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Merchant Marine in WWII and Battle of the Atlantic

Albion, Robert Greenhalgh and Pope, Jennie Barnes. Sea Lanes in Wartime - The American Experience 1775-1945 2nd edition. New York: W. W. Norton, Archon Books, 1968

______.The American merchant marine in the war. New York: American Merchant Marine Institute, Inc., 1943

Andrews, Lewis M. Tempest, Fire And Foe:Destroyer Escorts in World War II and the Men Who Manned Them. Charleston, SC; Narwhal Press, 1999

Armstrong, Warren. The Battle of the Oceans, The Story of the British Merchant Marine. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 1944

Arnold, J. Barto III, et al. Texas' Liberty Ships: From World War II Working-class Heroes to Artificial Reefs. Austin, Texas: Texas Parks and Wildlife Bulletin No. 99-1, 1998

Blair, Clay. Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunted. 1942-1945. New York: Random House, 1998

Blair, Clay. Hitler's U-Boat War: The Hunters, 1939-1942. New York: Random House, 1996

Boyne, Walter J. Clash of Titans: World War II at Sea. New York: simon & Schuster, 1995

Brennecke, Hans Joachim, translated by R.H. Stevens. Jäger-Gejagte! The hunters and the hunted. New York: Norton, 1958

Bunker, John. Heroes in Dungarees: The Story of the American Merchant Marine in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1995 Book Review

Burn, Alan. The Fighting Commodores: The Convoy Commanders in the Second World War. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1999

Callison, Brian. A Flock of Ships. New York: Putnam,1970 [Story of mysterious disappearance of convoy of ships during World War II]

Carse, Robert. Lifeline. New York: W.W. Morrow & Co., 1943

Carse, Robert. The Long Haul. New York: W. W. Norton & Co., Inc., 1965

Carse, Robert. There Go The Ships: The Story of the American Merchant Marine at War. New York: Garden City Publishing Co., 1943

Cheatham, James T. The Atlantic Turkey Shoot: U-Boats Off the Outer Banks in World War II. Charlotte, North Carolina: Delmar Printing Company 1992

Chewning, Alpheus J. The Approaching Storm: U-boats off the Virginia Coast During World War II. Lively, VA: Brandylane Publishers, 1994

Churchill, Winston. The Second World War. 2 Volumes. New York: Time Incorporated. 1959

Cocchia, Aldo, translated by M. Gwyer. Sommergibili all'attacco. The hunters and the hunted: adventures of Italian naval forces. New York: Arno Press, 1958, 1980

_______. Convoys in World War II. Washington, DC: Navy Dept. Library, 1993

Crane, Aimee. Art in the armed forces. New York: Hyperion Press, distributed by C. Scribner's Sons, 1944

Cressman, Robert J. The Official Chronology of the U. S. Navy in World War II. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000

Creswell, John. Sea warfare, 1939-1945; a short history. London: Longmans, Green, 1950

Dunmore, Spencer. In Great Waters: The Epic Story of the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939 - 1945. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999

Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt. The Naval War in the West: The Raiders. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1963

Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt. The Naval War in the West: The Wolfpacks. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1963

Easton, Alan. 50 North, An Atlantic Battleground. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1963

Edwards, Bernard. Attack & Sink. Brick Tower Press, 1995 [Battle for Convoy SC42 which lasted for 7 days and 1,200 miles of ocean. The true story of U-571.]

Edwards, Kenneth. Operation Neptune. London: Collins, 1946

Elliot, Peter. Allied Escort ships of World War II: A Complete Survey. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1977

Felknor, Bruce L. (Editor) The U.S. Merchant Marine at War, 1775-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998 Book Review

Gannon, Michael. Operation Drumbeat - The dramatic true story of Germany's first U-Boat attacks along the American Coast in World War II. New York: Harper & Row,1990 [Well written, gives a clear picture of the odds faced by the unarmed Merchant Marine against the U-Boat.]

Giesler, Patricia. The Battle of the Atlantic. Ottawa: Veteran Affairs Canada, 2000

Giesler, Patricia. Valour at Sea. Ottawa: Veteran Affairs Canada, 1998

Gretton, Peter. Convoy Escort Commander. London: Cassell, 1964

Grove, Eric J. (Editor). The Defeat of the enemy attack on shipping, 1939-1945. Aldershot, Hant ; Brookfield, VT: Ashgate for the Navy Records Society, 1997

Hadley, Michael L. U-Boats Against Canada: German Submarines in Canadian Waters. McGill-Queen's University Press, 1985

Hague Arnold. The Allied Convoy System 1939-1945: Its Organization, Defence and Operation. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000

Hague, Arnold. Convoy Rescue Ships: 1940-1945. Gravesend, Great Britain: World Ship Society, 1998

Harding, Duncan. Tug of War. London: Furura Publications Limited, 1979

Hardy, A. C. Everyman's History of the Sea War (Three Volumes). London: Nicholson and Watson. 1948, 1949, 1955

Heneghan, Chris. Battle of the Atlantic - 50th Anniversary (1943-1993). Editor, Liverpool: Brodie Publishing 1993

NEW! Herbert, Brian. The Forgotten Heroes: The Heroic Story of the United States Merchant Marine. New York, NY: A Forge Book published by Tom Doherty Associates, 2004 Book Review

Hickam, Homer H., Jr. Torpedo Junction: U-Boat War off America's East Coast, 1942. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1989 (available in paperback from Dell Publishing) Book Review

Hough, Richard. the Greatest Crusade: Roosevelt, Chrurchill, and the Naval Wars. The Maritime Aspects of Both World Wars as Personified in the Friendship of Two Men. New York: William Morrow, 1986

Hough, Richard. The Longest Battle: The War at Sea, 1939-45. New York: William Morrow, 1986

Hoyt, Edwin P. The Death of the U-Boats. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1988

Hoyt, Edwin P. U-Boats Offshore - When Hitler Struck America. New York: Stein & Day, 1978

Hughes, Terry and Costello, John The Battle of the Atlantic. New York: Dial Press,1977

Hurst, David A. The United States Merchant Marine. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Company, 1993 [P.O. Box 3101 Paducah, KY 42002-3101, Ph. (502)443-0121.The cost of the original book was $48 each and 13 or more books for $29 each]

Ingraham, Reg. First Fleet, the Story of the U.S. Coast Guard at War. Indianapolis, Indiana: Bobbs-Merrill,1944

Jones, Geoffrey. Autumn of the U-Boats, London: William Kimber, 1984

Kaplan, Philip and Currie, Jack. Convoy: Merchant Sailors at War, 1939-1945. U.S. Naval Institute Press, 1998

Karig, Walter and Kelley, Welbourne et al. Battle Report (5 Volumes): Pearl Harbor to Coral Sea, The Atlantic War, Pacific War Middle Phase, The End of an Empire, Victory in the Pacific. New York: Farrar & Rinehart, 1944-1949

Kemp, Paul. A Pictorial History of the Sea War 1939-1945. London: Brockhampton Press, 1998

Kemp, Peter. Decision at Sea: The Convoy Escorts. New York: Elsevier-Dutton, 1978

Land, Emory Scott. Winning the War With Ships: Land, Sea and Air -- Mostly Land. New York: Robert M. McBride Co. Inc., 1958

Lott, Arnold. Most Dangerous Sea: A history of Mine Warfare, and an Account of U. S. Navy Mine Warfare Operations in World War II and Korea. Annapolis MD: U. S. Naval Institute, 1959

Macintyre, Donald. Battle of the Atlantic. London: Pan Books, 1969

Macintyre, Donald. U-Boat Killer. London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1956 [Personal account of British commander of Escort Groups during the Battle of the Atlantic]

Mason, Frank W. Q-Boat. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1943. [The Story Of The Convoy Fleet And Coastal Patrol During World War II]

Masters, David. In Peril on the Sea: War Exploits Of Allied Seamen. London: Cresset Press, 1960

Mercey, Arch A. and Grove, Lee. Surf and Hell: The U. S. Coast Guard in World War II, New York: Prentice-Hall, 1946

Miller, Nathan. War at Sea - A Naval History of World War II. New York: Scribner, 1995

Milner, Marc. The North Atlantic Run: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Battle for the Convoys. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989

Milner, Marc. The U-boat Hunters: the Royal Canadian Navy and the offensive against Germany's submarines, 1943-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1994

Mitchell, C. Bradford. We'll Deliver: Early History of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1938-1956. Kings Point, New York: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, 1977

Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II, Vol. I, Battle of the Atlantic, September 1939-May 1943. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1947 [Morison was the official Navy Historian; gives good descriptions of Convoy PQ17 and other action, but whitewashes the Navy's inadequate response to the slaughter of mariners in the Atlantic and the loss of vital cargo.]

Morison, Samuel Eliot. History of U.S. Naval Operations in World War II, Vol. X, The Atlantic Battle Won, May 1943-May 1945. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1959

Natkiel, Richard, text by Sommer, Robin L. Atlas of World War II. New York, Barnes & Noble Books, 1985

Nesbit, Roy Conyers. The Battle of the Atlantic. Stroud, United Kingdom: Alan Sutton, 2002

O'Flaherty, S. J. Abandoned Convoy: The U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. New York, Exposition, 1970

______. Oxford Companion to WORLD WAR II. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995

Palmer, M. B. We Fight With Merchant Ships. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943

Pattinson, James. Last in Convoy. New York: Berkley Books, 1957 [Account of a doomed vessels voyage through torpedo infested waters]

Piekalkeiwicz, Janusz, translated by Peter Spurgeon. Sea War 1939-1945. London: Tek Translation & International Print Ltd., 1980

Pitt, Barrie. The Battle of the Atlantic. Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1977

Rayner, D. A. Escort - The Battle of the Atlantic. London: William Kimber, 1955

Reminick, Gerald. Patriots and Heroes:True Stories of the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2000 Book Review

Reminick, Gerald. Patriots and Heroes:True Stories of the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. Volume 2. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2004 Book Review

Riesenberg, Felix Jr. Sea War: The Story of the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. New York: Rinehart and Company, Inc., 1956

Robertson, Terence. Escort Commander. New York: Nelson Doubleday Inc. 1979 [The story of WWII German U-Boat killer British Captain Frederic Walker]

Rohwer, Jurgen. War at Sea, 1939-1945. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1996

Runyan, Timothy J. and Copes, Jan M. (Editors).To Die Gallantly: The Battle of the Atlantic. Boulder CO: Westview Press, 1994

Smith, Kevin. Conflict over Convoys: Anglo-American Logistics Diplomacy in World War Two. Great Britain: Cambridge University Press, 1996

Spector, Ronald H. At War at Sea: Sailors and Naval Combat in the Twentieth Century. New York: Viking, 2001

Stettinius, Edward R. Jr. Lend-Lease: Weapon for Victory. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1944

______. Submarine menace, Executive hearing before the Committee on the merchant marine and fisheries, 1942. United States Congress, House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1942

Syrett, David (Editor). The Battle of the Atlantic and Signals Intelligence : U-boat situations and trends, 1941-1945. Aldershot, Hants, England ; Brookfield, Vt., : Published by Ashgate for the Navy Records Society, 1998

Syrett, David. Defeat of the German U-Boats: The Battle of the Atlantic. Columbia SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1994

Tarrant, V. E. The U-Boat Offensive 1914-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989

Taylor, Theodore. Fire on the Beaches. New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 1958 [Well written. Interesting stories about the panic along the Coasts and casualties among mariners.]

Terraine, John. Business in great waters: the U-boat wars, 1916-1945. London: L. Cooper, 1989

Thomas, David A. The Atlantic Star 1939-45. London: W. H. Allen, 1990. [Battle of the Atlantic]

_______, Time-Life Books Editors. War on the High Seas, Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1990

______. The U-boat War in the Atlantic, 1939-1945: German naval history, [written for] Ministry of Defence (Navy), London: H.M.S.O., 1989

_______. The United States Merchant Marine At War, Report of the War Shipping Administrator to the President. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, January 15, 1946 Book Review

Van der Vat, Dan. The Atlantic Campaign - World War II's Great Struggle at Sea. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1988

Warnock, A. Timothy. The U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II: air power versus U-boats: confronting Hitler's submarine menace in the European theater. Air Force History and Museums Program ; Washington DC: Supt. of Docs., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1999

Warnock, A. Timothy. The U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II: the battle against the U-boat in the American Theater, Washington, DC: Center for Air Force History, 1993

Waters, John M., Jr. Bloody Winter. Princeton: Van Nostrand, 1967 [Heavy reading, but a terrific analysis of that dreadful Oct '42 to May '43 period.]

Whalen, Jim. Last of the Boom Ships, Oral Histories of the U.S. Merchant Marine 1927-2000. 1st Books Library, 2000 Available from http://www.1stbooks.com (800) 839-8640 Book Review

Whinney, Bob. The U-Boat Peril: A Fight for Survival. London: Cassell, 1998

Williams, Andrew. The Battle of the Atlantic : Hitler's Gray Wolves and the Allies' Desperate Struggle to Defeat Them. New York: Basic Books, 2003

Williams, Jay. The Battle for the Atlantic. New York: Random House, 1959

Willoughby, Malcolm F. The U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. New York: Arno Press, 1980

Wynn, Kenneth G. U-boat operations of the Second World War. Two volumes, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997-1998


Merchant Marine in Pacific

Allen, Gwenfread. Hawaii's War Years, 1941-1945. Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 1950

Belote, James and Belote, William. Typhoon of Steel: The Battle for Okinawa. New York: Harper & Row, 1970

Boyd, Carl. The Japanese Submarine Force and World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1996

Bridgland, Tony. Waves of Hate, Naval Atrocities of the Second World War. Yorkshire: Leo Cooper Ltd. 2002 and Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 2002

Bunker, John, Heroes in Dungarees: The Story of the American Merchant Marine in World War II, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1995 Book Review

Burlingame, Burl, Advance Force Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Navy's Underwater Assault on America, Kailua, Hawaii: Pacific Monograph, 1992

Casey, Robert J. Torpedo Junction : With the Pacific Fleet from Pearl Harbor to Midway. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc, 1942

Edwards, Bernard, Blood and Bushido: Japanese Atrocities at Sea, 1941-1945. New York: Brick Tower Press, 1997 [Ships: Langkoeas, Elysia, Ondina, Bengal, Centaur, Daisy Moller, British chivalry, Sutlej, Ascot, Behar, Nancy Moller, Tjisalak, Richard Hovey, Jean Nicolet, John A. Johnson]

Enright, Francis James, To Leave This Port, Enright Publishing Company, PO Box 158, Orick, California 95555: 1990 [SS Mauna Loa at Port Darwin]

Grover, David H., and Grover, Gretchen G., Captives of Shanghai: Story of SS President Harrison, Napa, CA: Western Maritime Press, 1999 Book Review

Inoguchi, Rikihei with Tadashi Nakajima & Roger Pineau. The Divine Wind: Japan's Kamikaze Force In World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute,1958.

Jopes, Bill with Dekeyser, Doug. A Voyage to Abadan, Xlibris Corporation, 1999 Book Review

Nielsen, Peter (editor). North Queensland at War, Volume.1. Naval and Merchant Shipping Movements (1939-1942). Townsville, Queensland, Australia: Nielsen Publishing, 2004. [Daily movements of ships on the coastal trade, carrying supplies or troops for theatres of war in the South West Pacific Area, the book includes the movements of allied warships that took part in the Battle of the Coral Sea and the comings and goings of Australian Naval Task Force.] www.northqueenslandatwar.com

Orita, Zenji and Harrington, Joseph. I-Boat Captain. Canoga Park, CA: Major Books, 1976

Reminick, Gerald. Patriots and Heroes:True Stories of the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2000 Book Review

Sowinski, Larry. Action in the Pacific: as seen by US Navy photographers during World War 2. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1981

Taylor, Theodore. Fire on the Beaches. New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 1958 [Well written, reads almost like a novel. Has interesting stories about the panic along the Coasts and casualties among mariners.]

Underbrink Robert. Destination Corregidor. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute, 1971

Wallace, Robert. The Secret Battle 1942-1944; the Convoy Battle off the East Coast of Australia during World War II. Ringwood, Victoria, Australia: Lamont Publishing, 1995

Warner, Denis Ashton and Peggy Warner with Sadao Seno. The Sacred Warriors: Japan's Suicide Legions. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982

Webber, Bert. Silent Siege: Japanese attacks against North America in World War II. Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1984


Specific Actions of WWII (Regions, convoys, ships sunk)

Allen, Gwenfread. Hawaii's War Years, 1941-1945. Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press, 1950

Allen, Robert L. The Port Chicago Mutiny -- the Story of the Largest Mass Mutiny Trial in U.S. Naval History. New York: Warner Books, Inc., 1989 [Clearly written, well illustrated. The Port Chicago Disaster page was based on this book about the SS Quinault Victory and SS E. A. Bryan]

Amborski, Leonard E. The Last Voyage, Maritime Heroes of World War II, Orlando FL: FirstPublish, 2001 [Sinking of SS Stone Street]

Bassett, Ronald. The Tinfish Run. New York: Harper, 1977 [British Arctic convoy duty in WWII]

Beasant, John. Stalin's Silver: The Sinking of the USS [sic] John Barry. New York: 1999, St. Martin's Press, 1999

Bradford, Ernle. Siege: Malta 1940-1943. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom: Leo Cooper/Pen & Sword Books, 2003 and New York: William Morrow & Company, 1986

Broome, Jack. Convoy is to Scatter. London: Kimber, 1972

Bunker, John. Heroes in Dungarees: The Story of the American Merchant Marine in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1995 Book Review

Burlingame, Burl. Advance Force Pearl Harbor: The Imperial Navy's Underwater Assault on America. Kailua, Hawaii: Pacific Monograph, 1992 [West Coast and Pacific sinkings]

Cameron, Ian. Red Duster, White Ensign - The Story of Malta and the Malta Convoys. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1960

Carse, Robert. Cold Corner of Hell. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1969

Casey, Robert J. Torpedo Junction : With the Pacific Fleet from Pearl Harbor to Midway. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, Inc, 1942

Chelemedos, Peter. Peter, the Odyssey of a Merchant Mariner. Peanut Butter Publishing, Peter Chelemedos, PO Box 15617, Seattle, Washington 98115: 1992 [Sinking of SS John A. Johnson and MS Cape Decision]

Chewning, Alpheus J. The Approaching Storm: U-boats off the Virginia Coast During World War II. Lively, VA: Brandylane Publishers, 1994

Clayton, Tim and Craig, Phil. The End of the Beginning : From the Siege of Malta to the Allied Victory at El Alamein. New York: Free Press, 2003

Crump, Irving. Our Tanker Fleet. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1952 [Pan Massachusetts; San Demetrio; Esso Baytown; F. D. Asche; Vistula; D. L. Harper; San Alberto; Alexande Andre; Frank Haskell; Esso Zurich; Euplectella; Thorunn; E. G. Seubert; Spicer; I. C. White; Esso Baytown; George G. Henry; Fleet Oilers; Chenango; Esso New Orleans; Amastra Ancyclus Miralda Aircraft Carriers; Ondina Bengal; Esso Bolivar; Tanker Collision Delaware; Tricula; Ohio; Esso Gettysburg]

Dobson, Miller & Payne. The Cruelest Night. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1979

Donovan, James A. Outpost in the North Atlantic: Marines in the defense of Iceland. Washington, DC: Marine Corps Historical Center, 1992

Edwards, Bernard. Attack and Sink! the Battle for Convoy SC42. London: New Guild, 1995

Enright, Francis James. To Leave This Port. Enright Publishing Company, PO Box 158, Orick, California 95555: 1990 [SS Mauna Loa at Port Darwin]

Essex, James W. Victory in the St. Lawrence: Canada's Unknown War. Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press, 1984

Forty, George. Battle for Malta. Hersham, Surrey United Kingdom: Ian Allan Publishing, 2003

Franks, Norman. Conflict Over the Bay - Momentous Battles Fought By RAF and America Aircraft Against the U-boats, Bay of Biscay May - August 1943. London: Grub Street, 1999

Foxvog, Donald R. and Alotta, Robert I. The Last Voyage of the SS Henry Bacon. St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 2001

Gallagher, O. C. Action in the East. New York: Doubleday, Doran 1942. [Fall of Singapore, the sinking of the Repulse, etc.]

Gannon, Michael. Black May. New York: Harper Collins, 1998 [The story of Convoy ONS-5]

Gibson, Charles Dana. Ordeal of Convoy NY-119. Ensign Press, PO Box 638, Camden, Maine 04843: 1973

Gordon, Arthur. The Years of Peril. New York: Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. (Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company), 1954, 1994

Gretton, Peter. Crisis Convoy (HX-231). Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1974

Griffiths, Owen. Darwin Drama. Sydney, Australia: Bloxham & Chambers Ltd.,1945

Grover, David H. and Grover, Gretchen G. Captives of Shanghai: Story of SS President Harrison. Napa, CA: Western Maritime Press, 1999 Book Review

Hadley, Michael L. U-boats against Canada: German submarines in Canadian waters. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1985

Harding, Duncan. Tug of War, The Story of a Tug-boat on the U-Boat Infested Convoy Runs to Murmansk. Futura Publications Limited, 1975

Hartcup, Guy. Code Name Mulberry: The Planning, Building and Operation of the Normandy Harbours. New York: Hippocrene, 1983

Haskell, Winthrop A. Shadows on the Horizon: The Battle of Convoy HX-233. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998

Hickam, Homer H. , Jr. Torpedo Junction: U-Boat War off America's East Coast, 1942. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989 (available in paperback from Dell Publishing) Book Review

Higgins, Michael. Action in the South Atlantic. The Propeller Club, Port of Brunswick; P.O. Box 611; Brunswick, GA 31521 on sale for $6.50 to raise funds for the two monuments in Brunswick which honor merchant mariners and those killed on the SS Oklahoma and Esso Baton Rouge just off Brunswick. Book Review

Holland, James. Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege 1940-43. New York: Miramax Books, 2003

Hunter, J. H. [as told by Ethel Bell]. Adrift. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1943 [Sinking of SS West Lashaway]

Hutson, Harry C. Arctic Interlude: Independent To North Russia. Bennington, Vermont: World War II Historical Society Monograph 219, 1997 [USA: William Clark, Hugh Williamson, John Walker, John H. B. Latrobe, Richard H. Alvey. Great Britain: Chulmleigh, Empire Scott, Empire Gilbert, Empire Sky, Empire Galliard, Daldorch. USSR: Dekabrist]

Infield, Glenn B. Disaster at Bari. New York: Macmillan,1971

Irving, David. Destruction of PQ-17. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968

Johnson, Robert Erwin. Bering Sea Escort: Life Aboard a Coast Guard Cutter in World War II. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1992

Johnson, Rody. Different Battles: The Search for a World War II Hero. Manhattan KS: Sunflower University Press, 1999 [Coast Guard patrol off Vero Beach, Florida, sinking of SS Java Arrow]

Jopes, Bill with Dekeyser, Doug. A Voyage to Abadan. Xlibris Corporation, 1999 Book Review [Story of SS Yamhill encounter with Japanese submarine]

Kelshall, Gaylord T. M. The U-Boat War in the Caribbean. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press,1994

Kemp, Paul. Convoy! Drama in Arctic Waters. London: Brockhampton, 1993

Lund, Paul and Ludlam, Harry. Night of the U-Boats - the Story of Convoy SC7. London: New English Library, 1975

Lund, Paul and Ludlam, Harry. PQ 17--Convoy to Hell: the survivors' story. London: Foulsham, 1968

Lunney, Bill and Finch, Frank. Forgotten Fleet - A history of the part played by Australian men and ships in the U.S. Army Small Ships Section in New Guinea, 1942-1945. Medowie, NSW, Australia: Forfleet, 1996

Macintyre, Donald. Battle for the Mediterranean. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1964

McCoy, Samuel Duff. Nor Death Dismay, New York: Macmillian, 1944 [American Export Lines: Excalibur; Exchange; Exceller; Exmoor; Exhibitor; Exochorda; Expositor; Drottningholm exchange Japanese and American Pow's; Coloradan; Zaandam; Exford; Swiftsure; Examelia; Exeter; Excalibur; Aurora; Excello; Exchester; Exilone; Exmoor; Express; Exiria; Exceller; Executive; Excello; Aurora]

Middlebrook, Martin. Convoy, London: William Morrow and Company, 1976 [ Well researched, well illustrated story of Convoys HX229 and SC122]

Morris, Eric. Corregidor: The End of the Line. New York: Stein and Day, 1981

NEW! Moses, Sam. At All Costs: How a Crippled Ship and Two American Merchant Marines Turned the Tide of World War II. New York: Random House, 2006 Book Review [Operation Pedestal to Malta, Santa Elisa, Ohio] Buy book from author

Murphy, Mark. 83 Days; The Survival of Seaman Izzi. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1943 [Sinking of SS Zaandam]

O'Flaherty, "Ferocious." Abandoned Convoy: The U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. The Full Story of the Debacle of Convoy P.Q.-17 Told for the First Time! Jericho NY; Exposition Press, 1970

Orita, Zenji and Harrington, Joseph. I-Boat Captain. Canoga Park, CA: Major Books, 1976

Pearson, Michael. Red Sky in the Morning - the Battle of the Barents Sea 1942. Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing Limited, 2002

Pearson, Michael. The Ohio and Malta: The Legendary Tanker that Refused to Die. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom: Leo Cooper/Pen & Sword Books, 2004

Reminick, Gerald. Action In The South Atlantic; the Sinking of the German Raider Stier by the Liberty Ship Stephen Hopkins. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2006 Book Review

Reminick, Gerald. Nightmare at Bari: Eyewitness accounts of the World War II mustard gas disaster and cover up in Italy. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2001

Reminick, Gerald. Patriots and Heroes:True Stories of the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2000 Book Review

Revely, Henry. The Convoy that Nearly Died: The Story of ONS154. London: Kimber, 1979

Richards, Joe. Tug of War. New York: David McKay, 1979 [Story by Master of an Army tug in the Pacific.]

Robinson, David A. The Battle of the Gulf of St. Lawrence 1942-1944. Ottawa: Veteran Affairs Canada, 1999, 2000

Rohwer, Jurgen. Critical Convoy Battles of March 1943, Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1977 [The Battle for HX229 and SC122]

Ruegg, Bob and Hague, Arnold. Convoys to Russia: 1941-1945. Kendal, England: World Ship Society, 1992

Schofield, B. B. & Martyn, L.F. The Russian Convoys. London: Blackwood, 1964

Scott, Mark, (Editor) Eyewitness Accounts of the World War II Murmansk Run, 1941-1945. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2006

Seth, Ronald. Fiercest Battle: The Story of North Atlantic Convoy ONS 5. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1961

Shankland, Peter and Hunter, Anthony. Malta Convoy. New York: Ives Washburn, Inc., 1961 [The Saga of the tanker SS Ohio brilliantly written.]

Skattebol, Lars. The Last Voyage of the Quien Sabe. New York: Harper & Bros. 1944 [Sinking of the SS Scapa Flow]

Smith, Peter. Arctic Victory: The Story of Convoy PQ18. London: Crecy 1994 Book Review

Smith, Peter C. Pedestal - The Malta Convoy of August 1942. London: William Kimber, 1970 [Another version of the Malta Convoy, just a notch below the Shankland and Hunter book.]

Southern, George. Poisonous Inferno - World War II Tragedy at Bari Harbour. Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing Limited, 2002 [in US- Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2002]

Sowinski, Larry. Action in the Pacific: as seen by US Navy photographers during World War 2. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1981

Stanford, Alfred. Force Mulberry: The Planning and Installation of the Artificial Harbor Off the U.S. Normandy Beaches in World War II. New York: Morrow, 1951

______. Stories of the Australian Merchant Navy, "The War at Sea" 1939-1946. Private printing, 2001

Taylor, Theodore. Fire on the Beaches. New York, W.W. Norton & Company, 1958 [Well written, reads almost like a novel. Has interesting stories about the panic along the Coasts and casualties among mariners.]

Thomas, David A. Malta Convoys. Barnsley, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom: Pen & Sword Books, 2000

Thompson, Ray and Childers, Ray. 34 Days in Hell. Ray Thompson, 1996 [Attacks on the SS Leonidas Merritt at Leyte, Philippines Oct 14, 1944 to Jan 5, 1945]

Thornton, Francis Beauchesne. Sea of Glory: The Magnificent Story of the Four Chaplains. NY: Prentice-Hall, 1953

Turner, L.C.F. , Gordon-Cumming, H.R., and Betzler, J.E. War in the Southern Oceans, 1939-1945. London: Oxford University Press, 1961

Underbrink Robert. Destination Corregidor. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute, 1971

Wallace, Robert. The Secret Battle 1942-1944; the Convoy Battle off the East Coast of Australia during World War II. Ringwood, Victoria, Australia: Lamont Publishing, 1995

Warner, Denis Ashton and Peggy Warner with Sadao Seno. The sacred warriors: Japan's suicide legions. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1982

Webber, Bert. Silent Siege: Japanese attacks against North America in World War II. Fairfield, WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1984 [West Coast sinkings]

Wiggins, Melanie. Torpedoes in the Gulf: Galveston and the U-Boats, 1942-1943. College Station, Texas: Texas A& M University Press, 1995

Winn, Godfrey. P.Q.17. London: Hutchinson, 1946

Winser, John de S. The D-Day Ships, Neptune: the Greatest Amphibious Operation in History. Kendal, England: World Ship Society, 1994 $28.95 at Mariners International Book Review

Woodman, Richard. Arctic Convoys: 1941-1945. London: John Murray Publishers, 1994

Woodman, Richard. Malta Convoys. London: John Murray Publishers, 2000

Worth, John. The American Merchant Marine at the Normandy Landings. Kings Point, NY: American Merchant Marine Museum, 1947, 1994


 

U.S. Naval Armed Guard includes memoirs

Berry, Bob, and Wendt, Lloyd. Gunners Get Glory, Bob Berry's Story of the Navy's Armed Guard. New York: Bobb-Merrill Co.,1943 [The loss of the SS Scottsburg and SS Kahuku]

Bowerman, Thomas R. Fireclay - An Autobiography. Artex Publishing, 1601 North 8 th Street, Sheboygan, Wisconsin 53081: 1996

Briggs, Frank R., Jr. "Detached Command - Multiple Duties of Armed Guard Officers." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 69, no.11 (Nov. 1943): pp. 1469-1470

Britton, Beverley L. "Navy Stepchildren: The Armed Guard." United States Naval Institute Proceedings 73, no.12 (Dec. 1947): pp.1495-1501

Brown, Roy W. Jig How: A Story of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard During World War II. Baltimore: Publish America, 2003

Di Phillip, John. Gunner's Diary. Boston: Meador Publishing Co., 1946

Dupra, Lyle E. We Delivered! - The U.S. Navy Armed Guard in World War II. Sunflower University Press, 1531 Yuma, PO Box 1009, Manhattan, Kansas 66505: 1997

Galati, Bob (Editor). Gunner's Mate. Innovatia Press, 1425 Maryland Drive, Irving Texas 75061: 1993

Gleichauf, Justin F. Unsung Sailors - The Naval Armed Guard in World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1990

_______. History of the Armed Guard Afloat. Naval Administrative History Series, Washigton, DC

_______. A History of the Armed Guard Veterans of World War II. United States Navy Armed Guard Veterans of World War II, Dallas: Taylor Publishing Co., 1987

McCormick, Harold J. Two Years Behind The Mast: An American Landlubber at Sea During WW II. Sunflower University Press, 1531 Yuma, PO Box 10009, Manhattan, KS 66505, 1991

McGee, William L. Bluejacket Odyssey: Guadalcanal to Bikini Atoll, Naval Armed Guard in the Pacific. BMC Publications, 52 Seaview Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Revised edition 2000 [$35 http://www.BMCpublications.com]

Milach, Jordan. Bell-Bottom Shorts. New York: Carlton Press, 1968

Navy Department. General Instructions For Commanding Officers Of Naval Armed Guards On Merchant Ships. 1943. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1943

Navy Department. Ordnance And Gunnery Instructions For Naval Armed Guards On Merchant Ships, 1944, OPNAV-23L-1. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1944

The Plane Shooter: Armed Guard School, Shelton, Virginia. United States Navy, 1943.

Reminick, Gerald. No Surrender: True Stories of the U.S. Navy Armed Guard in World War II. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2004

Schofield, William G.. Eastward the Convoys. Chicago: Rand McNally and Co., 1965


Allied & Axis Fleets: Britain, Canada, Norway, Estonia, Ireland, Japan, Germany, Italy

Armstrong, Warren. Battle of the Oceans the Story of the British Merchant Marine. New York: Liveright Publishing, 1944

Behrens, C. B. A. Merchant Shipping & The Demands of War, London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office & Longmans Green and Co.,1955, 1978

Bone, David W. Merchantman Rearmed. London: Chatto & Windus, 1949 [Recollections of World War I and World War II by British merchant sailor.]

Brice, Martin. Axis Blockade Runners of World War II. London: B. T. Batsford, 1981. [Detailed account of German merchant marine shipping during WWII which ensured regular supplies fo vital war materials. Stresses the importance of the supply of raw rubber from the Far East, the value of Germany's exports during this period, the role of American aerial and surface patrols and the success of the Italian runners.]

Brown, Dave. Faces of War. Burnstown: General Store, 1998 [A collection of stories of Canadians who served their country in time of war]

Cameron, Ian. Red Duster, White Ensign - The Story of Malta and the Malta Convoys. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1960

Caulfield, Max. Tomorrow Never Came: The Story of the S. S. Athenia. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1958

Ditton, Thom. We Sailed At Dawn: The Stark and Realistic Story of a World War II Convoy Under Attack in the Atlantic. Boston:  Christopher Publishing House, 1955 [Author sailed in September 1941 from Halifax as an officer on a British freighter]

Dunmore, Spencer. In Great Waters: The Epic Story of the Battle of the Atlantic, 1939 - 1945. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999

Giesler, Patricia. The Battle of the Atlantic. Ottawa: Veteran Affairs Canada, 2000

Giesler, Patricia. Valour at Sea. Ottawa: Veteran Affairs Canada, 1998

Easton, Alan. 50 North, An Atlantic Battleground. London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1963

Edwards, Bernard. Donitz and the Wolf Packs. London: Brockhampton, 1996

Elphick, Peter. Life Line: the Merchant Navy at War 1939-1945. London: Chatham Publishing, 1999

Essex, James W. Victory in the St. Lawrence: Canada's Unknown War. Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press, 1984

Forde, Frank. The Long Watch: World War Two and the Irish Merchantile Marine. Dublin, Ireland: New Island, 2000

Fraser, Doug. Postwar Casualty: Canada's Merchant Navy. Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia: Pottersfield Press, 1997

Gallagher, O. C. Action in the East. New York: Doubleday, Doran 1942. [Fall of Singapore, the sinking of the Repulse, etc.]

Hadley, Michael L. U-boats against Canada: German submarines in Canadian waters. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1985

Halstead, Ivor. Heroes of the Atlantic. The British Merchant Navy Carries On. New York, E. P. Dutton & Company, Inc.,1942

Hansson, Per. One in Ten Had to Die. London: George Allen & Unwin, 1970 [British Merchant Navy]

Heal, S.C. A Great Fleet Of Ships: The Canadian Forts & Parks. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada: Vanwell Publ., 1999. [History of Canadian fleet of "Park" and "Fort" merchant ships.]

Heal, S. C. Conceived In War, Born In Peace:Canada 's Deep Sea Merchant Marine. Vancouver, Canada: Cordillera Publishing, 1992

Her Majesties Stationary Office. British Vessels lost at Sea 1939-45, Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens, 1976

Her Majesties Stationary Office. Merchantmen at War, The Official Story of the Merchant Navy: 1939-1944, London: H.M.S.O. Ministry of War Transport, 1944

Hodson, J. L. British Merchantmen at War, the Official Story of the Merchant Navy: 1939-1944. London: Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., 1944

Hughes, Robert. Flagship to Murmansk. London: Kimber, 1961

Hurd, Archibald. The Battle of the Seas: The Fighting Merchantmen. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1941

Kelly, Percy A. The Lady Boats, The Life and Times of Canada's West Indies Merchant Fleet, Halifax NS: Canadian Marine Transportation Centre Dalhousie Univ., 1980

Lewis, William J. Under the Red Duster: The Merchant Navy in World War II. London: Swan Hill, 2003

Lindbaek, Lise, et al. translated by Nora Solum. Norway's New Saga of the Sea: The Story of Her Merchant Marine in World War II. New York: Exposition, 1969

Lorentzen, Oivind. Norway, Norwegian Shipping and the War. New York: Oxford University Press: 1942

Lunney, Bill and Finch, Frank. Forgotten Fleet - A history of the part played by Australian men and ships in the U.S. Army Small Ships Section in New Guinea, 1942-1945. Medowie, NSW, Australia: Forfleet, 1996

Milner, Marc. The North Atlantic Run: The Royal Canadian Navy and the Battle for the Convoys. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989

Milner, Marc. The U-boat Hunters: the Royal Canadian Navy and the offensive against Germany's submarines, 1943-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1994

Pakri, Artur et al. The Raging Waves: The Estonian Merchant Marine Officers Recall Days Of Their Stormy Past At Sea. Toronto: Oma Press Limited, 1985

Parillo, Mark P. The Japanese Merchant Marine in World War II. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1993

Pearce, Frank. Heroes of the Fourth Service. London: Robert Hale, 1996. [Story of the British Merchant Marine in WW2]

Pearson, Michael. Red Sky in the Morning - the Battle of the Barents Sea 1942. Shrewsbury, England: Airlife Publishing Limited, 2002

Ritchie, Lewis (Bartimeus). East of Malta, West of Suez: the Official Admiralty Account of the Mediterranean Fleet, 1939-1943. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1944 and London: HMSO, 1943 [Explores the crucial role that the British Navy's Mediterranean campaign played in the defeat of Axis forces in North Africa. By holding onto Malta the British were able to continually inflict great losses on Rommel's supply ships.]

Rogers, Stanley. Enemy in Sight! New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1943 [British Navy and Merchant Marine at War]

Roskill, S. W. A Merchant Fleet in War 1939-1945. London: Alfred Holt & Co., 1962

Rutter, Owen. Red Ensign: A History of Convoy. London: Robert Hale, 1942

Sager, Eric. Ships and Memories Merchant Seafarers in Canada's Age of Steam. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, 1993 [Canadian sailors from 1920 to 1950]

Saul, Ivor Signalman. Camera in Convoy. Cambridge: Ellisons' Ed., 1987

Shaw, Frank. Under The Red Ensign. London, England: Bodley Head, 1957

Slader, John. Fourth Service: Merchantmen at War, 1939-45. New York: Brick Tower Press, 1995 [British Merchant Navy during World War II]

______. Stories of the Australian Merchant Navy, "The War at Sea" 1939-1946. Private printing, 2001

Tennent, Alan J. British and Commonwealth Merchant Ship Losses to Axis Submarines 1939-1945. Stroud, England: Sutton Publishing, 2001

Turner, L.C.F. , Gordon-Cumming, H.R., and Betzler, J.E. War in the Southern Oceans, 1939-1945. London: Oxford University Press, 1961

Wallace, Robert. The Secret Battle 1942-1944; the Convoy Battle off the East Coast of Australia during World War II. Ringwood, Victoria, Australia: Lamont Publishing, 1995

Watt, Frederick B. In All Aspects Ready. The Merchant Navy And The Battle Of The Atlantic. 1940-1945. Scarborough Canada, Prentice-Hall, 1985. [A first-person account of the struggle by Royal Canadian Navy personnel stationed in Halifax to help keep the Allied Merchant Navy afloat during the Battle of the Atlantic.]

Winton, John. Convoy: the Defence of Sea Trade 1890-1990. London: M. Joseph, 1983

Woddis, Jack. Under the Red Duster: A Study of Britain's Merchant Navy. London: Senior Press, 1947

Woon, Basil. Atlantic Front: the Merchant Navy in the War. London: Peter Davies, 1941

Young, John M. Britain's Sea War, London: Patrick Stephens, 1989


Casualty (Also see Specific Actions of WWII)

Browning, Robert M. U.S. Merchant Vessel War Casualties of World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1996

Chewning, Alpheus J. The Approaching Storm: U-boats off the Virginia Coast During World War II. Lively, VA: Brandylane Publishers, 1994

Conner, William H. and Leon deValinger, Jr. (Editors). Delaware's role in World War II, 1940-1946. Dover: Delaware Public Archives Commission, 1955

Crump, Irving. Our Tanker Fleet. New York: Dodd, Mead & Compant, 1952 [Pan Massachusetts; San Demetrio; Esso Baytown; F. D. Asche; Vistula; D. L. Harper; San Alberto; Alexande Andre; Frank Haskell; Esso Zurich; Euplectella; Thorunn; E. G. Seubert; Spicer; I. C. White; Esso Baytown; George G. Henry; Fleet Oilers; Chenango; Esso New Orleans; Amastra Ancyclus Miralda Aircraft Carriers; Ondina Bengal; Esso Bolivar; Tanker Collision Delaware; Tricula; Ohio; Esso Gettysburg]

Hemphill, W. Edwin (Editor). Gold star honor roll of Virginians in the Second World War. Charlottesville: Virginian World War II History Commission, 1947

Hocking, Charles. Dictionary Of Disasters At Sea During The Age Of Steam, Including sailing ships and ships of War lost in action, 1824-1962. London: Lloyd's Register of Shipping, 1969

Knoblock, Glenn A. African American World War II Casualties and Decorations in the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine: A Comprehensive Record. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2009

Lee, Lloyd L. (Editor). In Freedom's Cause: A record of the men of Hawaii who died in the Second World War. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1949

Moore, Arthur R. A Careless Word - A Needless Sinking: A History of the Staggering Losses Suffered by the U.S. Merchant Marine, both in Ships and Personnel, during World War II. American Merchant Marine Museum, Kings Point, NY; Eighth Edition 2006 published by Dennis Roland Chapter of American Merchant Marine Veterans, New Jersey. New Edition Available! Index Available - Order Now!

Rohwer, Jurgen. Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two. (Revised and expanded) U.S. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1999

______. Ships of the Esso Fleet in World War II. Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, 1946

______. Summary of Merchant Marine Personnel Casualties in World War II. US Coast Guard, Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1 July 1950

______. U.S. Merchant Ship Losses, December 7, 1941 to August 14, 1945. US Coast Guard, Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office

______. Welcome Home: Those Who Served in World War II from Borough of Red Lion, PA (also relative or person who conducted business in the area.) Red Lion, PA: Citizen's Committee of Red Lion, 1946 [Brief biography, WWII service, and place buried if killed]


Prisoners of War and Internees

Blair, Joan and Blair, Clay. Return From the River Kwai. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1979 [Excellent account of the sinking of two Japanese ships carrying English and Australian POW's from the River Kwai death camps]

Bocksel, Arnold A. Rice, Men and Barbed Wire. Hauppauge, NY: Michael B. Glass, 1991 [former mariner joins the Army in 1941 and is captured in the Philippines.]

Boulle, Pierre. The Bridge Over the River Kwai, New York: Vanguard Press, Inc, 1954 [An exciting novel which was made into a movie. It is a poor representation of the plight of the prisoners -- in the novel they are happy to build the bridge for the Japanese, while in reality they tried to sabotage it as best they could.]

Burton, Reginald. Railway of Hell: War Captivity and Forced Labour at the Hands of the Japanese. Barnsley, South Yorkshire: Pen and Sword / Leo Cooper, 2002

Cogan, Frances B. Captured: The Japanese Internment of American Civilians in The Philippines, 1941-1945. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2000

Daws, Gavan. Prisoners of the Japanese: POWs of WWII in the Pacific. New York: Morrow, 1994

Edwards, Bernard. Blood and Bushido, Japanese Atrocities at Sea. 1941-1945. New York: Brick Tower Press 1991 [Ships: Langkoeas, Elysia, Ondina, Bengal, Centaur, Daisy Moller, British chivalry, Sutlej, Ascot, Behar, Nancy Moller, Tjisalak, Richard Hovey, Jean Nicolet, John A. Johnson]

Flanagan, E. M. Jr. The Los Banos Raid. The 11th Airborne Jumps at Dawn. by Novato CA: Presidio Press, 1986

Gordon, Ernest. Through the Valley of the Kwai: From Death-Camp Despair to Spiritual Triumph. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1962 [Excellent, moving book]

Grover, David H. and Grover, Gretchen G. Captives of Shanghai: Story of SS President Harrison. Napa, CA: Western Maritime Press, 1999 Book Review

Holmes, Linda Goetz. 4000 Bowls of Rice: A Prisoner of War Comes Home. St. Leonards, Australia: Allen & Unwin, 1993 [The author conducted interviews with members of the Australian Pioneer Battalion who were prisoners on the River Kwai Railroad. Well done book.]

Kinvig, Clifford. River Kwai Railway: The Story of the Burma-Siam Railway. Washington: Brasseys, 1998

La Forte, Robert S. and Marcello, Ronald E. (Editors). Building the Death Railway, The Ordeal of American POWs in Burma, 1942-1945. Wilmington, 1993

Lamont-Brown, Raymond. Ships From Hell: Japanese War Crimes on the High Seas. Stroud, United Kingdom: Alan Sutton, 2002

Leck, Greg. Captives of Empire: The Japanese Internment of Allied Civilians in China 1941-1945. Bangor PA: Shandy Press, 2006 http://www.captives-of-empire.com/

Lomax, Eric. The Railway Man: A POW's Searing Account of War, Brutality and Forgiveness. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 [A moving memoir by a Scot whose hobby was researching railroads and who ended up working on the River Kwai Railroad. He was tortured and sent to a harsher prison as punishment for drawing a map of the railroad. Highly recommended]

McEwan, James. The Remorseless Road - Singapore to Nagasaki - An RAF Officer's Account of Capture and the Japanese Prison Camps of World War II. England: Airlife, 1997

McIntosh, Dave. Hell on Earth. Aging Faster, Dying Sooner. Canadian Prisoners of the Japanese During World War II. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1997

Michno, Gregory F. Death on the Hellships: Prisoners at Sea in the Pacific War. Annapolis, Naval Institute Press, 2001 and South Yorkshire England: Leo Cooper, 2001

Peackock, Basil. Tinker's Mufti: Memoirs of a Part-Time Soldier. London: Seeley Service, 1974

Nussbaum, Chaim. Chaplain on the River Kwai: The Story of a Prisoner of War. New York: Shapolsky, 1988

Phillips, Leonard A. The Drummer Boy. New York: Carlton Press, Inc. 1983 [Autobiography of a British soldier who enlisted in the British Army as a drummer boy at sixteen and took part in the early battles in Malaya. He was a prisoner on the River Kwai camps.]

Reminick, Gerald. Death's Railway: A Merchant Mariner on the River Kwai. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2002

Searle, Ronald. To the Kwai and Back. Collins, 1986

Seiker, Fred and Vivis, Bevere. Lest We Forget. Gallery Books Ltd, [contains 21 water colour paintings, a short story, etc. about a single day in the life of a Japanese P.O.W. on the infamous "Railroad of Death," Thai-Burma River Kwai railroad. Bevere Vivis Gallery Books Ltd. Bevere Lane, Worcester WR3 7RQ Tel: 01905 451291 Fax: 01905 454 104

Skidmore, Ian. Marines Don't Hold Their Horses. London: Allen, 1981 [Story of Colonel Alan Warren who spent three years in Japanese River Kwai POW camps]

Stevens, Frederic H. Santo Tomas Internment Camp 1942-1945. Stratford House, Inc, 1946

Stewart, John. To the River Kwai: Two Journeys - 1943, 1979. London: Bloomsbury, 1988 [Author is one of the few survivors of the Sonkurai camp, the worst on the Burma-Siam railway]

Thomas, Gabe. Milag - Captives of the Kriegsmarine. Tir Uchaf Cottage, Derwen Road, Alltwen, Pontardawe. SA8 3AY Tel: +44 (0)1792 865377 email: mailto:gabe@milag.org

Warwick, Ernest. Tamajao 241: A POW Camp on the River Kwai. Rochford Leagas 1987 http://www.tamajao241.org.uk/

Willner, Mark. In Hell There is a Place Called Death Railway. Angel Station, Inc, 2000. CD-ROM provides a multi-dimensional view of Stanley Willner's remarkable story. It contains news footage, audio snippets in Willner's voice that give special insights into the events that took place. Order through Amazon or Barnes and Noble or http://www.angelstation.com/swillner/

Wygle, Peter R.; Wheeler, Eugene D. (editor). Surviving a Japanese P. O. W. Camp : Fatherand Son Endure Internment in Manila During World War II. Ventura, CA: Pathfinder Publishing of California, 1991


U.S. Government Documents

Bykofsky, Joseph, and Larson, Harold. United States Army in World War II The Transportation Corps: Operations Overseas. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, Government Printing Office, 1957

Browning, Robert M. Jr. "The Coast Guard and the Pacific War," Washington, DC: Coast Guard Historian's Office, 1995

Browning, Robert M. Jr. "The Eyes and Ears of the Convoy: Development of the Helicopter as an Anti-Submarine weapon," Washington, DC: Coast Guard Historian's Office, 1993

_______. Captains of the Port. Washington: Statistical Division, U.S. Coast Guard, 1943

_______, Final Report of a Board of Investigation to Inquire into the Design and Methods of Construction of Welded Steel Merchant Ships. 15 July, 1946. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1947

_______. History of the Armed Guard Afloat. Naval Administrative History Series, Washington, DC

_______. Merchant Vessels of the United States, 1941, 1943-46. U.S. Coast Guard

_______. Merchant Vessel Inspection Division. War Action Casualties involving Merchant Tank Vessels. Washington: Merchant Vessel Inspection Division, U.S. Coast Guard, undated.

_______. Military Sea Transportation and Shipping Control. Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navpers10829-A, Washington, DC 1954

Navy Department. General Instructions For Commanding Officers Of Naval Armed Guards On Merchant Ships. 1943. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1943

Navy Department. Ordnance And Gunnery Instructions For Naval Armed Guards On Merchant Ships, 1944, OPNAV-23L-1. Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1944

_______. Office of War Information. Press Releases, Numbers 1-4960, 1942-45. Washington DC: Office of War Information, 1942-45

_______. Plan for Repatriation of the Dead of World War II and Establishment of Permanent United States Military Cemeteries at Home and Abroad. War Department. Army Service Forces. Washington, DC: September 1945

_______. Statements by Survivors of U.S. Merchant Vessels During World War II. Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Department of the Navy, Washington, DC.

_______.Statistical Analysis of 167 Torpedo Hits on 104 U.S. Tankers (Including Tables on British Tanker Casualties)(Does Not Include U.S. Navy or British Admiralty Oilers) Based on Records of the U.S. Coast Guard from 12-20-41 to 7-22-43. Washington: U.S. Coast Guard, January, 1944

_______.Suggestions Concerning Tank Vessel Operations During Wartime. Washington: GPO, 1945

_______. Summary of Merchant Marine Personnel Casualties in World War II. US Coast Guard, Washington: Government Printing Office, 1 July 1950

_______. U.S. House: Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Hearings, 79th Congress, First Session. Government Printing Office, 1945. Benefits To Merchant Seaman, Hearings Before the Committee on HR 2346: A Bill to Provide Aid for the Readjustment in Civilian Life of those Persons Who Rendered War Service in the United States Merchant Marine During World War II, and to Provide Aid for the Families of Deceased War-Service Merchant Seaman (Commonly referred to as Merchant Seaman's War Service Act); HR 2180: A Bill to Provide Federal Government Aid for the Readjustment in Civilian Life of World War I and World War II Merchant Marine Veterans; HR 2449: A Bill to Amend Title III of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended, To Provide Certain Rights for Members of the Merchant Marine Serving During World War I; HR 3500: A Bill to Extend the War-Risk Insurance on Seaman to Cover Death from any Marine Risk, and for other purposes.

_______. U.S. House: Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Hearings, 80th Congress, First Session. Government Printing Office, 1947. Benefits To Merchant Seaman, Hearings Before the Ship Construction and Operation and Maritime Labor SubCommittee of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries on HR 476: A Bill to Provide Aid for the Readjustment in Civilian Life of those Persons Who Rendered Wartime Service in the United States Merchant Marine, and to Provide Aid for their Families (Commonly referred to as Merchant Seaman's Wartime Service Act). February 18; May 12-23; June 2-9. 1947.

_______. U.S. Merchant Ship Losses, December 7, 1941 to August 14, 1945. US Coast Guard, Washington

_______. U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Awards Manual. Washington, DC: Department of the Navy, 1953, 1956, 1957

_______. U.S. Navy Division of Naval Intelligence. WWII ONI 220-M Axis Submarine Manual. Axis submarines and tactics for the "masters and seaman of our merchant marine and for armed guard crews." 1942.

_______. The United States Maritime Service: Information Booklet, War Shipping Administration, Washington DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1944

_______, The United States Merchant Marine At War, Report of the War Shipping Administrator to the President. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, January 15, 1946 Book Review

Wardlow, Chester. The Transportation Corps: Movements, Training, and Supply. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, Government Printing Office,1956, 1978, 1990

Wardlow, Chester. The Transportation Corps: Responsibilities, Organization, and Operations. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, Government Printing Office, 1951, 1980


U.S. Maritime Service, United Seamen's Service

Carse, Robert. Your Place in the Merchant Marine: History, Training and Career Opportunities. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1964

Chamberlain, Roy W. Maritime Law for Seamen: Prepared for the United States Maritime Service. New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc. 1940

Douglas, John Scott and Salz, Albert. He's In the Merchant Marine Now. New York: Robert M. McBride and Co.,1943

Felsen, Gregor. Some Follow the Sea with a supplement of Merchant Marine Photographs. New York: Dutton, 1944

Floherty, John J. Youth and the Sea: Our Merchant Marine Calls American Youth. Philadelphia:J. B. Lippincott Company, 1941

Ford, A. D. Handling and Storage of Cargo. New York: International Textbook Co., 1942

Gallups Island Radio Association. We Came from All Over, We Went Everywhere: History of Gallups Island, Its Veterans and Their Role in Our Freedom. Turner Publishing Company, PO Box 3101 412 Broadway, Paducah, Kentucky, 42002-3101, 1994 [turnerpc@apex.net or 1-800-443-0121. Cost $39.95 + $5.00 S&H]

_______. General Information Manual United States Maritime Service. Personnel Procedures Unit, United States Maritime Service, June 1945

Hahn, Herbert Paul. American Mariner: A Documentary Biography of Her Role as: Liberty Ship, Training Ship, Missile Instrumentation Ships, Mystery Ship, Test Target. Kings Point, New York: American Merchant Marine Museum Foundation, 1990

Hoffman, Michelle L., St. Petersburg's Maritime Service Training Station. Mt. Pleasant, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2006

Hohman, Paul Elmo. Seamen ashore; a study of the United Seamen's Service and of merchant seamen in port. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1952

_______. How to Get Your Bearings: An Information Pamphlet for Prospective Merchant Sailors. Washington, DC: War Shipping Administration, 1944, 1945

_______. Information Booklet: United States Maritime Service. War Shipping Administration, Training Organization

______. Knitting For The Fighting Forces: Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine. Bundles For America Inc., 1943

Lane, Carl D. What the Citizen Should Know About The Merchant Marine. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1941

Lent, Henry B. Ahoy, Shipmate! Steve Ellis Joins the Merchant Marine. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1945

_______. Manual for lifeboatmen and Able Seamen. United States Coast Guard. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1944

McLintock, Gordon. Your Future In The Merchant Marine. New York: Richards Rosen Press, Inc., Revised edition 1968

_______. Review of Merchant Marine Personnel Training Program. U. S. Department of Commerce, Maritime Administration, April 1955

Riesenberg, Jr., Felix. Full ahead ! A career story of the American merchant marine. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1941

______. The story of upgrading! "Earn while you learn." United States Maritime Service, Upgrading Schools, War Shipping Administration Training Organization. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1944

Thompson, W. K. and Stone, G. W. Jr. A Naval Log. Essential Information For Officers And Officer Candidates Of The Navy And Merchant Marine. New York: D. Van Nostrand Company, 1945

_______. A Study of the U. S. Merchant Marine Training Program and Related Activities of the Maritime Administration. U. S. Department of Commerce, 1950

Talcott, Richard Bennett. A Letter from United States Maritime Service, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Somerville, MA: Richard Bennett Talcott, 1944

_______. The United States Maritime Service, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York. Brooklyn, New York: United States Maritime Service, Sheepshead Bay, c. 1944 [Yearbook]

Young, Burt. Should Veteran Status be Dependent on a Kangaroo Court? Crete NB: Dageforde Publishing, Inc. 2003


Merchant Marine Academy and Cadet Corps

_______. Americans Who Have Contributed to the History and Traditions of the United States Merchant Marine. Educational Unit U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps, Kings Point, NY: U.S. Merchant Marine Cadet Corps, 1943

Beecher, John. All Brave Sailors - The Story of the SS Booker T. Washington. New York: L.B. Fischer, 1945

Carse, Robert. Cold Corner of Hell. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1969 [Has extensive quotes from cadet reports.]

Cruikshank, Jeffrey L. and Chloe G. Kline. In Peace and War: A History of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2007

Douglas, John Scott and Salz, Albert. He's In the Merchant Marine Now. New York: Robert M. McBride and Co., 1943

______. Insignia and Honor Awards of the Unites States Merchant Marine: The United States Merchant Marine Cadet Corps. War Shipping Administration, 1945

Lane, Carl D. What the Citizen Should Know About The Merchant Marine. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1941

Mitchell, C. Bradford. We'll Deliver: Early History of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1938-1956. Kings Point, New York: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, 1977

Morse, Ray. Cadets at Kings Point. New York: Aladdin Books 1949

Nelson, Dennis D. The Integration of the Negro into the United States Navy: 1776-1947. Thesis, Howard University Department of Sociology, 1948

Runyan, Timothy J. and Copes, Jan M. (Editors).To Die Gallantly: The Battle of the Atlantic. Boulder CO: Westview Press, 1994

_______. A Study of the U.S. Merchant Marine Training Program and Related Activities of the Maritime Administration. U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 1950

______. The United States Merchant Marine At War, Report of the War Shipping Administrator to the President. Washington DC, U.S. Government Printing Office, January 15, 1946

______. United States Congress, Senate. Committee on Commerce. "Apprentices in the Commercial Marine", U. S. Senate Report, 34th Congress, 1st Session, Discussion of law providing for a system of apprenticeship in the merchant service. 1856

______. War Shipping Administration. Press Releases 1942-1946

 


Ships and Fleets (includes World War II)

American Mail Line, American Mail Line. American Mail Line,1946

Benson, Richard M. Steamships and Motorships of the West Coast. New York: Bonanza Books, 1968

Bethlehem Steel Corp., Bethlehem Built. Bethlehem Steel Corp., 1963

Bonner, Kit and Carolyn, Warship Boneyards, MBI Publishing Company, PO Box 1, Osceola WI. 2001

Bonnett, Wayne, Build Ships: Wartime Shipbuilding Photos of San Francisco Bay Area 1940-45.Sausalito, CA: Windgate Press, PO Box 1715, 1999. Book Review

Braynard, Frank O., Famous American Ships: Being an Historical Sketch of the United States as Told Through Its Maritime Life. New York: Hastings House, 1978

Braynard, Frank O and Miller, William H., Fifty Famous Liners. Cambridge, UK: Patrick Stephens Ltd. , 1982

Braynard, Frank O., William H. Miller, Fifty Famous Liners 2. New York: W. W. Norton, 1985

Braynard, Frank O., William H. Miller. Fifty Famous Liners 3. New York: W. W. Norton, 1987

Braynard, Frank O., Lives of the Liners. New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1947

______, The Book of Ships, 1888-1954. Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. New York. [1954]

Bourneuf, Gus. Workhorse of the Fleet: Being a short history of the origin of the design of the 2710 Liberty Ships built by American Shipbuilders during WWII. c. 1990

Bunker, John G. Liberty Ships, The Ugly Ducklings of World War II. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1972

Butler, Daniel Allen. Warrior Queens: The Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in World War II. Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books, 2002

Charles, Roland W. Troopships of World War II. Washington, DC: The Army Transportation Association, 1947

Collins, John J. Never Off Pay: The Story Of The Independent Tanker Union, 1937-1962. New York: Fordham University Press, 1964

Coman, Edwin T. Jr., and Gibbs, Helen M. Time, Tide and Timber: A Century of Pope & Talbot. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1949

Cooper, Sherod, Liberty Ship: The Voyages of the John W. Brown, 1942-1946. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1997

Crump, Irving. Our Tanker Fleet. New York: Dodd, Mead & Compant, 1952

Culver, John A. Ships of the U.S. Merchant Fleet. Weymouth, MA: Denison Press, 1965

Dant, Jack R., with McGovern, Roger. The Way of the Seahorse. Rancho Mirage, CA: Harbor House (West), 1991 [The History of States Lines]

Deschamps, Robert. Liberty Ships: The People Behind the Names. Project Liberty Ship, PO Box 25846, Baltimore, Maryland, 21224-0846, 1997 Book Review

Dowling, Rev. Edward J. Lakers of World War I: The Story of the Contribution of the Great Lakes Shipyards to the Defense Effort of Our Country. Detroit: University of Detroit Press, 1967

Driscoll, Lawrence. S.S. America - U.S.S. West Point - S. S. Australis: The Many Lives of a Great Ship. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2003

Dunn, Laurence. Passenger Liners. London: Adlard Coles Limited, 1965

Elliott, Peter. Allied Escort Ships of World War II. London: MacDonald & Jane's, 1977

Elphick, Peter, Liberty: The Ships That Won the War, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2001

Emery, Michael, From Dry Dock to D-Day - The Return Voyage of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien, Lens Boy Press, PO Box 460098, San Francisco, California 94146: 1994 Book Review

Emmons, Frederick, American Passenger Ships; The Ocean Lines and Liners, 1873-1983, Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1985

Emmons, Frederick, The Atlantic Liners, New York: Bonanza Books, 1972

Farrington Jr., S. Kip, Ships of the U.S. Merchant Marine, New York: E. P. Dutton Inc. 1947

_______, Final Report of a Board of Investigation to Inquire into the Design and Methods of Construction of Welded Steel Merchant Ships. 15 July, 1946. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1947

_______, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death: The Story of the Liberty ships of World War II and of the Zebulon Pike. American Bureau of Shipping for American Merchant Marine Museum, 2002

Goldberg, Mark H., Caviar & Cargo, Kings Point, New York: American Merchant Marine Museum, 1992

Goldberg, Mark H., Going Bananas - 100 years of American Fruit Ships in the Caribbean, Kings Point, New York: American Merchant Marine Museum, 1993

Goldberg, Mark H., The Hog Islanders - The Story of 122 American Ships, Kings Point, New York: American Merchant Marine Museum, 1991

Goldberg, Mark H., The Shipping Board's Agency Ships - The Sub Boats, Kings Point, New York: American Merchant Marine Museum, 1995

Goldberg, Mark H., The Stately President Liners - American Passenger Liners of the Interwar Years, Kings Point, New York: American Merchant Marine Museum, 1996

Gordon, Arthur, The Years of Peril, New York: Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. (Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company), 1954, 1994

Grover, David H., U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1987

Growden, Gordon A. and Line, Lemuel B., Freighters and Tankers of the U. S. Merchant Marine, New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons

Gruner, George F., The White Flyers Harvard and Yale: American Coastwise Travel, San Francisco: Associates of the National Maritime Museum Library, 2002

Guetat, Gerald G. Liberty Ship. Osceola, WI: MBI Publishing Company, 2003

Hahn, Herbert Paul, American Mariner: A Documentary Biography of Her Role as: Liberty Ship, Training Ship, Missile Instrumentation Ships, Mystery Ship, Test Target, Kings Point, New York: American Merchant Marine Museum Foundation, 1990

Halford, Robert G. The Unknown Navy - Canada's World War II Merchant Navy. St. Catharines: Vanwell Publishers, 1995

Heal, S.C. A Great Fleet Of Ships: The Canadian Forts & Parks. St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada: Vanwell Publ., 1999. [History of Canadian fleet of "Park" and "Fort" merchant ships.]

Hoffman, Eugene F., American President Line's Role in World War II, San Francisco: 1946

Holden, Donald A., Men, Ships and the Sea: The Story of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, New York: The Newcomen Society in North America, 1968

NEW! Imhoff, Ernest F. Good Shipmates (Vol. 1: 1942 to 1994) The Restoration of the Liberty Ship John W. Brown. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press, 2006 [Good Shipmates is the story of the restoration of Baltimore's Liberty ship, the John W. Brown. The ship's volunteers tell of their service in the merchant marine during during World War II. Among them is Charles "Blackie" Blockston, member of the crew on the SS Carlton which sailed in PQ 16 and PQ 17. Blackie spent 3 years in a German POW camp after the Carlton was sunk. Imhoff is a former editor of the Baltimore Sun.]

Jaffee, Walter W., Appointment in Normandy, Palo Alto, California: Glencannon Press, 1995

Jaffee, Walter W., The Last Liberty, United States Merchant Marine Veterans World War II. San Pedro, 1993

Jaffee, Walter W., The Last Mission Tanker, Palo Alto, California: Glencannon Press, 1993 Book Review

Jaffee, Walter W., The Last Victory, San Pedro, California: United States Merchant Marine Veterans World War II, 1991

NEW! Jaffee, Walter W., The Liberty Ships from A (A.B. Hammond) to Z (Zona Gale), Palo Alto, California: Glencannon Press, 2004 Book Review [Encyclopedia of 2,710 Liberty ships: when built, where built, who it was named after, all subsequent names, key dates, owners, shipyards, service, final disposition. Liberty types and ship histories. Hundreds of photos.]

NEW! Jaffee, Walter W., The History of a Liberty Ship from the Battle of the Atlantic to the 21 st Century, Palo Alto, California: Glencannon Press, 2004

NEW! Jaffee, Walter W., The Victory Ships From A (Aberdeen Victory) to Z (Zanesville Victory). Palo Alto, California: Glencannon Press, 2006 [Encyclopedia of the 534 World War II Victory ships, which served in Korea and Vietnam and were the backbone of the U.S. space capsule retrieval program.] Book Review

James, Marquis. The Texaco Story: The First Fifty Years, 1902-1952. The Texas Company, 1953

Jones, Herbert G., Portland Ships are Good Ships, Portland, Maine: Machigonne Press, 1945

Jordan, Roger, The World's Merchant Fleets 1939: The Particulars and Wartime Fates of 6,000 Ships, Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1999

Kooiman, William. The Grace Ships, 1869-1969. An Illustrated History of the W. R. Grace & Co. Shipping Enterprises. Point Reyes CA: Komar Publishing, 1990

Kuechle, David. The Story of the Savannah: An Episode in Maritime Labor-Management Relations." Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971

LaDage, John H., Merchant Ships: A Pictorial Study, Cambridge, MD: Cornell Maritime Press, 1955.

Lane, Frederic C., Ships for Victory: A History of Shipbuilding Under the U. S. Maritime Commission in world War II, Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins Press, 1951, 2001

Lytle, William M. , Forrest R. Holdcamper, C. Bradford Mitchell. Merchant Steam Vessels of the United States 1790-1868 ("The Lytle-Holdcamper List"). Staten Island , New York: Steamship Historical Society of America, Inc. 1952, rev. 1975. [This "Lytle-Holdcamper List" details every U.S. merchant steam vessel known to have existed prior to the start of the Government's annual listings in 1868. Name, rig, official number, year and place of build, first home port and year and reason for removal from documentation are shown.]

Maddocks, Melvin. The Seafarers: The Great Liners, Alexandria VA: Time-Life Books, 1978

Maxtone-Graham, John. The Only Way to Cross: The Golden Era of the Great Atlantic Express Lines from the Mauretania to the France and the Queen Elizabeth. New York: Macmillan, 1972. [This book is a nostalgic look at life onboard the giant liners.]

Melville, John H. The Great White Fleet. New York: Vantage Press, 1976 [Story of United Fruit Company]

Miller, William H., The Great Luxury Liners 1927-1954: A Photographic Record, New York: Dover Publications, 1981

Miller, William H., Pictorial Encyclopedia of Ocean Liners, 1860-1994, New York: Dover Publications, 1995

_____. Marinship. Sausalito CA: Marinship Corporation, 1944

Massman, Emory A., Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference, McFarland & Company, Inc. Box 611, Jefferson, North Carolina 28640 1-800-253-2187, 1999

Mawdsley, Dean L., Steel ships and Iron Pipe: Western Pipe and Steel Company of California, The Company, The Yard, The Ships, Palo Alto, California: Glencannon Press, 2002

McCoy, Samuel Duff, Nor Death Dismay, New York: Macmillian, 1944 [History of American Export Lines in World War II]

McGee, William L., The Amphibians Are Coming! Emergence of the 'Gator Navy and its Revolutionary Landing Craft, BMC Publications, 52 Seaview Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, Revised edition 2000 [$35 at http://www.BMCpublications.com]

Miller, William H. Jr., Picture History of American Passenger Ships, Mineola, NY; Dover Publications Inc. 2001

Miller, William H. and Hutchings, David F. Transatlantic Liners at War - The Story of the Queens. New York: Arco Publishing Company, Inc, 1985 and London: David & Charles, 1985

Moore, James R. The Story of Moore Dry Dock Company, Sausalito, CA: Windgate Press, 1994

New York Shipbuilding Corporation. 50 Years: New York Shipbuilding Corporation. Camden NJ: New York Shipbuilding Corporation, 1949. [History of the shipyard that built merchant and naval vesels.]

Niven, John. American President Lines and Its Forebears, 1848-1984, Newark DE: University of Delaware Press, 1987

Nolte, Carl. Destination D-Day: A Voyage on the Jeremiah O'Brien, San Francisco Chronicle, Compilation of stories April to September 1994

_______, Our Sun, Spring 1952 - November 1945, Philadelphia: Sun Refining & Marketing Co.

Pratt, Fletcher. The U. S. Army: A Guide to its Ships and Equipment, Whitman 1942

Radlauer, Edward and Radlauer, Ruth Shaw. Atoms Afloat: The Nuclear Ship Savannah, New York: Abelard-Schuman, 1963

Rimington, Critchell. Fighting Fleets: A Survey of the Navies of the World. New York: Dodd, Mead and Co. 1942, 1943, 1944

Rimington, Critchell. Merchant Fleets: A Survey of the Merchant Navies of The World. New York: Dodd Mead, 1944

Sawyer, L.A., and Mitchell, W.H., From America to United States: The History of the long-range Merchant shipbuilding Programme of the United States Maritime Commission (1937-1952) in four parts, London: World Ship Society, 1978/1986. Several volumes still available from Mariner's International at $20.00 each

Part 1: C-1, C1-M, P (passenger) types
Part 2: C-2, C-4, C-5, R (Refrigerated)
Part 3: C-3, V-Tugs, L-6 Lakers, Wood and Concrete Types, Derrick Barges and Rail-Car Floats.
Part 4: N-3 (Coastal) S (special types), Post-War Liners. Great Lakes Ships.C3-S-DX1 prototypes. Index of ships and shipyards.

Sawyer, L.A., and Mitchell, W.H., The Liberty Ships; The history of the"emergency" type cargo ships constructed in the United States during World War II, Cambridge, Maryland: Cornell Maritime Press, 1970

Sawyer, L.A., and Mitchell, W.H. Merchant Ships of the World:Tankers. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1967

Sawyer, L.A., and Mitchell, W.H., Victory Ships and Tankers; the history of the "Victory" type cargo ships and of the tankers built in the United States of America during World War II, Cambridge, Maryland: Cornell Maritime Press, 1974

Schneider, Coleman "Coke", The Voyage of the SS Jeremiah O'Brien - San Francisco to Normandy 1994, Coleman Schneider, 20 Stonybrook Rd PO Box 625, Tenafly, NJ 07670: 1994

Schofield, B. B. & Martyn, L.F., The Rescue Ships, Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1968

Seabrook, William C., In the Ar at Sea: A Record of Rotterdam's Largest Merchant Fleet and Its Gallant Crews From 1940 to 1945, Holland-America Line

_______, Shell War Achievements, London: The Shell Petroleum Co., 1948

_______, Ships in Gray, San Francisco: Matson Navigation Co., 1946

_______, Ships of the Esso Fleet in World War II, Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey, 1946

_______, Ships of the World: An Historical Encyclopedia, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1997

________, The Ships We Build, Kaiser Company, Inc., Kaiser Company, Vancouver, Washington

Skalley, Michael, A Medal For Marigold: Seattle's Marine Medic, Seattle, Superior Publishing Company, 1982 [A History of the Hospital Ship Marigold based on the Journals of Captain Robert Skalley available from Michael Skalley ]

Skalley, Michael, Foss: 90 Years of Tugboating,  Hesperia, CA: Superior Publishing Company 1982,1986

Spector, Robert, On Course: Chevron's Century at Sea, Woodinville, WA: Documentary Book Publishers, 1995

Stewart, I.G., Liberty Ships in Peacetime and Their Contribution to World Shipping History, Ian Stewart Marine Publications, PO Box 5154, Rockingham Beach, 6168, Western Australia 1992

Stindt, Fred A., Matson's Century of Ships, Modesto, CA: Fred A. Stindt, 1982

Talbot-Booth, E.C., Merchant Ships, New York: MacMillan Company, 1942

_______, The Texas Company in World War II, The Texas Company, New York

Way, Frederick, Jr. The Saga of the Delta Queen. Cincinnati: Young & Klein, 1951

Wilson, Charles Morrow. Empire in Green and Gold: The Story of the American Banana Trade. New York: Henry Holt & Company, 1947

Winchester, James H., The Ship the Nazis Had To Get, American Legion Magazine, August, 1951

Witt, R. J. and Heaton, P. M., The Gallant Ship: "Stephen Hopkins, 1990

Wollenberg, Charles, Marinship at War, Shipbuilding and Social Change in Wartime Sausalito, by Western Heritage Press, PO Box 5108 Elmwood Station, Berkeley, California 1990 Book Review

Worden, William L., Cargoes: Matson's 1st Century in the Pacific, Hawaii: University Press of Hawaii, 1981

______, Yearbook of the Esso Fleet 1943, Marine Department Standard Oil Co. (N.J.)

Young, Victor, Merchant Ships of World War II - A Post War Album, Market Drayton, England: Shipping Books, 1996


U-Boats and Raiders, etc.

Botting, Douglas and Editors of Time-Life Books. The U-Boats. Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1979

Boyd, Carl; Yoshida, Akihiko. The Japanese Submarine Force and World War II. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press,1995

Buchheim, Lothar-Gunther. U-Boat War. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1978 [Good version of the German perspective. Terrific illustrations.]

Buschf, Rainer. German U-Boat Commanders of World War II: A Biographical Dictionary. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1999

Cremer, Peter and Brustat-Naval, Fritz. U-Boat Commander: A Periscope View of The Battle of the Atlantic. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1984 and 1989

Dönitz, Karl, translated by R. H. Stevens in collaboration with David Woodward. Zehn Jahre und zwanzig Tage. Memoirs: ten years and twenty days. Cleveland, OH: World Publishing, 1959

Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt. The Naval War in the West - The Raiders. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1963

Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt. The Naval War in the West - The Wolfpacks. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1963

Editors Time-Life Books. Wolf Packs. Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1989

Edwards, Bernard. Beware Raiders! German Surface Raiders in the Second World War. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute press, 2001

Edwards, Bernard. Doenitz and the Wolf Packs. London: Arms and Armour, 1996

Frank, Wolfgang. The Sea Wolves: The Story of German U-Boats at War. New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., 1955

Frank, Wolfgang and Rogge, Bernhard. The German Raider Atlantis (Under Ten Flags). New York: Ballantine, 1956

Hadley, Michael L. U-Boats Against Canada: German Submarines in Canadian Waters. Kingston: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1985

Hirschfeld, Wolfgang as told to Geoffrey Brooks. Hirschfeld: The Story of a U-Boat NCO 1940-1946. London: Leo Cooper, 1996

Horton, Edward. The Illustrated History of the Submarine. Garden City NY: Doubleday & Company, 1974

Jordan, David. Wolfpack: The U-Boat War and the Allied Counter-Attack 1939-1945. New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2002

Kaplan, Philip. Wolfpack: U-Boats at War, 1939-1945. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1999

Kemp, Paul. U-Boats Destroyed: German Submarine Losses in the World Wars. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1997

Mason, David. U-Boat: the Secret Menace. New York: Ballantine, 1972

Miller, David. U-Boats: The Illustrated History of the Raiders of the Deep. Limpsfield UK: Pegasus, 1999 and Washington, DC: Brassey's, 2000

Miller, David. U-Boats: History, Development and Equipment 1914-1945. London: Conway Maritime Press, 2000

Mohr, Ulrich and Sellwood, A.V. Sea Raider Atlantis. New York: Pinnacle Books, 1955

Muggenthaler, August. German Raiders of World War II. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, 1977 [Well done. Excellent illustrations of raider disguises.]

Mulligan, Timothy P. Lone Wolf: The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995

Mulligan, Timothy P. Neither Sharks Nor Wolves, The Men of Nazi Germany's U-Boat Arm, 1939-1945. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1999

Rohwer, Jurgen. Axis Submarine Successes of World War Two. (Revised and expanded) Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1999

NEW! Savas, Theodore P. Hunt and Kill: U-505 and the U-boat War in the Atlantic. El Dorado Hills, CA: Savas Beatie, 2004

Savas, Theodore. Silent Hunters: German U-Boat Commanders of World War II. Campbell, CA: Savas Publishing, 1997

Schaeffer, Heinz. U-Boat 997. London: William Kimber, 1953

Schmalenbach, Paul. German Raiders: A History of Auxiliary Cruisers of the German Navy 1895-1945. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1979

Showell, Jak P. Mallman. U-boat Commanders and Crews 1935-1945. Crowood, Marlborough, UK:1998

Showell, Jak P. Mallman. U-Boats under the Swastika. Second Edition. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989

Showell, Jak P. Mallman. U-Boat Warfare: the Evolution of the Wolfpack. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2002

Taylor, J.C. German Warships of World War II. London: Ian Allen, Ltd., 1966

Tarrant, V. E. The U-Boat Offensive 1914-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989

______. The U-boat Commander's Handbook. Thomas Publications, PO Box 3031, Gettysburg, PA, 1989

______. The U-boat war in the Atlantic, 1939-1945: German naval history. [written for] Ministry of Defence (Navy), London: H.M.S.O., 1989

Vause, Jordan. U-Boat Ace: The Story of Wolfgang Luth. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990

Vause, Jordan. Wolf, U-boat Commanders in WWII. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997

Werner, Herbert A. Iron Coffins: A Personal Account of the German U-Boat Battles of World War II. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1969

Woodward, David. The Secret Raiders: The Story of the Operations of the German Armed Merchant Raiders in the Second World War. London: Kimber, 1955

Wynn, Kenneth G. U-boat operations of the Second World War: Career Histories . Two volumes, Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1997-1998


Memoirs of World War II

Abbott, Richard B. Belo Horizonte - Around the World in 80 Years. Lost Coast Press, 155 Cypress Street, Fort Bragg, California 95437: 1995

Anderson, R. Montegue. Diary of a Murmansk Survivor. Chula Vista, CA: Two Star Enterprises, 1996 [Order from: Jacob Anderson, 4603 Marlwood Way, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757)499-9434. Cost: $29.95 with free shipping to US addresses]

Bamforth, Charles A. and Bamforth, Richard A. Iron Jaw: A Skipper Tells His Story, Captain Charles N. Bamforth. [Sinking of SS Honolulan; Bamforth earned Distinguished Service Medal] Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance Publishing Co., 2002

Barber, Dominic. The Merchant Marine in Peace & War. Dominic Barber, 1986

Beecher, John. All Brave Sailors - The Story of the SS Booker T. Washington. New York: L.B. Fischer, 1945

Bell, Robert W., & Lockerbie, D. Bruce. In Peril on the Sea: A Personal Remembrance -- Torpedoed, Left Adrift on a Raft... Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1984 [Sinking of SS West Lashaway]

Blue, Kenneth D. Civilian at Risk - A Merchant Seaman's Memories of World War II. Kenneth D. Blue Po Box 1793, Cedar Ridge, California 95924: 1994

Boyer, Richard O. The Dark Ship. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1947

Brown, Keith M. The Merry Mariner: During World War II and After. Mill Valley , CA: Vision Books International 1997 [President Polk, Matsonia]

Capouya, Emile. In the Sparrow Hills. Chapel Hill, NC: Algonquin Books, 1993

Chamberlain, George Agnew. Knoll Island. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1943

Chelemedos, Peter. Peter, the Odyssey of a Merchant Mariner. Peanut Butter Publishing, Peter Chelemedos, PO Box 15617, Seattle, Washington 98115: 1992 [Sinking of SS John A. Johnson and MS Cape Decision]

Chester, Alvin P. A Sailor's Odyssey at Peace and War 1935-1945. Miami: Odysseus Books, 1991

Chicchirichi, Annunzio. Silhouettes. Xlibris, 2003 1-888-795-4274 Orders@Xlibris.com

Clark, J. W. SSS. Kings Point NY: American Merchant Marine Museum, 2000 Available from Xlibris, Amazon.com or your local bookseller Book Review [Sinking of SS Wade Hampton]

Connell, Michael. Nagasaki Crossing. Michael Connell, 1999

Diamond, Walker DeWitt. Memoirs of Ships and Men. New York: Vantage Press, 1964 [Memoirs of a Naval Intelligence officer who interviewed survivors of U-Boat attacks]

Dunham, Byron V. The Wartime Journals of Byron V. Dunham - January 1943 to December 1945. Nantucket, MA: The Dunham Family, 1997. An account of Cadet Dunham's experiences during Word War II including the sinking of the SS Julia Ward Howe.

Elliott, George. Liberty Ships Eastward. Cape Elizabeth ME: The Provincial Press, 1995

Enright, Francis James. To Leave This Port. Enright Publishing Company, PO Box 158, Orick, California 95555: 1990 [Sinking of SS Mauna Loa]

Epstein, Moray. Ports in a Storm. The Voyage of a Merchant Seaman through World War II. San Diego: Moray Epstein, 1995

Farrar, Frank F. A Ship's Log Book. Great Outdoors Publishing Co. 4747 - 28th Street North, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33714: 1988

Forester, C. S. The Good Shepard. Boston: Little, Brown & Company, 1955. [World War II novel about skipper of American destroyer]

Foss, Denis and Entwistle, Basil. Shoot a Line: A Merchant Mariner's War. Lindenhall : Grosvenor Square Associates, 1992

Fowler, Elizabeth. Standing Room Only. This is the personal and moving record of Elizabeth Fowler and her experience during ten days in a lifeboat with 34 men after their ship was torpedoed by a German submarine. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1944 [Sinking of SS West Kebar]

Gainard, Joseph. Yankee Skipper: The Life Story of Joseph A. Gainard, Captain of the City of Flint. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1940 [Memoirs of Master of SS City of Flint during rescue of SS Athenia survivors and incredible odyssey while commandeered by Nazis Oct. 9, 1939 to Jan 7, 1940]

Galati, Bob (Editor), A Winning Team - the Adventures of the Unsung Heroes of WWII. The men of the Armed Guard and the Merchant Marine, Innovatia Press, 1425 Maryland Drive, Irving Texas 75061: 1995

Gibbs, Archie, U-Boat Prisoner: The Life Story of a Texas Sailor, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1943

Heiden, Raymond F. Raymond F. Heiden - United States Merchant Marine - January 1942 to July 1946. IL: Self Published, 1994

Herman, Frederick Sawyer, Dynamite Cargo: Convoy to Russia, New York: Vanguard, 1943

Herndon, James, Sorrowless times: a narrative. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981

Hewitt, Don, Tell Me a Story: Fifty Years and 60 Minutes in Television, New York: Public Affairs, 2001

Hoehling, A. A., The Fighting Liberty Ships - A Memoir. Kent, Ohio: The Kent State University Press, 1990

Hunter, J. H. [as told by Ethel Bell]. Adrift. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1943 [Sinking of SS West Lashaway]

Ivey, W. P. (Bill). Er To 'Err: 'Ere Bloometh The Rose! Birmingham, Alabama: Self-Published, 1982

Klestadt, Albert. The Sea Was Kind. London: Adventurers Club, 1959. [1941-42 escape from the Philippines in a native craft, arriving in Australia after a 47-day voyage]

Jopes, Bill, with Dekeyser, Doug, A Voyage to Abadan, Xlibris Corporation, 1999 Book Review

Kasper, Henry, Merchant Marine War Diary, 1944: Saipan-Pelelui, Vantage Press, 1990

Kentfield, Calvin. The Great Green: A loose memoir of merchant marine life in the middle of the twentieth century. New York: Dial Press, 1974

Kerouac, Jack. Vanity of Duluoz. New York: Coward-McCann, 1968

Kerr, J. Lennox, editor. Touching Adventures... Of Merchantmen In The Second War. London: Harrap, 1953 [Stories and poems written by the men of the Merchant Navy during the Second World War]

Klitgaard, Kaj. Oil and Deep Water. Chapel Hill NC: University of North Carolina, 1945. [Story of a trip on a Liberty ship during WW 2. Author was back at sea as first mate after many years ashore, so this is a book about the changes the war brought about in the merchant marine]

Land, Emory Scott, Winning the War With Ships: Land, Sea and Air -- Mostly Land, New York: Robert M. McBride Co. Inc., 1958

Laskier, Frank. Log book. New York: Charles Scribner's sons, 1943

Laskier, Frank, My Name is Frank: first acount of War at Sea, Convoys- Submarines - Dive Bombing and 43 Days in a Life Boat, New York: Norton Company, 1942

Laskier, Frank. Unseen harbor. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co. 1947

Lee, David LaMont, Merchant Marine Days - My Life in World War II, Narwhal Press, Inc., 1629 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29405: 1998 http://www.merchantmarinedays.com/

Longhi, Jim, Woody, Cisco, & Me -- Seamen Three in the Merchant Marine, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1997 Book Review

Mackenzie, Colin, Sailors of Fortune, New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1944 [Author was in the Merchant marine and was torpedoed three times within twenty-four hours]

MacLean, M. Stanley. 13 Days Adrift. St. Petersburg, FL: Self Published, 1943 [The torpedoing of the MS East Indian off the coast of Capetown, South Africa on July 23, 1942] http://www.armed-guard.com/13days.html

Mallalieu, Joseph Percival William, Extraordinary seaman, New York: Macmillan, 1958

Mason Jr., John T. (editor). The Atlantic War Remembered: An Oral History Collection. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press 1990

NEW! McCafferty, Ursula. Home is the Sailor, Home from the Sea. Booksurge, LLC, 2006 [A biography of Erich Richter, written by his daughter. Richter went to sea on sailing ships in 1898, at age 15, and served through World War II. While Master of the SS Richard Olney, Richter was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. whose citation read:
"In September 1943, SS Richard Olney, under the command of Captain Richter, was torpedoed off the north coast of Africa. A large hole was torn in the vessel's side, the boilers and engine room were wrecked and machinery plant rendered useless. Despite three fractured ribs suffered only two days before, the Master took immediate charge of the ship and crew, and by his fine example and personal leadership allayed any tendency to panic. Temporary repairs were effected and every possible step taken to keep the ship afloat. In response to a request for assistance, a Naval escort vessel came alongside, took a hawser from the damaged ship and towed her to a North African port. The Richard Olney was then beached in a protected location and her vital military cargo was successfully discharged. Captain Richter's cool and courageous bearing, his expert seamanship and his ability as a commander of men contributed greatly to this fortunate result and will be a lasting inspiration to seamen of the United States Merchant Marine." Available from Amazon.com

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum, Sole Survivor, San Francisco: Design Enterprises of S.F., 1985 [The story of Poon Lim, a cook on a torpedoed British ship, who survived 133 days alone on a raft.]

McEwen, Lee R. The Sylvia Factor: The Aftermath of World War II. Franklin, TN: Hillsboro Press, 1999 [Memoirs from the first ship to transport war brides back to the United States]

McPhee, John, Looking for a Ship, New York: The Noonday Press, Farrar Straus Giroux, 1990 Book Review

Messmore, Francis B. Dodgin' Subs: The World War II Memoirs of Colonel Francis B. Messmore. New York: 2000 [Served on SS Argentina troopship for Army Tranportation Service]

Mulzac, Hugh, A Star To Steer By, New York: International Publishers, 1961

Mumford, J. Gordon. The Black Pit ... and Beyond. Burnstown, Ontario, Canada: General Store Publishing house, 2000 [Sinking of the British SS Scottish Heather in Convoy ONS-154 and SS Empire Path] Book Review

Murphy, George E., It Didn't Happen on My Watch, Research Triangle, North Carolina: Research Triangle Publishing, 1995 [Ordering info: http://www.westol.com/computec/mywatch/

Murphy, George E., Scuttlebutt, Pittsburgh PA: Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc., 2003 [Order through Amazon.com]

Murphy, Mark. 83 Days; The Survival of Seaman Izzi. New York: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., 1943 [Sinking of SS Zaandam]

Myers, Edson. Tales of a Sailor: Voyages Abroad in the Navy and Merchant Marine. 8530 Robison Road, Mt. Sterling, OH 43143: Dear Creek Publishing, 2002 [Myers served in the Navy from 1937 to 1941, worked in the Norfold Naval Shipyard 1941 to 1944, and as Able Seaman starting in 1944.]

Nesbit, John Joseph, Fourteen Ships, John Joseph Nesbit, 6451 W. Bell Road #2146, Glendale, Arizona 85308, 1996

O'Flaherty, "Ferocious." Abandoned Convoy: The U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. The Full Story of the Debacle of Convoy P.Q.-17 Told for the First Time! Jericho NY; Exposition Press, 1970

O'Reilly, Tom. Purser's Progress: The Adventures of a Seagoing Office Boy. Garden City NY: Doubleday, Doran & Co., Inc. 1944

Patterson, Arthur, Militant Mariner, (Available for $20 incl. postage & handling from Mrs. Ellamae Patterson, 81 C St., Fairbanks, Alaska 99701-3750) 1993

Pattinson, James, Last in Convoy, New York: Berkley Books, 1957

Peterson Pete (Editor), They Couldn't Have Won the War Without Us! Stories of the Merchant Marine - Told by the Men Who Sailed the Ships, Lead Mine Press, 809 Spring St., Galena, IL 61036. $14.95 plus $2.50 S&H, 1998 Book Review

Reiner, Larry, Minute of Silence, Phoenix: Integra Press, 1990

Reminick, Gerald. Patriots and Heroes:True Stories of the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2000

Reminick, Gerald. Patriots and Heroes:True Stories of the U.S. Merchant Marine in World War II. Volume 2. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press Maritime Books, 2004

Reynolds, Quentin James, Convoy, New York: Random House, 1942

Richards, Joe. Tug of War. New York: David McKay, 1979 [Story by Master of an Army tug in the Pacific.]

Rose, Kurt. The Islands of the Sulu Sea: A True Adventure. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press, 1993

Rosen, Herman. Gallant Ship - Brave Men. Kings Point, NY: American Merchant Marine Museum, 2004 Book Review

Seeley, Lewis E., and Buell, Lorraine Seeley, Shipmates: A Personal Journal Aboard A World War II Destroyer, USS Rowan DD405, Absecon, NJ: MagicImage Publishing, 2000

Simmons, Thomas E., Escape from Archangel, An American Merchant Seaman at War, Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1990. Order 1-800-737-7788

Simpson, William P. Getting Loaded. Bryn Mawr PA: Dorrance & Company, 1986. [Author supervised loading of cargo ships during World War II]

Skattebol, Lars, The Last Voyage of the Quien Sabe, New York: Harper & Bros. 1944 [Sinking of the SS Scapa Flow]

Thompson, Ray and Childers, Ray. 34 Days in Hell. Ray Thompson, 1996 [Attacks on the SS Leonidas Merritt at Leyte, Philippines Oct 14, 1944 to Jan 5, 1945]

Tillman, C., Engine Room Sea Stories, C. Tillman 6029 Romany Road, Oakland, California 94618: 1986

Vogel, Leo F. Anchor Watch. Fairfield WA: Ye Galleon Press, 1983

Watt, Frederick B. Who Dare To Live. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1943 [Narrative poem about wartime Merchant Seamen]

Whalen, Jim, Last of the Boom Ships, Oral Histories of the U.S. Merchant Marine 1927-2000, 1st Books Library, 2000 Book Review

Winstanley, Anthony F. Under Eight Flags Vol I 1937 - 1947 the First Eleven Years at Sea. Hampshire, England: Navigator Books, 1996 [Memoirs from a British merchant marine sailor and his service on eight different vessels, flying eight different country's flags, during World War II]

Wortman, Leon A. To Catch a Shadow: A Wartime Tale of Espionage and Intrigue from Africa to North Russia. Bloomington IL: 1stBooks Library, 2002


Wartime Instructions and Manuals for Mariners

Blake, Silas Axtell. Merchant seamen's law, New York: Consumer's Book Co-operative, Inc., 1943

______. Cooking and Baking on Shipboard. War Shipping Administration, 1945

Cornell, Felix M. and Allan C. Hoffman (editors). American Merchant Seaman's Manual. For Seamen By Seamen. New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1942 (and other editions)

______. Elementary Naviagation. United States Maritime Service, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York: Mast Magazine Association, 1951

Hill, C. Purser's Manual and Marine Storekeeping. New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1946

Howard, Mrs. Henry. The Seamen's Handbook For Shore Leave. New York: American Merchant Marine Library Association,1944

_______. The master and the steward. War Shipping Administration, Food
Control Division, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1945

McFarland, Myron E. Ship's Business. New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1944

______. Regulations Applicable to Certain Vessels and Shipping During Emergency (Merchant Marine) Subchapter O. NAVCG 112. United States Coast Guard. Washington DC: Governement Printing Office, December 1944

Richards, Philip Macleod. How to abandon ship. New York, Cornell Maritime Press, 1942

______. Safety for seamen. United States War Shipping Administration, Medical Division, New York: Carey Press Corporation, 1943

______. Ship's Medicine Chest and First Aid at Sea. War Shipping Administration Washington, DC, c. 1940

Turpin, Edward A. and MacEwen, William A. Merchant Marine Officers' Handbook, Cornell Maritime Press, 1942

______. Wartime Safety Measures for Merchant Marine. Regulations... Recommendations. Educational Series No. 2. United States Coast Guard. Washington DC: Governement Printing Office, April 1944

_______. United States Maritime Service Hospital Corps School Manual. United States War Shipping Administration. Training Organization, Washington: U. S. Govt. print. off., 1945

_______. United States Maritime Service Training Manual. War Shipping Administration Training Organization, published for United States Maritime Service by Cornell Maritime Press, 1943, 1944

Wheeler, W. L. Jr. Medical Care of Merchant Seamen. New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1945


 

Medals and Insignia

Abraham, Irwin R. (Editor). U.S. Merchant Marine Decorations And Awards.

______, Insignia and Honor Awards of the United States Merchant Marine: The United States Merchant Marine Cadet Corps, War Shipping Administration, 1945

_______. Service Ribbon Guide: United States Army and United States Merchant Marine. Shell, No date

Soto, Steve. The United States Maritime Service 1938-1945: A collector's guide to the History and Uniforms of the U. S. Merchant Marine and the Army Transport Service during World War II. Steve Soto,1996

 


 

Medical and Psychological Studies

Killinger, George G. (Editor). The Psychobiological Program of the War Shipping Administration. Stanford CA: published for American Psychological Association, Stanford University Press, 1947 [Has chapter "Psychological Problems in the Training of 16- and 17- year-old Youths in the United States Maritime Service"]

Margolin, Sydney and Kubie, L. Acute Emotional Disturbances In Torpedoed Seamen Of The Merchant Marine Who Are Continuing At Sea. New York: Josiah Macy, 1940's

______. Proceedings. Conference on Traumatic War Neuroses in Merchant Seamen. The Medical Program of the War Shipping Adminisration (RMO) and United Seamen's Service, Inc., Under the Guidance of the United States Public Health Service. January 28, 1943. New York: United Seamen's Service Inc. July 1, 1943

Sherar, Mariam G. Shipping out; a sociological study of American merchant seamen. Cambridge, MD: Cornell Maritime Press, 1973

Solomon, Harry C. and Yakovlev, Paul I. Manual of Military Neuropsychiatry. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders Company, 1945


Periodicals and Yearbooks (1938-1960)

Bearings. San Mateo, California, U S Merchant Marine Cadet School. [newsletter and yearbook unknown dates]

Full and Down. Alameda, California, U. S. Maritime Service Officer's School [Yearbook style: Summer and Fall 1942]

Heaving Line. Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York U. S. Maritime Service Training Station [Semi-monthly newsletter published Fall 1942 to unknown]

The Helm. Cadet Corps, Pennsylvania Maritime Academy [Yearbook]

Maritime Murmurs. Avalon, Santa Catalina Island California U. S. Maritime Service Training Station [Semi-monthly newsletter published June 11, 1943 to Dec. 22, 1944]

Maritime Service News. St. Petersburg Florida U. S. Maritime Service Training Station [Dates unknown]

The Mast. U. S. Maritime Service. [Monthly magazine published Jan 1944 to Dec. 1951]

Midships. Cadet Corps, Kings Point U. S. Merchant Marine Academy [Yearbook]

Neptune. Alameda California U. S. Maritime Service Officer's School. [Semi-monthly newsletter published Dec. 1, 1942 to unknown]

Off Soundings. Avalon, Santa Catalina Island California U. S. Maritime Service Training Station [Monthly magazine published Feb 1943 to May 1943. Semi-monthly newsletter published Jan. 1945 to Sept. 28, 1945]

Polaris. Cadet Corps, Kings Point U. S. Merchant Marine Academy [Monthly magazine published 1943]

Sealift. Military Sealift Command. [Monthly magazine and newsletter 1962? to present]

Sheepshead Bay: The Picture Story of the U.S. Maritime Service Training Station Sheepshead Bay, N.Y. [booklet]

Spark Gap. Gallup's Island, Boston, MA. U. S. Maritime Service Radio Operator School

The St. Petersburg Voyager. St. Petersburg Florida U. S. Maritime Service Training Station [newsletter dates unknown]

Tales of Hoffman. Hoffman Island, New York, NY. U. S. Maritime Service Radio Operator School

Trumbullog. Ft. Trumbull, CT, U. S. Maritime Service Officer's School. [Semi-monthly newsletter published 1943 to unknown]

U.S. Maritime Service Training Station Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York [Yearbook]

U.S. Maritime Service Officers School Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut [Yearbook]

The Victory Fleet: A Digest of Production News with Suggestion Bulletins. Division of Public Relations. U. S. Maritime Commission [1942? to 1945?]

Whitecaps. Port Hueneme CA U. S. Maritime Service Training Station [publishing dates unknown]


Videos and Movies

Action in the North Atlantic directed by Lloyd Bacon, 1943. An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic. Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Massey, Alan Hale, Julie Bishop, Ruth Gordon, Sam Levene, Dane Clark, Peter Whitney, Dick Hogan.

The Cruel Sea, by Charles Frend, British 1953

Empire of the Sun, Oscar winning movie directed by Steven Spielberg, 1986. A young English boy separated from his parents in Shanghai struggles to survive in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. The book and movie were based on a fictionalized true story. He is befriended by mariners, probably from the SS President Harrison. Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers, Joe Pantoliano.

Disaster at Sundown - Bari, Italy - The Death Toll Will Never be Known. Zed Merrill & Associates. 60 minutes Video VHS Zed Merrill & Associates, PO Box 19608, Portland, OR 97219

Forgotten Valor - Told by Those Who Survived, [Armed Guard] Zed Merrill & Associates, PO Box 19608, Portland, OR 97219

Hannibal Victory: The Voyage of a Victory Ship in WWII, U.S. Maritime Commission 1945, Color 61 minutes, Vintage Video, PO Box 551, Greencastle, PA 17225, 717-597-9695 or 800-444-1942 Book Review

In Which We Served, by Noel Coward, British 1942

The Jeremiah O'Brien, Homecoming, Ross Bertran Communications Directions, RR5 Box 608, Gorham, ME 04038 ($25) includes S&H) http://www.communicationdirect.com/

S.S. Jeremiah O'brien, Last Of The Liberty Ships: History, Restoration, Operation, Historic Film Distributors, 840 Battery St. San Francisco, CA. 30 minutes

Lifeboat directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1944. Stars: Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, John Hodiak, Hume Cronyn. Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

The Long Voyage Home, starring John Wayne, 1950

The Malta Story, 1953 British, directed by Brian Desmond Hurst, starring Alec Guiness and Jack Hawkins has footage of of attacks on the convoy to Malta "Operation Pedestal." The focus of the movie is on the British Air Force -- Guiness is an aerial reconnaissance photographer.

The Men Who Sailed the Liberty Ships, Video or DVD Waterfront Soundings Productions 3252 Kempton Ave., Oakland, CA 94611

The Merchant Marine: War Stories, Atlas Video, Military History Productions, 1991

Merchant Marine Training In the 1930s and1940s [Produced by the United States Maritime Commission in 1940, includes St. Petersburg, FL, Fort Trumbull, CT, Government Is., CA, Hoffman Island, NY, Gallups Island, MA, Joseph Conrad, American Seaman, Tusitala] $19.95 +S&H at Traditions Military Video

No Way Back: The Untold Story About the World War II Prisoners of War America Forgot, Zed Merrill & Associates , PO Box 19608, Portland, OR 97219

Pictorial History of the Armed Guard - Slides transferred to video tape with narration, 45 minutes. Contact Korky Corker 561-571-0230

The Role of the Armed Guard In World War II [Produced by the Navy Department in 1943] $19.95 +S&H at Traditions Military Video http://www.militaryvideo.com

Sail Or Jail
Chief Executive Officer of The War Amps of Canada, Cliff Chadderton, in his video briefing to the National Council of Veteran Associations, tells the whole story of the treachery of the Canadian government, ship owners and some unions. It is a tale Canadians should know, particularly in view of recent demands by the merchant seamen for recognition and financial compensation in lieu of the benefits denied to them for more than 50 years. 60 minutes Orders: http://www.waramps.ca/video/sail.html

Shipping Out: the Story of America's Seafaring Women [Maria Brooks] 2005. Video or DVD Waterfront Soundings Productions 3252 Kempton Ave., Oakland, CA 94611
[This documentary tells the history of seafaring women who work on container ships, tankers, tugs and other vessels, as pilots, engineers, mates and ordinary seamen. "Shipping Out" explores the history, mythologies and attitudes which limited women's participation in seafaring until recent times.]

U-Boat Prisoner
(1944) Director: Lew Landers, Archie Gibbs, who was rescued by a U-boat and held aboard for 4 days is credited as the writer of the story. Bruce Bennett plays the role of Archie Gibbs. Other actors are: Erik Rolf, John Abbott , John Wengraf, Robert Williams. The plot: when a merchant marine seaman discovers a fellow crew member placing a bomb on their vessel, he tries to stop him, but the ship goes down and the culprit is killed. The seaman discovers papers identifying the culprit as a Nazi agent just in time, as a U-Boat surfaces and he is brought aboard the sub which is carrying kidnapped scientists back to Germany.

War Zone: WWII Off North Carolina's Outer Banks. 2001. VHS video. 2 1/2-hour documentary gives a detailed account of German U-boat attacks off the coast of North Carolina. Kevin Duffus, Producer. Video Marketing Group, Inc. PO Box 19665, Raleigh, NC 27619. Call 919-845-9244 / 800-647-3536

Winter Winds of Hell - The Nightmare Run to Murmansk, Zed Merrill & Associates , PO Box 19608, Portland, OR 97219

Movies and documentaries that include U-boats are listed at http://www.uboat.net/special/movies/index.html/wwii.html

CD

In Hell There is a Place Called Death Railway, Mark Willner, Angel Station, Inc, 2000. CD-ROM provides a multi-dimensional view of Stanley Willner's remarkable story. It contains news footage, audio snippets in Willner's voice that give special insights into the events that took place. http://www.angelstation.com/swillner/

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 1942 created a CD about members of the class in World War II. Book Review The CD is available for $25.00 ($15.00 tax deductible), check payable to:
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Foundation for "U.S. MMA Class '42 History Project"
Attn. Mr. Virgil R. Allen '73, President
USMMA Foundation
P.O. Box 19362
Newark, N.J. 07195


Merchant Marine in Two or More Wars

Abbot, Willis J. The Story of Our Merchant Marine: Its period of glory, its prolonged decadence and its vigorous revival as the result of the world war. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1902, 1919 [Revolution, War of 1812, World War I ]

Albion, Robert Greenhalgh and Pope, Jennie Barnes. Sea Lanes in Wartime - The American Experience 1775-1945 2nd edition. New York: W. W. Norton, Archon Books, 1968

_____. The American Merchant Marine: Hero in War -- Stepchild in Peace. Washington, DC: Committee of American Steamship Lines, May 1966 [World War I, World War II, Korea, Suez, Vietnam]

Bartholomew, C. A. Mud, Muscle, and Miracles: Marine Salvage in the United States Navy. Washington, DC: Department of the Navy, 1990 [ [World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam]

Bassett-Lowke, W. J. and Holland, George. Ships and Men: An Account of the Development of Ships From Their Prehistoric Origin to the Present Time and of the Achievements and Conditions of the Men Who Have Built and Worked Upon Them. London: George G. Harrap and Company Ltd., 1946

Bauer, K. Jack. A Maritime History of the United States: The Role of America's Seas and Waterways. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1988

Benson, William Shepherd. The merchant marine; "a necessity in time of war; a source of independence and strength in time of peace." New York: Macmillan, 1923

Brooks, Elbridge S. The Story of the American Sailor in Active Service on Merchant Vessel and Man-of-War. Boston: D. Lothrop, 1888 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War]

Brown, William Wells. The Negro in the American Rebellion. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1867

Bryant, Samuel W. The Sea and the States - A Maritime History of the American People. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1947 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II]

Butler, John A. Sailing on Friday - Perilous Voyage of America's Merchant Marine. Washington: Brasseys Inc., 1997

Carse, Robert. The Seafarers: A History of Maritime America 1620-1820. New York: Bonanza Books, 1964 [Revolution, War of 1812]

Cartwright, Charles E. The Tale of Our Merchant Ships. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1924 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I]

Clark, William Horace. Ships and sailors; the story of our merchant marine. Boston: L. C. Page & Company, 1938 [Revolution, War of 1812]

Cohn, Michael and Platzer, Michael K. H. Black Men of the Sea. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1978

Cooley, Reg. The Unknown Fleet: The [British] Army's Civilian Seamen in War and Peace. Stroud, United Kingdom: Alan Sutton, 1993

Denison, Archibald Campbell. America's maritime history. New York, Putnam, 1944

Engle, Eloise and Lott, Arnold S. America's Maritime Heritage. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1975

Fairburn, William Armstrong. Merchant Sail (6 Volumes). Lovell, Maine: Fairburn Marine Educational Foundation, 1945-1955

Falconer, John. Sail and Steam. A Century of Maritime Enterprise: 1840-1935. Photographs from The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Boston: David R. Godine, 1993

Felknor, Bruce L. (Editor) The U.S. Merchant Marine at War, 1775-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1998 Book Review

Gibson, Charles Dana and Gibson, E. Kay. Marine Transportation in War: The U.S. Army Experience 1775-1860. Ensign Press, PO Box 638, Camden, Maine 04843: 1992

Gibson, Charles Dana and Gibson, E. Kay. Over Seas: U.S. Army Maritime Operations, 1989 through the Fall of the Philippines. Ensign Press, PO Box 638, Camden, Maine 04843: 2002 [Spanish American War, World War I, World War II]

Hartmann, Gregory K. Weapons That Wait: Mine Warfare in the U.S. Navy. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1979 [Civil War, World War I, World War II]

Hough, Richard. the Greatest Crusade: Roosevelt, Churchill, and the Naval Wars. The Maritime Aspects of Both World Wars as Personified in the Friendship of Two Men. New York: William Morrow, 1986 [World War I, World War II]

Kilmarx, Robert A. America's maritime legacy: History of the U.S. merchant marine and shipbuilding industry since colonial times. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1979

Labaree, Benjamin, et al. America and the Sea: A Maritime History. Mystic, CT: Mystic Seaport Museum, 1998

Laing, Alexander. Seafaring America. New York, American Heritage Publishing Company, 1974

Lott, Arnold S. Most Dangerous Sea - A history of Mine Warfare, and an Account of U.S. Navy Mine Warfare Operations in World War II and Korea. Annapolis, Maryland: U.S. Naval Institute, 1959

Marvin, Winthrop L. The American Merchant Marine: Its History and Romance from 1620 until 1902. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1902 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War]

Meliea, Tamara Moser. "Damn the Torpedoes" A Short History of U.S. Naval Mine Countermeasures, 1777-1991. Washington, DC: Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy, 1991 [Civil War, World War I, World War II, Vietnam, Desert Storm]

Merrill, James M. (Editor). Quarter-Deck and Fo'c's'le: The Exciting Story of the Navy. Chicago: Rand McNally & Company, 1963 [Includes some eyewitness survivor stories of merchant marine in WWI and WWII]

______. Military Sea Transportation and Shipping Control. Bureau of Naval Personnel, Navpers10829-A, Washington, DC 1954, 1962

Muzzey, David Saville. History of the American People. Boston: Ginn and Company, 1929

Nevins, Allan. Sail On - The Story of the American Merchant Marine. New York: United States Lines, 1946 [Revolution, War of 1812, World War I, World War II]

Paine, Ralph D. The Old Merchant Marine: A Chronicle of American Ships and Sailors. New Haven: Yale U. Press 1921 [Revolution, War of 1812]

Putney, Martha S. Black sailors: Afro-American merchant seamen and whalemen prior to the Civil War. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987

Rathbone, A. D., IV. Romance of the Sea Lanes: Shall We Scrap Our Merchant Marine? New York, National Travel Club, 1945 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II]

Roland, Alex; Bolster, W. Jeffrey; Keyssar, Alexander. The Way of the Ship: America's Maritime History Reenvisoned, 1600-2000. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2007

Savage, Carlton. Policy of the United States Toward Maritime Commerce in War. 2 Volumes, Washington, DC, U. S. State Department Publication, 1934

Spears, John R. The Story of the American Merchant Marine. New York: Macmillan 1910 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War]

Spector, Ronald H. At War at Sea: Sailors and Naval Combat in the Twentieth Century. New York: Viking, 2001

Stivers, Reuben Elmore. Privateers & Volunteers, The Men and Women of Our Reserve Naval Forces: 1766 to 1866. Annapolis, MD, Naval Institite Press, 1975 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War]

Terraine, John. Business in Great Waters: The U-Boat Wars, 1916-1945. London: Leo Cooper, 1989

Thomas, Lowell. The Sea Devil, The Story of Count Felix von Luckner, the German War Raider. London: Heinemann, 1928

West, Wallace. Down to the Sea in Ships: the Story of the U. S. Merchant Marine. New York: Noble and Noble Publishers, Inc., 1947 [Revolution, World War II]

Wildenberg, Thomas. Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1992. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996 [World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War]

Williams, David. Wartime Disasters at Sea. Sparkford, Great Britain: Patrick Stephens, 1997 (Every passenger ship lost in WW1 & WW2. Describes every deep-sea passenger carrying vessel engaged in regular commercial service, or in temporary auxiliary duties, that was lost in these conflicts. More than 500 ships of many nationalities are detailed with number of casualities and cause of loss, sunk by torpedo, surface fire, scuttle etc.)

Williams, Greg H. Civil and Merchant Vessel Encounters with United States Navy Ships: 1800-2000. Jefferson NC: McFarland & Company, Inc. 2002 [War of 1812, World War I, World War II, Vietnam]

Woodson, Carter G. The Negro in Our History. Washington DC: Washingtion: The Associated Publishers, 1922, 1932, 1941, 1947, etc.


Revolution and War of 1812

Andros, Thomas. Old Jersey Captive: Or a Narrative of the Captivity of Thomas Andros, (Now Pastor of the Church in Berkley,) on Board the Old Jersey Prison Ship at New York 1781. Boston: William Peirce, 1833. Reprinted, Tarrytown, NY: W. Abbatt, 1916

Armbruster, Eugene L. The Wallabout Prison Ships: 1776-1783. New York: Eugene L. Armbruster, 1920

Billias, George Athan. General John Glover and his Marblehead Mariners: The story of the Revolutionary War general whose fighting fishermen ferried Washington across the Delaware. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1960

______. Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution 1770-1800. National Portrait Gallery, Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1973

Blizzard, Dennis F. and Hollowak, Thomas L. A Chronicle of War of 1812 Soldiers, Seamen, and Marines. Baltimore: Society of the War of 1812, 1993, 2001 [ Thumbnail sketches of the more than 500 veterans of the War of 1812 from whom a member of the Maryland State Society War of 1812 could claim direct or collateral descent. Each entry consists of the veteran's dates and places of birth, marriage, and death; the name of his spouse; and the nature of his service during the Warof 1812. This information is followed by the name of the Society member(s) claiming descent from that veteran, along with that individual's membership numbers in the Maryland State Society and National Society War of 1812.]

Carey, George G. (Editor). A Sailor's Songbag: An American Rebel in an English Prison, 1777-1779. Amherst: University of Massachusetts, 1976

Clark, William Bell. Naval Documents of the American Revolution (9 Volumes). Washington: U.S. Govt. Printing Office, 1964-1976

Coggins, Jack. Ships and Seamen of the American Revolution. Harrisburg PA: Promontory Press, 1969

Cook, Fred J. Privateers of '76. Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1976

Dandridge, Danske. American Prisoners of the Revolution. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1911, reprint 1967

Davis, Burke. Black Heroes of the American Revolution. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976

Eastman, Ralph M. Some Famous Privateers of New England. Boston: State Street Trust Company, 1928

Garitee, Jerome R. The Republic's Private Navy: The American Privateering Business as practiced by Baltimore during the War of 1812. Middletown, CT: published for Mystic Seaport, Inc. by Wesleyan University Press, 1977

Greene, Albert. Recollections of the Jersey prison ship, from the manuscript of Capt. Thomas Dring 1758-1825. New York: Corinth Books,1961

Haywood, Charles, Minutemen and Mariners. New York: Dodd Mead, 1963

Huston, James Alvin. Logistics of Liberty: American Services of Supply in the Revolutionary War and After. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1990

Kaplan, Sidney. The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution, 1770-1800. New York: New York Graphic Society Ltd., 1973

Maclay, Edgar Stanton. A History of American Privateers. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1899

Marrin, Albert. The War for Independence. New York: Athenuem, 1988

Middlebrook, Lewis F. Maritime Connecticut During the American Revolution 1775-1783. Salem, MA, The Essex Institution, 1925 [Two Volumes]

Morison, Samuel Eliot. John Paul Jones: A Sailor's Biography. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1959

Nell, William C. The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution. Boston: R.F. Wallcut, 1855

Paine, Ralph D. The fight for a free sea; a chronicle of the war of 1812. New Haven, Yale University Press,1920

Paine, Ralph D. Joshua Barney: A Forgotten Hero of Blue Water. New York: The Century Co. 1924

Paine, Ralph D. Privateers of '76. Philadelphia, PA: Penn Publishing Company 1923

Paine, Ralph D. The Ships and Sailors of Old Salem. Boston: Charles E. lauriat Co. 1924

Powell, John Williams Damer. Bristol Privateers and Ships of War. Bristol, London: J. W. Arrowsmith Ltd., 1930

Quarles, Benjamin. Negro in the American Revolution. Chapell Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1961

Wilbur, C. Keith. Picture Book of the Revolution's Privateers. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Stackpole Books, 1973 [Same as Pirates & Patriots of the Revolution]

Wilbur, C. Keith. Pirates & Patriots of the Revolution: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Colonial Seamanship. Old Saybrook, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press, 1973, 1984 Book Review

Williams, Greg H. The French Assault on American Shipping, 1793-1813: A History and Comprehensive Record of Merchant Marine Losses. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland, 2009


 

Civil War

Brown, Susan Taylor. Robert Smalls Sails to Freedom. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group, 2006 [Reading Level: Grade 3]

Brown, William Wells. Negro in the American Rebellion. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1867

Chaitin, Peter M. The Coastal War: Chesapeake Bay to Rio Grande. Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1984

Coughlin, Thomas J. and Coughlin, Sean. The Confederate Raiders. Kings Point NY:American Merchant Marine Museum Foundation, 1991. [A history of the destruction of the American Merchant Marine at the time of the U.S. Civil War]

Elliott, James W. Transport to Disaster: The forgotten story of the Sultana: a tragedy at the close of the Civil War that took more than 1,500 lives. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1962

Gibson, Charles Dana. Assault and Logistics - Union Army Coastal and River Operations 1861-1866. Ensign Press, PO Box 638, Camden, Maine 04843: 1995

Gibson, Charles Dana, and Gibson, E. Kay. Dictionary of Transports and Combatant Vessels, Steam and Sail, Employed by the Union Army, 1861-1868. Ensign Press, PO Box 638, Camden, Maine 04843: 1996

Hoehling, A.A. Damn the Torpedoes! Winston-Salem: John F. Blair, 1989 [Naval incidents of the Civil War including Merrimac, Hunley, Alabama, Sultana]

Horn, Stanley F. Gallant Rebel: The Fabulous Cruise of the C.S.S. Shenandoah.New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1947

Musicant, Ivan. Divided Waters: The Naval History of the Civil War. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995

Owsley, Frank Lawrence. C.S.S. Florida: Her Building and Operations. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1987 [Confederate Raider]

Robinson, William Morrison. The Confederate Privateers. New Haven: Yale Univ., 1928 and Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1990

Semmes, Raphael. Memoirs of Service Afloat During the War Between the States. Secaucus NJ: The Blue and Grey Press, 1987

Shingleton, Royce Gordon. John Taylor Wood: Sea Ghost of the Confederacy. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1982. [Wood was Commander of C.S.S. Tallahassee. In one three-week period, he captured over 30 Union merchant vessels off the north Atlantic coast. Between raids he served on Jefferson Davis's staff]

Stern, Philip Van Doren. The Confederate Navy: A Pictorial History. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Company, 1962

Wood, William. Captains of the Civil Wars. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1921


 

Spanish-American War

Blow, Michael. A Ship to Remember: The Maine and the Spanish-American War. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc., 1992

Chidsey, Donald Barr. The Spanish American War; A behind the scenes account of the war in Cuba. New York: Crown 1971

Freidel, Frank. The Splendid Little War...The Dramatic Story of the almost forgotten Spanish-American War. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1958

King, W. Nephew. The Story of The Spanish-American War and the Revolt of The Philippines. New York, NY: Peter Fenelon Collier & Son, 1900


 

World War I

______. American Ship Casualties of the World War, Including Naval, Merchant, Sailing and Fishing Vessels. Washington, DC, U.S. Office of Naval Records, 1923

Bailey, Thomas A., and Ryan, Paul B. The Lusitania Disaster - an Episode in Modern Warfare and Diplomacy. New York: The Free Press, 1975

Birnbaum, Karl E. Peace moves and U-boat warfare; a study of Imperial Germany's policy towards the United States, April 18, 1916-January 9, 1917. [Dissertation] Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1958

Bowling, Roland Alfred. Convoy in World War I: the Influence of Admiral William S. Sims. [Dissertation] U.S. Navy, 1975

Bridgland, Tony. Sea Killers in Disguise: Q Ships & Decoy Raiders of WWI. Barnsley: Leo Cooper, 1999 and Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1999

Chatterton, E. Keble. Q Ships And Their Story. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1922 [History of the armed merchant ships of World War I]

Clark, William Bell. When the U-boats came to America. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1929

Clemons, B.J. Wake of the Wirelessman. Palo Alto CA: Glencannon, 1996

Clephane, Lewis P. History of the Naval Overseas Transportation Service in World War I. Washington DC: Naval History Division, 1969

Dixon, William Macneile. The fleets behind the fleet; the work of the merchant seamen and fishermen in the war. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1917

Emergency Fleet News. United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation. Washington, DC. [Weekly 1918 - unknown]

Furringer, Werner. Translated by Geoffrey Books. Fips Legendary U-Boat Commander 1915-1918. London: Leo Cooper, 1999 and Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 2000

______. German submarine activities on the Atlantic coast of the United States and Canada. United States Office of Naval Records and Library. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1920

Gibson, R. H., and Prendergast, Maurice. The German submarine war, 1914-1918. 2d ed. London: Constable, 1931

Gleaves, Albert. A History of the Transport Service. New York: George H. Doran Company, 1921

Grant, Robert M. U-boat intelligence, 1914-1918. London: Putnam, 1969

Grant, Robert McQueen. U-boats destroyed; the effect of anti-submarine warfare. 1914-1918, London: Putnam, 1964

Gray, Edwyn. The killing time: the U-boat war, 1914-18. London: Seeley, 1972

Hamilton, John. War at Sea 1939-1945. London: Guild Publishing, 1986

Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration. The Use and Disposition of ships and Shipyards at the End of World War II. A Report Prepared for the United States Navy Department and the United States Maaritime Commission. June 1945. For use of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1945

Higgins, A. Pearce. Defensively-armed merchant ships and submarine warfare. London: Stevens, 1917

Hoehling, A. A. The Great War at sea; a history of naval action, 1914-18. New York: Crowell, 1965

Hurley, Edward. The Bridge to France. New York, Lippencott,1927

James, Henry Johnson. German subs in Yankee waters: first world war. New York: Gotham House, 1940

Lawrence, Babcock, F. Spanning the Atlantic. New York: Alfred A Knopf, 1931 [History of Cunard]

______. Liberty's Victorious Conflict: A Photographic History of the World War. Chicago: Magazine Circulation Co., Inc. 1918 [Our Merchant Marine, American War Ships, American Dreadnaughts, American Transports]

The Merchant Mariner: Devoted to the Men of the American Merchant Marine. United States Shipping Board National Headquarters Recruiting Service. Boston MA [weekly: Issue 1, July 20, 1918]

Neureuther, Karl and Bergen, Claus (Editors) translated by Eric Sutton. U-boat stories; narratives of German U-boat sailors. London: Constable, 1931

Norton, Grace Fallow. The Odyssey of a Torpedoed Transport. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1918

O'Donnell, Eugene E. Manual for the Guidance of Apprentices on Training Ships. United States Shipping Board Recruiting Service Sea Training Bureau, 1918

______. Sea Training for the Merchant Marine. United States Shipping Board, 1918

Sterne, Elaine. Over The Seas For Uncle Sam. New York: Britton Publishing Company, 1918

Tarrant, V. E. The U-Boat Offensive 1914-1945. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1989

Taylor, Carl T. The Commerce War, Unarmed Merchant Ships Against German Submarine in WWI. Clifton Forge, VA: Mountain Empire Publications, 1999

Terraine, John. Business in great waters: the U-boat wars, 1916-1945. London: L. Cooper, 1989

Thomas, Lowell. The Sea Devil, The Story of Count Felix von Luckner, the German War Raider. London: Heinemann, 1928

______.United States Congress 1915-1916. Peace or war? The great debate in Congress on the submarine and the merchantman. compiled from the Congressional record by William Bayard Hale, The Organization of American Women for Strict Neutrality,
1916

______. United States Shipping Board National Headquarters Recruiting Service. Sea Training for the Merchant Marine. Boston MA: United States Shipping Board, 1918

______. United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation. Passenger ships owned by the United States Government. Washington, DC: United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, 1923

_______. United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, Division of Operations. Register of ships owned by United States Shipping board. 5th edition, Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1920

_______. United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation, Statistical division, Merchant fleet corporation. Trade Routes & Shipping Services. Washington DC: March 1, 1927

Werstein, Irving. 1914-1918 World War I Told with Pictures. New York: Cooper Square Publishers, 1964

Whiting, John D. S+O+S: A Story of the World War at Sea. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1928

Wildenberg, Thomas. Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1992. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996

Williams, William J. The Wilson administration and the shipbuilding crisis of 1917: steel ships and wooden steamers. Lewiston, NY: E. Mellen Press, 1992

Winton, John. Convoy: the Defence of Sea Trade 1890-1990. London: M. Joseph, 1983


Korean War

_____. The American Merchant Marine: Hero in War -- Stepchild in Peace. Washington, DC: Committee of American Steamship Lines, May 1966

Cagle, Malcolm W. and Manson, Frank A. The Sea War in Korea. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute, 1957

De La Pedraja, Rene. A Historical Dictionary of the Merchant Marine and Shipping Industry: since the introduction of Steam. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994

De La Pedraja, Rene. The Rise and Decline of U.S. Merchant Shipping in the Twentieth Century. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1992

Field, James A. History of United States Naval Operations: Korea. Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1962

Gilbert, Bill. Ship of Miracles: 14,000 Lives and One Miraculous Voyage. Chicago: Triumph Books, 2000 [Meredith Victory evacuates refugees from Hungam, Korea] Book Review

Gorter, Wytze. United States Shipping Policy. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1956

Heine, Irwin M. The United States Merchant Marine: A National Asset. Washington, DC: National Maritime Council, 1976

Huston, James Alvin. Guns and butter, powder and rice: U.S. Army Logistics in the Korean War. Selinsgrove: Susquehanna University Press; London: Associated University Presses, 1989

Lott, Arnold. Most Dangerous Sea: A history of Mine Warfare, and an Account of U. S. Navy Mine Warfare Operations in World War II and Korea. Annapolis MD: U. S. Naval Institute, 1959

Maurstad, Raymond B. SOS Korea 1950: Eyewitness Accounts of Americans in South Korea when the North Attacked. Edina MN: Beaver's Pond Press., 2003

______. Military Sealift Command. Navedtra 10829-D1, Washington, DC: Naval Education and Training Program Development Center, Government Printing Office, 1984 [Korea, Vietnam]

Utz, Curtis A. Assault from the Sea: The Amphibious Landing at Inchon. The U.S. Navy in the Modern World, Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1994

Whitehurst, Clinton H., Jr. The U.S. Merchant Marine: In Search of An Enduring Maritime Policy. Annapolis MD: Naval Institute Press, 1983

Wildenberg, Thomas. Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1992. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996


Vietnam War

_____. The American Merchant Marine: Hero in War -- Stepchild in Peace. Washington, DC: Committee of American Steamship Lines, May 1966

Bolger, Daniel P. Americans at War: 1975 -1986. Novato, California: Presidio Press, 1988

Hooper, Edwin Bickford. Mobility, Support, Endurance - A Story of Naval Operational Logistics in the Vietnam War 1965-1968. Washington, DC: Naval History Division, Department of the Navy, 1972

Larzelere, Alex. Coast Guard at War: Vietnam, 1965-1975. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1997

Mansfield, Robert S. and Worden, William L. Towboats to the Orient: A History of Alaska Barge and Transport in the South China Sea, Seattle: PAC, 1970

Marolda, Edward J. By Sea, Air, and Land: An Illustrated History of the U.S. Navy and the War in Southeast Asia. Washington: Naval Historical Center, Department of the Navy, 1994

Mersky, Peter B., and Polmar, Norman. The Naval Air War in Vietnam. Annapolis, Maryland: The Nautical and Aviation Publishing Company of America, 1981

______. Military Sealift Command. Navedtra 10829-D1, Washington, DC: Naval Education and Training Program Development Center, Government Printing Office, 1984 [Korea, Vietnam]

______. The Navy in Vietnam. Government Printing Office, Washington, 1968

Rowan, Roy. The Four Days of Mayaguez. New York: Norton 1975

Schreadley, R. L. From the Rivers to the Sea - The United States Navy in Vietnam. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1992

Schwarz, George W., Jr. April Fools: An American Remembers South Viet Nam's Final Days. Baltimore: AmErica House, 2001

Uhlig, Frank Jr. (Editor). Vietnam: The Naval Story. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press,1986

Wildenberg, Thomas. Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1992. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1996


Gulf Wars

Rawlins, Michael. The Last American Sailors: A Wild Ride in the Modern Merchant Marine. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse Incorporated, 2003


 

ATS, MSTS, MSC and Ready Reserve

Anderson, Robert Earle, The Merchant Marine and World Frontiers, New York: Cornell Maritime Press, 1945

Bykofsky, Joseph, and Larson, Harold. United States Army in World War II The Transportation Corps: Operations Overseas. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1957

Christian, Jonathan, Sealift and the U.S. Merchant Marine: vulnerabilities and implications for defense, Dissertation, 1993

Gibson, Charles Dana and Gibson, E. Kay. Over Seas: U.S. Army Maritime Operations, 1898 through the Fall of the Philippines. Ensign Press, PO Box 638, Camden, Maine 04843: 2002 [Spanish American War, World War I, World War II]

Hura, Myron and Robinson, Richard. Fast sealift and maritime prepositioning options for improving sealift capabilities. Santa Monica, CA: Rand, 1991

______. Military Sea Transportation and Shipping Control. Navpers10829-A, Washington, DC: Bureau of Naval Personnel,1954

______. Military Sea Transportation. Navpers10829-B, Washington, DC: Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1962

______. Military Sealift Command. Navedtra 10829-D1, Washington, DC: Naval Education and Training Program Development Center, Governement Printing Office, 1984 [Korea, Vietnam]

______, Navy contracting: Ship chartering practices of the Military Sealift Command: report to congressional requesters. Washington, DC: United States. General Accounting Office, 1989

______, The Role of the U.S. Merchant Marine in National Security, Publication 748, Washington, DC: National Academy of Sciences -- National Research Council, 1959

______, Strategic Sealift: Part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet is No Longer Needed, Report to Congressional Requesters, GAO/NSIAD-92-03, National Security and International Affairs Division, United States General Accounting Office, Washington, DC: October 1991

Tomlinson, Thomas M. The Canoe Club (Vol. 1) Larkspur, CA: Billingsgate Publishing, 1995. [The author sailed with MSTS and MSC]

Tomlinson, Thomas M. The Canoe Club (Vol. 2). Larkspur, CA: Billingsgate Publishing, 1996. [The author sailed with MSTS and MSC]

______, United States Congress. House of Representatives, GAO study of Military Sealift Command. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Merchant Marine of the Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, 100th Congress, second session. August 9, 1988. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989

______, United States Congress Senate. Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Subcommittee on Merchant Marine. National sealift policy. Hearing before the Subcommittee on Merchant Marine of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, United States Senate, 101st Congress, first session. July 13, 1989. Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1989

______, United States. National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere. Shipping, shipyards and sealift : issues of national security and federal support 1985: a special report to the President and the Congress. Washington, DC: National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmosphere, 1985

Wardlow, Chester. The Transportation Corps: Movements, Training, and Supply. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, U.S. Government Printing Office,1956, 1978, 1990

Wardlow, Chester.The Transportation Corps: Responsibilities, Organization, and Operations. Washington, DC: Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1951, 1980


African-American Mariners

Beecher, John. All Brave Sailors - The Story of the SS Booker T. Washington. New York: L. B. Fischer, 1945

______. Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution 1770-1800. National Portrait Gallery, Washington: Smithsonian Institution, 1973

Bolster, W. Jeffrey. Black Jacks. African American Seamen in the Age of Sail. Cambridge: Harvard, 1997

Brown, William Wells. Negro in the American Rebellion. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1867

Buckley, Gail Lumet. American patriots: the story of Blacks in the military from the Revolution to Desert Storm. New York: Random House, 2001

Cohn, Michael and Platzer, Michael K. H. Black Men of the Sea. New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1978

Davis, Burke. Black Heroes of the American Revolution. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1976

Kaplan, Sidney. The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution, 1770-1800. New York: New York Graphic Society Ltd., 1973

Knoblock, Glenn A. African American World War II Casualties and Decorations in the Navy, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine: A Comprehensive Record. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2009

Mulzac, Hugh. A Star To Steer By. New York: International Publishers, 1961

Nell, William C. The Colored Patriots of the American Revolution. Boston: R.F. Wallcut, 1855

Nelson, Dennis D. The Integration of the Negro into the United States Navy: 1776-1947. Thesis, Howard University Department of Sociology, 1948

Quarles, Benjamin. Negro in the American Revolution. Chapell Hill, North Carolina: University of North Carolina Press, 1961

Putney, Martha S. Black Sailors: Afro-American Merchant Seamen and Whalemen Prior to the Civil War. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987

Rubin, Lester. Negro employment in the maritime industries: a study of racial policies in the shipbuilding, longshore, and offshore maritime industries. Pittsburgh: Industrial Research Unit, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1974


Women Mariners

Brooks, Maria. Shipping Out: the Story of America's Seafaring Women, 2005. Video or DVD Waterfront Soundings Productions
[This documentary tells the history of seafaring women who work on container ships, tankers, tugs and other vessels, as pilots, engineers, mates and ordinary seamen. "Shipping Out" explores the history, mythologies and attitudes which limited women's participation in seafaring until recent
times.]

Carroll, Olive J. Deep Sea "Sparks:' A Canadian Girl in the Norwegian Merchant Navy. Vancouver, Canada: Cordillera, 1993 [Woman radio operator in the late 1940's]

Converse, Mary Allen. Captain Mary. Kings Point NY: American Merchant Marine Museum, 1987

Cordingly, David. Women sailors and sailors' women: an untold maritime history. New York : Random House, 2001 [Wives, daughters, stowaways, pirates, sailors, whalers, lighthouse keepers, etc.]

Creighton, Margaret S. and Norling, Lisa. Iron Men, Wooden Women: Gender and Seafaring in the Atlantic World, 1700-1920. Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins, 1996

De Pauw, Linda G. Seafaring Women. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1982

Dempsey, Deborah Doane and Foster, Joanne. Captain's A Woman: Tales of a Merchant Mariner. U.S. Naval Institute Press, 1998 Book Review

Druett, Joan. Hen Frigates: Wives of Mechant Marine Captains Under Sail. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1998

Lutz, Jeanne Marie. Changing Course: One Woman's True-Life Adventures as a Merchant Marine. Far Hills NJ: New Horizon Press, 2003

Snow, Edward Rowe. Women of the Sea. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1962


Unions

Collins, John James. Never off pay; the story of the independent tanker union, 1937-1962. New York: Fordham University Press, 1964

______. On a True Course - The Story of the National Maritime Union AFL-CIO. Wasington DC: National Maritime Union, 1967

Schwartz, Stephen. Brotherhood of the Sea: A History of the Sailor's Union of the Pacific. New Brunswick: Transaction books, Rutgers - The State University, 1986

Schwartz, Stephen. Sailor's Union of the Pacific. San Francisco: Sailor's Union of the Pacific, 1986


 

Wrecks

Berman, Bruce D., Encyclopedia of American Shipwrecks, Boston: Mariners Press, 1973

Chewning, Alpheus J., The Approaching Storm: U-boats off the Virginia Coast During World War II, Lively, VA: Brandylane Publishers, 1994

Edwards, Bernard. SOS: Men Against the Sea. Brick Tower Press, 1994 [Chronicle of 29 ships of various flags lost due to various causes]

Hocking, Charles. Dictionary Of Disasters At Sea During The Age Of Steam, Including sailing ships and ships of War lost in action, 1824-1962. London: Lloyd's Register of Shipping, 1969

Lonsdale, Adrian L. & Kaplan, H.R. A Guide to Sunken Ships in American Waters. Arlington VA: Compass Publishing, 1964

Mielke, Otto. Disaster at Sea: The Story of the World's Great Maritime Tragedies. New York: Fleet Publishing Co., 1958

Ritchie, David. Shipwrecks: An Encyclopedia of the World's Worst Disasters at Sea. New York: Checkmark books, 1999

Singer, Steven D., Shipwrecks of Florida: A Comprehensive Listing, Sarasota, FL: Pineapple Press, 1992, 1998

Stick, David. Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast. Chapell Hill, NC: University of North Carolina, 1952

Stilgoe, John R. Lifeboat. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 2003

Tennent, Alan J. British and Commonwealth Merchant Ship Losses to Axis Submarines 1939-1945. Stroud, England: Sutton Publishing, 2001

Wiggins, Melanie, Torpedoes in the Gulf: Galveston and the U-Boats, 1942-1943, College Station, Texas: Texas A& M University Press, 1995

 


Maritime History and Policy

Abbot, Willis J. The Story of Our Merchant Marine: Its period of glory, its prolonged decadence and its vigorous revival as the result of the world war. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1902, 1919 [Revolution, War of 1812, World War I ]

_____, America's vanishing merchant mariners : diagnosis, prognosis and prescriptions for a strong national defense. 2nd ed. Camp Springs, MD (5201 Auth Way 20746): Transportation Institute, 1986

Bassett-Lowke, W. J. and Holland, George. Ships and Men: An Account of the Development of Ships From Their Prehistoric Origin to the Present Time and of the Achievements and Conditions of the Men Who Have Built and Worked Upon Them. London: George G. Harrap and Company Ltd., 1946

Bauer, K. Jack. A Maritime History of the United States: The Role of America's Seas and Waterways. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1988

Benson, William Shepherd. The merchant marine; "a necessity in time of war; a source of independence and strength in time of peace." New York: Macmillan, 1923

Blake, Silas Axtell. Merchant seamen's law, New York: Consumer's Book Co-operative, Inc., 1943

Bryant, Samuel W. The Sea and the States - A Maritime History of the American People. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1947 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II]

Butler, John A. Sailing on Friday - Perilous Voyage of America's Merchant Marine. Washington: Brasseys Inc., 1997

Carlisle, Rodney P. Sovereignty for Sale: The Origins and Evolution of the Panamanian and Liberian Flags of Convenience. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1981

Carse, Robert. Ocean Challenge: The New U. S. Merchant Marine. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1967

Carse, Robert. The Seafarers: A History of Maritime America 1620-1820. New York: Bonanza Books, 1964 [Revolution, War of 1812]

Cartwright, Charles E. The Tale of Our Merchant Ships. New York: E.P. Dutton, 1924 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I]

Clark, William Horace. Ships and sailors; the story of our merchant marine. Boston: L. C. Page & Company, 1938 [Revolution, War of 1812]

De La Pedraja, Rene. Oil and Coffee, Latin American Merchant Shipping from the Imperial Era to the 1950's. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 1998

Fairburn, William Armstrong. Merchant Sail (6 Volumes). Lovell, Maine: Fairburn Marine Educational Foundation, 1945-1955

Forsyth, Craig J. The American merchant seaman and his industry: struggle and stigma. New York: Taylor & Francis, 1989

Frump, Robert. Until the Sea Shall Free Them: Life, Death And Survival In The Merchant Marine. New York: Doubleday, 2002 Book Review

Garbesi, George C. Consular authority over seamen from the United States point of view. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1968

Gibson, Andrew and Donovan, Arthur. The Abandoned Ocean: A History of United States Maritime Policy. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2000

Gibson, Charles Dana. Merchantman? or Ship of War - A Synopsis of Laws. Ensign Press, PO Box 638, Camden, Maine 04843: 1986

Gray, Colin S. The Leverage of Sea Power: The Strategic Advantage of Navies in War. New York: The Free Press, 1992

Heine, Irwin M. The U. S. Maritime Industry: In the National Interest. Washington DC: National Maritime Council, 1980

Hohman, Elmo Paul. History of American merchant seamen. Hamden, CT: Shoe String Press, 1956

Howe, Octavius C. & Matthews, Frederick C. American Clipper Ships 1833 - 1858 (2 volumes). Salem, Massachusetts: Marine Research Society, 1926; reprinted New York: Dover, 1986

Hura, Myron and Robinson, Richard. Fast sealift and maritime prepositioning options for improving sealift capabilities. Santa Monica, CA: Rand, 1991

Kuechle, David. The Story of the Savannah: An Episode in Maritime Labor-Management Relations." Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971

Matthews, Frederick C. American Merchant Ships 1850-1900. Series I and II, Salem, MA: Marine Research Society, 1930-1931

Mitchell, C. Bradford. We'll Deliver: Early History of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1938-1956. Kings Point, New York: U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association, 1977

Pedraja, Rene de la. The Rise & Decline of U.S. Merchant Shipping in the Twentieth Century. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1992

Plummer, Edward C. Shipping Sense: A Compilation of Certain Address Delivered by Edward C. Plummer, Vice Chairman United States Shipping Board. Bath Maine: The Times Company, 1926

Rathbone, A. D., IV. Romance of the Sea Lanes: Shall We Scrap Our Merchant Marine? New York, National Travel Club, 1945 [Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II]

Roland, Alex; Bolster, W. Jeffrey; Keyssar, Alexander. The Way of the Ship: America's Maritime History Reenvisoned, 1600-2000. New York: John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2007

Savage, Carleton. Policy of the United States Toward Maritime Commerce in War, Volume 1 - 1776-1914. Department of State, Department of Research and Publication, Washington DC: U.S. Government Printing Office,1934

Short, Lloyd M. Steamboat-inspection service; its history, activities and organization. (Institute for government research. Service monographs of the United States government. no.8.) New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1922.
 
Simpson, B. Mitchell, III. (Editor). War, Startegy, and Maritime Power. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 1977 [19 lectures originally presented at the Naval War College between 1952 and 1974, arranged in four chapters: The Nature and Purpose of War; Strategy: The Comprehensive Direction of Power; War and Maritime Power in the Technological Revolution; Politics and Strategy in the Nuclear Era.]

Standard, William L. Merchant seamen; a short history of their struggles. New York: International Publishers, 1947

Stettinius, Edward R. Jr. Lend-Lease: Weapon for Victory. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1944

Weintraub, Hyman. Andrew Furuseth, emancipator of the seamen. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1959


General Maritime Books

Barry, Gerald. The Story of Sailor's Snug Harbor. Bronx NY: Fordham University Press, 2000

Bonner, Kit and Carolyn. Warship Boneyards. MBI Publishing Company, PO Box 1, Osceola WI. 2001

Carse, Robert. Ports of Call. New York: Scribners, 1967 [Colonial seaports: Castine, Portsmouth, Boston, Salem, Bristol, Newport, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans]

Carse, Robert. Towline, The Story of American Tug Boats. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 1969

Edwards, Bernard. SOS: Men Against the Sea. Brick Tower Press, 1994 [Chronicle of 29 ships of various flags lost due to various causes]

Farago, Ladislas. The Tenth Fleet. New York: Ivan Obolensky, Inc., 1962

Gorman, Tom. Working Scale Model Merchant Ships. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2001 and London: Chatham Publishing, 2001

Grover, David H. American Merchant Ships on the Yangtze. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1992

Hashimoto, Mochitsura. Sunk, New York: Henry Holt, 1954

Henderson, Daniel M. Yankee Ships in China Seas. New York: Hastings House, 1946

Hogan, Donald "Ben." A Midshipmans's Odyssey Excerpts from "Letters to Lou" A Three Year Journal of Life at the Masssachusetts Maritime Academy 1954-1957. Haverford PA: Infinity Publishing.com, 2002

Icenhower, Joseph B. Submarines in Combat. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1964

Jacobs, W. W. Collected Stories of the Sea: Snug Harbour. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1931

Marx, Daniel, The United States Maritime Commission, 1936-1940, [Dissertation] Daniel Marx, Jr. 1946

Melville, John H. The Great White Fleet. New York: Vantage Press, 1976

Myers, Beth (McHenry), Home is the sailor; the story of an American seaman, New York: International Pub., 1948

Pessek, Robert. The Poet Vanishes: An American Voyage. Bloomington, Indiana: 1stBooks Library, 2000. http://www.1stbooks.com or 800-839-8640 [Sinking of SS Poet]

Paine, Ralph D. Lost Ships and Lonely Seas. New York: The Century Co. 1921 [Twenty-seven tales of misadventures at sea, true tales of shipwreck, piracy, privateering and battles at sea.]

Putney, Martha S. Black sailors: Afro-American merchant seamen and whalemen prior to the Civil War. New York: Greenwood Press, 1987

Schwendinger, Robert J. "Chinese sailors : America's invisible merchant marine, 1876-1905." California History. Vol. 57, no. 1 (Spring 1978) p. 58-69

Shay, Frank. American Sailor's Treasury - Sea Songs and Chanteys. New York, NY: Smithmark Publishers, Incorporated, 1991

Shay, Frank. American Sea Songs and Chanteys From the Days of Iron Men and Wooden Ships. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Co. 1948

Simpson,William P. Getting Loaded. Bryn Mawr, PA: Dorrance & Company, 1986 [Author supervised the loading of cargo ships during World War II]

Smith, Kelvin, Watts, Christopher T., and Watts, Michael J. Records of [British] Merchant Shipping and Seamen. [Great Britain] Public Record Office. Pen and Sword Books,1998

Steinberg, Neil. Don't Give Up the Ship: Finding My Father While Lost at Sea. New York: Ballantine Books, 2002 [Memoir about father and son on the Empire State VI]

Teller, Walter Magnes. Five sea captains: Amasa, Delano, Edmund Fanning, Richard Cleveland, George Coggeshall, Joshua Slocum: Their own accounts of voyages under sail. New York: Atheneum, 1960

Tryckare, Tre. Book of Ships. Alexandria, Virginia: Time-Life Books, 1968

Watts, Christopher T. and Watts, Michael J. My Ancestor was a [British] Merchant Seaman. How do I find out about him? London: Society of Genealogists, 1986, 1991

Weintraub, Hyman. Andrew Furuseth, emancipator of the seamen. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1959

Whalen, Jim. Last of the Boom Ships, Oral Histories of the U.S. Merchant Marine 1927-2000. 1st Books Library, 2000 Available from http://www.1stbooks.com (800) 839-8640 Book Review

 


Maritime Fiction

Also see: Cruel Seas : World War 2 Merchant Marine-Related Nautical Fiction 1939 to Present
An Annotated Bibliography of Short Stories, Novels & Novellas by Daniel C. Krummes, Director, Harmer E. Davis Transportation Library, University of California, Berkeley

Boulle, Pierre. The Bridge Over the River Kwai, New York: Vanguard Press, Inc, 1954 [An exciting novel which was made into a movie. It is a poor representation of the plight of the prisoners -- in the novel they are happy to build the bridge for the Japanese, while in reality they tried to sabotage it as best they could.]

Buckley, Christopher. Steaming to Bamboola. New York: Congdon & Lattes, 1982

Callison, Brian. A Flock of Ships. New York: Putnam, 1970. [Novel about mysterious disappearance of convoy of ships during World War II.]

Chamberlain, George Agnew. Knoll Island. New York/Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1943. [A novel about the merchant marine in WWII]

Cooley, Leland Frederick. The Run for Home: a tough novel of the merchant marine. Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1958

Cross, Lee. A Far Place in Time. Virginia City NV: Virginia City Publishing, 2006

Gilpatric, Guy. Action in the North Atlantic. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press, 1943 & 2000 [Novel which was basis of movie starring Humphrey Bogart, see below]

Gilpatric, Guy. Mr. Glencannon Ignores the War. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press 1996
[Novels about a Chief Engineer]

Gilpatric, Guy. The Glencannon Menagerie. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press 1997

Gilpatric, Guy. Glencannon& Co. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press 1997

Gilpatric, Guy. Holy Glencannon! Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press 1999

Gilpatric, Guy. The Romantic Glencannon. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press 1999

Gilpatric, Guy. The Aesthetic Glencannon. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press 1999

Gilpatric, Guy. The Crafty Glencannon. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press 1997, 2001

Gilpatric, Guy. Glencannon Meets Tugboat Annie. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press 2002

Gilpatric, Guy. The Glencannon Encyclopedia. Palo Alto, CA: Glencannon Press 2002

Gyles, Tony. Deep Their Grave. Brick Tower Press, 1999 [Novel about British Merchant Navy during Battle of Atlantic]

Gyles, Tony. Either Way Dead. Brick Tower Press, 1999 [Novel about attack on troopship Queen Mary during WWII]

Hartog, Jan de. The Captain. New York: Avon, 1968 [Novel about tugboat in the Murmansk convoys]

Hill, Robert A., First Mate on the Henry Glass, New York: Vantage Press 1959 [fictionalized account of World War II]

Johnson, Marill. Thirteen Desperate Hours. Manhattan KS: Sunflower University Press, 2001 [Well done fictionalized account of the author's World War II experiences in the Pacific]

Kubeck, James. The Calendar Epic. New York: Putnam, 1956 [World War II novel]

Langdon, John. S. S. Silverspray. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1958

Lieberman, Gerald F. The Sea Lepers: Tales of the Merchant Marine. Garden City NY: Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1971

Marcoux, Carl Henry. Sailing West. Xlibris Corporation, 2001 [Well done fictionalized account of merchant ships in the invasion of Okinawa]

Maule, Hamilton. Rub-A-Dub-Dub. New York: Crown Publishing Group, 1968. Classic comic novel of life in the WWII Merchant Marine.

McClellan, Billy Archey. To the Sea Again. Mesilla NM: Bluwaters Press, 1998

Mirvish, Robert F. There You are, But Where are You? New York: Dutton, 1964. [Humorous novel of the SS Flying Wind during WWII.]

Morrill, George. Dark Sea Running. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co.1959 [Novel about WWII Merchant Marine]

Perdue, Bill. Fox, Uncle, Charley. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Professional Press, 1995 [Fictionalized account of the sinking of the SS William P. Frye]

Riesenberg, Felix Jr. The Phantom Freighter. New York: Dodd, Mead & Co.,1944

Smith, Patrick D. The Seas That Mourn. 218 Ash St., Melbourne Fl: Sea Bird Publishing, Inc. 2003 [A World War II merchant seaman's fictionalized account of the dangers and adventures at sea during war.]

Taylor, Theodore. To Kill the Leopard. San Diego: Harcourt Trade Publishers, 1993. [Novel about mariner who is on 2 tankers torpedoed by the same submarine, with leopards painted on its conning tower]

Thompson, Ray. The Watery Hell - The Unsung Heros Of World War II. Joppa, Maryland: Creative Books, 1993 [Fiction]

Trew, Antony. Kleber's Convoy. New York: Popular Library, 1973 [Allied convoy bearing needed war material is stalked by Nazi wolf pack]

Vidal, Gore. Williwaw. New York, NY: E.P. Dutton & Company, 1946. Reissued in 1953 as Dangerous Voyage.

Wales, Ken and Poling, David. Sea of Glory. Nashville, TN: U.S.A.: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2001 [A Novel Based on the True WWII Story of the Four Chaplains and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester]

Williams, David. Atlantic Convoy. London: Pan Books, 1982 [Novel of a convoy from Canada to Liverpool in 1942]

Williamson, Scott Graham. A Convoy Through the Dream. New York, NY: MacMillan Company, 1948. [A novel of merchant marine in WWII.]

Wolpert, Stanley. Aboard the Flying Swan. New York: Scribners, 1954. [Novel of the Merchant Marine.]


Juvenile books

Brown, Susan Taylor. Robert Smalls Sails to Freedom. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publishing Group, 2006 [Reading Level: Grade 3]

Davis, Burke. Black Heroes of the American Revolution. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, San Diego, 1976

Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt. The Naval War in the West - The Raiders. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1963

Dupuy, Trevor Nevitt. The Naval War in the West - The Wolfpacks. New York: Franklin Watts, Inc., 1963

Engle, Eloise and Lott, Arnold S. America's Maritime Heritage. Annapolis, Maryland: Naval Institute Press, 1975

McKay, Ernest A. Undersea Terror, U-Boat Wolf Packs in World War II. New York: Julian Messner, 1982

Taylor, Theodore. Battle in the Arctic Seas - The Story of Convoy PQ 17. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1976

West, Wallace. Down to the Sea in Ships: the Story of the U. S. Merchant Marine. New York: Noble and Noble Publishers, Inc., 1947

 


Current Magazines and Newsletters

The American Neptune, Publications Dept., Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, Salem, MA 01970-3783 1-800-745-4054 http://www.pem.org/neptune/

The Anchor Light [monthly] U. S. Merchant Marine Veterans World War II, PO Box 629 San Pedro CA 90733

Liberty Log: A Newsletter of Project Liberty Ship SS John W. Brown. [monthly] Project Liberty Ship, PO Box 25846 Highlandtown Station, Baltimore, MD 21224-0546

Sea Classics [monthly] Challenge Publications, Inc.PO Box 16149, North Hollywood, CA 91615 818-760-8983 http://www.challengeweb.com/seaclassics.html

Sea History [quarterly] National Maritime Historical Society, PO Box 68, Peeksill, NY 10566, 800-221-NMHS

Sea Power [monthly] Navy League, 2300 Wilson Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201, http://www.navyleague.org/

Sealift. Military Sealift Command. [monthly] 914 Charles Morris Court SE Washington Navy Yard. DC 20398-5540


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