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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Mase - Mast

Masefield, John (1878-1967)

Salt-Water Ballads. G. Richards, 1902. 122 pages






A Mainsail Haul. Elkin Mathews, 1905. 128 pages

18 nautical short stories from the master, covering this world and the next. Some spooky, some pirates, and a treasure hunt.




A Tarpaulin Muster. E.G. Richards, 1907. 227 pages

24 short stories.





Captain Margaret. G. Richards, 1908. 405 pages

In about 1685 Our hero sails from Salcombe in the West Country to Virginia to pick up primo: some tobbacco trade and secundo: some men with whom to attempt a colonial adventure in Darien. On the way out of Salcombe Margaret picks up his former sweetheart and her villainous husband, knowing the villain to be wanted for forgery. The book deals mainly with the consequences of Margaret's reluctance to tell the lady that her feller is a bad one. The Darien enterprise fails magnificently as one of Margaret's privateer colleagues turns nasty, looking for short term booty on a raid and eventually turning on his leader. Simple enough adventure stuff although the sexual machinations are quite advanced for a work of 1908. "Masefield is at his best with the descriptions of the sea and ships from one who really knew them. The eventual loss of London grime from the grooves of the main-brace falls struck a chord with me." [SA]

Lost Endeavor. Thomas Nelson, 1910. 381 pages

a 17th century English youth is kidnapped, sold into slavery in America, and escapes only to meet strange piratical exploits in the waters off the Spanish Main.




Martin Hyde, the Duke's Messenger. Wells Gardner, 1910. 303 pages

Service afloat for a lad during the Monmouth Rebellion.





Jim Davis. Wells Gardner, Darton & Co, 1911. 242 pages

Novel about British smuggling in the dying days of the Napoleonic Wars as seen from the point of view of a young boy who gets caught up in smugglers' activities. Told first person years after the events related.




Sard Harker. W. Heinemann, 1924. 332 pages

A dream-like and sometimes hallucinatory adventure story set in the fictional nation of Santa Barbara.





ODTAA. W. Heinemann, 1924. 343 pages

"One Damn Thing After Another". An Santa Barbara story set beofre Sard Harker.





The Bird of Dawning : or, The fortune of the sea. Macmillan, 1933. 230 pages

"Cruiser" Tewksbury is a young junior mate in the tea clipper REDGAUNTLET, whose ambitious captain is in a very nervy state from overwork. He also dislikes Cruiser and despises him for having served in steamships. Several days out during the "race" to England, the REDGAUNTLET is run down by another ship and sunk. Cruiser and 5-6 of the crew find themselves in an open boat with scant food and water. A couple of the men are sea lawyers and general no-goods, and things look bad until the boat comes upon the clipper BIRD OF DAWNING mysteriously abandoned in mid-ocean. He attempts to sail her back home to England with his short-handed crew. There's a slight "Boys Own Stories" feel to the novel, but the characterizations are good and the various ships are described most lovingly.


The Taking of the Gry. Macmillan, 1934. 193 pages

During a revolution in the tiny Latin American country of Santa Barbara, two foolhardy, desperate men try to "kidnap" an ammuntion ship, the GRY, from a harbor held by their enemies. An entertaining yarn by a good storyteller.




Victorious Troy, or The Hurrying Angel. Macmillan, 1935. 308 pages

The square-rigger THE HURRYING ANGEL is tested by a storm in the southern ocean.





Dead Ned : The Autobiography of a Corpse Who Recovered Life Within the Coast of Dead Ned and Came to What Fortune You Shall Hear. W. Heinemann, 1938. 301 pages

18th century doctor is accused of killing his sea captain, is hanged at Newgate, but is resurrected by two other doctors, and escapes to Africa aboard a slaver.




Live and Kicking Ned (Live Ned, or the Reef-Tackle-Kicking Ned, or the Skysail, or, perhaps, after all, the Trust to God) : A continuation of the Tale. W. Heinemann, 1939. 462 pages

Our hero arrives on the Coast of Dead Ned aboard the slaver Albicore, where he proceeds to meet new adventures linking him with a past he thought long dead




The Sea Poems. Heinemann, 1978. 116 pages







Masiel, David

2182 kHz. Random House, 2002. 294 pages

Henry Sein catches a fading distress call--a scientist is trapped alone on a melting ice floe. Assembling a motley rescue team, he heads farther north than he's ever gone, determined to save the scientist. It doesn't take long for his plans to go horribly wrong.






Mason, A. E. W. (Alfred Edward Woodley) (1864-1948)

Fire Over England. Hodder & Stoughton, 1936. 316 pages

The threat of the 1588 Spanish Armada becomes a thinly veiled analogy to the international situation facing Britain in 1936.






Mason, Arthur (1876-1955)

The Flying Bo’sun : A Mystery of the Sea. Henry Holt, 1920. 224 pages

Recounts the voyage of the Wampa, a schooner that sails from Puget Sound to the Fiji Islands with a load of lumber in December of 1898. The “flying bo’sun” of the title is a snow-white tropical bird whom sailors believe to be the embodiment of the souls of drowned sailors.




The Cook and the Captain Bold. Atlantic Monthly, 1924. 182 pages

Nautical tales.





The Ship that Waited. T. Fisher Unwin, 1926. 283 pages

A cruel clipper ship captain suffers from series of disasters on a voyage and returns to port (and his sweetheart) a wiser and more pious person.





Salt Horse : from fo'c'sle to bridge, the story of an ocean boyhood. J.H. Sears, 1927. 297 pages





Swansea Dan. Cosmopolitan, 1929. 249 pages






Mason, F. van Wyck (1901-1978)

Captain Nemesis. Putnam's, 1931. 295 pages

In 1772, Lieutenant Nathaniel Andrews, a colonial in the Royal Navy, is framed and sentenced to be transported to Australia. He escapes, establishes himself as a pirate, and plans his revenge. Rewritten by the author in 1957




The Shanghai Bund Murders. Grosset & Dunlap, 1933. 298 pages

An American spy aboard a little river steamer during a voyage from Naking to Shanghai tangles with an international cross section of passengers. Heavily revised as The China Sea Murders in 1959 to make the spy more like James Bond.




Captain Judas. Robert Hale, 1957. 251 pages

Barbary pirate action. Revision of an Argosy serial from 1931





American Revolution series:

  1. Three Harbours. Lippincott, 1938. 694 pages

    Revolutionary War naval action.




  3. Stars on the Sea. Lippincott, 1940. 720 pages

    Early American revolutionary war adventure.





  5. Rivers of Glory. Lippincott, 1942. 572 pages

    Novel about a US Navy spy during Siege of Savannah during the Revolutionary War.





  7. Eagle in the Sky. Lippincott, 1948. 500 pages

    Adventures of three doctors in the American Revolution, with a focus on Peter Burnham, who serves as surgeon on an American privateer.





The Cutlass Empire. Doubleday, 1949. 396 pages

Fictionalized biography of Henry Morgan





Civil War series:

  1. Proud New Flags. Lippincott, 1951. 493 pages

    American Civil War (Confederate) naval adventure. Detailed picture of the efforts of the South to build a navy, efforts which were blocked by bungling self-seekers, incompetent politicians and the struggle for separate commands. Brunton, Scottish shipbuilder, Sam Seymour of the U.S.N. who resigns his commission to serve his native South, his austere elder brother, an engineer, who goes to Richmond to make his contribution,- these three live in the intricate story of the Navy's birth and death.



  3. Blue Hurricane. Lippincott, 1957. 307 pages

    Union Navy in action against the Confederacy on the western rivers -- sequel to Proud New Flags.





  5. Our Valiant Few. Little, Brown, 1956. 436 pages

    The Confederate Navy's attempts to break the blockade of Charleston during the American Civil War using torpedo boats and primitive submarines. Lots of action on shore, but minimal naval action.




  7. Armored Giants: a novel of the Civil War. Little, Brown, 1980. 339 pages

    The battle between the Monitor and Merrimack. This is the 5th novel in his Civil War series; The 4th novel - Trumpets Sound No More - has no maritime action.





Golden Admiral. Doubleday, 1953. 340 pages

Fictionalized adventures of Sir Francis Drake and his defeat of the Spanish Armada.




Young Titan. Doubleday, 1959. 621 pages

Set in the Penobscot Bay during the French and Indian War, climaxing with the Capture of Louisburg




The Manila Galleon. Little, Brown, 1961. 495 pages

Commodore George Anson, "Father of the Modern Royal Navy," sets out on his epic voyage to capture for England a fabulous Spanish treasure ship - the Manila galleon, "Prize of all the Oceans."




The Sea 'Venture. Doubleday, 1961. 349 pages

Enroute to Jamestown, a group of settlers, including a number of social outcasts, are shipwrecked at Bermuda. Based on a true historical incident.




Harpoon in Eden. Doubleday, 1969. 430 pages

The adventures and exploits of the Paddock family of Nantucket during the great days of sperm whaling in the mid- nineteenth century.




Log Cabin Nobel. Doubleday, 1973. 377 pages

U.K. title: Stand Before Kings. Despite the title log cabins do not feature much in this story of swashbuckling on the high seas in the dying days of the Spanish Main and hopes of salvaging the Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion and her treasure.




Masselink, Ben (1919-2000)

The Danger Islands. Little, Brown, 1964. 177 pages

An ex-GI sailing along near Tahiti falls victim to bad guys in a converted PT boat who steal his boat and papers. He chases them all over the Pacific.





Masters, John (1914-1983)

The Rock. Putnam, 1970. 383 pages

This is the history of the great fortress-rock, Gibraltar and the surrounding seas wrapped up in one epic novel.






Masterton, Graham (1946- )

Maiden Voyage. Sphere, 1982. 562 pages

The fate of a shipping company depends upon the successful maiden voyage of their new liner ARCADIA, the greatest liner of them all. Flappers, affairs, elegant balls, intrigue and treachery in this 1920s tale.








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