James Fenimore Cooper

James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851) lived most of his life in Cooperstown, New York, established by his father William. He was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and in his later years contributed generously to it. He attended Yale University for three years, where he was a member of the Linonian Society, but was expelled for misbehavior. Before embarking on his career as a writer he served in the U.S. Navy as a Midshipman which greatly influenced many of his novels and other writings. He is probably better known for his frontiersmen novels such as ‘The Last of the Mohicans'.

However, he also wrote factual books and novels about the age of sail.

Many of his novels are not copyright in many countries and some are available as free eBooks in the online store.

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Year  Book  Comment
  The Pilot About the life of a naval pilot during the Revolution of 1775-1783
  The Red Rover A Rhode Island pirate captures a British frigate
  Homeward Bound: Or
The Chase: A Tale of the Sea
The story of an American packet ship
1745  The Two Admirals Set in 1745 during the Jacobite rebellion 
  Jack Tier: or The Florida Reef
(aka Captain Spike: or The Islets of the Gulf)
A Merchant Brig seeks to avoid a Revenue cutter and a sloop-of-war

AOS Privateer Fiction

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Year  Book  Comment
1799  The Wing-and-Wing: Or, Le Feu-Follet About a French privateer off the Italian coast in 1799

AOS Naval Non Fiction

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Year  Book  Comment
  The History of the Navy of the United States of America A history of the US Navy (Up to 1839)
  Old Ironsides A history of the American frigate USS Constitution (Up to 1835)
  Ned Myers: or Life before the Mast A biography of a shipmate of Cooper's during the 1813 naval campaign in Upper Canada
  Lives of Distinguished American Naval Officers The careers, battles, commands, and characters of Bainbridge, Somers, Shaw, Shubrick, and Preble.

AOS Other Nautical Fiction

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Year  Book  Comment
  The Sea Lions, or, The Lost Sealers Two schooners sealing are caught in the ice.
  The Water-Witch: Or the Skimmer of the Seas A story of smuggling in the New York/New Jersey area, set around 1711
Series: Miles Wallingford
  Afloat and Ashore: or The Adventures of Miles Wallingford Miles Wallingford runs away to sea to embark on a career as a merchant sailor in the Pacific
  Miles Wallingford Continues the adventures Miles Wallingford, this time set in the Atlantic


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