Maritime fiction has several names - Nautical Fiction, Naval Fiction, Sea Fiction, Sea Stories or Naval Adventure Fiction. It is a genre of literature with a setting at or near the sea, focusing on human relationships to the sea and sea voyages. Nautical culture is highlighted. The settings vary widely, including merchant ships, liners, naval ships, sea ports, etc.

Maritime fiction may focus on oceanic wildlife such as Herman Melville's Moby Dick (1851), or fantasy creatures and legends such as the Mermaid or Kraken.

Common themes include the Disaster Fiction sub-genre Shipwreck , Storms, Pirat

Fast Ice (NUMA Files, #18)
Marauder (Oregon Files, #15)
Final Option (Oregon Files, #14)
Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey into the Dark Antarctic Night
Dangerous Women
Celtic Empire (Dirk Pitt, #25)
Sea of Greed (NUMA Files, #16)
Shadow Tyrants (The Oregon Files, #13)
Black Flags, Blue Waters: The Epic History of America's Most Notorious Pirates
The Wanderer
Pirate (Fargo Adventure, #8)
Air and Ash (Tides, #1)
Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945
Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro
On Lighthouses
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
Master and Commander
Moby-Dick or, the Whale
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
Treasure Island
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
The Old Man and the Sea
Two Years Before the Mast: A Sailor's Life at Sea
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
Mr. Midshipman Hornblower
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty
Over the Edge of the World: Magellan's Terrifying Circumnavigation of the Globe
Post Captain
Treasure Island by Robert Louis StevensonMoby-Dick or, the Whale by Herman MelvilleMaster and Commander by Patrick O'BrianTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules VerneThe Odyssey by Homer
Nautical Tales
709 books — 404 voters

Blackbeard the Pirate by Robert Earl LeePirate Queens by Leigh  LewisUnder the Black Flag by David CordinglyBlack Flags, Blue Waters by Eric Jay DolinThe Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard
Great Pirate Books
10 books — 2 voters
Dining Out with the Ice Giants by Clare O'BearaFor All the Tea in China by Sarah Rose
Cutty Sark
2 books — 1 voter

Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. JamesGreat Tales of Terror and the Supernatural by Herbert A. WiseThe Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith WhartonThe Woman in Black by Susan         HillBloody Ghost Stories by Brianna Stoddard
Ghost Story Collections
99 books — 38 voters
Voyage on the Great Titanic by Ellen Emerson WhiteThe Girl Who Came Home by Hazel GaynorFateful by Claudia GrayRaise the Titanic! by Clive CusslerThe Dressmaker by Kate Alcott
Fiction about the Titanic
112 books — 137 voters

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Robert V.S. Redick
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