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Nautical Fiction Index

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Toner, Raymond John (1908-1986)

Midshipman Davy Jones; being the log of his adventures aboard divers frigates; sloops of war; and other fighting craft of the United States Navy; together with an account of his captivity in, and escape from, the islands of the Bermudas, during the late war with Great Britain, 1812-1815. Wherein may be discovered to those of a nautical mind, sundry time-honored naval customs, and the routine observed aboard United States men of war. To the adventurous, a recounting of gallant deeds of iron men in wooden ships. A. Whitman, 1938. 328 pages

For young readers.


Meeheevee; being an account of the commerce-raiding cruise of the United States frigate ESSEX into the South Pacific seas under command of Captain David Porter, U. S. Navy, anno 1812-14. A. Whitman, 1940. 319 pages

Fictional account of the famous voyage.




Gamble of the Marines : a condensed revision for young readers from the original manuscript. Whitman, 1963. 208 pages

A US Marine accompanies the frigate ESSEX on her raiding expedition to the Pacific during the War of 1812. For young readers.






Tonkin, Peter (1950- )

The Coffin Ship. Headline, 1989. 304 pages

The VLCC PROMETHEUS is plagued by mysterious accidents before sailing from the Persian Gulf with 250,000 tons of crude. Will she make it?




The Fire Ship. Dorchester, 1990. 308 pages

A sea thriller in which three separate incidents of terrorism, seas apart, are linked to one group, led by a madman. The action begins aboard the trial voyage of a high-tech multihull in the Indian Ocean.





Topol, Edward (1938- )

Submarine U-137. Quartet Books, 1983. 278 pages

In 1981 Soviet submarine U-137 ran aground off the Swedish coast near a major Swedish naval base. The Soviets claimed faulty navigation equipment ...But was it?





Torrey, Michele

Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum. Royal Fireworks Press, 1998. 138 pages

Kip attempts to fake his class assignment, an oral report on pirates, by using his grandfather's tales. The plan backfires and he turns to his grandfather for help. Unable to believe the story his grandfather tells, Kip follows his instructions and takes out a bottle from a chest in the attic. Instantly he is being fished out of the sea by pirates and learns about their life by becoming one. Adventures follow, of course, but startling surprises as well as Kip uses his modern skills in the age of wooden ships. For 9 to 12 year olds.




Tourgée, Albion W. [Winegar] (1838-1905)

Out of the Sunset Sea. Merrill & Baker, 1893. 462 pages

English sailor on Columbus' 1492 voyage


Townend, William (1881-1962)

The Tramp. Herbert Jenkins, 1927. 312 pages

Mr. Grinton orders his tramp steamer Medea to be scuttled at sea so that he can raise the insurance money. The captain refuses and determines to bring the vessel safely back to port and this frail craft has to fight its way home through the heaviest of Atlantic seas.




A Light for His Pipe. Herbert Jenkins, 1927. 312 pages






The Ship in the Swamp and other stories. Herbert Jenkins, 1928. 312 pages

The ship in the swamp -- The man who could not swim -- The shipowner -- Sold foreign -- In the stokehold -- The trimmer -- Bolshevik -- June, 1922 -- Distinguished conduct -- Overseas for Flanders -- The price of the picture -- All that remains.




Once to Tiger Bay. Herbert Jenkins, 1929. 311 pages






The Second Mate of the "Banshee". Herbert Jenkins, 1930. 312 pages

The wreck of the Arabella -- The prodigal son -- That night at Elisa's -- Mrs. Fraser -- The passenger -- Mr. Harrington's wife -- Plug Fergusson of the Mysore -- The second mate of the Banshee -- The coward -- Liz -- The way out -- The rose house.




We Sailors. Herbert Jenkins, 1931. 462 pages






The Ship in the Fanlight. Herbert Jenkins, 1934. 312 pages

Nautical adventure novel set on a tramp steamer on a voyage from San Francisco to England.





Voyage Without End. Chapman & Hall, 1935. 329 pages






The Top Landing. Chapman & Hall, 1936. 269 pages






Captain Heron. Chapman & Hall, 1936. 311 pages






They Crossed the Reef. Chapman & Hall, 1937. 372 pages

A gale wrecks a ship's crew on a South Seas island


The Rescue of Captain Leggatt. W. Morrow, 1939. 422 pages

U.K. title And Now England. Merchant captain sees England woefully unprepared for the inevitable conflict with Germany





Sailors Must Yarn. Chapman & Hall, 1939. 342 pages

A collection of short stories. On Greenside Island -- The locked door -- Boston Dan's story -- Old bluenose -- Minnie, the monk -- Derelict -- Tar flat -- The whistle -- Johnny Matthews -- Happy ever after -- Captain Shuffley's briar pipe -- Captain Quibble -- Hard-case Harris -- The little black cat -- Pop Dixon -- Drift.


Sink and be Damned! Chapman & Hall, 1940. 252 pages

A cargo steamer's fight with a U-boat


Fifth Column Family. Chapman & Hall, 1940. 333 pages

During the Phony War, a pacifist family is shaken out of their complacency after the death of a son serving in the Merchant Mariners





Red Ensign-White Ensign. Chapman & Hall, 1942. 332 pages

Naive marine engineer working for a pro-German shipping line (red ensign) fails to see the threat of fascism. After a sinking, he joins the Royal Navy (white ensign)


The Long Voyage. Chapman & Hall, 1943. 204 pages

A torpedoed British crew board a derelict German tanker and attempt to sail her back to England.





South of Forty-Five. Rich & Cowan, 1943. 256 pages

A young captain refuses to abandon his disabled ship after it throws its rudder in the Indian Ocean. Alone aboard, he examines his life and the choices he has made. See Lawrence Sargent Hall's Stowaway for a different take on this theme.





Vain Pilgrimage. Rich and Cowan, 1944. 175 pages


Sabina's Brother. Rich and Cowan, 1945. 231 pages

The survivors of a torpedoed ship have their open boat brought back safely to England through the efforts of the title character: a young American pacifist, who - to put is mildly - wears his Christian beliefs on his shirt sleeve





Macrann. Rich and Cowan, 1946. 202 pages






The Fingal's Passenger. Rich and Cowan, 1948. 256 pages


Yonder is the Sea. Rich and Cowan, 1949. 239 pages


The Lovely Ship. Rich and Cowan, 1949. 199 pages






The Ship's Company. Rich and Cowan, 1951. 312 pages






Not an Inch. Rich and Cowan, 1951. 284 pages






No Way of Escape. Rich and Cowan, 1952. 256 pages






The Long, Long Night. Rich and Cowan, 1952. 255 pages


Mr. Harrington's Wife. Rich and Cowan, 1954. 192 pages

Expansion of the short story.


Night's Black Agent. Rich and Cowan, 1955. 191 pages

Adventure story of seven refugees from behind the Iron Curtain being smuggled to London when it is discovered one is a Soviet spy.





The Ship that No One Owned. Rich and Cowan, 1956. 191 pages






The Sea's Edge. Jarrold's, 1957. 224 pages







Townsend, Alexander (1902-1968)

The Wooden Woman. W. Heinemann, 1930. 335 pages

The last voyage of the ship Heaven Belle, when the descendents of the first crew come together in a reenactment of a tragedy of the first voyage forty years earlier






Tracy, Don (1905-1976)

Crimson is the Eastern Shore. Dial, 1953. 440 pages

A romantic tale of strong-minded men and women on Maryland's Eastern Shore during the tumultuous events of 1812.





Carolina Corsair. Dial, 1955. 375 pages

The year is 1717 and Edward Teach -- Blackbeard the Pirate -- is plaguing the American coast in an alchoholic haze. Novel that makes Blackbeard's irrational behavior a consequence of alcoholism.





Tracy, Louis (1863-1928)

The Wings of the Morning. E. J. Clode, 1903. 354 pages

Following a shipwreck, two survivors - a young woman and a sailor with a mysterious past - land on a deserted island, find a treasure, and then must fight off fierce Malay pirates to keep it.





The Pillar of Light. E.J. Clode, 1904. 399 pages

Reprinted as The Wreck of the Chinook. Two decades of the tangled lives of people resident in a lighthouse off the British coast





The Captain of the Kansas. Grosset & Dunlap, 1906. 336 pages

Gallant captain of the KANSAS, on a run from Chile to England, with the help of assorted more or less useful passengers, overcomes sabotage, Indian attacks, and the stormy sea and finally gets the girl to boot. It's a pretty good look at the racial stereotyping of the day, but holds up pretty well after 90 years.





Tranter, Nigel (1909-2000)

The Man Behind the Curtain. Hodder And Stoughton, 1959. 251 pages

The rescue of an anti-communist Doctor from communist held Poland. Set in the Baltic on the Island of Bornholm. A rare thriller from a historical fiction specialist






Traven, B. (1890-1969)

The Death Ship: the Story of an American Sailor. Chatto & Windus, 1934. 311 pages

Black comedy about the black gang of a doomed freighter. Translation of: Das Totenschiff: Geschichte eines amerikanischen Seemanns.






Travers, Robert J. (1911-1974)

20th Meridian. Norton, 1951. 288 pages

Story of a convoyed tramp steamer carrying a load of whiskey during wartime, and the effects of the situation on the crew.






Treat, Ida (1889-1978)

"To Celebes". New Yorker, October 26, 1963

Married newspaperwoman and young ship's doctor in the final stage of tuberculosis take off for one last journey. See Katherine Mansfield's "The Stranger"






Treece, Henry (1911-1966)

Viking's Dawn. The Bodley Head, 1955. 154 pages

Tells the story of the earliest Vikings, before they were the kings of the sea.




The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Criterion, 1958. 190 pages







Trelawny, Edward John (1792-1881)

Adventures of a Younger Son. Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831. 3 volumes

RN midshipman deserts in India because of harsh treatment, joins an American privateer sailing under French letter of marque, has various adventures in the Indian Ocean and East Indies. He's indignant about the ill treatment of the natives by foreign intruders, but behaves just as callously himself. Some episodes (e.g. ship overrun by man-hungry naked Malay women) were omitted from the original edition, because of protests by Trelawny's friend Mary Shelley, but are restored in the Oxford English Novels edition, 1974, which also has useful notes.




Trevor, Elleston (1920-1995)

The Big Pick-Up : a novel of Dunkirk. Macmillan, 1955. 259 pages

Trevor's first best seller takes a less sentimental view of the Dunkirk evacuation. Was made into a film by the Ealing Studios under the title "Dunkirk" (1958).




Gale Force. Heinemann, 1956. 262 pages

"A shattering story of a [steam]ship's fight for survival in the Atlantic gone mad." [from bookjacket blurb]






Trew, Antony (1906-1996)

Two Hours to Darkness. Random House, 1962. 312 pages

Captain of a British Polaris submarine goes mad during a patrol in the Baltic Sea in 1960s. He plans to launch Polaris missiles at the USSR, while his exec, learning of the plot is determined "to keep his yardarm clear," and not endanger his own chances of promotion.




The White Schooner. Collins, 1969. 255 pages

Mystery and revenge in the Balearics.




The Moonraker Mutiny. St. Martin's, 1972. 288 pages

Crew mutinies and abandons freighter on way to Australia.




Kleber's Convoy. St. Martin's, 1973. 222 pages

Johan Kleber commands a wolf pack hunting a Murmansk bound convoy, while an old friend commands its destroyer escort.




The Zhukov Briefing. St. Martin's, 1975. 254 pages

Soviet sub runs aground off Norway.




Death of a Supertanker. St. Martin's, 1978. 220 pages

A supertanker runs aground on the African coast, leaving behind dead sailors and a massive insurance bill. Someone on board had sabotaged its navigation gear. Suspects range from a crewman up to the captain.




The Antonov Project. St. Martin's, 1979. 235 p.pages

US and UK intelligence want to know what's with Russia's new class of bulk carrier ships that never take on cargo.




Sea Fever. St. Martin's, 1980. 220 pages

During a single-handed round trip race to the Azores from Britain our hero finds stowaway aboard his small ketch. Her presence will disqualify him, but only if she is discovered. Is winning worth throwing her overboard?




Running wild. Collins, 1982. 249 pages

Anti-apartheid activists escape S. Africa in a ketch.




Bannister's Chart. St. Martin's, 1984. 285 pages

Mystery and suspense as a cruise ship get battered by a cyclone and diverted on a treasure hunt.




Yashimoto's Last Dive. St. Martin's, 1986. 287 pages

Japanese submarine commander and British destroyer captain in a duel on the Indian ocean during WW II.




The Chalk Circle. St. Martin's, 1989. 256 pages

Spy thriller set in Mozambique. Survivors of a wrecked big game fishing boat and a small aircraft are drawn into an intrigue.






Trimble, Hugh J. (1924- )

Return from the Deep. McHew, 1958. 197 pages

A US sub skipper sinks a Japanese ship, finds out later that it contained US prisoners of war, including his best friend. Based on an actual incident during WW II.





Trowbridge, John

Three Boys on an Electrical Boat. Houghton, Mifflin, 1894. 215 pages






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