Wood, James (1918-1984)
The Rain Islands.
Duckworth, 1957. 198 pages
A Novel Set in the Faeroe
Hutchinson, 1959. 224 pages
World War 2 novel about the pursuit of a
German sea-raider, the fictitious steamship SEEADLER. Wood’s narrator is Scotsman
James Fraser, a trawler fisherman turned merchant seaman, who, after surviving the
sinking of his freighter out of a North Atlantic convoy, is recruited by the Royal
Navy for a bit of espionage. In due course he finds himself in the wilds of South
America’s Tierra del Fuego and the Straits of Magellan, the German raider’s
probable home base.
The Lisa Bastian.
Hutchinson, 1960. 191 pages
Adventures of James Fraser (from The
Sealer), maverick trawler skipper, continue from Bergen where Fraser and his
crew (including the
token black, the cod intellectual, the rough Polish mate) agree to take
a couple of girls and an (unrelated) Hungarian political refugee from
Norway to Shetland with a little fishing on the wrong side of the
territorial limit en route. The Russians want the Hungarian, the mate
wants one girl, the other girl wants the Captain. The real baddies get
shot, their sidekicks merely winged.
Be Thou My Judge.
Hutchinson, 1966. 192 pages
U.S. title: Voyage into Nowhere.
A Navy Lieutenant is falsely jailed for heroin possession, then is sprung by a
gang who wants his services. A basic
The Friday Run.
Hutchinson, 1967. 190 pages
Skipper James Fraser decides to go to
sea on a Friday run during which an unmarked and frightening canister surfaces
with a load of fish shortly after a large plane has
Three Blind Mice.
Hutchinson, 1969. 208 pages
Mystery/thriller, North Sea fishing
MDW, 2010. 481 pages
In 1804, Liverpool was the largest slave
trading port in Great Britain, yet her influential traders felt threatened by the
success, in Parliament, of the anti-slavery movement. Few, in Liverpool, condemned
the 'Trade'. William King, son of a Liverpool trader, is sickened by what he
experiences aboard a Spanish slaver, and dares to speak out against the Trade.
Woodman, Richard (1944- )
Drinkwater as a midshipman on frigate
CYCLOPS at Admiral Rodney's "Moonlight Battle" against the Spanish in
1780 and during the American Revolution. 1780-1783.
Drinkwater as master's mate and acting
lieutenant on cutter KESTREL at the Nore Mutiny and the Battle of
Camperdown against the Dutch in the opening phase of the War of
the French Revolution. 1792-1798.
Drinkwater as lieutenant on brig
the Red Sea and Indian Ocean following French invasion of Egypt,
Drinkwater as Commander of bomb ketch
at Battle of Copenhagen, 1801.
Arctic Treachery in US,
Drinkwater as "job
captain" -- temporary captain -- on a sloop of war assigned to
protect the British whaling fleet, 1801-1802.
Decision at Trafalgar in
the US. Drinkwater as Captain of the frigate ANTIGONE brings about
the battle of Trafalgar. 1805.
Drinkwater as captain of frigate
the Baltic during events surrounding the Treaty of Tilsit spies on
a meeting between Napoleon and Alexander, 1806.
Drinkwater and the new frigate PATRICIAN
are sent to the California coast on mission involving diplomatic
skullduggery with the Spanish and Russians, 1807-
Drinkwater and PATRICIAN in the Far
Plot revolves around multiple revenges between Drinkwater, Tregembo
(Drinkwater's coxswain) and Morris a former navy officer who made
Drinkwater's life a misery in books #1 and #3,
Drinkwater disguised as merchant
shipmaster on a secret mission to Denmark, 1809.
Drinkwater in Chesapeake Bay in events
leading up to War of 1812, 1811.
Drinkwater, now head of the RN's Secret
department, goes on secret mission to Scandinavia in 1813. Woodman
used the name of his own boat for Drinkwater's
With Napoleon about to abdicate,
Drinkwater learns of a plot, possibly Russian sponsored, to free
Napoleon from the planned prison in the Azores, and take him to
America to be the United States's new war leader. Drinkwater sails in
the ANDROMEDA to forstall the effort.
In 1843 Captain Sir Nathaniel
Drinkwater, now 81,
is on an inspection tour of lighthouses on the west coast of England
aboard the paddle-steamer VESTAL when tragedy strikes, and he is
suddenly confronted with the spectre of his past. The author uses
flashbacks to 1781 and 1815 to tidy up some details of the hero's
When William Kite runs away to sea to
escape a charge of muder, he finds himself aboard the Enterprize, a Liverpool
Guineaman, or slave ship, destined for the Guinea coast of West Africa. Having
loaded the slaves the ship then prepares to cross the Atlantic, bound for the
sugar plantations of the West Indies.
The Seven Years War is over, and William
Kite is now a successful ship-owner in Liverpool. But when deception and tragedy
strikes, Kite finds himself back at sea and enmeshed with the beginning of the
The American Revolutionary War is in
full swing, with Yankee privateers swarming in British waters. For ship-owners
like Captain William Kite of Liverpool, ruin was only a gunshot away. When
providence strikes the embattled Kite yet again, he is desperate to restore his
fortune and travels to London to tray a final throw of the
Brought up in Edwardian Britain James
goes to sea in search of romantic adventure. He falls in love with a waterfront
prostitute. A meeting with the Madame of the brothel reveals an event of
terrifying brutality and makes him the agent of retribution. These events not only
alter his perception of life, but lead him to discover in himself a powerful
The sea is James Dunbar's vocation but
also it is his destiny. Securing a berth in a sailing ship bound for Australia he
strives to build the character essential for a successful career. With the
outbreak of the First World War comes a desperate confrontation amid the wilds of
the South Atlantic Ocean but Dunbar's sense of purpose remains
Voyage East : a cargo ship in the 1960s.
Murray, 1988. 220 pages
Not strictly speaking a work of fiction,
it is more a
fictionalised account of a voyage to the Far East and back in a Blue
Funnel cargo liner in the early sixties. It is based on a number of
voyages that the author made as a junior officer on these vessels. It
is a vivid representation of the last days of the cargo liner -
containers were just making their first appearance. Reprinted as The
Antigone and Blue Funnel: Voyage East.
The Darkening Sea.
Macdonald, 1991. 352 pages
Account of Martin family -- a British
family from WW I to the 1980s. Action during both peacetime and
Little, Brown, 1992. 323
The MATTHEW FLINDERS, an old out-dated
liner is bound for the breakers yard, with her captain heading for
retirement. They symbolize the irreversible, quiet decline of the
British Merchant Navy. The MATTHEW FLINDERS steams into a hurricane,
and the crew of the MATTHEW FLINDERS are fighting for their lives. The
title refers to both the ships and men of the British Merchant Navy.
Who are a dying breed - there are fewer and fewer of them, and those
that are left are sailing on ships with flags of convience flying at
the back end. Look for a Lieutenant Drinkwater in a small
Wager. Murray, 1990. 272 pages
Tea clippers race from China to England
Act of Terror.
Severn House, 1996. 313 pages
As the luxury cruise liner Adventurer
sails from a United States port, a world-wide spate of terrorist bombings breaks
out. It soon becomes apparent that the liner and the bombings are linked, and that
its passengers are in great danger.
Captain of the Caryatid.
Severn House, 1997. 216 pages
Captain Septimus Macready, commander of
the lighthouse tender Caryatid finds his tranquility disturbed when ambitious
Harbour Master, James St. John Stanier comes to town.
The Cruise of the Commissioner.
Severn House, 1998. 218 pages
Captain James St. John Stainer, formerly
Porth Ardr's ambitious Harbor Master, has been elected a Commissioner of Celtic
Lighthouses. And from this elevated position he is determined to get even with
Septimus Macready, captain of the lighthouse tender, Caryatid. As tension builds
and old loyalties are put to the test, both sides anticipate stormy seas
The disastrous voyage of the Santa
Margarita. Severn House, 2008.
Don Iago Fernandez barely survives a
shipwreck that leaves him a prisoner in a remote area of China. Eventually, he
escapes to the Philippines and negotiates passage on the Santa Margarita, a New
Spain-bound ship carrying 300 passengers, among them soldiers, priests,
prostitutes, merchants, and seamen. As a seafarer with years of experience, Don
Iago knows the ship is overcrowded and overloaded, so he's prepared for problems,
but even he can't predict the 40 typhoons and hurricanes that will batter the boat
and force it to spend more than six months covering less than a quarter of its
Kit Faulkner is a young vagrant orphan,
but his life changes forever when two gentlemen spot his potential and he is taken
aboard their merchant ship, the Swallow, to be trained for a life at sea. As he
rises through the ranks, he risks all in encounters with pirates and French
corsairs. Meanwhile, England edges ever closer to civil war, and very soon Kit
must chose which side he will fight for.
England has been torn asunder by a civil
war that has pitted Parliamentarians against Royalists. Captain Kit Faulkner,
bound to the Royalist cause, has been living in exile for the past four years.
Faulkner must now support himself with the tiny rump of the Royal Navy that
remains loyal. But his loyalties are torn, partly by the desire of his old patron,
Sir Henry Mainwaring, who wishes to return home, and partly by the predatory
nature of Prince Charles, who has his eyes on the beautiful Katherine
Captain Kit Faulkner's house is
prospering; his eldest son, Nathaniel, has recently returned from a profitable
trip to Jamaica in the good ship Faithful, and his daughter, Hannah, has made a
suitable match with a young sailor. But the resignation of the Lord Protector,
Richard Cromwell, throws England into uncertainty. Will the republic flourish, or
will a King return to the throne? Kit is content to let matters take their natural
course, but his younger son, Henry, is an idealist with political ambitions. It
soon becomes clear that Henry is in much deeper than Kit first realised, and
Henry's actions may threaten everything that Kit holds dear.
Woodrooffe, Cdr. Thomas (1899-1978)
J. Cape, 1936. 287 pages
Toby Warren, in the fictitious British
CASSIOPEIA, participates in the events in Turkey during the 1920s, and
the Royal Navy's involvement in the crises there.
River of Golden Sand.
Faber & Faber, 1936. 325
Toby Warren, a young lieutenant in HMS
BEETLE, a Yangtze gunboat, paints a lively picture of Navy ways and
days in China at a very interesting period.
Best Stories of the Sea.
Faber & Faber, 1945. 415
Contents: Shalimar / Easting down --
Conrad, Joseph / The brute -- Hyne, Cutcliffe / Fortunes adrift -- Martyr, Weston
/ An abolition of armaments -- Henry, O / The admiral -- Lubbock, Basil / China
clippers -- Hanley, James / Jacob (from Half an eye: sea stories)--Roberts, Morley
/ The overcrowded iceberg -- Jacobs, W.W / The lady of the barge -- Shaw, F.H /
Tramp odyssey -- Jones, Philip / A sea fight at Pantalarea (from Hakluyt)--
Roberts, Morley / Jack-all-alone -- Teonge, Henry / Adventures of a naval chaplain
-- Kipling, Rudyard / The ship that found herself -- Scott, David / "E
l'Egitto!"--Scott, David / The Egypt's gold -- "Sea-Wrack." The net -- Woodrooffe,
T / Bligh's open-boat voyage (after Barrow)--Melville, H / The death of the white
whale -- Tomlinson, H.M / The sinking of the Titanic -- Bradford, William /
Sailing of the Pilgrim fathers -- "Bartimeus." Sea brooms -- Ommanney, F.D / North
Cape -- Bullen, F.T / The cruise of the Cachalot.
Woods, Stuart (1938- )
Blue Water, Green Skipper.
Norton, 1977. 190 pages
Young man inherits a sailing yacht and
has to bring it across the Atlantic.
Run Before the Wind.
Norton, 1983. 337 pages
A big sailing yacht, political intrigue,
Signet, 1986. 340 pages
Sifting through reams of seemingly
unrelated intelligence, CIA analyst Katherine Rule discovers a chilling pattern:
an ultrasecret Baltic submarine base ... a crafty Russian spy-master in command
... a carefully planned invasion about to be launched from dark waters. Her
suspicions, however, are dismissed by those higher up; her theory, they say, is
too crazy to be true. But to Katherine, it's just crazy enough to succeed - unless
she can stop it. If she''s right, an attack sub has already penetrated friendly
waters. Worse yet, the enemy has penetrated deep into her own life, so deep she
can touch him. And in this game, one wrong touch can mean
Simon and Schuster, 1988. 350
Our hero takes off on a world cruise on
a Swan. Picks
up a "helpful" college student who turns out to be a hijacker who with
friends who show up on another boat, kills the guy and his family (they
think). The guy survives and learns to fly to distract himself from his
grief. A couple years later he gets a phone call from his (he thought)
dead daughter and he realizes it was the female accomplice he saw dead.
The rest of the book has him flying to South America and investigating
the cocaine trade in the hopes of locating the girl.
Worrall, Jay (1943- )
In 1797, at the height of the Napoleonic
Wars, a small group of English ships, including the HMS Argonaut, plays a key role
in preventing a fleet of twenty-seven Spanish ships from linking up with the
French at Brest. Unusual in that the lead character is married to a
In 1798, Captain Charles Edgemont leads
the Louisa and its companion brig Pylades on a voyage across the Mediterranean in
a race against time to bring Admiral Horatio Nelson vital information that is
needed to stop the French off the coast of Alexandria. Jack Aubrey makes a cameo.
Original title: Aboukir Bay.
Charles Edgemont, newly appointed
Captain of the Frigate Cassandra, 32, is ordered on what he initially considers a
fool's errand to the foot of the Red Sea. He finds an under-strength crew on the
point of mutiny, and an unresolved murder. Near the entrance to the Red Sea,
Charles reports to Admiral Sir John Blankett. Blankett is openly contemptuous of
any notion that the French would make any other attempt to invade the
subcontinent. Admiral Blankett is wrong.
Wouk, Herman (1915- )
The Caine Mutiny, a novel of World War II.
Doubleday, 1951. 494 pages
Officers take over minesweeper from
captain during WW II.
Don't Stop the Carnival.
Doubleday, 1965. 395 pages
Comic novel about the coming of middle
and the "realities" of living on an island in the
World War Two Duology
The story revolves around a mixture of
real and fictional characters, all connected in some way to the extended family of
Victor "Pug" Henry, a middle-aged Naval Officer and confidant of President
Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The story begins six months before Germany's invasion
of Poland, which launched the European portion of the war, and ends shortly after
the attack on Pearl Harbor, when the United States and, by extension, the Henry
family, enters the war as well.<
Continues the story of the extended
Henry family and the Jastrow family starting on 15 December 1941 and ending on 6
Wright, William Talboy
Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980. 218
With nothing to lose, falsely accused
Mark Masters agrees to take a wooden barkentine to the South Seas on a
search for sunken treasure to bail out the British treasury during WW
Wyeth, N. C. (1882-1945) (Editor)
Great Stories of the Sea & Ships.
David McKay, 1940. 431 pages
About three dozen short sea
stories and excerpts, fiction and factual, by some of the great nautical
authors. Illustrated by Peter Hurd.
Wylie, Philip (1902-1971)
The Big Ones Get Away!
Farrar & Rinehart, 1940. 271
Crunch and Des fishing
Salt Water Daffy.
Farrar & Rinehart, 1941. 299
More Crunch and Des
Fish and Tin Fish; Crunch and Des strike
back. Farrar & Rinehart, 1944. 300
Crunch and Des fishing
Crunch and Des; stories of Florida fishing.
Rinehart, 1948. 250 pages
Contents: Bait for McGillicudy -- A diet
of fish -- Fire on the beach -- The snarling Santa Claus -- Three time winner --
The shipwreck of Crunch and Des -- Fair-caught -- Eve and the sea serpent -- Key
The Best of Crunch and Des.
Rinehart, 1954. 404 pages
Collection of short stories first
published in the SATURDAY EVENING POST about the lighthearted
adventures of charter fishermen Crunch and Des, fishing out of the Gulf
Stream Dock in Miami: Widow Voyage; Hooky Line and Sinker; The Old
Crawdad; The Reelistic Viewpoint; The Visiting Fire-eater; Crunch
Catches One; Light tackle; Fifty-Four, Forty and Fight; Crazy Over
Horse Mackerel; The man Who Had Been Around.
Treasure Cruise, and Other Crunch and Des
Stories. Rinehart, 1956. 336
Contents: Treasure cruise -- Danger at
Coral Key -- Planedown -- Hurricanearea -- The affair of the ardent Amazon --
Smuggler's cove -- The man who loved a joke.
Wynd, Oswald (1913-1998)
The Forty Days.
Collins, 1972. 254 pages
Allied POWs from Singapore suffer a
aboard the OSHIMA MARU, bound for Japan in the fall of 1943.