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Jackson, Basil 1920-
     Spill!, 1977 (One tiny technical flaw turns the historic first voyage of
       the first submarine supertanker under the frozen Arctic Ocean into a
       potential death sentence for her crew and environmental catastrophe for
       the world.)

Jacobs, W. W. (William Wymark) 1863-1943
     The funniest, most laconic, short stories: (Not all of the following
     collections will be 'nautical' but there is enough salt in each to please.)
       Many Cargoes, 1897
       The Skipper's Wooing, 1897
       More Cargoes, 1898
       Sea Urchins, 1898
       A Master of Craft, 1900
       Light Freights, 1901
       The Lady of the Barge, 1902
       Odd Craft, 1903
       Captain's All, 1905
       Short Cruises, 1907
       The Gray Parrot, 1908 (play)
       Admiral Peters, a comedy in one act, 1909 (play)
       Beauty and the Barge; a farce in three acts, 1910 (play)
       Ship's Company, 1911
       Night Watches, 1914
       The Castaways, 1917
       Deep Waters, 1919
       The Castaway; a farce in one act, 1924 (play)
       Sea Whispers, 1926
       At Sunwich Port, 1926
       Master Sea Stories, 1929
       Master Mariners, a comedy in one act, 1930 (play)
       Salthaven, 1930
       Snug Harbor, 1931
       Sailor's Knots
       (...probably others)

James, John
     Talleyman series:
       Talleyman, 1989 [1](Shipping action in the mid 19th century.)
       Talleyman in the Ice, 1989 [2] (Persuaded to go back to sea as Second
         Lieutenant aboard the steam frigate FLAMINGO on a secret mission to
         Murmansk in Arctic Russia Thomas Talleyman is ice-bound until the
         next Spring. As he has helped land a secret agent to support a
         rebellion against the Tsar trouble lies ahead in this very
         interestingly detailed novel set in the 1850s.)

Jane, Fred T. 1865-1916
     Blake of the Rattlesnake, or A Story of Torpedo-Warfare 189-, 1895
       (Britain and France at war, Russians join French but the British Navy
       and the RATTLESNAKE in particular win the day. This genre of novels
       were for an adult market and were substantial works, often complete
       with fold-out maps, charts, tables and illustrations similar to those
       appearing in The Illustrated London News and were written by the
       defence experts of the day and did not always concentrate on the naval
       aspects. Jane was a naval authority, although slow to identify the
       German threat. His name still adorns todays leading annual naval work.)

Jeans, Surgeon Rear-Admiral Thomas Tendron (In his autobiography,
  Reminiscences Of A Naval Surgeon, 1927, Jeans mentions the generally held
  opinion in the Royal Navy - that the boys' books of the period were lacking
  in naval authenticity. This he set out to remedy, and his first boys' book,
  MR. MIDSHIPMAN GLOVER, was written in 1905. These books, in common with many
  of the period, have attractively decorated boards.)
     Mr. Midshipman Glover: A Tale of the Royal Navy Today, 1905 (With
       government connivance British Naval officers are being hired as naval
       mercenaries to Chinese business interests, provided with newly built
       warships and charged with destroying the powerful pirate organisations
       preying on commerce in the China Seas.)
     On Foreign Service or The Santa Cruz Revolution, 1911? (British citizens
       and business interests are suffering at the hands of the dictator of
       Santa Cruz, Central America; retribution arrives in the form of two
       Royal Navy armoured cruisers - the HECTOR and the HERCULES. The British
       are not as impartial as perhaps they should be. One of the leading
       insurgents is the brother of the hero of the story, Sub-Lieutenant
       William Wilson, RN and eventually a pro-British president is in power.)
     John Graham Sub-Lieutenant: A Tale of the Atlantic Fleet (The eponymous
       sub-lieutenant tells the story of the Atlantic Fleet during its
       ordinary routine of showing the flag and battle practice and how the
       intense rivalry between the ship's companies of the six battleships
       manifests itself throughout the fleet and particularly among the
       gunroom officers.)
     A Naval Venture: The War Story of an Armoured Cruiser
     Gunboat and Gun-runner: A Tale of the Persian Gulf
     Ford of H.M.S. Vigilant: A Tale of the Chusan Archipelago

Jekel, Pamela
     Sea Star, 1983 (The private life of Ann Bonny, pirate queen of the
       Caribbean. Steamy.)

Jenkins, Geoffrey 1920-
     Twist of Sand, 1959 (Takes place on the African coast and is split over
       time, flashing back to WW II and a nuclear U-boat. This comes as a
       flashback from the main character who was an allied submarine skipper
       and sank the U-boat. In the "present-day" sequence a search, possibly
       for oil, comes into it, and some of the Nazis reappear. A good bit of
       thud and blunder. Made into a film.)
     Grue of Ice, 1964 (Modern whaling, his best book, some think.)
     The River of Diamonds, 1964 (Diamonds lie on the sea-bed off the coast of
       South Africa. A ship specially built to recover them, the MAZY ZED, is
       anchored off Mercury Island, where the headman, an Englishman, is
       determined to sabotage the operation.)
     Hunter-killer, 1967 (Cold War nuclear submarine tale.)
     Hollow Sea , 1971 (A SCEND OF SEA in UK. All about nuclear subs and ICBMs
       and takes place in the (then) present or near future. It's a sort of
       chase book, set in the Indian Ocean and revolves about an RN? ICBM and
       the faked death of its inventor. The chase takes place between various
       Western factions rather than the usual cold war scenario. Worth a
     The Bridge of Magpies, 1974 (A story of U-boats, torpedoed liners, sunken
       frigates and Nazi-Japanese skullduggery carried through to the present
       day and centred on the eponymous landmark on South Africas Diamond
       Coast. The Author's customary ability to give a desolate and
       inhospitable landscape a magical and mysterious aura and to populate
       his stories with unusual characters makes this a good yarn.)
     South Trap, 1979 (A thrill-seekers cruise in the South Atlantic ends in
       murder and shipwreck on a wind lashed island.)
     A Ravel of Waters, 1981 (A revolutionary computerized sailing ship is out
       to break the speed record from South America to the Cape of Good Hope.
       Her captain is murdered, her journey sabotaged and the world watches as
       a lone yachtsman trys to complete it.)
     The Watering Place of Good Peace, 1960 (Takes place on the south-east?
       coast of Africa over several centuries starting with a Portugese ship
       and an Arab pilot and moving more up to date with a Nazi submarine. Sun
       Tzu and the Art of War comes in somewhere. Quite good.)

Jennings, John 1906-
     The Salem Frigate, 1946 (Uptight doctor and roguish carpenter play out
       their rivalry over the same women in the US Navy of 1798-1815, centered
       on the frigate ESSEX, which they helped build. During the course of the
       story both serve on the ESSEX during its first voyage, the PHILADELPHIA
       during the Barbary Wars and the ESSEX again in the War of 1812. The
       doctor also sees action on the PRESIDENT in its fight with the LITTLE
     The Sea Eagles, a story of the American Navy during the Revolution; of the
       men who fought and the ships they sailed and the women who stood behind
       them, 1950 (Joshua Barney helps win the Revolutionary war.)
     Rogue's Yarn, 1953 (Son of a Maryland farmer joins a Quaker branch of
       the family that runs a shipping company. Boredom and entanglements with
       a French woman leads him to take to the sea during the Quasi-War with
       France, becoming a privateer and later serving aboard the
     Chronicle of the Calypso, Clipper, 1955 (Maiden voyage of the clipper
       ship CALYPSO, as it races the WOLFHOUND from New York to San Francisco
       during Gold Rush days. It's cargo?  Argonettes -- a load of women from
       New York City, including 30 hookers from a bordello relocating to San
       Francisco. The madam arranged for the charter to conceal the nature of
       her charges! A hoot.)
     The Wind in His Fists, 1956 (Irish farmboy leaves for abroad to escape
       a murder charge, but as an archer in Spain, helps some Moors and ends
       up sentenced to the galleys. After regaining his freedom through an act
       of courage he is again sentenced to the galleys, but is freed by the
       Moslems. He then becomes the terror of the Mediterranean as a Barbary
       corsair. Based loosely on an ancestor of Jennings. Does not get to sea
       for the first third of the novel.)
     The Tall Ships, 1958 (Young Marylander joins the frigate CHESAPEAKE to
       escape a hometown scandal, but get invalided out of the Navy after its
       battle with the LEOPARD. Seeking to remain at sea, he signs on with a
       fast merchant ship that makes its fortune by ignoring various British,
       French, & US embargo laws. When the War of 1812 starts, the hero signs
       on with the same skipper, who is now a privateer, and goes to Britain
       seeking his lady-love.)
     The Raider, 1963 (Fictionalization of the exploits of SMS EMDEN in WW I.
       This German light cruiser cut a swath from China to Africa and back,
       before finally getting trapped in the Indian Ocean by HMAS SYDNEY.)

Jerome, Jerome K. (Jerome Klapka) 1859-1927
     Three Men in a Boat Not To Mention the Dog (Classic comedy of a camping
       trip in a Thames skiff.)

Jessup, Richard
     Sailor (20th century merchant marine tale.)

Jewett, Roger
     Navy Battle Stations Book 1, 1988 (Woven into this novel are a mafioso,
       admiral's son on PT boats, Jewish rabbi and Iowa farmboy, caught in the
       raging crosscurrents...sorry about that.)
     Navy Carrier War, 1989 (2nd novel in series. War in Pacific is over, and
       our heroes -- fighter pilot, sub skipper and commando -- go home,
       thinking it's all over. But comes Korea!)
     Navy on Station, 1989 (3rd novel in series of modern USN, now dealing
       with Cuba and Viet Nam, air and sea warfare, CIA and politics.)

Jewett, Sara Orne 1849-1909
     The Yankee Ranger, 1975 (Also published as Tory Lover. Man volunteers to
       serve with John Paul Jones to prove his patriotism after being accused
       of a being a Tory, but disappears under suspicious circumstances.)

Johnson, Charles 1948-
     Middle Passage, 1990 (Rutherford Calhoun, freed slave, con man and
       n'er-do-well, escapes creditors and and blackmailers in 1830s New
       Orleans by stowing away on THE REPUBLIC, a slaver bound for the coast
       of Africa. Crewed by an assortment of social misfits, THE REPUBLIC
       takes on the last remants of the Allmuseri, a tribe of mystics (some
       say sorcerers), and a large, mysterious crate with the aura of the
       supernatural.  The story is told through Calhoun's eyes, and traces
       his transformation as he confronts his private demons during what could
       only be described as the sea voyage from Hell. An engaging book which
       unfortunately suffers from sloppy editing, particularly in historic

Johnson, Gerald S.
     Tropical Furlough, 1964 (Lieutenant Jim Bradford is appointed
       supernumerary in the Royal Indian Navy freighter BANGALORE at Colombo
       in 1944. As the only other white man he shares the accommodation of the
       huge Russian captain on the voyage to Diego Garcia. She is caught by a
       typhoon, her machinery and radio destroyed. Left with a permanent list
       she is only afloat because of timely precautions. Six of her people are
       still alive and they drift, trying to escape the Great Oval Current of
       the Indian Ocean, for months. A Japanese raiding submarine sails from
       Singapore destroying any enemy commerce in her path including the
       steamer, CORAL QUEEN, that connects Diego Garcia with Mauritius leaving
       only a handful of survivors, aboard a lifeboat close to death. The
       scene is now set for the novel's conclusion.)

Johnson, James L. 1927-
     The Nine Lives of Alphonse, 1968 (2nd novel in the "Code Name Sebastian"
       series. Rev. Raymond Sebastian attempts to rescue Cuban defectors using
       an untested midget sub.)

Johnson, Walter Reed
     Oakhurst, 1977 (American Jeremy Beaufort is pressed into the RN, fights
     French, and becomes slaver in War of 1812.)

Johnston, Mary 1870-
     The Slave Ship, 1924 (In the 17th century a Scotsman is shipped off to a
       Virginia plantation, escapes, signs onto slaver and takes up the

Johnston, Ronald 1926- (Had long and successful career in British Merchant
     Inoco fleet series: (Novels set in the tanker fleet of the imaginary
     Inoco Oil Company)
       Collision Ahead, 1964 (INOCO MONARCH, on her maiden voyage, collides
         with a T-2 Tanker in the English Channel in clear weather during
         daylight. Was the collision caused by the T-2's drunken captain or
         mechanical failure, or did the MONARCH's retiring captain show bad
       The Angry Ocean, 1968 (A revolutionary 500,000 ton tanker is on its
         shakedown cruise when a nearby volcanic island erupts creating a
         300-foot high tsunami. Survival is complicated by the need to rescue
         nearby Japanese fishermen, rather than running away from the wave at
         flank speed, and also by a structural flaw in the new supertanker and
         the fact that mangaement has saddled her with two captains!)
        Sea Story, 1980 (James Bruce, forced out at INOCO and suffering a
          busted marriage, returns to the sea as the second officer of a gas
          tanker, SEAGAS II to salve his wounds. He discovers that the Seagas
          line is operating on a shoestring and cutting safety corners. After
          an accident aboard that kills the captain, he is put in command, and
          sets about both whipping his command in shape and saving Seagas.)
     Disaster at Dungeness, 1964 (A supertanker makes her way up the English
       Channel on the completion of her maiden voyage. We follow her every
       move until the incident the title suggests occurs. This part is well
       done but at nearly forty years distance it already has an historic
       aspect. The ship itself is just over thirty thousand tons gross, there
       are no separation lanes, no Anglo-French Control and nowhere in the
       book do the words "ecological" and "environment" occur. The last third,
       and least satisfactory part of the book, deals with the Court of
       Enquiry that follows.)
     Red Sky in the Morning, 1964 (A gun running yacht runs onto a reef on a
       tiny Caribbean island during a hurricane. The rescued Cuban crew prove
       more dangerous to the islanders than the weather.)
     The Wrecking of Offshore Five, 1967 (A WW II mine emerges from the ooze
       of the North Sea and drifts down on a veteran oil rig with disastrous
     The Flying Dutchman, 1983 (She was the first of her class; a nuclear
       powered big gas tanker. To her master and owners she was the ultimate
       and their future depended on her. But to the world's politicians she
       was vote and attention grabber supreme, and that made her a pariah
       hounded from port to port, never allowed to drop anchor.)

Jones, J. Farragut
     Silent Service: (Series about submarine services in WW II, which has to
     have been written by a pool of writers who never saw a submarine.)
       Forty Fathoms Down, 1981 (Fictionalized account of a US sub that sinks
         during pre-WW II peacetime operations, requiring rescue of its crew.
         Based *very* loosely on the SQUALUS incident.)
       Pearl Harbor Periscopes, 1981 (The USS STICKLEBACK is off to attack the
         Japanese fleet in home seas, create illusion of entire killer pack.)
       Tracking the Wolfpack, 1981
       Waters Dark and Deep, 1981 (Brilliant engineer Lt. Cdr. Ben Mount has
         two obstacles to overcome in his dream of being a submarine
         commander: he's Jewish in the American Navy of 1940, and he suffers
         from claustrophobia! He is ordered to England to work with the RN sub
         service. At the climax of the book, he sees his British friend get
         wounded, boards his British sub, takes over command(!), and
         accomplishes the mission in a way that truly defies suspension of
       The Scourge of Scapa Flow (Fictionalized account of Gunter Prein's raid
         on Scapa Flow, including assistance by German agent's ashore.)

Jones, Robert F. 1934-
     Blood Tide, 1990 (Young woman and her ex-Vietnam War POW father sail a
       schooner to the Philippines to recover her stolen ketch, encountering
       pirates and drug smugglers in the treacherous Flyaway Islands.)

Jones, Ted
     The Dog Watch

Jones, Tristan 1924-1995
     Dutch treat: a Novel of World War II, 1979 (Thames barge at Dunkirk.)
     Aka, 1981 (Dolphins try to save drowning solo yacht racer.)
     (Jones is better known for the books about his numerous small boat
       sailing adventures.)

Jordan, Humfrey 1885-
     The Commander Shall..., 1938 (On Captain Gaunt's first voyage to
       Australia as commander of a fast passenger liner he has to deal with
       murder, a fire etc.)
     This Island Demands, 1941 (The Second World War has just started and
       Captain Pell is bound to Australia, in his cargo ship, where he embarks
       passengers anxious to return to the UK. Now familiar with the foibles
       and quirks of the passengers and crew, we read how, in the Indian
       Ocean, a German surface raider destroys the radio and damages the
       ship's propeller. Pell and his crew struggle to save the drifting
       freighter so she can continue her voyage to Britain. A novel of the
       time and for the time.)

Joseph, Mark
     To Kill The Potemkin, 1987 (Submarine thriller, set in 1968, about
       conflict between a US SKIPJACK-class submarine and the first Soviet
       Alfa-class boat. Poor on technical detail, but some good
       characterisation and a nicely twisted plot.)
     Typhoon, 1991 (Russian faction plans nuclear incident to regain Soviet
       power. Other Russian sub commander tries to prevent it, while US sub
       watches and tries to figure out what's going on.)

Judd, Denis 1938-
     The Adventures of Long John Silver, 1977 (A dying John Silver finds an
       adult Jim Hawkins, and tells the good doctor of his exploits prior to
       the events in TREASURE ISLAND.)
     Return to Treasure Island, 1978 (During a reunion with Jim Hawkins, Long
       John Silver tells of his tireless quest to recover the remaining
       treasure from Treasure Island.)

Karig, Walter, 1898-
     Don't Tread on Me; a novel of the historic exploits, military and
       gallant, of Commodore John Paul Jones, 1954

Katcha, Vahe 1928-
     The Sea Duel, 1966 (During WW II a Japanese captain and US surgeon hold
       power of life and death over each other, neither will give an inch.)

Katz, William 1940-
     North Star Crusade, 1976 (Executive officer of US nuclear missile
       submarine takes over his boat and tries to start WW III by sinking a
       Russian ship and lobbing missiles at the US.)

Kavanaugh, Patrick
     Gaff Topsails, 1998 (A Newfoundland fishing village reflects the souls of
       its colorful inhabitants.)

Kay, Ross
     Dodging the North Sea Mines, 1915 (WW I tale.)
     The Go-Ahead Boys and the Racing Motor-Boat, 1920 (The boys embark on an
       innocent expedition, a race from Yonkers, New York to the Saint
       Lawrence Valley, but soon run afoul of evil-doers; in this case crude
       canal-boat men, apparently a less desirable element around this time.
       Kay also uses this as an opportunity to impart some useful information
       about canals around the world.)

Keegan, Mel
     Fortunes of War (In the spring of 1588, two young men fell in love: an
       Irish mercenary, Dermot Channon, serving the Spanish ambassador in
       London, and the son of an English earl, Robin Armagh. After Dermot had
       to leave England due to impending war with Spain, Robin despaired of
       hearing from him again. But when Sir Francis Drake leads a fleet bound
       for Panama, Robin sails with him to ransom a kidnapped brother. His
       ship is attacked by privateers, commanded by Dermot Channon. The
       couple's adventures together on the Spanish Main make a swashbuckling
       romance in the best gay pirate tradition.)

Keith, Bill
     Sharuq, 1993 (Arabs buy Soviet Oscar-class SSGN, and use it to torpedo
       US supertankers in the Carribean. The US responds by hunting down the
       sub with a "carrier submarine" that hosts mini-sub "fighter" craft.)

Kellogg, Rev. Elijah 1813-1901
     Elm Island series: (Set on an island off the Maine coast, may not all be
       The Young Ship-Builders of Elm Island, 1870 (A fine story of a
         youngster who, in love with boats of all kinds, teaches himself the
         art of building them. In spite of an early set-back with his first
         effort (a sailing log canoe) he finally masters the difficulties and
         succeeds in becoming a much sought-after young boat-builder and
         shipwright. "Kellogg's descriptions of life in a small coastal
         fishing and farming community at the turn of the 18th & 19th
         centuries are nothing less than luminous and his portraits of some of
         the characters are uplifting to be sure. Reverend Kellogg has a very
         lyrical style. His descriptions of the surroundings of Elm Island are
         hard to resist. " [DG])
       The Hard-Scrabble of Elm island, 1871
       The Ark of Elm Island
       The Boy Farmers of Elm Island
       Lion Ben of Elm Island

Kenney, Susan 1941-
      Sailing, 1988 (The story of a relationship which turns into a marriage.
       The husband, dying long-term from cancer, finds his peace in sailing,
       and the author uses sailing as an extended metaphor for life.  Really
       well done.)
    One Fell Sloop, 1990 (English professor/sleuth Roz Howard solves murder
       while on holiday sailing in Penobscot Bay.)

Kent, Alexander (Douglas Reeman)
     Richard Bolitho series: (more 1800-period naval action)
       Richard Bolitho, Midshipman, 1975 [1] (1772. Bolitho, a midshipman
         with 4 years experience, joins the GORGON, 74, and sees service off
         the Bight of Benin, hunting slavers and pirates.)
       Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger, 1978 [2] (1773. Bolitho serves
         under the command of his older brother, Hugh aboard the sloop
         AVENGER. Home from the sea on leave in Cornwall, the 17-year-old
         midshipman becomes involved with smuggling, murder, and "wrecking.")
       Midshipman Bolitho, 1995 [1&2] (1772-73. Republication of first two
         books in one volume.)
       Stand into Danger, 1980 [3] (1774. Bolitho is the junior lieutenant of
         HMS DESTINY, 28, as she sets forth on a mission to the South Atlantic
         and Carribean to recover the lost treasure of a Spanish quota ship
         captured in the War of Jenkin's Ear.)
       In Gallant Company, 1977 [4] (1777-78. Lt. Bolitho serves on HMS TROJAN
         during the opening phases of the War of American Independence, seeing
         action against American privateers and smugglers.)
       Sloop of War, 1972 [5] (1778-81. Bolitho, promoted, takes charge of the
         sloop SPARROW, 20, seeing action in North American and West Indies
         waters. The first half, set in 1778 covers Bolitho's tenure as
         Commander. The second half, in 1781, has Bolitho as a Captain, and
         climaxes at the Battle of the Chesapeake.)
       To Glory We Steer, 1968 [6] (1782-83. Bolitho commands the mutinous
         PHALAROPE, 32, in the closing stage of the Wars of American
         Independence. Sent to the West Indies, he fights, and destroys a
         frigate commanded by his turncoat brother, Hugh, and plays a decisive
         role at the Battle of the Saintes.)
       Command a King's Ship, 1973 [7] (1784-85. Bolitho is given command of
         the UNDINE, 32, and sent to the East Indies to counter French
         assistance to a local prince.)
       Passage to Mutiny, 1976 [8] (1789-91. Commanding TEMPEST, 36, Bolitho's
         search for the BOUNTY mutineers is interrupted as the first ripples
         of the French Revolution wash across the Great South Sea. TEMPEST is
         called to action against the pirate Tuke, who successively captures a
         British pay ship, and a mutinying French frigate, the ARGUS.)
       With All Dispatch, 1988 [9] (1792. Bolitho, in recovery from the fever
         contracted in the Great South Sea, is given a recruiting assignment
         in the Nore, with three cutters to assist him. Complicating the
         situation is corruption in local government and naval officals.)
       Form Line of Battle! 1969 [10] (1793. Given command of the HYPERION,
         74, in the Mediterranean, Bolitho is part of an expedition to capture
         Cozar and St. Clar. Under command of the man whom he relieved in
         PHALAROPE, the St. Clar effort fails along with the Toulon, leaving
         Bolitho to salvage the disaster.)
       Enemy in Sight! 1970 [11] (1794-95. Still on the refitted HYPERION,
         Bolitho joins the blockade of the Biscay coast, just as his
         incompetent commander lets the French escape. The British pursue the
         French force to the West Indies, where the French plan is revealed:
         capture the Spanish Flota ship to force Spain to enter the war as
         French allies.)
       The Flag Captain, 1971 [12] (1797. The squadron in which Bolitho has
         served as flag captain for the last two years is reassigned to the
         Western Mediterranean, in the first British action there since the
         sea was abandoned in 1796.)
       Signal, Close Action! 1974 [13] (1798. Bolitho, a Commodore, is given
         charge of a small squadron serving as Nelson's vanguard in the
         Mediterranean. Overcoming treacherous and incompetent captains,
         Bolitho tracks down and destroys the French siege train at Corfu,
         allowing Nelson to fight Battle of the Nile without fear of shore
       The Inshore Squadron, 1977 [14] (1800. Promoted to Rear Admiral,
         Bolitho is sent to Denmark on a diplomatic mission, then given
         command of the inshore squadron supporting the British expedition in
         the Baltic in 1800.)
       A Tradition of Victory, 1981 [15] (1801. Following actions in the
         Baltic, Bolitho is reassigned to the Bay of Biscay, with his squadron
         assigned the task of destroying the French invasion fleet. Bolitho
         ends up captured, escapes, then faces his captor in the climactic
         battle concluding the novel.)
       Success to the Brave, 1983 [16] (1802. During the Peace of Amiens, Vice
         Admiral Bolitho is sent on a diplomatic mission to the United States
         and the West Indies. Bolitho must enforce treaty provision to turn
         over a British colony to the French. Both the colonists and the US
         resist the transfer, but the French wars break out again, giving
         Bolitho an opportunity to again capture his French opposite.)
       Colors Aloft! 1986 [17] (1803. Sir Richard Bolitho's squadron is
         reconstituted, and sent to the Mediterranean, where Bolitho must
         contend with a political attempt to smear him and his flag captain,
         and a French squadron commanded by the admiral he captured in Success
         to the Brave.)
       Honour This Day, 1987 [18] (1804-05. As the war spins up again,
         Bolitho's squadron is sent first to the West Indies, with the task of
         intercepting a Spanish quota ship. Then in 1805 it is sent to the
         Mediterranean, where it prevents reinforcements from reaching the
         Combined Fleet at Trafalgar.)
       The Only Victor, 1990 [19] (1806. Bolitho is sent first to South
         Africa, where he assists efforts to capture the Dutch colony, then to
         Denmark, where he fights a battle in the North Sea against a force
         containing the ship that sank HYPERION in HONOR THIS DAY.)
       Beyond the Reef, 1992 [20] (1808. Bolitho is again sent to South Africa
         to establish a permanent base, but is shipwrecked. After an epic open
         boat voyage, he is rescued. Then he is put in charge of a force sent
         to Martinique.)
       The Darkening Sea, 1993 [21] (1809-10. Increasing tensions with the
         Americans give rise to fears of the United States allying with
         France. Bolitho is sent to the Indian Ocean to contain the harrasment
         of British merchant shipping.)
       For My Country's Freedom, 1995 [22] (The War of 1812 from Admiral
         Bolitho's POV. It talks about the big frigates that the Americans
         used to demolish the smaller Brit ships.)
       Cross of St. George, 1996 (Bolitho attempts to stem an American
         invasion of Canada, while Admiral Herrick is sent to preside over a
         mutiny court martial that the Admiralty intends will ruin Bolitho's
         reputation. That plot is foiled by Herrick's rigid integrity.)
       Sword of Honour, 1998 (The Napoleonic Wars wind down as Richard
         Bolitho takes command at Malta, and Adam Bolitho commands a frigate
         off the American coast during the attack on Washington. Equality Dick
         exits, stage left, at the end of the novel, dying in a final
         skirmish, with Adam taking the estate as the last Bolitho. This may
         be setting up additional novels in the late 'teens and early 1820s
         centered around Adam Bolitho.)
       Bolitho, 1993 (Collection of three previously published novels: WITH

Kenyon, Charles M.
     First Voyage Out, 1967 (A young Rhode Island boy, determined to rescue
       his father who is reportedly held as a slave on a Pacific island, signs
       with his father's old ship for his first whaling voyage.)

Kenyon, F. W.
     Emma, 1955 (Fictionalized biography of Emma Hart, aka Emma Hamilton, who
       became Horatio Nelson's mistress. The novel adds more nautical
       connections than actually existed.)

Kerr, Mark 1864-?
     The Destroyer and A Cargo of Notions, 1909 (Verse from the navy of the
       beginning of the century by a serving officer who rose to become an
       admiral. Poetry is an important naval tradition as fans of O'Brian will

Kessler, Leo, 1926-
     Sink the Scharnhorst, 1981 (The Sea Wolves #1. In 1937 two naval cadets
       meet at the Kiel Regatta and become firm friends. In 1942 the two meet
       again, as enemies, when the Royal Navy makes a determined onslaught to
       destroy the battle cruiser SCHARNHORST.)

King, Charles Daly 1895-1963
     Obelists at Sea, 1932 (The first of a short series of detective novels
       featuring Capt. Michael Lord of the NYPD and Dr. L. Rees Pons, an
       integrative psychologist. The murder of a multi-millionaire takes place
       on a transatlantic liner, the SS MEGANAUT, the detective his helped
       (and hindered] by the theories of four psychologists. The following
       books take place on trains and planes.)

King, Dean and Hattendorf, John B.
     Harbors and High Seas, 1996 (An atlas and geographical guide to Patrick
       O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels. Find out where the factual and
       fictional places Stephen and Jack visit in their adventures really
       were. Many maps and contemporary illustrations.)

King, Paul
       The Dreamers, 1993 (The year is 1418. Prince Henry the Navigator begins
         exploring the Atlantic, Cheng Ho is leading the Star Raft east, and
         Alessandro Cavalli of Venice is sold to the Moors by his brother.)
       The Voyagers, 1993 (The year is 1423. The threads started in THE
         DREAMERS come together to spur further exploration by Prince Henry
         just at the point when the Portugese are ready to abandon
       The Discoverers, 1994 (The year is 1453. The fall of Constantinople
         spurs further Atlantic exploration, led by survivors of the conquest
         of Constantinople, and the children of the protagonists of the first two
         novels in the series.)

Kinghorn, A. W.
     Captain Martha, MN, 1993 (Martha Jackson becomes the first female captain
       of a British merchant ship. This novel is the story of her time as
       captain of the reefer vessel NORTHERN CASTLE. Kinghorn is himself a MN
       captain, recently retired, and whilst the book can best be described as
       undemanding it is at least techinically accurate, although the regime
       on the NORTHERN CASTLE is a trifle old fashioned for a merchant ship in
       the 1990s. Kinghorn is a regular contributor to the UK magazine SHIP'S
       MONTHLY with reports of his various voyages as master of a general
       cargo ship, trading round the Middle and Far East. The book is unusual
       in that Kinghorn published it himself.)

Kingsley, Charles 1819-1875
     Westward Ho!, 1855 (The voyages and adventures of Sir Amyas Leigh during
       the reign of Queen Elizabeth. A tale of swashbuckling, young love,
       villainy, etc., etc.)
     The Water Babies, 1884 (Not strictly nautical, Tom the sooty little
       chimney sweep goes to live beneath the sea and encounters all the
       strange creatures that live there; including the water babies. Image
       Tom's delight then when he becomes one with the magical water babies
       and finds himself clean for the very first time! For young readers.)

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