Names, Larry D.
Avon, 1995. 374 pages
Events leading up to the siege of Ft.
at the beginning of the Civil War. Focuses on the effort of a pacifist
northern woman who is part of a shipping firm to head off the war,
while various Sothrons -- including Rafael Semmes, and an oversexed
southern belle -- attempt to spy out Union attempts to reinforce
Sumter. Despite the title, ends before any ironclads
Nash, N. Richard
East Wind, Rain.
Atheneum, 1977. 371 pages
It is November 1941. A Navy Lieutenant
intelligence section at Pearl Harbor is castrated, then dies under
mysterious circumstances. Was this due to his liaison with the wife of
an Issei or did he come too close to a secret that the IJN was trying
to protect? His brother-in-law, another naval officer, seeks the answer
only to be obstructed by his rabidly anti-Japanese commanding
National Maritime Museum,
National Maritime Museum, 2007. 313
Original anthology. Contents: The shoals
/ Sam Llewellyn -- Devonia / Desmond Barry -- The doldrums / John Williams --
Getting there is half the fun / James Scudamore -- The King's Daughter of Norroway
/ Margaret Elphinstone -- Omar's island / Robert Minhinnick -- Fresh water / Chris
Cleave -- Bathyspheres / Niall Griffiths -- In time: a correspondence / Erica
Wagner -- Something rich and strange / Charles Lambert -- The island / Roger
Hubank -- The convalescent's handbook / Evie Wyld -- The boy / Tessa Hadley -- The
anniversary / Martin Stephen -- A snow goose / Jim Perrin -- The museum of the sea
/ Nick Parker.
Neale, William Johnson, (1812-
The Flying Dutchman, a Legend of the High Seas.
Henry Colburn, 1839. 3 volumes
West Indies in the
1760s. Lt. Ramsay, RN falls in love with Angela, his captain's
daughter. The tyrannical captain resolves to accomplish Ramsay's ruin,
has him dismissed the service on a trumped up charge, presses him as a
common seaman, and maroons him on a desert island. Ramsay's friend, a
mysterious corporal of marines, strangles the captain and drops the
body overboard. The crew mutiny and elect the corporal as their leader.
Another ship, carrying Angela, attacks the mutinous frigate, but loses
the battle and is abandoned in sinking condition. The waterlogged wreck
drifts ashore on Ramsay's island. He revives the dying girl, they
marry, and live an idyllic life for a year. Meanwhile the corporal
contrives a plan to disguise the frigate as the dreaded Flying
Dutchman, so un-nerving their opponents and winning every battle.
Eventually the Ramsays are rescued, the mutineers meet their just
deserts, and the corporal's true identity is revealed. Contains two
excellent court martial episodes (Neale was both a seaman and a
lawyer). A brisk, technically accurate, and fast moving
Paul Periwinkle, or the Pressgang.
W. Tegg, 1841. 640 pages
Picaresque novel, set in
England, Ireland, and Haiti. Hero Paul is tried and convicted for the
murder of a man who had disappeared, having been seized by a pressgang.
Paul escapes to Ireland, then to the West Indies, surviving many
vicissitudes, including piracy and plank-walking and events during
revolt in Haiti by blacks led by Toussaint L'Ouverture; all is well in
the end, virtuous triumphant, wicked punished ("that is what is meant
by fiction" - Oscar Wilde). Eveline is a startlingly forceful heroine
for the time: she wields gun and sword in unsuccessful defence of her
father's vicarage in Ireland when the peasantry attack, is taken and
raped, later escapes and for most of the rest of the novel poses as a
man and fights fiercely on sea and land. An extraordinary feature is
that the pressed man is left on a storm-beaten shipwreck from page 128
to page 598, reappearing just in time to resolve the plot!
The Port Admiral : A Tale of the War.
Cochrane and M'Crone, 1833. 3
Gentleman Jack : A Naval Story.
J. Cochrane, 1837. 640 pages
The Naval Surgeon.
J. Cochrane, 1841. 3 volumes
The Captain's Wife.
T. and W. Boone, 1841. 3
The Pride of the Mess: A Naval Novel of the Crimean
War. George Routledge and Sons, 1855.
Will Watch : from the auto-biography of a British
officer. J. Cochrane, 1834. 3
Cavendish: or, The Patrician at Sea.
H. Colburn & R. Bentley, 1831. 3
Needle, Jan (James Albert) (1943-
Set in the Royal Navy in the era of
the Napoleonic Wars. A dark, grim story of a brutal frigate captain,
pressed crew members, and a young midshipman, the captain's nephew,
who is torn in his loyalties. The ship is sailing alone once manned,
so no fleet actions are involved, and no major historical events
impinge on the story. This 1997 printing has an author's note that it
is his unabridged original, considerably different from the
previously published 1979 version (Andre Deutsch).
William Bentley, of the press ship BITER
faces murder, corruption and poor dental health while doing the
Royal Navy's dirty work at Deptford. "...The reader is up to his
knees in the viscous ooze of Deptford Creek where mouldering timber
hulks and mouldier specimens of humanity are engaged on His Majesty's
Service, which includes duplicity, murder, the wholesale removal of
young women's teeth and beating the lights out of any scrofulous
wreck capable of being bullied out onto a yardarm.... Seamen are
pirates, killers and thugs, all grinning toothlessly - I hate to
think what dentists must have done to the author in the past. It's
fly-on-the-wall, warts-and-all, fast-and-furious stuff, in which
Bentley's life, like that of his more rarified ancestor Hornblower,
reflects as much the time in which he has been written as the time in
which he sails; the privileged are stripped bare, institutions are
corrupt and money is god. But let's hear it for Deptford: its
literary moment has come."
Midshipman William Bentley awaits trial
on charges of treason - until he is offered the chance to avoid prison by serving
as first lieutenant to Richard Kaye, now captain of Will's old ship Biter. Will
accepts and begins a harrowing journey to Jamaica, unaware that the woman he loves
has been sold as an indentured servant to a depraved Jamaican planter. The
brutality of Will's shipboard companions further hardens him to navy life, but
nothing can prepare him for the inhumanity that fuels the slave
With the Biter sunk beneath the
Caribbean waves, along with Captain "Slack Dickie" Kaye's corrupted dream of
riches, Will Bentley is forced inexorably deeper into the brutal and rapacious
world of Jamaican politics. Although he brilliantly cuts out a mysterious French
brig from a secret bay, his hopes of recovering his lost honour with a triumphant
return to Port Royal are blighted by the news that Deb Tomelty, his beloved
"Spithead Nymph," has been held responsible for the death of a leading planter -
and that William must help to hunt her to her death!
Haakon the Dark
Lusty, death-defying adventurer Haakon
Dark has been chosen by his gods as their avenging arm on earth. The
Golden Axe is a marvelous and terrible weapon with supernatural
powers that the gods have entrusted to Haakon, but is the axe truly a
gift or is it a curse of evil? Only time will tell. In this series
opener Haakon and his band battle against overwhelming odds as they
try to save the fair Rosamund, Haakon's lady love.
Only one mortal man has the power and
wisdom to spare civilization when a treacherous deed brings bloody
death to armies senseless slaughter to cities -- our hero of course.
Leading the greatest army of Viking warriors ever assembled, Haakon
the Dark instead scours the entire known world to find his Rosamund,
in peril again, this time stolen by an evil warrior chief. No doubt
civilization and Rosamund are both saved in the
Revolution at Sea
Nelson's hero, a smuggler in pre-
War days, brings shipments into Long Island Sound and runs afoul of
HMS ROSE, a British ship doing customs duty. Nelson also brings up
the burning of a customs sloop by Rhode Islanders the year before.
HMS ROSE in the novel is the real ancestor to today's "HMS" ROSE, in
which the author sailed as third mate.
Captain Biddelcom, our hero from By Force of Arms, in command of the privateer CHARLEMAGNE is
given a commission
in the Continental Army and sent on a mission to steal gunpowder from
the British in the Bahamas. This effort is foiled by a traitor, and
Biddlecomb is captured, but he manages to escape, and complete his
mission anyway. In the meantime, the aide that arranged the mission
is scouring Rhode Island for the traitor.
Still suffering the damages of their
ill-fated mission to Bermuda, Isaac Biddlecomb and the brig-of-war
CHARLEMAGNE are voluteered for service in the newly formed United
States Navy. Sailing to Philadelphia with the irritating John Adams
as a passenger, Biddlecomb et al are made part of the first American
navy and marine corps action to New Providence Island. But trouble is
brewing in the gunroom, as his officers find themselves at each
other's throats, and below decks as sea-lawyer Amos Hacket tears the
crew apart down sectional lines.
At the height of the American
Captain Biddlecomb receives orders to smuggle Dr. Benjamin Franklin
across the Atlantic and into France.
Captain Isaac Biddlecomb is sailing
along the New Jersey coast with his wife and newborn son aboard, unaware that the
entire British fleet stands in his way, along with his enemy Lt. John Smeaton, a
man to whom he owes a debt of blood.
The Only Life That Mattered : the Short and Merry Lives of Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and Calico Jack Rackam. McBooks,
2004. 414 pages
Based on the real-life female pirates of the West Indies, this novel of swashbuckling on the high seas in the eighteenth century finds adventure-seeking Anne Bonny teaming up with Calico Jack Rackham to raise the skull and crossbones over the Caribbean.
Newell, Charles Martin (1821-
The Voyage of the Fleetwing, a Narrative of Love,
Wreck and Whaling
Adventures. De Wolfe, Fiske & Co,
1886. 443 pages
Whaling voyage to
John Paul Jones
An action-filled novel based on John
Jones and his naval career, framing the fall-out of the French
Nicholls, F. F. (Frederick Francis)
The Log of the "Sardis".
Heinemann, 1962. 192 pages
Damage to the navigation equipment
causes problems aboard an America clipper ship.
Nicol, C. W.
Harpoon. Putnam, 1987. 506 pages
Japanese 19th century whaling epic as
told from the point
of view of two brothers from a Japaneses whaling village -- one who
stays in the village pursuing traditional Japanese whaling practices,
the second who leave to learn how the Gaijin westerners whale.
Nicole, Christopher (Andrew York)
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1969. 230
Assigned to investigate the death of a
agent in the wreck of a Russian trawler, British spy Jonathan Anders
must outwit the Russians, who want him dead, and the British police,
who want him for murder.
Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1972. 222
Jonathan Anders is sent on assignment by
Intelligence to locate notes on an invention that will enable man to
move about freely underwater.
The Devil's Own.
St. Martin's, 1975. 436 pages
Shipping out with Sir Henry
Niemann, August (1839-1919)
The Coming Conquest of England.
G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1904. 384
Translation of Der weltkrieg,
Deutsche traüme. Not a
brilliant piece of work, and only fifty percent naval, but every bit as
important as Erskin Childers Riddle of the Sands as a whistle blower
alert the British public to the dangers of German naval
Nordhoff, Charles (1830-1901)
Man of War Life : a boy's experience in the United
States Navy, during a voyage around the world, in a ship of the line.
Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1856. 286 pages
A young sailor's impressions in the
mid-1800's. Forms part of his Nine years a
The Merchant Vessel: a sailor boy's voyages to see
the world. Moore, Wilstach, Keys
& Co., 1856. 288 pages
Also published as the second part of the
author's Nine years a sailor.
Whaling & Fishing.
Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1856. 383
Subsequently issued as part of his
Nine years a sailor.
Nine years a sailor : being sketches of personal
experience in the United States Naval Service, the American and British Merchant
Marine and the whaling service. Moore, Wilstach, Keys & Co., 1857. 1 volume
U.K. title: The Boys Own Sea
Nordhoff, Charles (1887-1947)
The Pearl Lagoon.
Little, Brown, 1924. 224
The Derelict : Further Adventures of Charles Selden
Native Friends in the South Seas.
Little, Brown, 1928. 284
Sequel to The Pearl Lagoon.
Methuen, 1929. 210 pages
For young boys.
Nordhoff, Charles (1887-1947) and
Hall, James Norman (1887-1951)
The voyage of the BOUNTY to Tahiti for
breadfruit, her sojourn there, and the subsequent mutiny when she
begins the voyage back to England.
The incredible 3,600 mile voyage in an
23 foot boat of Captain Bligh and 18 loyal members of his crew, set
adrift after the mutiny.
Some of the mutineers sail off in the
with Fletcher Christian and their Tahitian wives and in-laws in
search of an island where they can successfully hide from the
inevitable pursuit by the Royal Navy. They find such a haven at
Pitcairn's Island and settle down to their fate.
Little, Brown, 1936. 257
Polynesian convict escapes and returns
atoll. Hurricane devastates island while he is evading recapture.
Great tale of humans against the elements, and coping with the
imposition of Western civilization at the same time. Made into a movie
starring Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour in the
No More Gas.
Little, Brown, 1940. 320
The saga of a multitudinous family in
Tahiti, and what
happened to them when they suddenly became rich from salvaging a
vessel. Made into a movie called "The Tuttles of Tahiti", starring Charles
Little, Brown, 1941. 374
The story of Hugh Tallant, highwayman
and the infamous penal colony established in Australia in
Men Without Country.
Little, Brown, 1942. 122
The war is just beginning and France has
not yet surrendered to the Germans. A French vessel picks up five semi-conscious
men in a canoe. All ex-convicts, they have escaped from Devil's Island to do their
bit for France. The tensions aboard the Marseille-bound ship slowly build to a
shattering clash of wills between the men and the ship's Nazi sympathizer. Filmed
as "Passage to Marseille".
The High Barbaree.
Little, Brown, 1945. 230
Story of the dream of a young pilot
whose plane is wrecked over the Pacific Ocean. Catalina flying boat is shot down
in the South
Pacific in 1943. After days of drifting, the lone survivor swims ashore
on a mystic, uncharted island, where he finds his uncle and fiancee.
Filmed in 1947.
Norris, Frank (1870-1902)
Moran of the "Lady Letty" : a story of adventure
off the California coast. Doubleday, 1898.
Realistic sea romance. Later reprinted
under the title
Norton, André (1912-2005)
Scarface, Being the story of one Justin Blade, late
of the pirate isle of
Tortuga, and how fate did justly deal with him, to his great profit.
1948. 263 pages
Teenaged pirate Scarface is part of a
raid on the English colony
of Barbados. He wins the King's Pardon and finds a name and family. For
Norton, Roy (1869-1942)
Drowned Gold, Being the Story of a Sailor's Life.
Houghton Mifflin, 1917. 268 pages
It's not really
the story of a sailor's life-- it's the story of 3 million dollars in
sunken gold, deep sea diving, piracy and young love, and all of the
things which go to make up a good sea yarn.
Novik, Naomi (1973- )
U.K. title: Temeraire. Captain
Will Laurence has been at sea since he was just twelve years old; finding a warmer
berth in Nelson's navy than any he enjoyed as the youngest, least important son of
Lord Allendale. Rising on merit to captain his own vessel, Laurence has earned
himself a beautiful fiancee, society's esteem and a golden future. But the war is
not going well. It seems Britain can only wait as Napoleon plans to overrun her
shores. After a skirmish with a French ship, Laurence finds himself in charge of a
rare cargo: a dragon egg bound for the Emperor himself. Dragons are much prized:
properly trained, they can mount a fearsome attack from the skies. One of
Laurence's men must take the beast in hand and join the aviators' cause, thus
relinquishing all hope of a normal life. But when the newly-hatched dragon ignores
the young midshipman Laurence chose as its keeper and decides to imprint itself on
the horrified captain instead, Laurence's world falls apart. Gone is his golden
future: gone his social standing, and soon his beautiful fiancee, as he is
consigned to be the constant companion and trainer of the fighting dragon
Captain William Laurence of the British
Air Corps and his dragon, Temeraire, begin their slow voyage to China, fearful
that upon landing they will be forced to part by Imperial decree. Temeraire is a
Celestial dragon, the most highly-prized of all draconic breeds; famed for their
intelligence, agility and most of all for the Divine Wind -- their terrible roar
capable of shattering the heavy timbers of war ships, shattering woodland and
destroying other dragons mid-flight. Temeraire's egg was captured and claimed by
the British at sea, but he was meant to be the companion of the Emperor Napoleon
and not captained by a mere officer in the British Air Corps. The Chinese have
demanded his return and the British cannot refuse them -- they cannot afford to
provoke the asian super-power into allying themselves with the French -- even if
it costs them the most powerful weapon in their arsenal and inflicts the most
unimaginable pain upon Laurence and his dragon.
Before Captain Will Laurence can prepare
his crew for the slow voyage home from China, new orders arrive for him and his
dragon, Temeraire: they must fly home immediately, stopping only in Istanbul to
collect three priceless dragon eggs, purchased by the British government from the
Ottoman Empire. But the cross-continental journey is fraught with danger; not only
will they have to scale mountains and traverse vast hostile deserts, but a
Machiavellian herald precedes them, spreading political menace in her wake.
Holding Temeraire responsible for the death of her princely companion, Lien has
absconded from China consumed by vengeance. If she can, she will destroy
everything and everyone Temeraire loves.
Laurence and Temeraire made a daring
journey across vast and inhospitable continents to bring home a rare Turkish
dragon from the treacherous Ottoman Empire. Kazilik dragons are firebreathers, and
Britain is in greater need of protection than ever, for while Laurence and
Temeraire were away, an epidemic struck British shores and is killing off her
greatest defence -- her dragon air force is slowly dying. The dreadful truth must
be kept from Napoleon at all costs. Allied with the white Chinese dragon, Lien, he
would not hestitate to take advantage of Britain's weakness and launch a devasting
invasion. Hope lies with the only remaining healthy dragon -- Temeraire cannot
stay at home, but must once again venture into the unknown to help his friends and
seek out a cure in darkest Africa.
Laurence waits to be hanged as a traitor
to the Crown, and Temeraire is confined to the breeding grounds as Napoleon
invades Britain, and takes London. Laurence and Temeraire have betrayed the
British. They have foiled their attempts to inflict death upon the French dragons
by sharing the cure they found in Africa with their enemy. But following their
conscience has a price. Laurence feels he must return to face the consequences,
and as soon as they land they are taken into custody. Laurence is condemned to the
gallows and Temeraire faces a life of captivity in the breeding grounds. None of
their friends or allies can come to their aid, for every hand is needed elsewhere.
Britain is completely unprepared for Bonaparte invasion and the advanced tactics
of his own celestial dragon -- Temeraire's mortal enemy --
Laurence and Temeraire have been
banished from the country they've fought so hard to protect - and the friends they
have made in the British Aerial Corps. Found guilty of treason, man and dragon
have been deported to Australia to start a new life and many new adventures. They
must navigate treacherous political waters to protect three dragon eggs.
For Laurence and Temeraire, put out to
pasture in Australia, it seems their part in the war has come to an end just when
they are needed most. Newly allied with the powerful African empire of the Tswana,
the French have occupied Spain and brought revolution and bloodshed to Brazil,
threatening Britain's last desperate hope to defeat Napoleon. So the British
government dispatches Arthur Hammond from China to enlist Laurence and Temeraire
to negotiate a peace with the angry Tswana, who have besieged the Portuguese royal
family in Rio—and as bait, Hammond bears an offer to reinstate Laurence to his
former rank and seniority as a captain in the Aerial Corps. Temeraire is delighted
by this sudden reversal of fortune, but Laurence is by no means sanguine, knowing
from experience that personal honor and duty to one's country do not always run on
Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan
with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence
finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own
life but England's already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities
and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at
the slightest spark—a spark that Laurence and Temeraire may unwittingly provide,
leaving Britain faced with new enemies just when they most desperately need allies
Napoleon's invasion of Russia has been
roundly thwarted. But even as Capt. William Laurence and the dragon Temeraire
pursue the retreating enemy through an unforgiving winter, Napoleon is raising a
new force, and he'll soon have enough men and dragons to resume the offensive.
While the emperor regroups, the allies have an opportunity to strike first and
defeat him once and for all--if internal struggles and petty squabbles don't tear
them apart. Aware of his weakened position, Napoleon has promised the dragons of
every country--and the ferals, loyal only to themselves--vast new rights and
powers if they fight under his banner. It is an offer eagerly embraced from Asia
to Africa--and even by England, whose dragons have long rankled at their
disrespectful treatment. But Laurence and his faithful dragon soon discover that
the wily Napoleon has one more gambit at the ready--one that that may win him the
war, and the world.
The Voyage of the Destiny.
Putnam's, 1982. 387 pages
Fiction about Sir Walter Raleigh's
voyage to South American. Tudor period piece.