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Snapper Head 07-19-2006 11:04 AM

Nautical Literature
Call me old fashioned, a dinosaur, etc., but I watch very little TV, and even fewer movies. I prefer to read, with a liking for maritime history and maritime novels. A recent thread got me to thinking that there is probably a huge volume of stuff out there, good stuff, that I could dig into if I knew about it. So, I will harness the power of THT:

What maritime/nautical type books/articles/literature have you read that you liked?

Some of mine:

Moby Dick - Herman Melville
The Old Man & The Sea - Ernest Hemingway
All of Zane Gray's stuff
Two Years Before The Mast - Richard Henry Dana, Jr.
A Pirate Looks at Fifty - Jimmy Buffet (well, its sort of Nautical, he is a local boy made good, and his life is pretty darn entertaining)

That's a start, anyhow.

Big Al
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HOTSPOT 07-19-2006 11:18 AM

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Number 1 on my list: The Old Man & The Sea - Ernest Hemingway

evernic 07-19-2006 12:14 PM

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Perfect Storm.......great, fishing, boats and nautical history..I read it 3 times :thumbsup:

floundermeister 07-19-2006 12:15 PM

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Add to those:

Jack Aubry series by Patrick O'Brian
The Richard Bolitho series by Alexander Kent
The Ramage series by Dudley Pope
These are all excellent fictitious novels revolving around the English and French conflicts during the Napolean era.

Capt Rick/NC 07-19-2006 12:55 PM

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Hungry Ocean - Linda Greenlaw ( different perspective of "The perfect Storm") Awesome book!
All fisherman are liars -Linda Greenlaw

byram 07-19-2006 02:20 PM

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Coast Watching in World War II..- A.B. Feuer
civilians monitoring japanese shipping and aircraft activity, involving the battle of Guadalcanal..
short read but quite intriguing

skeeter2200 07-19-2006 02:24 PM

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Clive Cussler has some good nautical fiction. There is another good novel I read last year called Plum Island that was recommended by a fellow THT'er.

Capt Rick/NC 07-19-2006 02:26 PM

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P.S. Buffet is a manatee lover (nothing wrong with that, I suppose) I have read all three of his books (stories) and burned them. PETA can have the ashes!

Snapper Head 07-19-2006 03:27 PM

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Good stuff so far, thanks.


C'mon, lemme get at least half a page before the derailment begins ;?

Big Al

katkt 07-19-2006 04:37 PM

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We buy alot of books at the annual library sales. Time Life books did a series on ships, boats, yatchets etc., everything from the beginning to present day. If you can find them at a library sale you can get a good buy on them.
In The Heart of The Sea, Philbrick(rec. by THT)
Square Rigger Days, Armstrong - easy read about the heyday of sailing ships, clippers and windjammers.
Dana's "Two Years Before The Mast" has been mentioned, its a good read from a historical standpoint. Its supposed to be the first book written from the perspective of a sailor instead of an officer or observer.
Its a good historical peek at Coastal California.
There was a book mentioned on here that I purchased and read regarding a man who fished alot single handed Carlos Benitos(???). Some one may mention it. Its in Illinois right now I think, I can't find it here.

Snapper Head 07-19-2006 05:36 PM

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"A Crew of One: The Odyssey of a Solo Marlin Fisherman" - Carlos Benitos

A friend recommended that a few months ago. I'll be ordering it this evening ;cool;

Thanks Gordon.

Keep them coming folks, thanks for the input.

Big Al
at the library

boatommy 07-19-2006 08:01 PM

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I like the John D. Macdonald Travis McGee mysteries. Enough water and good reading. All the titles have a color in them like "The lonly Silver rain"

katkt 07-19-2006 08:10 PM

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There is a fishing guide down south of here in the Naples area I think, thats written some action books that spend a little time on the water. Randy Wayne White(or Wright?)

The Classic 07-19-2006 11:46 PM

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I'm currently reading Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fish. Its about Chilean Sea Bass, poachers, and pirates :)

samblate 07-20-2006 05:10 AM

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Excellent suggestions. I'd add Joseph Conrad, both novels and stories. Difficult to read at times, but profound. Most of his work, contrary to popular opinion, is not about the sea, but the best work is.

mymojo 07-20-2006 06:10 AM

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Joshua SLocum - Sailing Solo round the World
Fastnet-Force 10
Storms and Ship Wrecks of New England

Snapper Head 07-20-2006 09:48 AM

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Thanks to all, there are some great suggestions in here.

Big Al
literate (well, sort of)

katkt 07-20-2006 09:49 AM

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samblate - 7/20/2006 4:10 AM

Excellent suggestions. I'd add Joseph Conrad, both novels and stories. Difficult to read at times, but profound. Most of his work, contrary to popular opinion, is not about the sea, but the best work is.

I waded thru "Lord Jim". It was well worth the time. I'll search out some more of his work in the future. :)

cgrand 07-20-2006 02:43 PM

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"the bounty" by caroline alexander
"the pirates laffite" by william c. davis
"1421" by gavin menzies

Snapper Head 07-20-2006 03:48 PM

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'The Pirates Lafitte' , there's an intriguing title.

Thanks cgrand.

Big Al

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