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Norton Book of the Sea, Volume II, the (1991) [Anthology]
by Lothar-GŁnther Buchheim Boyd Cable Erskine Childers Tom Clancy Joseph Conrad James Fenimore Cooper Jan de Hartog Henry Fielding C.S. Forester Clare Francis Paul Gallico William Golding James Norman Hall John Hearne Ernest Hemingway C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne Hammond Innes W. W. Jacobs F. Tennyson Jesse Alexander Kent W.H.G. Kingston Sam Llewellyn Jack London Bill Lucas Alistair MacLean Frederick Marryat John Masefield Herman Melville James A. Michener Nicholas Monsarrat Neil Munro Charles Nordhoff C. Northcote Parkinson Dudley Pope Norman Reilly Raine Michael Scott William Shakespeare Tobias Smollett Andrew Spedding Robert Louis Stevenson H.M. Tomlinson Robert Wales Evelyn Waugh John Winton Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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With the untimely death of Captain John O. Coote, R.N., on June 11, 1993, the nautical world lost one of its most knowledgeable -- and certainly its most charismatic -- chroniclers. A hilarious raconteur, his passion for the sea brought him to it in his early years for cruising and racing, and later for a distinguished career as a submariner in the Royal Navy. After an early promotion to captain at age 38, Johnnie Coote left the services for a job at Beaverbrook Newspapers' Sunday Express in London where he eventually became vice-chairman and managing director of Beaverbrook Newspapers, and finally deputy chairman and group managing editor of the conglomerate. Later, he brought his years of experience on the water to bear in the fine books he wrote, including two Pilots to the English Channel, which are the recognized leaders in their field, Yacht Navigation My Way, Submariner, Altering Course, and his previous anthology, The Norton Book of the Sea, Volume I.

In The Norton Book of the Sea, Volume II, Fiction, Coote celebrates the sea as both a friend and a foe that has captivated fiction writers seeking to explore and understand its unassailable force. Volume II, like its predecessor, is organized by category, including The Sea, Captains and Crews, The Dark Side, The Lighter Side, Ships in Peacetime, Ships at War, Navigation, and Sweethearts and Wives. To gather his selections, Coote has cast his net wide over fiction writers from Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway, C.S. Forester, Herman Melville, and Joseph Conrad, to Tobias Smollett, Evelyn Waugh, Alistair MacLean, and William Golding. Some of the names are familiar; others, like Evelyn Waugh, though familiar as popular fiction writers, are less well known as writers of literature about the sea.

Throughout the anthology, Coote interweaves his own pithy and insightful anecdotes and facts about the various authors and excerpts he's selected. The result is a remarkably rich and varied body of work that, from the first page, draws the reader into the realm of the sea, there to join Johnnie Coote in his thoroughly engaging "literary trawling."


  • Foreword by Dame Naomi James
  • John Oldham Coote -- An Appreciation by Eric Swenson
  • Introduction by John O. Coote

  • THE SEA -- Its Mysteries
    • White Waves in the Indian Ocean, from The Strode Venturer by Hammond Innes
    • The Flying Dutchman Off Station, from The Red Rover by James Fenimore Cooper
    • Early Evidence of the Bermuda Triangle, from Tom Cringle's Log by Michael Scott
    • Seismic Waves, from The Poseidon Adventure by Paul Gallico
    • A Lone Fisherman in Awe of the Gulf Stream, from The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  • Hornblower
    • Pressing 'Volunteers' Illegally, from A Ship of the Line by C.S. Forester
    • Hornblower Elevated to the Peerage, from The Life and Times of Horatio Hornblower by C. Northcote Parkinson
    • Royal Navy Cadets Under Training, from We Joined the Navy by John Winton
  • Midshipmen
  • Discipline
    • Flogging Round the Fleet, from The Flag Captain by Alexander Kent
    • Hanging by Verdict of Court-Martial, from Frank Mildmay by Frederick Marryat
    • The Handsome Sailor Swings for It, from Billy Budd by Herman Melville
  • Shanghaied
  • The Medical Care of Jack
    • Eighteenth-century Surgery and Yellow Fever, from The Adventures of Roderick Random by Tobias Smollett
    • Burial at Sea, from Rites of Passage by William Golding
    • Marriage on the High Seas, from Fire Down Below by William Golding
    • Death in Childbirth at Sea, from "True Blue" in Popular Sea Stories by W.H.G. Kingston
  • Stowaways
    • Homeward Bound from Siam, from The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad
    • A Fugitive from Justice on a River-boat, from His Duty by Boyd Cable
    • Sundays at Sea, from A Ship of the Line by C.S. Forester
    • Mutiny on the High Seas, from Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
    • The Hardest Man in the Sealing Trade, from The Sea-Wolf by Jack London
    • Galley-slaves and a Royal Toothache, from The Long Ships by Frans Bengtsson

  • Gales and Calms
    • Embayed and Wrecked on a Lee Shore, from The Tempest by William Shakespeare
    • Foundering Off the Scillies, from Amelia by Henry Fielding
    • Wrecked on St Kilda, from Atlantic Fury by Hammond Innes
    • Oil on Tumultuous Seas in the Southern Ocean, from Fire Down Below by William Golding
    • A Slave-ship Trapped in the Doldrums, from The Sure Salvation by John Hearne
  • Fog
    • An East Coast Barge-tow in Wartime, from The Captain by Jan de Hartog
    • Sabotage in an Ocean-racer, from Dead Reckoning by Sam Llewellyn

  • French Newspaper Report on Trafalgar, from Le Moniteur
  • Mal de Mer
    • Amongst the Beautiful People, from Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh
    • Hornblower a Sufferer, from A Ship of the Line by C.S. Forester
    • Para Handy and the Clyde Puffers -- An Ocean Tragedy, from Para Handy Tales by Neil Munro
    • Tug-boat Annie and Horatio Bullwinkle, from The Last Laugh by Norman Reilly Raine
    • On Dropping a Jam Sandwich, from Sod's Law of the Sea by Bill Lucas and Andrew Spedding
    • A Monkey at Sea, from Mainsail Haul by John Masefield

    • An East-coast Collier, from The Paradise Coal-boat by C.J. Cutliffe Hyne
    • Majestic Liners on the North Atlantic, from Old Junk by H.M. Tomlinson
    • A Neglected Ship, from Tom Fool by F. Tennyson Jesse
    • Habitability Factors, from Tom Fool by F. Tennyson Jesse

    • With Nelson at Trafalgar, from Ramage at Trafalgar by Dudley Pope
    • A Light Cruiser on a Murmansk Convoy, from HMS Ulysses by Alistair MacLean
    • A USN Frigate in the Third World War, from Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
    • A Type VIIC U-boat's Fight for Survival, from U-boat by Lothar-GŁnther Buchheim
    • A Stricken Frigate Just Makes It, from HMS Marlborough Will Enter Harbour by Nicholas Monsarrat

    • Polynesians from Bora Bora to Hawaii, from Hawaii by James A. Michener
    • A Treacherous Pilot, from The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
    • A Dangerous Rendezvous on the North Brittany Coast, from Night Sky by Clare Francis

    • A Pirate in Drag, from Moonraker by F. Tennyson Jesse
    • The Fiery Donna Clotilde, from The Adventures of Captain Kettle by C.J. Cutliffe Hyne
    • The Most Beautiful Navigator Afloat, from The Navigator by Robert Wales
    • A Wife in Every Port, from A Master of Craft by W.W. Jacobs

Original title: The Faber Book of Tales of the Sea
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionAdventureMilitary and Naval Adventure
FictionHistoricalEuropean19th Century

This work contains excerpts from the following works :
     Tempest, the (1623) [Play]
      Author: William Shakespeare
     Roderick Random (1748) [Novel]
      Author: Tobias Smollett
     Frank Mildmay or The Naval Officer (1829) [Novel]
      Author: Frederick Marryat
     Tom Cringle's Log (1833) [Novel]
      Author: Michael Scott
     Kidnapped (1886) [Novel]
      Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
     Riddle of the Sands, The (1903) [Novel]
      Author: Erskine Childers
     Sea-Wolf, the (1904) [Novel]
      Author: Jack London
     Billy Budd (1924) [Novella]
      Author: Herman Melville
     Vile Bodies (1930) [Novel]
      Author: Evelyn Waugh
     Mutiny on the Bounty (1932) [Novel]
      Authors: Charles Nordhoff , James Norman Hall
     Ship of the Line, a (1939) [Novel]
      Author: C.S. Forester
     Old Man and the Sea, the (1952) [Novel]
      Author: Ernest Hemingway
     HMS Ulysses (1955) [Novel]
      Author: Alistair MacLean
     Hawaii (1959) [Novel]
      Author: James A. Michener
     Poseidon Adventure, the (1969) [Novel]
      Author: Paul Gallico
     Flag Captain, the (1971) [Novel]
      Author: Alexander Kent
     Rites of Passage (1980) [Novel]
      Author: William Golding
     Night Sky (1983) [Novel]
      Author: Clare Francis
     Ramage at Trafalgar (1986) [Novel]
      Author: Dudley Pope
     Red Storm Rising (1986) [Novel]
      Author: Tom Clancy

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Norton Book of the Sea, Volume II, the (1991)
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