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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Ge - Gh

Gébler, Ernest (1914-1998)

The Plymouth Adventure : a chronicle novel of the voyage of the Mayflower. Doubleday, 1950. 377 pages

Novel of the MAYFLOWER voyage to the new world amidst storms, no food and chaos.





Geelmuyden, Hans (1906-1969)

Oceans Free. Harper & Row, 1962. 400 pages

Story of a 19th century Norwegian shipping company, originally published in Norwegian as Åpent hav.






Geer, Andrew (1905-1957)

The Sea Chase. Harper, 1948. 214 pages

Portrait of WW II master mariner Erhlich, an absolutely ruthless and frighteningly driven man, thought at the same time a most resourceful commander. The German freighter ERGENSTRASSE escapes from Australia before the outbreak of WW II. Unarmed, she is faced with the task of returning to Nazi Germany in the face of the Royal Navy's blockade. Made into a movie with John Wayne playing the part of the anti-Nazi German master, Karl Erlich. Loosely based on the story of the ERLANGEN, a German ship which left Dunedin at the outbreak of the war. She sailed to the Auckland Islands where they cut 500 tons of firewood (rata - well known as iron wood)! They finally made it to South America. Good movie, great book.



Gelernter, J. H.

Captain Thomas Grey

  1. Hold Fast. W. W. Norton, 2021. 256 pages






  3. Captain Grey's Gambit. W. W. Norton, 2022. 256 pages






  5. The Montevideo Brief. W. W. Norton, 2023. 246 pages







Gendron, Val

Outlaw Voyage. World, 1955. 221 pages

How a young man works aboard a slaver to earn a spot on a better ship. YA.






George, Peter (1924-1966)

Commander-1. Delacorte, 1965. 253 pages

A submarine captain who survives World War 3 becomes the ruler of what's left of the world.






George, S. C. [Sidney Charles] (1898-1985)

Midshipman's Luck. Warne, 1955. 256 pages







Gerard, Charles (1914- )

Illinois River Hokeypokey. Doubleday, 1969. 167 pages

Fun riverboating novel.






Gerard, Philip

Hatteras Light. Scribner, 1986. 246 pages

Lighthouse keeper's story.






Gerould, G. H. [Gordon Hall] (1877-1953)

Filibuster. Appleton, 1924. 274 pages

Spanish-American War naval action






Gerson, Noel Bertram (1914-1988) [q.v. Philip Vail, Carter Vaughan]

The Forest Lord: A Romantic Adventure of 18th-Century Charleston. Doubleday, 1955. 318 pages

An English nobleman is shanghaied aboard a ship and transported to colonial America.




The Nelson Touch. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960. 287 pages

Fiction about Lord Nelson. First published under his Paul Lewis pseudonym.





Clear for Action. Doubleday, 1970. 250 pages

Fictional biography of David Glasgow Farragut.





Warhead. Doubleday, 1970. 336 pages

When the latest and greatest nuclear submarine inexplicably sinks during its trials, the director of the the company that built it, and the second sub in its class, tries to piece together the cause before the second sub is completed. He is blocked in his efforts by the admiral commanding the nuclear submarine program.




Neptune. Dodd, Mead, 1976. 242 pages

The American navy, using a civilian ocean exploration ship for a cover, attempt to salvage a Soviet nuclear submarine wrecked on the bottom of the Pacific Ocean.




Liner : A Novel About a Great Ship. Doubleday, 1977. 323 pages

The American ocean liner COLUMBIA, a ship in the same class as the UNITED STATES, is recommissioned in the early 1970s to compete with the FRANCE and QEII. Success of the ship depends on getting Congressional subsidies and impressing travel agents, but is jeopardized by conflict between the ship's Commodore, a war hero with little knowledge of passenger service, and the Staff Captain, a capable ship's captain. The conflict climaxes when the COLUMBIA is caught in a hurricane during a trial run with prominent passengers as guests.


The Smugglers. Crowell, 1977. 244 pages

Set on the east coast during the Revolutionary War.






Geye, Peter

Safe from the Sea. Unbridled, 2010. 244 pages

A son returns home to reconnect with his estranged and dying father thirty-five years after the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat that the father only partially survived and that has divided them emotionally ever since. When his father for the first time finally tells the story of the horrific disaster he has carried with him so long, it leads the two men to reconsider each other.




Ghosh, Amitav (1956- )

Ibis Trilogy:

  1. Sea of Poppies. John Murray, 2008. 480 pages

    At the heart of this epic saga, set just before the Opium Wars, is an old slaving-ship, The Ibis. Its destiny is a tumultuous voyage across the Indian Ocean, its crew a motley array of sailors and stowaways, coolies and convicts.




  3. River of Smoke. John Murray, 2011. 528 pages

    In September 1838 a storm blows up on the Indian Ocean and the Ibis, a ship carrying a consignment of convicts and indentured laborers from Calcutta to Mauritius, is caught up in the whirlwind. When the seas settle, five men have disappeared - two lascars, two convicts and one of the passengers.




  5. Flood of Fire. John Murray, 2015. 616 pages

    It is 1839 and tension has been rapidly mounting between China and British India following the crackdown on opium smuggling by Beijing. With no resolution in sight, the colonial government declares war. One of the vessels requisitioned for the attack, the Hind, travels eastwards from Bengal to China, sailing into the midst of the First Opium War. The turbulent voyage brings together a diverse group of travellers, each with their own agenda to pursue.




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