One book on the list:
The Odyssey, by HomerRead about a novel on the list.
Odysseus and his crew have sails on their boat, but the heroes also need to man their oars. In many of their most testing ordeals they are rowing. Thus Circe's advice about how to deal with the Sirens: "Plug your comrades' ears with softened beeswax lest they listen, and row swiftly past."
The Odyssey also made Mullan's lists ten of the best shipwrecks in literature and ten of the best monsters in literature, and Carsten Jensen's list of the top ten seafaring tales.