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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Maf - Marr

Maffeo, Steven E.

The Perfect Wreck - Old Ironsides and HMS Java: A Story of 1812. Fireship Press, 2011. 382 pages

HMS Java and the USS Constitution (the famous "Old Ironsides") face off in the War of 1812's most spectacular blue-water frigate action. Their separate stories begin in August 1812-one in England and the other in New England. Then, the tension and suspense rise, week-by-week, as the ships cruise the Atlantic, slowly and inevitably coming together for the final life-and-death climax.




Maher, T. F.

The Swoop of the Falcon. Dent, 1953. 192 pages

Adventures for two boys around the coast of Southern England






Main Royal [pseud. Walter Edwin Mouldey] (1880-1958)

The Second Dog Watch [short stories]. Thorsons, 1948. 280 pages






Not In the Log [short stories]. Pegasus, 1953. 255 pages






The Wind Vane [short stories]. Unwin, 1957. 178 pages








Maitland, Alan (Editor)

Favourite Sea Stories from Seaside Al. Viking, 1996. 322 pages

In this delightful anthology of maritime stories, we meet mermen and maids, Nova Scotia fishermen, and Stevenson's bottle imp. We visit the isle of Inishmoor, the cliffs of Connemara, and the Queen Charlotte Islands. We travel aboard a cargo ship bound for Bombay, feel the ocean spray in our faces,and discover a manuscript in a bottle. The waves (dawn) / Virginia Woolf -- Three villages / Emily Carr -- Coqueville on the spree / Emile Zola -- Port after port, the same baggage / Janette Turner Hospital -- The ocean spray / Malcolm Lowry -- The feeding of the emigrants / Lawrence Houseman -- The waves (early morning) / Virginia Woolf -- The lighthouse of Les Sanguinaires / Alphonse Daudet -- The boat / Jane Urquhart -- The fisherman and his soul / Oscar Wilde -- Far enough island / Lesley Choyce -- On the sea / Ivan Turgenev -- The waves (early afternoon) / Virginia Woolf -- Ebb tide / L. Rossiter -- The wreck / Guy de Maupassant -- The Aran Islands: fist visit / J.M. Synge -- The deep waters / E. Pauline Johnson -- The waves (dusk) / Virginia Woolf -- The little mermaid / Hans Christian Andersen -- The bottle imp / Robert Lous Stevenson -- Soaked in seaweed / Stephen Leacock.



Malcolmson, Anne Burnett (1910-2013) and McCormick, Dell J. (1892-1949)

Mister Stormalong. Houghton Mifflin, 1952. 136 pages

Life and adventures of Stormalong, the mighty seaman, from childhood to his entry into Davy Jones' Locker






Malkus, Alida Sims (1888-1976)

Pirates' Port : a tale of old New York. Harper, 1929. 251 pages






Eastward Sweeps the Current : a saga of the Polynesian Sea-farers. John C. Winston, 1937. 294 pages






Mallalieu, J. P. W. (Joseph Percival W.) (1908-1980)

Very Ordinary Seaman. Gollancz, 1944. 278 pages

Written during WW II; vividly describes in fictionalised style the life on the lower deck, from joining the Royal Navy and through to service aboard a destroyer on Murmansk convoy protection duties. One of the best books of its genre.




Extraordinary Seaman. Macgibbon & Kee, 1957. 179 pages

This fictionalised account of the life and career of Captain Lord Cochrane, tenth Earl of Dundonald, is divided into ten chapters and covers the SPEEDY and the EL GAMO sea fight to his service against Spain in the Chilean and Peruvian Wars of Independence.





Mandel, Paul (1929-1965)

Mainside. Random House, 1962. 373 pages

A closeted Navy officer has his comfortable existence overturned when he is arbitrarily ordered to find out why a socially prominent aviator killed himself.




The Black Ship. Random House, 1968. 371 pages

US PT boat stalks German destroyer run by the SS in the English Channel during WW II. Paul Mandel's unfinished manuscript was completed by his wife Sheila.






Mangione, Jerre Gerlando (1909-1998)

The Ship and the Flame. Current Books, 1948. 311 pages

A novel about some refugees, mostly political, who escape from Europe at the beginning of the Second World War. They are stopped by a U-boat, which arrests several but one, Joseph Renner, prefers to commit suicide. When the ship lands in Mexico, their visas are found to be fraudulent and they are denied entry. Stiano Argento, a liberal professor, more actively anti-fascist since Renner's death, attempts to raise money for the bond which will enable them to land, but fails. None seem to realize the seriousness of their plight as the Captain, a Nazi sympathizer, decides to go to Casablanca where they will face death or imprisonment.



Mann, Paul

The Britannia Contract. Carroll & Graf, 1993. 443 pages

Arabs hijack the royal yacht BRITANNIA with Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip aboard during a royal visit to Saudi Arabia. The ransom demands are outrageous, so special forces attempt a spectacular rescue.





Manning, Charles

48 South. Inner Circle, 1990. 285 pages

Seven ex-Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm officers are recruited, with the British Governments approval, by Argentina to help train the Special Air Attack Group. The Group is a top secret project conceived as a means to eliminate the British Navy when it arrives in the South Atlantic in response to the Argentines proposed invasion of the Falkland Islands. In this innovative story, the Group, which incidentally has a significant proportion of women pilots, will use large numbers of locally produced, deadly, but low tech Corsair fighter-bombers to swamp the fleets defence systems. Once they have eliminated the small number of very high tech Harriers that make up the Royal Navy's air defence they would use the same tactics to destroy enough warships to force the British to relinquish their claim to the Islands. Interestingly different!



March-Phillipps, Gus [Gustavus Henry] (1908-1942)

Storm in a Teacup. G. Bell, 1936. 304 pages

Mis-matched couples have a perfectly miserable time on a yachting cruise






Margerison, John Strong (1887-1925)

The Navy's Way. Duckworth, 1916. 187 pages

Action! : Stories from the Modern Navy. Hodder & Stoughton, 1917. 288 pages

Turret and Torpedo : Tales of the Navy Trade. C. Arthur Pearson, 1917. 120 pages

Periscope and Propeller : More Tales of the Navy Trade. C. Arthur Pearson, 1917. 118 pages

Destroyer Trilogy:

  1. Destroyer Doings. C. Arthur Pearson, 1918. 114 pages

  2. The Hungry Hundred (Royal Navy Reserve). C. Arthur Pearson, 1918. 189 pages

  3. Hunters of the U-Boat. C. Arthur Pearson, 1918. 108 pages

Petrol Patrols. Hodder & Stoughton, 1918. 250 pages

Torpedo Versus Gun: The Story of a Nevy Bet. C. Arthur Pearson, 1919. 115 pages

Midshipman Rex Carew, V.C. T. Nelson & Sons, 1919. 346 pages


Marmur, Jacland (1901-1970)

Ecola! Doubleday, Doran, 1928. 260 pages






Wind Driven. Eveleigh Nash & Grayson, 1930. 282 pages

Sailors become entangled in a South American revolution.





The Sea and the Shore. Henry Holt, 1941. 328 pages

Life and marriage of a boy who grows to manhood as a seaman





Sea Duty and Other Stories of Naval Action. Henry Holt, 1944. 168 pages

Band of brothers -- The skipper's flag -- Fisherman's luck -- The admiral's deck -- Dutch treat -- The star of Sarunagi -- Double play -- Sea duty -- Problem at sea -- The duel -- Oh, Susanna! -- The seed of greatness -- Victory at Jutland.




Andromeda. Henry Holt, 1947. 279 pages

This is the story of the gunless cargo steamer, Andromeda, her Captain and crew of old timers who survived the last war and reminisce back to it, the hopeless crossing she is to make from Singapore to Frisco after war has been declared. They carry two passengers, Nancy Paget, who is young, lovely, arrogant, and Alexander Bane, an older man; and to Nancy the war first becomes a reality when the quartermaster is shot from the mast. She falls in love with John Flemming, the chief mate, and admits her involvement only when the Andromeda is spotted by a submarine, and her sinking seems a surety, though Bane, Japanese agent, attempts to save the ship and his own life.


The Ransom of Peter Drake. Saturday Evening Post, January 3, 1948

Short story. The story about a radio operator who panicked and did not get a distress call out when his ship sank, causing the crew to spend weeks in a lifeboat before being rescued. He signs on another ship as an ordinary seaman. Well you guessed it, the ship starts sinking and he has a chance to redeem himself.




The Edge of Chaos. Hale, 1969. 258 pages








Marquand, J. P. [John Phillips] (1893-1960)

The Black Cargo. Scribner, 1925. 270 pages

Charles Jervaile tells the story of his father in the 1830s — a tale of trading ships, slavers, piracy, murder, and financial ruin.






Marryat, Frederick (1792-1848)

The Naval Officer: or Scenes and Adventures in the Life of Frank Mildmay. Henry Colburn, 1829. 3 volumes

Marryat's first novel. A delightful read. The adventures of Frank Mildmay during his service in the Royal Navy during the late Napoleonic Wars. Many of the incidents were based on Marryat's experiences during his early service, so the novel was often confused with an autobiography. However, to create a more interesting tale, Marryat made Mildmay a rake, with the disconcerting -- for Marryat -- result that everyone assumed that everything attributed to Mildmay was really the good captain's character. Created the Hornblower-Aubrey mold so often copied.

The King's Own. H. Colburn and R. Bentley, 1830. 3 volumes

The hero, not knowing himself to be the grandson of a noble admiral, rises in the navy through his own abilities, but is murdered when on the brink of coming into his own. Has many stirring sea episodes, based on Marryat's wide experience.

Newton Foster; or The Merchant Service. J. Cochrane, 1832. 3 volumes

Master of a coastal brig, pressed, against the rules, into the Royal Navy, our hero ends up in an East Indaman and goes into action with the Bombay Marine, rising to the command of an Indiaman, he rescues a noble French family, and marries their daughter.

Peter Simple. Allen & Ticknor, 1833. 154 pages

Peter Simple, fool younger son of a younger son is packed off to the Navy, where his mentor, the Corkman O'Brien, Master's Mate of the DIOMEDE decides that Simple may not be a fool. Based on the exploits of Lord Cochrane when he commanded frigates Marryat served in.

Jacob Faithful; or The Story of a Waterman. Saunders and Otley, 1834. 3 volumes

Faithful spends his first decade on his father's Thames lighter and only steps foot on shore when his mother spontaneously combusts and his father drowns after leaping from the cabin in panic at the sight. That's a brave enough start to a life and a novel. And there's more. The mother, penniless in life, drew crowds as a pile of ashes and was eventually bought by a surgeon. Proceeds from show and sale set our man up with a 47 pounds for a good start in life. With such a start, and despite opportunities for education and clerking, Faithful continues on the river, apprenticed first to a bargeman and then a wherryman. Finally, over three quarters of the way through the book, our man is pressed into the Royal navy. A picaresque account of river life, with plentiful villains and much yarning from those who have seen service in the Navy or the Greenland Fishery and a liberal splattering of nautical metaphor. So if you can accept the doldrum pace of young Tom's laboured puns, you have a fine tale of early 19th century London when the Thames was a bustling thoroughfare.

Japhet in Search of a Father. E.L. Carey and A. Hart, 1835. 2 volumes

The Pacha of Many Tales. Saunders and Otley, 1835. 3 volumes

Mr. Midshipman Easy. Saunders and Otley, 1836. 3 volumes

His best known work. The coming-of-age story of a naive but intelligent and courageous midshipman during the Age of Sail. Easy is said to have been inspired by the adventures of Cochrane when he was a young midshipman.

The Pirate and The Three Cutters. Longmans, 1836. 315 pages

Two short novels, sharing a brisk light-hearted style.
"The Pirate": Twin brothers are separated in infancy. One grows up a member of a pirate gang, the other becomes a naval officer. The pirate brother eschews the pirates' evil ways (as in THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE), the brothers meet, are reconciled, defeat the pirate leader, and find his treasure.
"The Three Cutters": A noble yachtsman foolishly tries to assist a revenue cutter in seizing a smuggler. The gentlemanly smuggler hijacks the yacht, assumes the identity of the yachtsman, lands his cargo, and wins the heart of a fair (and rich) widow who is a guest on the yacht. Must be one of the earliest fictional accounts of yachting.

Snarleyyow; or The Dog Fiend. H. Colburn, 1837. 3 volumes

Smuggling and Jacobites in 1699, " a purely literary sense [his] real masterpiece..." [The Oxford Companion...].

The Phantom Ship. H. Colburn, 1839. 122 pages

The "Flying Dutchman."

Poor Jack. Longmans, 1840. 384 pages

Set in and around the Greenwich naval pensioners' hospital. Contains the oldest recorded lyrics to SPANISH LADIES.

Olla Podrida. Longmans, 1840. 3 volumes

A collection.

Joseph Rushbrook ; or, the Poacher. Longmans, 1841. 3 volumes

Masterman Ready; or, The Wreck of the Pacific. Longmans, 1841. 3 volumes

A tale of shipwreck and castaways for young readers.

Percival Keene. H. Colburn, 1842. 3 volumes

Napoleonic naval warfare.

The Privateersman, or One Hundred Years Ago. Longmans, 1846. 2 volumes








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