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Nautical Fiction Index

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Kinrade, Kim

Rockets of the Reich. BainBridge Books, 2000. 330 pages

Hitler and the SS formulate a plan to devastate the United States with a rocket attack during World War II. To carry out the plan, the Nazis set up a rocket base on a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia. An officer of the US Coast Guard and a Canadian army veteran find an unlikely ally in a German U-boat commander as they struggle to foil the plan.




Kirkham, Stanton Davis (1868-1944)

The Pearl Ship : a tale of the Seven Seas. G.P. Putnam's, 1937. 252 pages







Kipling, Rudyard (1865-1936)

Captains Courageous. Nelson Doubleday, 1896. 224 pages

Filmed in 1937 and 1977. Set on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, this story of the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon who must prove his worth aboard an American fishing schooner admirably captures the day-to-day workings of a 19th-century fisherman. An ageless tale that reads well.




Life's Handicap: Being Stories of Mine Own People. Macmillan, 1891. 351 pages

Stories: The Lang Men O' Larut; non-nautical tales.





Many Inventions. Macmillan, 1893. 365 pages

Stories: Brugglesmith; non-nautical tales.





The Day's Work. Doubleday & McClure, 1898. 431 pages

Stories: The Ship That Found Herself; The Devil and the Deep Sea; Bread Upon the Waters; non-nautical stories.





Traffics and Discoveries. Doubleday, Page & Co, 1904. 363 pages

Stories: Their Lawful Occassions - Parts I and II; Steam Tactics; non-nautical tales.





Abaft the Funnel. Doubleday, Page & Co, 1909. 323 pages

Stories: A Menagerie Aboard; The Red Lamp; non-nautical tales.





Actions and Reactions. Macmillan, 1909. 301 pages

Stories: With the Night Mail; non-nautical tales.





Rewards and Fairies. Macmillan, 1910. 338 pages

Simple Simon: featuring Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada.





The Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling. Wordsworth Editions, 1994. 880 pages

Nautical poetry: Sestina of the Tramp- Royal; The Liner She's A Lady; The "Mary Gloster"; The Ballad of the "Bolivar"; The Merchantmen; "Poor Honest Men"; White Horses; Song of the Wise Children; The Second Voyage; Mine Sweepers; The Wet Litany; My Boy Jack.






Klaxon [pseud. John Graham Bower] (1886-1940)

H.M.S. William Blackwood, 1918. 327 pages

Speculative fiction of the post-War Royal Navy in 1923






Kneale, Matthew (1960- )

English Passengers. Nan A. Talese, 2000. 446 pages

Captain Illiam Quillian Kewley wants only to smuggle a little tobacco, brandy, and French pornography from the Isle of Mann to a secluded beach in England. Yet somehow in the process, he and his crew end up weighing anchor for Australia. Worse, they're forced to carry three temperamental Englishmen bound for Tasmania on a mission to discover the exact location of the Garden of Eden.





Klingman, Lawrence L. (1918-1986) and Green, Gerald (1922-2006)

His Majesty O'Keefe. Scribner, 1950. 356 pages

A novel based on the true history of David O'Keefe, who built a fortune and empire on the Pacific island of Yap.






Klitgaard, Kaj (1888-1953)

The Deep. Doubleday, Doran, 1941. 365 pages

A novel of the sea and of a young man's search for a way of life in a warring world






Knight, Arthur Lee (1852-1944)

Ronald Hallifax : or, He Would be a Sailor. Frederick Warne, 1887. 415 pages

In the Web of Destiny : or, The Strange Adventures Of Lieut. Fairlie, R.N. Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1887. 257 pages

The Adventures of a Midshipmite. Hatchards, 1888. 378 pages

The Cruise of the "Theseus" : A Yarn for Boys. Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh, 1889. 361 pages

The Mids of the "Rattlesnake" : or, Thrilling adventures with Illanun pirates, and Ned Burton's adventures in the Fiji Islands. Ward, Lock, 1889. 227 pages

The Gunroom Heroes : or, Adventures with Arabs Afloat and Ashore. Frederick Warne, 1889. 126 pages

Dicky Beaumont: His Perils and Adventures. Ward, Lock, 1890. 282 pages

Jack Trevor, R.N. Frederick Warne, 1890. 409 pages

Basil Woollcombe : Midshipman. W. & R. Chambers, 1891. 283 pages

The Rajah of Monkey Island [a Tale]. Ward, Lock, 1892. 339 pages

The Cruise of the "Cormorant" : or, Treasure-Seekers of the Orient. Ward, Lock, 1893. 252 pages

The Brother-Middies : and, Slavers, Ahoy! W.P. Nimmo, Hay, & Mitchell, 1894. 176 pages

Adventures of a Gunroom Monkey. Wells Gardner, Darton, 1894. 160 pages

A Mid of the Naval Brigade : Vivian Vansittart, V.C. Frederick Warne, 1895. 268 pages

Leaves from a Middy's Log : a Story. Thomas Nelson, 1896. 294 pages

Under the White Ensign : or, For Queen and Empire [a tale]. Jarrold & Sons, 1897. 368 pages

The Mid of the Maintop . Ernest Nister, 1900. 96 pages

A Sea-King's Midshipman. John Murray, 1900. 373 pages

Drifted to Sea. Ernest Nister, 1902. 120 pages

Aubrey Vernon : A Midshipman's Adventures. T.C. & E.C. Jack, 1907. 204 pages


Knight, Frank Edgar (1905-1998)

The Albatross Comes Home. Hollis & Carter, 1949. 238 pages

The Island of Radiant Pearls. Hollis & Carter, 1950. 206 pages

Four in the Half-Deck. Thomas Nelson, 1950. 261 pages






Strangers in the Half-Deck. Thomas Nelson, 1953. 247 pages






The Golden Monkey. Macmillan, 1953. 195 pages






Voyage to Bengal. Macmillan, 1953. 255 pages






Acting Third Mate. Nelson, 1954. 256 pages

A fairly routine story of a young apprentice promoted to Third Mate, having some adventures along the way.






Clippers to China. Macmillan, 1955. 268 pages






The Bluenose Pirate. A story for boys and girls. Macmillan, 1956. 257 pages






Mudlarks and Mysteries. Macmillan, 1956. 262 pages






Family on the Tide: a novel for girls. Macmillan, 1956. 273 pages






Please Keep Off the Mud: a story for girls and boys. Macmillan, 1957. 264 pages


He Sailed with Blackbeard. Macmillan, 1958. 278 pages






The Partick Steamboat. Macmillan, 1958. 185 pages






The Sea’s Fool. Ward, Lock, 1960. 189 pages






Shadows on the Mud. Macmillan, 1960. 222 pages






The Sea Chest: stories of adventure at sea. Collins, 1960. 128 pages

Collection of stories and short essays with the fiction featuring adolescent male protagonists. Includes four post-WW II stories set aboard the British tramp HOPEWELL, centering about the ship's cadets, five set between 1700 and 1900, and one Viking raid. For young readers, but good fun for all.




The Slaver's Apprentice. Macmillan, 1961. 247 pages






The Ship That Came Home. Ernest Benn, 1963. 118 pages






Up, Sea Beggars! Macdonald, 1964. 175 pages






They told Mr. Hakluyt. Being a selection of tales and other matter taken from Richard Hakluyt's "The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffics and Discoveries of the English Nation", with various explanatory notes. Macmillan, 1964. 150 pages





Remember Vera Cruz! Macdonald, 1965. 172 pages

A fourteen-year-old boy sailing in 1568 with an English trading fleet is taken hostage by the Spanish while in the port of Vera Cruz, escapes during an Aztec uprising, and begins a dangerous journey to freedom




Kit Baxter’s War. Macdonald, 1966. 156 pages







Knight, Ruth Adams (1898-1974)

Search for the Galleon's Gold! Whittlesey House, 1956. 191 pages

Hunt for a sunken treasure abord the flagship of the Spanish Armada, which was wrecked in Tobemory Harbour, Scotland






Knox, William (Bill) (1928-1999)

Books below may be shelved under his name or any of three noms de plume (Michael Kirk, Robert MacLeod and Noah Webster). Laird mysteries more likely under Michael Kirk and the Carrick books under Knox's own name


Andrew Laird marine insurance investigator mysteries:

  1. All Other Perils. Doubleday, 1975 160 pages.

    Someone attempts to keep a freighter from sailing with a cargo of vital oil pipeline





  2. Dragonship. Doubleday, 1976. 174 pages

    When the freighter VELELLA survives a fire off the coast of Denmark Andrew Laird is sent to handle the insurance payoff, but a routine assignment turns sinister when a charred body is found in the hold, along with two firebombs and the burned remains of a replica Viking ship. A terrorist group, the New World Revolution, claims responsibility for the fire, but Laird finds out otherwise, with the help of a charming Danish policewoman.



  4. Salvage Job. Doubleday, 1979. 184 pages

    Published under the Michael Kirk pseudonym.






  6. Cargo Risk. Doubleday, 1980. 177 pages

    Published under the Michael Kirk pseudonym. Marine insurance investigator Andrew Laird sorts out why containers holding two million dollars' worth of medical supplies according to the cargo manifest actually have only worthless scrap lumber.




  8. Mayday from Malaga. Doubleday, 1983. 179 pages

    Trouble is getting to be a bad habit with Andrew Laird, even in paradise. His latest case finds the marine insurance inspector in sunny Spain on what he had assumed would be a totally routine investigation. There is never anything routine about danger-especially when it involves a half-submerged freighter, a ruthless shipping tycoon, a mysterious cargo.and more than one corpse.



  10. A Cut in Diamonds. Doubleday, 1986. 176 pages

    Published under the Michael Kirk pseudonym.






  12. Witchline. Doubleday, 1988. 178 pages

    A washing machine from a cargo that was supposedly lost near the Jersey coast appears in Spain, and marine insurance investigator Andrew Laird realizes the importance of the case when the man who meets him at the airport is murdered. Published under the Noah Webster pseudonym.






Scottish Fisheries Protection Officer Webb Carrick mysteries:

  1. The Scavengers. Doubleday, 1964. 178 pages






  2. Devilweed. Doubleday, 1966. 188 pages

    Carrick investigates an abandoned cabin cruiser with an untouched safe containing £15,000





  3. Blacklight. Doubleday, 1967. 188 pages






  4. Figurehead. Doubleday, 1968. 189 pages

    A lady scientist leads Officer Carrick on a hunt for a sea serpent. U.K. title: The Klondyker





  6. Blueback. Doubleday, 1969. 186 pages

    Carrick is involved with a pretty girl, poachers, moonshiners, and a killer with an ultra-modern hydrafoil





  7. Seafire. Doubleday, 1970. 184 pages

    Carrick takes command of his first ship to investigate a strange small form a sea life destroying everything in its path





  8. Stormtide. Doubleday, 1973. 157 pages

    A feud between a gang of shark hunters and local fishermen over the mysterious death of a young girl must be smoothed over by Carrick





  9. Whitewater. Doubleday, 1974. 179 pages

    The traditional wedding flag is flying as the cruiser MARLIN enters Port MacFarlane on the west coast of Mull. But Port MacFarlane, a small and prosperous lobster fishing base, is no peaceful haven and the wedding flag becomes a signal which marks the start of murder and violence. Chief Officer Carrick discovers a maze of blackmail and threats in which death is the payment waiting those who seek too many answers.



  11. Hellspout. Doubleday, 1976. 176 pages






  12. Witchrock. Doubleday, 1977. 185 pages






  13. Bombship. Doubleday, 1980. 182 pages

    When a sunken WW II ammunition ship starts disintegrating and releasing its deadly cargo near a fishing village on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, the fisheries protection cruiser MARLIN is sent to the scene to help deal with the problem -- and so 1st officer Carrick and Captain Shannon can secretly investigate reports of modern-day piracy.




  15. Bloodtide. Doubleday, 1982. 186 pages

    MARLIN is sent to Port Ard to investigate a warning sent by an old drunk who then turns up dead, apparently by accident. Investigating the death, Shannon is injured, leaving Carrick in charge of MARLIN, and a web of murder involving a Soviet fish factory ship that may be spying on the British.




  17. Wavecrest. Doubleday, 1985. 181 pages

    Given command of the patrol launch TERN, off the Western Isles, Carrick encounters an oil slick, and the bodies of a couple that owned a lighthouse on one of the islands. As he investigates, the boat repair yard at Dumbrach burns to the ground, and yet another body is found in it. Carrick sets out to discover whether the bodies are related to an oil magnate in the area or a long buried monastic treasure.



  19. Dead Man's Mooring. Doubleday, 1988. 180 pages

    Carrick, and TERN are sent to quell trouble at a fishing village on Skye where a Canadian developer who is establishing a fish farm has turned the natives against him because of the roughshod methods of his employees. Then a dead man turns up on a warning buoy in the area, and divers discover a dynamited yacht just offshore.




  21. The Drowning Nets. Hutchinson, 1991. 256 pages

    When a fishery protection launch tries to arrest salmon poachers it is attacked and bombed by a high-speed raider escort. Only a mysterious mayday message saves her crew. No U.S. edition





The Grey Sentinels. Doubleday, 1962. 185 pages

SANCTUARY ISLE in UK. Glaswegian police detectives Colin Thane and Phil Moss investigate the murder of the caretaker of an island bird sanctuary off the West Highland Coast.








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