The Ruby Fleet.
Hale, 1976. 221 pages
Potboiler, where British skipper carries
Indian wife, gaining the emnity of both British and Indian society. Set
in the 1800s.
Morgan, Charles (1894-1958)
A & C Black, 1919. 348 pages
Story of the brutal life of a
midshipman in a pre-WW I Royal Navy ship. Allegedly suppressed by the
Navy. A contemporary review says it was wriiten with the purpose of
showing a national abuse.
Forge, 2000. 285 pages
"The Strait of Malacca lies between
Malaysia and Indonesia. It's the busiest shipping lane in the world. And for as
long as anyone can remember it's been a nest of pirates. In the Age of Sail they'd
swarm over the side, armed with knives and cutlasses. These days they're using
modern methods. One of them, Michael Prasetyo, a man with a business degree from
Wharton and a bad attitude has made some frighteningly ambitious plans." --
Jacket. A corrected edition as this novel was published in 2002.
Morgan, M. Howard [pseud. Malcolm
The Jack Vizzard
With the American colonies closed to
Britain, the gaols overflowed, the criminal under-class posed a threat to the
property classes. A solution was required. The answer lay in the continent on the
far side of the world - Terra Australis Incognita and make use of the criminal
class to develop a new colony, a source of trade and a base far from home for
England's Royal Navy. The First Fleet of 11 ships left Portsmouth in May 1787
tasked with that objective. The First Fleet of convicts. The experiment so nearly
failed. Jack Vizzard, a young marine officer of affluent background, becomes a
member of this expedition. Lawyer, newly commissioned officer and murderer,
Vizzard finds his acts of betrayal follow him to New South Wales.
War with Revolutionary France takes
Lieutenant Vizzard to the coasts of France. He is to escort a government agent
known to carry valuable intelligence of vital importance to Prime Minister Pitt's
government. Captured by a traitor he must escape France. Can he trust the
beautiful Frenchwoman who befriends him? His work leads directly to the first
fleet action of the Revolutionary War with France and to the battle known in
Britain as The Glorious First of June where heroes and cowards will die together.
Morley, F. V. (Frank Vigor) (1899-
The Wreck of the Active, a story of
adventure. Houghton Mifflin,
1936. 347 pages
In the early 1800s
two Americans sail in the schooner ACTIVE from London to Pacific
Northwest around the Horn, encountering adventures with storms and
savages. U.K. title: "War Paint".
Mörne, Håkan (1900-1961)
Slaves to the Sea.
Elek, 1956. 181 pages
Translation of the prize winning novel
Havets Bröd. A young
Finn finds adventure and himself aboard a tramp steamer voyaging from
Rotterdam to Archangelsk to Scotland to New York.
Morrill, George P. (1920-2015)
Dark Sea Running.
McGraw-Hill, 1959. 211 pages
Novel about a merchant marine captain
a T-2 tanker across the Atlantic convoy routes during WW
Morris, Donald R. (1924-2002)
Simon and Schuster, 1957. 204
Life aboard an LST in the peacetime navy
1950s. Story relates how the the LST's bachelor XO falls in love over
the Christmas holidays, when the nearly-empty ship is visited by a
woman reporter, then pursues her through various misadventures to the
altar. Fimed as All Hands on Deck.
Farrar, Straus, and Young, 1951. 276
Protagonist is an enlisted man aboard a
based at Tsingtao in late 1940s. His White Russian girl friend is
evacuated to Shanghai when Communist forces take Tsingtao.
Morrow, James (1947- )
Harcourt Brace, 1994. 371
A satirical novel on the death of God.
For inexplicable reasons he dies and falls into the sea, and the Vatican hires a
supertanker to secretly tow his two-mile-long body to the Arctic for preservation.
But the secret leaks out and everyone gets in on the act, exploiting God's death
to their own end.
Morton, Frederic. (1924-2015)
The Witching Ship.
Random House, 1960. 271
An eerie, intense and unpleasant
fascination characterizes this story of an eight days' voyage of a luxury cruise
ship-Dutch and presumably neutral- pressed into service early in the war as a
transport ship for refugees, only to be caught in its final days, with the news
that Rotterdam had been blasted from the sky. Those eight days are mirrored in a
vacuum: on the side, the terrors of escaping Hitler's Europe, with shreds of
dignity and hastily gathered portable possessions and memories of past grandeurs
and future obliquies; on the other, a thin scattering of Americans, homeward
bound, seeking fleeting sensations snatched in passing. There's underlying
tragedy, mordaunt humor, unbearable cruelty and always fear as bits of many
stories are woven into a kaleidoscope that at the end breaks once more into
scattered, meaningless fragments.
Silver: Return to Treasure Island.
Jonathan Cape, 2012. 432 pages
In the marshy eastern
reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son.
Young Jim spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries, running errands for
his father and listening to his stories in the taproom; tales of adventures on the
high seas, of curses, murder and revenge, black spots and buried treasure - and of
a man with a wooden leg. Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives on
the river with a request for Jim from her father - Long John Silver. Aged and
weak, but still possessing a strange power, the pirate proposes that Jim and Natty
sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's hidden bounty, the 'beautiful
bar silver' left behind many years before. Silver has chartered a ship and a hardy
crew for this purpose, whose captain is waiting only for the map, now locked away
at the Hispaniola.
Pyramid, 1972. 222 pages
Paul Fox is sent
along with his lover to the Bahamas to uncover the Soviet's system of moving key
espionage personnel around the Western Hemisphere. The lady is kidnapped and Fox
is targetted for elimination.
Moxon, Lloyd M.
Before the Wind.
Doubleday, 1978. 191 pages
Novel, told in first
person, of Lt. John St. John's passage from newly-made Royal Navy
lieutenant to post captain during the Napoleonic Wars. The good
lieutenant joins a 64 commanded by a rabidly Methodist captain. After
falling into the captains bad graces, he is sent on a suicidal cutting
out mission, but succeeds, and is "rewarded" by being given command of
a brig no one else wants. But our hero turns the ship into the scourge
of the French coast. Purportedly first in a series, but it does not
appear that follow-ups were written.
Mudgett, Helen Parker (1900-1962)
The Seas Stand Watch.
A.A. Knopf, 1944. 391 pages
Portrays the great
era of New England's trade and the shift to manufacturing.
Berkley, 1989. 343 pages
The supercarrier USS
ABRAHAM LINCOLN carries
fighter planes, nukes and a demented psycopath on a trail of revenge. A
Tom Clancy type techno-thriller.
Muir, Margaret (M. C. Muir)
Robert Hale, 2005. 223 pages
Set in 1856. After
the death of her child, Emma's life is in ruins. In order to survive she must
escape from her abusive husband and bury the guilt from her past. And then a
chance encounter with a French seaman on the windswept Whitby cliff top provides
the very opportunity. She can sail to Australia, but to do so she must stowaway on
the Morning Star and risk being put ashore by the Captain if she is discovered.
Following a vicious attack by one of the crew, Emma is nursed back to health by
Charles Witton. As the turbulent sea around them mirrors Emma's emotional
conflicts, the ship reaches Cape Town Bay - where disaster lies in wait.
Under Admiralty Orders - The Oliver Quintrell
In March 1802, the
Treaty of Amiens brings an uneasy peace to Europe. While the fighting ships of the
Royal Navy languish in ordinary and sailors litter the alleys and alehouses of
Portsmouth, frustrated officers barrage the Admiralty for a
The year is 1803 and
aboard HM Frigate, Perpetual, Captain Quintrell heads south to the Southern
Ocean. His orders are to find a missing ship even if it means sailing all the way
to Peru. But in order to complete his mission, he must face the challenges of the
Horn, an unnerving discovery, French privateers, political intrigue and even
deception and unrest amongst his own crew.
Book 3 in the Oliver
Quintrell Series, sees Captain Quintrell facing life-threatening events over which
he has no control. Ordered to sail to Gibraltar in the late summer of 1804, his
ship soon becomes hemmed in, not by Spanish gunboats or French ships of the line,
but by the Quarantine Regulations which close the port around him. Unable to halt
the loss of life from a raging epidemic, he strives to do his part to help save
the Colony when it is at its most vulnerable.
A sheltered cove in
the idyllic Western Islands offers an ideal location to careen His Majesty's
frigate, Perpetual. But what Captain Quintrell discovers on the beach, and
in a nearby village, is shocking. Despite his orders, he promises he will not rest
until he has brought the piratical scoundrel responsible for these barbaric acts
Captain Quintrell receives orders to return to England. He is to sail in company with a 74-gun third rate ship-of-the-line. Since leaving Rio, however, undercurrents of unrest have been simmering aboard the third rate. Treachery and insurrection, murder and mutiny must be put down and those responsible brought to account.
Munro, Neil [pseud. Hugh Foulis]
Para Handy, and other Tales.
W. Blackwood, 1937. 690 pages
Stories about the
most decrepit tramp steam sailing out
of Glasgow, the VITAL SPARK, usually commanded by "Para Handy" (Peter
Erchie ; &, Jimmy Swan : with fifty-nine previously
uncollected stories. Birlinn, 1993. 532
Some of these should
Murchie, Guy Jr. (1907-1997)
Mutiny of the Bounty and Other Sea Stories.
Spencer, 1937. 309 pages
Murchie wrote his
account of the Bounty mutiny for the Chicago Tribune in the 1930s, it's
been reprinted here, along with 5 stories and short novels by other
writers: How old Wiggins wore ship -- Lost in the fog -- " ... Mas has
come" -- The haunted ships -- Idylls of the sea.
The Utmost Island.
Crown, 1951. 216 pages
Novel about Lief
Ericcson's voyage to the new