Three Star Fix.
Gardenia Press, 2002. 342
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
Jabra, Jabra Ibrahim (1919-1994)
Three Continents Press, 1985. 200
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!.
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.
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.
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
Jacobs, W. W. (William Wymark)
Laurence & Bullen, 1896. 247
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
The Skipper's Wooing; and, The brown man's servant. F.A. Stokes, 1897. 190 pages
Laurence & Bullen, 1898. 243
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
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.
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
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.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1903. 341
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
McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie, 1905. 269
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
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
C. Scribner's, 1908. 316
C. Scribner's, 1909. 283
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.
C. Scribner's, 1911. 261
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."
C. Scribner's, 1914. 247
Back to back.--Keeping watch.--The
understudy.--The weaker vessel.--Stepping backwards.--The three sisters.--The
unknown.--The vigil.--Easy money.--His other self.
C. Scribner's, 1917. 303
A yachting trip around the world by a
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
C. Scribner's, 1926. 293
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, by A. Philips and G.
Stair.--A nightmare of the Doldrums, by W.C. Russell.--The fate of the Alida, by
L. Becke.--The salving of the Duncansby Head, by C.J.C. Hyne.--A ride on a whale,
by F.T. Bullen.--The floating beacon, anonymous.--False colors, by W.W. Jacobs.--
The strange story of the Emily Brand, by A.H. Allen.--The craft of death, by R.T.
Rose.--The derelict Neptune, by M. Robertson.--Ms. found in a bottle, by E.A.
Poe.--The haven of dead ships, by S. Baxter.--The fatal repast, anonymous.--A deal
with Spain, by J.A. Barry.--The seeker, by W.H. Holton.--A cigar cat, by W.L.
Alden.--J. Habakuk Jephson's statement, by A.C. Doyle.
C. Scribner's, 1931. 681
Jahnn, Hans Henry (1894-1959)
Scribner, 1961. 210
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 trilogy River Without Banks.
James, John (1923-1993)
Shipping action in the mid 19th
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
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
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. His name still adorns todays leading annual naval
The Noble Pirates.
Cogito Media Group, 2011. 352
A vacation in the Bahamas goes awry, and
a woman from 2009 unexpectedly finds herself in 1718 - amidst pirates. Sabrina is
so consumed with her present-day problems that the last thing she expects is to
suddenly end up face to face with real pirates. The notorious bad boys of the
Golden Age of Piracy, Edward England, Howel Davis, and Black Bart Roberts, become
Sabrina's means of survival in the past, and ultimately, her key to returning to
the future. Sabrina happens to be carrying a book about pirates when she is swept
into the past, and that book contains biographies of the very men she meets. She
forms relationships with them and learns that, contrary to what she previously
thought, they are sailors, servants, and slaves who were pressed into service,
victims of social and historical circumstances of the era.
Mr. Midshipman Glover, R.N. : A Tale of the Royal
Navy of To-day. Blackie and Son, 1909.
government connivance British Naval officers are being hired as naval
mercenaries to Chinese business interests, provided with newly built
warships and charged with destroying the powerful pirate organisations
preying on commerce in the China Seas.
On Foreign Service or The Santa Cruz Revolution. Blackie & Son, 1911. 381 pages
and business interests are suffering at the hands of the dictator of
Santa Cruz, Central America; retribution arrives in the form of two
Royal Navy armoured cruisers - the HECTOR and the HERCULES. The British
are not as impartial as perhaps they should be. One of the leading
insurgents is the brother of the hero of the story, Sub-Lieutenant
William Wilson, RN and eventually a pro-British president is in
John Graham Sub-Lieutenant R.N.A. : A Tale of the
Atlantic Fleet. Blackie & Son, 1913. 382 pages
sub-lieutenant tells the story of the Atlantic Fleet during its
ordinary routine of showing the flag and battle practice and how the
intense rivalry between the ship's companies of the six battleships
manifests itself throughout the fleet and particularly among the
A Naval Venture: The War Story of an Armoured
Cruiser. Blackie & Son, 1917. 416
Gunboat and Gun-runner: A Tale of the Persian Gulf. Blackie & Son, 1915. 384 pages
Ford of H.M.S. Vigilant: A Tale of the Chusan
Archipelago. Blackie & Son, 1910.
Sea Star: the private life of Anne Bonny, pirate
queen. Harmony, 1983. 391
Jenkins, Geoffrey (1920-2001)
A Twist of Sand.
Collins, 1959. 252 pages
Takes place on the African coast and is
time, flashing back to WW II and a nuclear U-boat. This comes as a
flashback from the main character who was an allied submarine skipper
and sank the U-boat. In the "present-day" sequence a search, possibly
for oil, comes into it, and some of the Nazis reappear. A good bit of
thud and blunder. Made into a film.<
The Watering Place of Good Peace.
Collins, 1960. 318 pages
John Barrow persuades Ian Ogilvie to
leave Pretoria and work day and night to build an electric shark barrier on the
lonely Mozambique coast - 100 years earlier another Barrow and Ogilvie had come to
the same place on a sinister enterprise which ended in tragedy and death. What is
Grue of Ice.
Viking, 1962. 242 pages
Modern whaling, his best book, some
The River of Diamonds.
Viking, 1964. 246 pages
Diamonds lie on the sea-bed off the
South Africa. A ship specially built to recover them, the MAZY ZED, is
anchored off Mercury Island, where the headman, an Englishman, is
determined to sabotage the operation.
Putnam, 1967. 288 pages
Cold War nuclear submarine
Putnam, 1972. 253 pages
A Scend of Sea in UK. All about
nuclear subs and ICBMs
and takes place in the (then) present or near future. It's a sort of
chase book, set in the Indian Ocean and revolves about an RN? ICBM and
the faked death of its inventor. The chase takes place between various
Western factions rather than the usual cold war scenario. Worth a
The Bridge of Magpies.
Collins, 1974. 254 pages
A story of U-boats, torpedoed liners,
frigates and Nazi-Japanese skullduggery carried through to the present
day and centred on the eponymous landmark on South Africas Diamond
Coast. The Author's customary ability to give a desolate and
inhospitable landscape a magical and mysterious aura and to populate
his stories with unusual characters makes this a good
Collins, 1979. 294 pages
A thrill-seekers cruise in the South
Atlantic ends in
murder and shipwreck on a wind lashed island.
A Ravel of Waters.
Collins, 1981. 252 pages
A revolutionary computerized sailing
ship is out
to break the speed record from South America to the Cape of Good Hope.
Her captain is murdered, her journey sabotaged and the world watches as
a lone yachtsman trys to complete it.
Jennings, John Edward (1906-1973)
The Salem Frigate.
Doubleday, 1946. 500 pages
Uptight doctor and roguish carpenter
their rivalry over the same women in the US Navy of 1798-1815, centered
on the frigate ESSEX, which they helped build. During the course of the
story both serve on the ESSEX during its first voyage, the PHILADELPHIA
during the Barbary Wars and the ESSEX again in the War of 1812. The
doctor also sees action on the PRESIDENT in its fight with the LITTLE
The Sea Eagles, a story of the American Navy during
the Revolution; of the
men who fought and the ships they sailed and the women who stood behind
them. Doubleday, 1950. 299
Joshua Barney helps win the
Little, Brown, 1953. 311
Son of a Maryland farmer joins a Quaker
the family that runs a shipping company. Boredom and entanglements with
a French woman leads him to take to the sea during the Quasi-War with
France, becoming a privateer and later serving aboard the
Chronicle of the Calypso, Clipper; a novel of the
golden days of the California trade, of the great ocean race around Cape Horn, of
the clipper ships, and of the men - and women- who sailed in them.
Little, Brown, 1955. 295
Maiden voyage of the clipper
ship CALYPSO, as it races the WOLFHOUND from New York to San Francisco
during Gold Rush days. It's cargo? Argonettes -- a load of women from
New York City, including 30 hookers from a bordello relocating to San
Francisco. The madam arranged for the charter to conceal the nature of
her charges! A hoot.
The Wind in His Fists; a novel of Ireland and Spain
and Barbary, in the middle of the sixteenth century: of the struggle between
Christendom and Islam, the power of the Turks in the Mediterranean, and the terror
of the "Scourge of Allah," 1557-1571. Holt, 1956. 384 pages
Irish farmboy leaves for abroad to
a murder charge, but as an archer in Spain, helps some Moors and ends
up sentenced to the galleys. After regaining his freedom through an act
of courage he is again sentenced to the galleys, but is freed by the
Moslems. He then becomes the terror of the Mediterranean as a Barbary
corsair. Based loosely on an ancestor of Jennings. Does not get to sea
for the first third of the novel.
The Tall Ships.
McGraw-Hill, 1958. 229 pages
Young Marylander joins the frigate
escape a hometown scandal, but get invalided out of the Navy after its
battle with the LEOPARD. Seeking to remain at sea, he signs on with a
fast merchant ship that makes its fortune by ignoring various British,
French, & US embargo laws. When the War of 1812 starts, the hero signs
on with the same skipper, who is now a privateer, and goes to Britain
seeking his lady-love.
The Raider, a novel of World War I; the chronicle
of a gallant ship. Morrow, 1963. 272
Fictionalization of the exploits of SMS
EMDEN in WW I.
This German light cruiser cut a swath from China to Africa and back,
before finally getting trapped in the Indian Ocean by HMAS
Jennings, Luke (1953- )
Atlantic. Hutchinson, 1995. 237 pages
Set in 1947, a young schoolboy is taken by his father on a transatlantic liner to New York so that he can have a heart operation. Within the confines of the liner, and with the emotional and physical debris of the war still evident, the passengers embark on a voyage into the unknown.
Jensen, Carsten (1952- )
We, the Drowned. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 693 pages
Original title: Vi, de druknede. In 1848 a motley crew of Danish sailors sets sail from the small island town of Marstal to fight the Germans. Not all of them return, and those who do will never be the same again. The novel spans four generations, two world wars and a hundred years.
Jerome, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka)
Three Men in a Boat : Not To Mention the Dog. J.W. Arrowsmith, 1889. 315 pages
Classic comedy of a camping
trip in a Thames skiff.
Jessup, Richard (1925-1982)
Sailor. Little, Brown, 1969. 471 pages
Twenty five years (1919-1943) in the
life of an American mariner, Savannah native Howard Cadiz, as he moves from being
a green boy of fourteen on his first voyage to service as captain of a World War 2
A Quiet Voyage Home.
Little, Brown, 1970. 275
A demagogue known as Indian provokes and
leads an uprising by hundreds of young action-freaks (i.e. Hippies) aboard a
luxury liner sailing from Le Harve to New York. Kids today.
Woven into this novel are a mafioso,
admiral's son on PT boats, Jewish rabbi and Iowa farmboy, caught in the
War in Pacific is over, and
our heroes -- fighter pilot, sub skipper and commando -- go home,
thinking it's all over. But then comes Korea.
Modern USN, now dealing
with Cuba and Viet Nam, air and sea warfare, CIA and
Jewett, Sara Orne (1849-1909)
The Tory Lover.
Houghton, Mifflin, 1901. 405
Also published as The Yankee
Ranger. Man volunteers to
serve with John Paul Jones to prove his patriotism after being accused
of a being a Tory, but disappears under suspicious