He named his top ten seafaring tales for the Guardian.
One title on the list:
The Odyssey by HomerRead about another book on Jensen's list.
Written in an era when the world believed in magic, and that the unmapped seas contained both marvels and monsters, The Odyssey is the greatest seafaring epic of all. Homer's storytelling skills are so deft that readers tend to overlook the shortcomings of his hero on the seamanship front: not only does it take Odysseus 20 years to cover the relatively short distance between Troy and his beloved island of Ithaca, but during that time, he also manages to lose his entire fleet of 12 ships. When he finally arrives home, not a single one of his crew remains alive. Hardly a great role-model for would-be captains.
The Odyssey also made Mullan's lists ten of the best shipwrecks in literature and ten of the best monsters in literature.