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Nautical Fiction Index

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Cobb, Irvin S. [Shrewsbury] (1876-1944)

All aboard: Saga of the Romantic River. Cosmopolitan, 1927. 338 pages

People and places surrounding the Tennessee River.






Cobb, James H. (1953-2014)

Amanda Lee Garrett Series:

  1. Choosers of the Slain. Putnam, 1996. 339 pages

    Argentina has launched an armed takeover of the Antarctic Peninsula, in an attempt to seize the last untapped pool of natural resources on the planet. One hope remains, a lone U.S. Navy vessel docked in the harbor of Rio de Janeiro and her untested commanding officer, Amanda Lee Garrett, U.S.N.




  3. Sea Strike. Putnam, 1997. 357 pages

    Set in the near future of 2006, when a Colin Powell-type is President of the United States, there is a bloody civil war in China with Taiwan invading to reclaim their homeland. Into this action, Commander Amanda Garrett arrives on her hypertech stealth destroyer, the U.S.S. "Duke" Cunningham.




  5. Sea Fighter. Putnam, 2000. 424 pages

    Garrett heads a United Nations task force made up of units from Great Britain, France, and the United States. Her mission: halt a rapidly escalating African civil war.




  7. Target Lock. G.P. Putnam's, 2002. 419 pages

    The disappearance of an industrial research satellite puts Commander Amanda Lee Garrett and her Navy task force on the hunt for a high-tech pirate-a criminal genius whose own sea force turns the mission into an international crisis.




Cochran, Hamilton (1898-1977)

Windward Passage. Bobbs-Merrill, 1942. 313 pages






Captain Ebony. Bobbs-Merrill, 1943. 430 pages






Silver Shoals. Bobbs-Merrill, 1945. 320 pages






The Dram Tree. Bobbs-Merrill, 1961. 286 pages







Colcord, Lincoln (1883-1947)

The Drifting Diamond. Macmillan, 1912. 279 pages

Colcord's only novel, set in the Orient.




The Game of Life and Death : stories of the sea. Macmillan, 1914. 289 pages

Short story collection. The game of life and death -- The measure of a man -- The leak -- The voice of the dead -- De Long: a story of the Sunda Straits -- Carrying sail -- Thirst: an incident of the Pacific -- The moths -- The final score -- The captian's son -- Home.




An instrument of the gods, and other stories of the sea. Macmillan, 1922. 321 pages

Short story collection. An instrument of the gods -- Outward bound -- The uncharted isle -- Servant and master -- Rescue at sea -- Good-bye, Cape Horn! -- Under sail -- Anjer -- Moments of destiny -- Cape St. Roque -- A friend -- Ballad of master mariners.




Sea Stories from Seasport to Singapore : selected works of Lincoln Colcord. North Country Press, 1987. 217 pages

Edited with an introduction by Donald F. Mortland. FICTION. The Drifting diamond -- Servant and master -- Ah-man: The story of a Chinese steward -- The Game of life and death -- The Leak -- De Long: A story of Sunda straits -- Carrying sail -- Home -- ESSAYS. I was born in a storm at sea -- Preface to an instrument of the Gods -- The Bogie Hole -- Eastern names -- POETRY. Outward bound -- Captain Robert Belknap goes west.




Coleman, Lonnie (1920-1982)

Ship's Company. Little, Brown, 1955. 229 pages

WW II troop transport in the Mediterranean.




The Golden Vanity. Macmillian, 1962. 214 pages

Two men, Captain Winter and first lieutenant Wesley Mason, fight for control of the U.S.S. Nellie Crocker in order prove their authority.





Collenette, Eric J.

Sub-Smash. Brown, Watson, 1958. 159 pages

Life aboard a RN submarine in peacetime. The sub and occupants become trapped at the bottom of the sea.




Ninety Feet to the Sun : a sea novel of World War II. Kimber, 1984. 192 pages

In 1940 when the officers of the British submarine SCAVENGER are killed in an attack off the Norwegian coast it is the coxswain, Ben Grant, who has to assume command of the damaged vessel and complete her vital mission.




The Gemini plot. Kimber, 1986. 189 pages

The submarine in which coxswain Ben grant is serving, HMS AVON, is sunk by German stukas in Malta after she returns from an abortive attempt to deliver tank spares to the army at Tobruk (Its 1942). He finds himself selected for a secret mission in Greek waters; the destruction of a new type of U-boat undergoing trials. Sequel to Ninety Feet to the Sun.



Eye of the Eagle. Kimber, 1986. 188 pages

In the spring of 1944, aboard HM aircraft carrier Cyclops, Seaman Mortimer, his enemy the distracted Mallory, and pilot Lieutenant-Commander Potter nervously await official orders that will involve them in the Normandy invasion.




Atlantic Encounter: a novel of World War Two at sea. Kimber, 1987. 190 pages





The Monday Mutiny. Kimber, 1987. 190 pages

Hunt for Jewish immigrants ships 1947-1948




Secret of the Kara sea. Kimber, 1987. 189 pages

WW II. A Ben Grant adventure. The crew of a submarine goes in the second world war in Norwegian waters looking for a missing freighter full of chemicals.




Gruesome Tide. Kimber, 1988. 192 pages

The adventures of an English boatswain at Dunkirk.




A Capful of Glory. Kimber, 1988. 192 pages

The further adventures of submarine coxswain Ben Grant. Aboard the submarine "Audacity" Grant finds himself en route to the Korean War. His captain's death-and-glory bid to reach the war as soon as possible has disastrous consequences for the crew, especially when he clashes with Grant's old enemy, Chief Welks.



Sea-wolf Hunter. Kimber, 1989. 176 pages

W II. A Ben Grant adventure. Hunting U-boats in British submarine Tarantula.




The Talisman Deception. Inner Circle, 1991. 256 pages

In 1943, as the U-boat war rages in the Atlantic, a captain and his crew find that they are the innocent victims of a conspiracy.




Collett, Bill

The Last Mutiny. Norton, 1995. 294 pages

The year is 1817, and Vice Admiral William Bligh is settled into a distinctly unpeaceful retirement in rural Kent. Bligh has been dogged by mutinies and accusations of tyranny. Even in retirement, there is no rest. Beset by the dumb insolence of neighbors, the domestic mutinies of his daughters, the folly of doctors, and the rebellion of his own failing health, Bligh casts his mind back over his life, reliving Cook's last voyage, the famous victories at Camperdown and Copenhagen, encounters with the natives of Timor, his governorship of New South Wales, and the mutiny of his friend Fletcher Christian.




Collingwood, Harry (William Joseph Cosen Lancaster) (1851-1922)

Under the Meteor Flag: The log of a midshipman during the French revolutionary war. Sampson Low, Marston, 1884. 326 pages





The Log of the 'Flying-Fish' : A story of aerial and submarine peril and adventure. Blackie & Son, 1887. 384 pages

This author was responsible for so many boys nautical adventure stories that received popular acclaim that to find he ventured into the realms of science fiction strikes one as odd. This story, that travels from the Arctic to Africa, concerns the invention of a super light metal from which a ship that can fly is built (its propeller works in the air and on and under water). Its underwater mode and its occupants use of the German inventor's (the attempt at writing his accent phonetically borders on the farcical) various underwater apparatus is a major feature.


The Rover's Secret: A tale of the pirate cays and lagoons of Cuba. Blackie & Son, 1888. 352 pages





The Missing Merchantman. Blackie & Son, 1889. 352 pages

The crew of a vessel got it into their heads that the captain and officers of merchant vessels were paid far too much, and that ordinary deckhands ought to be paid on the same scale. In other words they had been "robbed of fair wages" for hundreds of years. They quite forgot the education and skill that goes into the training of an officer, as well as the taking of responsibility. So they take the ship, making themselves essentially into pirates. The officers and passengers, being resourceful people, manage somehow to work their way out of this predicament, and eventually to bring their ship back home, where she had been posted as "Missing" for some considerable time.


The Cruise of the 'Esmeralda'. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1894. 384 pages

They were tough times, those years, but there was a story in his family -- they'd been telling it for generations -- that centuries ago, an ancestor of Captain Saint Leger's had found a shipwreck laden with a huge hoard of gold and jewels. He'd buried it, so the story went, in a secret location on an island in the Far East. Young Captain Saint Leger -- broke as he is -- sets out to find the treasure. It's not as easy as it sounds: he gets attacked by pirates, and of course the voyage itself is long and fretful. . . . but they get there, puzzle out the directions his ancestor encrypted, find the treasure -- and then the crew turns on him, intending to steal the treasure.


The Log of a Privateersman. Blackie & Son, 1896. 384 pages

In 1804 George Bowen completes his seven-year apprenticeship in the merchant marine and becomes 2nd mate of a privateer. After exploits which include defeating French privateers and a French frigate, he is put in command. In mid-Atlantic lightning sets his ship on fire, and he and a few shipmates survive days in an open boat before being picked up by a rascally French pirate. Bowen and his men capture the pirate, and sail to Jamaica, where he is first with the news that Villeneuve's fleet is in the West Indies. Following a successful mission for the Navy he captures a Spanish galleon laden with 20 tons of gold and a large box of gems. His sagacity, skill, and daring are recognised by the admiral, who commissions him as lieutenant in the Royal Navy. A tale for lads.


For Treasure Bound. Griffith Farran Browne & Co., 1897. 395 pages

Young Harry Collingwood, the same as the pseudonym of the author, does all he can to rescue the sailors who clutch the remains of the beleaguered craft being dashed to pieces by the storm. One man is rescued -- and Harry and his friends have the others within reach . . . when a torrential rush of water off the ocean snaps the ship in two, washing away the rest of the crew! And soon even the lone sailor rescued from the waves lies on his deathbed.



The Castaways : An ocean romance. Griffith Farran Browne & Co., 1899. 320 pages

It was on a wet, dreary, dismal afternoon, toward the end of October 18--, that Charles Conyers, R.N., aged 27, found himself en route to Gravesend, to join the clipper ship City of Cawnpore, in the capacity of cuddy passenger, bound for Calcutta. After wounds received while hunting slavers off the coast West Africa, Conyers had convalesced in England. His prescription from his doctor for a full recovery -- the salty air of the ocean. Little did he know what perils awaited him on this voyage, though. Horrendous weather. A harrowing shipwreck, dastardly criminals, and a treasure beyond compare. And then of course there was the beautiful Miss Onslow.


Across the Spanish Main : a tale of the sea in the days of Queen Bess. Blackie & Son, 1907. 351 pages

Set at the end of the sixteenth century, when the English were in a state of war against the Spanish. The heroes of the story are two boys from Devon. They set off with a view to repairing the fortunes of the family of one of them, by chasing and capturing Spanish treasure ships.




Turned Adrift : An adventurous voyage. Blackie & Son, 1913. 295 pages

17 year old apprentice officer Mark temple tells the tale of what happened after a mutiny aboard the clipper barque Zenobia in January 1862.




Two gallant sons of Devon: a tale of the days of Queen Bess. Blackie & Son, 1913. 364 pages

The story opens in the town of Devonport, now a naval dockyard, in the year 1577, on a light June evening. Two young men, close friends, meet after work, and go for a sail in a lugger borrowed from a boat-builder, but while they are out, there is a violent change in the weather, with the wind reversing and increasing to a point in which the lugger is swamped, and about to sink. They are picked up by a passing vessel, which turns out to be a privateer, and her captain refuses to waste time by landing them. So they are found positions in the crew, and take part in the subsequent events. They do battle with a Spanish vessel, loot her, and let her go. Then they arrive at Cartagena in the West Indies, where they also capture a Spanish galleon carrying a valuable cargo.


The Cruise of the 'Flying-Fish' : the Airship- Submarine. Sampson Low, 1924. 314 pages

The wonder ship that flies high in the air, skims the surface of the sea, and descends to its lowest depths is stolen from its hiding place under the English Channel. Sequel to The Log of the 'Flying-Fish'.



The Voyage of the 'Aurora'. Sampson Low, Marston, 1885. 326 pages

The Congo Rovers; a Story of the Slave Squadron. Blackie and Son, 1885. 352 pages





The Missing Merchantman. Blackie and Son, 1888. 352 pages





The Doctor of the 'Juliet'. Methuen, 1892. 360 pages

The Pirate Slaver; a story of the West African Coast. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1895. 384 pages

Jack Beresford's Yarn. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1896. 401 pages

The Homeward Voyage. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1897. 383 pages

A Pirate of the Caribbees. Griffith Farran Browne, 1898. 343 pages

An Ocean Chase. Blackie, 1898. 324 pages

Blue and Grey. Cassell, 1908. 317 pages

A Middy in Command; a tale of the Slave Squadron. Blackie, 1908. 384 pages





The Cruise of the 'Thetis'; a tale of the Cuban Insurrection. Blackie, 1909. 367 pages

Overdue: the story of a missing ship. Blackie,1910. 287 pages





A Middy of the King. Blackie, 1911. 368 pages

A Strange Cruise. Blackie, 1912. 296 pages

The Cruise of the 'Nonsuch' Buccaneer. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1914. 315 pages

The First Mate; The Story of a Strange Cruise. Blackie,1914. 288 pages





A Chinese Command; a Story of Adventures in Eastern Seas. Blackie,1914. 352 pages

The Strange Adventures of Eric Blackburn. Blackie, 1922. 317 pages





The Wreck of the Andromeda. Sampson Low, Marston, 1923. 288 pages



Collins, Dale (1897-1956)

Ordeal: a Story of Revenge. A.A. Knopf, 1924. 298 pages

On a yacht, the sailors revolt and take control






Collins, Max Allan (1948- )

U-571. Avon, 2000. 245 pages

Novelization of the movie. A World War II German submarine is boarded in 1942 by disguised United States Navy submariners, seeking to capture her Enigma cipher machine.




Collins, Norman (1907-1982)

Black Ivory: being the story of Ralph Rudd, his early adventures, perils and misfortunes on land and sea. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1948. 305 pages

Set in the 1820s this is the story of a youngster forced to sign on as cabin boy in the brigantine NERO. He subsequently discovers that the ship is a slaver, and she is bound for West Africa for another cargo of slaves.




Collins, Paul

Dangerous Waters. Jesperson, 1996. 164 pages

Fictionalized account of actual events that occured in and around Newfoundland during WW II including an U- boat shotting torpedos at St. John's Harbour.




Collins, Warwick (1948-2013)

America's Cup:

Set in the near future (up to 2010) and dealing with a Cup competition between the US, Estonia and Russia. In the "sailing thriller" genre.

  1. Challenge. Pan, 1990. 400 p.






  2. New World. Pan, 1991. 431 p.






  3. Death of an Angel. Pan, 1992. 418 p

    The year is 2003. As Russia moves from crisis to crisis, the Kremlin struggles to retain control over the Baltic Republics. Meanwhile the dreams of the renegade Estonian America's Cup team are destroyed by the death of their helmsman, but then their American tactician takes control.




Collison, Linda (1953- )

Patricia MacPherson series:

  1. Star-Crossed. Knopf, 2006. 416 pages

    Patricia Kelley has been raised a proper British lady--but she's become a stowaway. Her father is dead, and her future in peril. To claim the estate that is rightfully hers, she must travel across the seas to Barbados, hidden in the belly of merchant ship. It is a daring escapade, and the plan works - for a time. But before she knows it, Patricia's secret is revealed, and she is torn between two worlds. During the day, she wears petticoats, inhabits the dignified realm of ship's officers, and trains as a surgeon's mate with the gentle Aeneas MacPherson; at night she dons pants and climbs the rigging in the rough company of sailors. And it is there, alongside boson's mate Brian Dalton, that she feels stunningly alive. Revised for adults in 2012 under the title Barbados Bound.


  3. Surgeon's Mate. Fireship Press, 2011. 292 pages

    Patrick MacPherson is a qualified surgeon's mate; but she's not the man he claims to be. It's late October, 1762. After surviving the deadly siege of Havana, Patrick MacPherson and the rest of the ship's company are looking forward to a well deserved liberty in New York. But what happens in that colonial town will change the surgeon's mate's life in ways she could never have imagined. Using a dead man's identity, young Patricia Kelley MacPherson is making her way as Patrick MacPherson, surgeon's mate aboard His Majesty's frigate Richmond. She's become adept at bleeding, blistering, and amputating limbs; but if her cover is blown, she'll lose both her livelihood and her berth aboard the frigate.


  5. Rhode Island Rendezvous. Old Salt Press, 2017. 288 pages

    Patricia MacPherson is not the man she claims to be. The Seven Years War is over but trouble in the American colonies is brewing. Maintaining her disguise as a young man, Patricia is finding success as Patrick MacPherson. Formerly a surgeon’s mate in His Majesty’s Navy, Patrick has lately been employed aboard the colonial merchant schooner Andromeda, smuggling foreign molasses into Rhode Island. Late October, amidst riots against the newly imposed Stamp Act, she leaves Newport bound for the West Indies on her first run as Andromeda’s master. In Havana a chance meeting with a former enemy presents unexpected opportunities while an encounter with a British frigate and an old lover threatens her liberty - and her life.


Colver, Anne (1908-1991)

Shamrock Cargo: a Story of the Irish Potato Famine. John C. Winston, 1952. 182 pages










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