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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors T - Thi

Talbot, Michael (1932- )

To the Ends of the Earth. Knopf, 1986. 519 pages

Carrying convicts to Botany bay, Australia, one step ahead of France in a battle for dominion over the South Pacific in the 1780s.





Tanner, Mack

Target: Subic Bay. Kensington, 1992. 320 pages

A bloody coup in the Philippines threatens a USN base at Subic Bay. The base commander, shunned by the Pentagon, partners up with a Soviet fleet for a counterattack.





Tanner, Tony (Editor)

The Oxford Book of Sea Stories. Oxford Univ. Press, 1994. 410 pages

Initiation / Joseph Conrad -- The Voyage / Washington Irving -- A Descent into the Maelstrom / Edgar Allan Poe -- I have been Drowned / Tom Hopkinson -- Mocha Dick / J.N. Reynolds -- The Chase / Herman Melville -- A Tragedy of Error / Henry James -- High-Water Mark / Francis Bret Harte -- The Open Boat / Stephen Crane -- Make Westing / Jack London -- A Matter of Fact / Rudyard Kipling -- In the Abyss / H.G. Wells -- The Cruise of the Willing Mind / A.E.W. Mason -- The Terror of the Sea Caves / Charles G.D. Roberts -- False Colours / W.W. Jacobs -- The Secret Sharer / Joseph Conrad -- The Ghost Ship / Richard Middleton -- Ambitious Jimmy Hicks / John Masefield -- Poor Old Man! / A.E. Dingle -- Easting Down / Shalimar -- The Story of the Siren / E.M. Forster -- The Rough Crossing / F. Scott Fitzgerald -- After the Storm / Ernest Hemingway -- The Bravest Boat / Malcolm Lowry -- The Boy Stood on the Burning Deck / C.S. Forester -- Turnabout / William Faulkner -- The Frontiers of the Sea / Peter Ustinov.


Taylor, Charles D. (1938- )

Show of Force. St. Martin's, 1980. 281 pages

Update of James Fenimore Cooper's tale, The Two Admirals. Here, U.S. and Russian admirals and their fleets square off over a missile base in the Indian Ocean.




The Sunset Patriots. Charter, 1982. 450 pages

Why is a US-Soviet fleet steaming into the East China Sea? Inquiring Chinese want to know. A US admiral also wants to know why the 7th fleet is visiting Vladivostock, biggest navy base in the USSR.




First Salvo. Charter, 1985. 311 pages

Strange incidents in Long Island Sound and the Sea of Japan say the Soviets are up to something... like WW III! Should we strike first?




Silent Hunter. Berkeley, 1987. 338 pages

A super large submersible cruises the ocean floor with all the latest weapons. The Soviets are going after it in the Arctic.




War Ship. Berkley, 1989. 307 pages

Russian agents sieze USS GETTYSBURG, sail her to Cam Ranh Bay in Viet Nam. Seals go to the rescue.




Boomer. Pocket, 1990. 335 pages

20 years ago, KGB planted an agent in the USN; now he's skipper of a nuclear attack sub. The plot thickens.




Deep Sting. Pocket, 1991. 371 pages

Russian spies with mini-subs seeks to destroy the Trident sub base in Bangor, Washington. Navy Seals are in pursuit.




Summit. Pocket, 1996. 355 pages

When fourteen world leaders gather aboard a high-security yacht to discuss peace terms, the negotiations are threatened by a deadly terrorist plot involving a rogue submarine.





Taylor, J. E.

By Force of Arms : a sea novel. Sampson Low, Marston, 1943. 246 pages

"This stirring sea story of the Napoleonic Wars follows the fortunes of Captain Broadbank, and his privateer schooner the AVENGER, his life, his aims, and the love that came to him so strangely, told against a broad exciting background of the lives and conditions of ships and seamen of that great maritime era." [from the bookjacket]




At Close Quarters. Sampson Low, Marston, 1949. 286 pages

Spells out sympathetically the reason why the USA felt it necessary to go to war in 1812 against Britain's arrogance at sea. Broadbank with the privateer AVENGER joins in the war from the beginning but gets off to a poor start and loses the ship and an arm. He is a shorebound spectator to the SHANNON-CHESAPEAKE fight and in the confusion is able to escape his captors and rejoin the British and go on to organise at Lake Champlain a small but tactically important mini-fleet that prevents the Americans from invading Canada.




Taylor, Theodore (1921-2006)

The Cay. Doubleday, 1969. 137 pages

When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.



Cape Hatteras trilogy:

  1. Teetoncey. Doubleday, 1974. 153 pages

    Eleven-year-old Ben rescues an English girl from a shipwreck off the Outer Banks of North Carolina; and, though she becomes part of his family, she never speaks.




  3. Teetoncey and Ben O'Neal. Doubleday, 1975. 185 pages

    When the English girl Ben saved from a shipwreck recovers her memory and speech and reveals to him that two chests full of silver went down with the ship, Ben and his friends try to recover them without arousing suspicions.




  5. The Odyssey of Ben O'Neal. Doubleday, 1977. 208 pages

    The further adventures of Ben and Teetoncey as they take to the sea-- he, to find his brother, and she to escape a forced return to England.




To Kill the Leopard. Harcourt Brace, 1993. 297 pages

Merchant mariner Sully Jordan never dreamed that he would be actively involved in United States naval defense against Hitler's U-boat onslaught in World War II. Not until his tankers are torpedoed twice--by the same relentless, stealthy submarine with snarling leopards painted on its conning tower. What ensues is one man's gritty battle against an invincible U-boat.



Timothy of the Cay. Harcourt Brace, 1993. 161 pages

Prequel annd Sequel to The Cay. Having survived being blinded and shipwrecked on a tiny Caribbean island with the old black man Timothy, twelve-year-old white Phillip is rescued and hopes to regain his sight with an operation. Alternate chapters follow the life of Timothy from his days as a young cabin boy.





Taylor, Tom

The Sin Bearer. Word, 1986. 170 pages

Novelization of a biblical adventure and love story, told in Acts 27:1-28:11, about a merchant ship that is commandeered by the Romans to take prisoners to Rome.





Tebbel, John William (1912-2004)

Touched with Fire. E. P. Dutton, 1952. 352 pages

LaSalle and his adventures in the Great Lakes & down the Mississippi






Teilhet, Darwin L. (1904-1964)

Retreat from the Dolphin. Little, Brown, 1943. 321 pages

The ship's role in the early 19th century South American wars of independence





Steamboat on the River. Slone, 1952. 256 pages

A novel about the steamboat Talisman. It was to be the first steamboat going from Cincinnati to Portland Landing near Springfield, IL, on the Sangamon River in the year 1832 with the help of the later President Abraham Lincoln.





The Lion's Skin. W. Sloane, 1955. 346 pages

William Walker's attempt to win Nicaragua for the South in 1855







Tennyson, Alfred, Lord (1809-1892)

The Kraken. in "Poems, Chiefly Lyrical". Effingham Wilson, 1830.

Short poem about the hideous beast.




The Revenge : a ballad of the fleet. in "Ballads and Other Poems". C. Kegan Paul, 1880.

"In Flores in the Azores, Sir Richard Grenville lay... dum de dum de dum..." classic narrative poem, stirring stuff. In 1591 Grenville bravely tried to fight his undermanned ship, the REVENGE, through a powerful Spanish fleet, being defeated only after 15 hour of battle!




Crossing the Bar. in "Demeter, and other poems". Macmillan, 1889.

Death as an ocean voyage, classic short poem.






Terman, Douglas (1933-1999)

Enemy Territory. Bantam, 1989. 402 pages

U.K. title: Star Shot. Hi-tech, hi-seas clash between ex Vietnam War POW, now skippering a charterboat in Caribbean, and the Commie who brainwashed and tortured him, with sabotage of an SDI trial at stake.





Terrill, Rogers (Editor)

The Argosy Book of Sea Stories. A.S. Barnes, 1953. 328 pages

A collection of fairly light-weight adventure stories published in the magazine between 1943 and 1953. Contents: Pull, you lubbers! / Brian O'Brien -- Ship from nowhere / A. Bertram Chanlder -- Captain's prisoner / Calvin J. Clements -- Congo Cargo / T. T. Flynn -- Jonah curse / J. F. Wallace -- Alone men / Vincent McHugh -- Taste of command / Steve Hail -- One for O'Brien / George P. Morrill -- Pirate and the gamecock / Howard Bloomfield -- Mutiny below / Cedric Mentiplay -- Nitro ship / William Holder -- Bound for the bottom / J. F. Wallace -- Bayou bait / Leslie T. White.



Thacher, Russell (1919-1990)

The Captain. Macmillan, 1951. 280 pages

The unnamed protagonist is assigned the command of a LST - a "Large Slow Target." Despite his integrity and courage, he undergoes a series of misfortunes and ends up a victim.




A Break in the Clouds. Lippincott, 1957. 256 pages

Rick Dedrick is a Naval Air Corps cadet during the Korean War. He finds he does not share the sense of purpose that motivated his father's combat experience during World War II.






Thane, Elswyth [pseud. Helen Ricker Beebe] (1900-1984)

Ever After. Hawthorn, 1945. 334 pages

After the sinking of the Maine, war correspondent Bracken Murray and his cousin go to Cuba and experience the campaign firsthand: the amateur invasion at Daiquiri and the famous charge up San Juan Hill






Thiess, Frank (1890-1977)

The Voyage of Forgotten Men. Bobbs-Merrill, 1937. 415 pages

Translation from the German Tsushima: Der Roman eines Seekrieges (1936). The epic journey of the Russian Second Pacific Squadron, under the command of Admiral Rozhestvensky, from the Baltic Sea to the Sea of Japan, and its defeat by the Japanese fleet at the Battle of Tsushima in 1905.





Thirkell, Angela (1890-1961)

Trooper to the Southern Cross. Faber & Faber, 1934. 293 pages

A World War I officer relates his time aboard a troop-carrying "hell ship" on his way home to Australia. Her former German crew has sabotaged the vessel from stem to stern and the returning troops conspire to turn the voyage into a three month long drinking binge. Hijinks ensue.








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