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Nautical Fiction Index

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Yaffe, James (1927-2017)

The Voyage of the Franz Joseph. Putnam's, 1970. 448 pages

Based on a true story; 1939 more than a one thousand Jews have paid Hitler a small fortune to escape from Germany; the Cuban government has agreed to accept the refugees. During the voyage their entry visas are revoked, the passengers are faced with returning to Germany, internment and death unless another country accepts them. All civilized nations protest but none will step forward to aid them.




Yates, Tom

Living Torpedo. Saturday Evening Post, Sept. 8, 1951

WW II Mini-sub destroys battleship.






Yerby, Frank (1916-1991)

Captain Rebel. Dial, 1956. 343 pages

Ty Meredith captains a Confederate blockade-runner during the Civil War.




The Golden Hawk. Dial, 1948. 346 pages

Pirate Kit Gerado and his search for revenge on the Spanish Main in the 1690s.






Yetman, Derek (1955- )

Midshipman Squibb and the Battle for St. John's. Gooseberry, 2001. 195 pages

Set in Newfoundland during the Seven Years War. A later novel featuring Johan Squibb - The Beothuk Expedition - has no maritime content,





The Yankee Privateer. Breakwater, 2022. 208 pages

Sequel to Midshipman Squibb. Jonah Squibb answers the call of the Royal Navy to help defend his beloved island from Yankee raids. A return to command brings its own challenges, dangers and surprises, however, as the war at sea intensifies and the manoeuvres of a particular Yankee privateer inflict harm after harm.





Yorke, Susan [pseud. Suzette Telenga] (1915-1997)

Freighter. Macdonald, 1956. 192 pages

An Atlantic crossing results in a concert pianist, deprived of his career by an accident, returning to music






Young, Edward Preston (1913-2003)

The Fifth Passenger. Harper & Row, 1963. 218 pages

A London solicitor is on the spot when a defecting naval officer who once saved his life call on him for help.






Young, Francis Brett (1884-1954)

Sea Horses. Alfred A. Knopf, 1925. 321 pages

Passengers aboard an old liner encounter difficulties in reaching their East African destination. The film adaptation made the following year is now lost.





Young, N. Jay

A Ship's Tale. Boson Books, 2006. 358 pages

Set in post-war England, this is the story of the square-rigger Bonnie Clyde, a grand vessel in her time, but now awaiting scuttling in the English Channel; a group of rogue sailors, unable to persuade the Admiralty to help save the vessel, pirates the ship away while under tow to be scuttled, sailing her through the English Channel and the Irish Sea, hoping to deliver the ship to her original home where she was built in Dumbarton, Scotland on the river Clyde.





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