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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Herm - Hud

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)

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.

Hickham, 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.

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.

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.

Hill, Ernestine (Hemmings), (1899- 1972)

My Love Must Wait : the story of Matthew Flinders. Angus and Robertson, 1941. 466 pages

Fictionalized biography of Matthew Flinders, a Royal Navy officer who conducted the first circumnavigation of the Australian coast.

Hill, Porter (Pseud.)

Adam Horne series:

  1. The Bombay Marines. Souvenir, 1985. 220 pages

    Adam Horne a captain in the Bombay Marine, the British East India Company's private navy sent by HEIC to kidnap the former commander of French forces in India, General Lailly, from the custody of the British Army to the custody of the HEIC. Set in 1761.

  2. The War Chest. Souvenir, 1986. 220 pages

    Adam Horne is dispatched to seas around Madagascar to capture a war chest being sent from France to pay French troops in Mauritius. Set in 1761.

  3. China Flyer. Souvenir, 1987. 203 pages

    Horne is sent to China to recover the CHINA FLYER, an HEIC ship stolen by a renagade HEIC purchasing agent -- who also helped himself to the gold reserves at Madras. Set in 1762.

Hilton, Joseph

Ship of the Damned. Magnum, 1972. 174 pages

Aboard the cruise ship Santa Lucia, out of Brazil for the Windward Islands with 600 passengers including five Americans and Colonel De Sota, a savage revolutionary who hijacks the ship.

Hill, Robert A.

First mate of the Henry Glass. Vantage Press, 1959. 190 pages

Newly licensed Chief Mate Robert Hall’s first assignment is aboard the just-commissioned Liberty Ship HENRY GLASS, sailing out of San Pedro early on during the War. The GLASS is described as an armed merchant ship, complete with an S.O.B. of a skipper, unhappy crewmen and contingents of Navy gunners and U.S. Marines clearly unhappy to have to associate with merchant mariners.

Hine, Al

Juggernaut. Bantam, 1974. 204 pages

Nasty guy plants bombs on world's greatest luxury liner, threatens to blow it up with 1,200 passengers aboard if he isn't paid ransom. Novelization of a movie with Richard Harris and Omar Sharif.

Hirschhorn, Richard

Target Mayflower. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977. 324 pages

Hitler's last desperate gamble: send sub pack to Maine, where they will liberate a POW camp filled with Afrika Korps troops, invade the US, and threaten Boston with V-2 rockets.

Hirt, Douglas

Riverboat Series:

  1. Riverboat. Jove, 1995. 295 pages

    TEMPEST QUEEN travels from Napoleon to Natchez in the spring of 1859 with a haunted captain, a captured runaway slave, a pack of gamblers determined to steal the boat from its captain, and a gambler who is determined to stop them. A fun read.

  2. Mississippi Pirates. Jove, 1995. 295 pages

    The TEMPEST QUEEN is chartered to take Army stores and payroll from St. Louis to Leavenworth. A Missouri River pirate learns of the cargo, and enlists every desperado along the river to hijack the boat. Another fun read. Hirt name drops every character on the Missouri River at that time.

  3. Assasination. Jove, 1995. 298 pages

    The TEMPEST QUEEN stops at Baton Rouge and picks up Sen. Stephen Douglas as he goes on a presidential campaign swing through the South -- and an assassin who wants to kill Douglas so that a Civil War will erupt.

Hobb, Robin [pseud. of Margaret Astrid Lindholm Ogden] (1952- )

The Liveship Traders fantasy series:

The Live Ships are ships constructed from "wizard wood", a rare wood with magic properties. The result is that the ships are alive, and self aware.

  1. Ship of Magic. Voyager, 1998. 667 pages
  2. The Mad Ship. Voyager, 1999. 400 pages
  3. Ship of Destiny. Voyager, 2000. 581 pages

Hodgson, William Hope (1875-1918)

The Boats of the GLEN CARRIG: being an account of their adventures in the strange places of the Earth, after the foundering of the good ship Glen Carrig through striking upon a hidden rock in the unknown seas to the southward, as told by John Winterstraw, gent., to his son James Winterstraw, in the year 1757, and by him committed very properly and legibly to manuscript. Chapman and Hall, 1907. 312 pages

"An Edwardian voyage of mystery and imagination as bizarre as Conan Doyle's Lost World, as sinister and darkly shadowed as the most fevered and haunting creations of Edgar Allan Poe" So there you go! Hodgson himself was quite a sailor and was killed defending his post in the Great War.

Captain Gault: Being the Exceedingly Private Log of a Sea-Captain. Eveleigh Nash, 1917. 303 pages

Stories from earlier magazine publication, mostly about how the roguish Captain Gault outwits customs agents to smuggle diamonds, pearls, saccharine, guns, whatever.

Deep Waters. Arkham House, 1967. 300 pages

Short stories: The Sea Horses; The Derelict (A very creepy story of a ship encountering an ancient derelict that seems to be... alive?); The Thing in the Weeds; From the Tideless Sea; The Island of the Ud; The Voice in the Night; The Adventure of the Headland; The Mystery of the Derelict; The Shamraken Homeward-Bounder; The Stone Ship; The Crew of the LANCING; The habitants of Middle Islet; The Call in the Dawn.

Holland, Cecelia (1943- )

The Sea Beggars. Knopf, 1982. 305 pages

Fictionalized account of a family during the Dutch revolt against Spain in the 16th Century. Significant action at sea, or in port -- including a description of the relief of Leyden, when the Dutch flooded the polders around the besieged city to bring supplies in by ship.

Hollick, Helen

Sea Witch series

  1. Sea Witch : being the first voyage of Cpt. Jesamiah Acorne & his ship, Sea Witch. Discovered Authors, 2006. 411 pages

    Escaping the bullying of his elder brother, from the age of fifteen Jesamiah Acorne has been a pirate, with only two loves - his ship and his freedom. But his life is to change when he and his crew unsuccessfully attack a merchant ship off the coast of South Africa. He is to meet Tiola Oldstagh, an insignificant girl or so he thinks - until she rescues him from a vicious attack, and almost certain death, by pirate hunters. And then he discovers what she really is; a healer and a midwife - and a white witch.

  2. Pirate Code. Discovered Authors, 2007. 313 pages

    Jesamiah Acorne, Captain of the Sea Witch, has received a pardon for his crimes of piracy; but is still unable to free his love Tiola Oldstagh from her unhappy marriage to Stefan van Overstratten. As a white witch Tiola has the means of saving herself but refuses to use her Craft, so Jesamiah must think of a brave solution. War is again looming between England and Spain. The Admiralty in London is desperate for intelligence reports but their spy has failed to return from the Spanish-held territory of Hispaniola.

  3. Bring it Close. Discovered Authors, 2009. 436 pages

    Jesamiah Acorne, Captain of the Sea Witch, has accepted a government granted amnesty against his misdeeds of piracy, but old enemies do not forget the past. In particular Edward Teach - better known as Blackbeard - has a bone to pick with Acorne. Following an indiscretion with an old flame, Jesamiah finds his fiancée, the midwife and white witch, Tiola Oldstagh, has gone to North Carolina to help with an imminent and difficult birth; the problem, that is where Blackbeard now resides.

  4. Ripples in the Sand. SilverWood Books, 2012. 310 pages

    Approaching England's North Devon Coast Captain Jesamiah Acorne is worried. A Royal Navy frigate is trailing in his wake and Sea Witch has a hidden cache of brandy and indigo aboard. His instinct is to hoist full sail and flee, but he cannot attract attention, for his wife, Tiola, is ill and getting worse. She says the sea is affecting her, but Jesamiah has never seen seasickness like this before - is it something worse; something to do with her being a white witch perhaps?

Holling, Holling Clancy (1900- 1973)

Paddle-to-the-Sea. Houghton Mifflin, 1941. 63 pages

This childrens' book Follows the journey of a toy canoe carved by a Native American boy, launched at Lake Nipigon, Canada, travelling through the Great Lakes to the Atlantic, with a series of adventures on the way, each described in a one page text with illustrations. Great amounts of geography, natural history, historical detail are included. The Holling style is very characteristic: sort of a 40's and 50's David Macauley.

Seabird. Houghton Mifflin, 1948. 58 pages

Juvenile book about a whaling ship's boy who carved a gull of walrus ivory in 1832, and their adventures into the Twentieth Century as he grows up to become a clipper captain, his son becomes a reluctant convert to steam, his grandson becomes a ship designer, and his great-grandson an airplane pilot. Many illustrations by the author. Realistic look at whaling.

Pagoo. Houghton Mifflin, 1957. 86 pages

The story of a hermit crab, delightfully told with detailed full color plates facing the text pages. On the text page margins are pen and ink drawings illustrating the many aspects of the tale.

Holt, Tom (1961- )

Flying Dutch. Macdonald, 1991. 252 pages

An utterly bizarre and entertaining yarn about how Cornelius Vanderdecker became immortal and cursed, and how the saga ends. In this madcap telling of the Flying Dutchman's tale, Van Derdecker and his besotted crew do come ashore once every 7 years. As their adventures progress to modern times, "Dutch" meets a woman who is destined to keep him ashore, and encounters the man who started the entire immortality caper in 1585. It's a page turner.


The Odyssey. Demetrius Damilas, 1488-9. (Demetrius Chalcondyles, ed.) 440 pages

Odysseus and his crew have many adventures on the wine-dark sea on their way back from the Trojan Wars.

Homewood, Harry

Final Harbor. McGraw-Hill, 1980. 372 pages

Submarine USS MAKO in action against the Japanese in WW II.

Silent Sea. McGraw-Hill, 1981. 354 pages

Submarine USS EELFISH in action against the Japanese in WW II -- a sequel to Final Harbor, with some of the same characters.

Torpedo. McGraw-Hill, 1982. 352 pages

Cold War confrontation between US and Soviet nuclear submarines after Soviets sink US Sub. Includes the same characters as Final Harbor and Silent Sea.

O God of Battles. W. Morrow, 1983. 359 pages

WW II Pacific epic, on, above, and below the sea.

Hoover, Thomas (1941- )

The Moghul. Doubleday, 1983. 473 pages

Captain Brian Hawksworth sails to India as an emissary of King James to the Great Moghul Jahangir and gets into battles with the Portuguese.

Caribbee. Doubleday, 1985. 396 pages

Barbados buccaneers battle British for independence.

Hope, Laura Lee [pseud. for The Stratemeyer Syndicate]

Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue on the Rolling Ocean. Grosset & Dunlap, 1925. 246 pages

Although Bunny Brown gets top billing in the title, little Sue is by no means a shadow character in this story and the girls will enjoy it as much as the boys. The Brown family embarks on a steamer passage to the West Indies and along the way experience a temporary marooning on a tropical isle, the discovery of a wild man, the saving of a shipwrecked mariner (the wild man) and a general good time by all. For young readers.

Hopkins, Gerard Manley (1844-1889)

"The Wreck of the Deutschland" in "Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins". Humphrey Milford, 1918. 124 pages

Poem about the wreck of a German packet steamer on the sands off the English coast, it's based on an actual wreck in the late Victorian era.

Hopkins, William

The Clammer and the Submarine. Houghton Mifflin, 1917. 346 pages

The Clammer and his family duel with a German submarine off the U.S. East Coast.

Hopwood, Ronald Arthur (1868-1949)

The Old Way, And Other Poems. J. Murray, 1916. 62 pages

Horan, James D.

Seek Out and Destroy. Crown, 1958. 302 pages

Aboard the Confederate commerce raider LEE in the dying days of the Civil War, as it wreaks havoc on the Yankee merchant fleet -- even after the war ends. Novel closely based on the exploits of the SHENANDOAH.

Horsley, David

Vinegar Johnnie. Brown, Watson, 1958. 157 pages

Johnny Bates is the WW II corvette HMS DESBOROUGH's first lieutenant, who takes over command from his sick captain. While on convoy protection duties as part of an escort group she faces atrocious weather, never far from the Focke-Wolfe Condors and the U-boats, trying to pick up as many survivors from stricken ships as possible. The author seems to dwell on just seeing bits of bodies after explosions and suffering in general, which is probably what it was like! "Two swooping seagulls led the watchers to believe that human remains may....." Bates' step brother is a Swordfish pilot on a carrier and after being shot down is rescued by a U-boat but is reunited, under peculiar circumstances, with his brother - this tends to destroy the credibility of what started out as a good yarn.

Horst, Karl

Sink the 'Ark Royal'. Corgi, 1979. 205 pages

Caribbean Pirate. Corgi, 1980. 205 pages

Arctic Mutiny. Corgi, 1981. 174 pages

Hough, Henry Beetle

Long Anchorage, a New Bedford Story. D. Appleton-Century, 1947. 300 pages

Novel about the whaling days of New Bedford.

Hough, Richard Alexander (1922- 1999)

Archy Buller - Rod McLewin series

  1. Buller's Guns. Morrow, 1981. 297 pages

    Archy Buller, a rich officer, and Rod Maclewin, a poor enlisted man, serve in the Royal Navy in the 1880s-1890s, on the quarterdeck and fo'csle respectively, but get bound into firm friendship through action, despite the differences in class.

  2. Buller's Dreadnought. Morrow, 1982. 251 pages

    Early 20th century RN, including battle of Tsushima (between the Russian Baltic Fleet and the Japanese, where Buller and McLewin were observers.

  3. Buller's Victory. Morrow, 1984. 215 pages

    Archy Buller and his son fight WW I, including Cradock's defeat off Chile, von Spee's defeat at the Falklands and the battle of Jutland.

Howard, Edward, (1793?-1841)

Rattlin, the Reefer. Richard Bentley, 1836. 3 volumes

>Picaresque depiction of school and naval life in Napoleonic times. Mainly autobiographical, much in the style of Marryat, who edited it.

The Old Commodore. Richard Bentley, 1837. 3 volumes

Tells the tale of Commodore Sir Octavius Bacuissart, Royal Navy and his adventures ashore and afloat during the Napoleonic Wars.

Outward Bound; or, a Merchant's Adventures. Henry Colburn, 1838. 3 volumes

Another picaresque account, with scenes, some delightful, some horrific, set in the West Indies.

Howard, Robert E. (1906-1936)

Black Vulmea's Vengeance & Other Tales of Pirates. Donald M. Grant, 1976. 224 pages

Contents: Swords of the red brotherhood -- Black Vulmea's vengeance -- The isle of pirates' doom.

Howe, Michael [pseud. Schaill, William S.]

Trident Force series:

  1. Trident Force. Berkley, 2008. 264 pages

    The Trident Force must identify and stop a crazed and determined terrorist out to destroy a cruise ship in the Antarctic and cause the hideous death of all aboard while the ship battles ice, bitter cold, monstrous waves and slashing, hurricane-force winds.

  2. Sea Hawk. Berkley, 2009. 266 pages

    A brilliant PLO terrorist launches a campaign of death and destruction that promises to cripple the free world’s maritime trade, then decides to defect. The Trident Force is tasked with both getting the defector out before others can kill him and preventing his former associates from bringing the campaign to its bloody conclusion.

  3. Threat Level. Berkley, 2010. 267 pages

    The Trident Force is dispatched to suppress the Somali pirates who are attacking ships, killing Americans and crippling ocean shipping in the Indian Ocean. Just when they are up to their necks in pirates the force finds it must also prevent a Saudi ship filled with nuclear weapons from reaching port.

Hoyt, Edwin Palmer

Stephen Decatur series:

  1. Hellfire In Tripoli. Pinnacle, 1974. 151 pages

    Stephen Decatur burns the captured American frigate PHILADELPHIA in Tripoli Harbor.

  2. Against Cold Steel. Pinnacle, 1974. 185 pages

    Stephen Decatur launches a gunboat attack against Tripoli in 1804.

  3. Decatur's Revenge. Pinnacle, 1975. 180 pages

    The end of the war against the Barbary states.

The Terrible Voyage. Pinnacle, 1976. 154 pages

On November 20, 1820, the Essex, a Nantucket whaling ship of 105 feet, 238 tons, was rammed by a crazed sperm whale and sunk in the Pacific. Her crew of twenty barely had time to abandon ship in three small whaling boats. Thousands of miles from land, without charts, their chances were slim, yet they rowed and fought the seas. Little did they know that it would be months before any of them reached land, and that the others would starve to death, go mad, or commit suicide. Only a handful survived . . . after being reduced to eating human flesh.

Hoyt, Richard (1941- )

Fish Story : a John Denson mystery. Viking, 1985. 187 pages

John Dennison, Seattle private eye teams up with his darts-throwing Cowlitz Indian buddy, Willie Prettybird, to investigate a Cowlitz claim to Native American salmon fishing rights. A judge is murdered and dismembered parts show up in Seattle's Pioneer Square.

Siege. TOR, 1987. 309 pages

Group of terrorists infiltrate Gibraltar and take 20,000 British subjects hostage. The CIA comes to the rescue.

Hudson, Alec [pseud. W. Jay "Jasper" Holmes] (1900-1986)

Battle Stations. Macmillan, 1939. 71 pages

Enemy Sighted. Macmillan, 1941. 61 pages

Rendezvous. Macmillan, 1942. 94 pages

Contents: Rendezvous -- Up periscope! -- North of Tershelling.

Night Action. Macmillan, 1942. 63 pages

Up Periscope! and Other Stories. Naval Institute Press, 1992. 248 pages

Combined edition of the author's stories.

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