By: James Otis (1848-1912)
|The Search for the Silver City A Tale of Adventure in Yucatan|
By: Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911)
Tales of the Enchanted Islands of the Atlantic
The sea has always been, by the mystery of its horizon, the fury of its storms, and the variableness of the atmosphere above it, the foreordained land of romance. In all ages and with all sea-going races there has always been something especially fascinating about an island amid the ocean. It's very existence has for all explorers an air of magic. The order of the tales in the present work follows roughly the order of development, giving first the legends which kept near the European shore, and then those which, like St...
By: Erskine Childers (1870-1922)
The Riddle of the Sands
Containing many realistic details based on Childers’ own sailing trips along the German North Sea coast, the book is the retelling of a yachting expedition in the early 20th century combined with an adventurous spy story. It was one of the early invasion novels which predicted war with Germany and called for British preparedness. The plot involves the uncovering of secret German preparations for an invasion of the United Kingdom. It is often called the first modern spy novel, although others are as well, it was certainly very influential in the genre and for its time...
By: Lawrence Beesley (1877-1967)
The Loss of the S. S. Titanic
This is a 1st hand account written by a survivor of the Titanic about that fateful night and the events leading up to it as well as the events that followed its sinking.
By: Joseph Lewis French (1858-1936)
|Great Sea Stories|
By: John R. Hale
Famous Sea Fights
I propose to tell in non-technical and popular language the story of some of the most remarkable episodes in the history of sea power. I shall begin with the first sea-fight of which we have a detailed history—the Battle of Salamis (B.C. 480), the victory by which Themistocles the Athenian proved the soundness of his maxim that “he who commands the sea commands all.” I shall end with the last and greatest of naval engagements, the Battle of Tsu-shima, an event that reversed the long experience of victory won by West over East, which began with Salamis more than two thousand years ago...
By: Oliver Optic
Down South or Yacht Adventure in Florida
"Down South" is the fifth and last volume but one of the "Great Western Series." The action of the story is confined entirely to Florida; and this fact may seem to belie the title of the Series. But the young yachtsman still maintains his hold upon the scenes of his earlier life in Michigan, and his letters come regularly from that State. If he were old enough to vote, he could do so only in Michigan; and therefore he has not lost his right to claim a residence there during his temporary sojourn in the South...
Up the River
Up the River is the sixth and last of “The Great Western Series.” The events of the story occur on the coast of Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico, and on the Mississippi River. The volume and the series close with the return of the hero, by a route not often taken by tourists, to his home in Michigan. His voyaging on the ocean, the Great Lakes, and the Father of Waters, is finished for the present; but the writer believes that his principal character has grown wiser and better since he was first introduced to the reader...
By: Alexandre Exquemelin (c. 1645-1707)
The Pirates of Panama
This volume was originally written in Dutch by John Esquemeling, and first published in Amsterdam in 1678 under the title of De Americaeneche Zee Roovers. It immediately became very popular and this first hand history of the Buccaneers of America was soon translated into the principal European languages. The first English edition was printed in 1684. Esquemeling served the Buccaneers in the capacity of barber-surgeon, and was present at all their exploits. Little did he suspect that his first hand observations would some day be cherished as the only authentic and true history of the Buccaneers and Marooners of the Spanish Main...
By: Charles Ellms
The Pirates Own Book
Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers.
By: George Alfred Henty (1832-1902)
Under Drake's Flag: A Tale Of The Spanish Main
An exciting tale set on the high seas, in a period ruled by exploration, with the ever-present dangers of nature and the weather, together with pirates of the famed Spanish Main.
By: William Henry Giles Kingston (1814-1880)
|The Pirate of the Mediterranean A Tale of the Sea|
|Adrift in a Boat|
|The African Trader The Adventures of Harry Bayford|
|Salt Water The Sea Life and Adventures of Neil D'Arcy the Midshipman|
|A Yacht Voyage Round England|
|The Three Lieutenants|
|The Missing Ship The Log of the "Ouzel" Galley|
|From Powder Monkey to Admiral A Story of Naval Adventure|
|The Cruise of the Mary Rose Here and There in the Pacific|
|Taking Tales Instructive and Entertaining Reading|
|The Loss of the Royal George|
|Ned Garth Made Prisoner in Africa. A Tale of the Slave Trade|
|Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships A Story of the Last Naval War|
|Captain Mugford Our Salt and Fresh Water Tutors|
|Dick Cheveley His Adventures and Misadventures|
|My First Cruise and Other stories|
|Tales of the Sea And of our Jack Tars|
|The Three Admirals|
|Will Weatherhelm The Yarn of an Old Sailor|