Nautical Narratives

Books that share a naval/nautical theme...


A Bootnecks Footsteps

by Mike Pinnock
The author sets off on a nostalgic journey to retrace his father's movements with the Royal Marines 1921-45.
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A Corkheads Chronicle

by David J. Lott
Experiences of a Royal Navy Clearance Diver 1955-76
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A Diver in the Dark by Sydney Knowles

A Diver in the Dark

by Sydney Knowles BEM
Memoir of a WW2 Royal Navy Clearance Diver and diving partner of Commander Lionel 'Buster' Crabb
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A Divers Escapades

by Glennys E Forrester-Brown
The wartime experiences of a lad from the Potteries who served in the Royal Navy as a diver during World War II
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Adventures of a Flying Dutchman

by Rudolf J Idzerda
Autobiography of a WW2 pilot in the Netherlands Naval Air Service who went on to become a Rear Admiral and a Director of the World Wildlife Fund
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An Ayrshire Shipbuilder

by Dougal McIntyre
Portrait of John McIntyre, a 19th/20th century Scottish shipbuilder.
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Apprentice to the Red Ensign

by Mike Holmes
A Merchant Seaman's experiences in the the late 1940s with the Ellerman & Bucknell line.
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Coastal Command Pilot

by Ted Rayner
WW2 experiences of an RAF Coastal Command pilot with 220 Squadron and 269 Squadron in Norway, Iceland and Greenland.
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Crash Boats of Gorleston

by Tony Overill
The WW2 exploits of of No.24 Air Sea Rescue Unit of the RAF Marine Branch.
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Deep Fried Steak, Vodka & Chai

by Richard Barr
A sailor-turned-entrepreneur’s experiences afloat and ashore in the UK and former Soviet Union.
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Flying the Waves

by Richard Pike
Experiences of an air-sea rescue helicopter pilot around the Scottish coast in the 1980s/90s.
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Goodhart : The Story of an Exceptional Man

by Richard Harris & Barrie Williams
A biography of Rear Admiral Nicholas Goodhart, CB, Legion of Merit, FRAeS, RN (1919–2011)
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I Married a Princess

by Thomas Soars
The unusual story of an English RNVR officer who married a Persian princess during World War II and brought her home to a distinctly unglamorous life in England.
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Inside and Out

by Robert Cosh
My  experiences as a sailor in the wartime Royal Navy (1939-46) and postwar career as a prison officer in HM Prison Service (1946-81)
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Intercepted at Sea

by Leslie Howson
& John Nixon
An investigation into the human cost of insecure Royal Navy communications during two World Wars.
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It Was Bills Fault - a fishermans tales

by Alf Sharpling
The comical adventures of two would-be sea anglers in Essex, Cornwall and Wales.
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Liverpool Tales from the Mersey Mouth

by John Williams
Entertaining stories from a talented Liverpudlian raconteur
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On a Sailors Grave No Roses Grow – Maritime Disasters of World War II

by Mike Kemble
A respectful tribute to those who lost their lives in some of the worst Maritime Disasters of the Second World War.
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Percys Piece of the War

by Percy Shipperbottom
Exploits of an RAF High Speed Launch Wireless Operator in the UK and Far East during World War 2.
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Red Duster Recollections – A Merchant Seamans Life in the 1930s and 40s

by Ron Tubb
A former Merchant Seaman recalls his experiences before and during World War Two in the 1930s and 1940s
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Ships and Stars and Isles

by G.A. Taylor RNVR
The letters and diaries of a sailor with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR) during World War II.
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Songs & Ditties of the Fleet

by Richard Barr & Bernie Bruen
A collection of song lyrics, poems and humorous observations  informed by the authors' combined experiences in the Royal Navy 1950s-1980s.
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Swinging the Lamp

by Ted Bedwell
Nautical tales from a former skipper with the RAF Marine Branch
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The Brats – a real-life Victorian nautical adventure

by Tony Paul
Four young stowaways from Greenock endure cruel mistreatment on a transatlantic voyage to Newfoundland in this real-life seafaring adventure set in 1868.

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The World of a Latchkey Kid

by John Oliver
The eventful life of a London schoolboy during the Blitz, teenage merchant seaman, trumpeter, boxer, Royal Navy radio officer, television sound engineer and trophy-winning yachtsman 1931-2007
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