Maritime Fiction

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Grave PassageHenry Grave is a private detective like none you have ever met. He is witty, cunning, intelligent and very capable of solving crimes on the high seas. In fact, that is his specialty. He works for shipping companies that operate cruise liners on the world’s oceans.

In Grave Passage Henry is called upon to solve the murder of a retired F.B.I agent who is found hanging from the ship’s rock-climbing wall. Arriving by helicopter, he boards the Contessa Voyager and must solve the crime before the ship returns to her home port, otherwise future bookings and revenues are at risk. With only a few days remaining he goes to work.

The classic question is, Who done it? Was it the retired Russian cosmonaut, the expatriate South American dictator, the California mafia, the television star or one of the more innocent-seeming passengers aboard? To find out, take the voyage with Henry Grave as he works his way through the suspects, with some interesting side trips, in this charming, funny and clever murder mystery.

GRAVE PASSAGE, A Henry Grave Mystery

by William Doonan.

  • Soft cover
  • 288 pages, 6 x 9
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-49-7
  • Price $22.95

sherlock holmesWhen is a ship a ship and when is it a barque? What is a steam packet? What are the duties of a steward? A captain? What did the Gloria Scott look like? Where is the Ganges River? How large is a saltwater crocodile? The answers to these and hundreds of other nautical questions can be found in The Sherlock Holmes Illustrated Cyclopedia of Nautical Knowledge, by Capt. Walter W. Jaffee, B.S.I., with an introduction by Sherlockian scholar and longtime Baker Street Irregular, Michael H. Kean.

Here, in one comprehensive volume, are definitions and illustrations of all the nautical references found in the Holmes Canon.


  • Limited edition Hard cover, hand-numbered and signed by the editor
  • 256 pages, 6 x 9
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-46-6
  • Price $39.95
  • Soft cover
  • 256 pages, 6 x 9
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-48-0
  • Price $24.95

freesom plantSet mostly in the 1960s and 1970s when foreign fishing fleets, often doubling as spy ships, hauled vast catches off the U.S. East Coast, The Freedom Plant is a realistic depiction of life aboard American and Soviet fishing vessels during the Cold War. Woven in the mesh of the story are the lives of American fishermen, Soviet spies, the U.S. Navy, the Coast Guard – and one man, determined to find the sister he had lost during an international “incident” a quarter century past. At least that is his story. But is it the truth, or is he a Russian spy sent to exact retribution on a woman, now married to an American fisherman, who had escaped the Soviet fleet so many years ago?

THE FREEDOM PLANT: A Novel of New England Fishermen
by Capt. Kevin M. McCormick.

  • Soft cover, 416 pages, 6 x 9.
  • ISBN 978-1-889901-40-04
  • Price $24.95

Action in the North AtlanticAvailable once again, after being out of print for almost half a century, the book that was made into the great World War II film. Gilpatric won an Oscar nomination for the screenplay.

Guy Gilpatric has written a rousing story of men and ships in the North Atlantic in time of war...
— Christian Science Monitor.

Worthy of a place beside the best sea narratives.
— Boston Traveler


by Guy Gilpatric.

  • Hard cover, 224 pp.
  • ISBN 1-889901-15-6
  • Price: $29.95