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Nautical Fiction Index

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Beresford, J. D. (John Davys) (1873-1947) and Wynne-Tyson, Esmé (1898-1972)

Men in the Same Boat. Hutchison, 1943. 103 pages

A torpedoed ship’s lifeboat which drifts helplessly across the seas while its inmates struggle vainly against thirst, hunger and exposure.




Bergengren, Ralph (1871-1947)

Gentlemen All and Merry Companions. B.J. Brimmer, 1922. 247 pages

A complete account of the domestic life, and professional adventures of Red Whisker, Yellow Mustaches, and other noted American pirates. They stole a schoolm'am to educate them, and a servant girl to keep house for them. They were temporarily converted to total abstinence. Their rescue and adoption of a baby must ever stand to their credit, and indicates with some exceptions the spark of goodness that exists, with some exceptions, in the worst of men




Berger, Josef (1903-1971)

Bowleg Bill, the sea-going cowboy : or, Ship ahoy & let 'er buck! Being the adventures of a Wyoming ranch-hand as recounted by the best-accredited liars' benches along the entire coast of Massachusetts in which new and valuable hints to the whaleman, fisherman, and the young student of deep-water navigation are freely given, along with a narrative of astonishing exploits among the creatures of the deep and the not-too-deep, including sparm whale, swordfish, blue shark, sea sarpint, mermaid, and the skipper's wife as well as many others. Recorded by Jeremiah Digges. Viking, 1938. 188 pages


Swordfisherman Jim. Little, Brown, 1939. 296 pages






Subchaser Jim. Little, Brown, 1943. 302 pages






Counterspy Jim. Little, Brown, 1946. 308 pages







Berres, Frances

The Deep Sea Adventure series:

  1. The Sea Hunt. Harr Wagner, 1959. 69 pages






  3. Storm Island. Harr Wagner, 1959. 66 pages






  5. Treasure Under the Sea. Harr Wagner, 1959. 74 pages






  7. Sea Gold. Harr Wagner 1959. 73 pages






  9. Submarine Rescue. Harr Wagner, 1959. 73 pages






  11. Enemy Agents. Harr Wagner, 1959. 81 pages






  13. Castaways. Harr Wagner, 1959. 81 pages






  15. The Pearl Divers. Harr Wagner, 1959. 89 pages






  17. Frogmen in Action. Harr Wagner, 1959. 89 pages






  19. Danger Below. Harr Wagner, 1962. 97 pages






  21. Whale Hunt. (author: James C. Coleman) Harr Wagner, 1962. 98 pages






  23. Rocket Divers. (author: James C. Coleman) Harr Wagner, 1962. 98 pages







Berry, Don

To Build a Ship. Viking Press, 1963. 209 pages

Building a ship in the wilderness on Tillamook Bay in the early pioneer days.





Berry, Erick [pseud. Allena Champlin] (1892-1974)

Go and Find Wind. Oxford University Press, 1939. 251 pages

On board a clipper ship in the 1850s.





Besant, Walter (1836-1901)

The World Went Very Well Then. Chatto & Windus, 1887. 3 volumes


Besant, Walter and Rice, James (1843-1882)

'Twas in Trafalgar's Bay, and other stories. Chatto & Windus, 1879. 343 pages

The Chaplain of the Fleet. Chatto & Windus, 1881. 3 volumes

Dealing with the peace-time manners, customs and infighting of the Royal Navy on shore. The "fleet" in the title refers to Fleet Prison


Best, Herbert Nelson (1894-1980)

The Sea Warriors. Macmillan, 1959. 176 pages

Two young Vikings attempt to rescue an older brother who has been kidnapped






Bevan, Tom (1868-1938)

Sea-Dogs All! a Tale of Forest and Sea. Thomas Nelson, 1907. 320 pages

Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada






Beverley-Giddings, A.R. [Arthur Raymond] (1899-1970)

The Rival Shores. Morrow, 1956. 320 pages

Chesapeake Bay during Revolutionary War Era Maryland






Beyer, Audrey White (1916-1985)

Capture at Sea. Knopf, 1959. 148 pages

The story of two Yankee boys in the British naval service during the War of 1812






Biemiller, Carl L. (1912-1979)

The Hydronauts

  1. The Hydronauts. Doubleday, 1970. 131 pages






  3. Follow the Whales: the Hydronauts Meet the Otter-people. Further Adventures of the Hydronauts. Doubleday, 1973. 185 pages





  5. Escape from the Crater: More Adventures of the Hydronauts. Doubleday, 1974. 203 pages







Biggins, John (1949- )

Otto Prohaska series:.

  1. Tomorrow the World : in which Cadet Otto Prohaska carries the Habsburg Empire's civilizing mission to the entirely unreceptive peoples of Africa and Oceania. Heinemann, 1994. 289 pages

    Loosely based on the round-the-world voyage in 1900-1902 of the steam frigate DONAU, which was the last wooden sailing warship to make an ocean cruise.




  3. A Sailor of Austria : in which, without really intending to, Otto Prohaska becomes Official War Hero No. 27 of the Habsburg Empire. Secker & Warburg, 1991. 368 pages

    Otto's account, recollected at age 101, of his service as a submarine captain from 1915 to 1918.




  5. The Emperor's Coloured Coat : in which Otto Prohaska, future hero of the Habsburg Empire, has an unexpectedly interesting time while not quite managing to avert the First World War. Secker & Warburg, 1992. 374 pages

    Covers 1913 to 1915, during which time Otto serves as deck officer, seaplane pilot, Naval Aide to the Archduke Francis Ferdinand, and captain of a Chinese junk.




  7. The Two-Headed Eagle : In which Otto Prohaska takes a break as the Habsburg Empire's leading U-Boat ace and does something even more thanklessly dangerous. Secker & Warburg, 1993. 367 pages

    It is the summer of 1916 and, as luck would have it, Naval Lieutenant Otto Prohaska is assigned to the nascent, unreliable and utterly frightening Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Flying Service. Ottto's aerial chauffeur is the self-willed Sergeant-Pilot Toth, with whom he can only communicate in broken Latin -- although when all else fails, screaming will suffice!



Bill, Alfred H. [Hoyt] (1879-1964)

The Ring of Danger: A Tale of Elizabethan England. Alfred A. Knopf, 1948. 259 pages







Bindloss, Harold (1866-1945)

In the Misty Seas : A Story of the Sealers of Behring Strait. S.W. Partridge, 1905. 330 pages






Kit Musgrave's luck. G.J. McLeod, 1921. 284 pages

Young man on a trading vessel along the African coast finds a femme fatal and smugglers







Binns, Archie (1899-1971)

Lightship. Reynal and Hitchcock, 1934. 345 pages

Lives of the crew of a lightship off the northwest coast.




You Rolling River. C. Scribner's Sons, 1947. 342 pages

Astoria around the turn of the century.




The Enchanted Islands. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1956. 239 pages

The adventures of the Hill children aboard the ketch Wanderer in the San Juan Islands of Puget Sound




The Headwaters. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1957. 280 pages

Smuggling between the San Juan & Hawaiian Islands in the 1890s




Sea Pup. Meredith, 1954. 215 pages

Clint Barlow finds a motherless woolly white baby seal while out on one of his "scientific expeditions" on the Puget Sound, then raises "Buster" as his own. Reprinted as Here, Buster!




Sea Pup Again. Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1965. 156 pages

Clint Barlow has donated his pet seal Buster to an Oregon aquarium, so he is both surprised and pleased while skin-diving in Puget Sound waters, Buster swims up to him





Bird, Robert Montgomery (1806-1854)

The Adventures of Robin Day. Lee & Blanchard, 1839. 2 volumes

An important contribution to the development of realistic sea fiction. A satirical and debunking attack on the romanticism fostered by James F. Cooper and other contemporary American writers.


Birmingham, George A. [pseud. James Owen Hannay] (1865-1950)

Spanish Gold. Methuen, 1908. 250 pages

Irish Clergyman J.J. Meldon and Englishman Major Kent team up to recover a treasure of gold




A Sea Battle. Methuen, 1948. 217 pages

Meldon and Kent foil three escaping Gestapo prisoners






Bissell, Richard Pike (1913-1977)

A Stretch on the River. Little, Brown, 1950. 242 pages

"Picaresque" novel about towboating on the upper Mississippi. Simultaneously hailed by the newspaper in Dubuque and banned by the Dubuque Catholic Mothers Purity Association.




High Water. Little, Brown, 1954. 280 pages

Trials of the mate of a diesel towboat trying to push too many barges from St. Louis to St. Paul during a record breaking Mississippi flood.




Goodbye Ava. Little, Brown, 1960. 241 pages

Most of the action takes place on houseboats.




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