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Nautical Fiction Index

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Lincoln, Joseph Crosby (1870-1944)

Cape Cod Ballads : and Other Verse. Albert Brandt, 1902. 198 pages






Cap'n Eri: A Story of the Coast. Burt, 1904. 397 pages

Fishing off the New England coast at the turn of the century. Adapted as The Golden Boys (2009)





Partners of the Tide. A. L. Burt, 1905. 400 pages






Mr. Pratt. A. L. Burt, 1906. 342 pages






The "Old Home House". A. L. Burt, 1907. 291 pages

Later reprinted as Cape Cod Stories





Cy Whittaker's Place. D. Appleton, 1908. 317 pages






Our Village. D. Appleton, 1909. 182 pages






Keziah Coffin. D. Appleton, 1909. 386 pages






The Depot Master. D. Appleton, 1910. 379 pages






Cap'n Warren's Wards. D. Appleton, 1911. 379 pages






The Woman-Haters: A Yarn of Eastboro Twin-Lights. D. Appleton, 1911. 338 pages

Adapted into the film The Lightkeepers.





The Postmaster. D. Appleton, 1912. 316 pages






The Rise of Roscoe Paine. D. Appleton, 1912 468 pages

Adapted into the film No Trespassing.





Mr. Pratt's Patients. D. Appleton, 1913. 344 pages






Cap'n Dan's Daughter. D. Appleton, 1914. 389 pages






Kent Knowles: Quahaug. D. Appleton, 1914. 450 pages






Thankful's Inheritance. D. Appleton, 1915. 382 pages






Mary-'Gusta. A. L. Burt, 1916. 410 pages

Two retired mariners almost ruin business trying to give advantages to a little orphan girl





Extricating Obadiah. D. Appleton, 1917. 380 pages






Shavings. D. Appleton, 1918. 382 pages






The Portygee. D. Appleton, 1920. 361 pages






Galusha the Magnificent. D. Appleton, 1921. 407 pages

U.K. title: The Magnificent Mr. Bangs





Fair Harbor. D. Appleton, 1922. 379 pages






Doctor Nye of North Ostable. D. Appleton, 1923. 423 pages

Adapted into the 1924 film Idle Tongues.





Rugged Water. D. Appleton, 1924. 385 pages

Classic novel about the US Lifesaving Service.





Queer Judson. D. Appleton, 1925. 382 pages






The Big Mogul. D. Appleton, 1926. 386 pages






The Aristocratic Miss Brewster. D. Appleton, 1927. 403 pages






Silas Bradford's Boy. A. L. Burt, 1928. 376 pages






Blowing Clear. D. Appleton, 1930. 332 pages






All Alongshore. Coward-McCann, 1931. 532 pages

Reprinted as Cape Cod Characters





Head Tide. D. Appleton, 1932. 387 pages






Back Numbers. Coward-McCann, 1933. 341 pages

Short stories.





The Peel Trait. D. Appleton, 1934. 309 pages






Storm Signals. D. Appleton, 1935. 337 pages






Great-Aunt Lavinia. D. Appleton, 1936. 339 pages






Storm Girl. D. Appleton, 1937. 278 pages






Christmas Days. Coward-McCann, 1938. 157 pages

A boy growing up in Cape Cod who eventually becomes captain of his own ship





A. Hall & Co.. D. Appleton, 1938. 336 pages

Feud between two Cape Cod families over a piece of land





Rhymes of the Old Cape. D. Appleton, 1939. 248 pages






Out of the Fog. D. Appleton-Century, 1940. 360 pages

Captain Mark comes across a dead body in the fog off Cape Cod in this mystery by the noted sea author.





The Bradshaws of Harniss. D. Appleton, 1943. 380 pages







Lincoln, Joseph Crosby (1870-1944) and Lincoln, Freeman

Blair's Attic. Coward-McCann, 1929. 369 pages






The New Hope. Coward-McCann, 1941. 407 pages

It's August of the year 1814 in the Cape Cod town of Trumet and the British have bottled up both harbors, the one on the Massachusetts Bay side and the one on the ocean side, until not even a small fishing boat can get through the blockade. Under the leadership of Captain Dole and his young companion, Jonathon Bangs, the townspeople have invested their money and their labor in outfitting a merchant vessel and manning her with a crew. They have encouraged gossip around the Cape, which they know the British blockaders will hear, that they are simply overhauling the craft, to be used as a coastwise trader when the war is over. But the real purpose of the New Hope, as the privateer is named, is to try to slip out some dark night after a store of powder has been smuggled aboard and to run through the blockade at the risk of every life aboard and every cent invested in her.


The Ownley Inn. Coward-McCann, 1939. 311 pages

Dick Clarke, in disgrace because of the theft of a valuable book from the Knowlton Library, finds himself on old Sepatonk Island, staying at the Ownley Inn, run by Seth Hammond Ownley, who, when asked the reason for the cannon on the front lawn, invariably replies, “To repel boarders.” Then things begin to happen. A hurricane isolates the island; and a wrecked cruising launch starts a train of events which keeps Anne Francis, a charming girl who has quarrelled with Clarke; Perry Hale, a none-too-scrupulous book collector, and most of the other boarders, in a state of commotion and, at times, fear.




Liston, Robert A.

The Seraphim Code. Tom Doherty, 1988. 343 pages

Sloane had left the Central Security Agency and made it clear to everyone that he was out of it. Completely. Until a KGB agent dies on Sloane's suburban doorstep, and someone takes a shot at him. Now Sloane's running again, a target of both U.S. and Soviet intelligence services. The dying man had told him something, whispered the words Seraphim Code to him, and those are words no one was supposed to hear, words known only to The Committee. While the retired spy runs for his life on land, helped only by his wife Freddy, a Russian submarine, carrying a full load of nuclear missiles, runs silently beneath the waters of the Atlantic, cruising toward an unexpected rendezvous with disaster.



Littell, Robert

Sweet Reason. Houghton Mifflin, 1974. 210 pages

Vietnam era dark comedy. Describes the first three days that the EUGENE EBERSOLE, a superannuated WWII-era destroyer, spends off Yankee Station during the Vietnam conflict. Naturally, the ship has an incompetent, glory-seeking captain, misfit officers and crew, and orders incompatible with its capabilities. Would be funnier if it did not try so hard.




Litvig, Irving

Commodore Levy: A Novel of Early America in the Age of Sail. Texas Tech University Press, 2014. 672 pages

This richly detailed historical novel closely follows the actual events of Levy's life: running away from his Philadelphia home to serve as a cabin boy at age ten; his service during the War of 1812 aboard the Argus and internment at the notorious British prison at Dartmoor; his campaign for the abolition of flogging in the Navy; and his purchase and restoration of Monticello as a tribute to his personal hero, Thomas Jefferson.




Llywelyn, Morgan

Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas. Crown, 1986. 437 pages

Fictionalized story of Grace of Umhall, notorious pirate of Connaught, as she rules the Irish Sea, fights English ships, and preserves Irish independence.





Llewellyn, Sam (1948- )

George le Fanu Gurney series:

  1. Gurney's Revenge. Arlington Books, 1977. 235 pages

    George LeFanu Gurney is disgraced by the machinations of an enemy, Ottway. He is forced to resign his commission as a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Seeking to rehabilitate his reputation and destroy his accuser he embarks on nautical adventures from the Mediterranean to the South China Sea, and back to England. Takes place 1820-22. Llewellyn's first novel. US title: Sea Devil.



  3. Gurney's Reward. Arlington Books, 1978. 269 pages

    Gurney, reputation restored, now married and running a shipyard is forced by the Admiralty to take to the seas once more to rescue a Dervish that aided him in SEA DEVIL. Numerous nautical adventures in Greece during the War of Greek Independence. US title: Devil's Reward.




  5. Gurney's Release. Arlington Books, 1979. 320 pages

    On returning home to Sea Dalling, Gurney becomes involved in a duel - the outcome is death, and with it news of an old enemy. The blood spilled that day was the first of a long trail stretching across the Atlantic to the Jamaican plantation-house at Silverwood, and on by the old slave routes to the fever-swamps of the unexplored Niger delta, And as the trail grew longer it became clearer, until it bore the unmistakable mark of one Mathias Otway, merchant, hypocrite and thief, making a final desperate bid for power and riches, while teetering on the brink of insanity.




Blood Orange. Summit, 1986. 255 pages

Blackmail, corruption and lethal accidents beset a high-tech catamaran crew in the Round Britain race.





Sea Story. St. Martin's, 1987. 396 pages

UK title: Great Circle. A cast of thousands sort of book about an around the world sailing race. Exciting, fast reading.





Dead Reckoning. Summit, 1987. 229 pages

A boat of his own design takes down Charlie Agutter's own brother. Now he sets sail on a personal mission: to track down a murderous saboteur.





Death Roll. Michael Joseph, 1989. 246 pages

A pretty convoluted plot. English sailor fights kidnappers, saboteurs, and real estate speculators on and off the water. Features exciting storm while delivering a yacht and match races between the hero and his nemesis. Great.




Hell Bay. Arlington, 1980. 465 pages

Irish doctor, fleeing a murder charge, gets wrecked on the Scilly islands. He falls in with the wreckers and smugglers on Tresco, is forced to flee to America, where he becomes rich through mining gold. Returning to the Scillys he confronts his past and learns the secret of his ancestry. Purportedly based on actual events. Marginally nautical.




Blood Knot. Michael Joseph, 1991. 307 pages

A former reporter plans a quiet retirement fixing up his wooden cutter and living on it with a crew of troubled kids, but a murder followed by attempts on his life lead him to the Baltic on a race against death in an open boat.




Deadeye. Summit, 1991. 281 pages

British yachtsman on his way to compete in the "Three Bens" sailing/climbing race on the west coast of Scotland bumps into an old fishing boat and finds love, murder and a deadly secret.




The Rope School. Walker, 1991. 176 pages

It's 1813 and, like many children, Kate Griffiths has a hard life. Then things get much harder. She stows away on a Royal Navy ship, is mistaken for one of the crew, and finds herself chasing an American man-o-war. Revised by the author in 1995. US title: Eye of the Cannon.




Riptide. Michael Joseph, 1992. 310 pages

Mike Savage builds a boat for his French sailing star friend. The boat is wrecked, his daughter threatened, friend disappears and he tries to solve all these problems.




Clawhammer. Pocket, 1993. 373 pages

"..thriller set in a world where everyone professes the best of intentions and no one is quite what they seem. Where a warlord is a democratic leader and food stolen from the starving is legitimate currency. Where a poet has to turn a lost cause into a violent crusade -if he wants to stay alive." (from the jacket blurb) Oh, and it seems to involve sailing a boat across the Atlantic.



Maelstrom. Pocket, 1994. 402 pages

A former anti-whaling activist gets involved with ex-Nazis, ex-KGB agents, Mideast terrorists in a deal to get art objects out of Russia. The plot takes he and his yacht to the Norwegian coast on a whaling expedition.




Iron Hotel. Michael Joseph, 1996. 346 pages

Dire circumstances force a ship's captain to take a cargo of illegal Chinese immigrants across the ocean in an ancient rustbucket named GLORY OF SAIPAN.





Lockridge, Richard (1899-1982)

Inspector's Holiday. Lippincott, 1971. 192 pages

Inspector M. L. Heimrich's wife, Susan, contracts pneumonia during a bad winter. Because of her slow convalescence, the doctor recommends a holiday in a warmer climate, so they take a cruise on an Italian vessel leaving New York for the Mediterranean. The accommodations and food are superb, and the other passengers interesting -- until Sir Ronald Grimes disappears. Grimes and his lovely young wife are returning to England on his retirement from the British Embassy. Unfortunately he is fated not to "raise roses -- or cabbages" as he had planned. The ship's captain calls on Heimrich for help and they discover a British Special Branch agent strangled in his cabin. Cruise ship routine forms a background while Heimrich tries to untangle a web of international intrigue.



Lodwick, John (1916-1959)

The Cradle Of Neptune. Heinemann, 1951. 285 pages

Set at the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth between the world wars, this novel, is a study of young people from all walks of life, but all of a certain class, and their interaction as they are moulded into potential naval officers.





Lomask, Milton

Ship's Boy with Magellan. Doubleday, 1960. 185 pages

Orphaned Pedro Molino ships out on Magellan's circumnavigation as a cabin boy to avoid getting killed by his Uncle, who wishes to steal the boy's estate. Young readers, written as part of a fiction series featuring Catholic world history.



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