Category Archives: Seastories

Seventeen Fathoms Deep: The Saga of the Submarine S-4 Disaster by Joseph A. Williams — a Review

On the afternoon of December 17th, 1927, the US Navy submarine S-4 was surfacing near Provincetown, MA, when it was run down by US Coast Guard destroyer Pauling, sending the submarine to the bottom. Joseph William’s latest book, “Seventeen Fathoms … Continue reading

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Book Review: American Dunkirk, The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11

 On Thursday, September 8th at 6PM. James M. Kendra and Tricia Wachtendorf will discuss and sign copies of their new book, American Dunkirk: The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11 on the historic ex-Coast Guard Cutter Lilac at Pier 25 … Continue reading

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The Legacy of the Sailor Poet Gorch Foch, Killed in the Battle of Jutland

Johann Wilhelm Kinau was one of the more than 8,000 sailors who died in the Battle of Jutland just over 100 years ago. Kinau was 36 when he was killed while serving as a lookout on the German light cruiser … Continue reading

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World Oceans Day on Historic Lighthouse Tender Lilac June 8

The historic lighthouse tender Lilac is hosting a literary salon to celebrate World Oceans Day. From their press release: One Grand Books has organized a literary evening on board the museum ship Lilac to mark World Oceans Day, a global … Continue reading

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Lobsterman by E.B. White

When I think of E.B. White I think of the classic children’s books, Stuart Little, Charlotte’s Web, and The Trumpet of the Swan, among others. He was also the co-author of the English language style guide The Elements of Style. … Continue reading

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Linda Collison’s Water Ghosts — Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist

Congratulations to Linda Collison! Her novel Water Ghosts is a Foreword Reviews’ 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist.  In our review from last May we wrote: In Linda Collison’s new novel, Water Ghosts, seven troubled teenagers embark on a vintage … Continue reading

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Bound for the Weymouth Leviathan

I am on my way to the Weymouth Leviathan, a maritime literary festival on the south-west coast of England. I am looking forward to seeing old friends, as well as meeting many fine writers who I know only through the … Continue reading

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Book Review: Alaric Bond’s HMS Prometheus — the Fine Line Between Valor and Recklessness

Originally posted in gCaptain by Rick Spilman. Reposted with permission. In Alaric Bond‘s most recent novel, HMS Prometheus, the eighth of his Fighting Sail series, the Mediterranean is a dangerous place for the Royal Navy. In the autumn of 1803, the … Continue reading

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Podcast: “Captain Blackwell’s Prize” by V.E. Ulett

The Fictional Café is publishing three audio excerpts from V.E. Ulett’s Captain Blackwell’s Prize as a podcast.  The first went up last Friday and the will continue for the next two Fridays, followed by an interview with the author on the fourth and … Continue reading

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“The Finest Hours,” Greatest Small Boat Rescue in History — Movie Review

Originally posted on gCaptain. Reposted with permission. “The Finest Hours” is far from a perfect movie. Nevertheless, it recounts a remarkable story of heroism at sea that is well worth retelling. For anyone who has spent any time around ships, … Continue reading

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On the Anniversary of the Sinking — A Review of John Broadwater’s USS Monitor

As this is Thursday, which is to say “Throwback Thursday“, as well as the anniversary of the sinking of the USS Monitor, which sank off Cape Hatteras 153 years ago tonight, it seems a good time to repost our review … Continue reading

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The Shantyman — Kindle Countdown, Starting at 99 Cents!

To celebrate The Shantyman being chosen as one of the Best Indie Books of 2105 by Kirkus Reviews, we are having an impromptu promotion. Here is how it works — today and tomorrow, The Shantyman will be available in Kindle … Continue reading

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The Shantyman – One of Kirkus’ Best Indie Books of the Year 2015

I am extremely pleased to announce that my novel “The Shantyman” has been selected as one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Indie Books for 2015.  From the review: With eloquent accuracy, Spilman’s novel captures the life of a 19th-century sailor…. Spilman’s colorful, … Continue reading

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New from Old Salt Press — Britannia’s Spartan by Antione Vanner

Another wonderful release in time for the holidays. Antione Vanner’s Britannia’s Spartan is the fourth volume of the Dawlish Chronicles. It is 1882 and Captain Nicholas Dawlish has just taken command of the Royal Navy’s newest cruiser, HMS Leonidas. Her … Continue reading

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New from Old Salt Press — HMS Prometheus by Alaric Bond

Alaric Bond’s new novel HMS Prometheus is the eighth book in his Fighting Sail Series. Here is a review by David Hayes from Historic Naval Fiction: Following her action against the French (see The Scent of Corruption) HMS Prometheus is … Continue reading

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In the Heart of the Sea — A Movie Review

Today I saw the movie, “In the Heart of the Sea,” directed by Ron Howard and somewhat loosely based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s  In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex.  How was it? The movie was … Continue reading

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Replica Viking Longship? Stop by the Gift Shop

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  How about an authentic replica Viking longship?  A great way to impress the relatives or perhaps get together with 60 close friends to raid a neighboring village.  You either can hire a team of researchers … Continue reading

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Maidentrip — A Documentary of Laura Dekker’s Epic Voyage

I recently watched Maidentrip, a wonderful, award winning documentary by Jillian Schlesinger about 14 year old Laura Dekker‘s almost two year solo circumnavigation on her Jeaneau Gin Fizz ketch, Guppy.  It is a fascinating tale about young sailor’s coming of age … Continue reading

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The French Prize by James Nelson — a Review

For fans of his “Revolution at Sea Saga,” Jame’s Nelson’s The French Prize is an introduction to the next generation. Isaac Biddlecombe, the Revolutionary War naval hero of the previous saga, has a son, Jack, coming of age in the … Continue reading

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Lucy Bellwood’s Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea

I have long been a fan of Lucy Bellwood. A tall ship sailor and cartoonist; she is talented, smart and funny. Her  wonderful series, Baggywrinkles, based on the time she has spent working aboard replica 18th-century tall ships, has appeared an issue at … Continue reading

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