Fates Anointed. Kimber, 1985. 191 pages
1805, Lt. Phillip Naseby, RN, formula period piece but readable.
Webb, Christopher (pseud. Leonard Wibberley)
Matt Tyler's Chronicle. Funk & Wagnalls, 1958. 216 pages
Boy experiences all the major events of the Revolutionary War on land and sea
Quest of the Otter. Funk & Wagnalls, 1963. 180 pages
During a whaling voyage, a teen searches for his lost father,
The Ann and Hope Mutiny. Funk & Wagnalls, 1966. 192 pages
Mystery on board a missing sailing ship. Based upon the Mary Celeste legend
Webb, Forrest [pseud. Robert Forrest-Webb (1929-2023)]
Caviar Cruise. Doubleday, 1975. 203 pages
A First Mate's prefect plan dump the passengers, steal their jewelry and cash, and scuttle a luxury ship is ruined by the young doctor and nurse who remain on board.
Webber, Gordon (1912-1986)
The Far Shore. Little, Brown, 1954. 236 pages
1944: the Normandy Beaches.
Defcon One. Presidio, 1989. 336 pages
A worst-case scenario of the future of U.S.-Soviet relations envisions the failure of the current Soviet reform, leading to a desperate attack on the U.S. that threatens to escalate to nuclear war.
Webster, Henry Kitchell (1875-1932)
Traitor and Loyalist, or, the man who found his country. Macmillan, 1904. 318 pages
Civil War blockade off the North Carolina coast of the southern cotton trade
Webster, Rank V.
Two Boys of the Battleship. Cupples & Leon, 1915. 208 pages
Ned and Frank join the navy. It's off to South America aboard the battleship GEORGETOWN to deal with them furriners in the carefree days before the Big War.
Weekly, William George (1890-1983)]
The Ledger of Lying Dog. Doubleday, 1947. 341 pages
Written as a diary, several castaways on a deserted island (shaped like a dog) fight for survival. The author's only novel
Weidman, Jerome (1913-1998)
The Lights Around the Shore. Simon & Schuster, 1943. 279 pages
Europe bound liner just before the outbreak of hostilities
The Captain's Tiger. Reynal & Hitchcock, 1947. 293 pages
Short stories featuring convoys and their crews
Hand of the Hunter. Harcourt, Brace, 1951. 311 pages
Accountant in a convoy
Set to Sea. Fantagraphics, 2010. 1 volume
Graphic novel about a big lug and aspiring poet who runs up tabs at the local bars by day and haunts the docks by night, writing paeans to the sea-faring life. When he gets shanghaied aboard a clipper board for Hong Kong, he learns firsthand about life on the open seas-bad food, pirates, unceremonious funerals, foreign ports, and unexpected epiphanies.
Nicholas Chenevix Series:
The French Imposter. Leisure, 1980. 278 pages
British lieutenant Nicholas Chenevix is sent to Cadiz to spy as Admiral Nelson cruises offshore.
Dispatch From Cadiz. Leisure, 1981. 283 pages
Chenvevix allows himself to be captured by the French as part of a plan to lure the French out of Cadiz so Nelson can defeat them. Unfortunately, Chenevix, once caught, is tried as a spy, then kept aboard the BUCENTAURE during Trafalgar -- and the subsequent storm when the ship runs aground. Contains a long dream sequence about a world where Nelson loses Trafalgar.
Welch, Ronald [pseud. Ronald Oliver Felton (1909-1982)]
Ferdinand Magellan. Oxford University Press, 1955. 178 pages
The Hawk. Criterion, 1967. 201 pages
A young lieutenant pretends to join an assassination plot against Elizabeth I
Wellman, Manly Wade (1903-1986)
Rebel Mail Runner. Holiday House, 1954. 211 pages
Civil War adventure afloat
The River Pirates. Washburn, 1963. 143 pages
Pirates on the Mississippi in the 1820's & 1830's
Jamestown Adventure. Washburn, 1967. 194 pages
The adventures of young James Rickard, fictional cousin of Captain John Smith, and the difficulties faced by the settlers, at the time of Virginia's beginnings
Carolina Pirate. Washburn, 1968. 167 pages
So that his passengers and crew may go free, a young navigator is forced to become part of the pirate crew that captures his ship
The Port-Wine Sea. America House, 1999. 190 pages
A rousing parody of Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. It is a story about a British naval captain during the Napoleonic War, and his friend, a naval physician/espionage agent. They set sail once again aboard HMS AGHAST during the War of 1812 to demonstrate to the upstart Colonies the errors of their ways. The doctor/spy tries to establish liaison with the Creek Indians to create a diversion to the main British assault. Meanwhile the noble Captain is diverted by a teenaged Maryland vixen. Along the way, they encounter a skittish horse, a demure skunk, a whooping crane, and an escaped colony of termites aboard the ship.
Werstein, Irving (1914-1971)
Civil War Sailor. Doubleday, 1962. 114 pages
Billy Harper steals on board the Union Navy's Monitor and joins the famous battle with the Confederate Merrimack
The Cruise of the Essex: an Incident from the War of 1812. Macrae Smith, 1969. 157 pages
A biography of Captain David Porter and the U.S. frigate Essex which he commanded during its seventeen-month voyage so vital to the outcome of the War of 1812
Cuban Bluff: a Documentary Novel of the Cuban Missle Crisis. Secker & Warburg, 1990. 250 pages
Feautres a last-minute scramble to find a missing Soviet submarine.
Nicholas Fallon Sea Novels:
The Bermuda Privateer. McBooks, 2017. 328 pages
It’s 1796, and Sea Dog’s owner, Ezra Somers, employs Fallon to protect his Caribbean salt trade from French privateers and pirates. Wicked Jak Clayton is especially ruthless. When the two meet just off the Bahamas, even Fallon’s cunning can’t overcome their mismatch in firepower and desertion by a cowardly ally.
The Black Ring. McBooks, 2018. 328 pages
The year is 1798. The African slave trade is in brutal flower, and the great powers are fighting for control of the Caribbean’s immensely profitable sugar plantations. Nico, meanwhile, has been trying his damnedest to become a salt merchant under Ezra Somers, father of the beautiful Elinore. But when an urgent request arrives from Admiral Davies of the Leeward Island Station, Ezra and Elinore give Nico their blessing to head off in search of plunder and adventure.
Barbarians on an Ancient Sea. McBooks, 2020. 286 pages
Captain Nicholas Fallon and his crew aboard the British privateer "Rascal" vs. the Barbary pirates.
Westcott, Jan Vlachos (1912-2011)
Captain for Elizabeth. Crown, 1948. 308 pages
Biographical novel of Thomas Cavendish
Captain Barney. Crown, 1951. 286 pages
Privateer battles British from home port of Philadelphia during the Revolutionary war.
Midshipman Kirk : being the adventures of a midshipman, Royal Navy, aboard the iron screw corvette HMS Calcutta, during the 1880s on the west coast of North America. Horsdal & Schubart, 1993. 167 pages
Midshipman Eric Kirk aboard HMS CALCUTTA, patrolling Pacific Coast in the 1880s.
Weymouth Bound: Jack Stone, seaman, and the French naval plot to strike a mortal blow against England during the Napoleonic Wars. self, 2022. 199 pages
Not by Sea: Only the Royal Navy and a few miles of sea stand between Britain and Napoleon's Armeé d'Angleterre. self, 2022. 200 pages
Cape Corse. self, 2023. 295 pages
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