Seems
more plausible as you read the story, than when you encapsulate it.
A Sailor's Story.
Marvel Entertainment Group,
1987. 1 volume
Graphic novel about
service aboard a FLETCHER class destroyer during WW II. The ship was
equipped with a catapult for an OS2U Kingfisher aircraft. "...very well
done, and very evocative of a sailor's life on a 'tin can' in the
Wind, Dreams, and Dragons.
Marvel Entertainment Group,
1989. 1 volume
A Sailor's Story, book two.
kamikaze period of WW II in the Pacific in more detail.
Glascock, William Nugent,
Captain RN, (1787?-1847)
Naval Sketch-Book; or, The Service Afloat And
Ashore : with characteristic reminiscences, fragments and opinions on
professional and political subjects.
H. Colburn, 1826. 2
olla-podrida of 'galley' stories, criticisms on naval books, and
miscellanies,... It is not very well written, and is in parts very
dull, but provides some genuine things." [Saintsbury's Nineteenth
Sailors and Saints, or Matrimonial
Manoeuvres. H. Colburn, 1829.
Tales of a Tar, with Characteristic
Anecdotes. H. Colburn and R.
Bentley, 1830. 333 pages
Land Sharks and Sea Gulls.
R. Bentley, 1838. 3
A spy story in the Philippines
during World War II. A German agent has obtained American battle plans for an
attack on a Japanese fleet off Midway, information which could lead to an
American defeat and a Japanese invasion of the U.S. An American lieutenant
races to catch the agent.
As the war in the South Pacific
heats up, Lieutenant Ingram gets a new assignment to the destroyer U.S.S.
Howell, on which he will serve as executive officer. Thrown into two epic
naval battles of World War II, the battle of Cape Esperance and the battle of
the Santa Cruz Islands, a young but already battle-weary Todd Ingram is also
in the middle of a personal nightmare: his girlfriend, Army nurse Helen
Durand, is trapped behind enemy lines, fighting for the resistance on
Mindanao. With Soviet espionage activity hindering his attempted rescue of
Helen, Lieutenant Ingram is at an impasse.
It's 1943, and the U.S. Navy is
caught in a fierce battle against the Japanese in the South Pacific. At stake,
is the Allies' newly won Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. But Isoroku
Yamamoto, admiral of the Combined Fleet and architect of the surprise attack
on Pearl Harbor, desperately wants Guadalcanal back and prepares to launch a
series of bombing raids in the Solomons.
In 1944, the Allies have delivered a
stunning blow to Hitler's Western front. In the Pacific, Admiral Raymond A.
Spruance's Fifth fleet is poised to eviscerate the Japanese Navy - and begin a
new war for the occupied islands. But in the center of this world-spanning
drama, a lone Japanese submarine is on a mission of a very different kind. And
on board is Todd Ingram, a prisoner of war and captive of
The Brutus Lie.
Scribner's, 1991. 357
Reunited after thirty-five years of
Cold War, brothers and bitter enemies Lofton and Dobrynyn pursue their
individual goals of outwitting each other, unaware that their deaths have been
ordered at the highest government levels.
Much of the action takes place on submarines.
A Call to Colors: A Novel of the Leyte
Gulf. Ballantine, 2006.
Commander Mike Donovan is a veteran
haunted by earlier savage battles. What Donovan doesn't know is that Vice
Admiral Takao Kurita of Japan has laid an ingenious trap as the Matthew heads
for the treacherous waters of Leyte Gulf. But Donovan faces something even
deadlier than Kurita's battleships: Explosives secretly slipped on board
American ships by saboteurs are set to detonate at any time.
Golding, William (1911-1993)
Pincher Martin; The Two Deaths of Christopher
Martin. Faber & Faber,
1956. 208 pages
officer washes up on a barren rock in the middle of the Atlantic.
To the Ends of the Earth
Old Napoleonic Wars warship hauls
passengers to the Antipodes.
An account of a trip to Australia in
the form of a journal written by Edmund Talbot, a young, aristocratic
passenger aboard the British warship HMS Pandora. His influential godfather,
having secured him employment with the Governor General in Australia, presents
him with the journal in which to record the significant events of the journey.
The journal quickly becomes concerned with the account of the downfall of a
passenger, the Reverend Colley. Winner of the Man Booker
This book begins with Edmund Talbot
starting a new journal, but with a different tone as this was not to be
presented to his godfather. The plot focuses upon the romantic feelings of a
clearly unwell Talbot for a young woman whom he meets on a different ship they
come across, HMS Alcyone, and fears about the seaworthiness of the Pandora to
complete her journey.
Continues the ever-more perilous
voyage of the old ship and charts, amongst other things, Talbot's ongoing
maturation and growing admiration for the Prettimans, the rivalry between the
two principal officers (Summers and Benét) for Captain Anderson's respect and
trust and the conclusion to Edmund's affaire of the heart with Miss
Goldman, Eric (1949- )
[self published], 2008. 373
A modern sailor is recruited by the
Royal Navy and finds himself on the deck of HMS Impérieuse in 1813, as she
sails into battle against overwhelming odds. At stake are $5 billion in gold
and the fate of the modern world.
The Ordinary Seaman.
Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997.
Fifteen desperate men lured from
Central America by the promise of work aboard a freighter find themselves
trapped on a rusting, rat- and roach-infested hulk without plumbing, heat or
electricity, abandoned at an isolated Brooklyn pier. Placated by the promise
that they will eventually be paid, the crew work for six months under
horrifying conditions: half starved, filthy, sick and humiliated, they're
victims of their own poverty and the chicanery of others.
Return to Treasure Island.
Berkley, 1985. 251
Jim Hawkins, now an adult in the
of Squire trelawney, is set to travel to Jamaica to discover why the
Trelawny's estate there is not making money when Long John Silver
resurfaces. It seems that Silver is after the rest of Flint's treasure
left behind on the first expedition, and the key lies in Jim's map.
Naturally, Trelawny's estate manager -- and his partner, the Governor
of Jamaica -- are cheating Trelawny, and know about the treasure map...
need more be said?
Russians send super sub on a cruise,
US sends our hero after it with orders to capture or sink
Popular Library, 1941. 558
Life on an early US destroyer on the
eve of WW I. One of the great classics of naval literature.
Gordon, Richard (Gordon
The Captain's Table.
Harcourt, Brace, 1954. 224
Rough diamond cargo ship captain is
command of the company's passenger ship.
Doctor At Sea.
M. Joseph, 1953. 219
A newly qualified doctor signs on as
in a merchant ship for a voyage from Liverpool to South America and
back. Loosely based on the author's experiences as a ship's doctor. It
was filmed with Dirk Bogarde as the doctor and James Robertson Justice
as the ship's captain.
Gordon-Stables, W. (Gordon
The Meteor Flag of England : The Story of a
Coming Conflict. James Nisbet & Co,
1905. 332 pages
Written for boys and set in 1980-1!
the Germans and the Russians invade Britain: The French the South, the
Germans and Russians Scotland. The technical advances are a bit out to
say the least, 300 knot coal burning ships and giant subs etc. But
underlying all this the author was greatly concerned about the
vulnerability of Scotland to invasion because of the governments
parsimonious attitude to modernising the fleet and in his work with
youth (boys) organisations he advocated they should be encouraged to
shoot and own rifles to defend the country in that event.
Gould, Alan (1949- )
The Man Who Stayed Below.
Angus & Robertson, 1984. 201
A raw 16 year old apprentice is on a
clipper from Melbourne bound for London via Cape Horn. He is
intoxicated with the glamour of the sea and ships until he encounters
the malign Captain Trygg.
Graeme, Bruce (1900-1982)
Mystery on the Queen Mary : another story of Superintendent Stevens and Inspector Allain.
Hutchinson, 1938. 319
Robby MacKay, a young shipyard worker who is one of many helping to prepare the Queen Mary get ready for her historic maiden voyage, overhears a scheme to hide something somewhere on the ship, masterminded by a man with a foreign voice. Robby later survives a violent attack and near-drowning to seek the help of the police. Inspector Stevens uses his influence to get Robby a job aboard the ship so he can mingle with passengers and hopefully ID the mystery voice. Meanwhile in France, a dying foreigner with ties to jewel thieves leads Inspector Allain to also snag a ticket aboard the Queen, and soon the detective duo realize the two mysteries are in some way connected.
Death on a Smokeboat.
Hurst & Blackett, 1947. 167
The smoke boats are a motley
ancient craft stationed in a southern English dockyard immediately
prior to D-day. During enemy air attacks they station themselves upwind
and obscure possible targets. A young lieutenant from Naval
Intelligence is sent to the flotilla to trap a spy and falls in love.
An enjoyable mystery story with good period detail.
Graham, Winston (1908-2003)
The Grove of Eagles.
Doubleday, 1963. 576
Englishman escapes the Spanish
fight beside Raleigh at the sacking of Cadiz in 1596, and to help
defeat the second Spanish Armada.
Eagle of the Sea, the story of Old
Ironsides. Rand McNally,
1949. 176 pages
The story of the frigate USS
Constitution told through the experiences of a boy who helped build her in the
Boston shipyards, and later sailed on her as a recruit of the new U.S Navy, as
she sails against the Barbary pirates and during the War of 1812.
The Ultimate Weapon.
Pinnacle, 1976. 183
From the Log of the U.S.S.
Devilfish. Duel with a Soviet sub to determine which one is the best in the
Grass, Günter (1927-2015)
Harcourt, 2003. 240
Translation of Im
Krebsgang. The narrator of the novella is the journalist Paul
Pokriefke, who was born on 30 January 1945 on the day that the Strength
Through Joy ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, was sunk. His young mother-to-be,
Tulla Pokriefke, found herself among the more than 10,000 passengers on the
ship and was among those saved when it went down. According to Tulla, Paul was
born at the moment the ship sank, on board the torpedo boat which had rescued
them. His life is heavily influenced by these circumstances, above all because
his mother Tulla continually urges him to fulfill his 'duty' and to
commemorate the event in writing.
Flagg of the Mimi : Romance and Shipwreck on
the Oregon Coast in 1913. Maverick, 2000. 143 pages
Story of a pre-WWI shipwreck of the
"Mimi" on the Oregon Coast and the ill-conceived attempt to salvage her. Spine
of the novel is the conflict between Frederick Flagg, first mate on the
Mimi (owned by his uncle), and the incompetent, avaricious, drug-
addicted Captain Westphal.
British sub commander sent to hunt
U-Boat haunting the East coast of Britain in 1940 suspects it may be
commanded by his friend and ex-commander, a cashiered RN officer
believed killed in a race car accident. Then the British sub is sent
to capture a German prison ship in Norwegian
Following the invasion of Norway,
HMS RAPIER is
trapped in the Skagerrack by German destroyers. Hamilton uses a trick
to convince the Germans that he has been sunk which is so convincing
the British believe it, too! The Royal Navy then takes advantage of
the confusion to declare the RAPIER destroyed, and assign Hamilton
the command of a motley collection of foreign subs that have escaped
German occupation -- and use the force for missions the admiralty
wishes to disavow.
In Hong Kong the submarine Rapier is
attacked by supposedly neutral Japanese planes. Hamilton fights back--to the
dismay of local UK diplomats. Next, when a Japanese warship forces the UK ship
Firefly into Hai-An Bay, taking the captain as a quasi-hostage, Hamilton
undertakes a risky mission to free the Firefly.
The Rapier is reassigned as a
training ship at Tobermory, off the coast of Scotland. In a couple of months,
Hamilton transforms his crew from green recruits to able-bodied seamen. Then
at a party at a WRNS base, he runs into an old flame, Caroline Faversham, and
beds her, not knowing that she is the wife of Captain Gervaise Woodward, a man
with a pathological dislike of submarine sailors.
U-Boat / Konrad Bergman
Bergman as he goes through pre-war
training and service, then taking command of UB-44 at the outbreak
of WW II. Covers UB-44's missions during the first six months of the
war, and chronicles Bergman's transition from a non-party supporter
of Hitler to an anti-Nazi. Book is climaxed when Bergman receives the
Fuhrer's orders to sink a German pocket battleship, and leave no
Berman, in UB-44, participates in a
on an Atlantic convoy while the Gestapo investigates him for
Berman takes U-boat to Japan to
study midget subs
there, and hijacks a Kaiten.
Bergman salvages a sunken U-boat,
of a flotilla of midget submarines attacking the Normandy beachhead,
commands salvaged sub on three missions in 1944-45, then is involved
in an attempt to smuggle Hitler to Argentina.
Greenfield, Irving A. (1928- )
Arbor House, 1978. 245
Missing US sub is spotted by recon
fighter around the
world from where she allegedly went down. The hunt is
Over the Brink.
Kensington, 1990. 287
Russian sub sinks to bottom of
signals for help, and USN responds. But the Russians try to destroy
their own sub first.
The SHARK is America's high
technology submarine whose mission is to stop Soviet domination of the oceans.
The crew have had their pasts deleted, and if threatened with capture, they
are under orders to self-destruct.
While attempting to salvage an
incalculable fortune in gold from an ancient wreck, America's high technology
submarine, the Shark, faces a Soviet killer sub with the same mission and a
suspected double-agent aboard.
Adventures under the ice with the
Super sub USS SHARK seeks stranded
sub, but it's surrounded by Russian navy.
Weird experimental sub SHARK has
treads for invading Libya(I'm not making this up) to rescue spy
Renegade USN force steals super sub
sets out to attack the Soviet Union. Former skipper pursues his old
ship in the attack sub NEPTUNE.
Supersub stalks Soviet invasion
Arabian coast, and is herself stalked by Russian leviathan while
being lured into a trap.
Commander Jack Boxer is given secret
orders to take America's newest sub, the Barracuda, to Antarctica and
challenge the Russian sub guarding the continents's offshore mineral
Admiral Jack Boxer and his crew on
board an American nuclear submarine head of the Persian Gulf and an assignment
to seek out and destroy a secret Iranian-Soviet undersea base for a fleet of
Admiral Jack is off to the arctic to
crashed Russian transport plane on an ice island, but Soviet killer
sub is in the way.
Ships from all over converge on NYC
anniversary of Columbus' voyage, but Chinese are up to no good.
Admiral Jack Boxer to the rescue.
Back to the Arctic, this time to
Russian admiral, who's threatening nuclear war. It's Jack Boxer and
his supersub against the Russian fleet.
Secret sub NARWHAL is down, fighting
and a Russian sub tries to help.
When brigands board his pleasure
craft "Sea Dog" in the South China Sea, Captain Jack Boxer finds himself the
prisoner of an old Nazi U-Boat commander with a strange idle of sunken
treasure. Escaping under fire in a rusting U-238, Boxer returns with his old
nemesis, Russian Captain Viktor Borodin, to recover the remains of a WWII
British cruiser carrying 500 million in Russian gold.
On a rescue mission to save a downed
Russian vessel, Admiral Jack Boxer discovers that its crew is dead and that
high levels of lethal radiation caused by illegally dumped nuclear waste is
filling the vessel.
Jack Boxer and Viktor Borodine are
on special assignment to stop terrorists who are out to destroy the world's
biggest offshore oil field.
Super Depth Force: Project Discovery.
Kensington, 1988. 397
In 1992, hundreds of ships from
across the globe converge on New York harbor to celebrate the 500th
anniversary of Columbus's fateful voyage. But from behind the Bamboo Curtain,
the Chinese super-sub Sea Death sets out to transform the mammoth jubilee into
an explosive nightmare of terror.
Master of This Vessel.
Holt, Rinehart and Winston,
1961. 398 pages
"In a tension-filled situation, a
lonely people, thrown together aboard an ocean liner, stubbornly
cling to their status symbols even though the price might be their
lives. At the center of this antagonistic group, and suddenly
catapulted into the position of Acting Captain, is 26-year old Serafina
Ciccolante. His knowledge of the sea belies his years, but-although in
complete control of his ship-he is completely at odds with his ship's
company. Consequently, in the midst of a tropical cyclone, he finds
himself forced to battle both the elements and his hostile companions."
[from the dust jacket]
An Operational Necessity.
Putnam, 1967. 447
German U-Boat machine-guns survivors
French merchantman in South Atlantic, leading to the pursuit, capture,
and trial of the submarine's officers after the war.
Griggs, Lieut. George Philip,
Destroyer at War : An account, in the form of
fiction, of life in a destroyer. Hutchinson & Co, 1943. 128 pages
Good contemporary account of the
thrill, the tragedy and the humour which make up the lives of men
aboard a British "V" class destroyer in the early days of WW
The Days are Spent.
Coward-McCann, 1945. 314
U.K. title: The
Readiness is All.
Grundner, Tom (1945-2011)
Sir Sidney Smith Nautical Adventure
A planned nine volume series unfinished
at the author's death.
How do you keep a prince alive when
the combined forces of three nations (and a smattering of privateers) want him
dead? Worse, how do you do it when his life is in the hands of a 17 year old
lieutenant, an alcoholic college professor, and a woman who has fired more
naval guns than either of them? A revision of Between Two
Flags (2005) eliminating the time travel
After surviving the horrors of the
destruction of Toulon, Sir Sidney is given a critical assignment. British gold
shipments are going missing. Even worse, the ships are literally disappearing
in plain sight of their escorts and the vessels around them. The mystery must
be solved if Britain is going to maintain its lines of credit and continue to
finance the war. But to do that Sir Sidney must unravel a web of intrigue that
leads all the way to the Board of Admiralty.
It's 1798 and Sir Sidney Smith is
languishing in 'The Temple,' France's maximum security prison. For the past
two years he had been running the Agence de Paris - Britain's primary spy ring
in France - from his cell. But the authorities are starting to close in. It's
time for Sir Sidney to leave; but, to do so, he must stage one of the most
spectacular prison breaks in history. Arriving back in England, he receives a
set of orders sending him to Portsmouth for further duty. What he didn't know
was that his new duty would involve working with an itinerant musician, by the
name of William Parish - who happens to be a genius at breaking
Napoleon's army might not be able to
go anywhere by sea, but they can still march. He leads them from Egypt through
Syria toward Constantinople. From there he can go west and enter Europe
through the backdoor, or go east, and conquer India. Either way, it would be a
disaster for Britain. The only thing standing in his way is a small coastal
city called Acre.
Sir Sidney Smith is given command of every British warship in the eastern
Mediterranean - all of two third-rate ships of the line. He moves his
minuscule forces to Acre to head off Bonaparte.
The Truxton Cipher.
Simon and Schuster, 1973. 223
Lt. Commander Harry St. John is
appointed Executive Officer of the destroyer USS SOMERSET. His captain
is a bully and discipline is bad. Coding officers have fatal accidents.
On exercise the SOMERSET is cut in two by an aircraft carrier with
major loss of life while Harry is OOD. To make matters worse survivors
claim he was the drunk at the time.
Gyles, Tony (1925- )
Deep their grave : the diary of a merchant ship and her crew, during the battle of the Atlantic, 1942.
P.O.D., 1998. 414
A peace-time passenger ship is converted to a troop carrier, and her crew are sent on a single fateful voyage, at a time when the enemy was sinking, on average, an Allied ship every four hours and the prospect of the crew returning safely to their homes and families was grim. Seamanship of the highest standard would not, alone, be sufficient to guarantee their safety, for this was a time when Britain's 'darkest hour' loomed ominously close.