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Wetjen, Albert Richard (1900-1948)

Way for a Sailor!. Century, 1928. 408 pages

Nautical adventure novel of a sailor who travels the world where "voyage follows voyage, girl succeeds girl, sunset follows storm, skippers change, ships change, and Jack Lassan grows to manhood.





Fiddlers' Green, or, The strange adventure of Tommy Lawn : a tale of the great divide of the sailormen. Little, Brown, 1931. 261 pages

After his death Second Mate Tommy Lawn learns that the sailors now go to Fiddlers' Green, an underwater paradise where everything a sailor-man could want is his, including great company. Practically every sailor yarn and maritime legend is featured.





Wheeler, Keith

The Last Mayday. Doubleday, 1968. 333 pages

A novel about an American nuclear submarine, a former Russian Premier, and an international crisis.






Whitaker, Pecry [pseud. John Davies]

Two-and-a-Half Ton Dream. Jenkins, 1959. 190 pages







White, James (1928-1999)

The Watch Below. Whiting & Wheaton, 1966. 192 pages

The five survivors of a sunken tanker adapt over the decades to life deep under the ocean in their cold, dank wreck






White, James Dillon [pseud. Stanley White] (1913-1978)

The Maggie. Heinemann, 1954. 229 pages

Novelization of the film comedy of same name (U.S. title High and Dry).





The Tall Ship. Heinemann, 1958. 271 pages

A battered old sailing ship attempts to run the blockade of the Royal Navy.





Roger Kelso series:

  1. Young Mister Kelso. Hutchinson, 1963. 255 pages

    Kelso joins the East Indiaman Shropshire as fourth mate, with a brutal, drunken captain who terrorises the crew and brings the ship to a state of mutiny.




  3. Kelso of the 'Paragon'. Hutchinson, 1969. 224 pages

    Commander Kelso commands the frigate Paragon of the Honourable East India Company's Marine during the Seven Years War.





  5. A Spread of Sail. Hutchinson, 1975. 192 pages

    In this readable stand-alone story an East India Company Marine ship is wrecked off the Amirantes. Kelso picks up dying survivors and hopes to keep secret that there was treasure in the ship. There is little chance of doing this in Bombay in the 1750s. His search for the treasure attracts the unwelcome attentions of a notorious French pirate who, with his Angrian allies, shadow Kelso in his frigate, the PARAGON, hoping he will lead them to it.



  7. Brave Captain Kelso. Hutchinson, 1959. 223 pages

    Kelso commands the frigate PARAGON of the Bombay Marine. Off the Malabar coast Kelso retakes an East India Company ship from pirates and although he rescues the Commodore's young daughter, who falls hopelessly in love with him, and falls foul of a sadistic major of marines, the worst of his problems stem from his love of Margaret Clive - his friend's wife - when the East India Company with the assistance of the Royal Navy embarks on a strategy to eliminate the pirate menace.



  9. Captain of Marine. Hutchinson, 1960. 208 pages

    This story opens with Calcutta being seized by the Nawab of Bengal in 1756. It was he who placed his British captives in the Black Hole. Kelso is still obsessed by Margaret Clive - and she still hates Kelso for encouraging her husband in his military undertakings. In spite of the presence of the Royal Navy and units of the British Army it is Kelso's intuition and initiative which enables the British to soundly defeat the errant Nawab and at the same time frustrate the French.



  11. The Princess of Persia. Hutchinson, 1961. 223 pages

    After a fierce battle with the French ship of the line Lyon, Captain Kelso and his frigate Paragon arrive at Bombay. There is already a new order waiting for him, and on behalf of the East India Trading Company that wants to build another British base, he sails toward Iran - just like the Lyon.




  13. Commodore Kelso. Hutchinson, 1967. 223 pages

    It is the late 1750's and Roger Kelso is made Commodore of the Bombay Marine, much to the chagrin of a rival captain who has married his friend Lady Susan Verity. This means he must leave his beloved PARAGON and raise his pennant in PROTECTOR. To make matters worse Kelso falls in love with Lady Susan, his rival's wife, and the French and the Dutch want to dislodge the British and possess India themselves



  15. A Wind in the Rigging. Hutchinson, 1973. 256 pages

    Kelso marrys Lady Susan in Bombay during a lull in the war with France. The honeymoon is brought to an abrupt end when from his marriage bed Kelso spots an attacking pirate fleet. Kelso is captured but he is released because of his new wife's ability to turn a fate worse than death to an advantage. Lady Susan wants to make money out of India, much to her husbands disgust, so while she exploits the natives he attempts to eliminate the pirate threat.



  17. Fair Wind to Malabar. Hutchinson, 1978. 194 pages

    After the defeat of France and Holland two French warships ally themselves to the Mahrattan pirates and threaten the prosperity of India. Commodore Kelso of the Bombay Marine has to deal with this threat. To aggravate the situation, Kelso's wife Susan, on her way to England in disgrace, has been captured by the pirates.





White, Leslie Turner (1903-1967)

Look Away, Look Away. Random House, 1943. 326 pages

In 1867, defeated Confederates flee to Brazil in a single boat.





Lord Johnnie. Crown, 1949. 308 pages

Leader of London's underworld in the 1750s escapes hanging, goes to sea as pirate, captures ship and heads for New York.






White, Richard

Sword of the North. Pegma, 1983. 400 pages

Scots/Norse voyage to New England in the 13th century.






White, Robb (1909-1990)

The Nub. Little, Brown, 1935. 253 pages

Ten year old James Inglesby (nicknamed "the Nub") accidentally stows away on a schooner bound for the Caribbean.




The Smuggler's Sloop. Little, Brown, 1937. 249 pages

Siblings Tobie and Tommy participate in a series of Caribbean adventures ending with a perilous trip aboard a smuggler's boat




Midshipman Lee. Little, Brown, 1938. 249 pages





Three Against the Sea. Harper & Bros., 1940. 416 pages

Sea stories for children set in the West Indies.





Sailor in the Sun. Harper & Bros., 1941. 242 pages

Cherry has to go live with her uncle, who doesn't like little girls. So she disguises herself as Jerry and has sailing adventures in South Florida




The Lion's Paw. Doubleday, 1946. 243 pages

The story of two runaway orphans who help a teenage boy sail his father's sailboat from Brunswick, Georgia to Sanibel Island, Florida to prevent it from being sold by an uncle who believes the father dead after being MIA in the Pacific at the close of WW II. The boy believes that if he finds a particular sea shell, a lion's paw, his father will come back to him. "It was a great boy's story to read growing up in the '50s." [AW]



Secret Sea. Doubleday, 1947. 243 pages

Young naval officer seeks SANTA YBEL, a sunken Spanish treasure ship with the aid of a waterfront urchin. For young readers.




Sail Away. Doubleday, 1948. 243 pages

Two boys and a girl are carried away in a sloop from the coast of Florida into the Atlantic. They are pursued by an opium smuggler.




Candy. Doubleday, 1949. 246 pages

Candy is a 13 year old girl who loves sailing. When a hurricane destroys her boat, a mysterious man gives her a beautiful sailboat




Deep Danger. Doubleday, 1952. 190 pages

A veteran of World War II submarine warfare and his teenage brother go on a treasure hunt to find the missing money from a sunken Nazi sub




Midshipman Lee of the Naval Academy. Random House, 1954. 216 pages

Life at Annapolis





Up Periscope. Doubleday, 1956. 251 pages

How Ken Braden, lieutenant junior grade, and the submarine 'Shark' went 3,000 miles through Japanese-infested Pacific waters to steal a code from an enemy-held island. For young readers.




Flight Deck. Doubleday, 1961. 215 pages

Young American naval officer serves as a dive bomber pilot at Midway, then following injuries that take him off flight status, becomes a coastwatcher during the Solomons campaign. For Young readers.




Torpedo Run: Mutiny and Adventure Aboard a Navy PT Boat During World War II. Doubleday, 1962. 183 pages

A tightly knit torpedo boat team operating off the New Guinea coast faces splintering loyalties and possible mutiny when their captain is killed and his replacement turns out to be an ignorant martinette fresh from stateside officers' school. For young readers.




Surrender. Doubleday, 1966. 240 pages

Following the Japanese bombing of the Philippine Islands, four young people are trapped during the invasion





Silent Ship, Silent Sea. Doubleday, 1967. 232 pages

USN destroyer CANON, desperately wounded in opening battles off Guadacanal faces a 1000 mile voyage through enemy-controlled waters to reach safety. Based loosely on the events surrounding the loss of the JARVIS.




The Frogmen. Doubleday, 1973. 239 pages

Four misfits from the navy UDT school are accidently sent to the Pacific for a priority, secret mission. They are to aid a Nissei graduate of the USNA solve the mystery of Japanese mines blocking access to an invasion beach days before the invasion is set to take place. Occurs 1944-45. Young adult book.










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