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Medland, Maurice

Point of Honor. Kensington, 1997. 307 pages

Engineering Officer Lt. Blake leads a small boarding party from his destroyer to a derelict freighter, where they are stranded due to worsening weather and an accident on the destroyer. They find smashed radios, 30 tons of cocaine, $350 million in cash, and several bodies, all with broken necks and their tongues cut out. If any of the party are to survive, they must get the ship underway and ride out a tropical cyclone despite being shorthanded and without a qualified deck officer. Unfortunately, it soon becomes apparent that a ruthless killer is still aboard, and of course, the owners of the drugs and cash will certainly want it back when the weather clears. Our hero does just about everything right, but he's pretty much out of his depth.



Meigs, Cornelia (1884-1973)

The Pirate of Jasper Peak. Macmillan, 1918. 241 pages

Published under her Aldair Aldon pseudonym





Clearing Weather. Little, Brown, 1928. 331 pages






The Trade Wind. Little, Brown, 1927. 309 pages






Swift Rivers. Little, Brown, 1932. 234 pages

After being turned out by his mean-spirited uncle, Chris Dahlberg decides to harvest some of the timber on his grandfather's land in Minnesota and float the giant logs down the Mississippi River to market in St. Louis





Vanished Island. Macmillan, 1941. 258 pages







Melchior, Ib (1917-2015)

V-3. Dodd, Mead, 1985. 310 pages

V-3 is a poisonous exsiccating gas developed by Hitler to succeed the V-1 and V-2 rockets. In the present, aging but still fanatic Nazis plan to unleash the gas and kill millions. Army intelligence reactivates chemist Einar Munk who, as a wartime operative for the OSS, first learned of the gas's manufacture. His orders: find it and contain it. In this desperate mission, Einar is aided by his wife, Birte. Einar discovers the V-3 in a sunken U-boat, the canisters dangerously near final corrosion and each of them booby-trapped.




Meléndez, Francisco

The Mermaid and the Major: The True Story of the Invention of the Submarine. H.N. Abrams, 1991. 63 pages

Translation of: El verdadero inventor del buque submarino por Annibal Gobelet, su fiel criado. Illustrated by the author. For young readers.





Melville, Herman (1819-1891)

Typee: a Peep at Polynesian Life during a four months' residence in a valley of the Marquesas. Wiley & Putnam, 1846. 278 pages

Omoo: a Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas. Harper, 1847. 389 pages

Redburn: his first voyage. Being the sailor-boy confessions and reminiscences of the son-of-a-gentleman, in the merchant service. Harper, 1849. 390 pages

Mardi: and a Voyage Hither. Haper, 1849. 2 volumes

White-Jacket, or, the World in a Man-of-War. Harper, 1850. 465 pages

An allegorical novel about the harsh life of a seaman onboard a nineteenth-century U. S. Navy frigate.

Moby Dick, or The Whale. Harper, 1851. 634 pages

"From Hell's heart I stab at thee."

Israel Potter, His Forty Years of Exile. Putnam, 1855. 276 pages

"Billy Budd, Foretopman" in Billy Budd, and other prose pieces. Constable, 1924. 399 pages

Written in 1891.




Melville-Ross, Antony (1920-1993)

HMS Trigger. Ballentine, 1982. 281 pages

U.K. title: Trigger. Captain Peter Harding, operating the submarine HMS TRIGGER in the Mediterranean in 1943.




Talon. Collins, 1983. 317 pages

Harding and his former first lieutenant, John Gascoigne survive an accidental sinking of a Royal Navy submarine. Harding transfers to the Fleet Air Arm, and faces the Japanese as a fighter pilot. Gascoigne takes command of HMS TALON and attempts to match Harding's record in war patrols against the Japanese in the last year of the war.



Shadow. Collins, 1984. 219 pages

Peter Harding joins his first submarine, HMS SHADOW, in 1940 as navigation officer, and rises the position of executive officer during two years of warfare. Many of the other characters in TALON and HMS TRIGGER are also in this book.




Command. Collins, 1985. 256 pages

WWII submarine action.






Merton, Peter [pseud. John Hunter q.v.] (1891-1961)

Captain Dack. Hurst & Blackett, 1939. 255 pages

Conspiracy : a story of Captain Dack. Hurst & Blackett, 1945. 159 pages

Plunder : a story of Captain Dack. Hurst & Blackett, 1949. 223 pages


Meriwether, Louise

Fragments of the Ark. Pocket Books, 1994. 342 pages

South Carolina Sea Island slave Peter Mango leads a group of runaway slaves in an attempt to steal the Confederate gunboat SWANEE at Charleston and deliver her to the Union Navy. Inspired by an actual incident.





Merrell, Leigh

Tenoch. Thomas Nelson, 1954. 191 pages

An Half-Indian is a Cabin Boy during João Rodrigues Cabrillo's Voyage to California





Mary in Command. Thomas Nelson, 1956. 196 pages

Clipper Ship Captain Joshua Patten, in partnership with his wife Mary, successully navigate their ship around Cape Horn






Merrett, John

From Faeroes to Finisterre: stories of the sea areas. Müller, 1953. 261 pages







Merrick, Elliott (1905-1997)

Passing By. Macmillan, 1947. 234 pages

Two wartime voyages, one on a tanker that goes well, and one on a Liberty ship, which doesn't






Merwin, Samuel (1874-1936)

His Little World: The Story of Hunch Badeau. A.S. Barnes, 1903. 201 pages

The captain of a Lake Michigan lumber schooner loses his ship and its cargo in a storm off Manistee

The Whip Hand: A Tale of the Pine Country. Doubleday, Page, 1903. 299 pages

Rough-and-tumble tactics of a large Chicago timber conglomerate are used against a small Lake Michigan lumber company

The Merry Anne. Macmillan, 1904. 217 pages

The captain and crew of a lumber schooner unwittingly runs afoul of a Chicago whiskey-smuggling ring in Lakes Michigan and Huron


Metcalfe, W. (William) Charles [pseud. Christopher George Holman Lawrence] (1866-1950)

Frank Weatherall : or, Life in the Merchant Marine : a sea story for youth. John and Robert Maxwell, 1886. 352 pages






Aboveboard : a tale of adventure on the sea. James Nisbet & Co., 1891. 329 pages






Steady your helm! or, Stowed away. James Nisbet & Co., 1892. 413 pages






Watch and watch, or, The decoyed. James Nisbet & Co., 1892. 212 pages



Rogues' Island; or the Pirate's Lair. J. F. Shaw, 1893. 378 pages

14-year-old Charlie Currie joins the Merchant Navy as an apprentice on a sailing vessel. In the South China Sea the ship is run down in fog by a steamer, and a Chinese pirate junk rescues a group of survivors. In their ultimate escape (which includes the rescue of a beautiful English girl captive) our hero takes a minor part, being told to keep out of the way during the fighting, but he saves the junk they steal by jamming his body in a shot hole below the water line. Ah Sing, cousin to Fong Tah, the pirate chief, plays a key role. For a combination of altruistic and financial reasons he helps the escape, duelling to the death with Fong Tah in the process. Ah Sing's reward is to be made steward on an English ship. Politically incorrect nowadays, but contains admiring comments on junk contruction. Later reprinted with the title Honours divided; or, Rescued from rogues' island; a story of the China seas.


The boy skipper: or, 'I have only done my duty'. Jarrolds, 1895. 264 pages






Undaunted : a story of the Solomon Islands. John F. Shaw, 1895. 288 pages






Nailing the colours ; or, The light that shines. Jarrold & Sons, 1895. 360 pages






On the face of the deep ; or, The Bird-borne missive. Jarrold & Sons, 1897. 291 pages






On the other tack : a story of the sea. Jarrold & Sons, 1898. 298 pages



Billows & bergs. Frederick Warne, 1902. 399 pages






The Voyage of the Stormy Petrel. Religious Tract Society, 1905. 320 pages






Grit and pluck, or, the young commander. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1906. 354 pages






Frank and fearless, or, Adventures amongst cannibals. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1907. 374 pages






Ice-gripped, or, The tomboy of Boston. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1907. 251 pages






Pigtails and Pirates: a Tale of the Sea. Blackie, 1908. 240 pages

Reprinted under the title: Among Chinese pirates.





Ocean chums. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1910. 255 pages



The mystery of the 'Albatross'. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1911. 256 pages






Junk ahoy! A tale of the China seas. Jarrold & Sons, 1912. 272 pages






Young salts. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1912. 312 pages






Blown out to sea. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1908. 336 pages






Dick Trawle, second mate. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1909. 375 pages






Tom Bolt; or, The Mutiny on the "Nemesis". Jarrold & Sons, 1910. 271 pages







Meyer, Edith Petterson (1895-1993)

Pirate Queen. Little, Brown, 1961. 244 pages

The story of Grania O'Malley, who became chieftan of the Irish clan, O'Malley, in the days of Queen Elizabeth: of the struggles she suffered to keep up the life of the clan, especially by piracy of English ships









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