Wadelton, Tommy (Thomas Dorrington)
Silver Buckles on His Knee.
Coward-McCann, 1945. 167
Typical WW II boater.
Wakeman, Frederic (1909-1998)
Farrar & Rinehart, 1944. 310
Three decorated Navy pilots finagle a
four day leave in San Francisco. They procure a posh suite at the hotel and
Commander Crewson, a master of procurement, arranges to populate it with party
Waldock, Sarah J.,
William Price and the 'Thrush'.
CreateSpace, 2012. 224 pages
Inspired by Jane Austen's Mansfield Park this introduces William Price, just promoted to
Lieutenant, who finds his new commission places him on a ship sailing under sealed
orders and a potentially mutinous crew.
Wales, Ken (1938- ) and Poling,
Sea of glory : a novel : based on the true WW II
story of the four chaplains and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester.
Broadman & Holman, 2001. 357
In the early morning hours of February
3, 1943, a German submarine torpedoes the American troop ship Dorchester en route
to a top-secret radar installation in Greenland. The four Army chaplains on board
could scarcely be more different from each other: Methodist pastor and war veteran
George Fox: intellectual and athletic Rabbi Alex Goode; scholar, poet and Dutch
Reformed minister Clark Poling: baseball fan and "regular guy" Father John
Washington. yet in the terror and confusion following the attack by a deadly U-
boat wolfpack, the chaplains unite in a final triumphant sacrifice that transforms
the life of every survivor who lives to tell of it.
Wall, Bill (William) (1955- )
Set in the troubled days of the 1798
Rebellion, The Powder Monkey is the story of a boy, Donal Long, who steals a boat
to escape his violent uncle and is picked up by a British warship. He is adopted
by the ship's crew and becomes the "powder monkey" whose job it is to carry powder
to the guns.
Taken on as cabin boy aboard an American
ship, Donal makes his escape from the tragic Ireland of 1798. But the Provident of
Boston is not a normal trading vessel, the ship is bound for Africa to pick up
In 1813, Donal Long and his shipmates are
made prisoners of war after a sea battle with a British ship. To his surprise he
is brought back to Ireland, to the Cove of Cork, close to his birthplace. Paroled
as an officer, Donal's past is waiting in the wings to catch up with him.
Wallace, Willard Mosher (1911-
East to Bagaduce.
H. Regnery, 1963. 318 pages
Based on a true event. US Navy lays
Maine town during the Revolutionary War, but effort ends in humiliating
disaster. Not for sunshine patriots.
Jonathan Dearborn; a novel of the War of
1812. Little, Brown, 1967. 376
The Raiders: a novel of the Civil War at
sea. Little, Brown, 1970. 470
Cruise of the
Confederate raider ALABAMA, as seen by Lieutenant Scott Pettigrew from
Wallenius, Kurt Martti
Men from the Sea. Oxford University Press, 1955. 268 pages
Five tales of Scandinavian and Finnish Lapland, held together by a common theme -- the impact of the Arctic ruggedness on its people ... Always present is the struggle for survival, the dependence on the sea, the helplessness of these people before the elements, and their familiarity with death. Translation of Miesten meri, 1954.
Wallop, Douglass (1920-1985)
Regatta. Norton, 1981. 285 pages
A crack international yachtsman steps
down in class to race
his fifty-eight foot yacht against ordinary weekend sailors in a thirty
mile, 150-boat sailing race on Chesapeake bay. His chief adversary, in a
much smaller sloop, gives him all he can handle.
Knopf, 1932. 284 pages
The struggles of the "Lunns" and the
inshore fisherman in North Yorkshire coastal village of "Bramblewick".
The book is actually semi-autobiographical, and is based around real
families who lived in the early part of this century at Robin Hood's
Bay. Leo Walmsley wrote several such books, mainly based around his
experiences in Robin Hood's Bay, and also the time he spent living in
Fowey, Cornwall, where he eventually died. The book was adapted into
the first film made by Arthur Rank, and was released as TURN OF THE
Walsh, Joseph Patrick
Lippincott, 1951. 380 pages
English medical sudent, in hiding after
a duel, gets
pressed into the Royal Navy. Escaping with a Nantucket sailor and a
Native American, he becomes involved in smuggling goods to the Colonies
in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Meanwhile, his
ladylove emigrates to the Colonies after the death of her father. The
collapse of his shipping business impoverishes her. She marries a Yankee
loyalist, who is a businessman and a former ship owner. Sparks fly when
the patriot smuggler and the Loyalist women encounter each other once
again in Providence, Rhode Island. Despite anachronisms, a rollicking
Wambaugh, Joseph (1937- )
Bantam, 1996. 293 pages
Set in San Diego's Mission Bay during
America's Cup '95,
water cops Mickey Fortney and his partner Leeds are on the trail of Cup
saboteurs. This one is worth reading just for the commentary on the Cup
scene. Fast paced & funny.
The Key to Honor.
Royal Fireworks, 1996. 188
15 year old Midshipman Nate Lawton
reports to USS
CHESAPEAKE, blockaded in Boston by HMS SHANNON. Fatherless and seeking
revenge because seven years earlier the English had impressed his
father (and impoverished his family). Hiding a shameful secret and
groping for truths he might have learned from his father, Nate
immediately runs athwartship 2nd Lieutenant Westcott who abhors Nate's
blind acceptance of natural gifts for which "others worked so hard."
But it's Westcott that starts Nate on his search for honor. Of course,
the CHESAPEAKE goes out and fights the SHANNON. Whether intentionally
or not, the book is Patrick O'Brianish in every good sense: it
demonstrates civility and honor, teaches leadership, teaches the
nautical stuff along the way, is a bit better than reality, has a happy
ending, and feels authentic. For young readers.
The Price of Command.
Royal Fireworks, 1998. 330
Midshipman Nate Lawton of The Key to
continues his adventures and maturing by joining Oliver Hazard Perry on
Lake Erie right smack in the center of the Perry-Elliot controversy.
Chance has thrown Nate into second in command and his captain moves to
make him a scapegoat as well. For young adults 12 and up.
Viking, 1991. 151 pages
A rare-book dealer gets mixed up in
smuggling and a murder mystery in Singapore involving
junks, an ocean liner and the wreckage of USS ARIZONA at the bottom of
in "The Saturday evening post reader of sea
stories". Doubleday, 1962. 310 pages
Shipwrecked sailor single handedly
destroys the dastardly
german submarine that sank his ship - c.f. Forester's Brown on
Blacksmith, 1996. 266 pages
Novel based on the Black River Raid, the
Hampton and the great Atlantic storm of 1861. Our hero, Jonathon
Comstock, fights for the Union aboard the sloop of war BENNINGTON. This was
intended to be the first of a series of historical novels based upon
naval actions during the American Civil War.
Watkins, Paul (1964- )
Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn.
Houghton Mifflin, 1989. 280
Young man expelled from college joins
the crew of a fishing boat against the wishes of his fisherman father.
Takes place on the Rhode Island Shoreline.
The Iron Man.
Warner, 1998. 488 pages
Captain Jakob Zof, disappointed by
events that have
reduced the Soviet Navy to a shambles, seeks to restore some of his
pride by allowing himself to be persuaded to commission a WW II
battleship. This is no ordinary battleship; named after Stalin, it was
to have been the culmination of Russian naval design and construction.
It has been hidden from the world for years in a Vladivostok backwater.
The endless supply of dollar bills from Zof’s mysterious new employers
puts new life into the under-motivated and unpaid Russians. It’s not
long before the STALIN is committing acts of piracy in the Pacific but
it soon becomes apparent that there is an even more sinister motive.
Another novel where heavy armour does not readily succumb to modern
Kimber, 1985. 191 pages
1805, Lt. Phillip Naseby, RN, formula
piece but readable.
Webber, Gordon (1912-1986)
The Far Shore.
Little, Brown, 1954. 236
1944: the Normandy Beaches.
Presidio, 1989. 336 pages
A worst-case scenario of the future of
U.S.-Soviet relations envisions the failure of the current Soviet reform, leading
to a desperate attack on the U.S. that threatens to escalate to nuclear war.
Two Boys of the Battleship.
Cupples & Leon, 1915. 208
Ned and Frank join the navy. It's off
to South America aboard the battleship GEORGETOWN to deal with them
furriners in the carefree days before the Big War.
British lieutenant Nicholas Chenevix is
sent to Cadiz to spy as Admiral Nelson cruises
Chenvevix allows himself to be captured
by the French as part of a plan to lure the French out of Cadiz so
Nelson can defeat them. Unfortunately, Chenevix, once caught, is
tried as a spy, then kept aboard the BUCENTAURE during Trafalgar --
and the subsequent storm when the ship runs aground. Contains a long
dream sequence about a world where Nelson loses Trafalgar.
The Port-Wine Sea.
America House, 1999. 190
A rousing parody of Patrick O'Brian's
Aubrey/Maturin series. It is a story about a British naval captain
during the Napoleonic War, and his friend, a naval physician/espionage
agent. They set sail once again aboard HMS AGHAST during the War of
1812 to demonstrate to the upstart Colonies the errors of their ways.
The doctor/spy tries to establish liaison with the Creek Indians to
create a diversion to the main British assault. Meanwhile the noble
Captain is diverted by a teenaged Maryland vixen. Along the way, they
encounter a skittish horse, a demure skunk, a whooping crane, and an
escaped colony of termites aboard the ship.
Cuban Bluff: a Documentary Novel of the Cuban
Missle Crisis. Secker & Warburg,
1990. 250 pages
Feautres a last-minute scramble to find
a missing Soviet submarine.
Nicholas Fallon Sea Novels:
It’s 1796, and Sea Dog’s owner, Ezra Somers, employs Fallon to protect his Caribbean salt trade from French privateers and pirates. Wicked Jak Clayton is especially ruthless. When the two meet just off the Bahamas, even Fallon’s cunning can’t overcome their mismatch in firepower and desertion by a cowardly ally.
The year is 1798. The African slave trade is in brutal flower, and the great powers are fighting for control of the Caribbean’s immensely profitable sugar plantations. Nico, meanwhile, has been trying his damnedest to become a salt merchant under Ezra Somers, father of the beautiful Elinore. But when an urgent request arrives from Admiral Davies of the Leeward Island Station, Ezra and Elinore give Nico their blessing to head off in search of plunder and adventure.
Westcott, Jan Vlachos (1912-2011)
Crown, 1951. 286 pages
Privateer battles British from home port
Philadelphia during the Revolutionary war.
Midshipman Kirk : being the adventures of a
midshipman, Royal Navy, aboard the iron screw corvette HMS Calcutta, during the
1880s on the west coast of North America.
Horsdal & Schubart, 1993. 167
Midshipman Eric Kirk aboard HMS
patrolling Pacific Coast in the 1880s.
Westerman, Percy F. (Francis)
A lad of grit : a story of adventure on land and
sea in Restoration times. Blackie and Son,
1909. 240 pages
The quest of the Golden Hope : a seventeenth
century story of adventure. Blackie and Son, 1912. 255 pages
With Beatty off Jutland: A Romance of the Great Sea
Fight. Blackie, 1918. 284
Another book for older boys -
Sub-Lieutenant Sefton is having such a busy war aboard the torpedo boat
destroyer CALDER; U-boats, fishing boats trawling up German spy service
cables etc., that when a seaman falls overboard he jumps in after him
and they are both picked up by the cruiser HMS WARRIOR that gets
reduced to a sinking wreck in the Battle of Jutland. Prior to WARRIOR's
demise Sefton is taken off by his captain and enjoys further heroic
The Salving of the "Fusi Yama" : A post-war story
of the sea. Nisbet & Co, 1921. 288
A riveting tale including an element of
desperate rivalry, sea-plane flying, diving, a hurricane, and all the incidental
thrills inseparable from a quest for sunken treasure.
The Third Officer: A present day pirate
story. Blackie and Son, 1921. 288
A ripping yarn from a
once popular and prolific nautical author.
The Wireless Officer.
Blackie, 1922. 320 pages
The Pirate Submarine.
Nisbet & Co, 1923. 296 pages
Tom Trevorrick and Paul Pengelly are
about to bring disgrace to all Cornish mariners. They are dismantling surplus ex-
Royal Naval ships in order to sell them for scrap value but the value of brass
falls to an uneconomic level. They must answer to their shareholders and their
solution to the problem is both simple and startling. A doomed ship will be
disguised and they will sneak out to the Channel and turn it into a modern day
A Cadet of the Mercantile Marine.
Blackie, 1923. 256 pages
The hero is Peter Kelso (incidentally a
motor-bike fanatic), who sails as a cadet on the Golden Vanity, a fully-rigged
ship of 3200 tons. That first voyage, full of incident, makes a sailor of him and
takes the reader through a series of experiences combining to make a first-rate
yarns in the author's best and most popular style.
The Good Ship "Golden Effort".
Blackie, 1924. 256 pages
Keith Harrington rescues a Mr. Whatmough
from an attempted street robbery. Whatmough is the chief partner in the famous
shipping line Whatmough,Duvant and Co and Keith is given his chance to become a
cadet. He makes friends with Peter Kelso and Dusty Miller and joins the Golden
Effort - one of the famous Golden line.
Nisbet & Co, 1924. 284 pages
Captain Cain is the commander of the
Alerte, a pirate submarine, pursued by the HMS Canvey. It is damaged and sinks in
a shallow West African Lagoon where Cain and a select few escape the vessel in
diving suits. Arriving ashore they steal a whaling craft from an unsuspecting
fisherman and join a Greek Ship heading for Paraguil del Norte wher the pirates
become embroiled in a local war.
The Buccaneers of Boya.
Nisbet & Co, 1925. 319 pages
East in the "Golden Gain".
Blackie and Son, 1925. 256
The Luck of the "Golden Dawn".
Blackie and Son, 1926. 256
Chums of the "Golden Vanity".
Blackie and Son, 1927. 255
Captain Blundell's Treasure.
Blackie and Son, 1927. 320
The Junior Cadet.
Blackie, 1928. 255 pages
Junior Cadet Norman Mansell takes up his
first post on the Golden Pursuit at Southampton Docks. His first voyage is to
Philadelphia in the U.S.A. during which they suffer from both heavy fog and a
tremendous storm. The lifeboat is launched to rescue the crew of a sinking French
ship, General Sardinot. The voyage continues to Cape Town and Madagascar, where
they experience a tidal wave, and then home via Port Sudan and the Suez
Pat Stobart in the "Golden Dawn".
Blackie, 1929. 256 pages
Leslie Dexter, Cadet.
Blackie, 1930. 255 pages
The Senior Cadet.
Blackie, 1931. 255 pages
His Unfinished Voyage.
Blackie, 1937. 255 pages
Cadet Alan Carr joins the Golden Effort
in the port of Southampton for a voyage to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and then
Montevideo in Uruguay but after a series of adventures trouble withe the main
shaft followed by a collision mean that Alan's voyage ends in Cape
Cadet Alan Carr.
Blackie, 1938. 255 pages
Cadet Alan Carr is appointed to the
Golden Vanity currently in the port of London. The voyage takes him to Funchal in
Madeira, Cape Town, where the cadets climb Table Mountain and get lost in a fog,
and Auckland in New Zealand where Alan is caught in a terrific hailstorm whilst
ashore. The ship the returns to the Atlantic and England by way of the Magellan
In Eastern Seas.
Blackie, 1939. 255 pages
Alan Carr is in Swaledale when he learns
that he has to join the Golden Venture at Liverpool. The ship is stranded on the
sands at Formby at the beginning of her voyage but is able to continue her voyage
to the Panama Canal via the West Indies. It then proceeds to Yokohama and is
involved in a tsunami after an earthquake. Finally they voyage to China before
The War - and Alan Carr.
Blackie, 1940. 254 pages
The S.S. Golden Venture is at sea when
war is declared between Britain and Germany. After narrow scrapes with U-Boats the
ship arrives safely in Cape Town where the cadets have a run ashore and
unwittingly betray their next destination to a German spy. Lourenzo Marques
contains a German freighter which has supposedly been interned by the Portuguese.
However, it breaks out to sea where the Golden Venture overcomes her in conflict.
Later Captain Harrington manages to outwit the German pocket battleship Graf Spee
by pretending to be carrying a cargo of explosives.
Blackie, 1941. 255 pages
Blackie, 1942. 223 pages
Alan Carr in the Near East.
Blackie, 1942. 256 pages
The story of a Cadet's life and
adventures aboard the S.S. Golden Venture during the World
Alan Carr in the Arctic.
Blackie, 1943. 255 pages
Blackie, 1944. 224 pages
The S.S. Golden Crest is in dock in New
York shortly after Pearl Harbour. Her holds and decks are converted to take ramps
for Sherman Tanks intended for a secret destination on the other side of the
Atlantic. The tanks are shipped in Chesapeake Bay and as part of a convoy they set
Alan Carr in Command.
Blackie, 1945. 224 pages
His First Ship.
Blackie, 1946. 256 pages
Alan Carr is too young to be accepted by
the Golden Line but the junior partner of Whatmough and Duvant, Mr. Dexter,
manages to get him a job on the small coastal vessel called the Mary Rumbold. Alan
begins the voyage in Boston, Lincolnshire and travels up to Dundee and then on to
Thurso. He experiences many adventures and learns the harsh lessons of life at
sea. On her last voyage to the breakers' yard the Mary Rumbold founders in a gale
in the North Sea. Alan conducts himself well during the time of crisis which gains
him a cadetship on the Golden Effort.
By Luck and By Pluck.
Blackie, 1946. 232 pages
This is the story of Dick Danesby and
Tony Andrews, apprentices on the tramp Mulcaster, before, during and after the
landings on "D" Day. Their skipper is the well-known Alan Carr. The Mulcaster
was one of the ships destined to play a humble but essential part in the
operations by being purposely sunk off the Beaches.
The "Golden Gleaner".
Blackie, 1948. 272 pages
Angus Cross anxious to follow the
example of his uncle, known as "Fiery Cross", and go to sea, is lucky enough to be
accepted as a cadet by the owners of the famous "Golden Line". Certain events
connected with the launching of the ship on which he has his first seafaring
experiences cause the superstitious to shake their heads, but on the whole the
voyage of the Golden Gleaner is not unlucky, though certainly
The Mystery of the Key.
Blackie and Son, 1948. 288
John Cloche, his many war-time sea
adventures behind him, is at rather a loose end when he has the chance of making
one of a party which, onboard a former trawler, set out to try their luck at
sponge-getting. The company of the Dream of Devon is a mixed one, but every man
has had wide experience, and under Jimmy Ellicot, owner of the craft, they pull
well together. It is well they do so, for they encounter emergencies which call
for mutual trust and combined effort.
Missing, believed lost.
Blackie and Son, 1949. 224
A holiday yachting cruise in the
Channel, under the command of their sporting schoolmaster, might well have
provided plenty of interest for the four boys who accepted Mr Morgan's invitation
to sail with him in the Marie, but something quite foreign to the programme
transformed the cruise into a strange adventure indeed. As the result of a war
wound, Mr Morgan began to be the victim of illusions, believing himself,
sometimes, to be living in the days of Morgan the
Held to Ransom.
Blackie, 1951. 288 pages
Sir Montague Corton decides to answer an
advertisement offering a Mediterranean cruise in the ex-naval craft Zenna. His
little party includes Major Haworth, his old friend, and his son Hugh, and Hugh's
friend Alastair. They had no means of knowing that the Cornish Skipper and mate
had actually stolen the yacht in the absence of her
Working their Passage.
Blackie, 1951. 256 pages
Phil Pryor and Jack Desmond, Sea Scouts,
set out, despite a stiffish head wind, to sail the Scouts' dinghy ten miles to her
"home port" and ran into trouble. Their little craft was swamped, and they were
lucky, with the help of a lifebelt, to manage to reach the precarious safety of a
buoy. From this they were rescued, none too soon, by the Golden Gleaner. Thanks to
various fortunate circumstances, they found themselves installed as more or less
unofficial cadets, and completed the voyage with the ship that had saved their
Round the World in the "Golden Gleaner".
Blackie, 1952. 253 pages
Held in the Frozen North.
Blackie, 1956. 222 pages
Wetjen, Albert Richard (1900-1948)
Fiddlers' Green, or, The strange adventure of Tommy Lawn : a tale of the great divide of the sailormen. Little, Brown,
1931. 261 pages
After his death Second Mate Tommy Lawn learns that the sailors now go to Fiddlers' Green, an underwater paradise where everything a sailor-man could want is his, including great company. Practically every sailor yarn and maritime legend is featured.