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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #315 on: April 10, 2017, 11:47:37 pm »
John Margerison, Hunters of the U-Boat, 1918

United Kingdom

HMD Annie Laurie
Armed Drifter
Armament: 1 x 6pdr gun (Fwd), Anti-submarine explosive charges (Not depth charges) to quote the author: "a wire hawser... with a cunningly arranged loop beneath. This loop was intended to catch under the U-boats's hull, and, when hauled taut, would afford a guide and passage for an explosive charge..."
Engines: Steam powered, max speed not given.
No other details

HMS Southbeach Belle (ex-PS Southbeach Belle)
Salvage Ship(?), converted passenger ship (Sidewheel paddle steamer)
Armament: No gun armament. Wreck clearance work makes use of "...devilish-looking, red-painted, sixteen-and-a-quarter-pound tins of high-explosive..."
Equipment: 1 x 'Minature Searchlight' (Fwd), Diving suits fitted with self contained breathing apparatus (Described by the author as "...Fluess diving dress...".).
No other details.
Note: Salvage ship is the best term I could come up with, primary duty is wreck clearance.

HMS Puncher
Supply Ship
Carries Water, Food, Clothing, Printed matter, not ammunition or fuel.
No other details provided.

HMS Petroleum
Oiler
No other details provided.

HMS Mimi
Gunboat, converted racing boat
Armament: 1 x 3pdr semi-automatic gun (Fwd)
Crew: 6
Being used as a dispatch ship (eg carrying messages between different portions of the Grand Fleet)
No other details.
Note: Name clash with armed motor launch HMS Mimi that took part in the 1915/16 Lake Tanganykia campaign.

HMS Alceste (ex-SS Alceste)
Repair ship, converted passenger liner
Armament: 6 x 6 pdr guns (Single mounts 3 a side)
Fully equipped to carry out various ship board repairs, equipment aboard includes a foundry capable of casting propellers (And presumably cranes for heavy lifting, though these are not specifically mentioned.)
Conversion took place some time in 1908. The story the ship appears ('The Blessed Fog') in is set in February at a time when "...the war was now more than three years old..." e.g. February 1918.
No other details provided.

HMS Scabbard
S Class (WWI) Destroyer(?)
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Poignard
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer. Flotilla leader 17th Destroyer Flotilla, also appears in 'Destroyer Doings'.

HMS Stiletto
Destroyer, class not specified, possibly an Laforey Class Destroyer, from the armament details.
4 inch guns, twin torpedo tubes
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer. Member of the 17th Destroyer Flotilla, also appears in 'Destroyer Doings'.

HMS M39
Submarine, class not specified.
Armament:1 x 4 inch gun, 2 x 21 inch Torpedo tubes (Bow) arranged one above the other. (2 in tubes, 12 reloads.)
Speed: 15 knots (Not clear if this is surfaced or submerged speed.)
Crew: 22
Note: Also appears in the short story collection 'Turret and Torpedo' and the quasi-novel 'Periscope and Propellor'.

Unnamed
Light Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Three Minsweepers
No other details provided

Unnamed
Three Minelayers
No other details provided

Unnamed
Four Armed Drifters
No other details provided

Germany

Muller
Supply ship
No other details provided

U-33
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-31 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1918 (Surrendered at end of war).

U-45
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-43 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1917 (Sunk by HMS D7 on 12 September, 1917).

U-54
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-51 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1918 (Surrendered to Italy at end of war).

U-55
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-51 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1918 (Surrendered to Japan at end of war).

U-65
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-63 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1918 (Scuttled at Pola in October of 1918).

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
Three funnels.
No other details.

Unnamed
Various U-Boats, Destroyers

Plot summary: A collection of stories featuring U-Boats being captured or sunk by some fairly unlikely ships, though some of the authors regular characters do get a look in towards the end of the book.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #316 on: April 11, 2017, 04:40:35 am »
Geoffrey Jenkins, Fireprint, 1984

Russia

Grisha III
Grisha III (Pr. 1124M) Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Referred to as a 'Frigate' in the novel.

Mirka
Grisha III (Pr. 1124M) Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Referred to as a 'Frigate' in the novel.

Note: Regarding the two ships above. I have not located a good source listing the names of all members of this class, at least one of the names may turn out to be real.

Sovremennyy
Sovremennyy (Pr. 956) Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: The year is 1987 (The opening states that it's "...the year after Halley's Comet spread its tail across southern Africa's sky...") and personnel working on a South African geothermal energy project find themselves caught up in superpower intrigue. The cover by Chris Foss is not nautical, nor does it depict anything that happens in the novel save in the loosest sense, but it graphically shows the stakes being played for.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #317 on: April 11, 2017, 11:32:19 pm »
Continuing my break from WWI era fiction...

James Abel, White Plague, 2015

United States

USS Montana (SSN-794)
Virgina Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Armament: Includes fictional Mk 80 Torpedoes (Described as prototypes, no specific details given as to dimensions and performance (Simply "Best torpedo on Earth".), but presumably the same diameter as Mk 48 torpedoes (21 inch).)

USCGC Wilmington (WAGB-??)
Healy Class Icebreaker
Details as per the real ship(s).
Note: USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) is actually a 'one-off' but the authors introduction makes it clear that his fictional icebreaker is identical to the Healy.

China

Snow Dragon
Icebreaker, class not specified.
Stated to be the first Chinese Icebreaker.
No other details provided

Unnamed
Jin Class (Type 094) Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Like the Japanese Kuma Class Cruiser in 'The Hammer of God' this ship remains unnamed despite scenes being set from the point-of-view from her crew.

Plot summary: When a US submarine reports the outbreak of a mysterious disease on-board in the Arctic the race is on to save the crew.

Note: This is another 'Yellow Peril (China)' story (See also: 'Flood Tide' & 'Medusa' for other examples on this list.), despite being set in the Arctic the Russians do not appear at all.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #318 on: April 13, 2017, 05:28:50 am »
Ted Bell, Hawke, 2003

Cuba

José Martí
Borzoi (Akula II) Class Submarine (Fictional)
Armament: 40 x SS-N-20 SLBMs,  (Unspecified number of torpedoes/Unspecified number of torpedo tubes) Mark III torpedoes (Speed 60 knots, "...enough explosives to level a city block.")
Crew: 131
Speed not specified, simply described as "At least three times faster than anything we've got."
Note: I think it best to quote the authors description at this point:

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"They'd gotten a hand on a lot of our stealth technology. And they'd developed some of their own. Plus a three-foot-thick coating of sonar-and-radar-absorptive material, advanced fuel-cell technology, and a virtually silent propulsion system.

...

The thing is huge. Shaped like a boomerang... Two airfoil-shaped hulls... ...form a V shape, twenty silos on each hull. Virtually invisible to detection. When she's running at speed, a single conning tower at the bow is retracted entirely within the hull.

Ted Bell

Plot summary: With the fall of the Soviet Union all kinds of things have become available to interested bidders, in this case the Cubans have got their hands on the worlds most advanced submarine...

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #319 on: April 13, 2017, 07:10:34 am »
Not sure if this really belongs here, as the ship is only incidental to the plot . . .

Arthur C. Clarke, 'A Meeting with Medusa, 1971

China?

Chairman Mao
Aircraft Carrier (Fictional)

The author states that :-

"So far, this first test flight had gone perfectly; ironically enough, the only problem had been the century old aircraft carrier Chairman Mao, borrowed from the San Diego Naval Museum for support operations.
Only one of Mao’s four nuclear reactors was still operating, and the old battle-wagon’s top speed was barely thirty knots."

Plot summary: For Howard Falcon, the test flight of the Super Airship 'Queen Elizabeth IV' would lead first to disaster, and then triumph . . .

Where ARE the Daleks when you need them......

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #320 on: April 15, 2017, 07:07:36 pm »
Not sure if this really belongs here, as the ship is only incidental to the plot . . .

Not a problem including this one. Hood and I actually discussed this one and it is on his listing.

Now onto something that I had internally debated, for some time.

J. E. MacDonnell, Combat Assignment, 1967

United States

Unnamed
PT Boat
Details as per the real ships

Japan

Unnamed
Armed Fishing Boat (Submarine supply ship)
Armament: 1 x 6 pdr gun concealed in a fake deckhouse.
Length: around 85ft (26 m) ("...judged it to be eighty or ninety feet long.")
Petrol powered, with an auxiliary sail, single mainmast.
Cargo includes diesel fuel.
Crewed by Indonesian collaborators

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 5 inch gun, 2 x 'Machine Guns', unspecified number of torpedo tubes
No other details provided

Unnamed
Fubuki (?) Author refers to it as both a 'Hubuki' and a 'Sigure' Class.))  Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Details (5 x 5 inch guns, 1700 tons) could actually fit several classes in service during WWII

Unnamed
Nagato Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: What happens in the novel did not happen to the Nagato, or Mutsu (Sunk 1943.), so this is most likely a fictional third member of the class.

Unnamed
Seven Destroyers, unspecified class

Plot summary: It is late 1944 or early 1945 and an American PT boat is ordered to rescue an Australian Coastwatcher.

Note: If anyone is wondering about the high portion of unnamed ships, in the circumstances described,  the Americans on the PT Boat (Referred to as "...the 44 boat..." in the novel.) would only know what class of warship they were shooting at, it would be up to the intelligence people to figure out just which ship they shot at.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #321 on: April 20, 2017, 09:56:02 pm »
Back to the comic books,

Anon., Out-Gunned!, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4016, 1990

United Kingdom

HMS Buck (Ex-USS ?)
Town Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Morys
Armed Merchant Cruiser
1 x 3 inch gun
Also carries a Grumman JF2 Duck float-plane.
No other details provided

Netherlands

HNLMS Hegel (ex-HMS Theopomp)
Monitor, class not specified
Armament: 2 x 11 inch guns, other armament appears to be as per the Lord Clive Class
Speed/Dimensions: As per the Lord Clive Class
Note: Illustration appears to show a Lord Clive Class Monitor, actual members of the class had a 12 inch main battery. Implied to have been a recent transfer to the RNN, also stated to have not been updated since the end of WWI.

Japan

Hiro
Myoko Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: As the last convoy to escape Singapore before it fell heads south, it comes under attack from the Japanese Navy.

Note: There is no publication date for the copy I have, but a note on the first page said the comic had first been published in 1990, implying what I have is a later reprint. This is only the third time I've read anything featuring a Monitor vs a conventional warship engagement as the climactic battle, other stories using this idea on this thread are Douglas Reeman's HMS Saracen and Alan Evans's Ship of Force.

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« Reply #322 on: Yesterday at 04:34:41 am »
Douglas Reeman, Sunset, 1994

United Kingdom

HMS Murray
Destroyer leader, class not specified
Built: "...mid-thirties..."
No other details provided.

HMS Serpent (H50)
R Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Builder: John Brown & Cº, Clydebank
Launched: 1916
Note: Some R Class Destroyers were launched with names starting with S. All S Class Destroyers were launched in 1917 - 1918. Author specifically describes her as being one of the last three-funneled destroyers in the Royal Navy. The other was the R Class Desroyer HMS Skate.

HMS Islip
I Class Destroyer (?)
Details as per the real ships
Built: "...late thirties..."
Note: Class assignment based on name only.

HMS Dumbarton
D (Danae) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment based on name and authors description of her as being a WWI era ship.

HMS Thracian (D86)
S Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

HMS Leicester
Warship of unspecified class.
No other details provided.

Netherlands

HNLMS Ariadne
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.

Japan

Two Unnamed Destroyers, one of which is Asashio Class.

Plot summary: A fictionalized account of the last days of Hong Kong prior to the Japanese entry into WWII.