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Whaling! Warfare! Smuggling! Mutinies! Intrigue! Or just a leisurely float down the Thames with 2 mates and a dog.Nautical fiction ranges from world classics to light comedies.


The Riddle of the Sands

By: Erskine Childers


Two young British yachtsman discover a grave secret on the shifting tides of the North Sea coast, in what is often considered the first spy novel.




The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

By: Samuel Taylor Coleridge


Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.




Almayer's Folly

By: Joseph Conrad


A Dutch trader searches for riches in Borneo, in the first novel by the author of Heart of Darkness.




An Outcast of the Islands

By: Joseph Conrad


A colonial underling struggles with his own decisions on a river outpost in the Far East.




Nostromo

By: Joseph Conrad


Separatism, militias, foreign opportunists and corruption converge in an imaginary South American country.




The Ni---- of the Narcissus

By: Joseph Conrad


The slovenly crew of the Narcissus adjusts to life aboard with a black crew member. Be prepared for language offensive to today's reader.




Heart of Darkness

By: Joseph Conrad


Upriver, into evil. The great novel and the basis for the movie Apocalypse Now! See blog.




Lord Jim

By: Joseph Conrad






The Inheritors

By: Joseph Conrad






Typhoon

By: Joseph Conrad






Romance

By: Joseph Conrad






Under Western Eyes

By: Joseph Conrad






The Pilot

By: James Fenimore Cooper


Revolutionary war espionage off the coast of England, from the author of the Leatherstocking novels.




Robinson Crusoe

By: Daniel Defoe






The Pickwick Papers

By: Charles Dickens







Oliver Twist

By: Charles Dickens







Nicholas Nickleby

By: Charles Dickens







Three Men in a Boat

By: Jerome K. Jerome


Three men, and Montmorency the dog, repair to a small boat for a dryly comical voyage down the Thames.




Captains Courageous

By: Rudyard Kipling






South Sea Tales

By: Jack London


Stories of cultures colliding in the South Pacific, by the author best known for Klondike short stories and larger-than-life personal history.




The Naval Officer

By: Frederick Marryat


Marryat's autobiographical first book chronicles a young man's transformation into an officer.




Japhet, in Search of a Father

By: Frederick Marryat






Masterman Ready

By: Frederick Marryat






The Phantom Ship

By: Frederick Marryat






Moby Dick

By: Herman Melville


Ishmael signs onto the whaler Pequod, led by Ahab, who turns the voyage into an obsessive quest for revenge against the whale who took his leg.




Omoo

By: Herman Melville


A ragged crew of whalers mutinees in Tahiti, as observed by a cynical, modernly comic, seaman.




Typee

By: Herman Melville


A young sailor jumps ship in the South Pacific, in Melvile's first book. A 19th-century page turner, Typee was far more popular in Melville's lifetime than his masterpiece Moby Dick.




White Jacket

By: Herman Melville


Published in 1850, White Jacket is both a retelling of Melville's adventures as a seaman on the man-of-war United States and an expose of naval practices of which the public was only dimly aware.




Redburn

By: Herman Melville


Drawn from Melville's own adolescent experience Redburn charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn, a young innocent who embarks on a crossing to Liverpool together with a roguish crew.




Mardi, Volume I

By: Herman Melville






Mardi, Volume II

By: Herman Melville






Treasure Island

By: Robert Louis Stevenson






Kidnapped

By: Robert Louis Stevenson






The Black Arrow

By: Robert Louis Stevenson






The Master of Ballantrae

By: Robert Louis Stevenson






The Wrong Box

By: Robert Louis Stevenson






The Wrecker

By: Robert Louis Stevenson






The Ebb-Tide

By: Robert Louis Steveson






The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By: Mark Twain






The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By: Mark Twain


The great American "road trip" story started with this river story, by America's first celebrity author.




Five Weeks in a Balloon

By: Jules Gabriel Verne






Around the World in Eighty Days

By: Jules Gabriel Verne






From the Earth to the Moon, and A Trip Around It

By: Jules Gabriel Verne






 

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