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Nautical Fiction Index

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DuBose, LaRocque

Aye, Aye, Sir! Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1958. 173 pages

A Midshipman - who is also the Captain's son - reaches maturity during a voyage to China






Du Brul, Jack B.

Vulcan's Forge. Forge, 1998. 348 pages

Philip Mercer, geologist and one- time commando, unexpectedly finds himself caught in the middle of a global crisis when he tries to rescue the daughter of an old friend who's being kept under armed guard at a local hospital. A nuclear bomb born undersea volcano with a rogue Russian submarine lurking near it, a violent secessionist movement in Hawaii, gun battles in the New York subway system, diplomatic breakdown in the Far East... can Mercer get us out of this mess?



Dubus, Andre (1936-1999)

The Lieutenant. Dial, 1969. 199 pages

A young Marine Corps officer is under a senior Navy officer's command on an aircraft carrier stationed off Japan. When some enlisted men act out pranks that can suggest homosexual associations, the Lieutenant is held responsible and he recalls why he came to the Corps and what it means to him.




du Maurier, Daphne (1907-1989)

Frenchman's Creek. Doubleday, Doran, 1942. 310 pages

A romance novel about a woman and a pirate, some of which takes place on the pirate ship.





Duprey, Richard A. [Allen] (1929-1993)

Duel on the wind: a Novel of the America's Cup Challenge. St. Martin's, 1976. 404 pages

About a fictitious 1977 Cup challenge by the Saudi Arabians!





Durbin, Chris

Carlisle and Holbrooke Naval Adventures

  1. The Colonial Post-Captain. self, 2017. 325 pages

    The Western Mediterranean, 1756. An uneasy peace is about to be shattered as France’s greatest living general prepares an invasion force in Toulon; but where is it bound? Captain Carlisle hails from Virginia, a loyal colony of the British Crown. As the clouds of war gather, Carlisle’s small frigate — Fury — is ordered to Toulon on a reconnaissance mission. If battling the winter weather in the Gulf of Lions is not a sufficient challenge, Carlisle must also juggle the delicate diplomatic issues in this period of pre-war tension while contending with an increasingly belligerent French frigate.



  3. The Leeward Islands Squadron. self, 2018. 329 pages

    In late 1756, as the British government collapses in the aftermath of the loss of Minorca and the country and navy are thrown into political chaos, a small force of ships is sent to the West Indies to reinforce the Leeward Islands Squadron. Captain Edward Carlisle, a native of Virginia, and his first lieutenant George Holbrooke are fresh from the Mediterranean and their capture of a powerful French man-of-war. Their new frigate Medina has orders to join a squadron commanded by a terminally ill commodore. Their mission: a near-suicidal assault on a strong Caribbean island fortress.



  5. The Jamaica Station. self, 2018. 335 pages

    It is 1757, and the British navy is regrouping from a slow start to the seven years war. A Spanish colonial governor and his family are pursued through the Caribbean by a pair of mysterious ships from the Dutch island of St. Eustatius. The British frigate Medina rescues the governor from his hurricane-wrecked ship, leading Captain Edward Carlisle and his first lieutenant George Holbrooke into a web of intrigue and half-truths.



  7. Holbrooke's Tide. self, 2019. 340 pages

    It is 1758 and the Seven Years War is at its height. The Duke of Cumberland’s Hanoverian army has been pushed back to the river Elbe while the French are using the medieval fortified city of Emden to resupply their army and to anchor its left flank. George Holbrooke is under orders to survey and blockade the approaches to Emden in advance of the arrival of a British squadron.




  9. The Cursed Fortress. self, 2019. 331 pages






  11. Perilous Shore. self, 2019. 335 pages






  13. Rocks and Shoals. self, 2020. 335 pages






  15. Niagara Squadron. self, 2020. 334 pages






  17. Ligurian Mission. self, 2021. 338 pages






  19. Nor'west by North. self, 2021. 333 pages






  21. Carlisle's Duty. self, 2022. 335 pages






  23. Treacherous Moon. self, 2022. 336 pages






  25. Cousins at Arms. self, 2023. 322 pages






  27. An Upright Man. self, 2023. 328 pages






  29. Old Bahama Straits. self, 2024. 330 pages






Durham, Lieutenant Commander Victor G. (Pseudonym)

Submarine Boys series

  1. The Submarine Boys On Duty; Or, Life on a Diving Torpedo Boat. Henry Altemus, 1909. 253 pages

    Two 16-year-old boys, Jack Benson and Hal Hastings, find employment at a boatyard building a new submarine boat. The submarine's inventor, David Pollard, hopes to sell his boat, the POLLARD, to the US Navy. Jack and Hal become crewmembers of the POLLARD upon her launching, with Jack as captain. Eph Somers, also 16 years old, joins the crew as they successfully demonstrate the POLLARD to the Navy. During their adventures, the Submarine Boys foil sabotage attempts by a former employee of the boatyard, capture an escaped lunatic, and nab the embezzler of a young heiress's fortune.


  3. The Submarine Boys' Trial Trip; Or, "Making Good" as Young Experts. Henry Altemus, 1909. 212 pages






  5. The Submarine Boys and the Middies; Or, The Prize Detail at Annapolis. Henry Altemus, 1909. 249 pages






  7. The Submarine Boys and the Spies; Or, Dodging the Sharks of the Deep. Henry Altemus, 1910. 251 pages






  9. The Submarine Boys' Lightning Cruise; Or, The Young Kings of the Deep. Henry Altemus, 1910. 250 pages






  11. The Submarine Boys For the Flag; Or, Deeding Their Lives to Uncle Sam. Henry Altemus, 1910. 249 pages






  13. The Submarine Boys and the Smugglers; Or, Breaking Up the New Jersey Customs Frauds. Henry Altemus, 1912. 249 pages






  15. The Submarine Boys' Secret Mission; or, Beating an Ambassador's Game. Henry Altemus, 1912. 212 pages






Du Soe, Robert C. [Coleman] (1892-1958)

Sea Boots. Longmans, Green, 1949. 186 pages

A tale of deep sea fishing along the lower California coast.





The Boatswain's Boy. Longmans, Green, 1950. 277 pages

The trials of a midshipman fighting under Stephen Decatur during the war with the Barbary pirates.





Your Orders, Sir. Longmans, Green, 1953. 184 pages

A boy quickly rises in the ranks of the U.S. Navy during the War of 1812.





Detached Command. Longmans, Green, 1954. 206 pages

The War of 1812 had ended, but the warship Petrel must still protect the seas.







Dybek, Nick

When Captain Flint Was Still a Good Man. Riverhead Books, 2012. 306 pages

Every fall, the men of Loyalty Island sail from the Olympic Peninsula up to the Bering Sea, to spend the winter catching king crab. To Cal, Alaska remains as mythical and mysterious as Treasure Island. But while Cal is too young to accompany his father, he is old enough to know that everything depends on the fate of those boats thousands of miles north. He is also old enough to wonder about his mother's relationship with John Gaunt, owner of the fleet. Then Gaunt dies suddenly, leaving the business in the hands of his son. Soon Cal stumbles on evidence that his father may have taken measures to salvage their way of life. As winter comes on, he is forced to make a terrible choice.


Dyer, Brian

The Celtic Queen. Mason & Lipscomb, 1974. 185 pages

Irishman escapes poverty by becoming a crewman aboard the flagship of the White Star Line. Guess the name of that ship.






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