Wiki Headlines
We've switched servers and will be updating the old code over the next couple months, meaning that several things might break. Please report issues here.

main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Literature: Silent Ship, Silent Sea
Kelsey Deveraux who thinks himself bound for officer candidate school is instead assigned by a whim of the bureaucracy to the destroyer USS Caron. Then he is sent to Guadalcanal where the Caron is hit and crippled. The Caron's engine's are knocked out and it is forced to ride the ocean current to Australia.

Meanwhile Deveraux is put through a classic "coming of age aboard ship". He is bullied by one Chief (Ruddy), he is befriended by a mechanic Jesse Woodham. And he is taught by the distant but benevolent captain how to be a good sailor.

This is a typical fifties teenage war-story of the type written by Robb White. It is well written and entertaining. It is probably more idealistic then cynic, but it is not so idealistic that one can quite accuse it of saying War Is Glorious . At least if it does it doesn't say "war is fun" in any case.

Tropes in this work:

The Sea WolfSea StoriesTreasure Island
SharpeMilitary and Warfare LiteratureThe Sixth Battle
The Ship WhoLiterature of the 1960sSilent Spring
ShilohChildren's LiteratureThe Silver Sword
A Thread of GraceWorks Set in World War IIAdolf Hitler: My Part in His Downfall

alternative title(s): Silent Ship Silent Sea
TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy