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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Bod - Bon

Bode, Richard (1928-2003)

Blue Sloop at Dawn. Dodd, Mead, 1979. 277 pages

Small boat sailing off Long Island, from duckboats to the "sloop of dreams."





Bodett, Tom (1955- )

Williwaw! Knopf, 1999. 192 pages

In their father's absence, thirteen-year-old September and her younger brother Ivan disobey his orders by taking the boat out on their Alaska bay, where they are caught in a terrifying storm called a williwaw. For younger readers.




Bok, Curtis [William] (1897-1962)

Maria: a Tale of the Northeast coast and of the North Atlantic. Knopf, 1962. 246 pages







Boldrewood, Rolf [pseud. Thomas Alexander Browne] (1826-1915)

A Modern Buccaneer. Macmillan, 1894. 338 pages

A 17-year-old, son of a sea captain, sets out on a series of adventures at sea: Samoa, Cruising the Carolines, Poisoned Arrows, Murder and Shipwreck, Norfolk Island, Arcadia



Bolger, Philip C. (1927-2009)

Schorpioen: a novel of southern Africa. Duff & Duff, 1986. 203 pages

In an alternate universe a family from the Kingdom of Hawaii are rescued by Dutch speaking Africans from the pariah state that rules most of southern Africa when their old George Lawley built schooner FLYING CLOUD is dismasted off the Cape of Good Hope. In this world there is no apartheid or racism in south Africa, but the country is boycotted by much of the world because women are considered mere posessions. In order to get FLYING CLOUD repaired her owner must accomodate himself to the customs of the country, and the women in his family begin accomodating themselves to the customs all too well for his taste! Men own women to do all their thinking and all the skilled work, thus women are valued for their brains and what they can do. One of the main spectator sports in Africa is racing large lateen rigged "chebecs" on Lake Chad, a giant inland sea where the southern Sahara exists in our universe. Women who can steer a chebec are highly prized, so our hero's wife and daughter join in the fun.

Bolster, David

Roll on my twelve : short stories of the Royal Navy and a glossary of naval slang terms. Sylvan Press, 1945. 143 pages






Bond, Alaric

Fighting Sail series:.

  1. His Majesty's Ship. Fireship Press, 2009. 288 pages

    In the spring of 1795 HMS Vigilant, a 64 gun ship-of-the- line, is about to leave Spithead as senior escort to a small, seemingly innocent, convoy. The crew is a jumble of trained seamen, volunteers, and the sweepings of the press; yet, somehow, the officers have to mold them into an effective fighting unit before the French discover the convoy's true significance.




  3. The Jackass Frigate. Pen Press, 2008. 246 pages

    December 1796. It was a time of unrest and discontent for Britain, made even worse by the war with Revolutionary France and the possibility of imminent invasion. Fresh from the dockyard, HMS Pandora, a 28-gun frigate, is about to set sail to join the Mediterranean fleet. Revised by the author in 2009 for the Fireship Press edition.




  5. True Colours. Fireship Press, 2010. 380 pages

    While Great Britain's major home fleets are immobilised by a vicious mutiny, Adam Duncan, commander of the North Sea Squadron, has to maintain a constant watch over the Dutch coast, where a powerful invasion force is ready to take advantage of Britannia's weakest moment.




  7. Cut and Run. Fireship Press, 2011. 342 pages

    Disillusioned by the lack of opportunity in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant King opts for a spell with the Honourable East India Company. But, a trip in an Indiaman is anything but the easy option when his captain is revealed to be an old enemy.




  9. Patriot's Fate. Fireship Press, 2012. 318 pages

    It is 1798 and Ireland rises up against years of repression and injustice. Rebels, supported by a mighty French invasion fleet, prepare to claim their land but find themselves countered by a powerful British battle squadron. Two friends and former allies, separated by chance and circumstance, witness developments from opposing sides while storms, political intrigue and personal dynamics abound.



  11. The Torrid Zone. Old Salt Press, 2014. 300 pages

    A tired ship with a worn out crew, but HMS Scylla has one more trip to make before her much-postponed re-fit. Bound for St Helena, she is to deliver the island's next governor; a simple enough mission and, as peace looks likely to be declared, no one is expecting difficulties. Except, perhaps, the commander of a powerful French battle squadron, who has other ideas...




  13. The Scent of Corruption. Old Salt Press, 2015. 320 pages

    The uneasy peace with France is over, and Britain has once more been plunged into the turmoil of war. After a spell on the beach, Sir Richard Banks is appointed to HMS Prometheus, a seventy-four gun line-of-battleship which an eager Admiralty loses no time in ordering to sea. The ship is fresh from a major re-fit, but Banks has spent the last year with his wife and young family: will he prove himself worthy of such a powerful vessel, and can he rely on his officers to support him?



  15. HMS Prometheus. Old Salt Press, 2015. 366 pages

    HMS Prometheus is needed to reinforce Nelson's squadron blockading the French off Toulon, but a major action has left her severely damaged and the British Fleet outnumbered. Prometheus must be brought back to fighting order without delay, and the work proves more than a simple refit. Barbary pirates, shore batteries and the powerful French Navy are conventional foes, although the men of Prometheus encounter equally dangerous enemies within their own ranks.



  17. The Blackstrap Station. Old Salt Press, 2016. 308 pages

    Christmas 1803, although the group of shipwrecked Royal Navy seamen have anything but festivities in mind as they pitch their wits against a French force sent to catch them. And all the while rescue, in the shape of a British frigate, lies temptingly close, yet just beyond their reach... Encompassing vicious sea battles, spirited land action and treachery from friend as much as foe, The Blackstrap Station tells a stirring tale of courage, honour and loyalty, set against the backdrop of what becomes a broiling Mediterranean summer.


  19. Honour Bound. Old Salt Press, 2017. 412 pages

    Satisfied that he has forged HMS Kestrel into a formidable weapon, Commander King is keen to take her to sea once more. But the war is not progressing well for Britain, and his hopes of remaining in Malta are shattered as Kestrel is moved closer to the action. And so begins a story that covers two seas and one ocean, as well as a cross-country trek through enemy territory, a closer look at the French prison system and a reunion with several familiar faces.



  21. Sealed Orders. Old Salt Press, 2018. 390 pages

    Captain Thomas King finds himself dispatched on an urgent deep-sea mission so secret only sealed orders will reveal the final objective. Facing enemies that range from French privateers to powerful battle fleets, extremes of weather and the unpredictable behavior of their Commander-in-Chief, the men of HMS Hare learn as much about themselves as any distant adversary and discover who their friends truly are.



  22. Sea Trials. Bowker, 2019. 275 pages

    HMS Mistral has emerged from a major refit with one vital element missing – her captain. But Tom King is many miles away aboard a different warship and facing an apparently unbeatable enemy force. Will he survive to claim his rightful place, or is Mistral destined to sail under another’s command?




  23. Lone Escort. Old Salt Press, 2020. 303 pages

    The North Atlantic in spring is a perilous place and, with a valuable convoy to protect, HMS Tenacious has a tough job ahead. But she is fresh from refit, fully manned and seemingly up to the task; the only factor likely to invite defeat is her captain.




  25. Seeds of War. Old Salt Press, 2021. 303 pages

    1811 and the war with France continues although conflict of another kind is raging on America’s Eastern Seaboard. For many years oppressive trade sanctions have soured Britain’s relations with the newly formed United States; tensions rise further as seamen are illegally pressed and what had been a purely economic dispute soon turns into something far more deadly. Amid the conflict and confusion of fierce political debate, those aboard the frigate HMS Tenacious must also do battle with illegal slavery, powerful privateers, violent tropical storms and enemies that had once been the best of friends.


  27. On the Barbary Coast. Old Salt Press, 2022. 347 pages

    Spring 1814 and, after four exhausting years on the North American Station, HMS Tenacious is finally heading home. With the war in Europe drawing to a close, it is even doubtful whether she will be needed again while her captain has his own reasons to reach England. But their journey is broken by a strange encounter, and many are soon robbed of the peace they have earned as a new and particularly wicked enemy emerges, one that threatens far more than their personal safety.



Turn a Blind Eye. Old Salt Press, 2013. 315 pages

Autumn, 1801. Newly appointed to the local revenue cutter, Commander Griffin is determined to make his mark, and defeat a major gang of smugglers. But the country is still at war with France and it is an unequal struggle; can he depend on support from the local community, or are they yet another enemy for him to fight?



The Guinea Boat. Old Salt Press, 2015. 306 pages

Set in Hastings, Sussex during the early part of 1803, The Guinea Boat tells the story of two young lads, and the diverse paths they take to make a living on the water. Private fights and family feuds abound; a hot press threatens the livelihoods of many, while the newly re-formed Sea Fencibles begin a careful watch on Bonaparte's ever growing invasion fleet.




Coastal Forces:

  1. Hellfire Corner. Old Salt Press, 2020. 302 pages

    Autumn 1941 and a fierce war rages amid the treacherous waters of the Dover Strait. It is fought by the gun and torpedo boats of Britain’s Coastal Forces: fast, frail vessels that do battle against the best of Germany’s Kriegsmarine. The crews are mainly volunteers; men plucked from civilian life and new to the maelstrom of brutal combat. Each take a different route to meet such a personal challenge and prove every bit as powerful, and vulnerable, as the craft in which they serve.

  2. Glory Boys. Old Salt Press, 2023. 346 pages

    January 1942, and the crew of MGB194 return from leave to find their gunboat allocated to a different flotilla. And new men have joined; fresh faces who must earn the title of shipmate, while some may not be all they seem… All too soon they meet with the enemy in the worst of circumstances while a later secondment involves them in one of the most audacious raids in history.






Bone, David William (1874-1959)

The Brassbounder : A Tale of the Sea. Duckworth, 1910. 293 pages

Adventures of an apprentice aboard a 19th Century sailing barque. A "brassbounder" is a youthful apprentice whose parents pay a premium for his appointment to a vessel, where for three years he does the work of an ordinary seaman, eats no better and gets no more pay, on the theory that he is learning to be an officer. This "brassbounder" who tells this story sailed from Glasgow round the Horn and back, meeting the dangers of storm and fog.


'Broken Stowage'. Duckworth, 1915. 286 pages






The Lookoutman : A descriptive account of mercantile marine steamship types. Harcourt, Brace, 1923. 220 pages





The Queerfella. Duckworth, 1952. 288 pages






Bonehill, Captain Ralph (1862-1930)

A Sailor Boy With Dewey. Mershon, 1899. 250 pages

Oliver Raymond, a young civilian entrepreneur, tries to save his father's business from the ravages of the Spanish conquerors of Manila and the rebellious Tagals the local population. Caught between both sides, alternately captured by both and also beset by the evil intentions of his villainous captain, Oliver and his chum Ken persevere and eventually end up with Commodore Dewey during the battle of Manila Bay. For young readers.



The young naval captain, or, The war of all nations. Thompson & Thomas, 1902. 211 pages

A future war against the United States (now encompassing all of North America) by all the nations of the world, which is fought by submarines. Also published under the title: Oscar, the Naval cadet, or, Under the sea : an interesting and instructive story of adventures on a submarine boat.




Bonfiglioli, Kyril (1928-1985)

All the tea in China: which tells how Carolus Mortdecai Van Cleaf set out to seek his fortune in London Town, on the high seas, in India, the treaty ports of China, and even in darkest Africa, and how he found it, predictably, in a place which has no longitude and precious little latitude. A (distant) prequel to the Charlie Mortdecai novels. Pantheon Books, 1978. 258 pages

Inspired by a shotgun blast in the seat of his breeches, Karli Van Cleef quits his native Holland to seek his fortune. He sees that true opportunity flowers in India's fields of opium poppies and the treaty ports of China. So he takes a birth in an opium clipper hell-bent for the Indies.


Bonham, Frank (1914-1988)

War Beneath the Sea. Crowell, 1962. 263 pages

Young Keith Stockton serves aboard the submarine Mako during World War II, growing from boy to man and learning to face danger and responsibility.




The Loud, Resounding Sea. Crowell, 1963. 209 pages

When a dolphin apparently saves his life, a boy persuades his scientist employer to conduct a research project on the intelligence of dolphins and their ability to communicate with man




Deepwater Challenge. Crowell, 1963. 192 pages

A youth tries to pay off his family's debts through abalone diving but finds himself forced to take greater risks than he intended.




Bonnecarrère, Paul (1925-1977)

Ultimatum. Ballantine, 1976. 202 pages

Strange crew steals big oil tanker, threatens to flood the entire coast of the western Mediterranean with oil unless their demands are met. Originally published in French










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