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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.




Hains, Thornton Jenkins (1866-1953)

Tales of the South Seas. Brown, Thurston, 1894. 274 pages

Capt. Gore's Courtship : his narrative of the affair of the clipper "Conemaugh" and loss of the "Countess of Warwick," as set down by his friend and counsel. J. P. Lippincott, 1896. 233 pages

The Wind-Jammers. J. P. Lippincott, 1899. 273 pages






Mr. Trunnell: Mate of the Ship Pirate. Lothrop, 1900. 324 pages






The Wreck of the Conemaugh: Being a Record of Some Events Set Down from the Notes of an English Baronet During the American War with Spain. J. P. Lippencott, 1900. 253 pages


The Cruise of the Petrel: A Story of 1812. McClure, Phillips, 1901. 210 pages






The Strife of the Sea. Baker and Taylor, 1903. 328 pages

Short stories





The Black Barque: A Tale of the Pirate Slave-Ship Gentle Hand on Her Last African Cruise. L.C. Page, 1905. 322 pages






The Voyage of the Arrow: To the China Seas. Its Adventures and Perils, including Its Capture by Sea Vultures from the Countess of Warwick, as set down by William Gore, Chief Mate. L.C. Page, 1906. 300 pages





Bahama Bill: Mate of the Wrecking Sloop Sea-Horse. L.C. Page, 1908. 396 pages


The Chief Mate's Yarns: Twelve Tales of the Sea. G.W. Dillingham, 1912. 352 pages

Due to Hains being charged as an accessory to murder, this book was printed under his pseudonym "Capt. Mayn Clew Garnett". Also published as The White Ghost of Disaster. That story - about an ocean liner that strikes an iceberg in the Atlantic and sinks - was on the newsstands when the RMS Titanic sank.





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.




Haley, George E. [Elvey]

Cormorant Ahoy. Blackie, 1952. 238 pages






Cormorant's Commandos. Blackie, 1954. 271 pages






Cormorant Sails Again. Blackie, 1955. 254 pages






Cormorant on Patrol. Blackie, 1958. 192 pages







Haley, James L.

Bliven Putnam Naval Adventure.

  1. The Shores of Tripoli: Lieutenant Putnam and the Barbary Pirates. G.P. Putnam's, 2016. 464 pages

    PYoung Bliven Putnam, great-nephew of Revolutionary War hero Israel Putnam, is bound for the Mediterranean and a desperate battle with the pirate ship Tripoli. He later returns under legendary Commodore Edward Preble on the Constitution, and marches across the Libyan desert with General Eaton to assault Derna—discovering the lessons he learns about war, and life, are not what he expected.



  3. A Darker Sea: Master Commandant Putnam and the War of 1812. G.P. Putnam's, 2017. 400 pages

    Bliven Putnam, late of the Battle of Tripoli, is dispatched to Charleston to outfit and take command of a new 20-gun brig, the USS Tempest. Prowling the South Atlantic, Bliven takes prizes and disrupts British merchant shipping, until he is overhauled, overmatched, and disastrously defeated by the frigate HMS Java.




  5. The Devil in Paradise: Captain Putnam in Hawaii. G.P. Putnam's, 2019. 432 pages

    Bliven is ordered to the Pacific, accompanied by his wife Clarity. As Putnam sets sail for his new home port in Honolulu, Clarity joins a new missionary effort from Boston to Hawaii. On their respective paths, the Putnams encounter a new breed of pirate and meet an unexpected force of nature: Kahumanu, the formidable queen of the Hawaiian Islands.




  7. Captain Putnam for the Republic of Texas. G.P. Putnam's, 2021. 368 pages

    Having spent the past few years on missions in the Caribbean, Captain Bliven Putnam is all but ready to retire and settle down at home in Connecticut with his wife, Clarity. But as the Texas Revolution ignites and tensions in the Gulf of Mexico rise, Putnam is sent orders for a secret cruise that could decide the fate of their rebellion.





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, J. Francis

The Dock Road : A story of Liverpool shipping and commerce in the early 1860's. Hutchinson, 194?. 255 pages






Atlantic Interlude : A novel of the sea. Hutchinson, 1950. 239 pages







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.



Hallet, Richard Matthews (1887-1967)

The Lady Aft. Small, Maynard, 1915. 352 pages

Not a nostalgic tale of the final days of sail, but a study of the absurdity of continuing such an obsolete enterprise

Trial by Fire : A Tale of the Great Lakes. Small, Maynard, 1916. 308 pages

The portrait of a sailor-fireman as an exploited laborer in a chaotic modern universe was influence on Eugene O'Neill's The Hairy Ape (q.v.)


Halyard, Harry [pseud.]

The Doom of the Dolphin; Or, The Sorceress of the Sea. А Tale of Love, Intrigue, and Mystery. F. Gleason, 1848. 100 pages

The Ocean Monarch; Or, The Ranger of the Gulf. А Mexican Romance. F. Gleason, 1848. 100 pages

The Peruvian Nun; Or, The Empress of the Ocean. А Maritime Romance. F. Gleason, 1848. 100 pages

The Rover of the Reef; Or, The Nymph of the Nightingale. А Romance of Massachusetts Вау. F. Gleason, 1848. 100 pages

The Warrior Queen; Or, The Buccaneer of the Brazos! А Romance of Mexico. F. Gleason, 1848. 100 pages

Wharton the Whale-Killer! Or, The Pride of The Pacific. А Tale of the Ocean. F. Gleason, 1848. 100 pages


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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