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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Westerman

Westerman, Percy F. (Francis) (1876-1959)

Alan Carr series:

  1. His First Ship. Blackie, 1936. 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.

  2. 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 Town.



  4. 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 Straits.


  6. 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 heading home.



  8. 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.

  9. War Cargo. Blackie, 1941. 255 pages





  11. 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 War.




  13. Alan Carr in the Arctic. Blackie, 1943. 255 pages





  15. Secret Convoy. 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 off.



  17. Alan Carr in Command. Blackie, 1945. 224 pages





  19. 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.




Sea Scouts Series:

  1. The Scouts of Seal Island. Adam and Charles Black, 1913. 248 pages

  2. The Sea Scouts of the "Petrel". Adam and Charles Black, 1914. 292 pages

  3. Sea Scouts All: How the "Olivette" was won. Blackie, 1920. 256 pages

  4. Sea Scouts Abroad: Further adventures of the "Olivette". Blackie, 1921. 255 pages

  5. Sea Scouts Up-Channel. Blackie, 1922. 256 pages

  6. The Boys of the "Puffin": a sea scout yarn. S. W. Partridge, 1925. 160 pages

  7. The Sea Scouts of the "Kestrel": the story of a cruise of adventure & pluck in a small yacht on the English channel. Seeley, Service, 1926. 249 pages

  8. A Mystery of the Broads. Blackie, 1930. 233 pages

  9. Haunted Harbour. Blackie, 1937. 224 pages

  10. Sea Scouts at Dunkirk. Blackie, 1941. 206 pages

  11. 'Sea Scouts Alert!'. Blackie, 1955. 222 pages


Whatmough and Duvant Golden Line series:

  1. 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.



  3. 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.



  5. East in the "Golden Gain". Blackie and Son, 1925. 256 pages





  7. The Luck of the "Golden Dawn". Blackie and Son, 1926. 256 pages





  9. Chums of the "Golden Vanity". Blackie and Son, 1927. 255 pages





  11. 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 Canal.


  13. Pat Stobart in the "Golden Dawn". Blackie, 1929. 256 pages





  15. Leslie Dexter, Cadet. Blackie, 1930. 255 pages





  17. The Senior Cadet. Blackie, 1931. 255 pages





  19. 'All Hands to the Boats'. Blackie, 1932. 255 pages





  21. The Phantom Submarine. Blackie, 1947. 256 pages





  23. 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 eventful.



  25. 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 lives.


  27. Round the World in the "Golden Gleaner". Blackie, 1952. 253 pages





  29. Held in the Frozen North. Blackie, 1956. 222 pages







John Cloche series:

  1. At Grips with the Swastika. Blackie, 1940. 319 pages





  3. Fighting for Freedom. Blackie, 1941. 316 pages





  5. Destroyer's Luck. Blackie, 1942. 223 pages





  7. Sub-Lieutenant John Cloche. Blackie, 1943. 200 pages





  9. 'Engage the Enemy Closely'. Blackie, 1944. 200 pages





  11. 'Operations Successfully Executed'. Blackie, 1945. 200 pages





  13. Return to Base. Blackie, 1946. 999 pages





  15. The Mystery of the Key. Blackie and Son, 1948. 288 pages

    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.




Marine Salvage & Treasure series:

  1. The Treasure of the "San Philipo". Boy's Own Paper, 1916. 248 pages





  3. The Salving of the "Fusi Yama" : A post-war story of the sea. Nisbet & Co, 1921. 288 pages

    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.




  5. The Treasure of the Sacred Lake. C. Arthur Pearson, 1924. 223 pages





  7. Captain Blundell's Treasure. Blackie and Son, 1927. 320 pages





  9. Rivals of the Reef. Blackie, 1929. 320 pages





  11. Midshipman Webb's Treasure. Blackie, 1944. 319 pages






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






The Stolen Cruiser. Jarrold and Sons, 1913. 287 pages

The Sea-Girt Fortress: a story of Heligoland. Blackie, 1914. 296 pages

Rounding up the Raider: A naval story of the Great War. Blackie, 1916. 255 pages





With Beatty off Jutland: A Romance of the Great Sea Fight. Blackie, 1918. 284 pages

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 adventures!


'Midst Arctic Perils: a thrilling story of adventure in the Polar regions. C. Arthur Pearson 1919. 223 pages

The Third Officer: A present day pirate story. Blackie and Son, 1921. 288 pages

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 pirate.



Captain Cain. 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






The Terror of the Seas. Ward, Lock, 1927. 256 pages

Mystery Island. Humphrey Milford, 1927. 159 pages

In the Clutches of the Dyaks. S. W. Partridge, 1927. 127 pages

Captain Starlight. Blackie, 1929. 224 pages






Captain Sang. Blackie, 1930. 319 pages






The Disappearing Dhow. Blackie, 1933. 191 pages

Chasing the "Pleiad" (The Mystery of the S.S. Aracluta). Blackie, 1933. 62 pages

Rocks Ahead! Blackie, 1933. 256 pages

Andy-All-Alone. Blackie, 1934. 255 pages

The Call of the Sea. Blackie, 1935. 256 pages





The Red Pirate. Blackie, 1935. 320 pages





Midshipman Raxworthy. Blackie, 1936. 208 pages






Winged Might. Blackie, 1937. 256 pages

In Dangerous Waters. Blackie, 1940. 256 pages

Unfettered Might. Blackie, 1947. 220 pages

Desolation Island. Blackie, 1950. 253 pages

Missing, believed lost. Blackie and Son, 1949. 224 pages

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 pirate.


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 owner.



The Isle of Mystery. Blackie, 1951. 223 pages

Dangerous Cargo. Blackie, 1952. 287 pages

The Lure of the Lagoon. Blackie, 1955. 254 pages

The Mystery of the Sempione. Blackie, 1957. 254 pages

Mistaken Identity. Blackie, 1959. 221 pages





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