By: W. W. Jacobs (1863-1943)
|A Master Of Craft|
|The Skipper's Wooing, and The Brown Man's Servant|
|Sam's Ghost Deep Waters, Part 4.|
|Dirty Work Deep Waters, Part 11.|
|Paying Off Deep Waters, Part 2.|
|Shareholders Deep Waters, Part 1.|
|Husbandry Deep Waters, Part 6.|
|Family Cares Deep Waters, Part 7.|
|Bedridden and the Winter Offensive Deep Waters, Part 8.|
|Striking Hard Deep Waters, Part 10.|
|Made to Measure Deep Waters, Part 3.|
|The Convert Deep Waters, Part 5.|
|The Substitute Deep Waters, Part 9.|
By: George Hamilton
Voyage Round the World in His Majesty's Frigate Pandora
George Hamilton was the surgeon assigned to the frigate Pandora. The British Admiralty ordered the ship to the Pacific to arrest the Bounty mutineers and bring them back to England for trial. The commander, Captain Edward Edwards, also was ordered to chart the passage between Australia and New Guinea. While Edwards managed to arrest the mutineers still on Tahiti, he sank the Pandora on a reef near Australia. Hamilton tells this story and also the story of the crew’s fate after the Pandora sank.
By: Susan Warner (1819-1885)
|The End of a Coil|
By: L. L. Langstroth (1810-1895)
Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee
Langstroth revolutionized the beekeeping industry by using bee space in his top opened hive. In the summer of 1851 he found that, by leaving an even, approximately bee-sized space between the top of the frames holding the honeycomb and the flat coverboard lying above, he was able to quite easily remove the latter, which was normally well cemented to the frames with propolis making separation hard to achieve. Later he had the idea to use this discovery to make the frames themselves easily removable...
By: Frank Norris (1870-1902)
|Moran of the Lady Letty|
By: James Cook
A Voyage Towards the South Pole and Round the World
Having, on his first voyage, discovered Australia, Cook still had to contend with those who maintained that the Terra Australians Incognita (the unknown Southern Continent) was a reality. To finally settle the issue, the British Admiralty sent Cook out again into the vast Southern Ocean with two sailing ships totalling only about 800 tons. Listen as Cook, equipped with one of the first chronometers, pushes his small vessel not merely into the Roaring Forties or the Furious Fifties but becomes the first explorer to penetrate the Antarctic Circle, reaching an incredible Latitude 71 degrees South, just failing to discover Antarctica. (Introduction by Shipley)
By: Robert C. Leslie (1826-1901)
Robert C. Leslie (1826-1901) was an artist and writer who, at an early age fell in love with the sea, the sea of Sail, not of Steam. He describes the progression of this love from wave to wave and boat to boat. Leslie sailed during the Great Age of Sail before Industrialism had taken possession of Britain. Leslie comments on the early days of singlehanded small boat sailing: “When I first began boating in the early forties[1840s], what is now called single-handed cruising was almost unknown among amateurs…...
By: Albert Kinross (1870-1929)
The Fearsome Island
No ordinary sailor's tale, this. Based allegedly on the real experiences of Silas Fordred, Master Mariner of Hythe, this is a story of shipwreck on an uncharted island and his supernatural adventures there with a witch, a hairy man, and various devilish devices and traps. The author, Kinross, adds an appendix purporting to explain the marvels which Fordred encountered.Kinross claims to have stolen the sailor's original account from Hythe Town Hall while helping the Town Clerk to sort newly discovered old papers...
By: Eugène Sue (1804-1857)
|A Romance of the West Indies|
By: William Bligh (1754-1817)
A Voyage to the South Sea
A Voyage to the South Sea, undertaken by command of His Majesty, for the purpose of conveying the Bread-fruit tree to the West Indies, in His Majesty’s ship The Bounty, commanded by Lieutenant William Bligh. Including an account of the Mutiny on board the said ship, and the subsequent voyage of part of the crew, in the ship’s boat, from Tofoa, one of the Friendly Islands, to Timor, a Dutch settlement in the East Indies.
By: F. Marion Crawford
Peculiar happenings aboard the schooner Helen B. Jackson when one night during a storm, the small crew found themselves diminished by one. Somebody had gone overboard, and it was surmised that it was one of the twin Benton brothers. But oddly enough, it seemed that the ‘presence’ of the missing twin continued to exist on board during the following weeks. For example, one extra set of silverware was found to be used after each meal, but nobody claimed to be using them. What then did happen that stormy night, and which brother, if indeed it was one of the brothers, was the man who went overboard?
By: Louis Tracy (1863-1928)
|The Stowaway Girl|
|The Captain of the Kansas|
By: Samuel Merwin (1874-1936)
The Merry Anne
This 1904 maritime adventure is set in the Great Lakes region, upon water and in wood. Our hero is caught in a smuggling scheme and may lose his boat and his sweetheart. With a fast pace and interesting plot, the story is made realistic with very modern "bad-guys".
By: Harry Collingwood (1851-1922)
For Treasure Bound
For Treasure Bound is one of the earlier novels by Harry Collingwood (William Joseph Cosens Lancaster), published in 1897. We follow the hero, whose name is incidentally also Harry Collingwood, on a quest to the pacific islands for treasure and his marooned father, through all the perils he encounters on his journey, such as pirates, sea monsters, and beautiful young ladies. (Summary by Carolin)
|A Pirate of the Caribbees|
|Across the Spanish Main A Tale of the Sea in the Days of Queen Bess|
|The Rover's Secret A Tale of the Pirate Cays and Lagoons of Cuba|
|The Log of the Flying Fish A Story of Aerial and Submarine Peril and Adventure|
|The Pirate Slaver A Story of the West African Coast|
|The Strange Adventures of Eric Blackburn|
|The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer|
|The Cruise of the Thetis A Tale of the Cuban Insurrection|
|The Log of a Privateersman|
|A Middy of the Slave Squadron A West African Story|
|A Middy in Command A Tale of the Slave Squadron|
Cruise of the Esmeralda
After his father died, Captain Saint Leger and his family are left destitute. However, the Saint Legers have a family secret: an ancestor is said to have buried a vast fortune in gold and jewels somewhere in the Eastern Seas. The catch: all directions are encrypted. Nevertheless, Captain Saint Leger decides to take a chance and sails east. A journey full of adventure begins, including pirates, storms and mutiny...
|A Middy of the King A Romance of the Old British Navy|
|The First Mate The Story of a Strange Cruise|
|Under the Meteor Flag Log of a Midshipman during the French Revolutionary War|
|The Missing Merchantman|
|Overdue The Story of a Missing Ship|
|Two Gallant Sons of Devon A Tale of the Days of Queen Bess|
|The Voyage of the Aurora|
By: Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930)
The Rover Boys on the Ocean
The hearty, all-American Rover Boys sail by yacht to Africa in search of their kidnapped father.
By: Ben Ames Williams
All the Brothers Were Valiant
Joel Shore, newly appointed captain of the whaling ship Nathan Ross following his brother’s apparent demise as captain of the same ship, elects to make his first cruise as captain to the very location where his brother had last been seen – the Gilbert Islands, in order to try to learn more about what happened to his brother. The focus of this tale is of that voyage halfway around the globe and the adventures which he and his crew encounter.
By: Charles Johnson
A General History of the Pyrates
A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the most notorious Pyrates is a 1724 book containing biographies of contemporary pirates. It's author uses the name Captain Charles Johnson, generally considered a pseudonym. The real identity of the author was thought by some scholars to be Daniel Defoe, although this has since been disputed. The publisher Nathaniel Mist or somebody working for him are other suggested authors. In the first volume, "Johnson" sticks fairly close to the available sources, though he embellishes the stories somewhat...
By: Mayne Reid (1818-1883)
|The Ocean Waifs A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea|
|The Land of Fire A Tale of Adventure|
|The Boy Tar|
|The Flag of Distress A Story of the South Sea|
|Ran Away to Sea|
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.
|Afloat at Last A Sailor Boy's Log of his Life at Sea|
|The Penang Pirate and, The Lost Pinnace|
|The Island Treasure|
|The Wreck of the Nancy Bell Cast Away on Kerguelen Land|
|Picked up at Sea The Gold Miners of Minturne Creek|
|Crown and Anchor Under the Pen'ant|
|The White Squall A Story of the Sargasso Sea|
|On Board the Esmeralda Martin Leigh's Log - A Sea Story|
|Teddy The Story of a Little Pickle|
|Young Tom Bowling The Boys of the British Navy|
By: Peter B. Kyne (1880-1957)
|Captain Scraggs or, The Green-Pea Pirates|
By: Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne (1850-1894)
Three men down on their luck in Tahiti agree to ship out on a vessel whose officers have died of smallpox. Their desperate venture inspires them to a further idea: they will steal the schooner and its cargo of champagne, sell them, and live a plentiful life. The thought is intoxicating... and so is the cargo, which they sample. Inattention nearly brings them to grief in a sudden storm. This sobering experience is followed by another - apparently the dead officers had a similar ambition! - and their dreams of riches vanish...