By: Sara Ware Bassett (1872-1968)
Willie Spence may have been a bit eccentric by most standards, but he had a knack for creating gadgets in his small workshop at his home on Cape Cod. Whenever he was 'ketched' by an 'idee' he had to see it to completion, and always did. His small cottage on the Cape had become a labyrinth of string and wires tacked here and there so as to make life a bit challenging for his housekeeper Celestina. But she and most everyone else among the coastal towns and villages loved the old man for all his eccentricities as Willie spent his waning years just waiting for his ship to come in.
By: Charles Clark Munn (1848-1917)
Along the coast of Maine are littered thousands of small islands. One such, named 'Pocket Island' by the locals was so called because of a pocket formed twice daily by the waning of the tides. The coast of Maine holds many secrets and legends, and Pocket Island was no exception. Subtitled "A Story of Country Life in New England", this story holds such varied and fascinating glimpses into the lives of a few individuals, and is not limited to merely a story of ghosts, of war, of barn dances, friendship, tales of rum-runners, smugglers, and seafarers...
By: A. T. Mahan (1840-1914)
|Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812 Volume 1|
By: Thornton Jenkins Hains
Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship “Pirate”
This is the tale of a perilous voyage aboard a clipper ship told by the second mate. He looks up to Trunnell, the first mate, who somehow manages to hold things together between a murdering former captain, a captain who may not actually be a captain, and a crew inclined to mutiny. This all leads to a surprising and satisfying ending. The author, Hains, wrote frequently of the sea. He is the author who (under a pen name) had a story on the newsstands about a liner hitting an iceberg and sinking, while Titanic was doing precisely that!
By: George-Günther Freiherr von Forstner (1882-1940)
The Journal of Submarine Commander Von Forstner
The Journal of Submarine Commander Von Forstner is a graphic account of WWI submarine warfare. Forstner was the commander of German U-boat U-28. His journal, first published 1916, gives a gritty picture of daily life inside a submarine and details several torpedo attacks on Allied shipping. The 1917 translation of Forstner’s journal into English was unquestionably intended to bolster the Allied war effort. In the foreword, the translator states: “Nothing at the present day has aroused such fear as this invisible enemy, nor has anything outraged the civilized world like the tragedies caused by the German submarines...
By: Tobias Smollett (1721-1771)
Adventures of Roderick Random
I am Roderick Random. This is the contemporary story of my struggle against the adversity of orphan-hood, poverty, press gangs, bloody duels, rival fortune hunters, and the challenge to be well-dressed through it all. In the course of recounting my adventures to you, dear reader, I will give you a front row seat to the characters of English eighteenth century life including highway robbers, womanizing monks, debt-laden gallants, lecherous corrupt officials, effeminate sea captains, bloodthirsty surgeons, and my dear friend Miss Williams, a reformed prostitute...
By: Paul Ehrlich (1854-1915)
Histology of the Blood
This is a textbook on the science of blood and bloodwork by (1908) Nobel Prize winner, Dr. Paul Ehrlich. Should appeal to hematologists, phlebotomists, and just plain folks interested in how our bodies work.
By: Harriet T. Comstock (1860-1925)
Janet of the Dunes
Known primarily for her children's books, Harriet T. Comstock would occasionally depart from that genre and showcase her writing talent in adult prose as well. Janet of the Dunes is one such departure wherein she masterfully takes us into the lives of the bold men and women who tended those life saving stations along the seaboard which many a ship relied upon for their safety. They were simple people, large of heart and as close-knit as a tiny community can and must ever be, and they, above all else, took their duties very seriously...
By: Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing (1841-1885)
|We and the World, Part I A Book for Boys|
|We and the World, Part II A Book for Boys|
By: James Brendan Connolly (1868-1957)
The Trawler is a short story revolving around the trying life of a group of bank fishermen based in Gloucester. Skipper Hugh Glynn worked his men hard; some said too hard, and Arthur Snow was one who had paid the ultimate price.Arthur's close friend Simon Kippen decided he'd ask to take the place of his fallen friend aboard Hugh Glynn's vessel as a dory mate, and from there we have a tale of the open seas between Gloucester and Newfoundland where perhaps only the names and locations have changed from the countless stories of similar nature; the key being that this one, however, is first hand.
By: G. E. Mitton
|Chelsea The Fascination of London|
By: Louis Becke (1855-1913)
|Rídan The Devil And Other Stories 1899|
|Concerning "Bully" Hayes From "The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton and Other Stories" - 1902|
|Yorke The Adventurer|
|The Adventure Of Elizabeth Morey, of New York 1901|
|The Colonial Mortuary Bard; "'Reo," The Fisherman; and The Black Bream Of Australia 1901|
|"Old Mary" 1901|
|"Five-Head" Creek; and Fish Drugging In The Pacific 1901|
|The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton 1902|
|Foster's Letter Of Marque A Tale Of Old Sydney - 1901|
|"Martin Of Nitendi"; and The River Of Dreams 1901|
|"The Gallant, Good Riou", and Jack Renton 1901|
|John Corwell, Sailor And Miner; and, Poisonous Fish 1901|
By: Richard Henry Dana (1815-1882)
|Two Years Before the Mast|
By: Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (1815-1882)
|Two Years Before the Mast|
By: Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)
|The Man Without a Country and Other Tales|
Man Without A Country And Other Tales
Edward Everett Hale (1822 – 1909) was an American author, historian and Unitarian clergyman. Hale first came to notice as a writer in 1859, when he contributed the short story "My Double and How He Undid Me" to the Atlantic Monthly. He soon published other stories in the same periodical. His best known work was "The Man Without a Country", published in the Atlantic in 1863 and intended to strengthen support in the Civil War for the Union cause in the North. Though the story is set in the early 19th century, it is an allegory about the upheaval of the American Civil War...
By: Richard Runciman Terry (1865-1938)
|The Shanty Book, Part I, Sailor Shanties|
By: William Charles Henry Wood (1864-1947)
|Flag and Fleet How the British Navy Won the Freedom of the Seas|
By: John Howell (1788-1863)
The Life and Adventures of Alexander Selkirk
This work was the true story of Alexander Selkirk (1676 to December 13, 1721), a Scottish sailor who was employed in a number of different trades during his early life. As a young man, Selkirk learned the skills of tanning and shoemaking, and later became a buccaneer (a government-sanctioned pirate) on the Cinque Ports, working his way up to the position of ship's sailing master or navigator. But in the case of Selkirk, his experiences would eventually help him to survive his isolation on a deserted island in the Juan Fernández archipelago, off the coast of Chile, where he spent 52 months before being rescued...
By: John C. Hutcheson (1840-1897)
The Ghost Ship
This book intentionally veers in and out of the supernatural, as the title implies. The officers get more and more bewildered as they work out their position, and yet again encounter the same vessel going in an impossible direction. Having warned you of this, I must say that it is a well-written book about life aboard an ocean-going steamer at about the end of the nineteenth century.