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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Hens - Hig

Henschel, Lee, Jr.

The Sailing Master Series

  1. Coming of Age. Rocket Science, 2014. 281 pages

    At just twelve years old, Owen Harriet joins the Eleanor to serve as cabin boy. The boy’s mathematical prowess draws the attention of Mr. Lau, Eleanor’s sailing master. But Owen also possesses a secret, the capacity to perceive and comprehend the Sukiyama




  3. The Long Passage. Rocket Science, 2017. 272 pages

    Deep within French Indochina, lost on the Mekong River, Owen befriends an inscrutable boy monk, only to fall prey to a demonic French privateer. A powerful enigma continues to haunt Owen and he begins to understand the Sukiyama




  5. Letter of Marque. Rocket Science, 2019. 273 pages

    Owen’s ship, the HMS Eleanor must disguise herself as a West African slaver in a ruse of war. Owen is there when two warring factions forge an armistice on a sandbar in Mesurado River in Monrovia. Later, he must deal with the unexpected return of Theophilé Oignon, his nemesis.




  7. Gods of Clay. Rocket Science, 2021. 248 pages

    Napoleon has struck a bargain with the Gods of Egypt to become immortal. 2 decades later on Saint Helena, Sailing Master Owen Harriet confronts a phantom who claims to be from the Great Pyramid






Henty, G. A. (1832-1902)

Under Drake's Flag; a tale of the Spanish Main. C. Scribner's Sons, 1883. 386 pages






Yarns on the Beach : a bundle of tales. Blackie & Son, 1886. 160 pages

Do your duty : a tale of the French war -- Surly Joe -- A fish-wife's dream




Held fast for England : a tale of the siege of Gibraltar, 1779-83. Blackie & Son, 1891. 352 pages





A Chapter of Adventures : or, Through the bombardment of Alexandria. Blackie & Son, 1891. 288 pages

U.S. title: The Young Midshipman.




By England's Aid; or The Freeing of the Netherlands (1585-1604). Blackie & Son, 1891. 384 pages





In Greek waters; a story of the Grecian war of independence (1821-1827). Blackie & Son, 1892. 384 pages





When London burned : a story of Restoration times and the great fire. Blackie & Son, 1895. 388 pages

Cyril Shenstone lost his estates during the Commonwealth. He proves himself a hero during the Great Plague, the naval war against the Dutch and the Great Fire of London.




With Cochrane the Dauntless: a tale of the exploits of Lord Cochrane in South American waters. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896. 388 pages





At Aboukir and Acre: a story of Napoleon's invasion of Egypt. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1898. 331 pages





By Conduct and Courage; a story of Nelson's days. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1904. 381 pages






Hepburn, Andrew

Letter of Marque. Little, Brown, 1959. 342 pages

Edward Stockton, mate in an American ship bound for China in 1812, is impressed into a British frigate. He escapes and finds his way to L'Orient, "the bustling intrigue-ridden center of privateering". Stockton outfits a lugger he captured during his escape and goes privateering. "The stench of smoke and the crash of rigging; the shine of the sails as a desperate ship strives to catch the wind; the sound of shot and the turmoil of had-to-hand combat..." [from bookjacket blurb]



Herbert, Alan Patrick (1890-1971)

The Water Gipsies. Doubleday, Doran, 1930. 414 pages

Life and love on the River Thames.





Herbert, Frank (1920-1986)

The Dragon in the Sea. Doubleday, 1956. 192 pages

It's the 21st century and the USA is running short on oil. The submarine FENIAN RAM is sent on a clandestine mission to tap the enemy's vast underwater oil deposits. Twenty vessels have failed to return and this is the final attempt! Revision of a serial published in "Astounding Science Fiction" under Herbert's preferred title Under Pressure. Also published as 21st Century Sub.




Hergé [pseud. Georges Prosper Remi] (1907-1983)

Les Aventures de Tintin

  1. Le Secret de La Licorne. Casterman, 1944. 62 pages






  3. Le Trésor de Rackham le Rouge. Casterman, 1945. 62 pages






  5. Coke en stock. Casterman, 1958. 62 pages








Hergesheimer, Joseph (1880-1954)

Java Head. Knopf, 1919. 255 pages

Java Head is the home of Jeremy Ammidon, retired sea captain, formerly in the East Indian trade, and his son William, who has never sailed the seas. Gerrit, the old man's favorite son is master of the ship Nautilus, and after a long voyage returns to Salem with a beautiful Chinese wife. "One of the best [American novels] I ever read" - Samuel Beckett





Herm, Heinrich [pseud. Henri Legras] (1882-1948)

The Voyage. Farrar & Rinehart, 1934. 305 pages

Translation of the German Moria. U.K. title: Frail Safety. A cruise ship strikes a floating derelict in mid-ocean. The captain, anxious to avoid panic, instructs one of the most influential passengers to concoct a plausible story to calm his fellow tourists. All goes well until curiosity breeds unrest and the truth proves the turning point. Men and women, apparently well-bred and cultured, show their worst traits of character - others display unforeseen courage and fortitude




Herman, Fred (Frederick Sawyer) (1917- )

Dynamite Cargo: Convoy to Russia. Vanguard, 1943. 158 pages

Another Murmansk run story of a merchant seaman going to Russia on a liberty ship, which is then sunk, and his survival with 300 sailors on board of the HMS Scylla. Based on the author's actual experiences.





Hersey, John (1914-1993)

A Single Pebble. Knopf, 1956. 181 pages

Pulled on a junk hauled by forty-odd trackers, a young American engineer travels up the Yangtze searching for dam sites.





Under the Eye of the Storm. Knopf, 1967. 244 pages

Two couples on a weekend sail off the Massachussets coast get caught in a hurricane shortly after the boat's owner realized that his wife is having an affair with the other husband.





Herst, Roger E.

Ghost Sub. Kensington, 1979. 352 pages

US missile sub cruising under the ice pack in Russian waters is found and trapped. Published in the US as Status 1SQ.





Heuman, William (1912-1971)

Missouri River Boy. Dodd, Mead, 1959. 153 pages

Matt Harris signs on as cub pilot aboard an upper-river sidewheeler, bound for a remote army post with food-stuffs and supplies in the year 1868. On his voyage, he meets the challenge of the treacherous Missouri River, learns to get along with the coldly aloof pilot of the packet, helps navigate through a herd of stampeding buffalo and faces up to necessity of entering a hostile Indian camp to rescue a captured white girl.



Guns Along the Big Muddy. Arcadia House, 1962. 224 pages

Mystery involving a Civil War river gunboat sent to meet a Yankee general


Hewes, Agnes Danforth (1874-1963)

Spice and the Devil's Cave. Knopf, 1930. 331 pages

A story of the rivalry between Arab traders, the city-state of Venice, and of the struggling nation of Portugal to dominate the spice trade by finding a new sea route to India by going around the "Devil's Cave"--The Cape of Good Hope.




Glory of the Seas. Knopf, 1933. 314 pages

A young shipping clerk in Boston yearns to travel to California to find gold






Hewett, George

In Nelson's Days. Wells Gardner, Darton & Co., 1892. 123 pages







Hickam, Homer H. (1943- )

The Keeper's Son. Thomas Dunne/St. Martin's, 2003. 353 pages

On the outer banks of the Carolinas in 1941, fisherman and a few lonely sailors constitute the human population. Dominating the rough yet beautiful landscape is the majestic Killakeet Lighthouse, run for generations by the Thurlow family. But Josh Thurlow, the lighthouse keeper's son, has forsworn his heritage to become the commander of a small Coast Guard patrol boat. Tortured by twenty years of guilt for losing his brother at sea, Josh still searches for him, even while a looming wolf pack of German U-boats threatens to decimate the shipping lanes off the coast. One of the U-boats is captained by a hardened Nazi, Otto Krebs. But Captain Krebs may bring ashore more than the war -- he may also have the answer to Josh Thurlow's quest.



Hickey, D. Harold [David] (1885-1952)

Up Anchor: a sea story. Abingdon, 1929. 222 pages







Hickling, Reginald Hugh (1920-2007)

The English flotilla : a war novel. Macdonald, 1954. 256 pages

U.S. title: Falconer's Voyage. Adventures of a misantropic Royal Navy landing ship commander in Europe during WWII.






Higginbotham, Robert Emmett (1911-1998)

Wine for My Brothers. Rinehart, 1946. 243 pages

Conflict between captain and crew of a tanker between Texas and New York during January 1942






Higgins, Jack [pseud. of Harry Patterson] (1929-2022)

Storm Warning. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1976. 311 pages

During World War II, a group of German expatriates trapped in Brazil must sail across five thousand miles of tempestuous water to reach their homeland-and face the deadly barricade of American and British military power. Sequel to his bestselling novel The Eagle has Landed.




Cold Harbour. Simon and Schuster, 1990. 318 pages

As D-day approaches in Europe, the Allied command learns of a German staff conference to be held in Brittany at the Chateau de Voincourt, where the Nazis will discuss their Atlantic Wall defense strategy. Foreknowledge of these plans could mean the difference between success and failure for the Allied invasion, and as luck would have it, the chateau happens to be the home of an undercover French Resistance agent, beautiful Anne- Marie Trevaunce.




Thunder Point. Putnam, 1993. 356 pages

British agents search for the secret diaries of Martin Bormann that reveal British Nazi sympathizers and the secret plan Protocol.




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