Optic, Oliver [pseud. William T. Adams] (1822-1897)
Boat Club series
The author uses a 12-oared gig; a boat which requires absolute coordination and cooperation from the rowers, to make the point that that groups in society need discipline. The Bunkers of the sub-title are a bunch of rebellious boys who make life miserable for many on the shores of an upstate New York Lake. After his son Frank has a run-in with the Bunker's, Captain Sedley, a retired and well-to do shipmaster, decides to form a boat club for his son and his friends. In the course of learning to row the boat, they learn cooperation, discipline and courage and, of course, manage to outdo the Bunker's with their undisciplined and rebellious ways. For young readers.
All aboard; or, Life on the lake. A sequel to "The boat club". Lee & Shepard, 1855. 256 pages
reprinted as The Boy Who Did Right.
Sailor Boy series
Reprinted as: The Adventures of a Midshipman.
Yacht Club series
A ripping good who-dun-it, taking place on Penobscot Bay. A really good introduction to sailing, boat-building and yacht racing for the young reader. And an excellent moral into the bargain. For young readers.
Great Western series
Ready About; or, Sailing the Boat. Lee and Shepard, 1887. 333 pages
Blue and the Gray Afloat series
After successfully defending his father's steam-yacht from a group of Confederates led by his cousin from Alabama, eighteen-year-old Christy Passford, a newly-commissioned Union naval officer, is assigned to that same yacht and sent to battle in the South
Outward Bound, or, Young America Afloat : a story of travel and adventure. Lee and Shepard, 1867. 336 pages
A local nabob decides that a school ship is just the thing for bringing discipline and order into the lives of some of the scions of rich families who have a contempt for authority. The ship is built and sets sail manned entirely by the boys with some veteran sailors for supervision. In something akin to The Lord of the Flies much of society's ills become manifested during the voyage; lies, deceit, treachery, even a planned mutiny! As he describes the machinations of the characters, one gains a truly detailed insight into the mind of the manipulator and the politician. For young readers.
O'Rourke, Andrew P.
The Red Banner Mutiny. Bantam, 1986. 209 pages
Novel based on the true story of Soviet navy officer who steals the destroyer STOROZHEVOY and sails it toward Sweden and safety. Set in the 1970s.
Osborne, Anne (1922-2005)
Wind From the Main. Sandlapper Press, 1972. 261 pages
Novel based on the true story of pirate Anne Bonny.
O'Steen, Joseph L. (1950-2012)
Nathan Beauchamp of the Royal Navy series:
Falcon's Revenge. Neetso in Association with Trafford, 2003. 231 pages
The Peace of Amiens has ended, The Napoleonic Wars at Sea have begun and Lieutenant Nathan Beauchamp of the Royal Navy is ordered home for reassignment to the rebuilding fleet. As temporary first officer of the Brig HMS Sampson, Beauchamp captures the privateer cutter Bateuse, as the Sampson sinks beneath him. Now he must stop the French Pirate/Privateer Roseau from taking British merchant ships. Originally published on an Internet pirate role-playing site.
Pursuit of Honor. JADA Press, 2004. 262 pages
A former Dutch merchantman is taken into the Royal Navy, armed, and outfitted as a pirate raider. Commander Nathan Beauchamp is given command and ordered to the Spanish Florida Keys to prevent the San Pedro's treasure from falling into Irish hands.
Otis, James [James Otis Kaler] (1848-1912)
A Cruise With Paul Jones; a Story of Naval Warfare in 1778. A.L. Burt, 1898. 262 pages
Young David Carlton is picked up from a wreck at sea by the American sloop RANGER and becomes a powder monkey under the command of John Paul Jones and the friendly tutelage of boatswain Reuben Rollins. Jones harasses English shipping in the English Channel, burns the merchant fleet at Whitehaven and defeats the English sloop of war, DRAKE in the battle at Carrickfergus, all of which events are described here from young David's point of view.
The Capture of the Laughing Mary: A Story of Three New York Boys in 1776, as set down by Eliphalet Willett. A.L. Burt, 1898. 403 pages
Captain Tom, the privateersman of the armed brig Chasseur : as set down by Stephen Burton of Baltimore. Dana Estes, 1899. 163 pages
At the Siege of Havana: The Experience of Three Boys Serving Under Israel Putnam in 1762. A.L. Burt, 1899. 358 pages
The Armed Ship America, or When We Sailed from Salem. Dana Estes, 1900. 150 pages
The Lobster Catchers : a story of the coast of Maine. E.P. Dutton, 1900. 308 pages
With Preble at Tripoli: A Story of "Old Ironsides" and the Tripolitan War. >W.A. Wilde, 1900. 349 pages
Amos Dunkel, oarsman : a story of the whaleboat navy of 1776. A.L. Burt, 1901. 370 pages
Reprinted as A Struggle for Freedom: The Story of Young Amos Dunkel, Oarsman in the Whale Boat Navy, in 1776
With Porter in the Essex: A Story of His Famous Cruise in Southern Waters During the War of 1812. W.A. Wilde, 1901. 344 pages
With Rodgers on the President: The Story of the Cruise Wherein the Flagship Fired the First Hostile Shot in the War with Great Britain for the Rights of American Seamen. W.A Wilde, 1903. 348 pages
Afloat in Freedom's Cause: The Story of Two Boys in the War of 1812, as Told by Ezra Brownrigg. A.L. Burt, 1908. 343 pages
The Cruise of the Phoebe: A Story of Lobster Buying on the Eastern Coast. Dana Estes, 1908. 370 pages
The Cruise of the Pickering: A Boy’s Story of Privateering in 1780. A.L. Burt, 1909. 318 pages
With Grant at Vicksburg: A Boy’s Story of the Siege of Vicksburg. A.L. Burt, 1910. 382 pages
Ott, Wolfgang (1923-2013)
Sharks and Little Fish. Pantheon, 1957. 451 pages
Translation of: Haie und Kleine fische. WW II novel set in German minesweepers and U-Boats.
Oxley, James Macdonald (1855-1907)
Diamond Rock : or, on the right track. T. Nelson, 1894. 302 pages
In this story for older boys His Majesty's frigate GRYPHON sails for the West Indies in 1804 with fourteen year old Dick Holden as a newly appointed midshipman. The fictional frigate puts British tars and guns on to the Diamond Rock to harass the French fleet off Martinique, a task in real life undertaken by HMS CENTAUR. Although they have eventually to surrender, Dick is a hero and as a compliment is chosen to serve with Nelson in HMS VICTORY and is present at Trafalgar.
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