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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Pra - Pyl

Pratt, Tinsley

When Hawkins Sailed the Sea. E. Grant Richards, 1907. 258 pages

Boy's adventure story of Elizabethan sailor Sir John Hawkins






Prechtl, Robert [pseud. Robert Friedlænder] (1874-1950)

Titanic. E.P. Dutton, 1940. 368 pages

Translation of Titanensturz : Roman eines Zeitalters. Prechtl's story has two overlapping strands. One focuses on the Titanic, the new wonder ship on her maiden voyage, Captain Smith and his officers, as well as a meddling J. Bruce Ismay. In the centre of the second strand of the novel is John Jacob Astor, who finds himself at a cross-road: Should he continue to amass riches just for their own sake, or employ his money and energy to create a better world? These two strands come together as Astor attempts to exploit Ismay's financial difficulties by forcing a further devaluation of shares of the shipping line, just 'White Star' here, and then acquiring a majority of them. With his novel Prechtl only uses those facts in his story that fitted with his concept and ignored the rest. Sometimes Prechtl's narrative is so far from the despised historical facts that it bears no resemblance to the story of the Titanic at all.



Prest, Thomas Peckett (1810?-1859?)

Gallant Tom; or, The Perils of a sailor ashore and afloat. An original nautical romance of deep and pathetic interest. E. Lloyd, 1841. 140 pages

The Smuggler King; or, The Foundling of the Wreck. A Nautico-Domestic Romance. E. Lloyd, 1844. 446 pages

The Death Ship, Or, The Pirate's Bride and the Maniac of the Deep: A Nautical Romance. E. Lloyd, 1846. 252 pages

Jack Junk; or, The Tar for all weathers. A romance of the sea. E. Lloyd, 1851. 174 pages


Preston, Douglas J. (1956- ) and Child, Lincoln (1957- )

Riptide. Warner, 1998. 417 pages

A high-tech search for a vast pirate treasure on an island off the coast of Maine. The island is owned by a doctor who fearfully joins with an exploration group in the quest to end centuries of mystery and uncover the supposed treasure, which is believed to lie in a watery pit on the small storm swept island. Many have previously ventured to the island to delve into the mystery of the water pit, with disasterous results in a number of instances.




Price, Edith Ballinger (1897-1997)

"The John B. Mason". Collier's, November 4 1922







Price, Jeramie

Blackbeard's Bride. Crown, 1959. 253 pages

Anne is abducted from a ship by Teach, becomes his 15th (or 16th) wife, and joins in with the piracy.






Price, John-Allen (1954- )

Doomsday Ship. Zebra, 1982. 318 pages

The largest German ship ever built heads for New York City during WW II loaded with V-1 missiles and warheads full of germs. A US bomber squadron has to take it out.




Extinction Cruise. Kensington, 1987. 496 pages

The officers of a Russian Nuclear powered submarine mutiny against their political watchdogs and declare themselves in open defection. Hoping to sail to the west, they signal a British aircraft carrier to their aid, and steam south for Tierra Del Fuego. Planning on sailing into California, they and their British cover confront the Russian navy and some of its local allies (including the Argentines who aren't so much pro-Soviet as anti-British). The novel closes on an epic sea-battle between nuclear subs.


The Siege of Ocean Valkyrie. Kensington, 1992. 351 pages

Arab terrorists want to destroy a North Sea oil platform. A submarine about to be decommissioned is called back to save the day.






Prince, Peter (1942- )

The Great Circle. Random House, 1997. 332 pages

As the paddle steamer LAURENTIA makes her stately passage across the Atlantic from Boston, the passengers have 13 days before they reach England to form alliances, make enemies, and swindle, seduce and betray one another--all while upholding the strictest standards of 19th-century decorum.





Prokosch, Frederic (1906-1989)

The Wreck of the Cassandra. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1966. 250 pages

Gilligan's Island gone bad. Nine people from different backgrounds are castaways on a savage island






Pullman, Philip (1946- )

La Belle Sauvage [The Book of Dust #1]. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2017. 464 pages

The second half of the novel takes place on board a canoe in the flooded Thames valley.






Pulsifer, Harold Trowbridge (1886-1948)

"Glory o' the Dawn". Houghton, 1923. 71 pages

Short story set in a Maine seaport, a dark tale about a stonemason/shipwright who builds a detailed large scale model of an old sailing ship; the model becomes the cause of his death when he gives it to the town


Purves, Libby

Casting Off. Sceptre, 1995. 264 pages

The wife/crew/cook of a sailing couple suddenly takes off alone. She has to cope with some hairy conditions in the Channel as she gets to grips with whatever caused this behavioural aberration. Previously she was partner in a sedate tea shop.





Putt, S. Gorley (1913-1995)

Men Dressed as Seamen. Christophers, 1943. 100 pages

Illustrations by Roger Furse. Life in the lower decks of a wartime Royal Navy destroyer.






Pye, Lloyd (1946-2013)

Mismatch. Dell, 1998. 342 pages

A computer hacker teams up with the Soviets to attack the US. A US submarine must locate the Rusian boat.






Pyle, Howard (1853-1911)

Within the Capes. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1885. 195 pages

Adventure along the American coast during the War of 1812.

The Rose of Paradise : being a detailed account of certain adventures that happened to Captain J. Mackra, in connection with the famous pirate, Edward England, in the year 1720, off the Island of Juanna in the Mozambique Channel; writ by himself, and now for the first time published. Harper & Brothers, 1888. 231 pages

The Story of Jack Ballister's Fortunes : being the narrative of the adventures of a young gentleman of good family, who kidnapped in the year 1719 and carried to the plantations of the continent of Virginia, where he fell in with that famous pirate Captain Edward Teach, or Blackbeard. Century, 1895. 420 pages

The Price of Blood : an extravaganza of New York life in 1807. R.G. Badger, 1899. 98 pages

Stolen Treasure. Harper & Brothers, 1907. 253 pages

The Ruby of Kishmoor. Harper & Brothers, 1908. 73 pages


Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates; fiction, fact & fancy concerning the buccaneers & marooners of the Spanish main: from the writing & pictures of Howard Pyle: compiled by Merle Johnson. Harper & Bros., 1921. 246 pages

Posthumous collection of excerpts from the above works.




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