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Hammond, Marc

Fathom. Futura, 1978. 345 pages

The world's most sophisticated mini-sub is missing - along with a nuclear warhead.




Hammond, Ralph [pseud. Hammond Innes] (1913-1998)

Cocos Gold. Collins, 1950. 254 pages






Isle of Strangers. Collins, 1951. 251 pages

U.S. title: Island of Peril. A boy's trip across the North Sea in search of his uncle during World War II.





Saracen's Tower. Collins, 1952. 189 pages

U.S. title Cruise of Danger.







Hammond, William C. (1947- )

Culter Family Chonicles

  1. A Matter of Honor. Cumberland House, 2007. 311 pages

    A Massachusetts teenager who ships out with John Paul Jones to avenge the death of his beloved brother Will, taken by force by the Royal Navy and flogged to death aboard a king's ship. On the high seas, in England and in France, on the sugar islands of the Caribbean and the battlefield of Yorktown, Richard Cutler proves his mettle and wins the love -- and the allegiance to the infant republic -- of a beautiful English aristocrat from the arms of a young British sea officer named Horatio Nelson.



  3. For Love of Country. Naval Institute Press, 2010. 239 pages

    In the late 18th century, Richard Cutler attempts to both save his family from Barbary pirates and his one true love and her daughters from the guillotine during the French Revolution, with help from U.S. naval commander John Paul Jones along the way.




  5. The Power and the Glory. Naval Institute Press, 2011. 254 pages

    Set in the late 1790s during the Quasi- War with France, and featuring the adventures of the seafaring Cutler family of Hingham, Massachusetts, looks at the new American Navy during the Age of Fighting Sail.




  7. A Call to Arms. Naval Institute Press, 2012. 246 pages

    Set primarily in the Mediterranean Sea during the war against Tripoli, this novel includes business ventures that expand the Cutler commercial empire to the Orient. Richard Cutler has command of a frigate while his younger son Jamie serves as midshipman aboard USS Constitution under the command of Captain Edward Preble. Other naval heroes in the novel include Stephen Decatur, Richard Somers and Charles Stewart.



  9. How Dark the Night. Naval Institute Press, 2014. 213 pages

    Included are the Chesapeake vs Leopard affair, impressment of American sailors at sea by the Royal Navy, and the Embargo Act, a piece of legislation imposed by President Jefferson and Sevretary of State Madison that crippled American shipping companies, including Cutler & Sons, and nearly caused New England to secede from the Union. In addition to facing fierce trials and tribulations in the external environment, Richard Cutler and his family are forced to confront the heart-wrenching illness of a dearly beloved family member. Years Covered: 1805 to 1811.


  11. No Sacrifice Too Great. McBooks Press, 2022. 240 pages

    Chronicles the swashbuckling adventures of the Cutler family as the United States takes on Great Britain in the War of 1812. Richard Cutler and his two sons, William and James, serve in the US Navy, weak in number of ships but strong in experience and fighting-spirit. Battles in which the family participates include high seas drama between the USS Constitution and HMS Guerriere, fleet engagements on Lake Erie and Lake Champlain, the siege of Baltimore, and the epic Battle of New Orleans.



  13. To Distant Shores. McBooks Press, 2023. 312 pages

    As America entered the 1840s and began expanding its dominion over North America and opening lucrative overseas markets in Asia and elsewhere, all that was needed to secure its place in the world was an alliance with a like-minded nation with the naval resources to guarantee the integrity of global trade routes and the financial rewards accruing to both parties of such an alliance. Captain Richard Cutler commands the new United States steam frigate Suwannee on a mission to the South Seas to the distant shores of New Zealand.


  15. A Return to Duty. McBooks Press, 2024. 272 pages

    As a premier carrier of goods along Far Eastern trade routes, Cutler & Sons, in league with the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy, plays a key role in the struggle to eliminate the scourge of narcotics. Their conflict with cutthroats and brigands who defy their emperor to amass huge fortunes by ransoming sailors and smuggling opium, places Cutler & Sons in jeopardy.




Hancock, Harrie Irving (1868-1922)

Motor Boat Club series:

  1. The Motor Boat Club and the Wireless; or, The Dot, Dash and Dare Cruise. Henry Altemus, 1909. 256 pages





  3. The Motor Boat Club Off Long Island; or, A Daring Marine Game at Racing Speed. Henry Altemus, 1909. 252 pages





  5. The Motor Boat Club in Florida; or, Laying the ghost of Alligator Swamp. Henry Altemus, 1909. 250 pages





  7. The Motor Boat Club of the Kennebec : or, The secret of Smugglers' Island. Henry Altemus, 1909. 253 pages





  9. The Motor Boat Club at Nantucket; or, The mystery of the Dunstan heir. Henry Altemus, 1909. 256 pages





  11. The Motor Boat Club at the Golden Gate, or, A thrilling capture in the great fog. Henry Altemus, 1909. 212 pages





  13. The Motor Boat Club on the Great Lakes; or, The "Flying Dutchman" of the big fresh water. Henry Altemus, 1912. 252 pages





Hankins, John Walter

Cayman Gold. Writer's Club of America, 1997. 416 pages

High-ranking Nazis, using specially modified submarines, sumggle gold bullion to countries still friendly to Germany. One U-boat--along with its precious cargo--is sunk by a British destroyer, but not before discharging its secret cargo on an unknown island in the Carribean. Some fifty years later, the missing cache is discovered by an American family visiting the Cayman Islands. Their unexpected find leads to a murder, kidnapping, and the sudden convergence of foreign agents and Neo-Nazis to what had once been a peaceful island paradise.



Hanks, Douglas Jr. (1946-2003)

Muskrat: A Surprise Bid for the America's Cup. self, 1987. 239 pages

A local favorite around the Chesapeake Bay. A group of "good ole boys" (spelled drunks) from the Eastern Shore of Maryland mount an America's Cup campaign in 1987 and take it to Australia. MUSKRAT is the name of their boat and in the town of Oxford, Maryland you can now buy MUSKRAT t-shirts and hats, and find a half-hull model of the boat on the wall of the local drinking establishment.




Hanley, James (1901-1985)

Half an eye : sea stories. The Bodley Head, 1937. 438 pages

The tale -- Jacob -- The swimmer -- Shadows before sunset -- Fog -- Greaser Anderson -- Victory -- Sitting Royal -- The storm -- Captain Cruickshank -- The old ship -- Stoker Haslett -- The sea -- Feud.




The Ocean. Morrow, 1941. 233 pages

Written for a time when a group of men were likely to find themselves adrift in a lifeboat with little chance of survival. A thoughtful study of human behaviour.




Sailor's Song. Nicholson & Watson, 1943. 204 pages

Another lifeboat story featuring an old English stoker and his memories of his past.





Hannay, James (1827-1873)

Biscuits and Grog : Personal Reminiscences and Sketches of Percival Plug, R.N. (Late Midshipman of H.M.S. Preposterous). John & D.A. Darling, 1848. 125 pages

A Claret-Cup: Further Reminiscences and Sketches of Percival Plug. John & D.A. Darling, 1848. 118 pages

King Dobbs : A Satirical Romance. John & D.A. Darling, 1849. 284 pages

Hearts are Trumps : an Amphibious Story. D. Bog, 1849. 93 pages

Singleton Fontenoy, R.N. H. Colburn, 1850. 3 volumes

Sketches in Ultra-Marine. Addey, 1853. 2 volumes

Omnibus reprinting Biscuits and Grog, A Claret-Cup, and King Dobbs, plus two short stories, "Mr. Snigsby's Yacht" and "Pip's Cruise in the Violet"

Sand and Shells : Nautical Sketches. Routledge, 1854. 123 pages

Eustace Conyers. Hurst, 1855. 3 volumes


Harding, Claud (1846-1921)

Ferndyke. London Literary Society, 1885. 343 pages

Old Shipmates: A Novel. J. & R. Maxwell, 1885. 366 pages

Derelict: A Tale of Moving Accidents by Flood and Field. Spencer Blackett, 1889. 400 pages

The Bo's'un of the "Psyche". T. Fisher Unwin, 1892. 3 volumes

The Capture of the "Estrella": A Tale of the Slave Trade. Cassell, 1893. 350 pages

Jack Stapleton; or, The romance of a coral island. Sampson, Low, Marston & Co., 1896. 305 pages


Harding, Duncan [pseud. Charles Henry Whiting] (1926-2007)

Tug of War : (December 22nd-December 31st 1941) . Futura, 1975. 190 pages

Adventures of a tugboat during an Arctic convoy in the mid-WW II period.




Flotilla Attack. Futura, 1976. 190 pages

HMS ROSE, a WW I-era destroyer, fights the Nazi invasion of Norway with a crew that believes her to be jinxed, and a First Lieutenant under a cloud because of the percieved cowardice of his father in WW I.




Torpedo Boat. Futura, 1976. 192 pages

Loosely based on the Royal Navy's involvement in Russia immediately after the Fist World War. Using two small but very fast torpedo boats, four British sailors attempt to put a British agent ashore in Petrograd. Petrograd is believed to be impregnable, and to make things even more complicated they are expected to sink a Soviet battleship on the way out!



Operation Chariot. Futura, 1977. 187 pages

A continuation of HMS ROSE's WW II service. Lamb, her erstwhile First Lieutenant, is now her captain. In spite of having the reputation as a jinxed ship her crew slowly become proud of her. In the attack by commandos and the destruction of the dock gates at St. Nazaire by by HMS CAMBELLTOWN, the ROSE is allocated the task of ensuring that E-boats do not prevent the escape of the survivors.




Harding, Leighton

William Calvert

  1. When Duty Calls. self, 2016. 354 pages






  3. State Secrets. self, 2016. 348 pages






  5. Secret Assignment. self, 2016. 370 pages






  7. Calvert's War of 1812. self, 2014. 162 pages







Hardy, Adam [pseud. Kenneth Bulmer (1921-2005) & Terry Harknett (1936- )]

George Abercrombie Fox series:

Napoleonic Wars adventures featuring an officer in the Royal Navy. Fairly standard, except that the brutal side to life in Nelson's navy is played up.

  1. The Press Gang. Pinnacle, 1973. 157 pages





  3. Prize Money. Pinnacle, 1974. 152 pages





  5. Savage Siege. (UK title: Siege). Pinnacle, 1974. 160 pages





  7. Treasure Map. (UK title: Treasure). Pinnacle, 1974. 155 pages





  9. Sailor's Blood. (UK title: Power Monkey). Pinnacle, 1974. 150 pages





  11. Sea of Gold. (UK title: Blood for Breakfast). Pinnacle, 1974. 151 pages





  13. Court Martial. Pinnacle, 1974. 151 pages





  15. Battle Smoke. Pinnacle, 1975. 152 pages





  17. Cut and Thrust. Pinnacle, 1975. 148 pages





  19. Boarder's Away. Pinnacle, 1975. 152 pages





  21. The Fireship. Pinnacle, 1976. 184 pages





  23. Blood Beach. New English Library, 1976. 110 pages





  25. Sea Flame. New English Library, 1976. 112 pages





  27. Close Quarters. New English Library, 1977. 128 pages






Strike force Falklands series:

  1. Operation Exocet. Futura, 1984. 158 pages





  3. Raider's Dawn. Futura, 1984. 160 pages





  5. Red Alert. Futura, 1984. 156 pages





  7. Recce Patrol. Futura, 1985. 158 pages





  9. Covert Op. Futura, 1985. 159 pages





  11. 'Ware Mines. Futura, 1985. 160 pages






Hardy, René (1911-1987)

The Lost Sentinel. Doubleday, 1960. 223 pages

Translation of Sentinelle Perdue. Italian submarine Moro in the Med during WW II.





Hardy, William M.

Wolfpack. Dodd, Mead, 1960. 183 pages

U.S. submarines vs. an Imperial Navy convoy in Japanese home waters during the opening days of the War. Later editions have the title Submarine Wolfpack.




U.S.S. Mudskipper: the submarine that wrecked a train. Dodd, Mead, 1967. 216 pages

Captain of an American submarine on patrol off Japanese coast in 1945 gets frustrated at a lack of targets, and becomes so obsessed with destroying a coastal train that he neglects all of his duties to do so.




The Ship They Called the Fat Lady. Dodd, Mead, 1969. 249 pages

Old passenger liner now serving as a submarine tender in Manila Bay during early 1942.





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