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Nautical Fiction Index

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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, Elizaberth Jane (1923-2014) and Robert Aickman (1914-1981)

We are for the Dark: Six Ghost Stories. J. Cape, 1951. 285 pages

First story, "Three Miles Up", is set in the canals of England.






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.






Howard, Warren [pseud. James Noble Gifford] (1900-1970)

The Boat. Arcadia, 1941. 256 pages

Five sided love story featuring a boat being build near the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.






Howe, Michael [pseud. Schaill, William S.] (1944- )

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.




  3. 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.



  5. 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 (1923-2005)

Stephen Decatur series:

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

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





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

    Stephen Decatur launches a gunboat attack against Tripoli in 1804.





  5. 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.






Huddleston, Sisley (1883-1952)

The Captain's Table: a Transatlantic Log. Lippincott, 1932. 315 pages

Novel about intertwined lives during a transatlantic ocean liner voyage from New York to Southhampton and Cherbourg.






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.






Hughes, John Scott (1893-1960)

Uncle Sam's Schooner. Methuen, 1945. 169 pages

A novel about the schooner yacht America.





Hughes, Michael

The Gironde Incident. W. H. Allen, 1983. 251 pages

An U-570 is captured by the British, and used to infiltrate a false crew in Bordeaux with the mission of kidnaping a member of Dönitz´s staff.






Hughes, Richard A. (1900-1976)

In Hazard, a sea story. Chatto & Windus, 1938. 273 pages

Relates the story of a ship, the ARCHIMEDES, caught in a hurricane in the West Indies. The story is a simple one and it is very powerfully written. Closely based on the 1932 ordeal of SS PHEMIUS, which spent 5 days in a Caribbean hurricane.




A High Wind in Jamaica, or, The Innocent Voyage. Chatto & Windus, 1929. 283 pages

19th century pirates inadvertently kidnap children; filmed in 1965.






Hughes, Terry

Queen's Mate. Hodder and Stoughton, 1982. 348 pages

U.S. title: The Day They Stole the Queen Mary. Aboard the "Queen Mary," carrying Winston Churchill to a meeting with Roosevelt and one thousand Nazi prisoners bound for American camps, a fanatic German agent executes a plan to kidnap Churchill and change the course of the war.





Hugo, Victor (1802-1885)

The Toilers of the Sea. Harper & Bros., 1867. 185 pages

Sailing and steaming around France, Spain and England, with smuggling, storms and octopus-monsters mixed in.

Ninety-Three. Harper & Bros., 1874. 356 pages

A chapter about what a loose cannon on deck can do justifies this book as nautical.




Hulme, Kathryn Cavarly (1900-1981)

Annie's Captain. Little, Brown, 1961. 330 pages

Biographical novel about the author's great, great grandfather, a clipper ship captain, and his bride Annie.






Hungerford, Edward Buell (1900- )

Fighting frigate. Follett, 1947. 261 pages

The hero is a boy from one of the New England states who goes to sea and is immediately pressed into the RN. His struggle then centers on his goal of returning to a US ship to fight in the war of 1812. The USS CONSTITUTION and the BON HOMME RICHARD figure in the story.




Emergency Run. Wilcox & Follett, 1948. 263 pages

Sixteen-year-old Chad Harper joins the navy and sees the world as a seaman on the U.S.S. Oregon, famous battleship of the U.S. fleet during the Spanish-American War.




Escape to Danger. Wilcox & Follett, 1949. 282 pages

Nat Huntley escapes from the hardships of Mill Prison in England, only to become involved in the daring ventures of Captain John Paul Jones, the famous American seaman.




Forbidden Island. Wilcox, 1950. 256 pages

Fictionalization of the Perry expedition to Japan that uses the POV of twin brothers -- one shipwrecked off Okinawa and held in Japan, and the other a sailor that volunteered for Perry's expedition in an effort to rescue his brother. For young readers.





Hunt, E. Howard (Everette Howard) (1918-2007)

East of Farewell. Knopf, 1942. 270 pages

Convoys and their escort in the North Atlantic.




Limit of Darknesss. Random House, 1944. 227 pages

"A Novel about the Men of Henderson Field". 24-hours in the "life" of a Navy torpedo bomber squadron on Guadalcanal in 1943.






Hunt, Todd

The Ship With a Flat Tire. Doubleday, 1964. 205 pages

An ensign, supply corps, reports aboard a ship that was to have been named for Carrie Nation, "But, with the confusion of the war and all that..." ended up as USS CARNATION, ASS-1. He is educated in the ways of the navy, as distinct from the ways of officer candidate and supply corps school. The ship is to be retired unless it gets some recognition and political backing. This makes the captain and XO nervous since careers do not advance from the deck of a sinking ship - however figuratively. The ensign, of course, saves the day by ingratiating himself and the ship to a crusty old senator. The "flat tire" reference comes from an attempt to doll the ship up as an ante-bellum river boat for some kind of festival and an inner tube deflates at exactly the wrong moment. PG rated for slapstick humor.



Hunter, Seth [pseud. Paul Byers] (1954- )

Nathan Peake series:

  1. The Time of Terror. Headline Review, 2008. 341 pages

    In 1793, British navy commander Nathan Peake get his chance for action when France declares war on England and descends into the bloody madness of the Terror. Peake is entrusted with a mission to wreck the French economy by smuggling fake bank notes into Paris.




  3. The Tide of War. Headline Review, 2009. 344 pages

    Newly-promoted Captain Nathan Peake has been dispatched to the Caribbean to take command of the British navy's latest frigate, the 32-gun Unicorn, a ship with an already tragic history of mutiny and murder. While Peake settles in, the Revolutionary authorities in Paris send out the Virginie - the best 44-gun warship in the French fleet - on a secret mission to spread war, rebellion, and mayhem from the shores of Cuba to the swamps of the Mississippi Delta.



  5. The Price of Glory. Headline Review, 2010. 346 pages

    Captain Nathan Peake’s adventures continue as he charts a perilous course into the dangerous waters of post- Revolutionary Paris. There, he encounters two of the most beautiful and scandalous courtesans in history and their playmate, laughingly dubbed Captain Cannon, who is about to win enduring fame as Napoleon Bonaparte.




  7. The Winds of Folly. Headline Review, 2011. 384 pages

    1796: Nathan Peake, captain of the frigate Unicorn is sent into the troubled waters of the Adriatic. His mission: to scourge the sea of pirates and turn the Serene Republic of Venice against Revolutionary France. But Nathan is soon drawn into a much more sinister web. At its heart two of the most feared women of the age: Emma Hamilton, the courtesan turned courtier, and the nun Caterina Caresini, uncrowned queen of Venice. And most feared of all, the mysterious agent of the Three Inquisitors, known as Il Diavolo, the Devil.


  9. The Flag of Freedom. Headline Review, 2012. 384 pages

    1797: Britain stands alone against the forces of Revolutionary France. A victorious French Army, led by the youthful Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised to invade Britain. And in his country's darkest hour, Captain Nathan Peake finds himself imprisoned by his own side on the Rock of Gibraltar - charged with treason. To prove his innocence Nathan must uncover the great deception that masks the French war aims. Is the great armada being assembled in Toulon bound for the shores of Great Britain - or Egypt? His secret mission to discover the truth about Napoleon's invasion plans will hurl him into two of the greatest battles of the 18th century.


  11. The Spoils of Conquest. Headline Review, 2013. 400 pages

    Admiral Nelson has sent Captain Nathan Peake on a desperate journey across the Middle East to convey a grim warning to British India. Bonaparte's army is poised to deliver a fatal blow to the source of Britain's wealth and power by marching overland to India. Arriving in Bombay, Nathan takes command of the East India Company's naval wing - the Bombay Marine - an under-armed and poorly crewed flotilla of sloops and gunboats. With these meagre resources he must stop the flow of French supplies to their Indian ally and protect the Company's trade from the pirates and privateers swarming in the Bay of Bengal. But when Nathan discovers the truth behind the East India Company's honorable facade he confronts some tough personal choices - and a crisis of conscience even more threatening than the enemy.




Hyne, Charles John Cutcliffe Wright (1866-1944)

Captain Kettle series:

  1. Houour of Theives. Chatto & Windus, 1895. 240 pages

    Captain Kettle is a minor character here. When the series exploded in popularity, the novel was reprinted in 1902 as The Little Red Captain: an early adventure of Captain Kettle




  3. Adventures of Captain Kettle. Donohue, 1898. 326 pages

    Book of sea stories reprinted from PEARSON'S MONTHLY. Captain Kettle is an honest, simple, brave man who gets into some fairly tight scrapes (smuggling, revolution, and so on), mostly around South America; he is sometimes tempted to be unfaithful to Mrs. Kettle (who waits back home in South Shields) but always does the Right Thing. Fun stories.



  5. The Further Adventures of Captain Kettle. C. Arthur Pearson, 1899. 315 pages

    Later editions were published as A Master of Fortune Being Further Adventures of Captain Kettle




  7. Captain Kettle K.C.B. C. Arthur Pearson, 1903. 294 pages

    Later editions published as More Adventures of Captain Kettle




  9. The Marriage of Captain Kettle. Bobbs-Merrill, 1912. 373 pages





  11. Captain Kettle on the War-path. Methuen, 1916. 312 pages





  13. Captain Kettle's Bit. Hodder & Stoughton, 1918. 283 pages





  15. The Rev. Captain Kettle. George G. Harrap, 1925. 245 pages





  17. President Kettle. Nash & Grayson, 1929. 286 pages





  19. Mr. Kettle Third-Mate. Ward, Lock & Co., 1931. 288 pages





  21. Captain Kettle, Ambassador. Ward, Lock & Co., 1932. 218 pages





  23. Ivory Valley : an adventure of Captain Kettle. Ward, Lock & Co, 1936. 315 pages






Sandy Carmichael : a tale. S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1892. 308 pages





The Captured Cruiser, or, Two Years from Land. Blackie, 1893. 288 pages





The Lost Continent. S. Hutchinson, 1900. 249 pages





Prince Rupert, the Buccaneer; his adventures, set to paper by Mary Laughan, a maid who through affection followed him to the West Indies and the Spanish main, acting as his secretary, he deeming her a male, though timid; which account is now put into more modern English. F.A. Stokes, 1900. 287 pages

Fictional account of Prince Rupert of Bohemia's piratical cruise in the Caribbean after the downfall of Charles I of England, of whom he was a staunch supporter.



McTodd. S. Grosset, 1903. 355 pages

The Trials of Commander McTurk. John Murrary, 1906. 348 pages




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