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Aasheim, Ashley
     A Stillness At Sea, 1983 (Female Naval Intelligence agent uncovers
      evidence of a British plot to have the LUSITANIA sunk to bring the US
      into WW I, but is ordered to drop her investigation. In an effort to
      find the truth, she books passage on the LUSITANIA's final voyage along
      with her fiance, a captain in the British Army.)

Abraham, Cyril
     The Onedin Line series: (1860s British commercial shipping, British TV
     series in the 1970s.)
       The Shipmaster, 1972 [1] (Elizabeth Onedin bargains everything for a
         ship, builds shipping empire.)
       The Iron Ships, [2] 1974 (Elizabeth Onedin battles brothers for control
         of the Onedin Line.)
       The High Seas, 1975 [3] (Callon makes a run for the Onedin Line,
         resulting in the Onedins placing the future of the line on outcome of
         a tea race.)
       The Trade Winds, 1977 [4] (Following his wife's death, James throws
         himself into the line, as familial storm clouds gather -- including
         Daniel Fogarty running off with Elizabeth Onedin.)
     The Blazing Ocean, 1979 (Armed merchantman sails from North Africa to
       Liverpool at the outbreak of WW II.)

Adams, Bill 1879-
     A Sailor to the Wheel (Young stowaway proves useful round Cape Horn.)

Adams, Eustace Lane 1891-
     Death Charter, 1944? (Two brothers operate a large yacht out of the Miami
       River. It is 1942 and most of the regular navy have gone to the
       Pacific. They accept a charter from some dubious characters who,
       Surprise! Surprise! turn out to be Nazi agents trying to rendezvous
       with a float plane from a German raider. A patriotic wartime

Adlard, Mark
     The Greenlander, 1978 (Young man comes of age at sea, whaling in the
       Arctic, as steam overtakes sail in the 19th century.)

Albano, Peter
     Carrier YONAGA series: (84,000 ton Japanese aircraft carrier frozen in
     the Arctic ice since 1941. It breaks free in 1983 and becomes the savior
     of the free world.)
       The Seventh Carrier, 1983 [1](YONAGA breaks free of the arctic ice, and
         her Samurai crew is determined to complete its 1941 mission:
         destroying Pearl Harbor.)
       The Second Voyage of the Seventh Carrier [2] (The Chinese launch a
         particle beam satellite that knocks out all modern electronics,
         airplanes and ships. The old Japanese carrier YONAGA is the only
         warship that still works and has planes that fly.)
       Return of the Seventh Carrier [3] (The world is still crippled by the
         Chinese particle beam, and Libyan terrorists are out to destroy
         YONAGA, last hope of the free world.)
       The Quest of the Seventh Carrier, 1989 [4] (YONAGA is still the largest
         functioning warship in the world. She leads a ragtag group of WW II
         airplanes and ships against the Libyan Navy and its bigger collection
         of WW II vintage ships.)
       Attack of the Seventh Carrier, 1989 [5] (Old US Navy WW II submarine
         joins YONAGA's fleet as the battle with Libya's navy continues.)
       Ordeal of the Seventh Carrier [6] (YONAGA fights Arab battle group off
         Iwo Jima. It's carrier versus carrier, 1940s style, in the 1980s!)
       Trial of the Seventh Carrier [7] (The Arab navy threatens Japan, and
         YONAGA still carries the banner of the free world.)
       Revenge of the Seventh Carrier, 1992 [8](Libyan Navy strike force armed
         with poison gas threatens the major cities of the free world, but
         YONAGA's Samurai crew is still on the job.)
       Challenge of the Seventh Carrier, 1993 [9] (YONAGA, with help from
         every corner of the earth, including the battleship NEW JERSEY,
         continues the battle with the Libyan madman.)

Alexander, Bruce 1932-
    *Watery Grave, 1996 (In 1769 England judge Sir John Fielding, blinded
       while serving in the RN, probes into the case of the death at sea of
       the captain of HMS ADVENTURE and the prosecution (by court martial) of
       one Lt. Landon for his murder. Much of the book's concern is that
       courts martial did not address all the facts of their cases (in an
       effort to keep the Navy looking good) and were less fair than civil
       courts. The book is framed in the sort of style and language made
       popular in the novels of Dickens and Trollope. There are many colourful
       characters and the world of Covent Garden and the Docklands of London
       are vividly portrayed.)

Alexander, Caroline
    *Mrs. Chippy'S Last Expedition. 1914-1915: The Remarkable Journal of
       Shackleton's Polar-Bound Cat, 1997 (The fictional journal of Mrs.
       Chippy, the tomcat who was ship's cat aboard ENDURANCE when she
       carried Ernest Shackleton into the icepack on his ill-fated
       expedition to cross Antarctica.)

Alger, Horatio Jr. 1832-1899
     Charlie Codman's Cruise, 1910 (Charlie's "cruise" is nothing like what we
       would consider as such. Kidnapped by a brutal mate and captain because
       of the mate's earlier rejection by Charlie's mother, things look bleak
       until he is befriended by an old seaman named Bill Sturdy. After
       escaping from the vessel in Rio, they make their way back to Boston and
       everyone get's their comeuppance. "You can almost hear the silent-movie
       music playing throughout all of this book. A good read, with a happy
       ending!" [DG])

Allen, Thomas B. and Polmar, Norman
     Ship of Gold, 1987 (Submarines seek a sunken ship, as the CIA, Pentagon,
       etc. strive to solve the forty year old mystery surrounding the OSAKA

Alten, Steve
    *Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror, 1997 (A living fossil is discovered in a
       deep Pacific Ocean trench by a submersible designed for the deepest
       research dives. Somehow this prehistoric eating machine, a giant shark
       (Carcharodon Megalodon), escapes to the upper regions of the sea and
       starts munching everything in sight. A far-fetched action thriller.)

Amado, Jorge 1912- (Author of Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands.)
     Home is the Sailor: the whole truth concerning the Redoubtful Adventures
       of Captain Vasco Moscoso de Aragao, Master Mariner, 1964 (Old fart
         masquerading as a sea captain finds himself in command of a Brazilian
         passenger ship.)

Amberg, Jay
     Deep Gold, 1991 (WW II U-boat torpedoes cruiser containing 13 tons of
       Russian gold. 50 years later, UK, USA and Rooskies try to salvage it
       jointly, but there seems to be a killer curse.)

Anderson, Alison
     Hidden Latitudes, 1996 (While most people would call this a book about
       Amelia Earhart, it is also a sailing book. The happiness and
       frustrations of sailing with a companion, when one of the partners has
       the dream and the other is along for the ride, is extremely realistic.
       "The book really hit home." [MD])

Anderson, Poul 1926-
     The Longest Voyage, 1991 (Odd and well-written novella describing a
       Columbus-like voyage of discovery on another world.)

Andrews, William Kenneth
     Freedom's Rangers: Sink the Armada, 1990 (Silly science fiction about
       time travellers who return to 1588 to help the Spanish Armada beat the

Apollonius Rhodius 3rd Cent. BC
     Argonautica (Epic poem about Jason, the Argonauts, and the quest for the
       golden fleece.)

Appleton, Victor
     Tom Swift series:
       Tom Swift And His Motor Boat, 1910 (In this adventure, young inventor
         Tom buys a used motor boat at auction, little knowing that it harbors
         a dangerous secret. Together with his father and a chum, Tom defeats
         bank robbers, faces down a school bully, and goes a long way to
         winning the heart of Miss Nestor. "There's a reason why the Tom Swift
         series was the most popular of the many turn-of-the-century book
         series which existed for young boys; very well written, well-versed
         in the mechanics of the day, credible and suspenseful, they read just
         as well today." [DG])
       Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat, or, Under the Ocean for Sunken
         Treasure, 1910
       Tom Swift and his Undersea Search; or, The Treasure on the Floor of the
         Atlantic, 1920 (Tom Swift and his friend accept an assignment to
         salvage treasure from a wrecked ship.)
       Tom Swift and his Flying Boat: or, The Castaways of the Giant Iceberg,
       Tom Swift and His Giant Magnet; or, Bringing up the Lost Submarine,

Ardman, Harvey
     The Final Crossing, 1990 (American agent, escaping Germany with two
       important Jewish refugees, one of whom is a protege of Einstein, books
       passage on the NORMANDIE, on its final transatlantic crossing prior to
       the outbreak of WW II. Once aboard he discovers that the ship is also
       carrying France's gold reserves to the US, and that the Nazis have a
       saboteur aboard to sink the ship en route.)

Argo, Ellen
     The Crystal Star, 1979 (Heroine designs and builds an East Indiaman in
       the 1840s, sets sail with her captain husband to China, and deals with
       Chinese pirates, gales, typhoons and childbirth. Second book in a

Armstrong, Richard
     Cold Hazard, 1955 (Seventeen-year-old Jim Naylor and his four companions
       abandon their sinking ship off Newfoundland. Their open boat offers
       little solace, and the desolate island where they seek refuge even
     The Big Sea, 1964 (Storm damages the steamship KARIBA and her crew
       abandons ship, leaving one seaman abooard to ride it out.)
     The Mutineers, 1968 (Gang of teenage juvenile delinquents, being
       relocated to Australia, hijacks ocean liner. They emulate Fletcher
       Christian's actions, with similar results.)

Arthur, Elizabeth 1953-
     Antarctic Navigation, 1995 (The Government asks assorted writers (and
       others) to come to the Antarctic and write about it. They need good
       press. Very interesting writing about getting to the Antarctic by ship
       and plane - and back, a most important element. A lot about
       man-sledging (humans pulling a sledge - no dogs), and the politics of
       the people working down there. Our heroine, a woman writer, goes, and
       does pull her own sledge, has a sexual affair, plus some other hair
       raising adventures. "A good read." [BN])

Arundel, Louis
     Motor Boat Boys series:
       Motor Boat Boys Mississippi Cruise, 1912
       Motor Boat Boys on the Great Lakes, 1912
       Motor Boat Boys on the St. Lawrence, 1912
       Motor Boat Boys River Chase; or, Six Chums Afloat and Ashore, 1914 (Six
         boys, with three motor boats, seem to spend a great deal of their
         time achieving heroic ends. This tale involves a thrilling motor-boat
         chase down the Mississippi river after a pair of bank robbers.)

Avi 1937-
     Captain Grey, 1977 (Following the Revolution, an eleven-year-old boy
       becomes the captive of a ruthless man who has set up his own "nation,"
       supported by piracy, on a remote part of the New Jersey coast.)
     The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, 1990 (As the lone "young lady"
       on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is
       murderous and the crew rebellious. A great young adult book (the
       heroine is about 12 years old). It's obviously influenced by MOBY DICK,
       HUCK FINN and other stories.)

Bagley, Desmond 1923-
     Wyatt's Hurricane, 1966 (Meteorologist Wyatt knows the hurricane will hit
       his Caribbean island. The storm comes just as a rebel leader is massing
       his forces. As wind and war near each other only Wyatt can save the
     Golden Keel, 1963 (Mussolini's missing treasure lies hidden in Italy. A
       group of adventurers set sail to track down the treasure and smuggle it
     Night of Error, 1984 (On an expedition to a remote Pacific atoll, one
       brother dies under suspicious circumstances. The other brother is
       forced to investigate. A violent and hazardous expedition follows.)
     The Freedom Trap, 1971 (A brilliantly organized gang springs a Russian
       double agent from jail. The trail leads to the Mediterranean & Malta.)

Baker, W. Howard
     Strike North (Escorting convoys to Murmansk with a spy aboard during
       WW II.)

Ball, Zachary (Pseudonym) 1897-
     Joe Panther, 1950 (In an endeavor to earn money for school, an
       industrious young Seminole becomes a deck hand on a tourist boat
       fishing the Gulf Stream and accidently is involved in a smuggling
     Swamp Chief, 1952 (An adventure story about deep sea fishing and the
       adjustment of the Seminole Indians to the modern world.)
     Bar Pilot, 1955 (Young Jim Yordy wants to be a bar pilot at the mouth of
       the Mississippi River, where his hard-bitten grandfather runs a pilot
       station in the mid 19th century.)
     Skin Diver, 1956 (Two young skin divers are hired to help a researching
       biochemist working off the coast of Florida.)
     Young Mike Fink, 1958 (A fictional account of the youth and manhood of
       Mike Fink, whose feats as a keelboatman, hunter, fighter, and boaster
       inspired legends for a nation growing up in the early nineteenth
     Salvage Diver, 1961 (Two Seminole youths and their boat are hired for
       the summer by two men who want to search for sunken ships off the
       Florida Keys.)

Ballantyne, Robert Michael 1825-1894 (Nephew of the printer of Sir Walter
  Scott's novels, James Ballantyne, he was affected by the notorious
  bankruptcy that ruined both his and Scott's families. At age 16 he went to
  work for the Hudson Bay Company, in Northern Canada. The six years he served
  there provided the material for his first book, HUDSON'S BAY (1848). He
  wrote some 80 books, mainly for young people, and often about the sea. His
  CORAL ISLAND (1858) provided the inspiration for TREASURE ISLAND (1883), by
  his friend R. L. Stevenson.)
     Fighting the Whales, or Doings and Dangers on a Fishing Cruise, 186?
    *Gascoyne, The Sandal-Wood Trader, A Tale of the Pacific, 1863 (In the
       early 1800's the South Seas are the hunting ground of the pirate
       schooner AVENGER. A mission settlement looks to Captain Montague of HM
       Frigate TALISMAN for protection. Suspicion falls on the sandal-wood
       trader Gascoyne, the mysterious but apparently honest skipper of the
       schooner FOAM. Gascoyne turns out to be not what he seems, in more ways
       than one. "...This is a well-crafted novel, somewhat superior to the
       usual run of boys' books, but marred by the stagey diction of the
       characters." [NW])
     The Red Eric or, The Whaler's Last Cruise, 1863
     The World of Ice or the Whaling Cruise of "The Dolphin" and the
          Adventures of her Crew in the Polar Regions, 1866
     Coral Island, A Tale of the Pacific Ocean, 1867 (Tells the story of some
       youngsters who are shipwrecked on a coral island in the South Seas,
       have some adventures and are eventually rescued. "I remember thoroughly
       enjoying reading it when I was a child." [NK])

Ballard, Robert & Chiu, Tony
     Bright Shark, 1992 (Undersea techno-thriller.)

Ballenger, Dean W.
     Terror at Sea, 1981 (Fictionalized retelling of the aftermath of the loss
       of the cruiser INDIANAPOLIS in the Pacific during WW II, and shark
       attacks on the survivors. Author was Navy correspondent, participated
       in the rescue and interviewed the survivors. Grisly.)
     The Sea Guerillas, 1982  (Wildly improbable tale of a USN PT boat
       operating off the Azores in 1942-43 disguised as Portugese fishing
       boat. This allows them to stalk and sink the U-boats operating in these
       waters, which have chased off every other warship -- but not apparently
       Allied merchant shipping. The Nazis had been taking advantage of this
       situation to torpedo hospital ships, murder survivors, and rape
       captured nurses.)

Barlow, James 1921-
     Liner, 1981 (Passengers and crew aboard an ageing Greek cruise ship,
       heading from Tasmania for Singapore, with metal fatigue in the engine
       room and lifeboats corroded to the davits, encounter a typhoon.)

Barnitz, Charles
     The Deepest Sea, 1996 (Viking fantasy. Deals with the late 8th Century,
       a raid on a monastery in 793 AD and subsequent adventures. The events,
       conditions and attitudes described have an unerring ring of truth to
       them, despite a glib (though highly enjoyable) 20th century style and
       sense of humor at places and the fantasy aspects. A top notch read.)

Barth, John
     Sabbatical, 1982 (A charming book. A couple take a last sailing cruise
       around the Chesapeake before their child is born; sort of a sabbatical
       from all sorts of responsibilities, disputes, complications. Including,
       will they stay together? Much less convoluted than Barth's other
     Tidewater Tales, 1987 (About a writer who's muse has gone mute due to
       being privy to secrets from a spook friend and not being able to talk
       about them.  Much of the action takes place on the Chesapeake Bay.)
     The Last Voyage of Somebody the Sailor, 1991 (About a guy on a sailboat
       charter vacation who somehow gets transported to the time and place of
       Sinbad and the 1001 Nights.  The book is quite interesting, though the
       sailing takes a backseat to the story-telling.)
     Once Upon a Time: A Floating Opera, 1994 (About a guy and his wife
       passing through some strange time/space warp in a squall on the
       Chesapeake Bay.)

Bartimeus (Lewis Anselm DaCosta Ricci, compare with "Taffrail")
     Naval Occasions, 1915 (stort stories about naval life in peace and war.)
     A Tall Ship On Other Naval Occasions, 1915 (Ten additional short stories
       about naval life in peace and war: Crab-Pots; The Drum; A Captain's
       Forenoon; The Seven Bell Boat; The King's Pardon; An Off-Shore Wind;
       The Day; The Mummers; Chummy-Ships; The Higher Claim.)
     Action Stations, 1941 (Factual and fictional sketches of naval events
       during WW II, including the exploits of ORZEL, ALTMARK, minesweepers and
       the BISMARCK.)

Barton, A. F.
     Those Who Serve (The story of the Royal Navy submarine TAMARANTH during
     WW II, from the beginning of the war until the sinking of the sub, as
     told from the point of view of a man who served on her as First
     Lieutenant and Captain.)

Bartram, George
     Under the Freeze, 1984 (US secret agent chases madman with stolen
       plutonium from Buenos Aires to London, Paris, Moscow and finally aboard
       subs under the Arctic ice pack.)

Bassett, James E.
     Harm's way, 1962 (Aboard USN cruiser "Old Swayback" in the Pacific during
       WW II.)
     Commander Prince, USN (Naval commander who has served on staff
       positions is given command of a destroyer squadron in the Asiatic Fleet
       after the outbreak of WWII. He must overcome doubts about his
       competence and courage in the Java Sea, then fight an unequal battle
       with a Japanese cruiser and his former flagship -- captured by the IJN
       -- off the Solomons.)

Bassett, Ronald
     "Lobby" Ludd's War --  Three otherwise independent novels that all
     contain the character Signalman "Lobby" Ludd. All have an extensive
     glossary of lower-deck terminology.
       The Tinfish Run, 1977 (Set in 1942, immediately after the ill-fated
         PQ17 convoy. An ancient British destroyer hunts subs, fights German
         aircraft in the Arctic. Bassett served in the Arctic aboard a British
         cruiser. He has made a serious attempt at to have the characters
         speak in the vernacular of the Royal Navy of the day and to this end
         includes a thirteen page glossary of (Royal) Navy lower-deck
         terminology and technical terms. There is also a two page synopsis of
         the events of the PQ17 convoy.)
       The Pierhead Jump 1978, (The American transport SUSQUEHANNA, bound
         from Oran to the USA  with a cargo of Afrika Korps POWs, gets sunk by
         a German U-boat -- which then offers a truce so that survivors can be
         rescued. Loosely based on the sinking of the LACONIA.)
       The Neptune Landing 1979, (LCF49 -- Landing Craft, Flak -- goes to war
         against Germany in late 1943 through 1944, taking part in the
         Overlord Invasion, and its aftermath.)
     The Guns of Evening, 1980 (Aboard the battle-cruiser INVINCIBLE at the
       Battle of Jutland.)

Bassett, Sara Ware
     The White Sail, 1944 (Old-fashioned romance set on Cape Cod in the summer
       amidst sailing and fishing boats.)

Bates, H. E. 1905-1974
     The Cruise of the Breadwinner, 1947 (WW II English fishing boat on

Bax, Roger
     Came The Dawn, 1955? (Two Englishmen sail to Estonia to smuggle their
       Russian wives out of the Soviet Union.)

Baxter, John 1939- (Australian)
     The Black Yacht, 1982 (A tale of intrigue and suspense surrounding the
       America's Cup (12-meter style), complete with international assassins,
       Japanese challengers utilizing the latest in high-tech boat building
       techniques, and old 12-meters being used for Columbian drug running.
       The book is high on the mystery content and not-so high on the sailing
       aspects. Enjoyable if somewhat over the top in certain areas.)

Beach, Edward 1918-  (Submarine officer from WWII to nuclear era, Captain
  of the TRITON on the round-the-world-submerged run, and a good writer.)
     Run Silent, Run Deep, 1955 (WW II Pacific submarine action. Best sub
       novel ever written, some say.)
     Dust on the Sea, 1972 (American sub EEL in Japan's tightly guarded
       inland sea during WW II.)
     Cold is the Sea, 1978 (15 years after WW II a nuclear submarine CUSHING
       goes on a secret mission to the arctic to test fire missiles from under
       the ice, collides with Russky sub, causing no end of trouble.)
     (Beach has also some good nautical non-fiction.)

Becklund, Jack
     Golden Fleece, 1990 (Murder mystery involving disappearance of a sailboat
       in Lake Superior.)

Beech, Webb
     Make War in Madness, 1965 (Army Lieutenant commands PT boat on strange
       missions during the Korean war.)

Benchley, Nathaniel 1915-
     Sail A Crooked Ship, 1960 (An aimless young man and his debutant fiancee
       end up shanghaied on a stolen, clapped-out, reserve fleet freighter
       that had been moored in New York Harbor. They find themselves held by
       an improbable collection of incompetent criminals, who take the ship to
       sea for use as a getaway vehicle for bank robberies. Instead they prove
       to be a seagoing gang that could not shoot straight. Set in the late
       1950s. A real howler!)
     The Off-Islanders, 1961 (Russian nuclear submarine runs aground off a
       New England island the night that the island's High School football
       team wins its first game in years. Madcap farce. Basis of the movie
       The Russians Are Coming!)

Benchley, Peter
     Jaws, 1974
     The Deep, 1976 ("A young couple go to Bermuda on their honeymoon. They
       dive on the reefs offshore, looking for the wreck of a sunken ship.
       What they find lures them into a strange and increasingly terrifying
       encounter with past and present, a struggle for salvage and survival,
       along the floor of the sea, in the deep." [From the dust jacket])
     The Island, 1979 (Descendants of Caribbean pirates cause trouble in
       the present.)
     White Shark, 1994 (Off modern-day Massachusetts, a freak accident revives
       a hideous Nazi experiment that had been entombed in the sea since WWII.
       A cross between SS storm trooper and a mechanized shark, the creature
       goes on the rampage (sort of) and a beleaguered marine scientist is the
       only one who realizes something unusual is going on.)

Bengtsson, Frans Gunnar 1894-
     The Long Ships: a saga of the Viking age, 1942 (Red Orm in the original
       Swedish. Adventures of Red Orm, son of a pirate, master of his own ship
       and afraid of no man. Bengtsson uses a rather dry style, like that of
       the Icelandic sagas, to describe very exciting events, and gives a
       vivid portrayal of the time and places without resorting to much
       description. A ripping yarn. Made into a movie in 1963.)

Benjamin, Helen Mina Purvis and Benjamin, Lewis Saul, 1874-1932 (Editors)
     Full Fathom Five, A Sea-Anthology in Prose & Verse. By Helen and Lewis
       Melville (pseudonym), 1910

Bensen, R. D.
     Swashbuckler, 1976 (Slash and hack Carribean pirate adventure. Novel
       adapted from movie screenplay.)

Benzoni, Juliette
     Marianne and the Privateer, 1971 (Fiery temptress is rescued, resumes her
       affair with American privateer. Set in the early 1800s. Originally in

Berry, Don
     To Build a Ship, 1963 (Building a ship in the wilderness on Tillamook Bay
       in the early pioneer days.)

Berry, Erick 1892-
     Go and Find Wind, 1939 (On board a clipper ship in the 1850s.)

Biggins, John
     Otto Prohaska series: (Czech officer in the Austrian navy. He's brave,
     capable, loyal, and well aware of the looniness of it all.)
       Tomorrow the World (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.)
       The Emperor's Coloured Coat (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.)
       A Sailor of Austria (Otto's account, recollected at age 101, of his
         service as a submarine captain from 1915 to 1918. According to the
         bookjacket blurbs, Biggins has produced a page-turner that has been
         compared favorably to the work of Patrick O'Brian. A ripping yarn.)

Binns, Archie 1899- (Most of Binns' books are set at least partly on and
  around the waters of the Northwest, even if they are not primarily
     Lightship, 1934  (Lives of the crew of a lightship off the northwest
     You Rolling River, 1947 (Astoria around the turn of the century.)

Bissell, Richard Pike 1913- (Harvard grad, seaman, river pilot and author of
  the book that became the musical comedy THE PAJAMA GAME (and co-author of
  the script.))
     A Stretch on the River, 1950 ("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, 1954 (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, 1960 (Most of the action takes place on houseboats. "A
       boisterous fable..." NY Times, "Uproariously funny... the characters
       are racy..." NY Times, "This book should be burned..." Mound Ill.
       Weekly Gazette, "I wish Richard would get a steady job." The author's
     The Coal Queen (Short story in Atlantic Monthly about towboat life on
       the Monongahela River in West Virginia. The first piece of writing
       Bissell ever sold.)

Bjorneboe, Jens 1920-1976 (An outspoken and anarchic Norwegian novelist,
  poet, playwright, journalist, and essayist who clashed with most social
  institutions in his determination to challenge repression, censorship and
     The Sharks: The History of a Crew and a Shipwreck, 1974 (A dark,
       psychological novel of storm and mutiny aboard the British ship
       NEPTUNE, sailing from Manila to Marseilles in 1899 with a cargo of hemp
       and a secret stash of pearls.)

Blaine, John (Pseudonym)
     The Pirates of Shan, 1958 (A Rick Brant Electronic Adventure on Spindrift
       Island, with airplanes, boats and pirates. For young readers.)

Blair, Clay 1925-
     The Capture of the Swordray (Russkies take over a US nuclear sub but
       heroic US crewman gets it and himself sunk.)

Blair, Clay 1925- and Joan 1929-
     Scuba, 1977 (Adventurers, sinners and lovers, lured by a fortune in gold
       dive in the Caribbean.)
     The Submariners series:
       Mission Tokyo Bay, 1979 [1] (US submarine SHARK is sent to find out why
         the Japanese are gathering submarines. Before WW II?)
       Swordray's First Three Patrols, 1980 (WW II sub adventure. "The sneak
         attack on Pearl Harbor was barely finished when Commander Hunter
         Holmes began some of the most savage underwater attacks of the war.")

Blake, George 1893-1961
     The Shipbuilders, 1931 (Study of a Glasgow shipyard hit by the
       shipbuilding bust in late 1920s, as seen through the eyes of the owner,
       and a riveter who served as the owner's batman when both were in the
       British Army in WW I. Never gets to sea, but a fascinating portrait of
       a vital support maritime industry during the worst of times.)
     The Constant Star, 1945 (Reprinted in 1981. The first novel in a saga of
       a powerful ship and shipbuilding concern owned by the Oliphant family.
       When their fathers die two cousins inherit the firm. Julius believes in
       tradition and dreams of the perfect clipper ship, which he builds (the
       CONSTANT STAR) but Mark is an innovator and the potential of steam and
       iron drives him. There is plenty of detail and good characterisation in
       this story which spans from the end of the Napoleonic War through the
       American Civil War to the culmination of the tea clippers.)

Blake, Patrick
     Double Griffin, 1981 (U-Boat plans to bomb Times Square, New York on New
       Years Eve 1944/5.)

Blunden, Godfrey 1906-
     Charco Harbour: A novel of unknown seas and a fabled shore passaged with
       coral reefs and magnetical islands, of shipwreck and a lonely haven; the
       true story of the last of the great navigators, his bark, and the men in
       her, 1968 (Based on James Cook's voyage of exploration 1768-1771 in the

Bode, Richard
     Blue Sloop at Dawn, 1979  (Small boat sailing off Long Island, from
       duckboats to the "sloop of dreams.")

Bolger, Philip C. 1927- (The iconoclastic boat designer)
     Schorpioen: a novel of southern Africa, 1986 (In an alternate universe
       much like our own a family from the Kingdom of Hawaii are rescued by
       Dutch speaking Africans from the pariah state that rules most of
       southern Africa when their old George Lawley built schooner FLYING
       CLOUD is dismasted off the Cape of Good Hope. In this world there is no
       apartheid or racism in south Africa, but the country is boycotted by
       much of the world because women are considered mere posessions. In
       order to get FLYING CLOUD repaired her owner must accomodate himself to
       the customs of the country, and the women in his family begin
       accomodating themselves to the customs all too well for his taste! Men
       own women to do all their thinking and all the skilled work, thus women
       are valued for their brains and what they can do. One of the main
       spectator sports in Africa is racing large lateen rigged "chebecs" on
       Lake Chad, a giant inland sea where the southern Sahara exists in our
       universe. Women who can steer a chebec are highly prized, so our hero's
       wife and daughter join in the fun. Not a bad read, but definitely a
       curio. Published by Bolger's friend Peter Duff, probably because nobody
       else would touch it. "...a rather strange read and interesting look
       into the mind of the author." [BW] "PCB's usual boat design ideas are
       fun to see in a novel. He does a good job of making sailing races sound
       interesting, which is quite a feat." [MW])

Bone, David
     The Brassbounders, 1921 (Tale about a late 19th century sailing
       merchantman. "I read it 1935. Thought it was the best book I had ever
       read -- I was then 14. Re-read it recently. Feel that at 14 I was a
       good judge. If I were again 14 I might still feel it the best." [GT])

Bonehill, Captain Ralph 1862-1930
     A Sailor Boy With Dewey, 1899 (Oliver Raymond, a young civilian
       entrepreneur, tries to save his father's business from the ravages of
       the Spanish conquerors of Manila and the rebellious Tagals (the local
       population). Caught between both sides, alternately captured by both
       and also beset by the evil intentions of his villainous captain, Oliver
       and his chum Ken persevere and eventually end up with Commodore Dewey
       during the battle of Manila Bay. "A real adventure yarn!" [DG] For
       young readers.)

Bonfiglioli, Kyril
     All the tea in China: which tells how Carolus Mortdecai Van Cleaf set out
       to seek his fortune in London Town, on the high seas, in India, the
       treaty ports of China, and even in darkest Africa, and how he found...,

Bonham, Frank
     War Beneath the Sea, 1962 (Adventures of the US sub MAKO in the Pacific
       during WW II.)

Bonnecarrere, Paul
     Ultimatum, 1976 (Strange crew steals big oil tanker, threatens to flood
       the entire coast of the western Mediterranean with oil unless their
       demands are met.)

Bostwick, Ronald
     The Iron Ring, 1963  (Iron Joe Ring, the mustang ex-UDT captain of the
       worn out minesweeper DEAN patrolling the Korean coast during the Korean
       War, is finishing up his 20 years in the navy. He and the DEAN will be
       retired in 20 days. Before he hangs it up, he wants to destroy a
       railroad tunnel along the coast through which the Chinese are running
       their supplies to the front.)

Bosworth, Allan R. 1901-
     Storm Tide, 1965 (Aboard one of the first steam-powered whalers in the
       mid-1800s, the captain must contend with the rivalry of a fellow
       captain and former mate who has impugned his courage, and the owner of
       the ship -- a woman who joins the expedition to "rescue" her native
       half-sister from life among Pacific island "savages.")

Boulle, Pierre 1912-1994
     The Whale of the Victoria Cross, 1983 (During the Falkland Islands war,
       a British ship takes a whale,first mistaken for a submarine, as a
       mascot. An admiral recommends the whale for a medal and the Home Office
       thinks the entire fleet has gone bonkers. An odd novel.)

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