Maynard, Kenneth ( -1987)
It's 1798. After six years in the Royal
and four months after receiving his lieutenant's commission, Lamb
joins HMS STURDY, to serve as junior lieutenant under a whiskey
soaked captain and a vicious first officer. In additon, he battles
ruthless privateers and the hated French, finding time along the way
to sow some wild oats in exotic ports, eventually having a run-in
with the mighty French frigate TROMPEUR.
Lamb serves as First Lieutenant of the
HMS ADROIT in the West Indies.
Lamb gains his first command, the mail
HERON, seeing service in the Caribbean.
Deals with the British invasion of
ship, the ADROIT strikes to the French. Maynard died after this book was
written, so several cliffhangers are unresolved.
Mays, Victor (1927-2015)
Houghton Mifflin, 1956. 280
War of 1812 adventure for young
Houghton Mifflin, 1967. 188
A teenager stumbles upon a spy ring,
his father has been doing for the navy, and gets the FBI and Coast
Guard to help out.
Percival Merewether series:
Of the Honorable East India Company's
Bombay Marine during the Napoleonic Wars. These stories take place
within the world of Hornblower. The three books form a coherent whole,
with all questions having answers by the end of the third
Percival Merewether is placed in command
HEIC RAPID, and rescues the Governor Designate of Madras from a
pirate, puts down a mutiny of sepoys in Vellore, and maneuvers the
Chinese government into allowing HEIC ships to sail from
1806-07, Merewether commands HEICS
RAPID, serves as HEIC Commodore.
1807-08, Merewether becomes senior
of Bombay Marine, commands HEICS PITT.
The Dignity of Danger : a novel of the Pacific
War. Burning Gate, 1993. 168
Covers both sides of the Japanese
attacks in Pacific. One minute you're in a Japanese airplane, looking
for a target, and the next you're with a gunner aboard ship. Author was
Meader, Stephen Warren (1892-1977)
The Black Buccaneer.
Harcourt, Brace and Howe, 1920. 281
While guarding sheep on an island off
the coast of Maine, Jeremy is kidnapped by Captain Stede Bonnet and other pirates
who had been using the island as a base. Jeremy survives a perilous trip to the
West Indies but is very lonesome until the son of a prominent man in the Carolinas
is also captured. Together the boys try to escape and return
Away to Sea.
Harcourt, Brace, 1931. 233
One spring day back in 1821, Jim Slater
stole out of his father's farmhouse before daybreak and ran away to Providence to
become a sailor. He signed up with the first ship he could find, and it was only
when they were six days out at sea that he discovered he was one of the crew of a
slave ship bound for Africa for its cargo.
Clear for Action!
Harcourt, Brace, 1940. 323
Story of a young man impressed into
service on a
British warship slightly before the start of the war of
Shadow in the Pines.
Harcourt, Brace, 1942. 281
Nazi spies on the New Jersey shore.
an Interesting sequence showing a US Coast Guard station during
wartime, and a ship battle in Chesapeake Bay!
The Sea Snake.
Harcourt, Brace, 1943. 255
A teenager is abducted aboard a U-boat,
helps a USAAF bomber crew find and destroy it in the
Whaler 'Round the Horn.
Harcourt, Brace, 1950. 244
Life on whaling ship and in
Guns for the Saratoga.
Harcourt, Brace, 1955. 207
A young man whose father owns a foundry
make guns for a new warship, the SARATOGA, experiences adventures
aboard her as a midshipman.
The Commodore's Cup.
Harcourt, Brace, 1958. 192
Sailboat racing in Chesapeake
The Voyage of the Javelin.
Harcourt, Brace, 1959. 189
A young man on sails in a clipper ship
from the East coast to San Francisco around the horn during the
California gold rush days.
Phantom of the Blockade.
Harcourt, Brace & World, 1962. 190
Story of a young man on a blockade
during the American civil war.
A Blow for Liberty.
Harcourt, Brace & World, 1965. 187
Sixteen-year-old Jed Starbuck, a young
Nantucketer, had lost his father when their whaler went down in a storm off Cape
May, at the southern tip of New Jersey. The orphaned boy had been indentured to a
Quaker farmer who treated him with strict fairness. When the Revolutionary War
broke out, Jed had a burning ambition to do his part, but what chance did a
"bound" boy have to strike a blow for liberty?
The Cape May Packet.
Harcourt, Brace & World, 1969. 218
During the War of 1812 a young boy sails
with his father on dangerous missions in their boat which has been converted from
a pilot and packet boat to a privateer.
Point of Honor.
Kensington, 1997. 307 pages
Engineering Officer Lt. Blake leads a
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
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
The Mermaid and the Major: The True Story of the
Invention of the
Submarine. H.N. Abrams, 1991. 63
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
Omoo: a Narrative of Adventures in the South
Seas. Harper, 1847. 389
Redburn: his first voyage. Being the sailor-boy
confessions and reminiscences of the son-of-a-gentleman, in the merchant
service. Harper, 1849. 390
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.
Moby Dick, or The Whale.
Harper, 1851. 634 pages
"From Hell's heart I stab at
Israel Potter, His Forty Years of Exile.
Putnam, 1855. 276 pages
"Billy Budd, Foretopman" in Billy Budd, and other
prose pieces. Constable, 1924. 399
Written in 1891.
Melville-Ross, Antony (1920-1993)
Ballentine, 1982. 281 pages
U.K. title: Trigger. Captain
Peter Harding, operating the
submarine HMS TRIGGER in the Mediterranean in
Talon. Collins, 1983. 317 pages
Harding and his former first lieutenant,
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.
Fragments of the Ark.
Pocket Books, 1994. 342 pages
South Carolina Sea Island slave Peter
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.
Metcalfe, William Charles
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
Michelsen, G. F.
Mettle. University Press of New England, 2007. 255 pages
Lorenzo Fuller is a Cape Cod-based
seaman who has assumed command of a huge freighter carrying grain to ports along
the east coast of Africa. Two complications surface immediately: the resistance of
the crew to Lorenzo's "hard ass" management style and the fact that Lorenzo's son
Dowie is a crew member, despite the owners' promise that they would never be
assigned the same ship. Their relationship has deteriorated since Lorenzo's
divorce from Dowie's mother.
Michener, James (1907-1997)
Tales of the South Pacific.
Macmillan, 1947. 326 pages
Island life in WW II US
Return to Paradise.
Random House, 1951. 437 pages
Sequel to Tales of the South
The Bridges of Toko-Ri.
Random House, 1953. 146 pages
A US carrier task force operates off the
coast of Korea during the "Police Action." The courage and professionalism of the
flyers and sailors is contrasted with the uncertain, perhaps pointless,
Random House, 1978. 865 pages
The four-hundred-year saga of America's
Eastern Shore, from its Native American roots to the present. The central scene of
Michener's historical novel is that section of Maryland's Eastern shore, hardly
more than 10 miles square. To this point come the founders of families that will
dominate the story. A panoramic narrative of human and animal life on Maryland's
Eastern Shore focuses on a ten-square-mile area at the mouth of the Choptank River
and the families that settle there, from 1583 to the present.
Random House, 1989. 672 pages
A fictional account of the history of
the Caribbean area includes the racial, political, and economic struggles from the
arrival of Columbus and Spanish control to present day problems.
Miers, Earl Schenck (1910-1972)
Colonial Williamsburg, 1965. 129
Williamsberg youth gets captured by
ship, and is forced to serve with them or die. After escaping, he
returns home, helps Virginia's Governor Spotswood to eliminate
Blackbeard, and joins the expedition sent to fight the pirates.
Miéville, China (1972- )
DelRey, 2002. 638 pages
Fantasy novel about Armada, a huge
floating city, that is sailing to the edge of the world.
Miller, Merle (1919-1986)
T.Y. Crowell, 1945. 186 pages
WW II Pacific Theater action.
Danger Aboard the Evening Star.
Moody, 1974. 160 pages
Jeremy Cuffe signs on as a ship's
boy on a whaler owned by one of his grandfather's friends to reach his
father, who is a missionary in New Zealand. Along the way he encounters
numerous adventures and learns to love the life of a whaler. For young
One Man Drowning.
New Generation, 2009. 472
Running away in 1762 from a dull life in
fashionable Georgian Bath, Jesse Sunderland joins an ocean-going merchant ship.
Just nineteen years old, naïve and keen for adventure in the expanding world where
England rules the seas and dominates the colonies, he has to not only deal with
the harshness of this life at sea but coming to terms with himself and essentially
his homosexuality, a hanging offence by law in these times.
Mirvish, Robert F. (1921-2007)
Red Sky at Midnight.
William Sloane, 1955. 343 pages
Yet another novel about the trials of the Murmansk run during World War II.
Point of Impact.
William Sloane, 1961. 312
Heavily influenced by the Andrea Dorea sinking, the novel chronicles life aboard a great ocean liner until the moment it collides with a heavily laden oil tanker
The Last Capitalist.
William Sloane, 1963. 320 pages
In Murmansk during the Great Patriotic War, 12 year old Dmitri, orphaned, discovers free trade, becomes secure in providing what people want by salvaging after bombings, gathers a cadre of youngsters around him -- and defies Russian authority.
Steady, Boys, Steady.
P. Davies, 1960. 205 pages
Humorous account of a serious war fought
characters from all walks of life who find themselves in WW II special
forces, the Royal Navy Commando. Rigorously trained in the Scottish
Highlands, they survive to die on the beaches of Dieppe, North Africa,
Sicily and Reggio.
A German U-boat destroys a North Korean
submarine then attacks a U.S. command ship. The plan works; America and North
Korea hold each other accountable. As warships converge across the globe, the
command of the "USS Ramage" falls into the hands of Jerusha Bailey. Bailey,
however, senses a hidden strategy behind the attacks. And now, she alone must go
one-on-one with the brilliant commander of a German U-boat and prevent full-scale
When an American cruiser accidentally
shoots down a commercial aircraft--and kills the president of Panama--an interim
government seizes control of the Panama Canal. Bailey is dispatched on a
peacemaking mission that could either defuse an international crisis or add fuel
to the fires of an all-out war.
National Security Agent Jerusha Bailey
is called in to investigate the trouble that's brewing on the Bengali-India
border-- and to see how it ties in to the mysterious missile attack on the USS
Mahan. And as tensions build across the globe, her nemesis at the esteemed Naval
War College is busy wargaming, frantically trying to predict the next world war.
But the more questions Bailey asks, the fewer answers he gets. She's beginning to
suspect that something sinister is at hand.
Mohrt, Michel (1914-2011)
Viking, 1963. 286 pages
Translation of La Prison
maritime. Sea-going adventure based on an actual plot, when
nationalists of Brittany wanted to separate from France and join
Ireland and Wales. The book won the Grand Prix du Roman of the French
Mokin, Arthur (1923- )
Ironclad: The Monitor and the Merrimack.
Presidio, 1991. 274 pages
The mood in Washington in
1861 is bleak. The army is stalled, and rumors abound about the
Confederate navy's steel-shelled war machine, when Secretary of the
Navy Wells calls upon Captain John Erickson and his bizzare
experimental craft, the MONITOR.
Monsarrat, Nicholas (1910-1979)
Knopf, 1945. 124 pages
A navy officer and his young wife
concentrate their passionate love into twenty-four hours, knowing that it might be
their last chance.
HMS Marlborough Will Enter Harbor.
Ballentine, 1947. 125 pages
An old sloop, homeward bound, is
torpedoed, leaving her guns out of action, more than three-quarters of her crew
dead, and radio contact impossible. But her valiant captain steadfastly refuses to
surrender his ship.
The Cruel Sea.
Knopf, 1951. 509 pages
WW II convoy escort, and his best by
The Ship That Died of Shame and Other
Stories. W. Slone, 1959. 259
Contents: The ship that died of shame --
Licenced to kill -- The man who wanted a mark nine -- The Thousand Islands snatch
-- I was there -- The dinner party -- Oh to be in England!-- The list -- The
reconciliation -- Up the garden path.
The Nylon Pirates.
W. Slone, 1960. 375 pages
A group of con-artists join the
passengers of a
"millionaire's cruise" as part of their plan to separate the other
passengers from their cash and valuables over the three-month
A Fair Day's Work.
W. Slone, 1964. 191 pages
A cruise aboard modern ocean liner with
problems. Liverpool Docks, on Merseyside - a senseless strike threatens to
delay the departure of an ocean liner. As the last of the passengers come aboard,
including the shipping line's chairman, the drama increases with the threatened
walk-out of the stewards. Below deck, agitation and unrest mount as the tide water
rises and the vital hour for sailing approaches.
Monsarrat at Sea.
Cassell, 1975. 342 pages
Collection of Monsarrat's nautical
fiction and non-fiction: The Longest Love, The Longest Hate; Three
Corvettes; I Was There; A Ship to Remember; HMS Marlborough Will Enter
Harbour; The Ship that Died of Shame.
The Master Mariner: Running Proud.
Cassell, 1978. 524 pages
Book one of a planned series. "Damned to
immortality by a
spectacular act of cowardice during battle with the Spanish Armada,
young Matthew Lawe is sentenced to an eternity at sea....he rides...
history with Henry Hudson, Henry Morgan, Lord Nelson, and others..."
The Master Mariner: Darken Ship; the unfinished
novel. Cassell, 1980. 181
Dutton, 1997. 467 pages
The story of a Herreshoff Buzzard's Bay
15 and the
three generations of women associated with it. The central character is a
sailboat which over the years has been the setting of blissful outings,
clandestine loves and battles against the sea. The story of the boat and of its
lady owner is pieced together by a teacher who is restoring it. The author
really did his homework and knew the boat model intimately.
Moore, Donald (1923- )
All of One Company.
Hodder & Stoughton, 1957. 349
U.S. title: Scramble Six
convoy November 1943 - Royal Navy escort group sets out for Russia
escorting Convoy PQ 63. Focusing mainly on the Woolworth carrier HMS
VISCOUNT with her Hurricanes, Swordfish and escorts; day by day -m
watch by watch - we follow the convoy's progress; from the viewpoint of
the convoy - there are no insights into the higher command on either
the Allied or German side. The escort groups air-ops and anti-sub
tactics are particularly well done.
Moore, Frank Frankfort (1855-1931)
Under Hatches: or, Ned Woodthorpe's
Adventures. Blackie & Son, 1889.
Set in 1830.
Sixteen-year old Ned, washed out to sea while saving a life, is picked
up by a ship taking convicts to Botany Bay. In the Indian Ocean the
crew and convicts mutiny, setting the officers and Ned afloat in a
cutter, in which they sail to a desert island. The mutineers arrive two
days later and swarm ashore. Ned and the the officers fight to
recapture the ship.
Moore, Frederick F. (1877-1967)
The Devil's Admiral.
Doubleday & Page, 1913. 295
Tale of a cargo ship sailing out of
into the China Sea with pirates, murder and villainy afoot.
Moore, Ruth (1903-1989)
Speak to the Winds.
William Morrow, 1956. 309
A feud engulfs the entire population of
a small island off the coast of Maine.
Moorhouse, Geoffrey (1931-2009)
The Boat and the Town.
Little, Brown, 1979. 275
Chronicles the lives of a fishing boat
and their families in a small New England fishing village over the
course of one year. Nicely written, and captures well the way a small
crew get on (or don't get on) together in a small boat.