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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Harm - Hart

Harmuth, Robert

Up From the Deep. Graphic Enterprises, 1997. 197 pages

Compilation of SSG Class sea stories.




Harper, Richard

Greenland Passage. Leisure, 1981. 220 pages

It's May 1945 and U-boat commander Werner Reutemann is on an escape mission under the Arctic Ice through the Bering sea to Japan.




Harper, Robert S.

Trumpet in the Wilderness. M.S. Mill, 1940. 346 pages

Historical romance climaxing with the Battle of Lake Erie




Harrigan, Stephen (1948- )

Aransas. Random House, 1980. 259 pages

A richly ambiguous story of self- discovery: an aimless ex-hippie is troubled by his training dophins to perform. Evokes the atmosphere of Aransas Pass (and Corpus Cristi, Texas) with detailed description. Worth a read.




Harris, John (1916-1991)

The Sea Shall Not Have Them. Hurst & Blackett, 1953. 256 pages

The title is the mottos of the Air/Sea Rescue High Speed launch Flotillas of the RAF. This is the heroic story of LAUNCH 7525, of four men lost in a rubber dinghy in the North Sea, and of those on shore and in the air who direct their destinies. The whole action takes place within forty-eight hours in the autumn of 1944. U.S. title: The Undaunted.



Close to the Wind. W. Sloane, 1956. 245 pages

Just a perfectly grand novel that blends a rare charm with the thrill of high seas adventure as it follows four people on a wild voyage through the tiny islands of the South Pacific. U.K. title: Getaway.




Corporal Cotton's little war : a novel of the Aegean campaign 1941. Hutchinson, 1979. 287 pages

Set in the Spring of 1941 around the invasion of Greece... fast motor boat action to recover weapons and gold before the German hold on the Aegean is complete.




Harrison, Harry (1925-2012)

The QE2 Is Missing. TOR, 1980. 352 pages

The QE II is highjacked for a cargo of diamonds. Not SF, despite the author.





Stars & Stripes series

  1. Stars & Stripes Forever. Ballantine, 1998. 338 pages

    England joins the Confederates against the US during the American Civil War. Some naval action, with USN ironclads mixing it up with CSN ironclads and British wooden warships. WARRIOR gets her stuffing knocked out by a horde of monitors.




  3. Stars & Stripes in Peril. Del Rey, 2000. 336 pages

    Her Majesty's Navy unleashed an attack on American soil aimed at bolstering the Confederate cause. In retaliation Lincoln's top soldiers, including Lee and Sherman, plan the most daring naval invasion ever launched: an assault on British soil itself.




  5. Stars & Stripes Triumpant. Del Rey, 2003. 256 pages

    In England, Irish-born citizens are being herded into prison camps. On the high seas, a furious British Navy is seizing American cargo ships bound for Europe. And on the Thames, a new weapon of unparalleled destructive force is sailing toward an impregnable city–spearheaded by a daring act of espionage.




Harrison, Payne

Thunder of Erebus. Crown, 1991. 498 pages

USA and Russian confederation go on joint mission in Antarctica, detect a new power deep beneath the glaciers, and duke it out for control over and under the sea.




Hartley, L. P. (1895-1972)

The Boat. Doubleday, 1950. 450 pages

Timothy Casson has been requested to write about England to support the war effort. He rents a quiet county house in an English village - having chosen a house next to the river largely because of its boathouse. He has a passion for rowing and for boats, and has proudly brought his boat with him. But he discovers that the local gentry aren’t happy at the idea of disturbing the fishing, and the landowner - who also owns the river - has to decide whether or not to allow him his rowing.




Hartog, Jan de (1914-2002)

Tugboating series:

  1. Captain Jan : a story of ocean tugboats. Cleaver-Hume Press, 1952. 315 pages

    Originally published in Dutch as Holland's Glory. A young Dutchman rises from sailor to command in seagoing tugboats in the early years of the 20th century. He fights the sea and also a big company that is trying to monopolize the towing business by buying up all the smaller fleets and starving its crews to make a profit. De Hartog's first novel. Not as well written as his later work, but he does an excellent job of describing the seagoing tugs' work and the men who manned them. An instant and historic bestseller and a symbol of Dutch resistance; the German occupying forces banned the book in 1942 but it went on selling in large quantities in the underground market.


  3. The Captain. Atheneum, 1955. 434 pages

    Our Dutch hero now has his master's certificate for the big ocean-going tugs. The summer of 1940 finds him entering an RN school for foreign captains of rescue tugs. But his old boss, the mysterious robber-baron Mr Kwel, pulls strings, and has him yanked out to serve as job-captain of various ships of his remaining fleet of tugs. He mainly spells captains of the smaller tugs that are working local to the UK until the death of the famous and heroic Bok Mumble, captain of the largest tugboat in the Kwel fleet, who can be considered the Commodore of the Dutch tugboat fleet. It turns out that Kwel has been grooming our hero to replace the heroic Captain Bok. Unfortunately for Kwel he has just failed in his last attempt to hold this largest tug, the pride of his fleet, from convoy duty. The remaining two thirds of the book concern two voyages to Murmansk. Prior to his first Murmansk convoy he meets his old RN instructor at the school for tugboat captains, and asks him how his old class-mates are doing. He is shocked to learn that every single one of them has died in the line of duty.


  5. The Commodore: a novel of the sea. Harper & Row, 1986. 406 pages

    The "Captain", now 70, finds himself towing a giant oil rig to Singapore.





  7. The Centurion. Harper & Row, 1989. 286 pages

    While dowsing over Roman remains, the "Captain" slips into the 4th century and becomes a centurion tasked to put down a Welsh uprising.





  9. The Outer Buoy : : a story of the ultimate voyage. Pantheon, 1994. 256 pages

    A NASA experiment in out-of-body experiences, featuring four World War II fliers. They include Capt. Martin Harinxma, 82, attempting to free his mind from his body so as to visit the moon and inspect a broken vehicle.






The Lost Sea. Harper, 1951. 153 pages

Memoirs of a ship's boy on the fleet of fishing boats that plied the Zuider Zee in the years before it was diked off from the ocean.




The Distant Shore, a story of the sea. Harper, 1952. 309 pages

Novel about a salvage ship plying the Mediterranean in the years immediately after WW II. Published in the U.K. in two volumes: Stella & The Distant Shore. When the first section filmed in 1958, Stella was also published separately as The Key.




A Sailor's Life. Harper, 1955. 210 pages

A young boy, after reading one of Hartog's novels, decided to go to sea and wrote to him for his advice on going to sea. This book was the result, consisting of brief sketches of a sailor's life, from the characters that people the ships to the temperament of each ocean and sea.




The Call of the Sea. Atheneum, 1966. 465 pages

Single volume collection of The Lost Sea, The Distant Shore, and A Sailor's Life.




The Trail of the Serpent. Harper & Row, 1983. 214 pages

Escape from the Japanese in Indonesia during WW II.




Star of Peace: a novel of the sea. Harper & Row, 1984. 376 pages

Aging freighter full of Jews flees Nazis.




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