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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors H - Hami

Haas, Irene

The Maggie B. Atheneum, 1975. 32 pages

A little girl's wish to sail for a day on a boat named for her "with someone nice for company" comes true. Childrens book.




Hackforth-Jones, Gilbert (1900-1982)

No Less Renowned. W. Blackwood & sons, 1939. 306 pages

RN submarines in peace-time 1918- 1938. Eleven short stories.




Submarine Flotilla: A chapter in the life of an obedient servant. Hodder & Stoughton, 1940. 283 pages

Racy, exciting novel about the WW II adventures of the submarine HMS STEADFAST, operating around South Africa.




One-One-One : Stories of the navy. Hodder & Stoughton, 1942. 223 pages

WW II stories. Published in the U.S. as "Topedo! Stories of the Royal Navy".




Submarine Alone: A Story of HMS Steadfast. Hodder & Stoughton, 1943. 141 pages

After her exciting debut described in One-One-One, STEADFAST is still only nine days into WW II when she is ordered to proceed to Singapore. With Cape Town behind, she damages her hull and both her propellers on an uncharted reef, and limps to an isolated island to effect repairs. They discover the island was clandestinely set up pre-war as a replenishment station for German surface raiders. Can STEADFAST complete her repairs before the arrival of a German raider? You know the answer!


Sixteen bells: stories of the Royal Navy in peace and war. Hodder and Stoughton, 1946. 272 pages





The Price Was High. Hodder & Stoughton, 1946. 285 pages

RNVR officer in peace and war.




The Greatest Fool : the story of Stephen Hawkins. Hodder & Stoughton, 1948. 288 pages





The Worst Enemy : portrait of a harassed naval officer. Hodder & Stoughton, 1950. 254 pages

Set in the second year of WW II, at the Nth. Submarine Flotilla's base. We find the flotilla's commanding officer nearing the end of his tether with the constant strain of sending his men out on missions with no certainty of them returning - in fact he has lost six subs already. The scene is set when he has sent HMS PATINA, commanded by a captain in whom he has little confidence, away on a difficult patrol. His ex-wife arrives and inquires after their son who -shock!- is serving in PATINA! To make matters worse he suspects his second wife is having an affair with his staff officer and the German bombers are overhead again...


Dangerous Trade : a novel of the Submarine Branche. Hodder & Stoughton, 1952. 189 pages

The story of British submarine HMS GAUNTLET in WW II.




The Sole Survivor. Hodder & Stoughton, 1953. 255 pages

Suspicion falls on the new Captain of the Royal Naval College, Portcastle (not Dartmouth); the spyophobic science master thinks he's working for the Russians. The solution to the mystery lies in events that occurred at sea during the First World War.




Death Of An Admiral. Hodder & Stoughton, 1956. 250 pages

At great risk to his command a submarine captain rescues a famous admiral who has collapsed at the helm of his yacht. After the resultant courts martial the admiral dies mysteriously and it emerges that his saviour is bequeathed all the admiral's worldly goods. This naval mystery novel has a murder, a U-boat captain and a smidgen of romance as it moves to its readable conclusion.



Hurricane Harbour : Pre-View of a Victor. Hodder & Stoughton, 1958. 252 pages

Fiction about Horatio Nelson.




Life on the "Ocean Wave" : a chapter in the life of a naval officer. Hodder & Stoughton, 1960. 254 pages

Service in RN, NATO and RFA.




Crack Of Doom. Hodder & Stoughton, 1961. 223 pages

HMS PERICLES is a jinxed submarine; based at the Royal Navy's erstwhile submarine base HMS DOLPHIN; in command is her captain John Winter. With local colour and undersea action the novel moves to its unusual conclusion.




Danger Below. Hodder & Stoughton, 1963. 191 pages





Storm in Harbour. Hodder & Stoughton, 1965. 188 pages





The Stern Chase : a chronicle of personal rivalry. Hodder & Stoughton, 1966. 256 pages

Two friends' careers during the first World War.




Paul Dexter series:

  1. Chinese Poison. Hodder & Stoughton, 1969. 221 pages






  3. All Stations to Malta. Hodder & Stoughton, 1971. 222 pages

    Lieutenant Commander Paul Dexter is unexpectantly given command of the future C-in-C's Mediterranean's yacht, which has hastily been specially, but not expertly, converted from an escort ship. Dexter is not used to the social scene aboard an admiral's yacht but his subsequent trials and tribulations are humorously and entertainingly told in this light hearted and affectionate portrayal of the Royal Navy between the wars.



  5. An Explosive Situation. Hodder and Stoughton, 1972. 224 pages






  7. Shadow of the Rock. Hodder and Stoughton, 1973. 224 pages






  9. Second-in-Command. Hodder and Stoughton, 1974. 220 pages






  11. Redoubtable Dexter. Hodder and Stoughton, 1975. 192 pages






  13. Dexter at War. Hodder and Stoughton, 1976. 192 pages






Green Sailors series:

  1. The Green Sailors. Hodder & Stoughton, 1951. 192 pages

    The four children of Captain Green, R.N. are sent off to cruise with their Uncle George on his yacht Rag Doll, while their mother goes to Malta to being home their father. They become good sailors and meet their parents' ship as she reaches port.




  3. The Green Sailors on Holiday. Hodder & Stoughton , 1952. 192 pages






  5. Green Sailors, Ahoy! Hodder & Stoughton , 1953. 192 pages






  7. Green Sailors, Beware. Hodder & Stoughton , 1954. 192 pages






  9. Green Sailors and Blue Water. Hodder & Stoughton , 1955. 192 pages






  11. Green Sailors and Fair Winds. Hodder & Stoughton , 1956. 192 pages






  13. Green Sailors to Gibraltar. Hodder & Stoughton , 1957. 192 pages






  15. Green Sailors in the Caribbean. Hodder & Stoughton , 1958. 192 pages






  17. Green Sailors in the Galapagos. Hodder & Stoughton , 1960. 192 pages






  19. Green Sailors in the South Seas. Hodder & Stoughton , 1961. 192 pages







Hackman, Gene (1930- ) & Lenihan, Daniel

Wake of the Perdido Star. Newmarket Press, 1999. 342 pages

A young man's adventures at sea in the early 1800s. After his parents are murdered in Cuba, Jack O'Reilly enlists on a U.S. merchant ship, where he distinguishes himself in deep diving, becomes a pirate and returns to Cuba to seek revenge on his parents' killers.




Hagberg, David (1942-2019)

Countdown. St. Martin's, 1990. 472 pages

When an American submarine and a Pershing missile vanish, a maverick C.I.A. agent must chase and catch a ruthless K.G.B. assassin before terrorism can strike at the balance of power.




Hagen, Michael

Sail to Caribee. Royal Fireworks, 1998. 157 pages

Thirteen year old Jemmy becomes part of the crew of the ANNALISE with his father in 1702 to plunder Spanish and French ships who are at war with England. Through Jemmy's eyes, young readers will see the larger details of the ship and the smaller ones significant to the young. With the curiosity of the young he takes in the ship's construction, its rigging, the food, the rules of privateering, and the weaponry. But the first battle reveals the real consequences of this instrument of war. For young readers.




Hagy, Alyson Carol

Graveyard of the Atlantic : short stories. Graywolf Press, 2000. 186 pages

Sharking -- The snake hunters -- North of Fear, south of Kill Devil -- Graveyard of the Atlantic -- Semper paratus -- Brother, unadorned -- Search bay.




Haislip, Harvey (1889-1978)

Tommy Potter Series

  1. Sailor Named Jones : a novel of America's greatest captain. Doubleday, 1957. 311 pages

    Fictionalization of John Paul Jones' exploits aboard the RANGER and BONHOMME RICHARD. Two supporting characters in this novel, Tommy Potter, age 12, who lies about his age to get a position as a midshipman in Jones' BONHOMME RICHARD, and Reilly, an Irish seaman, become the leading characters in two future Haislip novels.




  3. The Prize Master. Doubleday, 1959. 283 pages

    Potter, now 14, sees service aboard the privateer PRINCESS ROYAL, and serves as prizemaster of the VIXEN. While commanding VIXEN he is captured by the frigate HMS L'AFRIQUE, and tried for piracy by the British.




  5. Sea Road to Yorktown. Doubleday, 1960. 288 pages

    Potter again ships out on the renamed PRINCESS, nee PRINCESS ROYAL on a voyage to the West Indies. He serves as acting captain following the death of the captain and disability of the other officers, participates in the capture of HMS L'AFRIQUE, and accepts a commission in the French Navy, when PRINCESS is incorporated into that force by de Grasse.




Escape From Java. Doubleday, 1962. 334 pages

WW II destroyer crew flees Japanese.




Hale, Edward Everett (1822-1909)

The Man Without A Country. The Atlantic, December 1863.

For participating in the Burr Conspiracy 1807, Lt. Phillip Nolan is convicted of treason, and condemned to eternal exile aboard US Navy warships on foreign cruises, and forbidden to hear any reference to the United States. He spends the next 56 years as a "guest" of the navy.




Hale, John

The Grudge Fight. Collins, 1964. 192 pages

The fight in the title is between two young men from different backgrounds who find themselves at loggerheads in the claustrophobic atmosphere of a training establishment for Royal Navy artificers during the early years of WW II. They joined as boys and hope to be fully trained by the time they reach eighteen after a four year apprenticeship.




Haliburton, Thomas Chandler (1796-1865)

The letter bag of the Great Western ; or, life in a steamer : dulce est desipere in loco. Bentley, 1840. 323 pages

A collection of letters written by the passengers and crew aboard the Great Western. The book’s ostensible function was the advertisement of the advantages of travel by steamship, but few, after reading the passengers’ accounts of their voyage, would, if they took them seriously, ever venture off shore. The book’s principal sources of amusement – infirmities of the human body (seasickness), the peculiarities of spelling and grammar that arise from faulty or defective education, the cultural mores of other races and lower classes, and the outrageous punning.




Hall, James Norman (1887-1951)

Doctor Dogbody's Leg. Little, Brown, 1940. 371 pages

In a comfortable tavern in Portsmouth a British naval surgeon spins ten yarns explaining the loss of his larboard leg, all different and "all true", set at various times during his long career from the 1760s through the Napoleonic wars. Good fun.




Lost Island. Little, Brown, 1944. 212 pages

Army engineer tells the tale of the construction of a naval air station on an isolated Pacific atoll shortly after Pearl Harbor, and the impact it has on the native inhabitants and wildlife.




The Far Lands. Little, Brown, 1950. 325 pages

A Pacific version of Exodus. Maui, the Tongan Moses, leads his people on a long sea voyage to the Far Lands where the Tongan people can live in peace without war.




Hall, James W. (1947- )

Hard Aground. Delacorte, 1993. 360 pages

Treasure ship goes down near Miami 450 years ago, with $400 million in gold. Our hero gets embroiled in the hunt.




Hall, Lawrence Sargent (1915-1993)

"The Ledge". The Hudson Review, Winter 1959.

One of the greatest short stories ever published. A fisherman takes his son and his nephew to sea for a duck hunting trip on Christmas morning. Things do not go well. Deservedly received the First Prize O. Henry Award in 1960.




Stowaway. Little, Brown, 1961. 188 pages

A nightmarish, and at times hallucinatory, vision of a ship adrift, figuratively and metaphorically, when its command structure fractures due to the illness of her aged captain and her Chief Mate’s inability to cope with added responsibilities. Set on convoy duty during the waning days of the Second World War. Unanimously received the William Faulkner Award for best debut novel.




Hamilton, Donald (1916-2006)

The Mona Intercept. Fawcett Gold Medal, 1980. 510 pages

Cuban exile Jimmy Columbus uses hijacking on the high seas, drugs, and murder to fuel his dreams of an empire. By the author of the Matt Helm series.




Hamilton, Seymour (1941- )

Astreya, The Men of the Sea trilogy:

  1. The Voyage South. Cortero, 2011. 336 pages

    Astreya isn't like the other boys in his remote fishing village. When Astreya leaves home, his widowed mother gives him his father's knife, a riddling notebook, and a bracelet with a mysterious and powerful green stone. He sails south with an adventurous fishing boat skipper, hoping that in the world beyond, he can find out who his father was, what the three enigmatic gifts mean, and whether there is any value to the looks, skills and talents that have set him apart from everyone he has ever known.


  3. The Men of the Sea. Cortero, 2011. 336 pages

    Astreya learns from his grandfather Oron how to control his power over the shipstones aboard the great ship Cygnus. He still yearns for Lindey, left on shore against her will. Trying to purge a nagging guilt, Roaring Jack sails the Mollie south again, and this time Astreya's friend Cam is a stowaway. At The City of the Sea, the lawful meeting place of the great ships, family politics turn violent, with tragic consequences. Astreya must hurry to protect Lindey from his marauding uncle Mufrid, who wants the stone Gar gave her. A day-and-night sailing duel, a battle at sea, a shipwreck, a fight in a pub, escapes by sea and secret passage, help from unexpected allies and treachery from family all take their toll on Astreya and his friends.


  5. The Wanderer's Curse. Cortero, 2012. 302 pages

    Lindey takes Astreya, Cam, Damon, and Arneb to Matris, only to discover that much has changed since she left home. Suspicion and distrust surround the men. Astreya and Lindey begin to resolve their difficulties, but a gossipy old man on a horse misrepresents the past, and all five must flee aboard Arneb's boat. Once outside the shelter of the hills surrounding Matris, the group discovers that the bloodthirsty Men of the Sea are searching for their navigation stones, and they think the Village where Astreya was born has them. Astreya must arrive in time to avert a massacre.




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