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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Cla - Clo

Clagett, John (1916-2013)

Captain Whitecap. Crown, 1955. 224 pages

Set during the quasi-war with France (1799-1800). Captain Jason Baylor is captured by pirates. He escapes and returns with an armed vessel to rescue the girl captured by the pirates.




The Slot. Crown, 1958. 281 pages

PT boats in the Solomon Islands during WW II.





Jack Darby : Able Seaman. Bobbs-Merrill, 1963. 191 pages

A boy dreams of following in his father's footsteps and becoming an officer in the US Navy. But when Jack's father is lost at sea, Jack is forced into becoming an indentured servant.




Rebel. Avon, 1964. 192 pages

Ras Hubert, Lt. USN, goes south after his home state leaves the Union, commands the LITTLE REBEL on the Mississippi, the PAMLICO on the Atlantic Coast, and becomes the Confederate's greatest naval hero -- while killing his best friend, and falling in love with a Union spy in the process.




Surprise Attack! J. Messner, 1968. 191 pages

The surprise, tragedies, and triumph of the naval battle of Leyte Gulf as experienced by five boys not long out of boot camp. For young Readers




Torpedo Run on Iron Bottomed Bay. Cowles, 1969. 168 pages

A seventeen-year-old sailor tries to prove the sincerity of a Japanese-American friend serving on his PT boat in the Pacific during World War II.




Typhoon 1944. Messner, 1970. 191 pages

Japanese kamikazes and a typhoon test the courage of the men aboard a United States Navy destroyer in World War II.




Papa Tango. Crown, 1982. 279 pages

A novel of Charles Noble, former commander of PT-97 during the Guadalcanal campaign, whose wartime experiences are awakened at a reunion in 1965.




Clancy, Tom (1947-2013)

The Hunt for Red October. Naval Institute Press, 1984. 387 pages

The Soviets' new ballistic-missile submarine is attempting to defect to the United States, but the Soviet Atlantic fleet has been ordered to find and destroy her at all costs. Can Red October reach the U.S. safely?




Red Storm Rising. Putnam, 1986. 652 pages

When Moslem fundamentalists destroy a key Soviet oil complex, the Russians initiate a plan of diplomatic trickery for their seizure of Persian Gulf oil, resulting in a non-nuclear WWIII, concentrating on the new Battle of the Atlantic.




Debt of Honor. Putnam, 1994. 766 pages

A Japanese financier seeks revenge on the United States for the death of his parents during World War II, devising a scheme which threatens to plunge the world into another world war. Jack Ryan, the president's national security advisor, is given the task of stopping him. The upshot is an US-Japan war, fought mostly at sea and in the air.




Clark, Charles (Capt.)

An Antarctic Queen. F. Warne, 1902. 360 pages







Clark, H. H. (Rev.) [Henry Howard] (1845-1924)

Boy life in the United States Navy. Lothrop, 1885. 313 pages

Joe Bently : Naval Cadet. Lothrop, 1889. 434 pages

The Admiral's Aid: a story of life in the New Navy. Lothrop, 1902. 412 pages

Midshipman Stanford : a story of Midshipman Life at Annapolis. Lothrop, 1916. 379 pages


Clark, Halsey [pseud. Richard Deming] (1915-1983)


  1. Pacific Standoff. Dell, 1983. 286 pages

    US sub skipper takes command of new construction fleet submarine after commanding another sub on war patrols, takes his new command, MANTA, through shake-down and commissioning, then for a series of successful war patrols in the Pacific. Due to feelings of inadequacy he continues in command after he has become too fatigued to function at top efficiency, leading to a demise in a blaze of glory.




  3. Deepwater Showdown. Dell, 1983. 335 pages

    Ben Mount, a brilliant loner in the close-knit clan of submariners and their ladies, draws the toughest assignment of his checkered career. With his British sidekick, Moxie Mulford, he must lead a daring undersea commando raid on the key German U-boat pen, guided by a brave girl named Lilette.




  5. Depths of Danger. Dell, 1983. 288 pages

    It’s 1944, and the submarine Whitting skippered by Bob DuToin, outcast member of the McCrary family, goes on an incredible mission in the Formosa Straits. Meanwhile his cousin legendary submarine hero Jack McCrary is missing in action and presumed dead. It’s all headed for a violent climax in the Inland Sea, where Ben Mount, Bob DuToin and their fellows in the Silent Service.




  7. Grand Finale. Dell, 1983. 350 pages

    The final days of the Pacific war was a time of trial for the closely-bonded men of the Silent Service. For Commander Jack McCrary of the Chimera, it meant a dangerous mission with his former enemy, Ben Mount in the East China Sea. For Bob DuToin, skipper of the Killifish, it meant a hairbreadth sally into the Sea of Japan, impregnable bastion of the home islands of the Rising Sun.




  9. Supersub. Dell, 1983. 317 pages

    A young WWII maverick submarine genius struggles to bring a nuclear submarine to life. A U-Boat commander resurfaces as a Soviet agent with plans to steal the supersub's secrets.




Clarke, Anna (1919-2004)

Last Voyage. St. Martin's, 1982. 192 pages

World War 2 shipboard murder mystery. Though the murder in question actually occurred in 1929 on a liner bound for London from Cape Town, most of Clarke’s action takes place either aboard a similar vessel en route to Southampton in early Sept. 1939 or in London during the early days of the War




Clavell, James (1924-1994)

Tai-Pan : a novel of Hong Kong. Atheneum, 1966. 594 pages

Dirk Straun builds Hong Kong and the Noble House -- a trading company -- in the early 1840s. To do so, he must overcome pirates, incompetent British officials, rival shipping companies, Royal Navy officers that are waiting for him to step out of line, and the forces of nature. Most nautical of the Asia series, and very nautical.




Cleary, Jon (1917-2010)

The Long Pursuit. W. Morrow, 1967. 282 pages

Escape by sea from the Japanese at the beginning of WW II.





Cleaves, Emery N. [Nudd] (1902- )

Sea Fever: The Making of a Sailor. Houghton Mifflin, 1972. 283 pages

In the early 1920's after his graduation from Harvard, seeking adventure, the author signs on as a third cook aboard a grain ship. Disillusion follows.





Clement, Cal

Treachery and Triumph

  1. H.M.S. Valor. self, 2021. 477 pages






  3. Revenge of the Drowned Maiden. self, 2021. 435 pages






  5. Resurrecting the Maiden. self, 2022. 429 pages






  7. Under the Black Flag. self, 2023. 284 pages







The Patriot Sailor

  1. A Bloody Beginning: An American Sea Adventure. self, 2024. 1 volume






  3. The Mast: An American Sea Adventure. self, 2024. 1 volume








Clement, Hal (1922-2003) [pseud. Harry Stubbs]

Mission of Gravity. Doubleday, 1954. 224 pages

The planet Mesklin has a monstrous gravitational field... up to 600 times that of earth... yet is inhabited by insect-like creatures who ride the planet's oceans on hinged rafts (hinged because they need to flow over the surface... caught between two wave tops at that gravity would snap any craft in half). An earth probe has gone missing and needs to be recovered. So a bargain is struck with a Mesklinite merchant skipper who is ready to collaborate in return for scientific knowledge. Sci-fi for sure, but nautical too.



Left of Africa. Aurian Society Press, 1976. 160 pages

Gizona, a young Phoenician slave, becomes involved in the Egyptians' first attempt to circumnavigate Africa. In his adventures he deduces that "the world is a ball."




Clewline, Charlie [pseud. George S. Raymond]

The Nautilus, or, The American privateer. A tale of land and sea during the last war. F. Gleason, 1847. 50 pages

Published under the name Frank Clewline

Red Wing, or, the Weird Cruiser of Van Dieman's Land : a Romance of Two Continents. Stringer & Townsend, 1853. 122 pages

The Empress of the Isles, or, The Lake Bravo : a Romance of the Canadian Struggle in 1837. Stringer & Townsend, 1853. 127 pages


Climenson, Emily J. [Jane] (1844-1921)

Strange Adventures in the County of Dorset, A.D. 1747. G.A. Poynder, 1906. 156 pages







Close, Robert S. (1903-1995)

Love Me Sailor! Georgian House, 1945. 260 pages

The voyage of a windjammer and the chaos caused on board by its sole passenger, a neurotic nymphomaniac. Subject of an 'obscene libel' trial





The Dupe, a story of the sea. Vanguard Press, 1947. 277 pages

Aboard the last of the sailing ships, a young man who lives in a dream world takes the fall for the death of the brutal first mate in an attempt to impress his crewmates.





Clowes, William Laird (1856-1905)

The Captain of the "Mary Rose": A tale of tomorrow. Tower, 1892. 306 pages

Set in 1905 at a time of strained international relations. Sailors ashore in Toulon from the British and French fleets have a serious entente un-cordiale which extends to their higher commands and results in a naval battle off the port in which the Royal Navy is severely mauled - a day later French torpedo boats destroy units of the Royal Navy off Portsmouth. Subsequent French strategy is to lay a naval siege to Gibraltar and deny access to the Mediterranean. (The latter situation was a probable the result of the Admiralty's decision not to maintain a naval superiority in the Mediterranean but the investiture of Gibraltar is an unlikely French strategy, but Clowes used it to emphasise the danger. To alert public opinion was the main reason Clowes wrote the novel) The hero is a disgraced naval lieutenant (he leaked details of the Toulon incident to the press) who is given command of a privately owned new armoured cruiser that is to operate as a privateer. He offers to run the French blockade to take orders, for the British counter attack, to the trapped remnants of the Mediterranean Fleet. In this he succeeds, creating havoc amongst the French on the way. The MARY ROSE plays a leading part as the British attack the French from both sides. Our hero is knighted and reinstated in the Royal Navy as a full captain.


Clowes, William Laird and Burgoyne, Alan H. [q.v.] (1880-1929)

Trafalgar Refought. Thomas Nelson, 1905. 328 pages

From 1890 to 1895 Clowes was the naval correspondent for the Times and one of the most influential naval experts of the day; he actually died just before the Centenary for which this book was written. In this constructive study the British and French fleets are as they were at the time (1905) but the Spanish seem to have the Russian type of warships that were to suffer at the hands of the Japanese at Tsushima. The strategic situation runs parallel with the real lead up to Trafalgar, even Diamond Rock is captured by the armoured cruiser CENTAUR. The fleet actions are described with the aid of numerous pullout charts and the likely tactics described in some detail.


Clowes, William Laird and Robinson, Commander C. N.

The Great Naval War of 1887 : an account of an imaginary engagement. Hatchards, 1886. 60 pages

Originally serialised in the ST. JAMES GAZETTE and published as a novelette of 64 pages of first person accounts. The frontispiece is a pull-out chart of the Battle of Flamborough Head. The breakdown of relations between Britain and France, the results of the inevitable naval clash and the military invasion are described and tabulated in some detail. Contempory famous names are barely disguised. In spite of many individual acts of courage the French humiliate and defeat the British and all "because the government failed to properly fund the Royal Navy!"




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