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.

The Greenlander

 

Every year the whalers sailed to the northern fishing grounds to confront the sea and ice, and to lock in terrible battle with the leviathans that lurked beneath the waters. For Arthur Storm, the newest apprentice on the William Scoresby Senior, going-a-whaling was the fulfilment of every young man's dream. And he was to remember for the rest of his life the sing and thud of the harpoon, the power of the sea, the struggle with death and the bonds - deeper than friendship - forged by the men as they sailed together into the Fishery's worst catastrophe ever.

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Free Souls

1839

Slaves mutiny against the cuban crew of the Amistad which is transporting them and capture the ship. They are subsequently apprehended and put on trial in Connecticut.

(Based on a true story)

Free Souls

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1492

1492

It was one of the most exciting periods in history. The impact of Gutenberg books was starting to be felt. Martin Luther was soon to touch-off the Reformation; and a wild-eyed adventurer by the name of Christopher Columbus was about to make obsolete every world map of his day.

This is the story of Columbus, but it is not told through the eyes of an academic or an historian. It is told by a simple sailor-a Christian of secret Jewish ancestry-whose hopes and fears not only makes the story more engaging, but all the more realistic.

From the fear and confusion of the first voyage, to the clash of the European and native American cultures, to Columbus' final vindication, Mary Johnston's talent for combining adventure and historical detail is at its finest.

Everyone knows the story of Christopher Columbus, now read it from a whole new-and enormously refreshing-perspective.

"We have come to expect first-rate writing from Mary Johnston; but what surprises is the sheer emotional power of the book.

1492

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Fortunes of War

1588

In the spring of 1588 two young men fell in love: an Irish mercenary serving the Spanish ambassador in London, and the son of an English earl. Then Dermot Channon must leave England when the embassy is expelled just prior to the onset of war, and Robin despairs of ever seeing him again. Seven years pass, and when Robin's brother is kidnapped for ransom in Panama in the years following the war between England and Spain, Robin sets sail with a fleet commanded by Francis Drake, hoping to bring home his brother. But soon enough the ship on which Robin is traveling is sunk by privateers — pirates led by none other than Dermot Channon. Reunited by a cruel twist of fate, the two men embark with passion on a series of swashbuskling adventures around the Spanish Main.

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The Deceivers

1862

Mel Keegan is back at sea in the days of tall ships and high adventure ...

It is an age when sail and steam are technologies in collision, and the thousand-year tradition of the tall ships is coming to an end. Men like Bill Ryan and Jim Hale are caught in the jaws of change, in a world where survival depends on raw courage, strength and a willingness to take terrible risks

1862, on the east coast of England: the railway is the death knell of the coastal shipping trade, and many small lines like Eastcoast Packet won't survive. Jim Hale is about to inherit Eastcoast and the schooner Spindrift ... if he and Captain Bill Ryan can first survive the explosive violence of the North Sea storms, and the vicious schemes of the shipwrecker, Nathan Kerr. Always a dangerous man, Kerr has a score to settle with Jim – and with Ryan, who has allied himself to Eastcoast. For men who have the courage to be lovers in this time, and this place, the struggle is dire, the rewards astonishing.

The Deceivers

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Treachery and Treason in Canada's Sealing Fleet

 

Treachery and Treason was inspired by Victor Jacobson, a well known West Coast sealer based in Victoria B.C. This is an epic love story and rivalry between two `sea dogs' played out on the sealing grounds of the Pacific North West. It is set in a period when Vancouver Island was not part of British Columbia, not part of Canada and not part of the USA, though that was an option. The hardy residents fell under the administration of the Hudson's Bay Company and Vancouver Island's Governor, James Douglas.

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