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Neilson, Eric
     Haakon the Dark series:
       The Golden Axe, 1984 [1] (Lusty, death-defying adventurer Haakon the
         Dark has been chosen by his gods as their avenging arm on earth. The
         Golden Axe is a marvelous and terrible weapon with supernatural
         powers that the gods have entrusted to Haakon, but is the axe truly a
         gift or is it a curse of evil? Only time will tell. In this series
         opener Haakon and his band battle against overwhelming odds as they
         try to save the fair Rosamund, Haakon's lady love.)
       The Viking's Revenge, 1984 [2] (Only one mortal man has the power and
         wisdom to spare civilization when a treacherous deed brings bloody
         death to armies senseless slaughter to cities -- our hero of course.
         Leading the greatest army of Viking warriors ever assembled, Haakon
         the Dark instead scours the entire known world to find his Rosamund,
         in peril again, this time stolen by an evil warrior chief. No doubt
         civilization and Rosamund are both saved in the end.)
       Haakon's Iron Hand, 1984
       The War God, 1984

Nelson, James
     Revolution at Sea series:
       By Force of Arms, 1996 (Nelson's hero, a smuggler in pre-Revolutionary
         War days, brings shipments into Long Island Sound and runs afoul of
         HMS ROSE, a British ship doing customs duty. Nelson also brings up
         the burning of a customs sloop by Rhode Islanders the year before.
         HMS ROSE in the novel is the real ancestor to today's  "HMS" ROSE, in
         which the author sailed as third mate.)
       The Maddest Idea, 1997 (Captain Biddelcom, our hero from BY FORCE OF
         ARMS, in command of the privateer CHARLEMAGNE is given a commission
         in the Continental Army and sent on a mission to steal gunpowder from
         the British in the Bahamas. This effort is foiled by a traitor, and
         Biddlecomb is captured, but he manages to escape, and complete his
         mission anyway. In the meantime, the aide that arranged the mission
         is scouring Rhode Island for the traitor.)
       The Continental Risque, 1998 (Still suffering the damages of their
         ill-fated mission to Bermuda, Isaac Biddlecomb and the brig-of-war
         CHARLEMAGNE are voluteered for service in the newly formed United
         States Navy. Sailing to Philadelphia with the irritating John Adams
         as a passenger, Biddlecomb et al are made part of the first American
         navy and marine corps action to New Providence Island. But trouble is
         brewing in the gunroom, as his officers find themselves at each
         other's throats, and below decks as sea-lawyer Amos Hacket tears the
         crew apart down sectional lines...)
       Lords of the Ocean, 1999 (At the height of the American Revolution,
        Captain Biddlecomb receives orders to smuggle Dr. Benjamin Franklin
        across the Atlantic and into France.)

Newell, Charles Martin 1821-c1900
     The Voyage of the Fleetwing, a Narrative of Love, Wreck and Whaling
       Adventures, 1886 (Whaling voyage to Hawaii.)

Nicastro, Nicholas
     The Eighteenth Captain, 1999 (An action-filled novel based on John Paul
       Jones and his naval career, framing the fall-out of the French

Nicol, C. W.
     Harpoon, 1987 (Japanese 19th century whaling epic as told from the point
       of view of two brothers from a Japaneses whaling village -- one who
       stays in the village pursuing traditional Japanese whaling practices,
       the second who leave to learn how the Gaijin westerners whale. "Worth
       reading." [ML])

Nicole, Christopher (Andrew York) 1930-
     Operation Destruct, 1969 (Assigned to investigate the death of a fellow
       agent in the wreck of a Russian trawler, British spy Jonathan Anders
       must outwit the Russians, who want him dead, and the British police,
       who want him for murder.)
     Operation Neptune, 1972 (Jonathan Anders is sent on assignment by British
       Intelligence to locate notes on an invention that will enable man to
       move about freely underwater.)

Niemann, August 1839-1919
     The Coming Conquest of England, 1904 (Translated from the German. Not a
       brilliant piece of work, and only fifty percent naval, but every bit as
       important as Erskin Childers RIDDLE OF THE SANDS as a whistle blower to
       alert the British public to the dangers of German naval expansion.)

Nordhoff, Charles 1830-1901 (Father of the co-author of Mutiny on the Bounty.)
     Man of War Life, 1895 (A young sailor's impressions of life aboard an
       American ship-of-the-line in the mid-1800's.)
     The Merchant Vessel, 1895
     Whaling & Fishing, 1895
     The Boys Own Sea Stories: Being the Adventures of a Sailor in the Navy,
       Merchant Service and on a Whaling Cruise (Above 3 books together,
       published without authors name or date.)

Nordhoff, Charles 1887-1947
     The Derelict, 1928 (The further adventures of Charles Selden and his
       native friends in the South Seas.)

Nordhoff, Charles 1887-1947 and Hall, James Norman 1887-1951
     The Bounty Trilogy:
       Mutiny on the Bounty, 1932 (The voyage of the BOUNTY to Tahiti for
         breadfruit, her sojourn there, and the subsequent mutiny when she
         begins the voyage back to England.)
       Men against the Sea, 1934 (The incredible 3,600 mile voyage in an open
         23 foot boat of Captain Bligh and 18 loyal members of his crew, set
         adrift after the mutiny.)
       Pitcairn's Island, 1934 (Some of the mutineers sail off in the BOUNTY
         with Fletcher Christian and their Tahitian wives and in-laws in
         search of an island where they can successfully hide from the
         inevitable pursuit by the Royal Navy. They find such a haven at
         Pitcairn's Island and settle down to their fate.)
     The Hurricane, 1936 (Polynesian convict escapes and returns to home
       atoll. Hurricane devastates island while he is evading recapture.
       Great tale of humans against the elements, and coping with the
       imposition of Western civilization at the same time. Made into a movie
       starring Jon Hall and Dorothy Lamour in the '30s.)
     No More Gas, 1940 (The saga of a multitudinous family in Tahiti, and what
       happened to them when they suddenly became rich from salvaging a
       vessel. "Hilarious!" [TB] Made into a movie called THE TUTTLES OF
       TAHITI, starring Charles Laughton.)
     The High Barbaree, 1945 (Catalina flying boat is shot down in the South
       Pacific in 1943. After days of drifting, the lone survivor swims ashore
         on a mystic, uncharted island, where he finds his uncle and fiancee.
         Filmed in 1947.)
   (see also IN SEARCH OF PARADISE, about Nordhoff and Hall)

Norton, Andre
     Scarface, Being the story of one Justin Blade, late of the pirate isle of
       Tortuga, and how fate did justly deal with him, to his great profit,
       1948 (Teenaged pirate Scarface is part of a raid on the English colony
       of Barbados. He wins the King's Pardon and finds a name and family. For
       young adults.)

Norton, Roy
     Drowned Gold, Being the Story of a Sailor's Life, 1917 (It's not really
       the story of a sailor's life-- it's the story of 3 million dollars in
       sunken gold, deep sea diving, piracy and young love, and all of the
       things which go to make up a good sea yarn.)

Nye, Robert
     The Voyage of the Destiny, 1982 (Fiction about Sir Walter Raleigh's
       voyage to South American, Tudor period piece.)

O'Brian, Frank
     Act of Piracy, 1975 (A crazy captain takes steamboat from New York to
       California around Cape Horn in the 1850s.)

O'Brian, Patrick 1914- (Arguably the top novelist of life under square sails.)
     The Golden Ocean, 1957 (Based on Commodore Anson's voyage around the world
       in the 1740s.)
     The Unknown Shore, 1959 (Companion to THE GOLDEN OCEAN. The adventures
       of future admiral (then midshipman) John "Foulweather Jack" Byron and
       the surgeon of the storeship WAGER of Anson's fleet after she was
       wrecked off southern Chile.)
     The Jack Aubrey - Steven Maturin series: (Napoleonic War era adventures
     featuring a RN officer and his surgeon friend, there is advantage in
     reading these in order.)
      *Master and Commander, 1969 [1]
       Post Captain [2]
       H.M.S. Surprise [3]
       Mauritius Command [4]
       Desolation Island [5]
       The Fortune of War [6]
       The Surgeon's Mate [7]
       The Ionian Mission [8]
       Treason's Harbor [9]
       The Far Side of the World [10]
       The Reverse of the Medal [11]
       The Letter of Marque [12]
       The Thirteen Gun Salute [13]
       The Nutmeg of Consolation [14]
       The Truelove (Clarissa Oakes in UK) [15]
       The Wine-Dark Sea, 1993 [16]
       The Commodore, 1994 [17]
       The Yellow Admiral, 1996 [18]
       The Hundred Days, 1998 [19] (As we had learned earlier, Napoleon has
         left Elba and is gathering an army in Europe while the allies are
         trying to get organized in order to resist. Jack Aubrey must control
         the Med and prevent attempts to keep the allies divided. Some
         startling events occur, matching events in POB's personal life, that
         give credence to the possibility that this may be the penultimate
         book of the series.)
       (See also Dean King's HARBORS AND HIGH SEAS and A SEA OF WORDS)
     The Rendezvous, 1994 (Twenty-seven short stories (1970-74) from the
       humorous to the dramatic, often providing a glimpse of savage,
       destructive forces through the fragile shell of human civilization. Any

O'Connor, Patrick 1930-
     Across the Western, 1976 (Novel, told in first-person format, of a
       merchant marine sailor's adventures aboard a clapped-out rustbucket,
       from its crossing to North America with a convoy in 1941, through its
       numerous breakdowns, requiring long port stays, to a climatic battle
       with a German surface raider on its voyage back to Britain.)

O'Dell, Scott 1898-1989
     The Dark Canoe, 1968 (Salvage and the novel MOBY DICK merge as Queequeg's
       coffin is found by the younger brother, Nathan in the lagoon where his
       two older brothers, Jeremy and Caleb, are trying to salvage the sunken
       cargo of a whaler wrecked by the incompetence of one of the two, --
       but which one? Young adult.)

O'Hara, Patrick (Former RN and merchant seaman and fisherman.)
     The Luck of the Lonely Sea, 1965 (THE WAKE OF THE GERTRUDE LUTH in the UK.
       Beached German finds himself in command of an ancient cargo steamer in
       the China Sea, survives fire, typhoon, stranding, commies, Nationalists,
       and beautiful girl.)

O'Neill, Edward
     The Rotterdam Delivery, 1975 (Diplomatic relations between Holland and
       her main Middle Eastern oil supplier "Al Tufiyah" are strained enough
       that when the Dutch naval attach in Dublin is approached by an Irish
       terrorist, at odds with his murderous colleagues for not being too
       happy about bombing innocent children, he agrees in the name of the
       Dutch Government to help seize an "Al Tufiyahn" super tanker as she
       makes her approach to the oil terminal at Bantry Bay and deliver the
       ship and her cargo to Rotterdam.)

Olsen, T. V.
     Brothers of the Sword, 1962 (Adventures of two viking brothers, pursued
       by the wolf-like Halfdan.)

O'Neill, Eugene 1888-1953
       Bound east for Cardiff, 1916
       The Long Voyage Home, 1917
       Ile, 1917
       The Moon of the Caribbees, 1918
       Where the Cross is Made, 1918
       The Hairy Ape, 1922
       Children of the Sea

Optic, Oliver 1822-1897
     The Boat Club; or, The Bunkers of Rippleton, c1850 (The author uses a
       12-oared gig; a boat which requires absolute coordination and
       cooperation from the rowers, to make the point that that groups in
       society need discipline. The Bunkers of the sub-title are a bunch of
       rebellious boys who make life miserable for many on the shores of an
       upstate New York Lake. After his son Frank has a run-in with the
       Bunker's, Captain Sedley, a retired and well-to do shipmaster, decides
       to form a boat club for his son and his friends. In the course of
       learning to row the boat, they learn cooperation, discipline and
       courage and, of course, manage to outdo the Bunker's with their
       undisciplined and rebellious ways. For young readers.)
     Outward Bound; or, Young America Afloat, 1866 (A local nabob decides that
       a school ship is just the thing for bringing discipline and order into
       the lives of some of the scions of rich families who have a contempt
       for authority. The ship is built and sets sail manned entirely by the
       boys with some veteran sailors for supervision. In something akin to
       The LORD OF THE FLIES much of society's ills become manifested during
       the voyage; lies, deceit, treachery, even a planned mutiny! As he
       describes the machinations of the characters, one gains a truly
       detailed insight into the mind of the manipulator and the politician.
       "A truly riveting tale!" [DG] For young readers.)
     The Yacht Club; or, The Young Boat-Builder, 1874 (A ripping good
       who-dun-it, taking place on Penobscot Bay. "A really good introduction
       to sailing, boat-building and yacht racing for the young reader. And an
       excellent moral into the bargain." [DG] For young readers.)

O'Rourke, Andrew P.
     The Red Banner Mutiny, 1986 (Novel based on the true story of Soviet navy
       officer who steals the destroyer STOROZHEVOY and sails it toward Sweden
       and safety. Set in the 1970s.)

Osborne, Anne (Joy Gould Boyum, Heather Barbash) 1934-
     Wind From the Main, 1972 (Novel based on the true story of pirate Anne

Otis, James 1848-1912
     A Cruise With Paul Jones; a Story of Naval Warfare in 1778, 1898 (Young
       David Carlton is picked up from a wreck at sea by the American sloop
       RANGER and becomes a powder monkey under the command of John Paul Jones
       and the friendly tutelage of boatswain Reuben Rollins. Jones harasses
       English shipping in the English Channel, burns the merchant fleet at
       Whitehaven and defeats the English sloop of war, DRAKE in the battle at
       Carrickfergus, all of which events are described here from young
       David's point of view. "A good yarn and good history!" [DG])

Ott, Wolfgang
     Sharks and Little Fish, 1957 (WW II novel set in German minesweepers and

Oxley, James Macdonald 1855-1907
     Diamond Rock, 1894 (In this story for older boys His Majesty's frigate
       GRYPHON sails for the West Indies in 1804 with fourteen year old Dick
       Holden as a newly appointed midshipman. The fictional frigate puts
       British tars and guns on to the Diamond Rock to harass the French fleet
       off Martinique, a task in real life undertaken by HMS CENTAUR. Although
       they have eventually to surrender, Dick is a hero and as a compliment
       is chosen to serve with Nelson in HMS VICTORY and is present at

Packard, Winthrop 1862-1943
     The Young Ice Whalers, 1903

Padfield, Peter (Has an extensive maritime background, and has written on
  maritime and naval history.)
     Salt and Steel, 1985 (The story of a family growing up in Hampstead
       before 1914. Two of the boys follow their father into the RN and serve
       in  WW II. "The periods of action, whether in the family yacht,
       PEACOCK, or later in battle cruisers or on the Somme, set a stunning
       pace." [from bookjacket blurb])

Paine, Ralph D.
     Midshipman Wickham, 1923 (Life of a midshipman at the Naval Academy,
       including football and action at sea. For young readers.)

Paretti, Sandra
     The Magic Ship, 1979 (Novel is based on the true story of the huge German
       4-stack liner CECILE steaming into Frenchman Bay at Bar Harbor, Maine,
       and the effect she and her crew had on the town during that dreamlike
       summer at the dawn of WW I.)

Parker, Richard
     A Moor of Spain, 1953 (Moorish lad survives the siege of Malaga, converts
       to Christianity, participates in the siege of Granada, joins Columbus
       on his first voyage to the New World and becomes a Native American

Parkinson, C. Northcote 1909-1993
     Richard Delancey series: (RN officer.)
       The Guernseyman, 1982 (1775-1782. Parkinson's hero, Delancey, is caught
         up in riots and "volunteers" for the navy. Follows his early career
         throught the American War of Independence, culminating at the Siege
         of Gibraltar.)
      *Devil to Pay, 1973 (1794-1796. Lieutenant Delancey is sent on
         impossible mission involving smugglers and international intrigue off
         the French coast.)
       The Fireship, 1975 (1796-1798. This is really two short novels back to
         back. In the first, Delancey is the second Lt. and acting first Lt.
         of the GRATTON during the Battle of Camperdown. The Dutch are
         defeated and every first Lt. is promoted to Master and Commander,
         except Delancey, whose captain has the discretion to allow the now
         recovered original first Lt. to take the promotion. In the second
         half Delancey is given command of a fireship. He makes the best of
         bad situation. Being of a scientific and methodical turn of mind, he
         researchs the previous use of fireships and finds that they are not
         frequently used, and are not particularly useful, but on those
         occasions when they have been used in the past, the commander has
         received a promotion. Delancey's command is one of the smaller
         vessels used to patrol the coast of Ireland, and intercepting a
         French expeditionary force he is able to put his fireship to its
         intended purpose, thus assuring himself of the promotion he lost
         out on in the first half of the novel.)
       Touch and Go, 1977 (1798-1801. Delancey gets command of the 18 gun
         sloop MERLIN and cruises the Mediterranean on convoy duty.)
       So Near, So Far, 1981 (1801-1804. During the Peace of Amiens Richard
         Delancey is ashore, but still manages to get in trouble. He forms an
         attachment to the pretty actress Fiona that threatens his career, and
         mixes with men of the Opposition Party. When war with France breaks
         out again Napoleon's first move is to plan an invasion of England,
         and rumours circulate of steam-driven ships and a warcraft that can
         travel under the water. Delancey's courage and skill are called upon
         for the most audacious adventure of his career.)
       Dead Reckoning, 1978 (1805-1811. Now a post captain, Delancey and the
         32 gun frigate LAURA are off to the East Indies to battle two French
    *The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower, 1970 (Hilarious send-up of
       military biography and a great overview of Hornblower. Parkinson
       includes detailed appendices with delicious information such as that
       HH's great-grandson commanded the BELLEROPHON at Jutland, and that a
       great-great-grandson was a sub-lieutenant on the ACHILLES during the
       Battle of the River Plate. How can you *not* love that? Also includes
       a letter from Horatio himself explaining what really happened aboard
       HMS RENOWN.)
     (And a short history of the Royal Navy, 1776 - 1816, also PORTSMOUTH
       POINT, THE NAVY IN FICTION, 1793-1815, published in 1948. It refers to
       literature dated 1826 to 1848, written by Royal Navy men.)

Parkinson, Dan
     Patrick Dalton series: (US Revolutionary war tales)
       The Fox and the Faith, 1989 [1] (In 1777, finding himself falsely
         accused of treason, Royal Navy Lt. Patrick Dalton steals a British
         prize and attempts an escape through a gauntlet of privateers and
         British and Colonial warships.)
       The Fox and the Fury, 1989 [2] (A fugitive Patrick Dalton refits a
         derelict ship in the Chesapeake wilderness and makes a deal to
         smuggle cannon to the Carolinas.)
       The Fox and the Flag, 1990 [3] (Patrick Dalton may have come up with a
         plan to clear his name, but he needs the luck of the Irish to avoid
         capture by both sides long enough to see it through.)
       The Fox and the Fortune, 1992 [4] (In the spring of 1778, the opposing
         British and US navies are supporting their armies in the north,
         leaving the southern US coast wide open to pirates. After eluding a
         long British search, Patrick Dalton and his crew find their fates
         increasingly entangled with a particularly cutthroat pirate.)

Patchin, Frank Glines 1861-1925
     Battleship Boys series:
       The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward, 1911 (The boys, Sam Hickey and
         Dan Davis, serve aboard the battleship LONG ISLAND and gain their
         petty officer ratings. For young readers.)
       The Battleship Boys in Foreign Service, 1911 (Sam and Dave are on the
         loose in Paris, Egypt and European ports between.)
       The Battleship Boys in the Wardroom, 1918

Patrick, Joseph
     King's Arrow, 1951 (English gentleman gets 'pressed into a Royal Navy
       warship (in peacetime!!), escapes to the American colonies and becomes
       a shipper and ocassional smuggler, all while trying to win the love of
       the girl he left behind in Britain, who has also come to America. Set
       in the late 1760s-early 1770s. Good read, despite some inaccuracies and

Patrick, William (editor)
     Mysterious Sea Stories, 1985 (Strange horrors at sea, Collection of
       unusual tales by Marryat, Melville, London, Forester, etc.)

Paulsen, Gary
     The voyage of the Frog, 1989 (When David goes out on his sailboat to
       scatter his recently deceased uncle's ashes to the wind, he is caught
       in a fierce storm and must survive many days on his own as he works out
       his feelings about life and his uncle. For young readers.)

Paylin, Jolie, 1913-
     The Gill Netters, 1979 (Commercial fishing in Wisconsin and Northern
       Michigan after the Civil War.)

Pearson, Ridley
     Blood of the Albatross, 1986 (A good old-fashioned page-turner of a
       mystery, set in Seattle, with enough plot twists and sleazy characters
       to keep things moving at an exhilarating pace. Jay Becker, sailing
       instructor by day, rock star by night, takes the beautiful German woman
       Marlene as a student and becomes involved in brutal deaths and treason
       that seem to stem from her shadowy employer, known only as the

Pease, Howard 1894- (for "young" readers)
     The Tattooed Man; a tale of strange adventures, befalling Tod Moran, mess
       boy of the tramp steamer ARABY, upon his first voyage from San
       Francisco to Genoa, via the Panama Canal, 1926 (Teenaged Tod goes in
       search of his missing older brother. He takes a job as a cabin boy, and
       later stoker on a freighter out of San Francisco bound for Genoa. An
       interesting story because of the vividly realistic portrayal of life
       aboard tramp freighters in the inter-war years. Also interesting is the
       treatment of drug addiction in the days when it wasn't so painfully
     The Jinx Ship; the dark adventure that befell Tod Moran when he shipped as
       fireman aboard the tramp steamer CONGO, bound out of New York for
       Caribbean ports, 1927
     The Ship Without a Crew; the strange adventures of Tod Moran, third mate
       of the tramp steamer ARABY, 1934 (Aboard ARABY in the South Pacific,
         Tod finds an unmanned schooner, loses it in a gale, and has to find
         answers in the Tahitian jungle.)
     Heart of Danger, a tale of adventure on land and sea with Tod Moran,
       third mate of the tramp steamer ARABY, 1946
     Wind in the Rigging; an adventurous voyage of Tod Moran on the tramp
       steamer SUMATRA, New York to North Africa, 1951
     Night Boat, and other Tod Moran mysteries, 1942
     Captain of the Araby; the story of a voyage, 1953 (This is also a Tod
       Moran book, and the captain of the title is a man he sails with in
       most of the books. He is the "Tattooed Man" as well.)
     Shanghai Passage; being a tale of mystery and adventure on the high seas
       in which Stuart Ormsby is shanghaied aboard the tramp steamer NANKING
       bound for ports on the China coast, 1929
     Secret Cargo; the story of Larry Matthews and his dog Sambo, forecastle
       mates on the tramp steamer CREOLE TRADER, New Orleans to the South
       Seas, 1931
     Hurricane Weather, 1936
     Foghorns; a story of the San Francisco water front, 1937
     Captain Binnacle, 1938
     The Black Tanker, 1941 (A Stanford student gets word that his father, a
       doctor working in China, has been seriously injured in a Japanese
       bombing raid. The only way he can get to China is to sign on as an
       engine wiper on a tanker, whose mate is Tod Moran, carrying oil to the
       Japanese bases in China. There is a murder on board, a storm at sea,
       and some adventures with the Japanese and Chinese after they arrive.
       The book has an American neutrality political viewpoint, flavored with
       a strong distaste for Japanese imperialism.)
     Bound for Singapore, 1948
     Shipwreck; the strange adventures of Renny Mitchum, mess boy of the
       trading schooner SAMARANG, 1957

Perrault, Ernest G.
     The Twelfth Mile, 1974 (Oceangoing tug, North Pacific, storms, salvage,
       tidal waves.)

Perrow, Angeli 1954-
     Captain's Castaway, 1998 (Based on the true story of Seaboy, a friendly
       seafaring dog. When his vessel is wrecked in a storm he crawls ashore
       on nearby Great Duck Island and is found, barely alive, by Sarah, the
       lighthouse-keeper's daughter. Two years pass, and the dog settles in
       happily with his new family. Then, a ship's captain arrives, home from
       distant seas. It is Seaboy's owner, delighted to find his old friend. A
       grief-stricken Sarah must reconcile herself to the loss of a loyal
       companion, but in the end the castaway himself decides where he really

Pesci, David
    *Amistad, 1997 (Historical fiction based on the case of the Spanish
       coastal schooner AMISTAD ("friendship" in Spanish) which was carrying
       illegally-taken Africans from Havana to Puerto Principe when the slaves
       on board rebelled and took control of the ship, killing all but three
       of their captors. The Africans sailed eastward toward home during the
       day, but at night the Spaniards - the only ones on board who new any
       type of celestial navigation-sailed northward. AMISTAD eventually ended
       up off the coast of New York, where she was picked up by an American
       warship and taken to Connecticut. The subsequent salvage trial became a
       battle between abolitionists who wanted the Africans freed and returned
       to their homeland and the survivors of the AMISTAD's crew who wanted
       their ship and "cargo" returned. Steven Spielberg has filmed a movie
       about the same events, to be released in December, 1997.)

Peyton, K. M. (Pseudonym)
     Sea Fever, 1962 (Sixteen year old boy becomes the sole breadwinner for
       his family after his father dies in a fishing accident, and the family's
       savings disappear overboard with dad. Through hard work, luck, and the
       newfangled sport of yatch racing he is able to redeem his family's
       finances, and defeat the individual who stole the family's fortune. Set
       in coastal England in the mid to late 1800s. A fun read.)
     North to Adventure, 1965 (Boy accompanies his uncle on an Arctic
       expedition seeking a lost ship off the Greenland coast and uranium
       deposits in Greenland. During the course of this post-WW II adventure,
       they encounter pirates and find a lost treasure of gold. TREASURE
       ISLAND meets Sgt. Preston of the Yukon.)

Pickering, Edgar
     In Press gang Days, 1904? (Press gang abducts young gentleman in time for
       the Nore Mutiny and the Battle of the Nile.)

Pilpel, Robert H. 1943-
     To the Honour of the Fleet, 1979 (Two men, one rich & cynical, the other
       guileless and honourable, are involved in the dramatic events leading
       up to the greatest sea battle in history: Jutland, 1916.)

Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849
    +The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, ca. 1840. (Mutiny and
     Descent into the Maelstrom (Short story: A Norwegian fisherman relates
       how he got caught in the notorious whirlpool and survived.)

Ponce de Leon, Napoleon Baccino
     Five Black Ships: A Novel of The Discoverers, 1994 (This talented
       Uruguayan writer has created in this book a wonderful tale of ships and
       men using rich prose, earthly humor, and striking poetry. He looks into
       the lives of the real men and real events behind what the history books
       say, and he follows, like an artist, the marvelous story of the first
       circumnavigation of the globe.)

Ponicsan, Darryl
     The Last Detail, 1970 (Two SPs take sailor to Portsmouth Naval Prison,
       stop off for some fun on the way. Made into movie with Randy Quaid.)
     Cinderella Liberty, 1973 (Classic Navy snafu: seaman's records are lost,
       so officially he doesn't exist. Made into movie with James Caan and
       Marsha Mason.)

Pope, Dudley 1925-1997 (More 1800-period naval action. Pope has also written
     some naval history.)
     Nicholas Ramage series:
       Ramage, 1965 [1] (In 1796 third lieutenant Ramage of the frigate
         SIBELLA must complete a mission after the attack of a French 74 kills
         all the other officers.)
       Ramage and the Drumbeat, 1968 [2] (DRUMBEAT in the US. Lt. Ramage in
         command of KATHLEEN, cutter, captures a dismasted Spanish frigate,
         gets the KATHLEEN captured in turn, becomes a spy in Cadiz, then,
         escaping, is restored to command of the recaptured KATHLEEN, and
         helps Captain Nelson win the battle of Cape St. Vincent.)
       Ramage and the Freebooters, 1969 [3] (THE TRITON BRIG in the US.
         Ramage, given command of the 10-gun brig TRITON, must overcome a crew
         that has joined the Spithead Mutiny to take dispatches to the
         Caribbean. Once on station, he is given the task of finding why
         coastal freighters are disappearing as they sail from Grenada -- a
         puzzle whose solution has eluded two post captains.)
       Governor Ramage RN, 1973 [4] (Ramage, aboard TRITON on convoy duty,
         thwarts sneaky French attack, encounters hellacious hurricane.)
       Ramage's Prize, 1974 [5] (Lieutenant Ramage is sent to find out what is
         happening to His Majesty's mail packets in 1798. Based on true
       Ramage and the Guillotine, 1975 [6] (French-speaking Lt. Ramage, now
         25, is off to France spy on Napoleon and the impending invasion of
       Ramage's Diamond, 1976 [7] (Captain Ramage in the frigate JUNO attacks
         a French convoy off Martinique in 1802. Possibly the most fun of the
       Ramage's Mutiny, 1977 [8] (Captain Ramage, now commanding the frigate
         CALYPSO, is given the impossible assignment to cut out a captured
         British frigate from a Spanish stronghold.)
       Ramage and the Rebels, 1978 [9] (Ramage and the CALYPSO pursue a
         ruthless, butchering French privateer in the West Indies.)
       The Ramage Touch, 1979 [10] (Ramage and the CALYPSO are sent into the
         Mediterranean to wreak havoc, but stumble onto a French invasion
       Ramage's Signal, 1980 [11] (Ramage and CALYPSO continue their solo
         mission into the Mediterranean to confuse the French.)
       Ramage and the Renegades, 1981 [12] (Ramage and CALYPSO are off to the
         Caribbean to claim an island.)
       Ramage's Devil, 1982 [13] (Ramage is on his honeymoon in France when
         war breaks out again in 1803. He steals a ship and escapes.)
       Ramage's Trial, 1984 [14] (Ramage is assigned convoy duty, is attacked
         by another British ship, and then is accused of nasty crimes.)
       Ramage's Challenge, 1985 [15] (Ramage is back in the Mediterranean to
         rescue a group of influential British prisoners being held hostage by
       Ramage at Trafalgar, 1986 [16] (Ramage and CALYPSO participate in the
         Battle of Trafalgar, where frigates aren't supposed to mix it up
         with the big boys.)
       Ramage and the Saracens, 1988 [17] (Ramage is off to Sicily in 1806 to
         deal with some Barbary Pirates.)
       Ramage and the Dido, 1989 [18] (Ramage is given command of the DIDO,
         74, and sent to the West Indies. He racks up enemy warships like
         billiard balls, and is sent to Martinique, scene of his triumph's in
     Buccaneer Ned Yorke series: (Barbados planter forced to turn buccaneer
     due to suspected Royalist sentiments.  His partner is the outcast nephew
     of Oliver Cromwell, set at the end of the Protectorate and the beginning
     of the Restoration. DECOY and CONVOY are set in WW II with the tail-end
     survivor of the family in the Royal Navy.)
       Buccaneer, 1981 [1] (Because his family are Royalists, Ned Yorke is
         forced to flee his Barbados plantation with such retainers as choose
         to come with him. This includes the wife of the Parliamentarian
         planter who wants Yorke's estate. After trying his hand as a
         smuggler, Yorke joins forces with Cromwell's Royalist nephew as a
         buccaneer, goes to Jamaica, and helps the Parliamentarian governor
         of the island retain it from the Spanish.)
       Admiral 1982 [2] (Yorke returns to Jamaica following the death of
         Oliver Cromwell, becomes elected as Admiral of the Brethren of the
         Coast in Tortuga, leads the ships to Jamaica, and in an effort to
         forestall a Spanish invasion of Jamaica, leads highly successful
         raids on Provencia and Portobello.)
       Galleon, 1986 [3] (A new, Royalist governor of Jamaica suspends the
         buccaneers' licenses. Yorke rescues his partner from the Spanish, and
         assists the French governor of St. Martin's to capture a Spanish
         treasure galleon which ran ashore and threatened the colony's chief
         town, but is unable to convince the new governor of the buccaneers'
         importance to Jamaica's safety)
       Corsair, 1987 [4] (Yorke uncovers evidence of Spanish plans to invade
         Jamaica, but cannot convince Governor Luce of the threat until it is
         at hand. In the rare instances where the governor seeks assistance
         of the buccaneers, York leads reprisal raids against Cuba and the
         Spanish Main.)
       Convoy, 1979 (A Yorke in action against the German's in WW II. He
         unravels the secret of how the Germans are secretly attacking convoy
         ships from the inside of the convoy.)
       Decoy, 1983(Yorke rides again to capture a German U-Boat for the new
         Enigma coding/decoding machine that the Germans are deploying.)

Porter, Katherine Anne 1894-
     Ship of Fools, 1945 (On board the North German Lloyd S. A. VERA between
       Veracruz, Mexico and Bremenhaven, Germany August 22 to September 17,

Porter, William Ogilvie, MD (1774 - 1850) (Naval surgeon who after retirement
  practised for over forty years in Bristol and was the author of two small
  works on typhus and on medical ethics, as well as the novel noticed below.
  His sister Jane (1776-1850) was a prolific and popular novelist, and this
  novel is often attributed to her.)
     Sir Edward Seaward's Narrative of his Shipwreck and Consequent Discovery
       of Certain Island in the Caribbean Seas with a detail of many
       extraordinary and highly interesting events in his life, from the year
       1733 to 1749, 1831 (Newly-wed Edward Seaward and his bride are
       shipwrecked on a desert island in the eastern Caribbean. Animated by
       devoutly Christian and anti-slavery ideals they found a flourishing
       colony, engage in high politics in London, participate in the conquest
       of Portobello, and repel Spanish attacks.)

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