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Adventure on the High Seas: Books (fiction & nonfiction)


The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Michael Aye
Fighting Anthonys #1: The Reaper
Fighting Anthonys #2: HMS SeaWolf

Kage Baker
Or Else My Lady Keeps the Key

John Baur & Mark Summers
Well Blow Me Down! A Guy's Guide to Talking Like a Pirate

Henry Beard & Roy McKie
Sailing: A Dictionary for Landlubbers, Old Salts & Armchair Drifters

Peter Benchley
Shark Life: True Stories about Sharks & the Sea

David Blackmore
Blunders & Disasters at Sea

Christophe Blain
Isaac the Pirate: To Exotic Lands

John Braginton-Smith & Duncan Oliver
Cape Cod Shore Whaling: America's First Whalemen

Terry Breverton
Breverton's Nautical Curiosities: A Book of the Sea

Robert Ellis Cahill
Haunted Ships of the North Atlantic
New England's Naughty Navy

Broos Campbell
Matty Graves #1: No Quarter
Matty Graves #2: The War of Knives
Matty Graves #3: Peter Wicked

Christopher Caswell
The Quotable Sailor

Nigel Cawthorne
A History of Pirates: Blood & Thunder on the High Seas

Owen Chase
The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex

Edward Chupack

Tom Connery
Markham of the Marines #1: A Shred of Honour
Markham of the Marines #2: Honour Redeemed
 Markham of the Marines #3: Honour Be Damned

Susan Cooper

David Cordingly
Under the Black Flag

William S. Crooker
Pirates of the North Atlantic

William Crooker & Elizabeth Peirce
Saladin: Piracy, Mutiny & Murder on the High Seas

Mike Dash
Batavia's Graveyard

Josh Dean
The Taking of K-129

Gideon Defoe
The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists
The Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics

Debra Denson
Magician's Spell

James Dodds
ABC of Boat Bits: An Introduction to Sailing a Winkle Brig

David Donachie
Nelson & Emma #1: On a Making Tide
Nelson & Emma #2: Tested by Fate
Nelson & Emma #3: Breaking the Line
The Privateersman Mysteries #1: The Devil's Own Luck
The Privateersman Mysteries #2: The Dying Trade
The Privateersman Mysteries #3: A Hanging Matter
The Privateersman Mysteries #4: An Element of Chance
The Privateersman Mysteries #5: The Scent of Betrayal
The Privateersman Mysteries #6: A Game of Bones

Mark P. Donnelly & Daniel Diehl
Pirates of New Jersey

Joan Druett
In the Wake of Madness
Rough Medicine: Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail
She Captains: Heroines & Hellions of the Sea

Richard Ellis
Monsters of the Sea

Anthony R. Fanning
Natalie's Good Fortune

C.S. Forester
Horatio Hornblower #1: Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
Horatio Hornblower #2: Lieutenant Hornblower
Horatio Hornblower #3: Hornblower & the Hotspur
Horatio Hornblower #4: Hornblower During the Crisis
Horatio Hornblower #5: Hornblower & the Atropos
Horatio Hornblower #6: Beat to Quarters
Horatio Hornblower #7: Ship of the Line
Horatio Hornblower #8: Flying Colours
Horatio Hornblower #9: Commodore Hornblower
Horatio Hornblower #10: Lord Hornblower
Horatio Hornblower #11: Admiral Hornblower in the West Indies
Hunting the Bismarck

Stephen Fox
Wolf of the Deep

Gregory Fremont-Barnes
Nelson's Officers & Midshipmen
Nelson's Sailors
Trafalgar 1805: Nelson's Crowning Victory

George J. Galloway
The Powder Monkey

Elizabeth Garrett
The Sweet Trade

Robert A. Geake
The New England Mariner Tradition: Old Salts, Superstitions, Shanties & Shipwrecks

Joyce Glasner
Pirates & Privateers

Harry Gratwick
Historic Shipwrecks of Penobscot Bay

Linda Greenlaw
All Fishermen are Liars
The Hungry Ocean
The Lobster Chronicles: Life on a Very Small Island

Richard Hamilton
Violet & the Mean & Rotten Pirates

Neil Hanson
The Custom of the Sea

Brian Hicks
Ghost Ship: The Mysterious True Story of the Mary Celeste & Her Missing Crew

David Wesley Hill
At Drake's Command

Seth Hunter
Nathan Peake #1: The Time of Terror
Nathan Peake #2: The Tide of War
Nathan Peake #3: The Price of Glory
Nathan Peake #4: The Winds of Folly
Nathan Peake #5: The Flag of Freedom
Nathan Peake #6: The Spoils of Conquest

Olivia A. Isil
When a Loose Cannon Flogs a Dead Horse There's the Devil to Pay: Seafaring Words in Everyday Speech

Bill Jessome
Maritime Mysteries & the Ghosts Who Surround Us
More Maritime Mysteries: Everyone Has a Story

Mark Keating
The Pirate Devlin

Alexander Kent
Richard Bolitho #1a: Richard Bolitho, Midshipman
Richard Bolitho #1b: Midshipman Bolitho & the Avenger
Richard Bolitho #1c: Band of Brothers
Richard Bolitho #2: Stand into Danger
Richard Bolitho #3: In Gallant Company
Richard Bolitho #4: Sloop of War
Richard Bolitho #5: To Glory We Steer
Richard Bolitho #6: Command a King's Ship
Richard Bolitho #7: Passage to Mutiny
Richard Bolitho #8: With All Despatch
Richard Bolitho #9: Form Line of Battle!
Richard Bolitho #10: Enemy in Sight!
Richard Bolitho #11: The Flag Captain
Richard Bolitho #12: Signal -- Close Action!
Richard Bolitho #13: The Inshore Squadron
Richard Bolitho #14: A Tradition of Victory
Richard Bolitho #15: Success to the Brave
Richard Bolitho #16: Colours Aloft!
Richard Bolitho #17: Honour This Day
Richard Bolitho #18: The Only Victor
Richard Bolitho #19: Beyond the Reef
Richard Bolitho #20: The Darkening Sea
Richard Bolitho #21: For My Country's Freedom
Richard Bolitho #22: Cross of St. George

S.K. Keogh
The Prodigal

Dean King
A Sea of Words: A Lexicon & Companion to the Complete Seafaring Tales of Patrick O'Brian

Angus Konstam
Ghost Ships

Robert Kurson
Shadow Divers: The True Adventure of Two Americans Who Risked Everything to Solve One of the Last Mysteries of World War II

Dewey Lambdin
The Naval Adventures of Alan Lewrie #1: The King's Coat
The Naval Adventures of Alan Lewrie #2: The French Admiral
The Naval Adventures of Alan Lewrie #3: The King's Commission
The Naval Adventures of Alan Lewrie #4: The King's Privateer
The Naval Adventures of Alan Lewrie #5: The Gun Ketch

Mark Lardas
Constitution vs Guerriere: Frigates during the War of 1812

Allison Lawlor

Alan Lawrence
The Massacre of Innocents

Tanith Lee

Peter Lerangis
Antarctica: Escape from Disaster

Alan J. Levine
The Adventures of Short Stubbly Brownbeard

Edward Lodi
Nantucket Sleigh-Ride

Walter Lord
A Night to Remember
The Night Lives On

Sara Lorimer
Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas

Steven E. Maffeo
The Perfect Wreck

Frederick Marryat
Mr. Midshipman Easy

Valerie Martin
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste

Misty Massey
Mad Kestrel

Mary McGrigor
Defiant & Dismasted at Trafalgar: The Life & Times of Admiral Sir William Hargood

L.A. Meyer
Jacky Faber #1: Bloody Jack
Jacky Faber #2: Curse of the Blue Tattoo
Jacky Faber #3: Under the Jolly Roger
Jacky Faber #4: In the Belly of the Bloodhound
Jacky Faber #5: Mississippi Jack
Jacky Faber #6: My Bonny Light Horseman
Jacky Faber #7: Rapture of the Deep
Jacky Faber #8: The Wake of the Lorelei Lee
Jacky Faber #9: The Mark of the Golden Dragon
Jacky Faber #10: Viva Jacquelina!
Jacky Faber #11: Boston Jacky
Jacky Faber #12: Wild Rover No More

Craig Moodie
A Sailor's Valentine
Salt Luck

Andrew Motion
Silver: Return to Treasure Island

Dallas Murphy
Rounding the Horn

Jan Needle
Sea Officer William Bentley #1: A Fine Boy for Killing
Sea Officer William Bentley #2: The Wicked Trade
Sea Officer William Bentley #3: The Spithead Nymph

James L. Nelson
Benedict Arnold's Navy
Brethren of the Coast #1: The Guardship
Brethren of the Coast #2: The Blackbirder
Brethren of the Coast #3: The Pirate Round
The Confederate Navy #1: Glory in the Name
The Confederate Navy #2: Thieves of Mercy
The Only Life That Mattered
Reign of Iron
Revolution at Sea #1: By Force of Arms
Revolution at Sea #2: The Maddest Idea
Revolution at Sea #3: The Continental Risque
Revolution at Sea #4: Lords of the Ocean
Revolution at Sea #5: All the Brave Fellows

Patrick O'Brian
Aubrey/Maturin #1: Master & Commander
Aubrey/Maturin #2: Post Captain
Aubrey/Maturin #3: H.M.S. Surprise
Aubrey/Maturin #4: The Mauritius Command
Aubrey/Maturin #5: Desolation Island
Aubrey/Maturin #6: The Fortune of War
Aubrey/Maturin #7: The Surgeon's Mate
Aubrey/Maturin #8: The Ionian Mission
Aubrey/Maturin #10: The Far Side of the World
Aubrey/Maturin #11: The Reverse of the Medal
Aubrey/Maturin #12: The Letter of Marque
Aubrey/Maturin #16: The Wine-Dark Sea
The Golden Ocean

Vernon Oickle
Ghost Stories of the Maritimes

Wes Oleszewski
Ghost Ships, Gales & Forgotten Tales

Roger Paine
Clear Lower Deck: A Collection of My Naval Yarns

Lin Pardey
Bull Canyon

C. Northcote Parkinson
Richard Delancey #1: The Guernseyman
Richard Delancey #2: Devil to Pay
Richard Delancey #3: The Fireship

Bryan Perrett
The Real Hornblower: The Life & Times of Admiral Sir James Gordon GCB

Nathaniel Philbrick
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

Dudley Pope
Decision at Trafalgar
The Devil Himself: The Mutiny of 1800
Nicholas Ramage #1: Ramage
Nicholas Ramage #2: Ramage & the Drumbeat
Nicholas Ramage #3: Ramage & the Freebooters
Nicholas Ramage #4: Governor Ramage R.N.
Nicholas Ramage #5: Ramage's Prize
Nicholas Ramage #6: Ramage & the Guillotine
Nicholas Ramage #7: Ramage's Diamond
Nicholas Ramage #8: Ramage's Mutiny
Nicholas Ramage #9: Ramage & the Rebels
Nicholas Ramage #10: The Ramage Touch
Nicholas Ramage #11: Ramage's Signal
Nicholas Ramage #12: Ramage & the Renegades
Nicholas Ramage #13: Ramage's Devil
Nicholas Ramage #14: Ramage's Trial
Nicholas Ramage #15: Ramage's Challenge
Nicholas Ramage #16: Ramage at Trafalgar
Nicholas Ramage #17: Ramage & the Saracens
Nicholas Ramage #18: Ramage & the Dido

Tim Powers
On Stranger Tides

Diana & Michael Preston
A Pirate of Exquisite Mind

Howard Pyle
The Book of Pirates

Douglas Reeman
Royal Marines Saga #1: Badge of Glory
A Ship Must Die

Celia Rees

Elizabeth Reynard
The Mutinous Wind

Sandra Riley
Sisters of the Sea

Frances Diane Robotti & James Vescovi
The USS Essex & the Birth of the American Navy

S. Thomas Russell
Charles Hayden #1: Under Enemy Colors
Charles Hayden #2: A Battle Won
Charles Hayden #3: Take, Burn or Destroy
Charles Hayden #4: Until the Sea Shall Give Up Her Dead

W. Clark Russell
The Wreck of the Grosvenor
The Yarn of Old Harbour Town

Lee Sandlin
Wicked River: The Mississippi When It Last Ran Wild

David J. Seibold & Charles J. Adams III
Shipwrecks & Legends 'Round Cape May

Gail Selinger with W. Thomas Smith Jr.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Pirates

Donald G. Shomette
The Othello Affair

Jacqueline Church Simonds
Captain Mary, Buccaneer

Barbara Smith
Ghost Stories of the Sea

Robert Louis Stevenson
Treasure Island

John R. Stilgoe
Shallow Water Dictionary

Julian Stockwin
Stockwin's Maritime Miscellany
Thomas Kydd #1: Kydd
Thomas Kydd #2: Artemis
Thomas Kydd #3: Seaflower
Thomas Kydd #4: Mutiny
Thomas Kydd #5: Quarterdeck
Thomas Kydd #6: Tenacious
Thomas Kydd #7: Command
Thomas Kydd #8: The Admiral's Daughter
Thomas Kydd #9: The Privateer's Revenge
Thomas Kydd #10: Invasion
Thomas Kydd #11: Victory
Thomas Kydd #12: Conquest
Thomas Kydd #13: Betrayal
Thomas Kydd #14: Caribbee
Thomas Kydd #15: Pasha
Thomas Kydd #16: Tyger

V.A. Stuart
Phillip Hazard #1: The Valiant Sailors
Phillip Hazard #2: The Brave Captains
Phillip Hazard #3: Hazard's Command
Phillip Hazard #4: Hazard of Huntress
Phillip Hazard #5: Hazard in Circassia

Rayner Thrower
The Pirate Picture

Steve Turner
The Band That Played On

V.E. Ulett
Captain Blackwell's Prize

Alan Villiers
Square-Rigged Ships

Sally M. Walker
Secrets of a Civil War Submarine: Solving the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley

Mark Warner
The Tragedy of the Royal Tar

C.D. White
The Broken Sword
Standards Left Ragged

William H. White
The Greater the Honor
In Pursuit of Glory
The War of 1812 #1: A Press of Canvas
The War of 1812 #2: A Fine Tops'l Breeze
The War of 1812 #3: The Evening Gun

Simon Winchester
Atlantic: Great Sea Battles, Heroic Discoveries, Titanic Storms, & a Vast Ocean of a Million Stories
Pacific: Silicon Chips & Surfboards, Coral Reefs & Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, & the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers

Gene Wolfe
Pirate Freedom

Richard Woodman
Nathaniel Drinkwater #1: An Eye of the Fleet

Jane Yolen
The Ballad of the Pirate Queens

Richard Zacks
The Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd

Music for Sailors, Whalers & Pirates

The Bilge Pumps
Bail Money
Greatest Hits Vol. VIII
The Idiodyssey
A Pirate's Christmas Wish
We Don't Know

Blackbeard's Tea Party
Heavens to Betsy

The Bottomfeeders

Paul Clayton
Sailing & Whaling Songs of the 19th Century
Whaling & Sailing Songs from the Days of Moby Dick

The Crimson Pirates
Come 'n Be a Pirate
The Crimson Pirates
Putrid & Disgusting
Your Day in the Barrel

A Crowd of Bold Sharemen
A Crowd of Bold Sharemen

Evans & Doherty
Sailing Ships & Sailing Men

Golden Bough
Pirate Gold

Great Big Sea
Great Big Sea

Pat Kelleher
Songs of the Sea

Julia Lane
Song of the Sea

Tom Lewis
Mixed Cargo
360 Degrees

John Spyder MacDonald
By Sea, By Land

Scott Macmillan
Celtic Mass for the Sea

Eagle McCall
Song of the Seas

Ewan MacColl & A.L. Lloyd
Blow Boys Blow: Songs of the Sea

Dan McKinnon
Between Wind & Water

Atlantic Favorites
Atlantic Favourites II
Sea Songs

Dan Milner
Irish Ballads & Songs of the Sea
Irish Pirate Ballads & Other Songs of the Sea

Mutiny Gone Overboard
Mutiny Gone Overboard

The Pyrates Royale
Hello Sailor
Love at Fyrst Nyte
Lyve Behind Bars
Black Jack

John Roberts & Tony Barrand
Across the Western Ocean

various artists
Classic Maritime Music
Rogue's Gallery
Round Cape Horn
Sailing on the Sea: An East Coast Compilation
Songs of the Wooden Boat

Bob Walser
Outward Bound on the J.M Carpenter

The Whiskey Bards
The Recruiter ... & Free Rum Ain't Free

Movies about Pirates, Fishermen & Sea Captains

Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)

Cutthroat Island (1995)

Deep Rising (1998)

Erik the Viking (1989)

Ghost Ship (2002)

Hook (1991)

Horatio Hornblower
The Even Chance, a.k.a. The Duel (1998)
The Examination for Lieutenant, a.k.a. The Fire Ships (1998)
The Duchess & the Devil (1999)
The Frogs & the Lobsters, a.k.a. The Wrong War (1999)
Mutiny (2001)
Retribution (2001)
Loyalty (2003)
Duty (2003)

In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

Moby Dick (1998)

The Perfect Storm (2000)

Peter Pan (1953)

Peter Pan (2003)

The Pirates of Penzance (1983)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Pirate Tales (1997)

Poseidon (2006)

The Secret of Roan Inish (1994)

The Shipping News (2001)

Titanic (1997)

U-571 (2000)

Yellowbeard (1983)