AOS Other Nautical Fiction

cuttysarkWhen doing research for historic naval fiction books to add to this site I often find ones about merchant ships and other stories set in the age of sail. Some of these may be of interest to naval fiction fans so I am adding them to this index. If you are interested in purchasing any, and direct links are not provided from the book, please visit and search the online stores.

Cap de Carteret

This book has been released under the following alternate titles:-
Weymouth Bound

1801

Set in 1801, Cap de Carteret is the story of Jack Stone, whose life is changed forever when his ship, the Cicely, is boarded by the French when on passage to Weymouth. Jack discovers that the Cicely's capture is the opening move in a French scheme to strike at the heart of the British establishment, and that he must do his best to ensure that the plot does not succeed./p>

The novel is set at sea and on the coasts of Dorset and Normandy. The fast moving plot, coupled with historical accuracy and author's knowledge of ships and the sea makes for an exciting read.

 

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A Lad of Grit

 

A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea in Restoration Times.

This is the story of a young man growing to adult years and taking his place in the world. The early chapters of the book are set in rural Hampshire with events on Rake Hill and in the small town of Petersfield. The death of Owen Wentworth takes his fourteen year old son, Aubrey, to Portsmouth and lodgings with his aunt and uncle.

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The Quest of the "Golden Hope"

 

A 17th Century Story of Adventure

Clifford Hammond, the son of a retired sea captain, is instrumental in saving the life of Captain Jeremy Miles, a refugee from Sedgemoor. In gratitude Miles offers to share the secret of the Madre de Dios treasure. The preparations for the joint expeditions for the quest of the spoil are interrupted by the slaying of Captain Hammond by a person who hopes to secure the chart of the island on which the Madre was wrecked.

Captain Miles sets sail in the Golden Hope and discovers that Clifford had hidden himself onboard. After many adventures the Golden Hope arrives at the island, where she is attacked by three buccaneering craft. Hairbreadth escapes and daring exploits follow in quick succession and eventually the prize is secured.

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Missing, Believed Lost

 

A holiday yachting cruise in the Channel, under the command of their sporting schoolmaster, might well have provided plenty of interest for the four boys who accepted Mr Morgan's invitation to sail with him in the Marie, but something quite foreign to the programme transformed the cruise into a strange adventure indeed. As the result of a war wound, Mr Morgan began to be the victim of illusions, believing himself, sometimes, to be living in the days of Morgan the pirate!

No mere coasting cruise would satisfy his restless spirit, and the bewildered schoolboys find themselves committed to a voyage which at length brings them to a West Indian island. Their adventures are many and various; they have to cope with problems produced by the condition of mind of their leader, and the story shows how they tackle the whole strange situation, surviving dangerous adventures and generally making the best of things. At length help turns up, and, leaving Mr Morgan recovering and in good hands, the boys are free to return home. The whole tale is full of incident afloat and ashore, and the complications resulting from the delusions of the leader give it a most unusual quality.

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The Mystery of the Key

 

John Cloche, his many war-time sea adventures behind him, is at rather a loose end when he has the chance of making one of a party which, onboard a former trawler, set out to try their luck at sponge-getting. The company of the Dream of Devon is a mixed one, but every man has had wide experience, and under Jimmy Ellicot, owner of the craft, they pull well together.

It is well they do so, for they encounter emergencies which call for mutual trust and combined effort. The sponge venture proves by no means what they hoped, but the voyage lands them in a string of exciting incidents which are by no means without reward.  There are other things around the islands – the Keys – besides sponge-beds; one of the Keys has its mystery. How they solve it, and what turns out to be, and how, in the end, the solution involves a stroke of luck for all, is told in the thrilling closing chapters which have the most satisfactory climax.

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World Elsewhere

 

1770’s: A round the world voyage - believed to be based on fact

In this elegant, beautifully crafted novel of adventure, longing, and the corruption of paradise, internationally acclaimed critic and author Peter Brooks turns for the first time to the realm of historical fiction. World Elsewhere tells of the sea change of a young eighteenth-century French nobleman who embarks on a high-seas voyage that will alter dramatically his notions of humanity and civilization. Based on actual historical events and contemporary diaries, the novel takes us from a Paris of gilded royalty, casual decadence, and love affairs on an odyssey to exotic lands and foreign cultures, leading eventually to the South Pacific.

At the novel's center is Prince Charles of Nassau-Siegen, a young captain in the French army. His name gives him entry to the best houses in Paris, but he is without a fortune and given to romantic entanglements. To flee financial embarrassment and an impending romantic scandal, Charles joins the frigate Boudeuse, under the command of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, as it sets out on a voyage around the world -- headed first to the tip of South America and then into the open and uncharted waters of the South Pacific. During his months at sea, Charles straggles with severe weather, a shipload of increasingly restive men, and his first challenging encounters with "primitive" peoples. But then the discovery of Tahiti brings both radical change and new challenges. Charles and his companions believe that they have stumbled upon a true earthly paradise: an island fringed with magnificent beaches, lush with exotic vegetation, inhabited by people who appear both physically and spiritually beautiful and who have put erotic love at the heart of existence.

But after an idyllic beginning to their stay on the island, the French explorers begin to sense that Tahiti may have a darker side: There are signs of bloody combat with other islands and hints of ritual human sacrifice. And after three native men are killed during a quarrel with some undisciplined French soldiers, the remaining Tahitians vanish into the mountains, leaving Charles and his shipmates fearful that the seemingly gentle islanders have now become their deadly enemies and that an attack is imminent. The sudden and frightening change in their situation brings new responsibilities for Charles as he struggles to reconcile his duties as a Frenchman and a soldier with his growing love for Ité, a young Tahitian woman. Though he becomes aware of how little he can ever hope truly to understand Tahiti, Charles begins to look for a way to stay behind when the French ships continue their voyage. Yet despite his love for Ité, he begins to see that his very presence may bring corruption to this paradise. World Elsewhere is an enchanting fusion of adventure and romance.

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