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Nautical Fiction Index

Authors Collingwood

Collingwood, Harry (William Joseph Cosen Lancaster) (1851-1922)

The Secret of the Sands: or, The 'Water Lily' and her Crew. A Nautical Novel. Griffith and Farran, 1879. 2 volumes


Under the Meteor Flag: The log of a midshipman during the French revolutionary war. Sampson Low, Marston, 1884. 326 pages






The Pirate Island: A Story of the South Pacific. Blackie, 1885. 339 pages


The Voyage of the 'Aurora'. Sampson Low, Marston, 1885. 326 pages





The Congo Rovers; a Story of the Slave Squadron. Blackie and Son, 1885. 352 pages





The Log of the 'Flying-Fish' : A story of aerial and submarine peril and adventure. Blackie & Son, 1887. 384 pages

This author was responsible for so many boys nautical adventure stories that received popular acclaim that to find he ventured into the realms of science fiction strikes one as odd. This story, that travels from the Arctic to Africa, concerns the invention of a super light metal from which a ship that can fly is built (its propeller works in the air and on and under water). Its underwater mode and its occupants use of the German inventor's (the attempt at writing his accent phonetically borders on the farcical) various underwater apparatus is a major feature.


The Rover's Secret: A tale of the pirate cays and lagoons of Cuba. Blackie & Son, 1888. 352 pages






The Missing Merchantman. Blackie and Son, 1888. 352 pages

The crew of a vessel got it into their heads that the captain and officers of merchant vessels were paid far too much, and that ordinary deckhands ought to be paid on the same scale. In other words they had been "robbed of fair wages" for hundreds of years. They quite forgot the education and skill that goes into the training of an officer, as well as the taking of responsibility. So they take the ship, making themselves essentially into pirates. The officers and passengers, being resourceful people, manage somehow to work their way out of this predicament, and eventually to bring their ship back home, where she had been posted as "Missing" for some considerable time.


The Doctor of the 'Juliet'. Methuen, 1892. 360 pages






The Cruise of the 'Esmeralda'. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1894. 384 pages

They were tough times, those years, but there was a story in his family -- they'd been telling it for generations -- that centuries ago, an ancestor of Captain Saint Leger's had found a shipwreck laden with a huge hoard of gold and jewels. He'd buried it, so the story went, in a secret location on an island in the Far East. Young Captain Saint Leger -- broke as he is -- sets out to find the treasure. It's not as easy as it sounds: he gets attacked by pirates, and of course the voyage itself is long and fretful. . . . but they get there, puzzle out the directions his ancestor encrypted, find the treasure -- and then the crew turns on him, intending to steal the treasure.


The Pirate Slaver; a story of the West African Coast. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1895. 384 pages


The Log of a Privateersman. Blackie & Son, 1896. 384 pages

In 1804 George Bowen completes his seven-year apprenticeship in the merchant marine and becomes 2nd mate of a privateer. After exploits which include defeating French privateers and a French frigate, he is put in command. In mid-Atlantic lightning sets his ship on fire, and he and a few shipmates survive days in an open boat before being picked up by a rascally French pirate. Bowen and his men capture the pirate, and sail to Jamaica, where he is first with the news that Villeneuve's fleet is in the West Indies. Following a successful mission for the Navy he captures a Spanish galleon laden with 20 tons of gold and a large box of gems. His sagacity, skill, and daring are recognised by the admiral, who commissions him as lieutenant in the Royal Navy. A tale for lads.


Jack Beresford's Yarn. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1896. 401 pages





For Treasure Bound. Griffith Farran Browne & Co., 1897. 395 pages

Young Harry Collingwood, the same as the pseudonym of the author, does all he can to rescue the sailors who clutch the remains of the beleaguered craft being dashed to pieces by the storm. One man is rescued -- and Harry and his friends have the others within reach . . . when a torrential rush of water off the ocean snaps the ship in two, washing away the rest of the crew! And soon even the lone sailor rescued from the waves lies on his deathbed.



The Homeward Voyage. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1897. 383 pages





A Pirate of the Caribbees. Griffith Farran Browne, 1898. 343 pages





An Ocean Chase. Blackie, 1898. 324 pages





The Castaways : An ocean romance. Griffith Farran Browne & Co., 1899. 320 pages

It was on a wet, dreary, dismal afternoon, toward the end of October 18--, that Charles Conyers, R.N., aged 27, found himself en route to Gravesend, to join the clipper ship City of Cawnpore, in the capacity of cuddy passenger, bound for Calcutta. After wounds received while hunting slavers off the coast West Africa, Conyers had convalesced in England. His prescription from his doctor for a full recovery -- the salty air of the ocean. Little did he know what perils awaited him on this voyage, though. Horrendous weather. A harrowing shipwreck, dastardly criminals, and a treasure beyond compare. And then of course there was the beautiful Miss Onslow.


Across the Spanish Main : a tale of the sea in the days of Queen Bess. Blackie & Son, 1907. 351 pages

Set at the end of the sixteenth century, when the English were in a state of war against the Spanish. The heroes of the story are two boys from Devon. They set off with a view to repairing the fortunes of the family of one of them, by chasing and capturing Spanish treasure ships.




Blue and Grey. Cassell, 1908. 317 pages





A Middy in Command; a tale of the Slave Squadron. Blackie, 1908. 384 pages





With Airship and Submarine : a Tale of Adventure. Blackie, 1908. 376 pages

Sequel to The Log of the 'Flying-Fish'.




The Cruise of the 'Thetis'; a tale of the Cuban Insurrection. Blackie, 1909. 367 pages





Overdue: the story of a missing ship. Blackie, 1910. 287 pages





A Middy of the King. Blackie, 1911. 368 pages





A Middy of the Slave Squadron : a West African story. Blackie, 1911. 352 pages





A Strange Cruise. Blackie, 1912. 296 pages





Turned Adrift : An adventurous voyage. Blackie & Son, 1913. 295 pages

17 year old apprentice officer Mark Temple tells the tale of what happened after a mutiny aboard the clipper barque Zenobia in January 1862.




Two gallant sons of Devon: a tale of the days of Queen Bess. Blackie & Son, 1913. 364 pages

The story opens in the town of Devonport, now a naval dockyard, in the year 1577, on a light June evening. Two young men, close friends, meet after work, and go for a sail in a lugger borrowed from a boat-builder, but while they are out, there is a violent change in the weather, with the wind reversing and increasing to a point in which the lugger is swamped, and about to sink. They are picked up by a passing vessel, which turns out to be a privateer, and her captain refuses to waste time by landing them. So they are found positions in the crew, and take part in the subsequent events. They do battle with a Spanish vessel, loot her, and let her go. Then they arrive at Cartagena in the West Indies, where they also capture a Spanish galleon carrying a valuable cargo.

The Cruise of the 'Nonsuch' Buccaneer. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1914. 315 pages


The First Mate; The Story of a Strange Cruise. Blackie,1914. 288 pages






A Chinese Command; a Story of Adventures in Eastern Seas. Blackie, 1914. 352 pages


The Strange Adventures of Eric Blackburn. Blackie, 1922. 317 pages





The Wreck of the Andromeda. Sampson Low, Marston, 1923. 288 pages





The Cruise of the 'Flying-Fish' : the Airship-Submarine. Sampson Low, 1924. 314 pages

The wonder ship that flies high in the air, skims the surface of the sea, and descends to its lowest depths is stolen from its hiding place under the English Channel. Third book in the 'Flying-Fish' series














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