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Pole, James T.

Midshipman Plowright. Dodd, Mead, 1969. 272 pages

A story of United States Naval Academy attendees in the academy's early years, and their later adventures at sea in the Mexican War





Polonsky, Abraham (1910-1999)

The Enemy Sea. Little, Brown, 1944. 288 pages

Fifth columnists, traitors and saboteurs, featuring a tanker out of Galvreston commanded by a man who seems to be an Axis sympathizer.






Ponce de León, Napoléon Baccino

Five Black Ships: A Novel of The Discoverers. Harcourt Brace, 1994. 347 pages

Translation of: Maluco : la novela de los descubridores. This talented Uruguayan writer has created in this book a wonderful tale of ships and men using rich prose, earthly humor, and striking poetry. He looks into the lives of the real men and real events behind what the history books say, and he follows, like an artist, the marvelous story of the first circumnavigation of the globe. The epic is narrated by the fool of the fleet, Juanillo, a Jewish jester converted to Christianity during the Spanish inquisition.




Ponicsan, Darryl (1938- )

The Last Detail. Dial Press, 1970. 182 pages

Two SPs take sailor to Portsmouth Naval Prison, stop off for some fun on the way. Made into movie with Jack Nicholson and Randy Quaid.




Cinderella Liberty. Harper & Row, 1973. 179 pages

Classic Navy snafu: seaman's records are lost, so officially he doesn't exist. Made into movie with James Caan and Marsha Mason.




Last Flag Flying. Wright Press, 2005. 178 pages

Sequel to The Last Detail. The boy Billy and Mule escorted to prison has come back into their lives, now a grieving man of 52, with a gut-wrenching request they cannot deny. What follows is a retracing of their steps from 34 years before, a journey from Norfolk, Virginia, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on a mission as heart-breaking - and as exhilarating - as the first.




Pope, Dudley (1925-1997)

Nicholas Ramage series:

  1. Ramage. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1965. 301 pages

    In 1796 third lieutenant Ramage of the frigate SIBELLA must complete a mission after the attack of a French 74 kills all the other officers.




  3. Ramage and the Drum Beat. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1967. 270 pages

    U.S. title: Drumbeat. Lt. Ramage in command of KATHLEEN, cutter, captures a dismasted Spanish frigate, gets the KATHLEEN captured in turn, becomes a spy in Cadiz, then, escaping, is restored to command of the recaptured KATHLEEN, and helps Captain Nelson win the battle of Cape St. Vincent.




  5. Ramage and the Freebooters. Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1969. 384pages

    U.S. title: The Triton Brig. Ramage, given command of the 10-gun brig TRITON, must overcome a crew that has joined the Spithead Mutiny to take dispatches to the Caribbean. Once on station, he is given the task of finding why coastal freighters are disappearing as they sail from Grenada -- a puzzle whose solution has eluded two post captains.




  7. Governor Ramage R.N. Alison, 1973. 340 pages

    Ramage, aboard TRITON on convoy duty, thwarts sneaky French attack, encounters hellacious hurricane.





  9. Ramage's Prize. Alison, 1974. 344 pages

    Lieutenant Ramage is sent to find out what is happening to His Majesty's mail packets in 1798. Based on true incidents.





  11. Ramage and the Guillotine. Alison, 1975. 285 pages

    French-speaking Lt. Ramage, now 25, is off to France spy on Napoleon and the impending invasion of England.





  13. Ramage's Diamond. Alison, 1976. 307 pages

    Captain Ramage in the frigate JUNO attacks a French convoy off Martinique in 1802. Possibly the most fun of the series.





  15. Ramage's Mutiny. Alison, 1977. 232 pages

    Captain Ramage, now commanding the frigate CALYPSO, is given the impossible assignment to cut out a captured British frigate from a Spanish stronghold.




  17. Ramage and the Rebels. Alison, 1978. 287 pages

    Ramage and the CALYPSO pursue a ruthless, butchering French privateer in the West Indies.





  19. The Ramage Touch. Alison, 1979. 266 pages

    Ramage and the CALYPSO are sent into the Mediterranean to wreak havoc, but stumble onto a French invasion fleet.





  21. Ramage's Signal. Alison, 1980. 255 pages

    Ramage and CALYPSO continue their solo mission into the Mediterranean to confuse the French.





  23. Ramage and the Renegades. Alison, 1981. 285 pages

    Ramage and CALYPSO are off to the Caribbean to claim an island.





  25. Ramage's Devil. Alison, 1982. 255 pages

    Ramage is on his honeymoon in France when war breaks out again in 1803. He steals a ship and escapes.





  27. Ramage's Trial. Alison, 1984. 284 pages

    Ramage is assigned convoy duty, is attacked by another British ship, and then is accused of nasty crimes.





  29. Ramage's Challenge. Alison, 1985. 224 pages

    Ramage is back in the Mediterranean to rescue a group of influential British prisoners being held hostage by Napoleon.





  31. Ramage at Trafalgar. Alison, 1986. 214 pages

    Ramage and CALYPSO participate in the Battle of Trafalgar, where frigates aren't supposed to mix it up with the big boys.





  33. Ramage and the Saracens. Alison, 1988. 258 pages

    Ramage is off to Sicily in 1806 to deal with some Barbary Pirates.





  35. Ramage and the Dido. Alison, 1989. 243 pages

    Ramage is given command of the DIDO, 74, and sent to the West Indies. He racks up enemy warships like billiard balls, and is sent to Martinique, scene of his triumph's in Ramage's Diamond.




Buccaneer Ned Yorke series:

  1. Buccaneer. Secker & Warburg, 1981. 277 pages

    Because his family are Royalists, Ned Yorke is forced to flee his Barbados plantation with such retainers as choose to come with him. This includes the wife of the Parliamentarian planter who wants Yorke's estate. After trying his hand as a smuggler, Yorke joins forces with Cromwell's Royalist nephew as a buccaneer, goes to Jamaica, and helps the Parliamentarian governor of the island retain it from the Spanish.



  3. Admiral. Secker & Warburg, 1982. 309 pages

    Yorke returns to Jamaica following the death of Oliver Cromwell, becomes elected as Admiral of the Brethren of the Coast in Tortuga, leads the ships to Jamaica, and in an effort to forestall a Spanish invasion of Jamaica, leads highly successful raids on Provencia and Portobello.




  5. Galleon. Secker & Warburg, 1986. 257 pages

    A new, Royalist governor of Jamaica suspends the buccaneers' licenses. Yorke rescues his partner from the Spanish, and assists the French governor of St. Martin's to capture a Spanish treasure galleon which ran ashore and threatened the colony's chief town, but is unable to convince the new governor of the buccaneers' importance to Jamaica's safety




  7. Corsair. Secker & Warburg, 1987. 256 pages

    Yorke uncovers evidence of Spanish plans to invade Jamaica, but cannot convince Governor Luce of the threat until it is at hand. In the rare instances where the governor seeks assistance of the buccaneers, York leads reprisal raids against Cuba and the Spanish Main.




Convoy. Secker & Warburg, 1979. 355 pages

A Yorke in action against the German's in WW II. He unravels the secret of how the Germans are secretly attacking convoy ships from the inside of the convoy.



Decoy. Secker & Warburg, 1983. 265 pages

Yorke rides again to capture a German U-Boat for the new Enigma coding/decoding machine that the Germans are deploying






Popham, Hugh (1920-1996)

Monsters and Marlinspikes : being a true account of the voyage of Lee-O! the jolly yachtsman and his crew in the schooner 'Pegasus' and of the marvellous adventures which befell them. Rupert Hart-Davis, 1958, 149 pages

U.S. title: The fabulous voyage of the Pegasus





The Sea Beggars. Cassell, 1961, 202 pages

A simple act of humanity involves a trampship with undocumented refugees, a hurricane, an island revolution, capture by pirates and search for asylum for the refugees.





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