Ned Loe Posted March 12, 2015 Share Posted March 12, 2015 Recommended Reading Feel free to suggest more books about naval warfare. Introduction Here follows a list consisting of reading recommendations for fans of this game who want to learn more about naval history, battles or simply enjoy reading about the adventures and exploits of Captains. Reading the novels and books listed here is an excellent way of picking up Naval expressions and slang terms, and learning about the Naval life of centuries gone by. Books Fiction Hornblower Series By C. S. Forester A series of books depicting the exploits of Horatio Hornblower, it was this Series of books that the TV Series “Hornblower” where based upon. Recommended By Captain Jones Link: http://www.csforester.org/ Books in order: Mr Midshipman Hornblower Lieutenant Hornblower Hornblower and the Hotspur Hornblower and the Crisis Hornblower and the Atropos The Happy Return A Ship of the Line Flying Colours The Commodore Lord Hornblower Hornblower in the West Indies Richard Bolitho Series By Alexander Kent A series of books where the first book starts of with the character being a midshipman aged 16 in 1772 and goes on right through his career. An excellent series of books and very descriptive allowing the reader to feel immersed in the 18th century. Recommended by Captain Upton Link: http://www.bolithomaritimeproductions.com/ Books in order: Richard Bolitho - Midshipman Midshipman Bolitho and the Avenger Stand Into Danger In Gallant Company Sloop of War To Glory We Steer Command a King's Ship Passage to Mutiny With All Despatch Form Line of Battle! Enemy in Sight! The Flag Captain Signal - Close Action! The Inshore Squadron A Tradition of Victory Success to the Brave Colours Aloft Honour This Day The Only Victor Beyond the Reef The Darkening Sea For My Country's Freedom Cross of St George Sword of Honour The Aubrey-Maturin Series By Patrick O'Brian Starting with Master and Commander, these books trace the career of Jack Aubrey, a fictitious naval Captain whose life is modelled on that of Admiral Thomas Cochrane. Superbly written, an inordinate amount of attention to detail, they really are required reading! Recommended by Captain Walker Link: http://www.wwnorton.com/pob/pobtitles.htm Books in order: Master and Commander Post Captain HMS Surprise The Mauritius Command Desolation Island The Fortune of War The Surgeon's Mate The Ionian Mission Treason's Harbour The Far Side of the World The Reverse of the Medal The Letter of Marque The Thirteen-gun Salute The Nutmeg of Consolation Clarissa Oakes (Called Truelove in the USA ) The Wine-dark Sea The Commodore The Yellow Admiral The Hundred Days Blue at the Mizzen Nicholas Ramage Series By Dudley Pope A Series of novels about Lord Nicholas Ramage, eldest son of the Tenth Earl of Blazey, Admiral of the White. A set of books that are very easy to read and a definite recommendation to anyone who is new to this genre. Recommended by Captain Upton Link: http://www.winthrop.dk/dpope2.html Books in order: Ramage Ramage and the Drumbeat Ramage and the Freebooters Governor Ramage RN Ramage's Prize Ramage and the Guillotine Ramage's Diamond Ramage's Mutiny Ramage and the Rebels The Ramage Touch Ramage's Signal Ramage & the Renegades Ramage's Devil Ramage's Trial Ramage's Challenge Ramage at Trafalgar Ramage and the Saracens Ramage and the Dido Non Fiction One Hundred Days By Admiral Sandy Woodward & Patrick Robinson This book is the account of the Falklands War from the point of view of the Task Force Commander. An excellent book, well written, with superb analyses of both the naval and land phases of the conflict. Recommended by Captain Walker Link: http://www.sama82.org.uk/garden/0/6/5/woodward.htm The Illustrated Guide to Nelson's Navy By Nicholas Blake & Richard Lawrence An excellent introduction to the Age of Sail, this looks like a coffee table book, but actually packs a fair punch textually. The book describes all aspects of naval life between 1793 and 1815, from the Admiralty to Pusser's Rum, and uses both real life and the novels of O'Brian and the like to illustrate its points. Beautifully illustrated, I recommend this book highly! (And it only took 3 days to get through!) Link: http://www.chathampublishing.com/boo...companion.html Jackspeak By Commander Rick Jolly A book devoted to naval slang and traditions. A very funny read! (and you may be able to decipher some of my more esoteric ramblings!) Recommended by Captain Walker Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...076430-1874245 Nelson's Favourite HMS Agamemnon at War 1781-1809 By Anthony Deane, Chatham Publishing (London) 1999 Recommended by Captain Hutton Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...895447-2090017 The Arming and Fitting of English Ships of War, 1600-1815 By Brian Lavery, Conway Maritime Press Link: http://books.google.com/books?id=djwmMDm48uwC and The Masting and Rigging of English Ships of War 1625-1680 By James Lees, Naval Institute Press Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...895447-2090017 Both plainly informal about the construction of English Ships of War, but very interesting. Recommended By Captain Norrington Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The Illustrated Companion to Jack Aubrey's World Editor: Richard O'Neill As the title says, it simply goes into some detail about the lives of the men who made up the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. It also has excellent period artwork. Although everyone interested in the period will enjoy it, it has references that apply only to Aubrey/Maturin series readers. Recommended By Captain Hunt Publisher: http://www.runningpress.com/bookstor...ct.asp?sku=512 Nelson's Navy: Ships, Men and Organization, 1793-1815 (Conway's History of Sail) http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...363958-7398809 To Rule the Waves, How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World By Arthur Herman It is a very comprehensive book and I would recommend everyone give it a read. Recommendations by Captains: Duncan, D. “The Yankee Privateer”, 1779. TheWorld.com Online. http://theworld.com/~dduncan/p...eprivateer.html Konstam, Angus. The History of Pirates. The Lyons Press, 1999, 2002. Lehman, John. On Seas of Glory: Heroic Men, Great Ships, and Epic Battles of the American Navy. Simon & Schuster, New York, New York, 2002. MacLay, Edgar S., A History of American Privateers. Ayer Co. Publishers, 1977. Maloney, Linda M. "The Captain from Connecticut: The Life and Naval Times of Isaac Hull, 1986". SeacoastNH.com, Online. Http://www.seacoastnh.com/navyyard/isaachull.html Morison, Samuel Eliot. John Paul Jones. Time Incorporated, New York, 1959. Paine, Ralph D. "The Old Merchant Marine. United States Publishing 1919." Public Domain Books - Online. http://www.authorama.com/old-merchant-marine-1.html Petrie, Donald A., "The Prize Game". Naval Institute, Annapolis, 1999. Stivers, Rueben E., "Privateers and Volunteers", Naval Institute, Annapolis, 1975. Thomas, Evan. John Paul Jones: Sailor, Hero, Father of the American Navy. Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003. Willis, Sam. "Fighting Ships 1750-1850" Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fighting-Ships-1750-1850-Sam-Willis/dp/1847241719 Wilson, Sally D. “Who was Commodore Whipple?” Revolutionary Portraits: People, Places and Events from Rhodes Island Historic Past. Rhode Island Bicentennial Foundation, 1976. pp 6-15. Online. Http://www.whipple.org/abe/commodore.html NAVAL WARFARE IN THE AGE OF SAIL THE EVOLUTION OF FIGHTING TACTICS 1650-1815 Dr. Howard, Frank, "Sailing Ships of War 1400-1860" Convay Maritime Press Ltd. 1979. 256 pages (German version from 1983: "Segel-Kriegsschiffe 1400-1860" Bernard & Graefe Verlag ISBN 3-7637-5239-0) Websites This section contains additional materials sent in by members of SGS. If you can't find the word or expression here then try: http://www.royal-navy.mod.uk/server/show/conWebDoc.1257 Item contains: costs, artillery size, range, etc. (very detailed) http://www.portsdown.demon.co.uk/ord.htm Excellent site for coins of the realm. Learn all about the currency of the day. http://www.umich.edu/~ece/student_projects/money/ William Falconer's Dictionary of the Marine: http://southseas.nla.gov.au/refs/falc/1290.html The Official HMS Victory Website: http://www.hms-victory.com/ The Royal Marines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Marines#Origin Most interesting information about the "Golden Age of Pirates" http://www.gentlemenoffortune.com/ Original source: http://www.st-george-squadron.com/sgs/wiki/index.php?title=Recommended_Reading 23 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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