Talbot, Michael (1932- )
To the Ends of the Earth.
Knopf, 1986. 519 pages
Carrying convicts to Botany bay,
Australia, one step ahead of France in a battle for dominion over the
South Pacific in the 1780s.
Target: Subic Bay.
Kensington, 1992. 320 pages
A bloody coup in the Philippines
threatens a USN
base at Subic Bay. The base commander, shunned by the Pentagon,
partners up with a Soviet fleet for a counterattack.
Tanner, Tony (Editor)
The Oxford Book of Sea Stories.
Oxford Univ. Press, 1994. 410
Initiation / Joseph Conrad -- The Voyage
/ Washington Irving -- A Descent into the Maelstrom / Edgar Allan Poe -- I have
been Drowned / Tom Hopkinson -- Mocha Dick / J.N. Reynolds -- The Chase / Herman
Melville -- A Tragedy of Error / Henry James -- High-Water Mark / Francis Bret
Harte -- The Open Boat / Stephen Crane -- Make Westing / Jack London -- A Matter
of Fact / Rudyard Kipling -- In the Abyss / H.G. Wells -- The Cruise of the
Willing Mind / A.E.W. Mason -- The Terror of the Sea Caves / Charles G.D.
Roberts -- False Colours / W.W. Jacobs -- The Secret Sharer / Joseph Conrad -- The
Ghost Ship / Richard Middleton -- Ambitious Jimmy Hicks / John Masefield -- Poor
Old Man! / A.E. Dingle -- Easting Down / Shalimar -- The Story of the Siren / E.M.
Forster -- The Rough Crossing / F. Scott Fitzgerald -- After the Storm / Ernest
Hemingway -- The Bravest Boat / Malcolm Lowry -- The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck
/ C.S. Forester -- Turnabout / William Faulkner -- The Frontiers of the Sea /
Taylor, Charles D.
Show of Force.
St. Martin's, 1980. 281 pages
Update of James Fenimore Cooper's tale,
The Two Admirals. Here, U.S. and Russian admirals and their fleets square
over a missile base in the Indian Ocean.
The Sunset Patriots.
Charter, 1982. 450 pages
Why is a US-Soviet fleet steaming into
East China Sea? Inquiring Chinese want to know. A US admiral also wants
to know why the 7th fleet is visiting Vladivostock, biggest navy base
in the USSR.
Charter, 1985. 311 pages
Strange incidents in Long Island Sound
and the Sea of
Japan say the Soviets are up to something... like WW III! Should we
Berkeley, 1987. 338 pages
A super large submersible cruises the
ocean floor with all the latest weapons. The Soviets are going after it in the
Berkley, 1989. 307 pages
Russian agents sieze USS GETTYSBURG,
sail her to Cam Ranh
Bay in Viet Nam. Seals go to the rescue.
Boomer. Pocket, 1990. 335 pages
20 years ago, KGB planted an agent in
the USN; now he's
skipper of a nuclear attack sub. The plot
Pocket, 1991. 371 pages
Russian spies with mini-subs seeks to
Trident sub base in Bangor, Washington. Navy Seals are in
Summit. Pocket, 1996. 355 pages
When fourteen world leaders gather
aboard a high-security yacht to discuss peace terms, the negotiations are
threatened by a deadly terrorist plot involving a rogue submarine.
Taylor, J. E. (John Edmund
At Close Quarters.
Sampson Low, Marston, 1949. 286
Spells out sympathetically the reason
USA felt it necessary to go to war in 1812 against Britain's arrogance
at sea. Broadbank with the privateer AVENGER joins in the war from the
beginning but gets off to a poor start and loses the ship and an arm.
He is a shorebound spectator to the SHANNON-CHESAPEAKE fight and in the
confusion is able to escape his captors and rejoin the British and go
on to organise at Lake Champlain a small but tactically important
mini-fleet that prevents the Americans from invading
By Force of Arms : a sea novel.
Sampson Low, Marston, 1948. 246
"This stirring sea story of the
follows the fortunes of Captain Broadbank, and his privateer schooner
the AVENGER, his life, his aims, and the love that came to him so
strangely, told against a broad exciting background of the lives and
conditions of ships and seamen of that great maritime era." [from the
Taylor, Theodore (1921-2006)
The Cay. Doubleday, 1969. 137 pages
When the freighter on which they are
torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white
boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on
a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision,
courage, and love from his old companion.
Eleven-year-old Ben rescues an English
girl from a
shipwreck off the Outer Banks of North Carolina; and, though she
becomes part of his family, she never speaks.
When the English girl Ben saved from a
shipwreck recovers her memory and speech and reveals to him that two
chests full of silver went down with the ship, Ben and his friends try
to recover them without arousing suspicions.
The further adventures of Ben and
Teetoncey as they take to the sea-- he, to find his brother, and she
to escape a forced return to England.
To Kill the Leopard.
Harcourt Brace, 1993. 297
Merchant mariner Sully Jordan never
dreamed that he would be actively involved in United States naval defense against
Hitler's U-boat onslaught in World War II. Not until his tankers are torpedoed
twice--by the same relentless, stealthy submarine with snarling leopards painted
on its conning tower. What ensues is one man's gritty battle against an invincible
Timothy of the Cay.
Harcourt Brace, 1993. 161
Sequel to The Cay. Having
survived being blinded
and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island with the old black man
Timothy, twelve-year-old white Phillip is rescued and hopes to regain
his sight with an operation. Alternate chapters follow the life of
Timothy from his days as a young cabin boy.
The Sin Bearer.
Word, 1986. 170 pages
Novelization of a biblical adventure and
story, told in Acts 27:1-28:11, about a merchant ship that is
commandeered by the Romans to take prisoners to Rome.
Tennyson, Alfred, Lord (1809-1892)
in "Poems, Chiefly Lyrical". Effingham Wilson,
Short poem about the hideous
The Revenge : a ballad of the fleet.
in "Ballads and Other Poems". C. Kegan Paul,
"In Flores in the Azores, Sir Richard
dum de dum de dum..." classic narrative poem, stirring stuff. In 1591
Grenville bravely tried to fight his undermanned ship, the REVENGE,
through a powerful Spanish fleet, being defeated only after 15 hour
Crossing the Bar.
in "Demeter, and other poems". Macmillan,
Death as an ocean voyage, classic short
Terman, Douglas (1933-1999)
Bantam, 1989. 402 pages
U.K. title: Star Shot. Hi-tech,
hi-seas clash between ex Vietnam War POW,
now skippering a charterboat in Caribbean, and the Commie who
brainwashed and tortured him, with sabotage of an SDI trial at stake.
Terrill, Rogers (Editor)
The Argosy Book of Sea Stories.
A.S. Barnes, 1953. 328 pages
A collection of fairly
adventure stories published in the magazine between 1943 and 1953.
Contents: Pull, you lubbers! / Brian O'Brien --
Ship from nowhere / A. Bertram Chanlder --
Captain's prisoner / Calvin J. Clements --
Congo Cargo / T. T. Flynn --
Jonah curse / J. F. Wallace --
Alone men / Vincent McHugh --
Taste of command / Steve Hail --
One for O'Brien / George P. Morrill --
Pirate and the gamecock / Howard Bloomfield --
Mutiny below / Cedric Mentiplay --
Nitro ship / William Holder --
Bound for the bottom / J. F. Wallace --
Bayou bait / Leslie T. White.
Thacher, Russell (1919-1990)
Macmillan, 1951. 280 pages
The unnamed protagonist is assigned the
command of a LST - a "Large Slow Target." Despite his integrity and courage, he
undergoes a series of misfortunes and ends up a victim.
A Break in the Clouds.
Lippincott, 1957. 256 pages
Rick Dedrick is a Naval Air Corps cadet
during the Korean War. He finds he does not share the sense of purpose that
motivated his father's combat experience during World War II.
Thirkell, Angela (1890-1961)
Trooper to the Southern Cross.
Faber & Faber, 1934. 293 pages
A World War I officer relates his time aboard a troop-carrying "hell ship" on his way home to Australia. Her former German crew has sabotaged the vessel from stem to stern and the returning troops conspire to turn the voyage into a three month long drinking binge. Hijinks ensue.
Thomas, Craig [pseud. David Craig
Owen Thomas] (1942-2011)
Michael Joseph, 1980. 393
A 40-year-old covert mine field in the
contains a shattering secret that investigators must dig out of old
WW II records and witnesses. First published under the pseudonym David
The Sea Leopard.
Viking, 1981. 316 pages
British nuclear sub with sonar "cloaking
Thomas, Edwin (1977- )
Lieutenant Martin Jerrold emerged from
Trafalgar with not an ounce of credit. In February 1806, he comes to Dover with
one final chance to redeem his reputation. Before he has been there a day,
however, he finds himself standing over a body that is too far from the cliffs to
have fallen accidentally. Jerrold is suspected of murder. Only the fact that no
one can identify the corpse prolongs his freedom. When word reaches Jerrold's
uncle at the Admiralty, the choice is he must clear his name or be cut off without
It was July, 1806. Commanding a prison-
hulk in the Medway guarding French captives, Martin Jerrold thinks his war can't
get much better. He's far away from storm, battle and the other disagreeable
elements of naval life, and he can keep his mistress, Isobel, close at hand. Then
he loses a prisoner and all Hell breaks loose.
There are rumours of a conspiracy in
America and Jerrold's mission is to infiltrate the conspirators and stop them. His
journey takes him across the seas, the wilderness and down the Mississippi river.
Enemies are ranged against him, agents of Spain and America are trying to kill
him, and the plotters are growing suspicious of his intentions.
Putnam, 1976. 285 pages
Mystery novel set in Brownsville, Texas,
coast aboard a shrimper. Tough, rough, a little raw sex.
Thompson, Edward (1738?-1786)
Sailor's letters, written to his select friends in
England during his voyages and travels in Europe, Asia, Africa and America from
the year 1754 to 1759. T. Becket and
P.A. De Hondt, W. Flexney and C. Moran, 1767. 2 volumes
Serialised anonymously in The London
Magazine it followes the pattern set by Smollett's The Adventures of
Roderick Random in realistically illustrating naval life.
Thompson, E. V. (Ernest Victor)
The Restless Sea.
Macmillan, 1983. 399 pages
Fishing and smuggling off the Cornish
occupy prizefighter Nathan Jugo. Set about 1810.
The Tiger Cruise.
Knox Jones Enterprizes, 1999. 280
The USS Woodbridge, a Los Angeles-class
nuclear-attack submarine, leaves Norfolk on a routine two-day tiger cruise, with
fourteen civilians aboard. There is a massive earthquake in the mid-Atlantic, and
large tsunamis strike the East Coast of the United States. Iraq immediately
deploys a submarine loaded with lethal anthrax toward the shores of America. The
U.S. Navy, completely crippled by the large tidal waves, calls on the USS
Woodbridge for help. The damanged submarine, manned by a reduced crew and the
fourteen family members, is America's only hope.
Thorndike, Arthur Russell (1885-
After his wife is kidnapped by pirates, an
cleric takes to the high seas in pursuit of them. In the process, he
assumes the persona of a pirate, Captain Clegg. He eventually hunts the
pirates down only to learn that his wife is dead and that a price has
been placed on his head by King George. After some years, and two books,
of high seas adventures, he returns to rural England to shed his past and
assume a posting as vicar of Dymchurch. He is accompanied, however, by
his former ship's carpenter, Mr. Mipps, who quickly becomes involved in
the local smuggling ring. Dr. Syn, fearing for the life of his friend and
others, decides to bring the ragtag group of smugglers together by
becoming their masked leader, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh. The
remaining books in the series address his adventures as leader of this
group, and the Crown's efforts to capture and kill him.
Buchanan, William [pseud. William
Ray Buck] (1930- )
Doctor Syn series
The Vicar of Dymchurch pursues his
smuggling activities in the guise of a scarecrow during the reign of George III.
Since there was no American copyright of Further Adventures of Dr. Syn,
Buck took parts of Thorndike's original story and added a new ending. This novel
was the basis of the Disney movie.
I'm a Stranger Here Myself.
William Heinemann, 1943. 188
Fictionalised but obviously
autobiographical account of service on the lower deck of the Royal Navy
as a "Y" Scheme entrant in the early days of WW II. His messmates are
vividly brought to life in this enjoyable tale of the hardships and
boredom of war in an armed merchant cruiser. Service on the lower deck
was the norm for "Y" Scheme entrants prior to being selected for
officer training. It is interesting to see that the book is bound in
light navy blue cloth and along the edges of the top board are three
white stripes making it look like a matelot's collar. All this under the
Book Production War Economy Standard!
Thorne, Guy [pseud. Cyril Arthur
Edward Ranger Gull] (1876-1923)
The Secret Service Submarine: A story of the
present war. Sully & Kleinteich,
1915. 190 pages
involves a teacher, unable to join the services because of a leg
damaged playing rugby at university, who reluctantly settles down to
seeing the war out at a boys school on England’s east coast. Things are
not as quiet as they seem - he suspects his headmaster is a spy - his
brother commands a submarine - all a good Boy’s Own adventure complete
with maps, secret codes etc.!
Britannia Rules the Waves.
Westminster Press, 1944. 86
The author and another Lieutenant, RNVR,
Charles Page, who was responsible for the delightful illustrations, had
their work serialised in THE FLEET, the journal of the British Navy,
prior to its publication in book form. In this story of an alternative
war-time Royal Navy, The WRENS make up the crew of HMS ARDENT, a
battleship, much to the disgust of the squadron's other battleship's
Captain the Hon. Aloysius Waldemar Fitz-Urse who is the bete noire of
ARDENT's Commandant Sneeryng-Robarts. The Marines are also women,
Marinettes in fact.... They do meet the enemy and amazingly, the
Germans are written up, particularly bearing in mind the time, as only
human... A lighthearted and affectionate send-up.
The Sixth Battle.
Bantam, 1991. 562 pages
Rear Admiral Chuck Gideon served his
Vietnam and in the Gulf-- but he faces his greatest challenge as the
commander of a task force in the Indian Ocean, off the South African
coast, where a geopolitical time bomb is primed and ready to explode.
In a new era of instability the Soviet Union has become the Union of
Eurasian Republics, South Africa is prey to UER-sponsored invaders, and
the former policeman to the world, Uncle Sam,is called out of
"retirement" to bring his most potent air, sea, and land power to bear
on a crisis in the making. At the point of the spear thrust for freedom
is Admiral Gideon, who orders his flyers into action off an aging
aircraft carrier and into the annals of military
Dauntless : A Novel of Midway and
Guadacanal. Bantam, 1992. 412
Marine and naval
aviators -- both USN and IJN -- at war during the battle of Midway and
the battles for Guadacanal. Emphasis on sea warfare and the customs of
Tilsley, Frank (1904-1957)
& Spottiswoode, 1958. 264 pages
Story of a mutiny on British frigate in
1796. Filmed as DAMN THE DEFIANT! ("H.M.S. Defiant" in the UK) in 1962
starring Alec Guiness.
Toner, Raymond John
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
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
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
her raiding expedition to the Pacific during the War of 1812. For young
The Coffin Ship.
Headline, 1989. 304 pages
The VLCC PROMETHEUS is plagued by
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
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
Topol, Edward (1938- )
Quartet Books, 1983. 278
In 1981 Soviet submarine U-137 ran
the Swedish coast near a major Swedish naval base. The Soviets claimed
faulty navigation equipment ...But was it??
Bottles of Eight and Pieces of Rum.
Royal Fireworks Press, 1998. 138
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.
Townend, William (1881-1962)
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.
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
Dial, 1955. 375 pages
The year is 1717 and Edward Teach --
the Pirate -- is plaguing the American coast in an alchoholic haze.
Novel that makes Blackbeard's irrational behavior a consequence of
Tracy, Louis (1863-1928)
The Captain of the Kansas.
Grosset & Dunlap, 1906. 336
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.
Traven, B. (1890-1969)
The Death Ship: the Story of an American
Sailor. Chatto & Windus, 1934. 311
Black comedy about
the black gang of a doomed freighter. Translation of: Das Totenschiff:
Geschichte eines amerikanischen Seemanns.
Travers, Robert J. (1911-1974)
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