The Riddle of the Sands,
1903: Pre WW I yachtsmen find German military preparations. One of the Best. The classic
adventure of cruising along the sand banks of the North Sea. Compare to Maurice Griffith's
non-fiction books about the same areas. See also biography The Riddle of Erskine
Childers, by Andrew Boyle, 1977.
The Heart of Darkness, 1899:
Marlow tells of his voyage in command of a steamboat far up the
Congo River to relieve the mad ivory trader Kurz. Adapted to fit the Vietnam War
and filmed by Francis. F. Coppola as Apocalypse Now in 1979.
“The Horror! The Horror!”
Wind, Waves and Ignorance, 2001:
The real-life story of the Curmi family who, with no experience of sailing, navigating,
meteorology or seamanship of any kind, purchased a 40' steel ketch, moved aboard, went
cruising and started trying to figure it all out as they went along. Their travels took
them throughout the eastern US, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
Dana, Richard Henry 1815-1882
Two Years Before the Mast, 1841:
Autobiographical account of Dana's voyage as seaman in the brig
Pilgrim to California for cowhides in the 1830s and his return
in the ship Alert. A classic.
Seamans Secrets, 1657:
Wherein is Taught the three kindes of Sayling, Horizontal, Paradoxal, and
Sayling upon a Great Circle. Also an Horizontle Tyde-Table for the easie
finding of the Ebbing and Flowing of the Tydes, with a Regiment newly
Calculated for the finding of the Declination of the Sun, and many other
most necessary Rules and Instruments not hereforte set by any.
Fifteen-year-old orphan gets caught with smugglers in Moonfleet, England, which
leads to complications impelling him into a search for the cursed Mohune
treasure. For 19th century young readers -- or 20th century adults that don't
need sex to enjoy a plotline. Young readers today would probably find it too
Confessions of a Long-Distance Sailor, 1991: “In 1988, I sailed
away from the West Coast of the United States in a 31-foot sailboat. This is my
story -- my account of a 3 1/2-year around the world solo sail.”
McGrady, John F.
Sailing the Dream, 1998 (Cruising story about an escape to the South
Pacific from the Northwest in a 30' boat)
Seagoing murder mystery adventure in the days of sail. (Costs $4.95)
Marryat, Frederick 1792-1848 (Marryat was a British
naval officer during the Napoleonic wars, starting his career on board Lord
Cochrane's ship. Lord Cochrane was the colorful officer whose exploits were
later an inspiration to Forester and O'Brian. Some of the first novels written
about the sea war against Napoleon, and some of the few written by a man actually
Dinghy Cruising with Phillips, 1981: An experienced dinghy cruiser shares the
pleasures and shows how to avoid the problems of open boat sailing, for a day, a week or more.
Platt, Robert L.
Longboaters, 1995: Childrens story Illustrated by the author.
Poe, Edgar Allan 1809-1849
Sabatini, Rafael 1875-1950
Captain Blood, 1922: For treating a wounded nobleman
who participated in the Monmouth rebellion, Dr. Peter Blood is condemned and
sold as a slave in the Carribean. Taking advantage of a Spanish raid on the
island on which he is held, Blood captures the Spaniard's ship, and embarks on
the carreer of a buccaneer. Good fun.