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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Stu - Sty

Stuart, V. A. (Vivian Stuart, aka William Stuart Long) (1914-1986)

Phillip Hazard 19th Century British naval series:

  1. The Valiant Sailors. Hale, 1966. 272 pages

    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.

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  3. Brave Captains. Hale, 1968. 236 pages

    Charge of the Light and Heavy Brigades, supported by men and ships from the Royal Navy.

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  5. Black Sea Frigate. Hale, 1971. 239 pages

    U.S. title: Hazard's Command. In temporary command of TROJAN, Commander Hazard transports troops and battles a hurricane.

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  7. Hazard of "Huntress". Hale, 1972. 224 pages

    Hazard gets his own ship, the steam-screw sloop HUNTRESS, in time to do battle in the Crimean winter.

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  9. Hazard in Circassia. Hale, 1973. 208 pages

    Hazard meets with guerrilla leaders in the spring of 1855.

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  11. Victory of Sebastopol. Hale, 1973. 191 pages

    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.

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  13. Guns to the Far East. Pinnacle, 1975. 213 pages

    U.K. title: Shannon's Brigade. Hazard is sent to India to support the beleaguered British army.

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  15. Escape From Hell. Pinnacle, 1976. 214 pages

    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 Mutiny.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Sturgeon, Theodore (1918-1985)

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.

 

 

 

Styles, Showell (1908-2005)

Septimus Quinn series:

  1. Midshipman Quinn. Vanguard, 1957. 192 pages

    Fifteen-year old Septimus Quinn is not your everyday hero. He makes his mark aboard HMS Althea in spite of his spectacles, which he always wore when he wanted to think. His keeness for scientific experiments - no matter how successful - gets him in trouble with authority.

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  3. Quinn of the Fury. Vanguard, 1958. 200 pages

    Captain Sainsbury puts Quinn in command of a captured brig with a cargo of foul-smelling undressed hides as a punishment. Young Quinn's crew consists of an unwilling French aristocrat, a disaffected American midshipman and his cronies, along with a few other seamen.

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  5. Midshipman Quinn and Denise the Spy. Vanguard, 1961. 182 pages

    U.K. title: Midshipman Quinn Wins Through. Septimus Quinn, aboard the Lively, participates in the The Battle of Cape Santa Maria,a naval action that took place off the southern Portuguese coast, in which a squadron commanded by Brigadier Don Jose Bustamante y Guerra fought a British squadron under the command of Commodore Graham Moore. This was brought about when Denise de St-Aulaye brought documents concerning the aid given France by Spain to William Pitt and Admiral Jervis, who organized the battle fleet.

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  7. Quinn at Trafalgar. Vanguard, 1965. 148 pages

    Midshipman Quinn is at the Battle of Trafalgar which leads to his eventual promotion.


 

 

 

 

Tiger Patrol series:

  1. Tiger Patrol. Collins, 1957. 192 pages.

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  3. The Tiger Patrol Wins Through. Collins, 1958. 192 pages.

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  5. The Tiger Patrol at Sea. Collins, 1959. 192 pages.

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  7. The Tiger Patrol Presses On. Collins, 1961. 192 pages.


 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Fitton series:

  1. A Sword For Mr. Fitton. Faber, 1975. 188 pages

    "Acting Lieutenant Michael Fitton, a sailor of Nelson's day, launched himself on a second career--piracy! His intention was to attract the attention of the Lords of the Admiralty with a view to winning a long-delayed promotion. He fought in the Caribbean with a handful of men in small ships, one of them an open long boat, and was secretly subsidised by a consortium of his brother officers who needed to augment their meagre pay."

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  3. Mr. Fitton's Commission. Faber, 1977. 190 pages

    Discharged from active duty after the signing of the peace treaty with France in 1801 Michael Fitton is married and eking out a living as a farmer when he is called back into service with the Royal Navy as Britain embarks on war with France once more. Hoping to be sent into active service in the Mediterranean or the Channel - where the possibility of earning his Lieutenant's commission is high - Fitton is disappointed when he is sent instead back to the West Indies where he is placed in command of the schooner Gipsy.

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  5. The Baltic Convoy. Faber, 1979. 189 pages

    Now past middle-age and still only a lieutenant the widowed Michael Fitton is in command of the gun-brig Cracker and has sailed to the Baltic to escort a convoy bringing timber back to Britain. This is an important mission for Fitton for without the timber Britain's chances of winning the war with France are greatly reduced as too many of its fleet need substantial repairs and wood is scarce.

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  7. Gun-Brig Captain. Kimber, 1987. 192 pages

    Lieutenant Michael Fitton, commanding HMS gun-brig Cracker, is on his third voyage to Spain as escort to ships carrying supplies for Lord Wellington's army in the Peninsula when he comes into direct confrontation with an American privateer, the Lexington. With this encounter he once again faced his old enemy George Clewes.

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  9. HMS Cracker. Kimber, 1988. 192 pages

    Lieutenant Henry Honeyburn in command of the gun-brig Cracker in 1813. He has succeeded to command after the departure of Michael Fitton, whom he respects and tries to emulate, not always successfully. The plot involves the protection of convoys supplying Wellington's army outside San Sebastian against French attempts to capture or destroy them in the Bay of Biscay.

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  11. A Ship for Mr. Fitton. Hale, 1991. 190 pages

    It is 1815 and Britain is at war with France. Mr Fitton, relieved of his command, is finding shore-life difficult. With his wife expecting a baby, he is under pressure to earn more than his half-pay lieutenant's wage. When he is offered the command of a ship embarking on a mysterious expedition to Marseilles he feels compelled to accept. Promising his wife that he will return in time for the birth, he sets off on the voyage.

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  13. Mr. Fitton's Prize. Hale, 1993. 190 pages

    HMS FORTITUDE takes a French ship and Fitton is appointed prize-master. He comes under the influence of a beautiful French Royalist and is persuaded to disobey his captain's orders and try and help her cause.

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  15. Mr. Fitton and the Black Legion. Hale, 1994. 188 pages

    It is February 1797 and 1400 of the French army have landed on the Pembroke coast. Michael Fitton, master's mate in King George's Navy, finds himself involved in this historic event. As he becomes embroiled with Colonel Tate's Black Legion, Mr Fitton faces perilous adventures, including battles on the high seas, secret expeditions across the French borders and an encounter with the attractive Comtesse de Callac.

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  17. Mr. Fitton in Command. Hale, 1995. 174 pages

    After a disastrous and dangerous encounter with a French frigate Michael Fitton, master's mate, finds himself in charge of the Courier's few survivors. Although not a stranger to danger, Fitton faces further peril as the crew are forced to land on an enemy-occupied island. There is also the added complication of the young wife of the British Envoy to Malta and her lover being among the survivors. With a mutiny imminent will Mr Fitton be able to retain control of the Courier and ensure that she and her passengers all return safely?

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  19. The 12-Gun Cutter. Hale, 1996. 160 pages

    Michael Fitton falls in love at first sight with the armed cutter Snipe; fair and seaworthy with a competent, if enigmatic, captain. Last-minute re-routing sends her on a hazardous mission to enemy-held Minorca and matters are further complicated by the advent of the high-spirited Luisa O'Brien.

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  21. Lieutenant Fitton. Robert Hale, 1997. 187 pages

    It's the early 1800s and Michael Fitton, now a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, has command of the 10-gun schooner Gipsy, which he uses to capture the enemy privateers who disrupt the trade between the British held Caribbean islands. Despite his successes the largest and most profitable privateer ship, the Spanish Senora, still remains at large and all Fitton's hopes rest on tracking her down and taking her. Instead, he is obliged by his orders to accompany the new Governor of St Lucia to his appointed island.

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  23. Mr. Fitton at the Helm. Robert Hale, 1998. 190 pages

    When the commander-in-chief of the West Indies Squadron orders a second officer onto the schooner Gipsy, Lieutenant Fitton is far from pleased. Feeling his command threatened by this newcomer Mr Fitton also finds his search for the notorious pirate Van Horn's secret base severely hindered. His new officer quickly becomes a thorn in Mr Fitton's side - not only is he inept but he also falls hopelessly in love with the admiral's beautiful niece, Maud. However, when Van Horn kidnaps Maud, Mr Fitton must lead a dangerous attack on both sea and land, which could provide him with the opportunity of solving more than one of his problems.

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  25. The Martinique Mission. Robert Hale, 1999. 206 pages

    The fighting career of the armed schooner Gipsy was finished, her captain and crew doomed to long imprisonment in a French gaol. So thought Michael Fitton, lieutenant in command, as he hauled down his colours with his ship lying helpless under the guns of Fort de France.

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  27. Mr. Fitton's Hurricane. Robert Hale, 2000. 204 pages

    It wasn't the first time that His Majesty's armed schooner Gipsy had encountered a Caribbean hurricane. But for Lieutenant Michael Fitton, who commanded her, this particular hurricane was to bring quite unexpected dangers and problems.


 

 

 

Path to Glory. Faber & Faber, 1951. 284 pages

A fictionalised account of the career to Sir Sidney Smith up to the Battle of Acre.


 

 

 

Land from the Sea. Faber & Faber, 1952. 262 pages

Captain Julian Fettes is invalided out of the army. He gets crossed in love by Percy Bysshe Shelly, before heading off to adventures in North Wales with his trusty servant and companion Hosannah Lewis from his old regiment. There he encounters William Madocks and his sea wall across the Traeth Mawr. Hence land from the sea.


 

 

Mr. Nelsons Ladies. Faber & Faber, 1953. 238 pages

The author uses fiction to give substance to Nelson's female acquaintances who were part of his life prior to his marriage.


 

 

 

The Frigate Captain. Faber & Faber, 1954. 268 pages

Fictionalized biography of Thomas Lord Cochrane, from entering the Royal Navy as a midshipman through his stock fraud conviction in 1814. Cochrane was the model for Patrick O'Brian's Jack Aubrey. U.S. title: The Sea Lord


 

 

The Admiral's Fancy. Faber & Faber, 1958. 278 pages

Fictionalized biography of Ben Hallowell, revolving around an uneasy relationship with Emma Hamilton.


 

 

 

Wolfe Commands You. Faber & Faber, 1959. 224 pages

A story of the life of General James Wolfe including the taking of Quebec.


 

 

 

The Sea Officer. Faber & Faber, 1961. 272 pages

A novel of high courage, adventure, and war at sea, based on the true story of Pellew of the Indefatigable, the finest sea officer of the 18th century. The fictional Horatio Hornblower learned his seamanship under Pellew, Vice Admiral of England.


 

 

H.M.S. Diamond Rock. Faber & Faber, 1963. 224 pages

A novel based on the occupation of the Rocher du Diamant in 1804.


 

 

 

Number Two-Ninety. Faber & Faber, 1966. 236 pages

Fictional account of the Confederate raider ALABAMA. U.S. title: Confederate Raider.


 

 

 

Indestructable Jones. Faber, 1967. 138 pages

David "Indestructable" Jones's adventures in the Royal Navy during the first two years of WW II. He starts out a pacifist volunteer, and progresses through a collection of misadventures, shipwrecks, and survivals to gain a reputation as a fearless, intrepid, and indestructable young officer.


 

 

Jones's private navy. Faber, 1969. 123 pages

Sequel to Indestructable Jones.


 

 

 

 

Sea Road to Camperdown. Faber, 1968. 190 pages

A novel relating the story of Admiral Duncan, a hulking great man, the opposite of Nelson. He was both 6 foot 6 and 66 years old when he led his motley fleet against the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown into what was to become the bloodiest sea fight of the Napoleonic era. The battle was fought very shortly after the infamous RN fleet mutinies in 1797. The book includes an account of Duncan grabbing one of the mutineers by the lapels and shaking him over the ship's side!


 

 

Vincey Joe at Quiberon. Faber and Faber, 1971. 185 pages

"Vincey Joe" was her sailors affectionate nickname for the small brig HMS VENCEJO, captained by Commander John Wesley Wright, who ran secret agents into Revolutionary and Napoleonic France. Based on fact, the book tells of her last cruise in 1804 off the coast of Brittany and in particular amongst the islands in Quiberon Bay. HMS VENCEJO was a small quarterdeck brig with an elm tree wash pump, does that remind anyone of any other ship in the world of nautical fiction?


 

 

Admiral of England. Faber and Faber, 1973. 189 pages

Novel about Admiral Clowdisley Shovell, ending with his drowning in 1707 when his fleet went aground in the Scilly Isles.


 

 

 

A Kiss for Captain Hardy. Faber and Faber, 1979. 188 pages

A fictionalised biography of Thomas Masterman Hardy - perhaps Nelson's least-known but most famous Captain.


 

 

 

Centurion Comes Home. Faber and Faber, 1980. 192 pages

A novel about the round the world voyage of Anson.


 

 

 

Seven Gun Broadside. Kimber, 1982. 187 pages

A story of King George's British Navy based on true naval exploits, during the wars against Spain and France.


 

 

 

The Quarterdeck Ladder. W. Kimber, 1982. 173 pages

Jeremiah Coghlan's meteoric rise from ship's boy to Post Captain in the Royal Navy of Nelson's time is a matter of historical fact. So is the succession of sea-fights by which he achieved his ambition. But navy records naturally have nothing to say about the private life of this obscure and forgotten hero, and here the author has interwoven fiction with fact to produce a stirring tale in which troubled romance ashore contrasts with desperate action afloat.


 

 

The Malta Frigate. Kimber, 1983. 189 pages

Captain Shuldham Peard of His Majesty's frigate Success needs to resupply his ship in Malta before finding Nelson's Mediterranean Fleet. He finds himself involved with Malta's bid to rid itself of the occupying French.


 

 

 

Mutiny in the Caribbean. Kimber, 1984. 191 pages

Surgeon transfers from well-commanded frigate to an ill-commanded frigate.


 

 

 

Stella and the Fireships. Kimber, 1985. 190 pages

The career of Lieutenant William Bissell, an enthusiast for the use of fireships and explosion-vessels. Bissell comes into contact, both socially and professionally with Captain Lord Cochrane, and they end up using fireships in the attack on Aix Roads in 1809. The Stella of the title is Bissell's small dog, who is a central character in the plot.


 

 

The Lee Shore. Kimber, 1986. 173 pages

Ring was a good seaman, and an unusual one in the year of 1810 at the height of the Napoleonic Wars since his mother was French. The knowledge of this language was to lead him into an alien world, a world of espionage and adventure, as he carried out a secret mission vital to three countries: England, France and Spain.


 

 

Nelson's Midshipman. Hale, 1991. 192 pages

A dramatised account of Sir William Hoste's naval career from a midshipman in the 64 gun ship AGAMEMNON, commanded by his patron Captain Horatio Nelson, through to his own masterly handling of his squadron of four frigates off Lissa in March 1811 where he defeated a French and Venetian fleet of superior force.


 

 

The Independent Cruise. Hale, 1992. 190 pages

When the captain of His Majesty's brig-sloop Chance fights a duel at Gibraltar he doesn't foresee the problems it will cause between him and the girl he loves. Before that however, the ship becomes involved in a search for a female archaeologist which ends in a sea-fight with a French corvette.

 

 

 

 


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