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Interested in the naval adventures of Aubrey & Maturin? Do the exploits of Horatio Hornblower set your pulse racing? Do the names Hoare, Bolitho, Ramage, Delancey, Lewrie, Halfhyde, Drinkwater or Kydd remind you of the tang of salt air, the clash of swords on swords, the jolt of cannon-fire and the thrill of waves crashing on a ship's prow? Then perhaps you'll be interested in this extensive list of Naval Adventure fiction, set from the 1600s through the early 1900s. Most of these titles are military fiction, with a few pure "adventure" novels thrown in. All the novels in this list feature adventures aboard sailing vessels, prior to the advent of steam-powered vessels and/or modern naval warfare.

Some of the following novels are "stand alones", while many are entries in popular on-going series. In the cases of stand-alone novels, individual titles are in alphabetical order following the author's name. In the case of series, the novels are arranged in "series order" following the name of the series. We've included a number of titles in this list which are not currently owned by the Lincoln City Libraries. These appear here for the sake of providing complete series listings, or to identify classic naval adventure series which are long out-of-print. All books owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

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Naval Adventure Fiction
Voyage of the Narwhal book cover    Shred of Honor book cover    The Rover book cover    Ship of the Line book cover

Alexander, Bruce Watery Grave
Amado, Jorge Sea of Death
Ashley, Mike [ed.] The Mammoth Book of Hearts of Oak [anthology of short stories]
The Mammoth Book of Men O'War [anthology of short stories]
The Mammoth Book of Sea Battles: Great Stories and Classic Tales From the Golden Age of Naval Warfare [anthology of short stories]
Barrett, Andrea Voyage of the Narwhal
Bontempelli, Bruno The Traveler's Tree
Caputo, Philip The Voyage
Churchill, Winston Richard Carvel
Clavell, James Tai Pan
Collett, Bill The Last Mutiny
Connery, Tom The GEORGE MARKHAM Series
-- A Shred of Honour
-- Honour Redeemed
-- Honour Be Damned
Conrad, Joseph Almayer's Folly
Arrow of Gold
Lord Jim
Nigger of the Narcissus
An Outcast of the Islands
The Rescue
The Rover
Sea Tale
Typhoon and Other Tales of the Sea
Within the Tides
Cooper, James Fenimore Homeward Bound
The Pilot
The Red Rover
Sea Tales
The Water Witch
The Wing-and-Wing
Cornwell, Bernard Sharpe's Devil
Sharpe's Trafalgar
Sharpe's Prey
Costain, Thomas For My Great Folly
Crace, Jim Signals of Distress
Defoe, Daniel Robinson Crusoe
Doig, Ivan The Sea Runners
Donachie, David The HARRY LUDLOW Series
-- The Devil's Own Luck
-- The Dying Trade
-- A Hanging Matter
-- An Element of Chance
-- The Scent of Betrayal
-- A Game of Bones

The MARKHAM OF THE MARINES Series (written as Tom Connery)
-- Shred of Honour
-- Honour Redeemed
-- Honour Be Damned

-- On a Making Tide
-- Tested by Fate
-- Breaking the Line

-- By the Mast Divided
-- A Shot Rolling Ship
-- An Awkward Commission
-- A Flag of Truce
-- The Admirals' Game
-- An Ill Wind
-- Blown Off Course
-- Enemies at Every Turn
-- A Sea of Troubles
-- A Divided Command
Druett, Joan Abigail
Shark Island
A Watery Grave
Eccles, Frank The Mutiny Run
Farley, Christopher John Kingston by Starlight
Forester, C.S. The Man in the Yellow Raft
The Ship
-- Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
-- Lieutenant Hornblower
-- Hornblower and the Hotspur
-- Hornblower During the Crisis
-- Hornblower and the Atropos
-- Beat to Quarters
-- Ship of the Line
-- Flying Colours
-- Commodore Hornblower
-- Lord Hornblower
-- Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies

-- Hornblower VHS | DVD
-- Horatio Hornblower: The New Adventures VHS | DVD
-- Horatio Hornblower: The Adventure Continues VHS | DVD
-- [ The Hornblower Companion ] [about the Hornblower series; 823 qF76z]
Forrest, Anthony The JOHN JUSTICE Series
-- Captain Justice
-- The Pandora Secret
-- A Balance of Dangers
Fowler, Robert H. Voyage to Honor
Fraser, George McDonald Flash for Freedom
Flashman's Lady
French, Joseph Lewis Great Sea Stories [808.83 F88g]
Friend, Charles All the Proud Ships: A Novel of the American Revolution
Fullerton, Alexander The Blooding of the Guns
Galbraith, Douglas Rising Sun
Garrett, Elizabeth Sweet Trade
Gebler, Ernest The Plymouth Adventure
Gidley, Charles Armada
The Raging of the Sea
Golding, William The SEA VOYAGE Trilogy
-- Rites of Passage
-- Close Quarters
-- Fire Down Below
Graham, Winston The Grove of Eagles
Griffin, Nicholas The Requiem Shark

Horatio Hornblower: The Adventure Continues video cover    Sweet Trade book cover The Inshore Squadron book cover    A King's Commander book cover

Hackman, Gene (& Lenihan, Daniel) Wake of the Perdido Star
Haislip, Harvey The TOMMY POTTER Series
-- A Sailor Named Jones
-- The Prize Master
-- Sea Road to Yorktown
Hale, Edward Everett Man Without a Country
Hall, James Norman Doctor Dogbody's Leg
[see also: Nordhoff & Hall, below]
de Hartog, Jan The Call of the Sea
The Commodore
Hawes, Charles Boardman The Dark Frigate
Hayden, Sterling Voyage: A Novel of 1896
Hemingway, Ernest The Old Man and the Sea
Hersey, John Under the Eye of the Storm
Hill, Porter The ADAM HORNE Series
-- The Bombay Marines
-- The War Chest
-- The China Flyer
Hodgson, William Hope The Ghost Pirates
The Boats of "Glen Carrig"
Adrift on the Haunted Seas
 [short story collection]
Holland, Cecelia The Sea Beggars
Hoover, Thomas Caribbee
The Moghul
Hough, Richard The ARCHY BULLER/ROD McLEWIN Series
-- Buller's Guns
-- Buller's Dreadnought
-- Buller's Victory
Hoyt, Edwin Palmer The STEPHEN DECATUR Series
-- Hellfire in Tripoli
-- Against Cold Steel
-- Decatur's Revenge
Hughes, Richard A High Wind in Jamaica
Hugo, Victor The Toilers of the Sea
Jekel, Pamela Sea Star
Johnson, Charles R. Middle Passage
Jones, Ben The Rope Eater
Kelley, Douglas The Captain's Wife
Kent, Alexander
[see also: Douglas Reeman]
-- Richard Bolitho - Midshipman
-- Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger
-- Stand Into Danger
-- In Gallant Company
-- Sloop of War
-- To Glory We Steer
-- Command a King's Ship
-- Passage to Mutiny
-- With All Despatch
-- Form Line of Battle!
-- Enemy in Sight!
-- The Flag Captain
-- Signal - Close Action!
-- The Inshore Squadron
-- Tradition of Victory
-- Success to the Brave
-- Colors Aloft
-- Honour This Day
-- The Only Victor
-- Beyond the Reef
-- The Darkening Sea
-- For My Country's Freedom
-- Cross of St. George
-- Sword of Honor
-- Second to None
-- Relentless Pursuit
-- Man of War
-- Band of Brothers
-- Heart of Oak
-- In the King's Name
Kingsley, Charles Westward Ho!
Kinsolving, William Mister Christian
Kipling, Rudyard Captains Courageous
Kneale, Matthew English Passengers
Lambdin, Dewey The ALAN LEWRIE Series
-- The King's Coat
-- The French Admiral
-- The King's Commission
-- The King's Privateer
-- The Gun Ketch
-- H.M.S. Cockerel
-- A King's Commander
-- Jester's Fortune
-- King's Captain
-- Sea of Grey
-- Havoc's Sword
-- The Captain's Vengeance
-- A King's Trade
-- Troubled Waters
-- The Baltic Gambit
-- King, Ship and Sword
-- The Invasion Year
-- Reefs and Shoals
-- Hostile Shores
-- The King's Marauder
L'Amour, Louis Fair Blows the Wind
Llewellyn, Sam Sea Story
The Shadow in the Sands
Llywelyn, Morgan Grania: She-King of the Irish Seas
London, Jack The Sea Wolf
South Sea Tales
Long, William Stuart The Seafarers

Frank Mildmay book cover    Moby Dick book cover    Ahab's Wife book cover    The Guardship book cover

MacDonald, Roger Mr. Darwin's Shooter
Mack, William P. Lieutenant Christopher -- A Novel of the Sea
Maillet, Antonine The Devil is Loose
Marlowe, Stephen The Memoirs of Christopher Columbus
Marryat, Frederick Frank Mildmay, or The Naval Officer
Jacob Faithful, or The Story of a Waterman
The King's Own
Masterman Ready, or The Wreck of the Pacific
Mr. Midshipman Easy
Newton Foster, or The Merchant Service
Peter Simple
The Phantom Ship
The Pirate and the Three Cutters
Poor Jack
The Privateersman
The Three Cutters
Martin, William Annapolis
Masefield, John The Bird of Dawning
Jim Davis
Mason, Van Wyck The Golden Admiral
Harpoon in Eden
The Manila Galleon
Proud New Flags
The Sea 'Venture
Three Harbors
Maynard, Kenneth The LIEUTENANT LAMB Series
-- Lieutenant Lamb
-- First Lieutenant
-- Lamb in Command
-- Lamb's Mixed Fortunes
McCutchan, Philip The Last Farewell
-- Beware, Beware the Bight of Benin
-- Halfhyde's Island
-- The Guns of Arrest
-- Halfhyde to the Narrows
-- Halfhyde For the Queen
-- Halfhyde Ordered South
-- Halfhyde and the Flag Captain
-- Halfhyde on the Yangtze
-- Halfhyde on Zanatu
-- Halfhyde Outward Bound
-- The Halfhyde Line
-- Halfhyde and the Chain Gangs
-- Halfhyde Goes to War
-- Halfhyde on the Amazon
-- Halfhyde and the Admiral
-- Halfhyde and the Fleet Review
Meacham, Ellis K. The PERCEVAL MEREWETHER Series
-- The East Indiaman
-- On the Company's Service
-- For King and Company
Melville, Herman Billy Budd
Moby Dick
Meroff, Deborah Captain, My Captain
Michael, Ib Prince
Monsarrat, Nicholas The Cruel Sea
A Fair Day's Work
The Ship That Died of Shame and Other Stories

-- Running Proud
-- Darken Ship
Morgan, Charles L. The Gunroom
Naslund, Sena Jeter Ahab's Wife
Nelson, James L. The REVOLUTION AT SEA Saga
-- By Force of Arms
-- The Maddest Idea
-- The Continental Risque
-- Lords of the Ocean
-- All the Brave Fellows
-- Thieves of Mercy: A Novel of the Civil War at sea

-- The Guardship
-- The Blackbirder
-- The Pirate Round
Nichols, Peter Voyage to the North Star
Nicol, Clive W. Harpoon
Nordhoff, Charles (& Hall, James) The BOUNTY Trilogy
-- Mutiny on the Bounty
-- Men Against the Sea
-- Pitcairn's Island

Master and Commander book cover    Hoare and the Portsmouth Atrocities book cover    The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym book cover    Ramage and the Drumbeat book cover

O'Brian, Patrick The Golden Ocean
The Unknown Shore

-- Master and Commander
-- Post Captain
-- H.M.S. Surprise
-- The Mauritius Command
-- Desolation Island
-- Fortune of War
-- The Surgeon's Mate
-- Ionian Mission
-- Treason's Harbour
-- The Far Side of the World
-- The Reverse of the Medal
-- The Letter of Marque
-- The Thirteen Gun Salute
-- The Nutmeg of Consolation
-- The Truelove
-- The Wine-Dark Sea
-- The Commodore
-- The Yellow Admiral
-- The Hundred Days
-- Blue at the Mizzen
-- 21: The Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey
-- Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The Illustrated Companion to Jack Aubrey's World
 [359 qOne]
O'Conner, Joseph Star of the Sea
Parkinson, Cyril Northcote The RICHARD DELANCEY Series
-- The Guernseyman
-- Devil to Pay
-- The Fireship
-- Touch and Go
-- So Near So Far
-- Dead Reckoning
Parkinson, Dan The PATRICK DALTON Series
-- The Fox and the Faith
-- The Fox and the Fury
-- The Fox and the Flag
-- The Fox and the Fortune
Perez-Reverte, Arturo The Nautical Chart
Perkins, Wilder The BARTHOLOMEW HOARE Series
-- Hoare and the Portsmouth Atrocities
-- Hoare and the Headless Captains
-- Hoare and the Matter of Treason
Poe, Edgar Allan The Narrative of A. Gordon Pym
Ponce de Leon, Napoleon Baccino Five Black Ships
Pope, Dudley The RAMAGE Series
-- Ramage
-- Drumbeat
-- The Triton Brig
-- Ramage and the Freebooters
-- Governor Ramage, R.N.
-- Ramage's Prize
-- Ramage and the Guillotine
-- Ramage's Diamond
-- Ramage's Mutiny
-- Ramage and the Rebels
-- The Ramage Touch
-- Ramage's Signal
-- Ramage and the Renegades
-- Ramage's Devil
-- Ramage's Trial
-- Ramage's Challenge
-- Ramage at Trafalgar
-- Ramage and the Saracens
-- Ramage and the Dido

The NED YORKE Series
-- Buccaneer
-- Admiral
-- Galleon
-- Corsair
Poyer, David Fire on the Waters
Prokosch, Frederic The Wreck of the Cassandra
Raddall, Thomas Head Hangman's Beach
Reeman, Douglas [see also: Alexander Kent] The ROYAL MARINES Saga
-- Badge of Glory
-- First to Land
-- The Horizon
-- Dust on the Sea
-- Knife Edge
Roberts, Kenneth Boon Island
-- Arundel
-- Rabble in Arms
-- Lively Lady
-- Captain Caution
Russell, William Clark The Wreck of the Grosvenor

Fire on the Waters book cover    Wreck of the Grosvenor book cover    Sea Hawk book cover    Seaflower book cover

Sabatini, Rafael The Sea Hawk
-- Captain Blood
-- Captain Blood Returns
-- The Fortunes of Captain Blood
Shannon, Dell The Scalpel and the Sword
Shellabarger, Samuel Lord Vanity
Slaughter, Frank Pilgrims in Paradise
The Purple Quest
Smith, Wilbur Birds of Prey
Smollett, Tobias The Adventures of Roderick Random
Steinbeck, John Cup of Gold
Stevenson, Robert Louis Kidnapped
Treasure Island
Stockwin, Julian The THOMAS KYDD Series
-- Kydd
-- Artemis
-- Seaflower
-- Mutiny
-- Quarterdeck
-- Tenacious
-- Command
-- The Admiral's Daughter
-- The Privateer's Revenge
-- Invasion
-- Victory
-- Conquest
-- Betrayal
-- Caribee
-- Pasha
Styles, Showell The Malta Frigate
The Sea Officer

-- Midshipman Quinn
-- Quinn of the Fury
-- Midshipman Quinn and Denise the Spy
-- Midshipman Quinn Wins Through
-- Quinn at Trafalgar

-- A Sword for Mr. Fitton
-- Mr. Fitton's Commission
-- The Baltic Convoy
-- A Ship for Mr. Fitton
-- Mr. Fitton's Prize
-- Mr. Fitton and the Black Legion
-- Mr. Fitton in Command
-- Lt. Fitton
-- Mr. Fitton at the Helm
-- The Martinique Mission
-- Mr. Fitton's Hurricane
and many, many more
Suthren, Victor The EDWARD MAINWARING Series
-- Royal Yankee
-- Golden Galleon
-- Admiral of Fear
-- Captain Monsoon
-- Black Cockade
-- A King's Ransom
-- In Perilous Seas
Talbot, Michael To the Ends of the Earth
Turteltaub, H.N. Over the Wine-Dark Sea
Unsworth, Barry Sacred Hunger
Visiak, E.H. Medusa
Wallace, Willard Mosher Jonathan Dearborn
The Raiders
Wallenius, Kurt Men From the Sea
Wilson, Derek Her Majesty's Captain
Woodman, Richard The Wager
-- An Eye of the Fleet
-- A King's Cutter
-- A Brig of War
-- The Bomb Vessel
-- Arctic Treachery
-- Decision at Trafalgar
-- Baltic Mission
-- In Distant Water
-- A Private Revenge
-- Under False Colours
-- The Flying Squadron
-- Beneath the Aurora
-- The Shadow of the Eagle
-- Ebb Tide

-- The Guineaman
-- The Privateersman
-- The East Indiaman

-- A Ship for the King
-- For King or Commonwealth
-- The King's Chameleon
-- Sails on the Horizon
-- Any Approaching Enemy
-- A Sea Unto Itself
Wyeth, N.C. [ed.] Great Stories of the Sea and Ships
Yerby, Frank The Golden Hawk
808.8 D45b The Book of the Sea
808.83 F88g Great Sea Stories
821.08 M37 A Sailor's Garland

You may also be interested in the following non-fiction accounts:
910 D19tg Two Years Before the Mast
910 S15s Sailing Alone Around the World
910.4 B873c   The Cruise of the Cachalot
910.4 Sh25s A Sailor's Treasury
919.5 Bli The Bounty Mutiny

Additional material may be found under the following subject headings:

Naval History
Seafaring Life

Original print booklist "To Sea, To Sea!" 1993 bwc
Updated and expanded for the web December 2003 sdc
Last updated October 2014 sdc

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