Douglas Reeman, an old hand at naval fiction for adults, offers journeyman journalistic accounts of some well known exploits. Though professional enough, his summaries lack the excitement which pervades the original narrations of the Kon-Tiki and Chichester voyages and the Bounty mutiny. On the factual side, Reeman also has little new to add, though he does present a partial vindication of Captain Bligh. Other entries -- chronicles of the development of the submarine and of rescue by lifeboats -- show more originality, but the British emphasis may diminish their appeal. Basil Heatter's The Sea Dreamers, which concentrates on small-boat adventures, makes better use of source material than this pedestrian collection.