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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:

Quote
"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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« 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: April 27, 2017, 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.

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« Reply #323 on: April 29, 2017, 08:28:06 am »
Back to the pulp fiction...

Clive Cussler & Graham Brown, Devil's Gate, 2011

United States
(Note: All Ships are Real.)

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as in service.

USS Truxtun (DDG-103)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as in service.
Note: Referred to as the USS Truxton in the novel.

USS Memphis (SSN-691)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as in service
Note: Sunk during the course of the novel.

USS  Providence (SSN-719)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as in service

Portugal
(Note: Ship is real.)

NRP Corte-Real (F332)
Vasco Da Gama Class Frigate
Details as in service

Sierra Leone

MV Onyx
Armed Merchantman (Converted VLCC Oil Tanker)
Armament: Particle Accelerator powered by 2 nuclear reactors removed from a Typhoon Class Submarine. Capable of disabling a ship (Of typical bulk freighter size.) and killing anyone not deep within the ships hull. Discharge point is at the bow, weapon can only be aimed by turning the ship.
Dimensions, not specified, but can be guessed from the average dimensions of a 300,000 ton supertanker.
Engines: Diesel (Nuclear reactors only provide power to the ships 'special systems'.)
Other system fitted: An array of super-magnets code-named 'Fulcrum', mounted amidships in the former oil tanks, these can be used to bend the beam of a larger particle accelerator located 10 km off the Sierra Leone coast beyond the visible horizon
In addition the ship carries three minisubs, one is a 110ft (33.5m) cargo vessel called 'The Bus', the other two are minisubs of an unspecified type armed with two torpedoes (Also of an unspecified type) mounted externally.
Ship is not formally part of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Naval Component, it is registered to a Liberian front company and crewed by mercenaries.

Unnamed
12 (+) Minisubs, presumably identical to the two carried by the MV Onyx.
Described as being "...no larger than a family car..."
Armament: Probably two torpedoes mounted externally.

Non-ship, but interesting.

The Big Particle Accelerator.
This is a 15km diameter loop constructed beneath the sea floor about 10km off the Sierra Leone coast (Location is implied to be in Yawri Bay, south of Freetown.) under the guise of an oil and gas drilling project. The four oil rig structures conceal the power plants and control systems for the accelerator.  Exact power output is not specified, but is capable of bringing down all targets in line-of-sight (These involve short bursts of only a few seconds or less, later a 60 second burst is fired in an attempt to destroy Washington DC.). The beam is emitted from a firing tube that has to be raised above the surface of the sea before it can fire. Aiming is by super-magnets mounted on the firing tube. Over-the-horizon targets can be hit with the aid of the 'Fulcrum' super-magnet array mounted on the MV Onyx.

Also mentioned are patrol boats of an unspecified type, these are probably the 7 Type-62 FACs known to be operated by the RSLAF Naval Component.

Plot summary: The discovery of a ship crippled by something that cooked the crew from the inside out and certain strange events off the coast of the Azores, leads to the discovery that Sierra Leone has been spending international aid on something it should not have been...

Note: This is a very 'James Bond Film' type story as might be guessed from the above. Quite fun though...
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« Reply #324 on: May 01, 2017, 08:42:35 am »
Clive Cussler, Valhalla Rising, 2001

Australia

Unnamed
Guided Missile Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Also referred to as a 'Frigate'.

United States (1866)

USS Abraham Lincoln
Steam Frigate
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun (Fwd)
16 Knots
Note: Yes, this is the same ship as appears in Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'.

United States (2003)

USCGC Joseph Ryan
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
No other details provided.

USCGC Huron
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a Owasco Class Cutter (USCGC Huron, later USCGC  Wachusett.) that was scrapped in 1974.

USCGC William Shea
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Armament: 1 x  25mm Twin-barreled M242 Bushmaster (Fwd)
No other details provided.
Note: Described as a 'sister ship' to the USCGC Timothy Firme

USCGC Timothy Firme
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Armament: 1 x  25mm Twin-barreled M242 Bushmaster (Fwd)
No other details provided.
Note: Described as a 'sister ship' to the USCGC William Shea

USS Orion (T-ATF-?)
Oceangoing Tugboat, unspecified class
No other details provided

USS Alfred Aultman
Submarine rescue ship
Carries DSRV Mercury
Helipad aft
No other details provided

DSRV Mercury
Mystic Class DSRV
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Presumably this is DSRV-3.

Germany

Seigen
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

Russia

Tavda
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Non State

MV Mongol Invader
Armed LNG Tanker
Length: 1,860ft (567m)
Beam: 360ft (110m)
Engines produce 60,000 Shp, two shafts.
Armament: Hand held missile launchers of unspecified type, both SAM and SSM.
Owned by the Cerberus Corporation

Plot summary: A horrific fire at sea marks the beginning of a devious plot.

Note: This is one of two novels (The other being 'Trojan Odyssey '.) that marks Clive Cusslers retirement from being sole author of the Dirk Pitt portion of the Cusslerverse. Aside from retconning 'Pacific Vortex' the first written of the Dirk Pitt novels, the novel also manages to link the authors universe with that of Jules Verne's Captain Nemo... History buffs will be interested to know that the opening fire at sea is based on the 1934 SS Morro Castle fire.
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« Reply #325 on: May 03, 2017, 07:36:32 am »
Larry Jerram-Croft, Sea Skimmer, 2011

United Kingdom

HMS Prometheus
Leander Class
Details as per the members of the class given the Batch 3 Exocet/Seawolf conversion.

Plot summary: Fictionalized account of the Falklands War (2 April - 14 June 1982) centered around attempts to keep the Argentinians from using Exocet missiles. Unlike the novels 'The White Vixen' and 'Beneath Sunless Waters', which I have covered earlier in this list. The novel takes a much more realistic view of the war and events leading up to it.

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« Reply #326 on: May 04, 2017, 12:15:23 am »
Larry Jerram-Croft, Cocaine, 2012

United Kingdom

HMS Chester
Type 22 Frigate (Batch 2)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Has had the hanger modified so she can carry one Sea King helicopter and one Lynx helicopter instead of two Lynxes.

Germany (WWII)

U-557
Type XX U-Boat (Modified)
Details as per the unbuilt class
Armament: Adds 4 bow torpedo tubes. Tubes are loaded with G7a torpedoes. No reloads. Also adds a Gun (Unspecified type probably the 4.1 inch gun used on other U-boats along with the AA armament intended for the class 1 x 37mm & 1 twin 20mm gun.) forward of the conning tower.
Note: Fitted with a snorkel.  Later salvaged and used by a Colombian Cartel. Pennant number clashes with a Type VIIC U-boat that served 1940-41.

Plot summary: The year is 1984 (Author does not specify this but the novel prior to this one ('The Caspian Monster') is set in 1983.). The Colombian Drug Cartels have found a new way of getting their products into the United States. Along with a ship from the Royal Navy a plan is hatched to hit the cartels hard.

Note: This is a late entry into the 'unleash the military on the drug cartels' genre that was popular in the late 80s/early 90s timeframe, other books like it on this list are 'Clear and Present Danger', 'Hammerheads' and 'Sea Wolf' , the last named of which also features a Royal Navy Type 22 (Batch 2) Frigate. The novel itself is the third in an eight book series that starts with 'Sea Skimmer'.
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« Reply #327 on: May 04, 2017, 06:09:11 pm »
Larry Jerram-Croft, Arapaho, 2012

United Kingdom

RFA Arapaho (A131)
Aviation Support Ship (Converted Container Ship)
Details are identical to RFA Reliant (A131)
Carries: 5 Sea King Helicopters.
Note: Author in his end notes states that this is a fictional version of RFA Reliant. He does not give the name of the container ship prior to conversion.

Plot summary: The year is 1985 (From details provided in the book it would appear to run from  March '85 to the end of the year.), the series hero, following his actions in the novel Cocaine has been promoted to command a new helicopter squadron (844 Naval Air Squadron.) part of which has been detached to serve aboard an experimental RFA ship. Following a harrowing evacuation of Lebanon a new crisis emerges when an obscure pro-Palestinian group hijacks the P & O liner Uganda.

Note:  The novel is loosely based on actual events, most notably the Achille Lauro hijacking (October 1985) which is referred to in the past tense suggesting that the finale of the novel involving the hijacking of the Uganda takes place after those events.  The novel itself is the fourth in an eight book series that starts with 'Sea Skimmer'.
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« Reply #328 on: May 08, 2017, 02:45:07 am »
Back to the comic books

Anon., Broadside, published as War Picture Library Nº. 1802, ?

United Kingdom

HMS Conqueror
King George V Class Battleship
Implied to have been launched either late '39 or early '40 (Takes part in Norwegian Campaign (April - June 1940).)
Details as per real ships
Note: Name clash with a cancelled Lion Class Battleship. Definitely not the Lion Class ship as the main battery is described as being 14 inch guns.

HMS Windhover
V & W Class Destroyer(?)
Launched 1917
Details as per the real ships

HMS Hulverstone
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Carib Princess
Q-Ship (Armed Merchant Cruiser)
4 x 6 inch guns (Arranged two per side ?)
1 x 3 inch gun (Aft)
4 x Torpedo Tubes (Mounted below the waterline. Arranged two a side?) (21 inch ?)

Unnamed
Three Cruisers
No other details provided

Unnamed
Corvette, class not specified
No other details provided.

Germany

Bleucher
Scharnhorst Class Battleship (Modified)
Twin Funnels
Other details as per the real ships.
Note: Name is close to that of the Hipper Class Cruiser Blücher which was sunk during the opening phases of the Norwegian Campaign (9 April, 1940). Referred to as a 'Battle-cruiser' in the text as were the actual Scharnhorst's from time-to-time.

E12
S-Boat, class not specified
No other details
Note: Referred to as an 'E-boat' which is how the British referred to them during WWII.

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Raider
No other details provided

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: A first officers desire to avenge himself on the commander of a German raider leads him into increasingly dangerous situations.

Note: The illustrations in this one are particularly wayward, but I think I've got everything right. While a note at the start indicates the story has been previously published it does not state which year this was.

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« Reply #329 on: May 10, 2017, 01:34:56 am »
John Margerison, Torpedo Verses Gun: The Story of a Naval Bet, 1919

United Kingdom

HMS Q18
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 4 inch gun, 2 x 21 inch TT (Bow), other armament if any not specified
Speed: 18 knots (Not specified if surfaced or submerged speed.)
No other details provided

HMS Q12
Submarine, class not specified
Same details as HMS Q18.

HMS Firebrand
Light Cruiser, class not specified
Armament: 6 x 6 inch guns, 12 pdrs & 3 pdrs
Speed: 30 knots
No other details provided
Possibly a D Class Cruiser, speed/main battery fit that class.

HMS Quarrelsome
Light Cruiser, class not specified
Implied to be the same class as HMS Firebrand
Note: A ship of this name also appears in the novel Midshipman Rex Carew VC. Probably the same ship. See above entry for a possible class.

HMS Wolf
Animal Class Battlecruiser
Implied to be the same ship that appears in the novel Midshipman Rex Carew VC.

Germany

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified
Armament (Authors description): "...fairly bristling with guns of all kinds - anti-aircraft, six-inch and maxims - and carrying the latest things in torpedoes."

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified
Armament: 2 x 4 inch guns (Fore and aft of conning tower), torpedo armament not specified
Speed: 16 knots (Surfaced)

SMS Wulfing
Light Cruiser
No other details provided

SMS Essen
Armoured Cruiser
No other details provided

SMS Furst Ernest
Battlecruiser
Three Funnels
Main Battery: 10 guns of unspecified caliber in twin turrets
No other details provided

SMS Jason
Light Cruiser
No other details provided

SMS Kaiser Freidrich III
Battleship, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with the lead ship of the Kaiser Freidrich III Class of Pre-Dreadnoughts in service 1898 - February 1915, used as a prison hulk/barracks ship until scrapped in 1920. In the story it is to be stated to be a month old when sunk. If the stories final battle is Jutland then she may be a Bayern class.

SMS Wörth
Battleship, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a Brandenburg Class Pre-Dreadnought in service 1893-1916, used as a Barracks ship 1916-1919. See note above for her possible class.

SMS Kasier Wilhelm Der Grosse
Battleship, class not specified
Stated to be the German Flagship
Note: Name clashes with a member of the Kaiser Freidrich III Class of Pre-Dreadnoughts in service 1901 - April 1915, used as a depot ship 1915-1919. See note about SMS Kaiser Freidrich III for her possible class

SMS Blumen
Pre-Dreadnought(?) Battleship
Described as being "...somewhat elderly..."
No other details provided

SMS Markgraf
König Class battleship
Real ship, details as in service

SMS Kaiserin
Kaiser Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real life in service 1913-1919. In novel sunk by HMS Q18

SMS Von der Tann
Von der Tann Class Battlecruiser
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real life in service 1910-1919. In novel sunk by HMS Q18.

U98
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant matches that of a U93 Class U-Boat that was in service 1917-1919. In novel sunk by HMS Firebrand.

Turkey

Yavuz Sultan Selim (ex-SMS Goeben)
Battlecruiser
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In real life scrapped in 1973. In novel torpedoed by HMS Q18 and heavily damaged.

Plot summary: Early in WWI the captain of a light cruiser and the captain of a submarine make a bet over just which weapon, torpedo or gun, is going to be the more effective in the conflict.

Note: Identification of the three German battleships I have tentatively identified as being additional members of the Bayern Class is purely speculative, none of the combat sequences in this book save the last conform to any actual event. The last battle may be a distorted version of Jutland, however it is of interest for one other reason, it bares some resemblance to the type of battle the Japanese planned to fight in any future war against the US following WWI, with surface warships and submarines operating together.
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