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Nautical Fiction Index

The Nautical Fiction List

An Annotated Bibliography of Novels 
based in part on the work of John Kohnen


The Focus of this Bibliography.

This is a list of novels - along with some short stories, poetry and drama - covering the sea. It includes war, sailing, steam and contemporary stories. The bibliography is arranged alphabetically by author, with annotations for each cited item. Whenever possible, the citation is for the first edition.

NEW : Nautical Film Index
Covers Merchant Marine & Navy activity in narrative movies.

Sources consulted.

The Nautical Fiction ListThe primary source of materials for this bibliography.

Cruel Seas : World War 2 Merchant Marine-Related Nautical FictionDesign elements and citations from this site are incorporated into this bibliography.

Historic Naval FictionCovers the Age of Sail and the transition to steam.

SFE: Encyclopedia of Science FictionComprehensive coverage of the fantastic.

Searchable Sea LiteratureWorks by North American authors who write about the ocean.

Fantastic FictionBibliographies for over 30,000 authors. Vital for discovering sequel and series titles.

Sea Fiction Guide by Myron J. Smith, Jr., and Robert C. Weller. Scarecrow Press, 1976. Riddled with mistakes, misattributions and misspellings. I've corrected those errors on this bibliography

Ports of call : a study of the American nautical novel by Gordon Milne. University Press of America, 1986.

Nelson's Navy in Fiction and Film: Depictions of British Sea Power in the Napoleonic Era by Sue Parrill. McFarland, 2009.

The Naval Novel : a Literary Genre in Historical Perspective by John B. Hattendorf. Stone Tower, 2023.

Hot Straight and Normal : a Submarine Bibliography by Ron Martini. Writer's Showcase, 2001. 2nd ed.

Comments, corrections & contributions.

Send all of the above to 

Mark Stackpole
Library Technologist
California Maritime Academy Library
Vallejo, CA 94590.

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