The Challenge and the Glory. Bantam, 1987. 547 pages
"Harlequin" style romance set around
the America's Cup races.
Stockton, Frank Richard (1834-1902)
The Adventures of Captain Horn. Cassell, 1895. 440 pages
A typical late 19th century
adventure story, with 2 shipwrecks, Aztec gold, and a shootout with
a murderous gang.
The Great Stone of Sardis. Harper & Brothers, 1898. 230 pages
Set in 1947 this futuristic novel recounts Arctic submarine exploration and a journey to the Earth's center.
Stockwin, Julian (1944- )
The Kydd series
Based on real events from history, is the story of one man’s journey from pressed man to Admiral in the Great Age of Fighting Sail.
Europe is ablaze with war. The British prime minister is under pressure to intimidate the French, and dispatches a Navy squadron to appear off the French coast. To man the ships, ordinary citizens must be press-ganged. Thomas Paine Kydd, a young wig-maker from Guildford, is seized and taken across country to be part of the crew of the ninety-eight-gun line-of-battle ship Duke William.
Thomas Paine Kydd's jubilation after a ferocious battle against the French is cut short when a family matter means he must return to Guildford. But the sea beckons irresistibly and he manages to ship out again in his beloved Artemis.
England, 1794. Thomas Paine Kydd and the crew of shipwrecked sailors have returned to England for the court-martial of the sole surviving officer of Her Majesty's frigate Artemis. As a result, Kydd and his mate Nicholas Renzi are forcibly shipped off to the Caribbean.
In 1797 Kydd joins the crew of the figate Bacchante in a mission to rescue a British diplomat mired in the hostilities of Napoleon's siege of Venice.
Thomas Kydd was promoted to acting lieutenant at the Battle of Camperdown. Now, he must sit an examination to confirm his rank or face inglorious return before the mast. But this is only the first of many obstacles. Kydd is from humble origins and he must become a gentleman - or spend the rest of his career as a tarpaulin officer.
Kydd is in Halifax when Tenacious is summoned to join Horatio Nelson on an urgent reconnaissance mission. However, Bonaparte evades the British ships, sailing towards Egypt, which holds the key to the route to India.
Kydd sails in his first command--the brig-sloop Teazer--to defend Malta against Barbary pirates. Soon peace is declared and Kydd is out of work. To make ends meet, he captains a convict ship to Australia. There, at the ends of the earth, his seamanship and humanity are tested to the limit.
Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi return to England in 1803 after tumultuous episodes on the other side of the world to find England in peril of starvation and bankruptcy. Kydd is placed back in command of his beloved vessel, Teazer, but he barely has time to prep her for the sea when he is sent on an urgent mission. Smugglers, enemy privateers, and treacherous sea conditions await Kydd on his journey to northern France on the eve of war, but equally worrisome events are occurring ashore. A growing attachment to the admiral's daughter curbs Kydd's blissful reunion with Teazer and he is forced to make a terrible decision that may cause the end of his friendship with Renzi or the end of his naval career.
U.S. Title The Privateer's Revenge. Thomas Kydd has dragged himself up in the navy from press-ganged seaman to captain of his own ship. Now he faces disgrace. After offending a general and suffering a personal tragedy, Kydd is sent to guard the Channel Islands. His career is tatters, he then makes a terrible enemy on his own side. When he is brutally betrayed off the Normandy coast, only his old friend Renzi is willing to stick by him. Then Kydd is given an extraordinary opportunity to salvage his fortunes and return to the sea as captain of a privateer. But privateers are hated by the French - and the Royal Navy.
Rumors fly of Napoleon's planned invasion of England, and British naval commander Thomas Kydd is sent to liaise with American inventor, Robert Fulton, who has created "infernal machines" that can wreak mass destruction from a distance. Fulton believes that his inventions, namely the submarine and torpedo, will win the day for the power that possesses them, and Kydd must help him develop the devices. Despite his own scruples, believing that standing man-to-man is the only honorable way to fight, Kydd agrees to take part in the crucial testing of these weapons of mass destruction, which just may decide the fate of England.
Commander Thomas Kydd is eager to play his part in thwarting Bonaparte's plans for the invasion of England. Joining Admiral Nelson's command, Kydd and his ship soon find themselves at the heart of the action that leads up to the famous clash of the mighty British and French fleets at Trafalgar. Kydd's journey takes him from false sightings of the enemy and dramatic chases across the Atlantic, to the bloody annihilation of the enemy during the actual battle, and the heroic aftermath.
Newly victorious at the Battle of Trafalgar, England now rules the seas and is free to colonize the furthest reaches of the world. Captain Thomas Kydd joins an expedition to take Dutch-held Cape Town, a strategic harbor that will give England a rich trade route to India. With enemies lurking on all sides, Kydd and his men must defend the fragile colony while braving Africa's vast and hostile hinterland. When Renzi learns too much about the enemy's plans, even Kydd may not be able to save him.
Cape Colony is proving a tiresome assignment for Thomas Kydd's daring commander-in-chief Commodore Popham. Rumours that South America's Spanish colonies are in a ferment of popular unrest and of a treasure hoard of Spanish silver spur him to assemble a makeshift invasion fleet and launch a bold attack on the capital of the Viceroyalty of the River Plate, Buenos Aires.
More than a decade ago, Thomas Kydd and Nicholas Renzi were in the Caribbean as sailors before the mast in the old Trajan. Now Kydd, a storied hero of Trafalgar, holds the glory of being Post-captain of the 32-gun frigate, L'Aurore. His almost unbelievable feat of self-advancement is the toast of his own crew... but the envy of others less blessed than he. After unremitting war a Caribbean posting seems a welcome respite. But, in addition to the balmy warmth and turquoise waters, Kydd and Renzi find themselves facing a familiar threat as the French imperil Britain's vital sugar trade. When more and more merchantmen begin vanishing from the sea, fear spreads. Before long, the sugar ships refuse to set sail at all. Now Kydd and Renzi must embark on a dangerous game of espionage, seamanship and breath-taking action in order to destroy this new and terrible danger to the Empire.
Kydd returns to sea and has just pulled off a daring reconnaissance into the inner harbour of Cadiz when he is summoned to urgently carry despatches to Admiral Louis in Malta. Word has come from the British ambassador Arbuthnot that the neutral Turks are being wooed by the French; if the ancient city of Constantinople falls into their hands Napoleon's route to India will be completely unfettered and his plans for world domination a reality. Concerned for his safety, Arbuthnot is demanding a large fleet presence to take him off and bring the Turks to their senses.
The greatest naval trial in the Georgian period is underway at Portsmouth with the court martial of Sir Home Popham, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd’s commanding officer in the doomed occupation of Buenos Aires. Kydd has some sympathy for Popham’s unauthorised action but his support for his former commander leaves him athwart some very influential people in the Admiralty. With his frigate L’Aurore unfit for sea, Kydd is given a commission that some hope will destroy his career. Tyger has recently mutinied but instead of having her company dispersed around the fleet as is customary, the ship is pressed into immediate service in the North Sea. Kydd faces a crew still under some malign influence.
1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd’s famous sea action aboard Tyger has snatched his reputation from ignominy. He is the hero of the hour. But though Britain’s Navy remains imperious, a succession of battles has seen Napoleon victorious on mainland Europe. In an attempt to prevent the French from taking control of Denmark’s navy, Kydd’s great friend Nicholas Renzi – now Lord Farndon – is sent on a desperate diplomatic mission to persuade the Danes to give up their fleet to Britain. But the Danes are caught between two implacable forces and will not yield, opting instead for the inferno of battle
November 1807. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd must sail to Lisbon to aid the Portuguese Royal Family’s evacuation in the face of Napoleon’s ruthless advance through Iberia. In the chaos of the threatened city an old passion is reawakened when he meets Persephone Lockwood, a beautiful and determined admiral’s daughter from his past. But the Royal Family’s destination is Brazil, Perspehone’s England, and it seems Kydd’s chance has gone again. Only later he discovers Persephone has another suitor – and that, if he wants to win her hand, he must enter the highest echelons of London society.
1808. Parted from his new bride, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is called away to join the Northern Expedition to Sweden, now Britain's only ally in the Baltic. Following the sudden declaration of war by Russia and with the consequent threat of the czar's great fleet in St Petersburg, the expedition must defend Britain's dearly-won freedom in those waters. However Kydd finds his popular fame as a frigate captain is a poisoned chalice; in the face of jealousy and envy from his fellow captains, the distrust of the commander-in-chief and the betrayal of friendship by a former brother-in-arms now made his subordinate, can he redeem his reputation?
1808. With the Peninsula in turmoil, Napoleon Bonaparte signs a treaty to dismember Portugal and put his brother, Joseph, on the throne of Spain. Meanwhile, Nicholas Renzi, the Lord Farndon, undertakes a deadly mission to stir up partisan unrest to disrupt this Napoleonic alliance with Spain. Thrust into the crucible of the uprising, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is dismayed to come up against an old foe from his past - now his superior and commander - who is determined to break him.
1809. After his heroic actions during the retreat to Corunna, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is the toast of London society. Here he falls in with the legendary frigate captain, Lord Thomas Cochrane. So begins a relationship, professional and personal, that will be unlike any that Kydd has known: a relationship that will lead him, almost simultaneously, to first glory, then ruin.
With Bonaparte held to a stalemate in Europe, the race to empire is now resumed. Britain's ambitions turn to the Spice Islands, the Dutch East Indies, where Admiral Pellew has been sent to confront the enemy's vastly rich holdings in these tropical islands. Captain Sir Thomas Kydd joins reinforcements to snatch these for the British Crown.
Stone, Irving (1903-1989)
The Origin : a biographical novel of Charles Darwin. Doubleday, 1980. 743 pages
Details the life of Charles Darwin from his notable trip as a naturalist on the Beagle through his mature career as a widely respected but still controversial scientist. Nautical part is his voyage with Fitzroy in the BEAGLE.
Tommy Tiptop and His Boat Club, or, The young hunters of Hemlock Island. Graham & Matlack, 1914. 126 pages
Tommy Tiptop is the born leader of
his neighborhood and is always getting up ideas, teams, projects,
trips, etc. This time he forms a boat club. He's a nervy and
responsible little lad and of course everything goes very well indeed
in the club's first race. A Stratemeyer Syndicate title.
Stone, Robert (1937-2015)
Outerbridge Reach. Ticknor & Fields, 1992. 409 pages
A decision to enter a solo round-the-world pits
man against the sea and impinges on relationships he has established
ashore. With an episode inspired by the Crowhurst disappearance in the
1960s during a similar race, this novel concerns love, betrayal, and
Stoppard, Tom (1937- )
Rough Crossing : freely adapted from Ferenc Molnar's Play "At the Castle". Faber and Faber, 1985. 76 pages
Comedy play set on an ocean liner.
Stork, Charles Wharton (1881-1971)
NAVPAC. Bookman, 1952. 79 pages
Long poem in tribute to the US Navy Pacific campaign in WW II.
Street, James Howell (1903-1954)
By Valour and Arms. Dial, 1944. 538 pages
The Civil War battles for Vicksburg form the
backdrop for this novel. Even though the North controlled most of the
Mississippi River throughtout the Civil War, it wasn't until July 4,
1863 that Vicksburg fell. While following the exploits of a confederate
naval gunner through his service on the truly amazing CSS ARKANSAS in
the summer of 1862 and his efforts to find iron to build a new ARKANSAS
during the following year, Street manages to include a lot of history
and seemingly authentic and fascinating insights into the politics and
social customs of the times. He presents a fairly thorough picture of
the laws and attitudes about slavery and the relations between black
and white, northern and southern sympathizers, high society and low,
without letting it get in the way of a good story with lots of
The Trident Hijacking. Ballantine, 1983. 201 pages
Counterforce #2. "The super strike team that takes on the jobs the CIA won't touch".
Dragon's Plunder, or, The last voyage of Captain Deadmon : a fantasy adventure. Atheneum, 1992. 153 pages
Having been kidnapped by former pirates because
of his ability to whistle up the wind, fifteen-year-old Jamie agrees to
help their leader, a living corpse, find the dragon of Windrose Island.
For young readers.
Stuart, V. A. (Vivian Stuart, aka William Stuart Long) (1914-1986)
Phillip Hazard 19th Century British naval series:
We meet our hero, 1st Lieutenant Phillip
Horatio Hazard, in London aboard the 300 hp. 31 gun steam frigate
TROJAN. TROJAN is dispatched to the Crimea with a large RN fleet to
deal with the Russian Black Sea fleet and support the reduction of
Sevastapol. By 1854 the RN has many steam driven vessels but the
captain of TROJAN is an old timer who finds the whole concept
obnoxious and makes the life of Hazard very unpleasant(hazardous?)
indeed. Much of the novel's ensuing action takes place on land.
Charge of the Light and Heavy Brigades, supported
by men and ships from the Royal Navy.
U.S. title: Hazard's Command. In temporary command of TROJAN, Commander
Hazard transports troops and battles a hurricane.
Hazard gets his own ship, the steam-screw
sloop HUNTRESS, in time to do battle in the Crimean winter.
meets with guerrilla leaders in the spring of 1855.
U.S. title: Hazard to the Rescue. Hazard must clear a channel through
the Strait of Kertch so the Allied fleet can launch a final attack on
Sebastopol and end the Crimean War.
U.K. title: Shannon's Brigade.
Hazard is sent to India to support the beleaguered British army.
U.K. title: Sailors on Horseback. Philip
Horatio Hazard serves in the Naval Brigade ashore in India supressing
the Sepoy Mutiny, and seeking his two sisters, caught up in the
The Seafarers. Dell, 1988. 402 pages
The only nautical book in Stuart's Australian
series (no.10), published in the US as written by William Stuart Long. Samuel
Gordon is mate aboard the clipper Cutty Sark.
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Pyramid, 1961. 158 pages
The SEAVIEW, an atomic research
submarine belonging to a federal exploration agency is on its maiden
voyage when solar activity begins cooking the world. The submarine's
designer realizes that the only way to counteract the flare is to
launch a payload of ionized carbon into the Van Allen Belt, and takes
the SEAVIEW to do so. Unfortunately a distinguished scientist decides
that this will worsen the problem, and mobilizes the United Nations to
destroy SEAVIEW. Translation of a movie screenplay by Irwin Allen and Charles Bennett , basis of the TV
series by the same name.