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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Ri - Roa

Richards, Alun (1929-2004)

Ennal's Point. Joseph, 1977. 239 pages

About the fortunes and misfortunes of a small village RNLI lifeboat and crew in England and the closely linked tragedies of two lost lifeboats. Adapted into a BBC2 series in 1982.




Against the Waves. Joseph, 1978. 414 pages

Reprinted under the title: The Second Penguin book of Sea Stories. An anthology of stories under sail and steam across the oceans of the world.





Richards, Jessica

Mistress of the Western Wind. Jove, 1980. 318 pages

Young wife follows clipper ship captain to see, winds up taking ship around Cape Horn by herself. Based, at least loosely, on an actual event.





Richards, Joe (1909-1992)

Tug of War. David McKay, 1979. 213 pages

A sailor with limited experience is asked to sail an all-steel small US ARMY ST tugboat in 1944 from New Orleans to Hawai. Based on real events in the author's life.





Richardson, Comdr. Justin, RNVR

The Phoney Phleet. F. Muller, 1946. 155 pages

Verse of the Royal Navy kind. Many were first published in PUNCH magazine.






Rickert, Edith (1871-1938)

Out of the Cypress Swamp. Methuen, 1902. 307 pages

New Orleans pirates and inter-racial marriage in 1812


Rideout, Henry Milner (1877-1927)

Admiral's Light. Houghton Mifflin Co, 1907. 241 pages

The young grandson of a lighthouse keeper encountes a man who claims to know his long lost uncle.





The Twisted Foot. Houghton Mifflin Co, 1910. 248 pages

Macabre story set in the East Indies in the manner of Robert Louis Stevenson





The Far Cry: a story of adventure. Duffield, 1916. 273 pages

Young boys fight for survival against both men and nature in the South Seas.





Barbry. Duffield, 1923. 300 pages

Americans adventure off the North Afican Coast






Riesenberg, Felix (1879-1939)

Bob Graham at Sea. Harcourt, Brace, 1925. 337 pages






Shipmates : sketches of the sea. Harcourt, Brace, 1928. 223 pages

A collection of intimate character portraits of men with whom the author has sailed on many voyages.





The Maiden Voyage. John Day, 1931. 286 pages

Co-authored with Archie Binns [q.v.]






Riesenberg, Jr., Felix (1913-1962)

Mother Sea. Claude Kendall, 1933. 404 pages

Adventures of seamen and of the women who wait - or do not wait - for them.




Full Ahead! A Career Story of the American Merchant Marine. Dodd, Mead, 1941. 276 pages





Salvage: a Modern Sea Story. Dodd, Mead, 1942. 220 pages

Action in the Sargasso Sea in December 1941.




The Phantom Freighter. Dodd, Mead, 1944. 180 pages

White painter transport mysteriously travels to a south sea island in the summer of 1943.




Man on the Raft. Dood, Mead, 1945. 192 pages

American merchant cadet makes his first voyage in wartime






Riker, H. Jay [pseud. William H Keith] (1950- )

Silent Service series:

  1. Grayback Class. Avon, 2000. 421 pages

    A platoon of SEALS aboard a near obsolete Grayback Class boat has to get into the port of Russia's new Akula submarine.





  3. Los Angeles Class. Avon, 2001. 410 pages

    Military Intelligence has sent reports of an awesome new Soviet sub that no one in the West has ever seen before in the Russian-patrolled seas off the Kamchacka Peninsula. Now Tom Gorden, new commander of the Los Angeles Class submarine Pittsburgh, must transport a hand-picked team of U.S. Navy SEALs into hostile waters and go up against the phantom boat -- even at the risk of a shooting war. But the enemy has its own reasons for luring U.S. forces onto Russian turf. And there is a highly placed spy in the American ranks who may, even now, be leading a boat full of brave men to their doom.


  5. Seawolf Class. Avon, 2002. 410 pages

    World War Three now seems inevitable. And the fate of the Earth suddenly rests with the commander and crew of the U.S.S. Seawolf, lead boat of America's newest class of ultrasilent attack submarines. For this battle can only be won beneath the surface of a turbulent sea -- where the enemy rules in firepower and numbers...and will not relent, even at the cost of the future.




  7. Virginia Class. Avon, 2004. 420 pages

    The U.S.S. Virginia -- the first in the most technologically advanced new class of U.S. attack submarines -- sets sail, even as the Navy's high-tech submarine program falls under attack from a Congress that believes it unneeded. But a threat no one anticipated is gliding silently through dangerous waters. A rogue Kilo-class submarine built by a shadowy and powerful ally has become the latest weapon in al Qaeda's terrorist arsenal.



  9. Ohio Class. Avon, 2006. 404 pages

    Once the frontline weapon of America's nuclear Navy, they served vigilantly throughout the Cold War. Now an even more sinister enemy is preparing to strike -- and an upgraded Ohio Class is armed for action.





Rivette, Marc (1916-1982)

The Incident. World, 1957. 313 pages

In the far Pacific off the usual shipping lanes, an unidentified submarine sinks an American merchantman in peacetime.






Roark, Garland (George Garland) (1904-1985)

Wake of the Red Witch. Little, Brown, 1946. 434 pages

In 1939 the captain of the last of the sailing trading ships in the South Seas hunts for sunken treasure and fights for control of a trading empire.




Fair Wind to Java. Doubleday, 1948. 370 pages

Adventures aboard a clipper ship on a voyage to Java and the East.




Rainbow in the Royals. Doubleday, 1950. 307 pages

Two brothers race their clippers from Boston to San Francisco for gold, glory and the (what else?) hand of a beautiful woman.




Slant of the Wild Wind. Doubleday, 1952. 284 pages

Captain Redd of the LADY OF GLASGOW overtakes sister ship CASTELREAGH, takes gold, gets in trouble. Set in the 1890s.




The Wreck of the Running Gale. Doubleday, 1953. 310 pages

A man evens the score after an attack by a Confenderate privateer.




Star in the Rigging; A Novel of the Texas Navy. Doubleday, 1954. 345 pages

Captain Jeremiah Brown of the Texas Navy (4 ships, amigo!) battles Mexican batteries during the war for Texas independence.




The Outlawed Banner. Doubleday, 1956. 379 pages

On board Confederate and Federal ships during the Civil War.





Captain Thomas Fenlon, Master Mariner. Messner, 1958. 202 pages

Biographical fiction of a man whose adventures serving in merchant marine culminate in him becoming the company troubleshooter for Standard Oil tankers.




The Lady and the Deep Blue Sea. Doubleday, 1958. 256 pages

Wife joins the captain of a clipper for a race from Melbourne to Boston.




Tales of the Caribbean. Doubleday, 1959. 282 pages

Collection of short stories set in the Caribbean during the 20th century: The Manchineel; Mr. Gilespie; Banana Run; The Ship that Vanished; The Strangler Vine; Our Lady of the Watch.




Should the Wind be Fair. Doubleday, 1960. 529 pages

Historically, the story is based in the period around the Civil War, but that, actually, is incidental as a factor; rather it is thwarted love that sends Nathaniel Hardin Shore away from his plantation home in Virginia to seek escape, forgetfulness and a fortune in Europe, in the Virginia Islands, in Haiti, in Jamaica, in the Bahamas and elsewhere.



The Witch of Mange Reiva. Doubleday, 1962. 411 pages

A South Sea Romance. A one-time pirate and the woman who loves him come back to seek a sunken ship- and a measure of vengeance; a painter, at the behest of his ship-owning New England uncle, comes to seek a lost ship- and stays to lose his heart- at times it would seem his wits- for first one woman, then another.



Bay of Traitors. Doubleday, 1966. 330 pages

Doctor falsely outcast at home finds romance, intrigue, and self-discovery in the South Seas.




Angels in Exile. Doubleday, 1967. 430 pages








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