ME Other Nautical Fiction

When doing research for historic naval fiction books to add to this site I often find ones about merchant ships and other nautical stories set in the modern era.

Wave Cry

 

On March 18th 1998 an item in the Daily Telegraph read Hollywood is finding it hard to accept that there can be no sequel to 'Titanic'... 'Wave Cry' is Alexander Fullerton's solution to that problem. An Irish family - Eileen and Frank Maguire and their 3-year-old son Tom - emigrants travelling steerage-class from Queenstown to New York - are woken by the jolt of the collision; Eileen survives but in scenes of terrifying confusion her husband and child do not. Then in the rescue ship Carpathia - by this time wishing she had drowned, and not entirely sane - she sees Bruce Joseph Ismay, managing director of the White Star Line, alive and well.

What right does he have to live?

Eileen sets out to kill him. The story is set in New York, London (where she's involved in a separate killing and from there on has the police on her trail) and in the west of Ireland, climaxing in a place called Costelloe, on Cashla Bay in Co. Galway.

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Westbound, Warbound

 

Andy Holt, is a 20-year-old 3rd Mate in the PollyAnna carrying coal in the South Atlantic to be off-loaded, before picking up a cargo of iron ore. There are rumours of German raiders in the area which are confirmed when the seamen come across what's left of a boat and its crew, in a rapid state of decomposition. Andy's vessel is onward bound via Calcutta and her whorehouses, to Montevideo, a neutral port, all the while wary of a particular German warship, the Graf Spee, which is picking off British naval vessels.

But as the PollyAnna leaves Montevideo and heads for Vitoria, who should turn up in the former but the Graf Spee herself. It transpires that a German ship in the same port is holding British prisoners, and some of the locals are reputed Nazis. The skipper is unable to get hold of the ambassador and so takes matters into his own hands. He takes the decent if rash option of ramming the German ship in the dead of night, sending Andy and others across to free the prisoners, one of whom is a charming young lady. Westbound, Warbound is Alexander Fullerton on top form - a gripping historical novel adventure of utter authenticity..

Westbound, Warbound

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Non-Combatants

1940

It is the summer of 1940 and Andy Holt has signed on as 2nd mate in the SS Barranquilla, sailing in ballast from the Clyde for Nuevitas in Cuba. From there she'll be routed up the US seaboard to Halifax, Nova Scotia, assembly-point for homebound convoys. The homebound ones are the worst - U-boats preferring their victims to be deep-laden, full of cargo. That's if he makes it back, because this is what the U-boat people are calling their Happy Time - easy targets and lots of them, convoys with hardly any escorting warships. There have been heavy losses off Norway and Dunkirk - the vital priority at this time is for destroyers to counter the invasion that seems imminent. At the moment it is odds against any individual ship getting over 'the pond' and back.....

Non-Combatants

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The Moonraker Mutiny

 

A tired old freighter, the Moonraker, is homeward bound from Freemantle to Mauritius. Haunted by his past, Captain Stone seeks solace in day-dreams and the gin bottle in the seclusion of his cabin. His pretty niece, Susie, flirts nervously with Australian passage worker Hank Casey and Italian mate Carlo Frascatti growls and grumbles at the motley crew. Then the calm of a humdrum voyage is shattered when the radio operator picks up the warning of a suspected cyclone ahead. The panic-stricken crew turn on their captain and abandon ship. Those left behind now begin a desperate struggle to keep the battered hulk afloat and, nearby, a small coaster and an ocean salvage tug are each determined to profit from the Mooraker's disaster.

The Moonraker Mutiny

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Death of a Supertanker

 

The Ocean Mammoth was one of finest 'monster tankers' to take to the sea, but economic shifts meant it was no longer useful, and its 'death' was contrived to look like an accident. But who was responsible would not emerge until the final stages of the Court of Inquiry, in a moment of sudden drama.

Death of a Supertanker

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The Antonov Project

 

The British and US Secret Services plant spies on a new Soviet bulk carrier ship to delve into why it never takes on cargo and the Soviets are being so secretive about it.

The Antonov Project

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