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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Jea - Jen

Jean, Rima L.

The Noble Pirates. Cogito Media Group, 2011. 352 pages

A vacation in the Bahamas goes awry, and a woman from 2009 unexpectedly finds herself in 1718 - amidst the notorious bad boys of the Golden Age of Piracy, Edward England, Howel Davis, and Black Bart Roberts. Sabrina happens to be carrying a book about pirates when she is swept into the past, and that book contains biographies of the very men she meets. She forms relationships with them and learns that, contrary to what she previously thought, they are sailors, servants, and slaves who were pressed into service, victims of social and historical circumstances of the era.



Jeans, T. T. [Thomas Tendron] (1871-1938)

Mr. Midshipman Glover, R.N. : A Tale of the Royal Navy of To-day. Blackie and Son, 1909. 1 volume

With government connivance British Naval officers are being hired as naval mercenaries to Chinese business interests, provided with newly built warships and charged with destroying the powerful pirate organisations preying on commerce in the China Seas.




Ford of H.M.S. Vigilant: A Tale of the Chusan Archipelago. Blackie & Son, 1910. 352 pages






On Foreign Service, or, The Santa Cruz Revolution. Blackie & Son, 1911. 381 pages

British citizens and business interests are suffering at the hands of the dictator of Santa Cruz, Central America; retribution arrives in the form of two Royal Navy armoured cruisers - the HECTOR and the HERCULES. The British are not as impartial as perhaps they should be. One of the leading insurgents is the brother of the hero of the story, Sub-Lieutenant William Wilson, RN and eventually a pro-British president is in power.



John Graham Sub-Lieutenant R.N.A. : A Tale of the Atlantic Fleet. Blackie & Son, 1913. 382 pages

The eponymous sub-lieutenant tells the story of the Atlantic Fleet during its ordinary routine of showing the flag and battle practice and how the intense rivalry between the ship's companies of the six battleships manifests itself throughout the fleet and particularly among the gunroom officers.



Gunboat and Gun-runner: A Tale of the Persian Gulf. Blackie & Son, 1915. 384 pages






A Naval Venture: The War Story of an Armoured Cruiser. Blackie & Son, 1917. 416 pages






The Gun-Runners. Blackie & Son, 1928. 319 pages







Jekel, Pamela

Sea Star: the private life of Anne Bonny, pirate queen. Harmony, 1983. 391 pages







Jenkins, Geoffrey (1920-2001)

A Twist of Sand. Collins, 1959. 252 pages

Takes place on the African coast and is split over time, flashing back to WW II and a nuclear U-boat. This comes as a flashback from the main character who was an allied submarine skipper and sank the U-boat. In the "present-day" sequence a search, possibly for oil, comes into it, and some of the Nazis reappear. A good bit of thud and blunder. Made into a film.




The Watering Place of Good Peace. Collins, 1960. 318 pages

John Barrow persuades Ian Ogilvie to leave Pretoria and work day and night to build an electric shark barrier on the lonely Mozambique coast - 100 years earlier another Barrow and Ogilvie had come to the same place on a sinister enterprise which ended in tragedy and death. What is the link?




A Grue of Ice. Viking, 1962. 242 pages

Modern whaling, his best book, some think.






The River of Diamonds. Viking, 1964. 246 pages

Diamonds lie on the sea-bed off the coast of South Africa. A ship specially built to recover them, the MAZY ZED, is anchored off Mercury Island, where the headman, an Englishman, is determined to sabotage the operation.




Hunter Killer. Putnam, 1967. 288 pages

Cold War nuclear submarine tale.






The Hollow Sea. Putnam, 1972. 253 pages

A Scend of Sea in UK. All about nuclear subs and ICBMs and takes place in the (then) present or near future. It's a sort of chase book, set in the Indian Ocean and revolves about an RN? ICBM and the faked death of its inventor. The chase takes place between various Western factions rather than the usual cold war scenario. Worth a read.




A Bridge of Magpies. Collins, 1974. 254 pages

A story of U-boats, torpedoed liners, sunken frigates and Nazi-Japanese skullduggery carried through to the present day and centred on the eponymous landmark on South Africas Diamond Coast. The Author's customary ability to give a desolate and inhospitable landscape a magical and mysterious aura and to populate his stories with unusual characters makes this a good yarn.



Southtrap. Collins, 1979. 294 pages

A thrill-seekers cruise in the South Atlantic ends in murder and shipwreck on a wind lashed island.





A Ravel of Waters. Collins, 1981. 252 pages

A revolutionary computerized sailing ship is out to break the speed record from South America to the Cape of Good Hope. Her captain is murdered, her journey sabotaged and the world watches as a lone yachtsman trys to complete it.





Jennings, John Edward [pseuds. Joel Williams, Bates Baldwin] (1906-1973)

Coasts of Folly. Reynal and Hitchcock, 1942. 274 pages

Revolution in and off the shores of South America in the early 19th century. Published as by Joel Williams.




The Salem Frigate. Doubleday, 1946. 500 pages

Uptight doctor and roguish carpenter play out their rivalry over the same women in the US Navy of 1798-1815, centered on the frigate ESSEX, which they helped build. During the course of the story both serve on the ESSEX during its first voyage, the PHILADELPHIA during the Barbary Wars and the ESSEX again in the War of 1812. The doctor also sees action on the PRESIDENT in its fight with the LITTLE BELT.



River to the West : a novel of the Astor Adventure. Doubleday, 1948. 386 pages

John Jacob Astor's fir emipre in the Pacific Northwest.





The Sea Eagles, a story of the American Navy during the Revolution; of the men who fought and the ships they sailed and the women who stood behind them. Doubleday, 1950. 299 pages

Joshua Barney helps win the Revolutionary war.




The Tide of Empire. Holt, 1952. 309 pages

A young Irishman voyages to California in the days of the great gold rush. Published as by Bates Baldwin





Rogue's Yarn. Little, Brown, 1953. 311 pages

Son of a Maryland farmer joins a Quaker branch of the family that runs a shipping company. Boredom and entanglements with a French woman leads him to take to the sea during the Quasi-War with France, becoming a privateer and later serving aboard the CONSTELLATION.




Banners Against the Wind. Little, Brown, 1954. 299 pages

Biographical novel of Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe and his medical service in Greece.





Chronicle of the Calypso, Clipper; a novel of the golden days of the California trade, of the great ocean race around Cape Horn, of the clipper ships, and of the men - and women- who sailed in them. Little, Brown, 1955. 295 pages

Maiden voyage of the clipper ship CALYPSO, as it races the WOLFHOUND from New York to San Francisco during Gold Rush days. It's cargo? Argonettes -- a load of women from New York City, including 30 hookers from a bordello relocating to San Francisco. The madam arranged for the charter to conceal the nature of her charges! A hoot.


The Wind in His Fists; a novel of Ireland and Spain and Barbary, in the middle of the sixteenth century: of the struggle between Christendom and Islam, the power of the Turks in the Mediterranean, and the terror of the "Scourge of Allah," 1557-1571. Holt, 1956. 384 pages

Irish farmboy leaves for abroad to escape a murder charge, but as an archer in Spain, helps some Moors and ends up sentenced to the galleys. After regaining his freedom through an act of courage he is again sentenced to the galleys, but is freed by the Moslems. He then becomes the terror of the Mediterranean as a Barbary corsair. Based loosely on an ancestor of Jennings. Does not get to sea for the first third of the novel.


The Tall Ships. McGraw-Hill, 1958. 229 pages

Young Marylander joins the frigate CHESAPEAKE to escape a hometown scandal, but get invalided out of the Navy after its battle with the LEOPARD. Seeking to remain at sea, he signs on with a fast merchant ship that makes its fortune by ignoring various British, French, & US embargo laws. When the War of 1812 starts, the hero signs on with the same skipper, who is now a privateer, and goes to Britain seeking his lady-love.




The Raider, a novel of World War I; the chronicle of a gallant ship. Morrow, 1963. 272 pages

Fictionalization of the exploits of SMS EMDEN in WW I. This German light cruiser cut a swath from China to Africa and back, before finally getting trapped in the Indian Ocean by HMAS SYDNEY.






Jennings, Luke (1953- )

Atlantic. Hutchinson, 1995. 237 pages

Set in 1947, a young schoolboy is taken by his father on a transatlantic liner to New York so that he can have a heart operation. Within the confines of the liner, and with the emotional and physical debris of the war still evident, the passengers embark on a voyage into the unknown.





Jennings, William Dale (1917-2000)

The Sinking of the Sarah Diamond. Paul S. Eriksson, 1974. 149 pages

Against his better judgement an old sea captain agrees to sail one last ship to Boston from South America, only to find out it is literally a sinking ship beset by sabotage, pirates, and numerous other misfortunes





Jensen, Carsten (1952- )

We, the Drowned. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 693 pages

Original title: Vi, de druknede. In 1848 a motley crew of Danish sailors sets sail from the small island town of Marstal to fight the Germans. Not all of them return, and those who do will never be the same again. The novel spans four generations, two world wars and a hundred years.




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