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.


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.



Originally titled 'The Earthly Paradise.' A novel about the first Spanish explorers of the New World (Christopher Columbus is a character).  Told through the eyes of a Spanish Don who joins  one of Columbus's last voyages.

To the Indies


Book 10: The Australian series (others in the series are not nautical)

Set against the backdrop of Australia's booming shipping trade in the latter part of the 19th century, this triumphant novel focuses on two young merchant traders struggling for their share of the country's profitable seafaring industry. Features Samuel Gordon as mate aboard the clipper Cutty Sark.

The Seafarers


Set in the early 1900s, this is the story of James Dunbar who goes to sea in search of romantic adventure. In Puerto San Martin, he falls in love with a waterfront prostitute and seeks to rescue her from the Hotel Paradiso. But he is up against the ship's captain who wants the girl for his wife.



Fresh from the momentous experiences of his maiden voyage, merchant seaman, James Dunbar, is back in his native Suffolk. He falls in love there, but cannot quell the call of the sea. He secures a berth on a ship bound for Australia, destined for four years of danger as World War I beckons.

Under Sail


With its thousands of miles of coastline fronting on three oceans and the world's largest freshwater lake system, Canada has had a long and exciting history of human endeavour on those waters. In Canadian Sea Stories, Canadian sea novelist Victor Suthren has gathered together a collection of bedside readings from that rich and intriguing history.

The collection is by no means a thorough survey of all of Canada's maritime history, but rather a selection of tales, brief or not so brief, that capture the spirit of the Canadian past afloat. On the west or eastern coasts, set in the frozen waters of the Arctic, or on the treacherous expanses of the Great Lakes, and ranging in time from the coming of the First Nations to the present day, the stories take the reader into glimpses of adventurous discovery; heart-rending labour; terror and triumph in the face of war or the sea's fury; and the everyday nature of life for those who have made their living from the sea and the Lakes. There are glimpses of the gracious tranquility of Edwardian yachting, and of the bloodsoaked horror of sailing-ship broadside battles of the tenacious careers of ships who kept the coastlines linked through storm or disaster. There are stories of shipwreck and loss, and of discovery and exultation. And throughout there is the common thread of a bridging narrative that links these stories and vignettes into an understandable picture.

Canadian Stories of the Sea

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