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Nautical Fiction Index

Authros J - Jan

Jablonski, Joseph

Three Star Fix. Gardenia Press, 2002. 342 pages

Exiled from home for offending the village priest, young Jake Thomas boards a freighter in New Orleans, entering an exotic world of a ship and the sea. As the vessel sails into the sultry Southern hemisphere, Jake encounters bizarre characters and courageously faces danger, but falters when the voyage turns into a spiritual and emotional odyssey.




Jabra, Jabra Ibrahim (1919-1994)

The Ship. Three Continents Press, 1985. 200 pages

Original title al-Safinah, 1970. Taking a trip on a cruise ship from Beirut to Italy are Isam Salman, an architect from Baghdad who has studied in London and Wadi Assaf, a Palestinian buisnessman who lives in exile in Kuwait. As the ship sails from Beiut to Naples, the journey is marked by flashbacks, conversations and foreshadowing. Translated by Adnan Haydar & Roger Allen.




Jackson, Basil (1920- )

Rage under the Arctic. Norton, 1974. 220 pages

One tiny technical flaw turns the historic first voyage of the first submarine supertanker under the frozen Arctic Ocean into a potential death sentence for her crew and environmental catastrophe for the world. Later reprinted as Spill!.




Jackson, Jane

Tide of fortune. Robert Hale, 2004. 256 pages

It's 1795 and 19-year-old Kerenza Vyvyan's estranged family has been missing for a year on a trading voyage to the Mediterranean. When her father returns fo raise the ransom needed to free his wife and elder daughter held hostage in Tangier, he demands Kerenza sail back with him on the packet, Kestrel . But the Kestrel's commander is Nick Penrose, the man who broke Kerenza's heart. Following an attack by a French privateer, and traumatic events on board, Kestrel reaches Tangier. But the dangers survived are only a taste of those to come. Tentatively reconciled, Kerenza and Nick draw strength from each other.


Dangerous Waters. Robert Hale, 2006. 222 pages

Twenty-year-old Phoebe Dymond, a trained herbalist and midwife, boards the packet ship Providence bound for Jamaica and an arranged marriage. Incidents on board provoke clashes between Phoebe and the ship's surgeon, Jowan Crossley. But, their professional antagonism turns to mutual respect and a deepening attraction.



Devil's Prize. Robert Hale, 2008. 224 pages

Cornish smuggler, Devlin 'Devil' Varcoe, braves winter weather and revenue men to fetch the contraband on which Porthinnis depends for survival. Drawn to Jenefer Trevanion, whose father finances the smuggling operation, Devlin is seduced by beautiful wild-child Tamara Gillis.




Jacobs, W. W. (William Wymark) (1863-1943)

Many Cargoes. Laurence & Bullen, 1896. 247 pages

A change of treatment -- A love passage -- The captain's exploit -- Contraband of war -- A black affair -- The skipper of the "Osprey."--In borrowed plumes -- The boatswain's watch -- Low water -- In mid-Atlantic -- After the inquest -- In Limehouse Reach -- An elaborate elopement -- The cook of the "Gannet."--A benefit performance -- A case of desertion -- Outsailed -- Mated -- The rival beauties -- Mrs. Bunker's chaperon -- A harbour of refuge.




The Skipper's Wooing; and, The brown man's servant. F.A. Stokes, 1897. 190 pages






Sea Urchins. Laurence & Bullen, 1898. 243 pages

Published in the U.S. as More Cargoes. Contents: Smoked skipper -- A safety match -- A rash experiment -- The cabin passenger -- Choice spirits -- A disciplinarian -- Brother Hutchins -- The disbursement sheet -- Rule of three -- Pickled herring -- Two of a trade -- An intervention -- The grey parrot -- Money-changers -- The lost ship.




A Master of Craft. McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie, 1900. 239 pages

The story tells of marital mishap and misadventure among mariners in the East End of London. Will Poppy Tyrell find happiness? What are the dark secrets of Cap'n Flower? Rest assured that all will be revealed and there will be a happy ending.




Light Freights. Dodd, Mead, 1901. 315 pages

An odd freak -- A question of habit -- Hard labour -- A garden plot -- Private clothes -- The bully of the "Cavendish" -- The resurrection of Mr. Wiggett -- A marked man -- To have and to hold -- Brevet rank -- Twin spirits -- Sam's boy -- A will and a way -- Jerry Bundler -- The peacemaker -- False colours.




At Sunwich Port. C. Scribner's, 1902. 351 pages





The Lady of the Barge. Dodd, Mead, 1902. 300 pages

The lady of the barge.--The monkey's paw.--Bill's paper chase.--The well.--Cupboard love.--In the library.--Captain Rogers.--A tiger's skin.--A mixed proposal.--An adulteration act.--A golden venture.--Three at table.




Odd Craft. C. Scribner's Sons, 1903. 341 pages

The money box.--The castaway.-- Blundell's improvement.--Bill's lapse.--Lawyer Quince.--Breaking a spell.-- Establishing relations.--The changing numbers.--The persecution of Bob Pretty.-- Dixon's return.--A spirit of avarice.--The third string.--Odd charges.--Admiral Peters.




Captain's All. McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie, 1905. 269 pages

Captains all--The boatswain's mate--The nest egg--The constable's move--Bob's redemption--Over the side--Four pigeons--The temptation of Samuel Burge--The madness of Mr. Lister--The white cat.




Short Cruises. Scribner's, 1907. 296 pages

The changeling -- Mixed relations -- His lordship -- Alf's dream -- A distant relative -- The test -- In the family -- A love-knot -- Her uncle -- The dreamer -- Angel's visits -- A circular tour.




Salthaven. C. Scribner's, 1908. 316 pages





Sailor's Knots. C. Scribner's, 1909. 283 pages

Deserted.--Homeward bound.--Self- help.--Sentence deferred.-- "Matrimonial openings."--Odd man out.--"The toll- house."--Peter's pence.--The head of the family.--Prize money.--Double dealing.-- Keeping up appearances.




Ship's Company. C. Scribner's, 1911. 261 pages

Fine feathers.--Friends in need.--Good intentions.--Fairy gold.--Watch-dogs.--The bequest.--The guardian angel.--Dual control.--Skilled assistance.--For better or worse.--The old man of the sea.--"Manners makyth man."




Night Watches. C. Scribner's, 1914. 247 pages

Back to back.--Keeping watch.--The understudy.--The weaker vessel.--Stepping backwards.--The three sisters.--The unknown.--The vigil.--Easy money.--His other self.




The Castaways. C. Scribner's, 1917. 303 pages

A yachting trip around the world by a suddenly-rich bachelor.




Deep Waters. C. Scribners, 1919. 290 pages

Shareholders -- Paying off -- Made to measure -- Sam's ghost -- Bedridden -- The convert -- Husbandry -- Family cares -- The winter offensive -- The substitute -- Striking hard -- Dirty work.




Sea Whispers. C. Scribner's, 1926. 293 pages

The Bravo -- Taking pains -- His brother's keeper -- Trust money -- Kitchen company -- The Model -- Artful cards -- Handsome Harry -- The Blindness of Capt. Ferguson -- Wapping-on-Thames -- The Interruption -- Bed cases.




Master Sea Stories. E.J. Clode, 1929. 330 pages

The black hour / A. Philips and G. Stair.--A nightmare of the Doldrums / W.C. Russell.--The fate of the Alida / L. Becke.--The salving of the Duncansby Head / C.J.C. Hyne.--A ride on a whale, by F.T. Bullen.--The floating beacon, anonymous.--False colors / W.W. Jacobs.-- The strange story of the Emily Brand / A.H. Allen.--The craft of death / R.T. Rose.--The derelict Neptune / M. Robertson.--Ms. found in a bottle / E.A. Poe.--The haven of dead ships / S. Baxter.--The fatal repast, anonymous.--A deal with Spain / J.A. Barry.--The seeker / W.H. Holton.--A cigar cat / W.L. Alden.--J. Habakuk Jephson's statement / A.C. Doyle.


Snug Harbor. C. Scribner's, 1931. 681 pages

Collected short stories.






Jahnn, Hans Henry (1894-1959)

The Ship. Scribner, 1961. 210 pages

An intense mystery story, combining nautical realism, metaphysics and surrealism. When Gustav bends down to retrieve the suitcase he had so thoughtlessly kicked under the berth, he found that where a bulkhead should have been there was no wall but only infinite space. Translation of Das Holzenchiff (1948), the first volume of the unfinished trilogy Fluß ohne Ufer.




James, John (1923-1993)

Talleyman series:

  1. Talleyman. Gollancz, 1986. 247 pages

    Shipping action in the mid 19th century.





  3. Talleyman in the Ice. Futura, 1989. 342 pages

    Persuaded to go back to sea as Second Lieutenant aboard the steam frigate FLAMINGO on a secret mission to Murmansk in Arctic Russia Thomas Talleyman is ice-bound until the next Spring. As he has helped land a secret agent to support a rebellion against the Tsar trouble lies ahead in this very interestingly detailed novel set in the 1850s.




Jameson, Storm (1891-1986)

Triumph of Time series:

  1. The Lovely Ship. A.A. Knopf, 1927. 328 pages

    The story follows the life of Mary Hervey, née Hansyke, born at the time of the Luddite Riots who becomes the owner of a shipyard in the North of England. The story follows her relationships with men and her management of the business, with information about the development of shipbuilding from sail to steam. While still a child, Mary Hervey comes under the influence of her uncle, one of England's great shipbuilders, and eventually becomes that company's owner.




  3. The Voyage Home. A.A. Knopf, 1930. 269 pages

    Mary (now Mary Roxby) undertakes both a voyage to New Orleans, and a spiritual voyage during which she comes to discover the depths of her love for her husband and her children. Mary Hervey now in her middle years, copes with her wayward children.





  5. A Richer Dust. A.A. Knopf, 1931. 459 pages

    Now her seventies, Mary Hervey during the first decades of the 20th Century, now that her son has died, seeks an heir to her shipbuilding empire.






Jamieson, Leland (1904-1941)

Attack! W. Morrow, 1940. 140 pages

Germany invades Brazil so that the Nazis can use it as a base for an invasion of North America. The pilots on the American carrier Scarab have to stop the German invasion fleet almost singlehandedly. Originally a serial in the Saturday Evening Post





Jane, Fred T. (1865-1916)

Blake of the "Rattlesnake" : or, The man who saved England; a story of torpedo warfare in 189- W. Thacker, 1895. 269 pages

Britain and France at war, Russians join French but the British Navy and the RATTLESNAKE in particular win the day. This genre of novels were for an adult market and were substantial works, often complete with fold-out maps, charts, tables and illustrations similar to those appearing in The Illustrated London News and were written by the defence experts of the day and did not always concentrate on the naval aspects. Jane was a naval authority, although slow to identify the German threat.


The Port Guard Ship : A Romance of the Present Day Navy. Hurst and Blackett, 1900. 303 pages


A Royal Bluejacket. Sampson Low, Marston, 1908. 398 pages








Janvier, Thomas A. [Allibone] (1849-1913)

In the Sargasso Sea. Harper & Brothers, 1898. 292 pages

A young sailor, marooned aboard an abandoned vessel, drifts into the center of the Sargasso Sea, where he finds himself in a ships' graveyard in which survivors still inhabit their forgotten crafts





In Great Waters. Harper & Brothers, 1901. 222 pages

The wrath of the Zuyder Zee -- A Duluth tragedy -- The death-fires of Les Martigues -- A sea upcast









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