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Fictional Warships - Novels
« on: October 29, 2015, 10:11:42 am »
This thread is effectively a relaunch of the "Fictional Never-Were" thread from Warship Projects 3.0.

It covers fictional warships in novels such as:

USS John F Kennedy (BCGN-???) (Joe Poyer: North Cape, 1969)

First up...

John Watson: The Final Act, 2000

Hindenburg
Bismark Class Battleship (Third member of class)
Has been converted into a monitor.
Hull dimensions are the same as the real ships.
Armament: 4 x 15inch Guns (Turrets 'Anton' & 'Bruno') & 16 3.7 cm guns (8 twin turrets)
Propulsion: 2 Diesel engines driving a single shaft, maximum speed 12 knots.
Armour has been greatly thickened compared to the Bismark and Tirpitz

HMS Trent
York Class Cruiser (Third member of class.)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: Nazi Germany sends the Hindenburg to bombard Washington in 1945 (Unknown to the captain the real plan is to transport $89,000,000 worth of gold to the US.). The monitor battles with HMS Trent and sinks her by ramming. A mutiny then takes place after the crew discover the gold. The ship is abandoned in Greenland and lies abandoned until a Dot-Com millionaire salvages the ship so he can use it as the center-piece of a theme park he plans to build.

After arriving at Washington the ship is boarded by a 'Sovereign Citizen' who somehow manages to fire one of the main guns at the White House (He misses). A Harpoon missile is fired at the Hindenburg by USS Clark (FFG-11) (A real ship.), which explodes but does not damage the ship, however does it break apart after running aground after the tow ropes are cut.

Note: This is the authors second novel, the first novel 'The Iron Man' (1998) is also covered in this thread.
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2015, 06:56:43 pm »
David Poyer China Sea, 2000

USS Oliver C. Gaddis (FFG-1???)
Knox Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Surface armament has been augmented as follows, in addition to the standard weapons fit out the following weapons have been equipped, a quad-40mm gun mounted on the fantail, two twin-40mm mounts on the boat deck (Port/Starboard), plus 20mm guns at unspecified locations.

USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

China

Unnamed
Ex-IJN Katori Class
Stats as per the real ships, electronics have been modernized. The air craft catapult has been replaced with SSM missile launchers of an unspecified type.

Unnamed
Two Type 062 Class Gunboats
Details as per the real ships

Unspecified State (Ships probably belong to specific countries, but their identities/nationality are concealed, both from the hero and the reader.)

Unnamed
Underway Replenishment Ship
Smaller than the US Replenishment ships extant in the 1990s
Diesel Engines
Three Island layout
Can handle both fuel and ammunition replenishment.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Nuclear submarine, class not specified
Not a US Submarine, possible nationalities are British, French or Russian.
No other details provided

Plot Summary: A beached USN captain is given the job of preparing a frigate for transfer to Pakistan during the buildup to Desert Storm. He instead finds himself sailing into stranger and stranger waters in the search for pirates in the South China Sea.

Note: This intrigue heavy plot is perhaps the authors wildest foray into naval action fiction, whenever I read it I cannot stop myself from thinking of Douglas Reeman's 'The Greatest Enemy' (1970), another novel set in the same region of the world and drawing upon similar fears about China.
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2015, 06:56:14 am »
David Poyer: The Passage, 1995

United States

USS Threadfin (SSN-???)
Thresher Class (or as later known Permit Class) Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Barrett (DDG-998)
Kidd Class Destroyer (Fifth member of class.)
Details as per the real ships in regards to dimensions and armaments.
The difference between this ship and the actual members of the class is in the command and control hardware which incorporates a program called ACDADS (Automated Combat Decision and Direction System), or as named by the crew 'Elmo'. If the correct mode is selected the computer is capable of fighting by itself, having full control over the ships propulsion, steering and weapons...

Russia

Razytelny
Krivak Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: The year is 1980, the USS Barrett (DDG-998), the newest ship in the US Navy has just entered service, provided the bugs can be worked out of her software, the ship may become the model for 21st Century warships, that is provided the Soviets don't interfere.
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2015, 05:54:12 pm »
Now from David Poyer's more or less plausable creations to something a little less plauseable.

Charles D. Taylor, Silent Hunter, 1987

USS Imperator

A rather vaguely described super-sub. Length is around 1500ft, the aft (two thirds of the distance from the bow)  mounted conning tower tops out at most 120ft above the keel of the submarine. Hull width is unspecified.

Armament: The usual stuff for an attack submarine, in larger quantities, plus a marine contingent with tanks and helicopters (no mention if the bow opens to deploy the tanks via a ramp or they deploy via heli-lift).

Speed: Submerged: 25 knots(+). Surfaced: Unspecified

Plot: The Russians try to make the entire Arctic Ocean their own lake.

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« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2015, 04:48:54 am »
Now to an altogether more bleak place...

David Mace, DEMON-4, 1984

DEMON-4

Autonomous underwater combat vehicle. Control system comprises a computer linked to a suitably conditioned human brain.

Length: 15m
Beam: 3.2m
Height: 2.6m

Speed:  Max: 30knots (+) (submerged), surface speed not mentioned.

Armament: Torpedos and hypervelocity weapons referred to as 'Darts' and 'Bolts'.  Also carries various decoys and can be fitted with manipulators and a pod to carry one human occupant at the expense of the weapons load.

Plot Summary: WWIII ended after 65 days. The struggle to survive has begun, but the machines built to protect resource areas are too paranoid to be shut down, they can only be killed...

(Later:I've added a scan of the Tony Roberts cover of the novel, which also seems to be based on the authors description.)
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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2015, 02:06:02 pm »
Hmmm, really scraping the depths of my memory here. A novel I think was called 'Fathom'. An optionally-manned minisub/UUV developed by the French code-named Green Dolphin. Standard techno-thriller plot: hijacked equipment, nuclear terrorism, race against time etc. Published some time in the first half of the 1980s? Google's not helping, so is anyone else's memory jogged?

It's of interest because the Green Dolphin seems to anticipate a lot of current thinking. As mentioned, it is designed for covert military operations, large enough to carry one person if required (largely during testing and development), it can operate unmanned, autonomously for long periods, it has an internal pumpjet propulsor and an anechoic coat.

Also, John Birmingham's trilogy beginning with 'Weapons of Choice' presents a whole fleet of futuristic but reasonably extrapolated vessels, too many to name and describe in one post.
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« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2015, 05:53:31 pm »
Hmmm, really scraping the depths of my memory here. A novel I think was called 'Fathom'. An optionally-manned minisub/UUV developed by the French code-named Green Dolphin. Standard techno-thriller plot: hijacked equipment, nuclear terrorism, race against time etc. Published some time in the first half of the 1980s? Google's not helping, so is anyone else's memory jogged?

Mine is, I've actually read it, but I don't have a copy. The only thing I can remember from the plot is that when the agent sent to stop it finds the submarine the coating on the outside feels like flesh and the person manning it is found to be very dead.

I'm wondering if those ideas were floating around (no pun intended) at the time.

Demon-4 has a ducted water jet propulsion system and is also optimised to minimise noise (internal weapons bays, a conformal shape, anechoic coat, etc)

Much of the novel (after giving the backstory) is a series of slow, silent approaches to weaken the defenses of the target.

Between pages 49-51 of the 1984 Panther edition (which may have been the only one) there is a pretty detailed 'data-dump', it might be enough for someone to run up an illustration.

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« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2015, 06:27:45 pm »
"Steel Albatross" of the book by the same name. Scott Carpenter

It's in a box somewhere, but it's been ages since I read it, and I don't remember the specs beyond it being a manned Slocum glider. The concept has definitely stuck with me.

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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2015, 06:41:08 pm »
USS Cunningham, from Choosers of the Slain by James H. Cobb

Stealth design with a clipper bow and a well deck.

Length: 580 feet
Displacement: unclear (stated once as 80,000 tons, but also as less than a WW2 heavy cruiser, which means less than about 18,000 tons)
Propulsion: gas turbine electric with podded propulsors, 2 x 45,000 hp motors
Speed: officially "greater than 30 knots" but we see the ship making 42 knots in Sea State 5

Armament: two 76mm OTO Melara Super Rapid guns, advanced Phalanx CIWS (4 x 25mm Gatlings plus 2 x quad Rolling Airframe Missile), torpedo tubes, and 196 cold-launch VLS tubes.

Missiles: (initial load out)
Surface-to-surface: 36 Harpoon Two, 12 Standard HARM, 12 Sea SLAM, and 12 Strategic Cruise Missiles.
ASW: 36 Vertical Launch ASROC, 4 Aquahawks (ASW Tomahawk).
Surface-to-air: 48 LORAIN, 28 ESSM quad packs (112 missiles).
Special-mission loads: 4 BRAVE 2000 drones and 1 Zenith anti-satellite round (this is stacked on deck for launch and said to take up 4 VLS cells).

Aircraft: two SAH-66 Sea Commanche helicopters (nose-mounted APG-65 radar plus optional Clearwater III AEW radar or dipping sonar and sonobouys)

Sensors: AN/SPY-2A Augmented AEGIS, Mast-Mounted Sights, sonar
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2015, 09:29:04 am »
Richard Thompson, The Tiger Cruise, 1999

USS Woodbridge (SSN-349)
Los Angeles Class Submarine (688i Subclass)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant is well outside the range of the Los Angeles Class (SSN-688 to 773 with gaps at 726 to 743 (Ohio Class) and 744 to 749 (Unassigned)). The number clashes with that of USS Diodon (SS-349) a Balao Class Submarine in service 1946 - 1971.

K-387
Russian Submarine. Class unspecified in novel
Capable of carrying a mini-sub (See below)

Experimental Submarine Observatory (ESO)
Mini Sub (French Designed)
Comissioned: June 1997
Length: 20.15ft (6.14m)
Beam: 10ft (3.05m)
Crew: 3
Armament: 1 324mm torpedo tube (Mk32, Mod14)
Nuclear powered
Speed: 24 knots

Note: Undetectable by all but the most modern passive sonar systems, exactly how is not specified by the author.

Plot Summary: Renegade Russians and agents of Saddam Hussain attempt to launch a bio-weapon attack on the United States, attempts to intercept them are made much harder by a massive offshore earthquake which causes a devastating tsunami to strike the east coast of North America. In the end it comes down to one submarine, which was carrying out a 'Tiger Cruise' taking friends and family of the crew out for the experience of a lifetime...
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2015, 03:36:25 am »
Ahem - if I may be allowed to mention my own book - The Foresight War http://quarryhs.co.uk/TFWreviews.htm  B) - this describes a number of fictional WW2 RN warships, including:

KGV class designed around reused 15" turrets (from R class battleships as well as surplus) to save time and money;

A new "frigate" light cruiser/fleet escort of around 4,500 tons with four twin 4.7" L/50 DP, instead of Didos;

Different destroyers and convoy escorts.
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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2015, 01:59:21 am »
Douglas Reeman, The Deep Silence, 1967

United Kingdom

HMS Temeraire (S.191, Callsign: BLUEBOY)
Valiant Class Submarine (Third member of class, her sister ship HMS Phoenix is the fourth...)
Details as per the real ships.

United States

USS Pyramus (SSBN-???, Callsign: SUNRAY)
Nuclear Submarine, class not specified.
Class unspecified, but clearly not the same class as the '41 for Freedom' Polaris submarines as it is explicitly stated that she carries 18 Polaris missiles. Torpedo armament is not specified but probably the same as the other US SSBNs 4 x 21 inch bow tubes. (This could be another one worthy of an attempt at doing an illustration.)

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Chinese submarine, class not specified, but may be a Type 033 (Romeo Class) or Type 03  (Whiskey Class).


Unnamed
Chinese covert Anti-Submarine Warfare vessel built around a trawler hull (Implied to be similar to 1960s commercial trawlers in appearance.) Armament includes one heavy caliber gun (Min:3in - Max:5in) mounted in a fake deckhouse aft of the bridge along with depth charge throwers. Sensors include a variable depth sonar system. (This is another 'never-where' that might be illustratable.)

Plot Summary: The Royal Navy's newest submarine finds itself in the middle of an undeclared war between the United States Navy and the Peoples Liberation Army Navy.

I've attached the cover of the 1973 edition of the novel as it is one of the instances of a cover artist (Chris Mayger(?)) clearly making an attempt to depict the main ship featured.
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« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2015, 01:52:52 am »
Brian Callison, A Frenzy of Merchantmen, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Afghan
Type 81 (Tribal Class)  Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

MS British Venturer
Armed Merchant Cruiser operated by the Royal Navy's covert operations wing, the BMSNC (British Mutual Steam Navigation Company). Armament varies depending on mission, but can include guns, missiles torpedos and mines. For this operation the armament is a single 50-Mt nuclear bomb.

Russia

Unnamed
Skoryy-class destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: An attempt to respond to Soviet provocations at sea goes badly wrong....

Later:I've added a scan of the front cover of the 1981 paperback release of this novel. A rather impressive image of a Soviet Destroyer by Paul Wright.  The full cover is linked below.

A Frenzy of Merchantmen: Full Cover

A Frenzy of Merchantmen: Full (1981) Cover
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« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2015, 03:02:39 am »
Phillip E High The Time Mercenaries, 1968

The British Submarine Euphrates   

in Story it sank after collision with a Destroyer
it's dead crew and wreckage were recover and put in storage.
Centuries later the pacified mankind resuscitated the crew and repair the Submarine.
The Euphrates and it's crew are now last line of defense of Mankind, on a colony planet under Invasion of pitiless Aliens

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« Reply #15 on: November 22, 2015, 03:17:11 am »
Hammond Innes, Medusa, 1988

HMS Medusa
Type 12 (Leander Class) Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: An ageing Royal Navy frigate with a scratch crew finds itself caught up in an attempt to seize Majorca for the Soviet Union.

Note: The cover of this book, while quite nice is also inaccurate, the artist (Kevin Tweddell) depicts the HMS Medusa as a Type 21 Frigate rather than the Type 12 Frigate the authors description clearly makes her out to be. The cover for the 2003 re-issue of the story paired with the authors 1960 novel The Doomed Oasis by artist Larry Rostant, is also inaccurate, while it depicts a scene from the novel, the ship depicted seems to be mix of several different country's warships, unless someone knows otherwise.
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« Reply #16 on: November 22, 2015, 07:15:17 am »
Geoffrey Jenkins, The Unripe Gold, 1983

MS Beryte

Libyan Armed Merchant Cruiser (Along with her sister ship the MS Bachir)

Weight: 12,000 tons
Armament: 4 x 130mm guns (Twin mounts), 8 x 57mm guns (twin mounts), SS-N-2 (triple mount), plus unspecified number of 20mm weapons (All weapons concealed under fake deck cargo.)
Also carries 2 x Ka-25 'Hormone' Helicopters
Hull form: Implied to be Three-Island rather than All-Aft.

Plot Summary: Colonel Gaddafi tries to get his hands on a large quantity of iridium, the key to a new form of fuel cell.


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« Reply #17 on: November 22, 2015, 05:01:25 pm »
Antony Trew, Two Hours to Darkness, 1963

HMS Retaliate
'Missile' (George Washington) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: One of six American George Washington Class Submarines sold to the United Kingdom, other class members named in the novel are HMS Deterrant and HMS Massive.

Plot Summary: The year is 1964. A British SSBN captain decides to carry out a live fire test of his submarines Polaris missiles. This one is definitely worth finding as it was born out of the controversies surrounding the cancellation of Skybolt and the American demands for a 'Dual-Key' system for Polaris.

Cover for the 1979 paperback, which depicts an image that is probably quite disconcerting for American readers (Note the flag on the sub...) was by Paul Wright.

The cover for the 1963 hardback release by John Rose, rather oddly, depicts the USS Nautilus (SSN-571). It appears to be based off a photograph taken during the Nautilus's sea trials in 1955. (Navsource: USS Nautilus during Sea Trials (1955)
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« Reply #18 on: November 24, 2015, 08:45:49 am »
Now for something completely different....

Geoffrey Jenkins, The Watering Place of Good Peace, 1960 (Rev 1974)

HMS Plymouth Sound

Sixth-Rate Frigate

Details as per the real ships. Aside from this detail, whoever designed the ship got the hullform right, she is one of the fastest sailing ships in the world, given that in the book she is chasing a ship capable of an average speed of 10.5 knots (Reasoning available on request) her average speed is probably pretty close to that.

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« Reply #19 on: November 25, 2015, 08:20:48 am »
Now back to a regular service....

Geoffrey Jenkins, A Twist of Sand, 1959

United Kingdom

HMS Trout
T-Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

NP-1
Experimental U-boat.
Weight: 3000 tons
Power: Nuclear
Propulsion: Water-Jet (Surface speed: 25 knots. Submerged speed: 22 knots.)
Armament: Probably the same as U-boats in the later stages of WWII. No surface armament.
Appearance: Hullform probably not much different to a standard U-boat. Conning tower looks like an airplane wing.

Plot summary: In 1941 a British submarine is given orders to hunt down and destroy a prototype U-boat that has the potential to win the war for Germany should it prove successful in combat. In 1959 the British submarines captain returns to the region seeking answers to events that occurred when he completed his mission.

Note: As written above the novel indicates these events involving HMS Trout & NP-1 take place in 1941 or 42 at the latest. The novels briefing scene however contains references to Type XXI U-Boats and Walther propulsion experiments neither of which existed until 1943. It is of note that the film version of the novel released in 1968 moves the events to 1943.

Note: I've managed to locate a copy of the 5th printing of the 1959 hardback edition, cover artist as for the first printing of 'Two Hours to Darkness' is John Rose.
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« Reply #20 on: December 26, 2015, 06:08:49 am »
Douglas Reeman, The Greatest Enemy, 1970

United Kingdom

HMS Terrapin
Type 16 Frigate (ex T-Class destroyer)
Details as per the real ships.

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Chinese submarine, class not specified, but may be a Type 033 (Romeo Class) or Type 03  (Whiskey Class).
Details regards dimensions as per the real submarine classes (Whichever one the author intended.) The armament adds a retractable surface-to-surface rocket launcher mounted forward of the conning tower.

Plot Summary: A disgraced RN captain tries to find redemption by bringing new purpose to the dispirited crew of an ageing frigate nearing it's pay off date.

Note: This is the novel I always think of when reading David Poyer's 'China Sea' (2000).
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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2015, 01:39:51 am »
Thanks for sharing these again, I've long missed the original thread, and the rest of, Warship Discussion 3.0.

Over at Shipbucket I've collected a list of fictional ships from books and film from a wide variety of sources, from old children's books available on Project Gutenberg, other maritime fiction sites, Wikipedia (the list there is now somewhat shorter due to over-zealous editing) and films I've come across over the years.
The sources are not recorded in my list. Instead I've offered it as a "whatifian" library of names to show how these ships might fit into a 'real/alt-world' scenario and noting name clashes or naming conventions they don't meet and some basic descriptions where available and 'best guesses' to allow them to be slotted in for alternate history purposes. Generally I don't record obviously sci-fi vessels (1000ft long submarines etc.) or names like HMAS Bondi Beach for a carrier. There are no sailing ships either, that genre would add some considerable length! Interesting inventions like 1910 conceptions of what cruisers might be like in 1925 are listed and sometimes the odd aircraft concept gets thrown in too.

http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5756&p=134373#p134373

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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2015, 04:01:52 am »
Hood, thanks for linking to that and for preserving the contents of Wikipedia's list of Fictional Ships. If there are any on this list that have not appeared on yours feel free to add. BTW, do you know if anyone on Shipbucket has tried to do an illustration of any of the ships on the list?

You may wish to amend the USS Barrett entry, it's definitely a Kidd Class.

Now to end the year with a little panache....

Tom Clancy, Clear and Present Danger, 1989

USCGC Panache

280ft Coast Guard Cutter (Only ship in class, others cancelled by budget cuts.)

Power: Diesel
Propulsion: Twin screw? (Speed 25 knots.)
Armament: 1x 40mm, Unspecified number of .50 mgs (Most likely somewhere between 2 & 6, based on real life examples.)
Fitted with a helipad large enough to take a Sikorsky MH-53.

Plot Summary: A routine interception of an attempt to smuggle cocaine into the United States discovers a massive money laundering operation and leads to attempts to take a 'gloves off' approach to the Columbian Cartels.

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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2015, 04:41:35 am »
Ahem - if I may be allowed to mention my own book - The Foresight War http://quarryhs.co.uk/TFWreviews.htm  which describes a number of fictional WW2 RN warships, including:

KGV class designed around reused 15" turrets (from R class battleships as well as surplus) to save time and money;

A new "frigate" light cruiser/fleet escort of around 4,500 tons with four twin 4.7" L/50 DP, instead of Didos;

Different destroyers and convoy escorts.

I was intrigued to read in Friedman's new book on British battleships that the Admiralty did in fact suggest in 1937 not just modifying the KGV design to take the four surplus 15" turrets, but also building more such ships and arming them with turrets taken from the obsolescent R class battleships as they were retired. Which is exactly what I proposed in my novel.  B)


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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2015, 04:46:46 am »
Truth is indeed often stranger than fiction!
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« Reply #25 on: December 31, 2015, 04:48:41 am »
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« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2015, 05:56:45 am »
Due to the surge of interest...

Laurence Delaney, The Triton Ultimatum, 1977

USS Lewis & Clark (SSGN - 999)

Triton Class

Armament: 24x Posedion (? Description sounds more like Tridents...) Missiles, 6 Torpedo tube launched cruise missiles (Tomahawk?), Unspecified number of torpedo tubes (Probably 21in)

Single Shaft propulsion. Speed not specified.

Plot Summary: Extortionists steal a nuclear submarine and demand the usual ransom or else they launch...

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« Reply #27 on: January 01, 2016, 01:01:08 am »
For my first post of the year, a novel featuring fictional ships from two eras.

Geoffrey Jenkins, A Grue of Ice, 1962

Fictional Warships (WWII)

HMS Scott - Destroyer(?)
Meteor - German Commerce Raider (Details/Armament much the same as the others of her type save that one 5.9in gun was left at her crews secret base.)

Fictional Warships (1961)

Thorshammer

Ninth(?) Type 12 (Whitby Class) Frigate (Referred to as a 'Destroyer' throughout the novel.)

Details much as the original ships, save that she carries a flying boat (Described as an He-114), presumably aft, meaning that some armament located there may have been deleted to make room for the handling equipment. Only armament mentioned in the novel are the 2x 4.5in in the forward turret, 2x 40mm (STAAG?) aft of the emergency conning position, and at least 8 torpedo tubes of a size not specified but probably 21 in.

Plot Summary: An amateur ocean scientists attempt to prove the existence of a warm current in the South Atlantic becomes tangled in a madmans attempt to find a long lost island and the mineral wealth it contains.

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« Reply #28 on: January 01, 2016, 05:29:48 am »
An appearance of a fictional warship in a non-war novel loosely based on the Donald Crowhurst saga.

Antony Trew, Sea Fever, 1980

USS Skippack (SSN-???)
Skipjack Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class has been determined solely from the name. No specifics are provided by the author.

Her role in the story is as follows, while on a transit to Guantanamo Bay her crew takes some R-rated photographs of a yacht through the attack periscope. Interestingly the boat in question is only supposed to have one person aboard...

As that person puts it when he reaches England, "Peeping Toms, aren't they - these submariners."
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« Reply #29 on: January 01, 2016, 02:49:59 pm »
Clive Cussler, Iceberg, 1975 & Deep Six, 1984

USCGC Catawaba

Referred to in the first novel as "...the Coast Guard's newest supercutter..." and in the second simply as a 'cutter' the ship is diesel propelled and has a helipad aft, but few other details provided save that the crew strength is 177 (17 officers, 160 men).

MS Hobson (Mentioned in Deep Six)

Armed Merchant Cruiser (AMC) operated by the CIA, converted from an Attack Cargo Transport (AKA), armament included unspecified missiles.

HMS Pathfinder (Mentioned in Deep Six)

British 'Missile Destroyer'

Aircraft mavens may be interested to know that in the first novel the Coast Guard has been given what are implied to be KC-135s for iceberg spotting...
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« Reply #30 on: January 01, 2016, 11:52:54 pm »
Christopher Nicole, The Ship With No Name, 1987

British

HMS Erebus
Tenth E-class destroyer

Details are as the actual ships circa 1942. Author probably not aware that a Monitor of the same name existed in WWII.

HMS Bombast
Cruiser - Class unspecified only detail provided by the author is that the ship is 500ft (150m) long.

German

Atlas - German Commerce Raider (Details as per the historic ships)

Colossus - German Commerce Raider (Details as per the historic ships)

Nemo - German flat-top aircraft carrier

Length - 820ft (250m)
Displacement - 20,000t (Empty)
Speed - 40 knots
Aircraft - 20 JU88 bombers
No other armament or armor.

Plot summary: Following the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and the Battle of Midway, Japanese pilots travel to Germany to train for a one-way strike against New York City. The attached cover picture depicts the moment the strike is launched.

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« Reply #31 on: January 02, 2016, 03:30:17 am »
Now for something a little pulpier...

J. E. MacDonnell, Operation Octopus, 1968

German (WWII)

U-497

Type XXIII Submarine (Number however is that of one of the cancelled Type XIVs...)

Details as per the actual ships presumably.

United States (1968?)

USS Undaunted (SSBN-???)

Class name is not given. From the limited description provided, this ship would look somewhat like a cross between an Ethan Allen and a Typhoon, all the missile silos are on the forepart of the ship.

Armament: 16 Polaris missiles. Unspecified number of torpedos (Some have nuclear warheads.) assuming usual SSBN practice only four forward facing tubes are fitted.

Plot Summary: Nazi holdouts operating from an underwater city hijack a US nuclear submarine with the aid of weird science...
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Geoffrey Archer, Eagle Trap, 1993

English

HMS Eagle
Invincible Class Carrier

Details as per actual ships, book notes that the mission that opens the novel was her first time in combat (November 1993)

Russia

Korund
Tango Class Submarine

Details as per the actual ships.

United States

USS Carl Jackson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier

Details as per the actual ships.
 
USS Stevens (FFG-???)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate

Details as per the actual ships.

Plot Summary: When a Lebanese gangster determined to get revenge for a British carrier strike on his headquarters manages to come into posession of two stolen Soviet nuclear weapons, the race is on to prevent their use.
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« Reply #33 on: January 02, 2016, 06:59:33 am »
Mike Lunnon-Wood, King's Shilling, 1998

HMS Beaufort
Type 23 (Duke) Class Frigate (Seventeenth member of class.)
Details as per the actual ships.

Plot Summary: The year is 1996. When one of the factions in the Liberian Civil War decides to specifically target Westerners, the Royal Navies newest warship finds itself fighting a battle more akin to those fought by the Navy on land in the 19th C.
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« Reply #34 on: January 02, 2016, 08:02:19 am »
Charles Ryan, The Capricorn Quadrant, 1990

French

D'Estienne d'vois
Ex-US Brooke Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Armament has been augmented with twin Exocet launchers aft of the stack.

Russia

Troikiska
Alfa Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Asov
Slava(?) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Izentzi
Slava(?) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

And for the aircraft mavens.

Yakolev ICF-1 'Saber'
Stealth Aircraft (Spy/ASAT plane)
Crew: 2
Avionics: The aircrafts avionics system is highly automated and controlled by two computers. The first handles flight/avionics functions. The second computer is a Kamov T-VAC an AI system that controls all armament related functions in normal operation, but which can in an emergency situation control the aircraft independent of a human pilot.
Engines: 3 x Lyul'ka FL-30P Tubofans (Fictional engine, intakes and exhausts are baffled to minimize the IR signature.)
Cruising Altitude: 280,000ft (85.3 km)
Cruising Speed: 0.9Mach
Description: "Totally black, it had no fuselage as such, but was one continuous wing curved like a boomerang. It spread 188 feet (57.3m), and the tips nearly touched the walls of the hangar. Astern of the root frame, two vertical stabilizers towered thirty-five feet (10.7m) into the air."
Armament:  The aircraft is armed by a directed energy weapon referred to as a 'Fusion Beam'. The weapon is powered by a miniaturized cold fusion reactor (Note: Cold fusion was a thing that was 'big' at the end of the 80s, it does not work.). As described in the novel the turret (mounted behind the cockpit) the weapon is mounted in can hit any target except for those in "...a six degree arc directly astern...", over-the-horizon targets can be hit by reflecting the beam off of a suitable surface.
Note:  The aircraft is a prototype of a class of aircraft intended as a 'stopgap' response to the American SDI program until large scale deployment of satellites armed with directed energy weapons is completed. The strategic reconnaissance capability is a secondary capability.

United States

USS Scorpionfish (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Plot Summary: A Soviet stealth aircraft fitted with an experimental AI and an equally experimental beam weapon comes down in the Pacific Ocean after being attacked by a computer virus. Now on a war footing, the AI proceeds to defend itself against all comers.

Note: Not the best of novels as the author has some strange ideas, notably that Exocets are AAW capable... The two Soviet cruisers are described as 'Slavas Class', I've made an editorial decision and assumed he meant Slava Class.
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« Reply #35 on: January 02, 2016, 04:35:05 pm »
David Poyer, The Circle, 1992

United States

USS Reynolds Ryan (DD-768) (Hull number is that of the USS Hoel which was scrapped incomplete in the 1950s)
Gearing Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: FRAM I conversion (AN/SQS-35 VDS system fitted is described as experimental.)

Russia

Unnamed
Yankee Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Described in the novel as "...a second flight Yankee boat... with a patrol loadout of SS-N-6 mod threes."

Plot Summary: A newly graduated US Navy ensign experiences both triumph and tragedy aboard an aging destroyer in the 1970's (The author never specifies the year, but probably after 1973.) The attached image is an artists impression of the USS Reynolds Ryan (DD-768) from the inside pages of my copy of the novel.
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« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2016, 07:40:52 pm »
Moving on to one of the more obscure technothrillers...

Richard Moran, Cold Sea Rising, 1985

United States

USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class SSBN

Details for weapons as per the actual ships. Novel describes her as being fitted with some modifications to increase underwater stealth. Firstly the hull has been coated with a 'sound absorbing paint'. Secondly the sub has the ability to alter its hull contour with the aid of "...computer-controlled sheathing built into the exterior plates." Thirdly the conning tower has been reprofiled. Supposedly she can sail to within 500yards (460m) of an active sonar and not be detected. Gives speed (Not specified as surfaced or underwater) as "...over fourty knots."

Russia

Mezen
Oscar Class Submarine

Details as per actual ships if you go by the class name. Armament adds anti-aircraft laser weapons. Author seems to have believed Oscar Class was an SSBN armed with 'SS-N-34' ballistic missiles.

Plot Summary: In 1999 a massive underwater eruption causes the Ross ice shelf to break free of the Antarctic mainland and drift north.

Note: This is another one where the author has strange ideas, aside from his ideas about the Oscar Class. In this case when the USS George Washington Carver is first encountered she is performing a task more suited to an SSN, namely tailing Russian submarines. Supposedly this is to test the stealth modifications, but there are other and more obvious ways to go about doing that...
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« Reply #37 on: January 02, 2016, 11:08:05 pm »
Craig Thomas, Sea Leopard, 1981

British

HMS Proteus

SSN, class not specified, referred to as "...the latest British nuclear submarine."

Length: 250ft (76m)

Fitted with an experimental anti-sonar system codenamed "Leopard".

Weapons fit probably not much different from actual British classes of the period.


Russia

Grishka
Victor II class SSN

Details as per actual ships. Torpedo mix includes an experimental MIRV warhead designed to disable an opposing submarine by the use of cables to disable the propeller and a reduced charge warhead also intended to disable rather than destroy.

Karpaty
Submarine Rescue Ship

Plot Summary: The Soviet Union succeeds in capturing a British submarine fitted with a revolutionary anti-sonar system, can she be recovered before it's secrets can be revealed.
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« Reply #38 on: January 03, 2016, 05:34:05 am »
One of several novels I know of that were inspired in part by the 1976 Fort Dix Swine Flu outbreak.

Neil Bayne, Innoculate!, 1979

USS Avenger (SSBN-???)

USS Liberty (SSBN-???)

USS Retribution (SSBN-???)

USS Swordfish (SSBN-???)


'Trident' Class SSBN

Four reactor powerplant, speed unspecified.
Armament: 24 Trident Missiles, Unspecified number of torpedos, but probably only four forward tubes if standard practice is followed.

As to what they look like, the only clues are as follows, their names are painted on the bows and this description of the USS Avenger at the start of her mission:

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Looking like the mother of all sharks as her two-story dorsal sail parted the waters, the nuclear submarine shot forward.

Plot Summary: The year is 1992 and a cabal in the United States Government attempts to use a genetically engineered plague to take control of the worlds resources.
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« Reply #39 on: January 03, 2016, 06:42:36 am »
A guilty pleasure...

Clive Cussler, Pacific Vortex!, 1983

United States

USS Starbuck (SSN-989)
SSN, Class unspecified.

Length: 320ft (98m)
Propulsion: Nuclear power (two reactors) - Twin shaft
Armament: 'Hyperion' missiles (number unspecified), Torpedoes (Number of tubes unspecified)


MS Martha Ann
US Navy covert underwater salvage ship
Converted 12,000 ton freighter, three island design.
Highly automated. 15 man crew.
Helipad

USS Monitor (FFG-??? or CG(N)-???)

Armed with 'Hyperion' missiles, other armament and details not specified. Referred to as both a 'Frigate' and a 'Cruiser' in the book.

Russia

Andrei Vyborg
Oceanographic 'research' ship (eg Spy ship..)

Plot Summary: When the United States Navies newest nuclear submarine goes missing, who do you call...?

Note: Finally managed to find the hull number for the USS Starbuck after 33 years, though I've always been amused by the depiction of the Submarine as a Skipjack with hull number SSN-107 on the cover.
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« Reply #40 on: January 04, 2016, 08:00:15 am »
Douglas Reeman, Dive in the Sun, 1961 & Surface with Daring, 1976

HMS XE-16 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships. Save dimensions (L: 54ft (16m), B: 6ft (1.8m), D: 5.3 ft (1.60m))

HMS XE-17 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships.

HMS XE-18 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships.

HMS XE-19 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships.

HMS XE-26 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships.

HMS XE-51 (Dive in the Sun)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships. Pennant number conflicts with the first Stickleback Class mini-sub.

HMS Cephalus (Surface with Daring)

Submarine Depot Ship for XE-Craft.

No other details provided.

Plot Summary: (Dive in the Sun) Prior to the invasion of Italy an XE-Class Submarine is sent to destroy a floating dock. (Surface with Daring) XE-Class Submarines are sent to destroy the launch site of a missile larger than the V-2.
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« Reply #41 on: January 04, 2016, 08:21:41 am »
Austin Ferguson, Random Track, 1979

USS Valiant (CVN-??)
Class not specified.
Speed: 49 knots
Length: 1200ft (370m)
Main flight deck length: 1080ft (330m)
Angled flight deck length:  800ft (240m)
Launched 1978
No other details provided

USS Wakefield (CG-?? or CGN-??)
Guided missile crusier
No other details provided

Plot Summary: The first non-stop flight between the United States and China suffers an uncontained engine failure, leaving the flight crew with the choice of ditching or attempting to land a DC-10 on the deck of the worlds largest aircraft carrier.
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« Reply #42 on: January 04, 2016, 06:15:02 pm »
From the pages of another obscure Technothriller...

Ian Slater, Deep Chill, 1989

United States

USS New York (SSBN-921)
'Trident' Class SSBN (Different from the 'Trident' class in Innoculate!, probably the authors chosen term for the Ohio Class.)

Details as per Ohio Class. Submarine is renamed USS Alaska (SSBN-926) at the end of the novel.

USS Boise (FFG-218)
Guided Missile Frigate, class not specified

Speed: 35 knots
Armament: Mk 13 launchers fore and aft, Harpoon box launchers fore and aft (16 missiles?). Only missile type mentioned other than Harpoon are 'Mk13b' heat-seeking Anti-missile missiles, but presumably the mix includes RIM-66 & RIM-24 AAMs. Only gun armament specifially mentioned is Phalanx, but there is probably another heavier gun weapon carried.
Helicopter Facilities: Hangar and landing pad for a LAMPS Helicopter, novel does not specify if this is a Seasprite or a Seahawk.

Russia

Amur
Victor Class SSN

Novograd & Leningrad
'Cruisers'. Leningrad is implied to be either a Chapayev or Sverdlosk class. No details are given for the Novograd.

Karpaty-II
Submarine Rescue Ship

Plot Summary: An American SSBN sinks to the bottom of the Barents sea after being crippled by free floating drift nets. Both Russia and the United States race to find the sub and rescue the crew.

Note: In attempting to reconstruct the USS Boise the best image that comes to my mind is that of a double-ended design similar to the OHP class, which would probably mean that the unspecified main gun is a 76mm.

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« Reply #43 on: January 05, 2016, 06:04:44 am »
Some fictional ships from a different era. These come from the 1906 book, 'The Invasion of 1910' by William Le Queux with the naval chapters written by H.W. Wilson.
The book is available to read online at: https://archive.org/details/invasionof1910wi00lequ

HMS Vanguard, Thunderer, Devastation, Bellerophon
Dreadnoughts, description matches HMS Dreadnought but with three funnels. These are the only four British dreadnoughts mentioned in the book, Dreadnought herself is not mentioned.

HMS Indefatigable
Not a dreadnought, but described as second most powerful battleship after Dreadnought, has anti-torpedo bulkheads.
 
HMS Resistance
May be sistership to Indefatigable

HMS Sultan, Defiance, Active, Redoubtable, Malta, Excellence, Courageous, Valiant, Glasgow
Battleships, all two-funnelled, Sultan has 7.5in secondary battery

HMS Londonderry
Armoured Cruiser, armament of 7.5in guns with at least two turrets fore and aft, and 3pdr pom-poms

HMS Olympia
Armoured Cruiser, armament of 2x2 9.2in turrets and 7.5in guns

HMS Polyphemus, Achates
Armoured Cruisers, armament of 9.2in guns, at least two turrets fore and aft, and UW torpedo tubes including a stern tube

HMS Iphigenia, Orion
Armoured Cruisers, 4x 12in, 8x 9.2in guns, 23kts. Note the real HMS Iphigenia was an Apollo Class protected cruiser.

HMS Gloucester
Armoured Cruiser, 6in belt armour, four funnels

HMS Lion
Armoured Cruiser, 2x 9.2in and 8x 6in guns

HMS Kincardineshire, Selkirk, Southampton, Lincoln
Armoured Cruisers, 6in guns including fore and aft twin turrets

HMS Terrific
Armoured Cruiser, 14,000 tons, 9.2in and 6in guns

HMS Andromache, Sirius
Protected Cruisers, 11,000 tons, 6in guns, 19kts. Note the real Andromache and Sirius were Apollo Class protected cruisers which had 6in guns and 19kts speed but only displaced 3,700 tons.

HMS Leicestershire
'Fast Cruiser', probably an armoured cruiser, at least 4x 7.5in and 3pdr pom-poms

Sachsen, Grosser Kurfuersfs [possibly meant to be Grosser Kurfürst] +2 others unnamed
Battleship, described as a ‘monster battleship’ in response to Dreadnought, 12x 11in ‘new pattern 46ft long guns) turrets, 24x 4in QF guns, 10x pom-poms, the gun layout is described as “End-on she showed her four 11-in. turrets, each bristling with a pair of muzzles. She brought two more heavy guns to bear ahead and on the broadside than did the Dreadnought, while her stern fire was incomparably more powerful, delivered from eight 11 -in. guns. This suggests perhaps a superfiring layout was used?

Waldersee, Caprivi, Moltke
Armoured Cruisers, 16,000 tons, 2x2 11in turrets, 10x 9.4in, four funnels

Manteuffel
Armoured Cruiser, given the list of all the other historical German armoured cruisers, including Yorck and Roon, and the date of the book it would appear this ship might be based on the Scharnhorst or Gneisenau then under construction in 1906.

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« Reply #44 on: January 05, 2016, 10:31:26 am »
Welcome again to the thread Hood, now for something I think started life as a failed script for "You Only Live Twice"...

Geoffrey Jenkins, Hunter-Killer, 1966

Britain

HMS Teaser
Aircraft Carrier

No other details provided.

HMS Loch Vennachar
Loch Class Missile Cruiser

No other details provided.

HMS Loch Torridon
Loch Class Missle Cruiser

No other details provided.

HMS Amirante
Fleet Destroyer

Speed: 35 knots
No other details provided.

HMS Devastation
Devestation Class SSBN

Armament: Polaris A-4 (Number not specified), 6 Bow torpedo tubes, no mention of aft torpedo tubes.
Maxium diving depth: 1000ft (300m)

United States

USN Springfield (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft Carrier

No other details provided.

USN Rio Grand (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft Carrier

No other details provided.

USN Willowtrack (SSBN-???)
Shenandoah Class SSBN (?)

Armament: Polaris (Number not specified), probably four bow tubes if usual SSBN practice followed, though see above.
Speed: 40 knots (Not clear if this is surfaced or submerged speed)

No other details provided.

USN Shenandoah (SSBN-???)
Shenandoah Class SSBN

Armament: Polaris (Number not specified), probably four bow tubes if usual SSBN practice followed.
Speed: 40 knots (Not clear if this is surfaced or submerged speed)

No other details provided other than that the Shenandoah Class is the replacement for the George Washinton Class SSBN.

Plot Summary: When the US Air Force sends two men to the Moon but does not bring them back alive. The US & Royal Navy decide to upstage them by putting the United States Vice-President into orbit using a modified Polaris.

Note: Author uses the term 'USN' rather than 'USS' for the American ships in this novel. All US ships are part of the Seventh Fleet.
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« Reply #45 on: January 06, 2016, 08:48:10 am »
Geoffrey Archer, Shadow Hunter, 1989

Britain

HMS Tenby (I)
T-Class Submarine (SS)
Details as per the real ships. Sunk 1962.

HMS Truculent (S.37)
Trafalgar Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tribune
Trafalgar Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tenby (II)
Trafalgar Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

Norway

Storm
Kobben Class Submarine (SS)
Details as per the real ships

Russia

Ametyst
Sierra Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Not specified in text if it is a Sierra I or Sierra II.

Ladny
Victor III Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

Plot Summary: When the commander of a British submarine discovers that one of his wifes lovers is a Russian spy, he decides to start his own little war....

Note: The 1990 cover by Mike Adams appears to depict a scene from the novels climactic chapters.
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« Reply #46 on: January 07, 2016, 08:21:49 am »
Stephen Coonts, Final Flight, 1988

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class

Details as per real ships. Assuming novel is set in the year it was published the ship was launched in 1988.

Plot Summary: Terrorists try to steal nuclear weapons from an American carrier.

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« Reply #47 on: January 07, 2016, 08:45:52 am »
Brian Callison, A Plague of Sailors, 1971

MS British Commander
Armed Merchant Cruiser operated by the Royal Navy's covert operations wing, the BMSNC (British Mutual Steam Navigation Company).
Armament: 4.7 inch Guns. 21 inch torpedos. Ikarara missile. Sunk 1971

Plot: With the whole Middle East coming together to deal with an outbreak of the plague, someone plans to bring an end to the peace by releasing a genetic altered version of anthrax.

For those who are interested here are all the ships owned by the British Mutual Steam Navigation Company mentioned in 'A Plague of Sailors' and 'A Frenzy of Merchantmen'. Those noted with a '*' have a 50-Mt nuclear bomb concealed in one of the fuel tanks.

MS British Allegiance
MS British Commander (Sunk 1971)
MS British Regiment *
MS British Sailor
MS British Venturer * (Sunk 1977)

Armament in all cases varies depending on mission, but can include guns, missiles, torpedos & mines.

The first novel states that the company owns nine ships with two more under construction.
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« Reply #48 on: January 07, 2016, 11:10:35 am »
Stephen Coonts, Final Flight, 1988

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class

Details as per real ships. Assuming novel is set in the year it was published the ship was launched in 1988.

Plot Summary: Terrorists try to steal nuclear weapons from an American carrier.

CVN-75, it was the original name of the then (1988) planned 8th in class (kneel was finally laid down in 1993) before the name was changed during construction to USS Harry S. Truman. Given the 4 year build time (including commissioning) for the Theodore Roosevelt subclass, that would probably put the setting of the novel around 1992.
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« Reply #49 on: January 07, 2016, 05:06:26 pm »
Stephen Coonts, Final Flight, 1988

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class

Details as per real ships. Assuming novel is set in the year it was published the ship was launched in 1988.

Plot Summary: Terrorists try to steal nuclear weapons from an American carrier.

CVN-75, it was the original name of the then (1988) planned 8th in class (kneel was finally laid down in 1993) before the name was changed during construction to USS Harry S. Truman. Given the 4 year build time (including commissioning) for the Theodore Roosevelt subclass, that would probably put the setting of the novel around 1992.

Thanks, just for clarification, my usual rule-of-thumb for dating stories in novels, is that if it is not clearly set in the past relative to the publication/copyright date and the author has not clearly specified either a year or that the story is set in the future relative to the publication/copyright date then the story is set contemporous to the publication/copyright date.

Obviously in this case, a little more double checking was in order.

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« Reply #50 on: January 08, 2016, 01:23:10 am »
Another older story today. Percy F. Westerman wrote a series of naval war books for children during the First World War. This one is a 1920 book, 'The Mystery Ship: A Story of the "Q" Ships During the Great War'. The book is set during the last few months of the war and includes a German spy and a plot to outwit and uncover him, a sailor's Red mutiny aboard U-247, the armistice and the arrival of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow and its eventual scuttling. Written with hindsight this is probably one of the more realistic tales!

Q 171
The Q-ship of the book is disguised as a U-Boot 'U-251', draught is only 7ft 6in allowing torpedoes to pass underneath, capable of 38kts, armament consists of fore and aft QF guns, a hidden retractable AA gun and the entire 'conning tower' slides forwards to reveal a triple 14in torpedo mount. Its method is to lure German submarines to the surface, pretend to be a friendly and then use its torpedoes to sink the enemy sub. Enemy aircraft and Zeppelins are lured the same way and then shot down by the hidden AA gun (special identification signals are deployed when the RAF spots them). At the end of the book, Q 171 takes on a whole flotilla of German destroyers and is crippled but towed home.

Motor Launches
ML 1071, ML 1499, ML 1497; ML 1071 is armed with a 6pdr gun

Hesperus
An old 2nd Class cruiser in use as a motor launch tender

Pompey
Cruiser, no description but sabotaged and sunk in harbour by German spies

Inattentive
Light cruiser, no description

Pylos
Destroyer, no description

Polyxo
Destroyer, no description

U-247
The main German protagonist of the book, gun armament consists of two 6in guns [5.9in?]. The real U-247 was ordered in June 1918 but never laid down.

V-199
German torpedo-boat destroyer. Rammed by Q 171 and later sunk by Pylos and Polyxo, 1918. There never was a real V-199, but there was a planned V-170 Class ship H-199.

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« Reply #51 on: January 08, 2016, 04:54:27 am »
Welcome back again Hood, looking forward to when you next update Shipbuckets list, though I hope I've not provided too much to date.

Anyway, onto my next contribution.

Robin White, Typhoon, 2003 & Hunters in the Sea, 2006

United States

USS Portland (SSN-773)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per real ships.
Stated to be the last of her class.
Pennant number clashes with that of USS Cheyenne (SSN-773), the real last member of the Los Angeles Class

Russia

Baikal (TK-19) (Typhoon)
Typhoon Class SSBN

Details as per the real ships.

China

Hangzhou (ex-Vazhnyy) (Typhoon)
Ex-Russian Sovremenny Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service.

Fuzhou (ex-Vdumchivyy) (Typhoon)
Ex-Russian Sovremenny Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service.

Lin San Liu (Typhoon)
Ex-Russian Kilo Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

The novel 'Typhoon' also contains the following fictional Russian sonar system:

Avacha Sea Monster

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When the Sea Monster roared, it emitted a rich deep bellow powerful enough to boil seawater. ...a sound able to cross whole oceans, loud enough to deafen whales. A sound able to penetrate and dissect the oceans many layers  and reveal every object, natural or unnatural, Russian or American, hidden within them.

Typhoon by Robin White, pg 344

Plot Summary: (Typhoon) The USS Portland is tasked with stopping the transfer of a fully armed Typhoon-class SSBN to the Chinese. (Hunters in the Sea). A Russian scientist mistakenly sells a batch of smallpox engineered to be incurable to those who would release it and let Allah decide who lives and who dies. USS Portland finds herself caught up in the hunt for the ship carrying the disease.
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« Reply #52 on: January 08, 2016, 09:01:26 am »
Douglas Reeman, To Risks Unknown, 1969

Britain

HMS Thistle
Flower Class Corvette

Armament: 1 x 4 inch gun, 5 x 20mm Oerlikons (Two twin mounts port and starboard. Single mount abaft the funnel), 1 x 40mm QF 2-pounder naval gun above the quarterdeck. Rest of armament as per the actual ships.

Other details as per the actual ships. Sunk February 1945

Germany

Nashorn (Formerly SS Morava)
Armed Merchant Cruiser?, Panzerschff?

Main armament: 2 x 5.9 inch guns mounted fore and aft.
Secondary armament: Mines, other unspecified guns.
Speed: Somewhere between 10 to 12 knots.

This converted freighter is probably best described in the authors own words:

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Her hull was heavy and businesslike and he guessed that she had once been a sizeable cargo or passenger vessel.

...

But above the level of her main deck she bore no resemblance to any ship he had ever seen. The bridge and superstructure had been completely enclosed in steel plating , each piece angled in such a way as to make a direct hit almost an impossibility.

...

Two tall funnels jutted from the steel canopy abaft the bridge, and the smoke which poured busily astern gave the only visible sign of life. She was like some remotely controlled juggernaut which might at any second change to a submarine or take to the air.

To Risks Unknown by Douglas Reeman, pg 189

Now the author has a character think of the USS Monitor, however I suspect that the CSS Virginia might be a better guide to how this thing looks. I remember that someone on the old Warship Projects 3.0 board was planning to try and model this ship, but I've no idea how far he got.

Plot Summary: HMS Thistle is sent to support the Yugoslavian Partizans in the lead up to the invasion of Italy, her task is complicated by the heavily armoured creation of an unothodox German naval officer sent there to 'keep him out of the way'.
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« Reply #53 on: January 08, 2016, 11:42:27 pm »
Alistair MacLean, Santorini, 1986

HMS Ariadne
Frigate - Class not specified

Propulsion: Diesel
Speed: 35 knots
Armament: Not specified

Electronics fit out has been enhanced for the purposes of intelligence gathering.

Plot Summary: When a C-141b Starlifter crashes in flames not far from where a yacht has sunk in flames, the crew of the HMS Ariadne coming to the rescue of the yacht's crew find themselves wondering if there is a connection between the two events.

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« Reply #54 on: January 09, 2016, 04:15:06 am »
What I suspect was probably a failed film script...

George E. Simpson & Neal R. Burger, Thin Air, 1977

USS Sturman (DE-166)
Cannon Class Destroyer Escort.

Pennant number is that of USS Barron.

Details as per other members of class.

Modified in 1955 by removal of forward gun for purposes of top secret experiments.

Officially disposed of  in 1957.

Plot Summary: The Philadelphia Experiment meets Watergate...

Note:The authors wrote another script/novel called 'Ghostboat' which was eventually made into a mini-series by ITV in 2005. It is a rare (perhaps unique) case of the British taking something created by the Americans and re-working it to fit their country. In this case a story set in the Pacific is moved to the Baltic.

I really must remember to try and find a copy of the novel to see if they changed the name of the submarine...
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Charles D. Taylor, Boomer, 1990

United States

USS Manchester (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships. Assuming the story is set in 1990 then she was launched in 1989.

Plot Summary: The Russians come up with a cunning plan, have a sleeper agent convince the crew of an American SSN that World War III has started and that the Russians have come up with a way to make their SSBNs sound just like American SSBNs...

Note: The ship above is the only fictional one in the novel. Even the Russian AGI used in the plot is a real ship (Lira (SSV-516), Balzam Class.)

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« Reply #56 on: January 09, 2016, 07:53:06 am »
Alistair MacLean, San Andreas, 1984

British

HMS Andover
Frigate, class not specified

HMHS San Andreas (Formerly SS Ocean Belle)
Hospital Ship (Converted Liberty Ship)

Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
V & W Class Destroyer

Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Kingfisher Class Sloop

Details as per the real ships

German

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified

Plot Summary: The return from Russia of a newly commisioned hospital ship is complicated by sabotage and murder, but to what end...?

Later: Managed to find a copy of the first release. Cover by Paul Wright shows the ship just before the story begins.
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« Reply #57 on: January 09, 2016, 02:55:00 pm »
Joe Webber, Shadow Flight, 1990

Cuba

General Abelardo Alvarez
Ex-Russian Foxtrot Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: A Russian agent hijacks a B-2 bomber and flies it to Cuba.


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« Reply #58 on: January 09, 2016, 10:00:38 pm »
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.
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« Reply #59 on: January 10, 2016, 05:24:04 am »
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.

I used to own a novel called Submarine by John Wingate, which formed part of a WWIII series he had written. My copy disappeared in a move and I've never found another. A quick check of Amazon shows that he's not made it to Kindle yet. The book you remember might have been part of that series.

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« Reply #60 on: January 10, 2016, 05:52:45 am »
Stephen Coonts, The Intruders, 1994

United States

USS Columbia (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified.

Russia

Reduktor
Spy Ship, class not specified

Gidrograf
Spy Ship, Pamir class (Pr.2030)

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: The year is 1973 and following a bar room brawl a two tour Vietnam veteran pilot is offered the choice of dismissal from the Navy or teach a bunch of Marines to land on a carrier.
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« Reply #61 on: January 10, 2016, 06:26:17 am »
Another guilty pleasure...

Clive Cussler, Raise the Titanic!, 1976

United States

USS Beecher's Island (CV-??, CVL-??, CVN-??, CVS-??)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified

USS Juneau (CGN-?? or CGSN-??)
Nuclear Guided Missile Cruiser, class not specified.

Armament: 1 8-inch gun (Probably a Mk71), other weapons not specified.

Name conflicts with that of USS Juneau LPD-10

USS Dragonfish (SS-?? or SSN-??)
Submarine, class not specified.

USS Modoc
Salvage Ship(?)

Carries a minisub called Sea Slug

Sea Slug
DSRV

USS Thomas J. Morse
Salvage Tug, class not specified

Length: 250ft
Propulsion: 5000hp Diesel

USS Samuel R. Wallace
Salvage Tug, class not specified, but apparently the same as the USS Thomas J.  Morse.

Russia

Mikhail Kurkov
Oceanic Research Vessel (Spy Ship?)

Britain

HMS Troy
Cruiser, class not specified.

Plot Summary: To complete a revolutionary missile defence system, the United States needs a rare element, but the only samples are locked in the holds of the Titanic...

Note: The novel takes place between July 1987 and August 1988.
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« Reply #62 on: January 12, 2016, 08:54:20 am »
Charles Ryan, The Panjang Incident, 1989

United States

USS Panjang (T-AKE-???)
Liberty Ship used by Military Sealift Comand

Details as per real ships. Stated to be 45 years old, if novel is set in 1989 then the ship was launched in 1944.

USS Claude Voorhees
Submarine Support Ship

Carries a minisub named Saran

USS Plymouth (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships

USS Greensboro (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine (See note)

Details as per real ships.

USS Portland (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships

USS Tempe (SSBN-???)
Class unspecified, armed with Polaris (number unspecified) and probably four bow tubes if usual SSBN practice followed.

Russia

E. R. Sabir
Delta Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: What TV Tropes calls "Terrorists without a cause" steal Trident missiles.

Note: Part way through the novel, there are two scenes where someone is trying to track down just which missiles have been stolen. In those scenes the names of actual Los Angeles class submarines (USS Miami & USS Houston) are mentioned as the receipients of some of the traced missiles. The USS Portland is specifically identified as a member of the Ohio class. The assignment of USS Greensboro to the Los Angeles class seems logical to me but given some of the other nonsense this author included in his book, noteably that the yield of the nuclear weapons mounted on a Trident missile is 5000-Mt it could be anything.
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« Reply #63 on: January 12, 2016, 10:13:42 am »
David Poyer, The Gulf, 1990

USS Louis Strong (FF-1099)
Knox Class Frigate

Details as per the real ships.

USS Turner Van Zandt (FFG-91)
Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate

Details as per the real ships

USS Audacity (MSO-442)
Agile Class minesweeper

Penant number is that of USS Fearless

Details as per the real ships.

USS Resolute (MSO-???)
Agile Class minesweeper

Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Fictionalised version of the events surrounding Operation: Earnest Will and Operation: Praying Mantis.

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« Reply #64 on: January 12, 2016, 10:45:10 am »
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.

I used to own a novel called Submarine by John Wingate, which formed part of a WWIII series he had written. My copy disappeared in a move and I've never found another. A quick check of Amazon shows that he's not made it to Kindle yet. The book you remember might have been part of that series.

The Wingate books came to my mind as well. The other two titles were Carrier and Frigate if I recall. And yes a little more bleak than Clancy.

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« Reply #65 on: January 12, 2016, 05:48:59 pm »
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.

I used to own a novel called Submarine by John Wingate, which formed part of a WWIII series he had written. My copy disappeared in a move and I've never found another. A quick check of Amazon shows that he's not made it to Kindle yet. The book you remember might have been part of that series.

The Wingate books came to my mind as well. The other two titles were Carrier and Frigate if I recall. And yes a little more bleak than Clancy.

Thanks for all three titles. I'll have to keep my eyes out. I know of one second hand bookshop in my area that does orders, but I'm not sure I'll go there until I've exhausted all other options.

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« Reply #66 on: January 13, 2016, 08:05:48 am »
Charles Ryan, Track of the Bengal, 1999

USS Winston-Salem (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Terrorists get their hands on a very dirty nuclear bomb and plan to set it off in the heart of a hurricane about to cross the US coast.

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« Reply #67 on: January 14, 2016, 09:08:37 am »
Douglas Reeman, Rendezvous-South Atlantic, 1972

British

HMS Benbecula
Armed merchant cruiser

Armament: 6 x 6 inch guns, 1 x 12pdr gun, 6 x 20mm Oerlikons

Launched: 1919
Length: 500ft (150m)
Propulsion: Twin Screw
Speed: 16 knots

HMS Barra
Armed merchant cruiser

Details essentially the same as HMS Benbecula (Sister Ship)

Sunk 1941

HMS Loch Glendhu
Armed merchant cruiser

No other details provided

Sunk 1941

HMS Vengeur
V & W class destroyer

Details as per the real ships.

HMS Madagascar
Crown Colony-class cruiser (See Note)

Details as per the real ships.

HMS Merlin
L & M Class Destroyer?

Stated to be less than one year old in 1941.

No other details provided.

HMS Canopus
Cruiser

No other details provided.

United States

USS  John P. Ashton (DD-???)
Wilkes Class Destroyer

Details as per the real ships

Germany

Nassau
Armed commerce raider
17,000 tons

Armament details as per the the other WWII ex merchant Commerce raiders.

Minden
Cruiser

Speed: 32/33 knots
Armament: 9 x 8 inch guns (A, B & Y triple turrets), 12 torpedo tubes, secondary and anti-aircraft armament not specified.
Carries 1 floatplane.

Novel is set in 1941/1942.

Plot Summary: A crew of a newly converted armed merchant cruiser find themselves dealing with the concequences of two decades of military neglect.

Note: Madagascar is a French Colony, but the details for HMS Madagascar fit a Crown Colony class cruiser best. Anyone wanting to do an image of the Minden, should look at the Scharnhorst Class battleships, as from what information is provided she seems to be a scaled down version of that class in the same way that the Admiral Hipper class cruisers were scaled down versions of the Bismark class battleships.
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« Reply #68 on: January 15, 2016, 09:54:00 pm »
Bart Davis, Full Fathom Five, 1987

United States

USS Aspen (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

Russia

Kirov
Victor III Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with the lead ship of the Kirov Class.

Plot Summary: Having asked the Russians for assistance and gotten a 'Nyet' in reply, the government of Nicaragua decides to steal it.

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« Reply #69 on: January 15, 2016, 10:03:04 pm »
David Poyer, The Command, 2004

USS Thomas W. Horn (DDG-???)
Spruance Class Destroyer

Details as per the 24 Spruance class ships updated with VLS.

Plot Summary: The year is 1992. The former captain of the USS Oliver C. Gaddis has been given another 'hot potato' ship, this time with a fully integrated male/female crew.
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« Reply #70 on: January 16, 2016, 05:09:14 am »
Dominic Conlon, Silent Warpath, 2013

United States

Cetus
Experimental Submarine
Dimensions are not given.
Designed for low underwater detectability (Still detectable by the sensors aboard an Astute Class Submarine.)
Fully automated
Nuclear powered
Propulsion: Single Screw
Armament: Experimental Sonic Cannon (Uses resonant freqencies to 'shake' targets apart.)
Sensors: Towed Array Sonar
Endurance: Maximum one year between reactor refuling.

Russia

Kougar (TK-51)
Typhoon Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships

Plot Summary: A privately developed (Under a DARPA contract) automated submarine goes rogue on it's first test, now it must be found and stopped before it starts WWIII.

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« Reply #71 on: January 16, 2016, 08:38:39 am »
John Winton, HMS Leviathan, 1967

HMS Leviathan
Third Audacious Class Aircraft Carrier ?
Details as per the real ships, circa 1960s.
Note: Name is that of a Majestic Class Carrier scrapped incomplete in 1968.

Plot Summary:  A new captain has come to a troubled ship, can he turn things around?

Note: Two cover pictures are attached. The 1978 cover is from the first paperback release by Sphere Books which is clearly trying to present the novel as an action/adventure story, which it is not. However the 1984 cover is much more appropriate to the plot. Neither is credited.
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« Reply #72 on: January 16, 2016, 08:20:32 pm »
John Wingate, The Sea Above Them, 1975

British

HMS Termagant
T-Class Submarine

Name is that of a T-Class destroyer.

HMS Mars (S17)
SSN, class not specified, described as the first of a successor class to the Valiant class.
No other details provided other than the submarines are 'larger' than the Valiant class.
Stated to have been in service around 22 months at the time of the story. If the story is set in July 1975, then the submarine was launched in 1973. In the real world the first Swiftsure class submarine launched in 1971, though it is not clear if HMS Mars is a Swiftsure.

HMS Hector
SSN, class not specified, described as a member of the same class as HMS Mars

Russia

Gorgi Stalin
Nuclear Submarine
No other details provided.

Krakvilsk
'Kurov' class frigate

Kulmanov
'Kurov' class frigate

Kronstadt
Submarine Rescue Ship

United States

Lily-One
DSRV
US Navy developed mini-sub. Described as being similar in appearance to the diving saucers used by Jacques Cousteau, fitted with a manipulating arm. No dimensions provided.

Plot Summary: A collision at sea between a British submarine and a Russian frigate forces the superpowers together to affect a rescue of the surviors.

Note: The pennant number of HMS Mars is given as 'SSN-17' however this is US rather than British practice so I've taken an editorial decision and amended it to 'S17'. I have no idea what the author is referring to when he mentions 'Kurov' class frigates as there is insufficient detail in the book to match to any actual Soviet era frigate design. Perhaps someone with access to Pre-1975 copies of Janes Fighting ships can solve this one. A footnote in the book reveals that this story takes place in the same 'universe' as an earlier novel by John Wingate entitled "Below the Horizon" published in 1974.
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Douglas Reeman, Path Of The Storm, 1966

United States

USS Hibiscus (PC-1647)
PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser

Pennant number is that of a canceled member of the class.

Details as per the real ships. Transferred to Taiwan.

USS Grampus (SSG-523) (Real ship)
Tench Class Submarine converted to carry Regulus missiles.

Details as per the Fleet Submarine Regulus conversions.

Britain

HMS Bosworth
Battle Class Destroyer

Details the same as that of the four members of the class (HMS Agincourt, Aisne, Barrosa and Corunna) that were given a 'Radar Picket' (DDG) conversion in the 1950s.

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Ex-Soviet Type 7 or Type 7U class destroyer (Referred to in the novel as 'Gordy' Class.)

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: A ship being prepared for handover to the Taiwanese govement is suddenly given a new captain and sent off to survey an island held by Taiwan that might be a useful basing point for Polaris submarines.
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« Reply #74 on: January 17, 2016, 03:05:31 pm »
I remember a couple novels, don't recall the titles of the names of the ships.

1.  A British cruiser that's either obsolete or in need of a refit patrols the coast of Chile during WWI

2.  A British light carrier during WWII, operating with a Free French destroyer

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« Reply #75 on: January 17, 2016, 08:36:19 pm »
Yes this is them: Frigate, Carrier and Submarine by John Wingate. The frigate was called HMS Icarus.
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« Reply #76 on: January 18, 2016, 09:27:54 am »
I remember a couple novels, don't recall the titles of the names of the ships.

1.  A British cruiser that's either obsolete or in need of a refit patrols the coast of Chile during WWI

2.  A British light carrier during WWII, operating with a Free French destroyer

Not sure about the second one, but I have read the first which I think was titled Thunder at Dawn, not sure of the authors name though.

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« Reply #77 on: January 20, 2016, 06:44:04 pm »
Raymond Harold Sawkins (Pen name: Colin Forbes), Target 5, 1973

United States

USS Elroy
6,500 ton icebreaker
Steam propulsion, single screw.
Helipad aft
No other details provided.

USS Exodus
Member of the same class as USS Elroy

Russia

Gorki
Moskva (Pr. 1123) Class Helicopter Carrier

Details as per the real ships.

Revolution/Revolyutsiya
16,000 ton Oceanographic 'research' ship (eg Spy ship..)
Diesel propulsion

No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1972, a Russian oceanographer tries to defect with documents showing the locations of every underwater beacon the Soviets have placed in the Arctic.

I've attached a scan of the cover. I'm not sure what the artist was working from because if the helicopter on the cover is supposed to be a KA-25 they definitely got that wrong. Similarly if the icebreaker in the background is the USS Elroy then she should be much more battered than depicted. One of the key moments in the novel is a collision with an iceberg that takes out the Ellroys radar and the spotting mast, which takes place before the scene depicted.
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« Reply #78 on: January 23, 2016, 04:02:11 am »
J. Craig Wheeler, The Krone Experiment, 1986

USS Seamount (SSBN-???)
Ballistic Missile Submarine. Class not specified, best fit would be an Ethan Allen or a related class.

Armament: 16 missiles (type not specified, probably Polaris rather than Trident) and probably four bow tubes if usual SSBN practice followed.

USS Stinson (DDG-???)
Spruance Class Destroyer

Electronics fit out has been enhanced for the purposes of intelligence gathering.

USS Bradford (FF-??? or FFG-???)
Frigate, class not specified

Displacement: 1200 tons
Propulsion: Single shaft

Outfitted as a research ship.

Plot Summary: A poorly thought out experiment brings the Superpowers to the brink of war.

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« Reply #79 on: January 23, 2016, 05:34:36 pm »
Edwin Corley, Sargasso, 1977

Akademik Knipovich
Oceanic 'research' ship (eg Spy ship..)

Several of the American characters refer to the ship as a 'Trawler', presumably the ship is built around a commercial fishing vessel hull.

Around 300ft long

Carries a minisub named Vanya

Plot summary: The returning crew of Apollo 19 the first American visit to a Salyut space station vanish from the command module when it splashes down in the Bermuda Triangle.

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« Reply #80 on: February 06, 2016, 04:31:56 am »
Thomas Page, SIGMET Active, 1978

USS Adair (DDG-???)
Guided Missile Destroyer. Class not specified.
Details as given for armament/equipment seem to fit both the Charles F. Adams and Farragut Classes
Crew: 250
Speed: 40 knots
Has a helipad aft.

Armament has been modified as follows the forward gun mount has been replaced by an experimental laser cannon powered by a solar boiler that makes use of a parabolic mirror mounted behind the fire control position and forward of the stack. The weapon is capable of making a 2km diameter hole in the Ozone layer, which the author claims would allow unshielded UV, Gamma and X-Radiation through to the Earths surface (He's only right about the first...)


USS McCluskey (CV-??, CVS-??, CVN-??)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified.
Aircraft aboard include F-14s, F-4s and AV8s

Plot Summary: As with the Godzilla Movies, playing with superweapons unleashes a supermonster, this time in the form of a thunderstorm system that hunts it's vicitms across the world.
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« Reply #81 on: March 04, 2016, 02:41:24 pm »
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.

I used to own a novel called Submarine by John Wingate, which formed part of a WWIII series he had written. My copy disappeared in a move and I've never found another. A quick check of Amazon shows that he's not made it to Kindle yet. The book you remember might have been part of that series.

Frigate, Carrier and Submarine IIRC.

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« Reply #82 on: March 04, 2016, 10:21:53 pm »
Brian Callison, The Judas Ship,  1978

Seepanther

German Commerce Raider (Armed merchant ship)

6 x single 5.9inch guns (3 a side)
Up to 4 torpedo tubes (minimum 2)
Twin screws

No other details provided.

Plot Summary: The year is 1941 and the crew of the freighter Maya Star find themselves in a game of cat and mouse with the crew of a German Raider off the coast of Brazil.

Later:Attached is a scan of the front cover of my copy of the book. The image is uncredited and I think depicts the German Raider.
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« Reply #83 on: March 04, 2016, 10:34:16 pm »

John McLaren, Blind Eye, 2004

HMS Indomitable
Invincible Class Carrier

Details as per the real ships. Name is that originally given to the third Invincible which was renamed Ark Royal prior to completion. As the Ark Royal is mentioned as a separate ship during the course of the novel this is clearly an additional member to the class.

HMS Tenacious
Trafalgar Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

HMS Chatsworth
Type 23 Class Frigate

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: As an African nation spirals into chaos the captain of a Royal Navy carrier is faced with an agonising dilemma...
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« Reply #84 on: March 05, 2016, 12:01:13 pm »
Invasion by Eric L. Harry:  300-plane, 500,000t Chinese Super Carriers based upon converted keels meant for supertankers.

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« Reply #85 on: March 06, 2016, 12:11:35 am »
Invasion by Eric L. Harry:  300-plane, 500,000t Chinese Super Carriers based upon converted keels meant for supertankers.

What was it called?

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« Reply #86 on: March 06, 2016, 10:45:15 am »
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« Reply #87 on: March 07, 2016, 02:59:29 am »
Another puzzle: 

a novel about submarine warfare, including a Russian Alfa class sub being hunted through the Mediterranean by (iirc) both Russian and American forces. None of the books in this thread ring a bell, and haven't been able to find anything elsewhere either...

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« Reply #88 on: March 07, 2016, 05:49:17 am »
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Thanks,

I've added covers of the paperback editions to the entries for A Frenzy of Merchantmen and The Judas Ship. I really wish that the artists who did the naval action novels had gotten as much attention as the artists who did the Sci-Fi novels in the 1970s/80s.

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« Reply #89 on: April 27, 2016, 07:25:13 pm »
After an unplanned delay, I've got a little bit of a backlog, Hood, hope this one is not too much.

Edwyn Gray: Fighting Submarine, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Redoubtable
Battlcruiser
Class not specified
Member of the Fourth Battlecruiser squadron, sunk at Jutland, 1916
Name that of a Pre-Drednought battleship (Former HMS Revenge) scrapped in 1919.

HMS Leviathan
Admiral Class Battlecruiser(?)
Authors limited description suggests that he had HMS Hood in mind.

HMS Arrogant
Battleship, class not specified

HMS Audacious
Battleship, class not specified
Name that of a King George V Class (WWI) Battleship sunk in 1914

HMS Argonaut
Aircraft carrier(?), class not specified

HMS Surge
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name is that of a member of the class ordered in 1943 and cancelled at the end of WWII, had it been built the hull number would have been P279.

HMS Serendipity
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Rapier
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS H-79
H Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, scrapped pre WWII(?)

HMS H-86
H Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, still in service 1940(?)

HMS L-76
L Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, scrapped pre WWII(?)

HMS L-86
L Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships. Scrapped pre WWII(?)


Germany

Koenig
Deutschland Class Panzerschiffe
Details same as the real ships. Scuttled late 1939/early 1940.

Hans Ludemann
Destroyer, class not specified

Ernst Heinemann
Destroyer, class not specified

Plot Summary: The captain of an English submarine finds himself caught up in intrigue that stretches back to a pre-war vist to Germany. Novel takes place 1938 - 1939, possibly early 1940.

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« Reply #90 on: April 28, 2016, 05:25:28 am »
Continuing to clear up the backlog.

Philip McCutchan, An Act of War (Originally): Lieutenant Cameron RNVR), 1981

United Kingdom

HMS Northumberland
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Name is that of a real ship of that class whose construction was cancelled in 1930.

Unnamed
Town Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

France (Vichy)

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified

Germany

Oberhausen
Hipper class cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Helmut Genscher
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
6 5.9 inch guns (three a side)
4 21 in torpedo tubes
Unspecified anti-aircraft guns
Carries two H-114 flying boats.
No other details provided

Bottrop
Armed Merchant Ship (Supply Ship)
2 4 inch guns (Both mounted forward one on the port side the other on the starboard.)
Unspecified number of machine guns
Twin Screw
No other details provided.

Talca
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
4 5.9 inch guns (two a side)
1 60mm gun
1 twin 37mm gun
4 20mm guns
2 21 inch torpedo tubes
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The survivors of a British cruiser sunk by torpedos while hunting merchant raiders in 1940 try to complete their mission by overthrowing the crew of the raiders supply ship.

Note: This book is the third in a series, all of the ships save the unnamed Town Class cruiser are sunk during the course of the novel.
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« Reply #91 on: April 28, 2016, 07:18:43 pm »
G. Ernest Smith, Deadly Apparition, 2014

USS Kansas (SSN-849)
Virginia Class
Built as a 'trials ship' declared operational following budget cuts.

Plot Summary: The year is 2014, the USS Kansas has just 'disappeared' during trials of an experimental 'forcefield'.
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« Reply #92 on: April 30, 2016, 02:20:44 am »
Philip McCutchan, Hunted (Originally): Cameron's Chase), 1986

United Kingdom

HMS Glenfinnan
G Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships. Lead ship of the 24th Destroyer Flotilla.

HMS Glenshiel
G Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships, retains full pre-war armament, has been fitted with radar. Part of the 24th Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Glenorchy
G Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships. Part of the 24th Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Glenaffric
G Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships. Part of the 24th Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Monmouth
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships, lead ship of the 27th Cruiser Squadron.

HMS Stafford
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships, part of the 27th Cruiser Squadron.

HMS Leicester
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships, part of the 27th Cruiser Squadron.


Germany

Attila
Battleship, class not stated
9 16 inch guns (A,B & Y triple turrets)
12 5.9 inch guns (mixture of double and single turrets)
'Numerous' AA weapons, calibers not specified probably a mix of 4.1 inch, 37mm and 20mm weapons.
Torpedo armament not specified
Speed: "...close on..." 30 knots
Weight: 45,000 tons (Not stated  if this is long tons or full load)

Darmstadt
Hipper class cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Recklinghausen
Hipper class cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Germanies latest battleship has taken to the seas in an attempt to raid the convoys carrying troops from America to the United Kingdom. There is no specified period for the story, but 1942/43 would seem to be the best fit.

Note: From what little information the author provides it's pretty clear that the Attila is essentially a Super-Scharnhorst, this is another one that should be fairly easy for a creative illustrator to do, a picture of this alongside a Bismark class battleship (or two...) would be something I'd love to see.
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« Reply #93 on: April 30, 2016, 06:56:27 am »
Now a quick break from the novels, with a short story.

H. O. Arnold-Foster, In A Conning Tower, 1891

HMS Majestic
Victoria Class Ironclad Battleship
Details as per the real ships, save that the 12 6 inch BL guns have been upgraded to 6 inch Quick Firers.

Plot summary: A hypothetical naval engagement between two ironclads, one British, the other probably French (and too vaguely described to identify)... everybody knows the Germans can't sail worth a damn...
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« Reply #94 on: May 01, 2016, 01:15:57 am »
Douglas Reeman, HMS Saracen, 1965

United Kingdom

HMS Saracen
3rd Erebus Class Monitor
Details as per the real ships
Disposed of as missile target 1964

HMS Aureus
Leander Class Cruiser(?)
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Brigadier
B Class Destroyer? (1920s, not the pre-WWI class)
Details as per the real ships
Sunk 1941

HMRT Goliath
Admiralty Tugboat
Details as per the real ships.


Italy

Unnamed
Littorio Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified

Unnamed
Minelayer, class not specified

Plot summary:The career of a Royal Navy monitor, from the Gallipoli landings to the early Atomic age.

Note: I've just added a scan of the 1998 cover by Geoffrey Huband, which appears to depict HMS Saracen in Tobruk harbour just before she opens fire on the beseiging Afrika Korps.
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« Reply #95 on: May 01, 2016, 08:04:41 am »
Philip McCutchan, Against All Odds (Originally): Cameron's Raid), 1986

United Kingdom

HMS Palatine
P Class Destroyer (Apparently a fictional class...)
4 4 inch guns (A, B, X & Y)
1 'high angle' gun either 20mm or 76mm (not specified in text)
40mm 'pom pom' gun mounted fwd of the searchlight
20m guns mounted near the forebridge
Depth charges
No other details provided

HMS Probity
P Class Destroyer
Armament same as HMS Palatine
Adds 6 21 inch torpedo tubes, port/starboard triple mounts
No other details provided

HMS Panoply
P Class Destroyer
Armament same as HMS Palatine
No other details provided

HMS Glamorgan
Cruiser, class not specified
Main armament 6 inch guns
No other details provided

Germany

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specifed

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified

Plot summary: Following the disaster of Dieppe, the British try to repeat the success of St Nazaire by raiding the U-Boat pens at Brest in an operation codenamed Scatter.

Notes:As with all the 'Cameron' novels providing a precise date for this one is not possible, however since one of the characters specifically mentions the Dieppe raid in the past tense it cannot take place any earlier than September 1942. I've so far not been able to identfy a specific model for the 'P Class Destroyers' in the book, the only clues is that they are older than the V & W Class but newer than the 50 destroyers the US gave to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease.

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« Reply #96 on: May 01, 2016, 09:25:07 am »
New listings split by era (1890-1945 & 1945-2020) can be found here: http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5756&start=30

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« Reply #97 on: May 02, 2016, 09:11:14 am »
Dudley Pope, Convoy, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Aztec
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Echo
Frigate, class not specified
No details provided
Name conflicts with the E Class Destroyer HMS Echo

HMS Argo
Frigate, class not specified
No details provided

Poland

ORP Orzel
Destroyer, class not specified
Name conflicts with a Polish submarine of the same name that was lost in 1940.

Germany

Unnamed
U-Boat Type VII?

Plot summary: The time is early 1942 and the Germans have found a way to get a U-Boat inside a convoy without the escort knowing it is there until too late...
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« Reply #98 on: May 02, 2016, 09:19:03 am »
Nigel Kneale, Quatermass, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Arbalest
Missile Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided
Moored in front of the House of Commons, referred to as 'Old'.

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow', the world is falling to pieces and then comes the harvest...

Later: To give a bit more context, here is the quote in which the HMS Arbalest makes her appearance, the viewpoint is located in a building in the same approximate location as Portcullis House:

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From his room Quatermass could look down on the Embankment. From here it had a spurious normality. A few trucks and cars could be seen on the move and there were people on the pavements, clerks and the like with some apparent purpose. One or two stopped on a corner where a barrowman was selling nuts. Beyond the bridge he could make out part of the superstructure of HMS Arbalest, the old missile frigate moored protectively alongside the terrace of the House of Commons. Above everything loomed the burned-out tower of Big Ben...

Nigel Kneale, Quatermass, 1979, pg 180

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« Reply #99 on: May 04, 2016, 09:50:26 am »
Jacob Hay & John M. Keshishian (MD), Death of a Cosmonaut, 1969

United States

USS John Berryton (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified.
Launched 1942
Sunk 1944
No other details provided

USS Millard Fillmore (SSN-??? or SSBN-???)
Nuclear submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

Russia

Evgeny Plyanskov
'Trawler' (eg Spy Ship)
Fitted out for ELINT
No other details provided.

Plot summary: After two astronauts successfully rendezvous with a Voskhod the race is on to find out just what they discovered about the fate of the crew.
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« Reply #100 on: May 06, 2016, 09:21:49 am »
Douglas Reeman, A Ship Must Die, 1979

Australia

HMAS Devonport
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Sunk shortly prior to the start of the novel.

HMAS Fremantle
Fourth York Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

United Kingdom

HMS Andromeda
Modified Leander Class Cruiser
Launched 1936
Details as per the real ships

HMS Paradox
O & P Class destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Sunk prior to the start of the novel.

Germany

Bremse
Armed Merchant Ship (Supply Ship)
1 'Popgun' (Probably 4in)
Machine guns, type unspecified
Other details not provided

Salamander
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
8 5.9 inch guns (Four a side)
6 'Cannon' type unspecified
Torpedoes
Mines
Carries 2 Arado Ar-196 seaplanes
8,000 tons
No other details provided

Wölfchen
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
Armament identical to Salamanders
Lacks seaplanes
8,000 tons
No other details provided

Plot summary:The year is 1944, increasing ship losses suggest that a commerce raider is loose in the Indian Ocean, but with few ships available, can it be caught before it returns to Germany.

I've attached a scan of the cover of the hardback edition by artist Chris Mayger, which appears to be depicting the beginning of the novels climactic battle.
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« Reply #101 on: May 07, 2016, 07:52:26 am »
Douglas Reeman, Go In and Sink!, 1973

United Kingdom

HMS Tristram
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tryphon
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Guernsey
Submarine Depot ship - ex cruise liner (pre WWI?)
No other details provided
Name matches that of a cancelled G Class destroyer

HMS Lima
Armed Yacht
No other details provided

HMS Dundee
Destroyer, class not specified.
No details provided.
Sunk by Fritz-X guided bomb sometime prior to Operation Husky.
Name matches that of a Sloop sunk in 1940

Ex U-192
U-Boat, class not specified in novel.
Number matches a Type IXC/40 U-Boat sunk in May 1943.
In the novel U-192 is captured by the  British in February 1943.

Germany

U-154
U-Boat, type not specified
Sunk 1943.
The real U-154, a Type IXC was sunk in July of 1944.

Italy

Unnamed
Armed Yacht
No other details provided

Plot Summary: Having obtained an intact U-Boat, the Royal Navy decides to exploit it for covert operations, culminating in a strike against the Fritz-X gliding bomb in the lead up to Operation Husky.
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« Reply #102 on: May 08, 2016, 02:23:01 am »
Philip McCutchan, In Command (Originally): Cameron In Command, 1983 (First published 1986)

United Kingdom

HMS Briar
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships

RFA Garsdale
Refueling tanker
No other details provided

Japan

Ichikawa
Cruiser, class not specifed
8 6.1 inch guns (A, B, X, Y twin turrets)
"...plus ack-ack and torpedoes, the usual stuff."

Hakodate
Cruiser, class not specified
Armament implied to be same as Ichikawa
Same fictional class?

Sasebo
Cruiser, class not specified
Only detail provided is that ship is "...little bigger than a destroyer..."
Probably not the same class as Hakodate & Ichikawa

Oishi
'Corvette' (Kaibōkan, Eng: Sea Defense Ship)
About the size of a Flower Class Corvette
No other details provided

Unnamed
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified

Unnamed
Several Troop Transports

Plot summary: Year is unspecified, but probably prior to the Battle of Midway (eg 1942). The Japanese have manage to sneak a force into the South Pacfic and aim to pass through the Straits of Magellan and take the Falkland islands by surprise....
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« Reply #103 on: May 08, 2016, 02:45:02 am »
Philip McCutchan, On Land And Sea (Originally): Cameron and the Kaiserhof, 1984

Germany

Kaiserhof
Submarine Depot Ship
Converted 20,000 ton liner
Three Island Design
2 5.9 inch (Fore and Aft)
Carries 50 minisubs launched via a modified stern.

Unnamed
Mini-sub
Four man crew
Looks like a minature U-boat
Diesel/electric propulsion
Armament 21in Torpedo, number carried not specified.

United States

USS John J. Rimmer (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Dennison (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: Set shortly after the events of 'In Command'. A daring plan codenamed Highwayman is put in motion to seize a German submarine depot-ship from a Spanish port before it can unleash a swarm of mini-subs into the path of the United States navy.

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« Reply #104 on: May 08, 2016, 09:04:56 am »
Douglas Reeman, The Iron Pirate, 1986

United Kingdom

HMS Wiltshire
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Rhodesia
Crown Colony Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tasmania
Armed Merchant Cruiser
8 8 inch guns (Four a side)
28 knots

New Zealand

HMNZS Pallas
Leander Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Germany

Prinz Luitpold
Hipper Class Cruiser
35kts

Lübek
Third Leipzig Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Hans Arnim
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Type XIV U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Type XIV U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.

United States

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: The year is 1944 (Aparently a different 'universe' from 'A Ship Must Die'.). The Germans have attempted to repeat the successes of the early war by dispatching one of their last heavy cruisers on a raiding mission into the South Atlantic ocean.

The cover used on the earliest paperback edition is by Brian Sweet and depicts the Prinz Luitpold in the company of several destroyers (See the linked full cover below.) in action against off scene forces.

The Iron Pirate: Full Cover

The Iron Pirate: Full (1987) Cover
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #105 on: May 08, 2016, 09:44:10 am »
Ichikawa and Hakodate sounds like the Agano-Kai class but with 15,5cm guns instead of 15cm ones

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #106 on: May 08, 2016, 06:45:21 pm »
Ichikawa and Hakodate sounds like the Agano-Kai class but with 15,5cm guns instead of 15cm ones

I have no idea what the author was thinking of when he wrote the book (Sometimes it can be pretty clear.), but a longer Agano class, because of the extra turret aft might be as good a visual image as you can get.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #107 on: May 09, 2016, 09:23:20 am »
Another split-era novel

Geoffrey Jenkins, A Bridge of Magpies, 1974

Fictional Warships (WWII)

South Africa

HMSAS Gousblom
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Referred to as a 'Frigate' in the novel.
Sunk 7th of July, 1943

HMSAS Vygie
Corvette, class not specified
No other details provided

HMSAS Aandblom
Corvette, class not specified
No other details provided

Germany

U-160
U-Boat, type IXC
Details as per the real ships.
Disappeared 7th of July, 1943
The real U-160 was sunk off the coast of the Azores on the 29th of June, 1943.

Fictional Warships (1974)

South Africa

SAS Fairest Cape
Frigate
No other details provided

Russia

Sang A
'Salvage Ship' (eg Spy Ship)
Hull identical to that of a Kashin class destroyer
2 KPV 14.5mm machine guns (single twin mount near the bow concealed under a tarpaulin.)
18 knots
Owned by a bogus South Korean company.

Upper works described as follows in the novel:

Quote
The vessel was too far away for me to make out her name but my glasses showed a low black hull with a whaleback fo'c'sle a straight up-and-down outmoded cutwater, and a single high, old-fashioned stack with a white band painted round it. Two very tall ventilators towered almost as high as the marking. She had a very square bridge and a box like structure in the stern which on a warship would have been the radio or radar shack...

Her masts were squat and sturdy, with heavy booms out of keeping to her size.

A Bridge of Magpies by Geoffrey Jenkins, pg 108

Plot summary: An ex-South African Navy captain is asked to investigate rumours of a lost city found in what is now Namibia, what he finds is a deeper mystery, one connected to a missing U-Boat and a secret that links the battles of Tsushima and Pearl Harbour...

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #108 on: May 12, 2016, 10:00:19 am »
Philip McCutchan, Convoy of War (Originally): The Convoy Commodore, 1986

United Kingdom

RFA Wensleydale
Dale Class refueling tanker
Built before the war.
No other details.
Name conflicts with HMS Wensleydale a Hunt II class destroyer launched in 1942.

Plot summary: A fictional convoy from Britain to Canada at the same time as Churchill is heading to Canada to meet Roosevelt for the first time, eg before the 14th of August 1941. The ship above is the only one of the convoys escort named.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #109 on: May 15, 2016, 02:58:08 am »
An updated version of something I originally posted to the Warship Projects 3.0 forums version of the list. This one might make for an interesting scenario using Harpoon or a similar game of modern naval combat.

Anthony Fox, Threat Warning Red, 1979

United States

USS Fermenger (FF-10??)
Knox Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Has enhanced accomodations to act as a flagship for an officer up to the rank of admiral (Currently carrying a commodore)
Flagship of the Composite NATO Squadron (Designated STANAVFORLANT (eg Standing Naval Force Atlantic))

Canada

HMCS Winnipeg
Warship, class not specified
Carries a Sea King Helicopter
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

United Kingdom

HMS Devon
County Class Destroyer (Ninth member of class overall, fifth member of the Batch 2 subclass.)
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron
Note: This ship is described as having been fitted with Exocet, only the members of the Batch 2 subclass were so fitted, this makes this ship a member of Batch 2.

RFA White Rover
Rover Class Tanker
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

RFA Tideway
Tide Class Tanker
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

Germany

Baden
Hamburg Class Destroyer (Fifth member of class.)
As per the real ships prior to modernization (eg retains full gun armament)
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

Netherlands

HNLMS Marnix
Van Speijk class frigate (Dutch version of the Leander class frigate)
Details as per the real ships.
Not stated if vessel has been modernized as the real ships were from December 1976
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

Portugal

NRP Alvarez Pereira
João Belo class frigate
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

Denmark

HDMS Jylland
Peder Skram Class Frigate?
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

France

Courbet
Suffren Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Referred to as a 'Cruiser' in the novel
Flagship of the French Squadron

Saint Croix
T-47 (Surcouf) class destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament modernised to include "...Exocet missiles and Lynx helicopters."
Part of the French Squadron

Jean Bart
T-47 (Surcouf) class destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament modernised to include "...Exocet missiles and Lynx helicopters."
Part of the French Squadron

Russia

Task Force 'A'

Unnamed
Tanker, class not specified

Unnamed
2 Kashin class destroyers
Details as per the real ships

Task Force 'B'

Unnamed
Kara class cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
2 Krivak class frigates
Details as per the real ships

Task Force 'C'

Unnamed
2 Kresta Class cruisers (Not specified if Kresta I or Kresta II class in novel.)
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
6 Skoryy class destroyers
Details as per the real ships

Unattached ships

Unnamed
Mayak Class AGI
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Primorye Class AGI
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: The Soviet Union declares a large area of the Atlantic to be a 'special exercise' zone and demands the West stay out of it. All that stands in the way of the powerful forces marshalled by the Soviets (Warships, 'Useful Idiots', etc) is a composite squadron of NATO ships.

Note: This is one of those novels which has the feel of a politico-military wargame scenario that has been converted into fiction. There is a note at the front which mentions that the paperback edition had been rushed out to take advantage of recent events (The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the unrest in Poland that picked up following the ascent of Pope John Paul II.) and apologises for the novel not mentioning them and specifically states that the novel should be read as taking place in 1979 rather than the near future (eg 1982).
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #110 on: May 19, 2016, 10:29:41 am »
Philip McCutchan, Prisoner of War (Originally): Cameron's Troop Lift, 1987

United Kingdom

HMS Caithness
Ca Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Guiana
Crown Colony Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Brunei
Crown Colony Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Japan

Oita
Warship, no class specified
Called a "...flotilla leader..."
No other details provided.

Tamara Maru
Troop Ship
No other details provided

Yokosuka Maru
Troop Ship (ex-Liner)
2 6 inch guns (Bow and Stern)
No other details provided

Plot summary: The time is November(?) 1944, a British destroyer discovers that the Japanese are transferring British prisoners-of-war to Burma as slaves.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #111 on: May 20, 2016, 05:07:36 am »
Antony Trew, The Zhukov Briefing, 1975

Russia

Zhukov
Delta II Class Submarine (Fictional version)
16 SS-N-9 (Mk II) MARV nuclear missiles (Fictional type, real SS-N-9 was a cruise missile)
20 Cruise Missiles, type not stated. Powered by solid fuel, speed Mach 4, can be used against surface or air targets, range 250 miles (402.34km).
2 Nuclear drones, length 12.5m, diameter 2.75m, propulsion hydrojets, speed 35knots, armament a single nuclear bomb (Yield not mentioned.), range of control 35 miles (56.33km) using sonar, 150 miles (241.4km) using radio. In addition to being used as a weapon the drone can be used either as a decoy or as a means to scout ahead of the submarine.
Torpedo armament mentioned but not specified in detail.

Timoshenko
Delta II Class Submarine (Fictional version)
To be launched November 1974
Details same as Zhukov

Volga
Nepa Class Submarine Salvage Ship
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Nepa Class Submarine Salvage Ship
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Three Oktober Class Salvage Tugs (Fictional Class?)
No other details provided

United Kingdom

HMS Aries
Leander Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships

HMS Bluewhale
Ninth Porpoise Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Belligerent
Fearless Class Assault Ship?
Details as per the real ships

RFA Fleetwave
Supply ship.
No other details provided

United States

USS Rockfish (SSN-???)
Skipjack Class
Details as per the real ships

Norway

Unnamed
'Gunboat'
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is October 1974 and the Soviet Unions latest Ballistic Missile submarine has run aground on a Norwegian island...

Note: The novel is not inspired by the famous 'Whisky on the Rocks' incident. This did not occur until October 1981 some six years after the novel came out. Wikipedia
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #112 on: May 21, 2016, 11:13:14 am »
Antony Trew, Kleber's Convoy, 1973

United Kingdom

HMS Fidelix
Escort Carrier, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Northampton
Cruiser
Described as a "...heavy cruiser..." no other details provided.

HMS Nottingham
Town Class Cruiser?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Vengeful
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name of a V & W Class Destroyer cancelled on the slips in 1918

HMS Vectis
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name of a V & W Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1936

HMS Violent
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Vallance
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Vigorous
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name of a V & W Class Destroyer cancelled on the slips in 1918

HMS Whippet
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name of a V & W Class Destroyer cancelled on the slips in 1918

HMS Mainwaring
L & M Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Bluebird
Kingfisher Class Sloop?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Chaffinch
Kingfisher Class Sloop?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Peaflower
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Camden Castle
Castle Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Grant Castle
Castle Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Isis
Warship, class not mentioned

Germany

U-0117
U-Boat, class not specified

U-0153
U-Boat, class not specified

Plot summary: It is late 1944 and another Arctic Convoy makes it's dangerous way to Russia.

Note: In the authors introduction it is stated that all warship names used are ficticious, which is quite refreshing really. Sadly, he was not always clear just what types of warships he was describing.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #113 on: May 22, 2016, 01:13:31 am »
Continuing my survey of WWII set fiction...

Craig DiLouie, Crash Dive, 2015

United States

S-55 (SS-???)
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1922, Sunk 1942

S-56 (SS-???)
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk during the retreat from the Phillipines, 1941? 1942? (Novel does not give a specific date for this incident.)

S-57 (SS-???)
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Sabertooth (SS-???)
Tambor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

USS Kennedy (DD-306)
Clemson class destroyer
In real life this ship was scrapped in 1931, in the novel it is still in service as of 1942.

Japan

Mizukaze
Sixteenth Minekaze Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk 1942

Plot summary: Set during the Guadalcanal Campaign, the story involves an ex-destroyer officer who, eager to get into the fighting transferrs to the submarines and finds himself caught up in a captains quest to avenge himself on the Japanese destroyer that sank his last command.

Note: S-51 the last S Class Submarine completed had hull number SS-162, which would normally give S-55, 56, 57 the hull numbers of SS-166, 167, 168. However in this case the United States Navy recycled the hull numbers for later builds, specifically USS Argonaut (SS-166), Narwhal (SS-167) and Nautilus (SS-168).
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #114 on: May 22, 2016, 04:49:28 am »
Craig DiLouie, Silent Running, 2016

United States

USS Sabertooth (SS-???)
Tambor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Scissortail (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified

Japan

Yosai
Soryu Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Stated to be part of the Pearl Harbour task force meaning that in this universe it was a 7 carrier attack.
Also stated to have survived damage at the Battle of Midway.
Sunk by USS Sabertooth 21st December, 1942

Pachinko
Zuiho Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name is what I would term 'dubious' Pachinko is the Japanese version of Pinball...

Hanma
Myoko Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Immediately following the events of Crash Dive the hero of that novel is assigned to a new submarine and finds himself taking part in a risky mission to contact gurillas in the Philipines.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #115 on: May 22, 2016, 10:17:58 am »
Philip McCutchan, Ship of Fate (Originally): Orders for Cameron, 1983

United Kingdom

HMS Wiltshire
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Mars
Destroyer Depot Ship
17,000tons
No other details provided

HMS Oleander
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Forsythia
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Halberdier
H Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: This is first 'Cameron' novel I've read where a definite date can be provided, the story begins on 2 November 1942 and features a fictional version of Operation Reservist (8 November 1942). Anyway, the series Hero recives orders to take out a facility the Germans have constructed in French North Africa, one dedicated to the production of weaponized anthrax.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #116 on: May 22, 2016, 12:10:27 pm »
I don't think this has been posted yet: 

World War 2.1: Weapons of Choice (2004) by John Birmingham:

USS Hillary Clinton — George Bush-class supercarrier
USS Kandahar — Baghdad-class littoral assault ship
USS Leyte Gulf — Nemesis-class stealth cruiser
USS Amanda L. Garrett — Cobb-class air warfare destroyer [James H. Cobb]
USS Providence — Harpers Ferry-class amphibious landing dockship
USS Kennebunkport — LPD-12-class landing assault ship
USS Denver — Nuclear-powered attack submarine
USS Chicago — Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
HMS Trident — Trident-class stealth destroyer (trimaran)
HMS Vanguard — Trident-class stealth destroyer
HMS Fearless — Aden-class helicopter assault ship
HMAS Havoc — Woomera-class attack submarine
HMAS Moreton Bay — Jervis Bay-class troop-carrying catamaran
HMAS Ipswich — Newcastle-class light littoral assault ship
JDS Siranui — Modified Nemesis-class stealth cruiser
KRI Nuku — Parchim-class corvette
KRI Sutanto — Parchim-class corvette
Dessaix — French Sartre-class stealth destroyer

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #117 on: May 23, 2016, 08:59:48 am »
Welcome to the thread GTX and thanks for the additions, now, back to the Second World War...

Douglas Reeman, The Volunteers, 1985

United Kingdom

HMS Levant
L & M Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1941

HMS X-19
X-Craft
Details as per the real ships.
Was to have taken part in Operation Source, but pulled out due to mechanical issues.

Plot summary: Covers the careers to two officers, one Britsh, the other Canadian who transfer to the Special Forces between 1943 and the end of the Second World War.

Note: Added the front cover, by Geoffrey Huband depicting a Motor Gun Boat being attacked by a pair of BF-110s.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #118 on: May 28, 2016, 08:00:30 am »
Philip McCutchan, Halfhyde Ordered South, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Meridian
2nd Inflexible Class Ironclad Battleship
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1877
Modernised 1885 (Sails and rigging replaced with pole masts.)
Stated in the novel to be an 'Improved Inflexible' however the improvement is not specified and the details provided are not in fact different from the actual ship.
Transferred to Chile c. 1895

HMS Biddle
6 gun sloop
Auxilliary steam propulsion
Launched c.1860s
No other details provided

HMS Delia
6 gun sloop
Auxilliary steam propulsion
Launched c.1860s
No other details provided

HMS Venomous
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Vendetta
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Venus
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Vortex
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Halcyon
Cruiser, class not specified
Name is that of a Dryad Class Torpedo Gunboat built in 1894 and scrapped in 1919
No other details provided

HMS Hector
Cruiser, class not specified
Name is that of a Hector Class Ironclad Battleship built in 1861 and scrapped in 1905
No other details provided

HMS Cardiff
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provied

Germany

SMS Friedrich der Grosse
Battleship, class not specified
Name is that of a Preussen Class Ironclad Frigate built in 1874, placed in reserve in 1894 and finally scrapped in 1920.
No other details provided

SMS Kaiser Wilhelm
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

SMS Nürnberg
Cruiser, class not specified
Name is that of a Königsberg Class Cruiser built in 1905
No other details provided

SMS Königsberg
Cruiser, class not specified
Name is that of a Königsberg Class Cruiser built in 1905
No other details provided


Plot summary: It is "...some ninety years..." after the Battle of Trafalgar. Britannia rules the waves, but those dastardly Germans are up to tricks again in South America, so the Whitehall Mandarins come up with a cunning plan, put their best captain (And the man who's actually responsible for his success.) in charge of the transfer of an old battleship to Chile and let him do his thing.

Notes: Another Philip McCutchan novel that is somewhat hazily located in time. Several of the names he used were, as can be seen above for ships that actually existed at the time frame he provided. The novel is the last in a series of six Victorian era naval action novels he wrote.
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« Reply #119 on: May 29, 2016, 06:09:36 pm »
Bart Davis, Raise the Red Dawn, 1991

United States

USS Seawolf (SSN-21)(Real ship)
Seawolf Class
Insufficient details provided to tell how much it differs from what was launched in 1997
In real life the first member of this class was launched in 1997.

Russia

Akula
SSN, class not specified
Described as '...the newest Soviet attack sub..."
No other details provided.
Note: Name of submarine is the name of an acutal Russian submarine class that was produced between 1985 - 2009.

Red Dawn/Krasnaya Zarya
Tango Class Submarine
Armament/dimensions as per real ships.
Fitted with an experimental Magnetohydrodynamic drive in addition to the conventional propulsion system.

Plot summary: The test of an experimental drive system has left a Soviet submarine trapped inside an iceberg.

Note: The author never gives a specific date, but from a remark in the opening of the book it appears to be set in the 1989 - 1991 time period.

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« Reply #120 on: May 31, 2016, 09:08:55 am »
I had planned to do Alan Evans, "Thunder at Dawn" as the next set of fictional warship names, but a suggestion from a friend bought a change of plan.

C. J. Williams, Deep Trouble, 2012

Australia

HMAS Wivenhoe (ACPB-??)
Armidale Class Patrol Boat
Details as per the real ships

HMAS Redcliffe (ACPB-??)
Armidale Class Patrol Boat
Details as per the real ships

HMAS Forde (SSG-??)
Collins Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMAS Augustine (SSG-??)
Collins Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Killarney (A-???)
3rd Lewin Class Survey Ship
Details as per the real ship

Plot summary: When a mysterious force starts attacking warships, and then coastal marinas, the Royal Australian Navy turns to a very unusual form of assistance.

Notes: This is a part of a three book series that seems to be very heavily inspired by an Australian childrens TV series that aired between 2006 - 2010 called "H2O: Just Add Water" (Wikipedia), although the content of the book seems a little darker than anything that would be shown to young children.
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« Reply #121 on: June 03, 2016, 09:20:30 am »
Alexander Fullerton, Patrol to the Golden Horn, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Nile (First mentioned in The Blooding of the Guns)
6th Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships

HMS Terrapin
Destroyer, class not mentioned
No other details provided

HMS Leveret
L Class Destroyer (WWI version)
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1913

HMS Harwich
Town/Bristol Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS E-57
E Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

France

Louve
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is the last few months of WWI (October/November 1918) and a daring plan has been put into motion to sink the battlecrusier SMS Goeben (aka Yavuz Sultan Selim) at her mooring inside the Golden Horn.

Note: Another author who made use of the idea of a British submarine torpedoing the SMS Goeben (aka Yavuz Sultan Selim) at her Turkish mooring was John Margerison who used it in two separate books, first in the short story collection 'Periscope and Propeller,' (1917) and later the novel 'Torpedo Verses Gun: The Story of a Naval Bet' (1919).
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« Reply #122 on: June 05, 2016, 06:04:02 am »
A chance find...

Kit Pedler & Gerry Davis, Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater, 1971

United Kingdom

HMS Triton
SSBN, class not specified
Described as "...the first Royal Navy Poseidon carrier..."
16 "...multiple warhead..." Poseidon missiles
Crew 183
No other details provided


Plot summary: Something has gone very wrong with the worlds first bio-degradeable plastic...
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« Reply #123 on: June 07, 2016, 09:27:46 am »
Alan Evans, Thunder at Dawn, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Thunder
7th Cressy Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

United States

USS Kansas
3rd Pennsylvania Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: In real life USS Kansas was the name of a pre-dreadnought battleship (Connecticut Class) that served in WWI as a training ship and later as a troop transport before being scrapped in 1923.

Germany

SMS Wolf
Scharnhorst Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

SMS Kondor
Scharnhorst Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

SMS Leopard
7th Iltis Class Gunboat
Details as per the real ships.

Japan

Kunashiri
3rd Ibuki Class Battlecruiser?
12 inch Guns
No other details provided
Note: Unsure as to correct identification due to lack of information author provides, however the members of this class were the only battlecruisers the Japanese had in WWI, all the others were built postwar. If Ibuki Class then details would be the same as the two constructed in real life.

Chile

Tocopilla
Destroyer
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is March/April 1917, two German cruisers have broken into the Pacific Ocean, the only ship available is an ageing cruiser with an acting commander who was sent there because of defeatist remarks he made about the Battle of Jutland. This is one novel that can be very firmly dated, the final battle takes place the day the United States enters WWI (6th April, 1917), which allows the USS Kansas to save HMS Thunder from the last surviving German warship.
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Alan Evans, Ship of Force, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Marshal Marmont
3rd Marshal Ney Class Monitor
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Sparrow
C Class Destroyer (WWI)
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1899

HMD Grimbsy Lass
Naval Drifter
1 3pdr mounted before the foremast
200 tons
Aft Wheelhouse
No other details provided.

HMD Judy
Naval Drifter
Details same as HMD Grimbsy Lass

Germany

SMS Siegfried
4th Derfflinger Class Battlecruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: In real life SMS Siegfried was the name of a Siegfried Class Coastal Defense Ship that was demobilised in 1915 and used as a barracks ship during WWI before being scrapped in 1920.

Unnamed
Several destroyers.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Following his successful action in the Pacific Ocean, the hero of "Thunder at Dawn" finds his reward is... more work, this time off the coast of France and Belgium.
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« Reply #125 on: June 11, 2016, 03:00:37 am »
Agatha Christie, The Submarine Plans, 1923

Z Type Submarine

Hercule Poirot is urgently summoned to 'Sharples', the home of Lord Alloway, head of the Ministry of Defence and a potential future Prime Minister. Arriving with Captain Hastings, he is introduced by their host to Admiral Sir Harry Weardale, the First Sea Lord who is a guest at Sharples. The secret plans for the new 'Z'-type of submarine were stolen some three hours earlier. In the end it turns out Lord Alloway wanted the unnamed foreign power to receive the false plans, they subsequently attempt to build their own version which ends up a failure.

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« Reply #126 on: June 11, 2016, 08:43:45 am »
Alan Evans, Dauntless, 1980

United Kingdom

HMS Dauntless
C/Caroline Class Cruiser
3 x 6 inch guns (A, X, Y)
6 x 4 inch guns
1 x 3 inch AA gun
Vickers MGs (Caliber not specified)
4 21 inch torpedo tubes
Other details as per real ships.
Comissioned 1915
Note: Name is that of a 'D Class Cruiser launched in 1917. Author never mentions the secondary 4 inch armament.

HMS Blackbird
Seaplane Tender.
Converted cross channel packet ship.
Details probably identical to the HMS Ben-my-Chree.

France

Maroc
Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
4 x 12 inch guns (two twin turrets)
Three funnels, no tripod masts.
No other details provided
Note: Most of the pre-dreadnoughts built by France were 'one-offs' so its hard to determine a class from the limited information provided, though the best fit would be either the 'Republique Class' or the 'Liberte Class'.

Germany

SMS Walküre
2nd Blücher Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is October 1917, Captain David Smith, following his successful actions off the Pacific Coast and the Coast of France has been given a task his higher ups consider perfectly suited to his talents, preventing enemy interference in General Allenby's plans to outflank the Turkish defences of Gaza.

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« Reply #127 on: June 11, 2016, 09:20:21 am »
Alan Evans, Seek Out and Destroy, 1982

United Kingdom

HMS Harrier
Destroyer, class not mentioned
4 inch guns
No other details provided

HMD Hercules
Naval Drifter
90ft length, 20ft beam
1 6pdr gun fwd
1 Vickers MG (Caliber not specified) aft
Maximum speed: 9 - 10 knots
Note: In the novel the some of the ships crew are assigned to operate a pontoon mounted 6 inch gun that is towed by HMD Hercules.

Italy

Unnamed
3 MAS Boats

'Flying Fish/Pesce volante'
Tracked torpedo boat
Fictional version of the 'Grillo' a tracked torpedo boat used in an abortive attack on the Austro-Hungarian Naval Base at Pola.

'Seahorse/Cavalluccio Marino'
Manned torpedo
Fictional version of the 'Mignatta (Leech)' the manned torpedo used to sink the Viribus Unitis.

Austro-Hungarian Empire

SMS Salzburg
"...a carbon copy of the German battlecruiser Seydlitz..."

Unnamed
Battleship
14 inch guns
No other details provided

Unnamed
Several destroyers

Plot summary: Fictionalised version of events in the Adriatic following the Battle of Caporetto. Captain David Smith, his talent for the unorthodox noted is assigned to help the Italians deal with the Austro-Hungarian Navies newest warship and the experienced German officer assigned to command her.
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« Reply #128 on: June 11, 2016, 09:39:52 am »
Alan Evans, Audacity, 1985

United Kingdom

HMS Audacity
Q-Ship
2 x 12 pdr (Concealed mounts fore and aft)
1 x 4 inch gun (Hidden in a fake deckhouse abaft the funnel)
4 torpedo tubes
Max speed: 15 - 16 knots
Built to resemble a "...three-island tramp..."
Draught is "...only four or five feet..."
No other details provided
Note: Additional armament prior to novel start included bomb throwers but these have been removed.

Germany

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
4 x 5.9 inch guns (2 a side mounted forward of the bridge)
1 x 4 inch gun (mounted aft of the bridge)
Torpedo tubes.
No other details provided

Unnamed
Several destroyers

Sweden

Unnamed
Gunboat
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is April 1918. Captain David Smith, his talent for both the unorthodox and 'getting things done' well proven has been given his most difficult task yet, delivering a shipment of gold to parties in Russia who have stated they can sink the Russian fleet before the Germans can take control of it following the Russian Revolution.

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« Reply #129 on: June 12, 2016, 06:46:15 am »
Another failed film script...

George E. Simpson & Neal R. Burger, Ghostboat, 1972

United States

USS Candlefish (SS-284)
Gato Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Hull number is that of the USS Tullibee (SS-284)

Plot summary: A submarine lost during World War II has just reappeared in 1974, why...?

Note: Unlike their later effort "Thin Air" this one did make it into film, albiet as a British mini-series with the action moved to the Baltic and the submarine renamed HMS Scorpion, which is remarkable enough in itself as usually it's the Americans taking someone elses script and reworking it to be more American centric. Wikipedia has a good summary of the British effort Wikipedia: Ghostboat.

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« Reply #130 on: June 13, 2016, 01:53:38 am »
A self-published(?) technothriller found on Kindle...

Don Menya, Down Deep and Out of Time, 2013

United States

USS Hunley (SSGN-777)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships converted to carry cruise missiles.
Formerly SSBN-777 before conversion. Pennant number clashes with Virginia Class Submarine USS North Carolina (SSN-777), launched 2007.

USS John Paul Jones (SSN-800)
Virgina Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Pennant number is that of an as yet unbuilt Block V Virginia class submarine that has yet to be assigned a name.
Name clashes with Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) which was launched in 1993 and is as of this post still in service.

USS Daniel Boone (AS-44)
Submarine Tender (converted minesweeper of an unspecified class), Class not specified
2 50mm guns (fore and aft)
4 30mm guns at corners of second upper deck
Helipad capable of supporting a Sikorski SH-3 Sea King fitted aft
18,000 tons
750ft length (originally 690ft), 150ft beam
Twin diesel engines, 15 knots
Name clashes with James Maddison class SSBN, USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) that was scrapped in 1994.

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)

Several unnamed Frigates, Destroyers and submarines.

Plot summary: A mission to retrieve an intelligence gathering device from North Korean waters leads to a dangerous confrontation between the United States and North Korea.
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« Reply #131 on: June 13, 2016, 07:09:55 am »
Another technothriller found on Amazon

Tom Jacobs, Sons of God, 2008

United States

USS San Pedro (SSN-747)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Pennant number is part of an unnassigned bloc of numbers covering SSN 744 - 749.

USS South Dakota (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Stated in the novel to be the final member of the Ohio Class to have been completed
Note: Construction of the Virginia Class Submarine USS South Dakota (SSN-790) was approved in 2008, but construction did not begin until 2016.

Plot summary: Extortionists hijack a nuclear submarine and make the usual "Do what we want or we launch..." demands.
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« Reply #132 on: June 13, 2016, 08:24:42 pm »
A short break from the Technothrillers with another short story.

Anon., The Straggler, published in Leonard Matthews (ed.), Fantastic Adventure Stories for Boys, 1977 (Fourth printing, 1981)

United Kingdom

HMS Seahawk
Destroyer, class not specified
Sunk 1940
Name clashes with an RN shore establishment RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk) opened in 1947.

Germany

Unnamed
U-boat, class not specified

Plot summary: The year is 1940. The crew of a torpedoed RN destroyer fight to turn the tables on the U-boat that sank their ship and protect the straggling oil tanker they were escorting.

Note: This was a chance find while cleaning my bookshelves, none of the stories in the collection have authors listed or any details of prior publication, if any. The cover depicts the Captain of HMS Seahawk using the AA weapons on the just captured U-boat to fight off a FW 200 'Condor'.
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« Reply #133 on: June 13, 2016, 11:15:37 pm »
IJN Yonaga- enlarged Shinano-type aircraft carrier.

From THE SEVENTH CARRIER book series by Peter Albano

Plot summary: IJN Yonaga, the seventh carrier assigned to the Pearl Harbor strike, is trapped in Arctic ice while awaiting the strike order. 42 years later, the ship emerges, hell-bent on finishing their mission. Soon after, a Chinese orbital defense system renders all jets and rockets useless. With Libya leading a global war of terror, Yonaga and her antique planes are now the free world's best hope.....
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« Reply #134 on: June 13, 2016, 11:21:22 pm »
Thanks for adding that one, I've got the Kindle version of that one on my 'future to-do' list.

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« Reply #135 on: June 13, 2016, 11:37:37 pm »
Funny what you remember this late at night! :D I haven't read those books in ages!
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« Reply #136 on: June 14, 2016, 03:00:16 am »
Funny what you remember this late at night! :D I haven't read those books in ages!

Indeed, half the fun is checking to see if you still have them. That said I've been amazed at some of the things that have become available on Kindle.

But, now back to the technothrillers...

Tom Jacobs, Ship, Captain & Crew, 2012

United States

USS Moray (SSN-570)
Thresher Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author never specifically identifies the class, but the internal references, such as a mention of the fact that the submarine is twenty years old in 1983 strongly suggest that she is a Thresher. The Pennant number was going to be assigned to USS Mackerel (SST-1), but was ultimately not assigned.

USS Jack Clay (DD or DDG)
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Manassas (CG-??)
Ticonderoga class
Details as per the real ships
Referred to in the novel (set in 1983) as "...one of the fleet's newest Aegis cruisers."

Plot summary: An attempt in 1983 to destabilize Iran goes wrong.
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« Reply #137 on: June 15, 2016, 08:04:18 am »
John P. Marquand, Repent in Haste, 1945

USS Rogue River - escort carrier of unknown class
Attack Transport 240 - USS Harnett (APA-240) was a cancelled Haskell Class transport

Plot: the story revolves around a demobbed sailor from the Rogue River in 1945


John P. Marquand, Last Laught Mr. Moto, 1942

USS Smedley - destroyer

Plot: the Japanese and Vichy French are trying to get their hands on an aircraft abandoned on Guadeloupe after the fall of France equipped with secret night-vision equipment.


John P. Marquand, It's Loaded Mr. Bauer, 1949

Sieglinde - German merchant raider
HMS Artemis - destroyer

Plot: Set in 1941/1942, a German agent in a South American nation attempts to acquire gold to buy oil fuel to replenish the Sieglinde's bunkers before the Royal Navy closes in.


Nevil Shute, Most Secret, 1945

Genevieve - requisitioned French fishing vessel, 70ft long, armed with a large-calibre flamethrower and the crew have a few Thompson sub-machine guns
HMT Grimsby Emerald - armed trawler, 1940
HMT Harebell - armed trawler, sunk 1940
HMT Gracie Fields - armed trawler, 1940
MGB-161, MGB-168 - motor gun boats, armed with two 20mm Oerlikon and DC, 40kts - pennants clash with MTBs

Plot: in late 1941 a daring officer plans to use a French fishing vessel to destroy a Raumboote and ends up supporting a French uprising against the Germans and sinks two R-Boots and damages a destroyer.


Nevil Shute, In the Wet, 1953

HMAS Gona - class and type unknown

Plot: In a dystopian 1983 the British Royal family flee to the Commonwealth.


Percy F. Westerman, Under the White Ensign, 1918

Great Britain
HMS Portchester Castle - liner converted into a merchant cruiser, armed with 4.7in QF guns and two 6pdr AA guns, sunk by a German U-Boot in the Med
HMS Fleetwings - Royal British & Pacific Company liner converted into seaplane carrier, very similar to Campania conversion, carries undefined number of seaplanes and four Kite Balloons
HMS Paradox - destroyer, 25kts
HMS Scragger - destroyer
HMS Grunter - destroyer
HMS Tarbox - destroyer
HMS Zealous - armed trawler
0916 + 2 more unnamed - US built motor patrol boat, three 160hp V-8 petrol engines, 26kts, 8 crew

Mention must be made of Fleetwing's seaplanes: 200ft wingspan triplane, powered by six 200hp engines with 15ft diameter propellers, 180mph max speed, 40mph stalling speed, 10 crew, armed with a 3in non-recoil gun firing mini 3in calibre torpedoes!

Greece
Pyrgos - yacht, armed with at least two concealed 7pdr guns, one on each beam forward; operated by a pro-German Greek faction, sunk by HMS Scragger and Grunter

Turkey
Unnamed destroyer, sunk by Portchester Castle

Plot: Adventures of the crew of the Portchester Castle in the Aegean in 1918.
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« Reply #138 on: June 15, 2016, 09:17:57 am »
Welcome back Hood!

Now back to WWII...

Alan Evans, Orphans of the Storm, 1990

United Kingdom

HMS Saracen
Destroyer, class not specified

HMS Lancer
Destroyer, class not specified

Germany

Brandenburg
Fourth Leipzig Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1935

Plot summary: The year is 1939, David Smith now working as an agent for British Military Intelligence finds himself trying to prevent a German cruiser coming to the aid of the Deutschland Class Cruiser Admiral Graff Spee following the Battle of the River Plate.

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« Reply #139 on: June 17, 2016, 09:10:00 am »
Alan Evans, Sink or Capture!, 1993

United Kingdom

HMS Cassandra (Real Ship)
C Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1916
In real life HMS Cassandra was sunk in 1918

HMS Calliope (Real ship)
C Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
In real life HMS Calliope was scrapped in 1931

HMS Hornet
G & H Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Sunk 1940

Ailsa Grange
Transport Ship (ex-Merchant ship)
No other details provided

Germany

Brandenburg
Fourth Leipzig Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1935
Sunk 1940 at the 2nd Battle of Narvik.
Note: Ship first appears in the authors previous novel "Orphans of the Storm"

Wilhelmina
Transport Ship
"...around ten thousand tons with a single funnel and a long superstructure amidships... she had probably been an ocean liner before the war. One of those giving "Strength through Joy" cruises..."
Noted to be carrying a surgical team to support the German Invasion of Norway but is not a Hospital ship.
No other details regarding armament/speed provided.
Captured by the British.

Plot Summary: It is 1940. David Smith has been returned to command a cruiser following his success in preventing Admiral Graff Spee escaping but finds himself and his new ship confronting the same enemy cruiser he faced in South America during the German invasion of Norway.
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« Reply #140 on: June 17, 2016, 09:39:50 am »
Now, back to pulp fiction...

J. E. MacDonnell, The Coxswain, 1960

Australia

HMAS Bantam
Destroyer, class not specified
Sunk in the Mediterranean Sea before the start of the novel.

HMAS Pelican
Destroyer, class not specified
4 inch guns
Stated to be a member of a class older than the V & W Class Destroyers given to the RAN in 1933.
Note: There was an HMS Pelican which was an Admiralty M Class Destroyer scrapped in 1921. It is possible, though unlikely that this was the ship the author had in mind, certainly it fits the limited details he gives.

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Only specific details author gives are 200 crew, 6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts), speed 35knots. The above class is best fit for those details and for the rough date the author provides (August 1942).

Plot summary: Around the start of the Guadalcanal Campaign the coxswain of an Australian 'fleet destroyer' finds himself having to deal with a couple of 'bad apples' who came aboard as replacements for men lost in a recent action.

Note: I've included a scan of the cover which is by an unknown artist. However whoever they were they obviously did not read the book as the cover depicts what appears to be an L & M Class destroyer under attack rather than what I suspect the author intended HMAS Wind Rode to be, still not a bad 'action' image

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« Reply #141 on: June 18, 2016, 03:21:53 am »
Captain W. E. John, Biggles in the Baltic, 1940

Great Britain
Unammed submarine

Germany
U-159 - U-boot, sunk by Biggle's 'Z' Squadron. The real U-159 was a Type IXC launched in July 1941, it was laid down some six months after the story was written.
Leipzig - German liner converted into a troopship, sunk by Biggle's 'Z' Squadron

Plot: Biggles, Algy and Ginger and chums form a secret 'Z' Squadron and operate from a secret underground cave lake base on a small island called Bergen Ait in the Baltic Sea, purchased by Britain from a neutral Baltic country. They are flying what look to be monoplane Fairey Swordfish on the front cover. The four aircraft are all given Australian names; Dingo, Didgeree-du, Willie-Willie and Duck-billed platypus. The sink the U-159, capture its codebook and after several escapades they blow up their secret base and drown the Germans who have captured the island.

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« Reply #142 on: June 18, 2016, 08:34:13 am »
Douglas Reeman, The Last Raider, 1964

Germany

Vulkan
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
Converted banana carrier
Three-island hull.
4 x 5.9 inch guns (2 a side mounted forward of the bridge)
1 x 22pdr aft
300 mines
Torpedo tubes
16 knots

United Kingdom

HMS Vole
Armed Boarding Steamer
Ex coastal steamer
No other details provided

HMS Waltham
Cruiser, class not specified
12 x 6 inch guns
12 x "smaller weapons"
21 knots
Launched 1915
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
23 knots
No other details provided.

United States

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified
Four funnels
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is the last days of 1917, Imperial Germany decides to send one last raider into the Atlantic in an attempt to divert Allied naval units into distant waters.
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« Reply #143 on: June 19, 2016, 12:47:08 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Not Under Command, 1963

Australia

HMAS Roper
River Class Frigate (RAN Group II)
Details as per the real ships.

Japan

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Plot summary: It is late 1943 (Book refers to the Glowworm's ramming of the Hipper, Operation Chariot (St Nazaire Raid) & Operation Source in the past tense, so no earlier than October 1943.), an RAN frigate traveling to Espiritu Santo loses her senior officers due to a lucky (Or unlucky depending on your point of view...) hit while under attack from the air. Can the Non-Commissioned Officers get her to port safely...
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« Reply #144 on: June 19, 2016, 07:01:34 am »
Alan Evans, Deed of Glory, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Saracen
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Details provided by the author imply this is the same ship that appeared at the beginning of  "Orphans of the Storm"
Sunk 1940

HMS Boston (ex-USS ?)
Town Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author never gives the name of the US 'Four stacker' that became HMS Boston.
Sunk 1942

Plot summary: Fictionalized account of the events leading up to Operation Chariot (St Nazaire Raid)

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« Reply #145 on: June 20, 2016, 10:02:17 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Operational Immediate, 1975

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels.

HMAS Swift
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author explicitly states that this ship is a member of the same class as HMAS Wind Rode.

HMAS Sabre
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Saber, a WWI S Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1946.

HMAS Whelp
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Whelp, a W Class destroyer launched in 1943, which was later transferred to South Africa and scrapped in 1976.

HMAS Witch
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)

United States

Unnamed
6 x 'Four Stacker' Destroyers
No other details provided.

Japan

Unnamed
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified

Unnamed
2x Submarines

Unnamed
5 x Destroyers

Plot summary: It is sometime between the Gilbert Islands Campaign and the Marianas Campaign, and a convoy transporting ammunition for the United States Seventh Fleet comes under heavy attack. The attached cover depicts the novels climactic action as three RAN Destroyers charge a Japanese Aircraft Carrier.
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« Reply #146 on: June 21, 2016, 04:48:14 am »
Percy F. Westerman, The Salving of the Fusi Yama, 1920

Mainly non-naval ships in the this tale.

Titania: auxiliary schooner, 260 tons, built 1900 with triple expansion engines but retfitted with diesels later, 12kts, used as a minelayer during the war, carries two 'Cormorant' seaplanes during the events of the book.

Other ships:
Fusi Yama: Japanese-built steamship sold to a British company operating from Shanghai, 4,500 tons, built 1914, sunk on her maiden voyage by the German cruiser Nurnberg in 1914.
Zug: ex-interned German merchant Geier, built 1904
Cite d'Arras: French liner than sinks following a collision with an unnamed Belgian tramp steamer.

Plot: a treasure hunt to locate the wreck of the Fusi Yama and salvage her gold bullion cargo.

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« Reply #147 on: June 21, 2016, 09:24:26 am »
Philip McCutchan, Secret Mission (Originally): Cameron's Commitment, 1989

United Kingdom

HMS Castile
C Class Cruiser
Launched 1917
Details as per the real ships

HMS Dionysus
Destroyer, class not specified.

Plot summary: Following the events of 'Against All Odds' & 'On Land And Sea' the series hero is given a new ship and a special mission...
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« Reply #148 on: June 24, 2016, 04:09:03 pm »
Here's one, although it is a fictional airship.  However, it belongs to the German Navy so I gues it is a warship.

I don't recall the novel, but it takes place around 1916 when the army's R-Planes are crowding out the airships.  The navy does one last raid to show the airship's ability, and it is a clusterfuck.  The British are congratulatig themselves, but it slowly dawns on them that there is one remaining airship on the prowl over England.

Ring any bells?

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« Reply #149 on: July 21, 2016, 12:59:56 am »
Harrison Jones, Equal Time Point, 2009

United States

USS Karuk (T-ATF-???)
Powhatan Class Oceangoing Tug?
Details as per the real ships

United Kingdom

HMS Integrity
Aircraft carrier, class not specified.
Carries Sea King Helicopters
No other details provided

Plot summary: Sabotage forces an airliner to ditch at sea.
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R. Cameron Cooke, Dive Beneath The Sun, 2016

United States

USS Wolffish (SS-434)
Balao Class Submarine, Real ship, cancelled prior to start of construction June 1944

Task Group Antietam

USS Antietam (CV-36)
Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, Real ship, launched August '44, in service January '45 - May '63

USS Reprisal (CV-35)
Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, Real ship, construction cancelled August '45

USS Salem (CA-139)
Des Moines Class Cruiser, Real ship, launched March '47, in service May '49 - January '50

USS Newport News (CA-148)
Des Moines Class Cruiser, Real ship, launched March '48, in service January '49 - June '75

USS Vicksburg (CL-86)
Cleveland Class Cruiser, Real ship, launched December '43, in service June '44 - June '47

USS McKean (DD-784)?
Gearing Class, Real ship, launched March '45, in service June '45 - October '81
An earlier USS McKean was a former Wickes class destroyer converted to a Fast transport in WWII and sunk on the 17th of November, 1943. On the basis of what the author appears to have done (See note below.) I am assuming that the McKean in the novel is the Gearing Class ship.

Two unnamed Destroyers

Four unnamed Destroyer Escorts

Japan

Yokaze
Destroyer, class not specified
Main Armament 6 x 5 inch guns (A, X & Y)
Insufficient details provided to work out just which of several classes of destroyer using the same armament layout this ship is a member of.

Kiku
Mikura Class (Kaikoban)
Details as per the actual ships

Enoki
Mikura Class (Kaikoban)
Details as per the actual ships

Plot summary: A Japanese freighter carries materials that could affect the outcome of the war (The novel takes place during September and October of 1944.) can the United States navy stop it from reaching it's destination.

Note: The author has done something a little unusual here, rather than use fictional members of existing classes (US ships only.) he appears to have 'bought forward' the construction of several ships that were in fact completed post war.  That's not to say that the Anteitam Task Group would not make a fine illustration.

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« Reply #151 on: July 24, 2016, 05:04:57 am »
Percy F. Westerman, The Stolen Cruiser, published 1913

Great Britain

HMS Impregnable
A modified Indefatigable Class battlecruiser. 18,000 tons displacement; four twin 12in turrets (fore, aft and two en échelon amidships) and 25x1 4in QF; 26kts top speed. Being towed to Holland for scrapping but engines in good condition to be re-used. Hijacked by band of anarchist pirates and renamed Independencia and re-armed with 25x1 7pdr QF guns.

HMS Indefatigable
The real battlecruiser, in the book she is a "sea-going instructional vessel for naval cadets".

HMS Frome and HMS Calder ("New River" Class): destroyers
120 feet long with turtle decks fore and aft, a fine bow and a pointed cutaway stern. Diesel engines driving four propeller shafts providing a speed of 43kts (can do 21kts astern too!). No funnels. At the aft end of the fore turtle deck were two 11 pounder automatic guns, arranged to cover an arc of 210 degree and with 80 degree elevation, another mount was mounted aft. Other armament was two 7pdr QF amidships and two 21in torpedo tubes with "improved Whitehead" torpedoes with 5 miles range. Has a small conning tower (with another aft) and a light telescopic mast (no radio aerials as has some form of internal receivers) and two searchlights.  Crew of 90, only 15 needed to man the engine rooms.

HMS Indus
Cruiser, 22,000 tons

HMS Cerberus
Scout cruiser, diesel powered with no funnels, carries four seaplanes.
Seaplanes describes as having an aluminium hull/fuselage 35 ft long, 6ft width and 9in draught. Has a small observation turret which supports the propeller shaft, folding biplane wings, armed with a 1pdr automatic gun and small bombs.

HMS Vindictive
A "second class cruiser", the real Arrogant Class ship completed in 1899.

HMS Khartoum
A cruiser, no description.

HMS Trincomalee
Armoured cruiser, no description except armed with 9in, 6in and QF guns.

HMS Blackadder
A destroyer, no description.

Desaix
French cruiser, possibly the real ship.

Chanzy
French armoured cruiser, possibly the real ship.

Tréhouart
French cruiser, 19,000 tons, a fictional ship as the real Amiral Tréhouart was a Bouvines Class coast defence ship

USS West Virginia
This is the real cruiser (ACR-5).

USS Denver
This is the real cruiser (CL-16).

SS Wontwash
American tramp  steamer.

SS Steephill Castle
Hull-registered tramp steamer. Vessel used by the pirates to board Impregnable.

SS Yosen Maru
Japanese steamer attacked by Independencia.

SS L'Égalité
French transatlantic liner attacked by  Independencia.

SS Duke of Negropont
American steamer, attacked by Independencia.

Hetty
Boston-registered whaler

Serena
300 ton pleasure craft owned by a wealthy Canadian.

Vulkan
Leading tug towing Impregnable. Scuttled by the pirates.

Hekla
One of the Dutch tugs towing Impregnable. Scuttled by the pirates.

Plot Summary: HMS Impregnable is towed to Holland but is hijacked by band of international band of anarchist pirates and renamed Independencia goes on a piracy raid across the Atlantic and into the Arctic in an attempt to escape her pursuers. The book was published in 1913 but is set in an undefined future time, possibly the 1920s, when the Indefatigable Class is being replaced by newer vessels. Many of the newer ships in this tale have diesel engines and the ships and aircraft show an interesting technical progression from 1912. Impregnable is said to have never fired her guns in anger, implying no war in Westerman's future. However, curiously for a 1913 British naval/military adventure story there is no mention of Germany at all and no German characters, instead there is a cast of Greeks, Spaniards, Dutch, French and Japanese.

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« Reply #152 on: July 27, 2016, 05:52:47 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, First Command, 1971

Australia

HMAS Reaper
WWI R Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
AA armament has been augmented with 'scrounged' machine guns of various makes (Bren, Browning, etc).

Plot summary: The year is 1941. Badly damaged fighting an Italian submarine, an Australian destroyer struggles to make her way back to Alexandria and safety. This story is pretty precisely date-able as the ship returns to Alexandria the day after the Italians crippled HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Valiant with a human torpedo attack on the 19th of December 1941.

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« Reply #153 on: July 27, 2016, 05:49:37 pm »
J. E. MacDonnell, Fire Storm, 1973

Australia

HMAS Pelican
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 'pom-pom' gun.
AA augmented with 'scrounged' MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
300ft long
Single funnel
30knots
Fitted with radar and sonar.
Note: If this is the same ship as the one that appears in the novel "The Coxswain" (1960), then her "...experimental..." design predates the V & W class, which started construction in 1916. I will be trying to track down further novels where this ship is the vehicle of focus to see if any more details are included.

Italy

Spiride
Fifth Ammiraglio Cagni Class Submarine (Also known as the Cagni Class)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is March 1942. A destroyer assigned to locate a base the Italians have established for MT Explosive Motor Boats (EMB) (Wikipedia) finds herself in a duel with an Italian submarine with a very competent captain and crew.

Internal references in the book imply that the events of this novel take place around about the same time as convoy MW10 which left Alexandria for Malta on the 21st of March 1942. The attached picture depicts the eventual destruction of the EMBs when they are lured into a patch of floating fuel oil which is ignited as they enter it.
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« Reply #154 on: July 27, 2016, 11:35:09 pm »
Brian Callison, A Flock Of Ships, 1970

United Kingdom

HMS Mallard
Corvette, class not specified
1100 tons
4 inch gun
Name clash with a Kingfisher Class Sloop in service 1936 - 1945.

Unnamed (1966)
Survey Ship, class not specified.
No other details provided

Germany

Unnamed
Three U-boats, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: The year is 1966, a British survey ship has just arrived a remote island in the South Atlantic, there she finds an abandoned freighter that was reported sunk in 1941. Aboard the abandoned ship, the evidence points to a journey of madness and terror.

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« Reply #155 on: July 28, 2016, 06:31:27 am »
Two more Westerman nautical tales.

Percy F. Westerman, The Sea-Girt Fortress, published 1914

Germany

Hannover
Real battleship of the Deutschland Class

Several destroyers, most are unnamed except for;
S167, probably the real destroyer, the 1911 built ship to replace the original S167 sold to Turkey in 1910 as Muavenet-i Milliye.
S174, there was no real S174, the nearest real ship was the Germania-built G174 of the 1909 Programme.

Twenty U-Boots, described as a Krupp-Germania design of 1,200 tons displacement, 1,000 mile range, armament of 4x TT, 2x 14pdr (77mm?) guns on disappearing mounts and 2x pom-poms; the conning tower has two periscopes and oddly the subs have four sloped cylinders and different angles but no explanation is given of these.

Great Britain

Real battleships: HMS Royal Sovereign, Barham, Orion, Collingwood, Bellerophon, Ajax, Agamemnon, Centurion and Formidable. Also the real battlecruiser HMS Invincible.

HMS Repulse
Probably the planned Royal Sovereign Class battleship completed in the story by/in 1914

HMS Impregnable
Battlecruiser, could be the same vessel as featured in The Stolen Cruiser.
 
HMS Beresford
Fast cruiser, no description

HMS Boxer
Name matches that of Ardent Class destroyer of 1894 but illustration better matches a River/ M Class destroyer of the immediate pre-war era.

HMS Lynx
Real Acasta Class destroyer

HMS Onyx
Fishery Protection Gunboat, could be the real torpedo gunboat launched in 1892 but she became a depot ship in 1907.

United States
Real battleships USS Kentucky and USS Wyoming

Plot: Very much a Riddle of the Sands type tale. The Germans have set up a secret subterranean Zeppelin base on Helgoland, a daring Englishmen and an American aboard their small ketch, Diomeda, and discover the base accidently and that the Germans have invented a method of making Zeppelin gasbags self-sealing from bullet holes. They manage to escape in one of the Zeppelins and forewarned the British defeat a surprise Zeppelin and seaplane attack and defeat the German Navy at sea and eventually destroy the secret base.
There is one notable historical fact in the book, Westerman makes reference to the Empress of India trials of 1913 which found that although armour protection kept out shells out of the citadel but water flooded in on the deck above, disturbing the stability and leading to a capsizing. D.K. Brown makes a good account of the trials and the design changes made in the Royal Sovereigns deck armour scheme to raise the armoured deck. In the book HMS Orion succumbs to such damage above the main armour deck and capsizes, this foretells the similar faults which led to HMS Agincourt sinking in September 1914 (albeit from a torpedo hit).


Percy F. Westerman, The Third Officer, published 1921

Malfilio
An ex-Russian light cruiser, originally called Zarizyno. 4,000 tons; armament 8x1 6in & 4in guns (the description hints at 6in fore and aft and 6 beam 4in guns), 4x underwater torpedo tubes (not loaded) and one seaplane; speed 22kts.

Australia
"HMAS" Titania
A 400 ton schooner which pretends to be a submarine tender to avoid the Malfilio

HMAS Armdale and HMAS Rockhampton
Light cruisers, armed with 2x 9.2in fore and aft and QF guns and MGs

HMAS Brisbane
The real modified Town Class light cruiser

One unammed seaplane carrier

Three unnamed destroyers

Great Britain
SS Donibristle
6,200 ton tramp steamer belonging to the fictional British Columbian & Chinese Shipping Company

HMBS Adventurer
Cruiser, no description (note archaic His Majesty's Britannic Ship prefix, unlikely to be His Majesty's Burmese Ship)

Japan
HIJMS Kanazawa
Cruiser, no description

United States
USS Yosemite
Cruiser, no description

Two merchants captured by the pirates of possible Spanish and American flags are Alvardo and Kittiwake.

Plot: A band of international pirates acquire an ex-Russian cruiser and find a base on a secret fortified pre-war Pacific German anchorage. The plucky British crew of the Donibristle escape and ultimaly the Malfinio is sunk by HMAS Armdale and the island base recaptured.
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« Reply #156 on: July 28, 2016, 07:29:18 pm »
J. E. MacDonnell, Breaking Point, 1979

Australia

HMAS Tempest
Crown Colony/Fiji Class Cruiser
Details as per real ships.

HMAS Jackal
Battle Class Destroyer
Details as per real ships.
Note: There was a J Class destroyer named HMS Jackal that was sunk in May of 1942. A reasonable assumption is that this ships name has been changed from a 'Battle' name in honor of the ship sunk.

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels.

HMAS Sabre
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Sabre, a WWI S Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1946. Also appears in 'Operational Immediate'

Unnamed
3 x Destroyers, class not specified

Unnamed
2 x Corvettes, class not specified

Unnamed
Boom Defense Ship
No details provided

United States

Unnamed
Several Destroyers

USS Blakely (DD-150) (Real Ship)
Wickes Class destroyer
Details as per the real ships

USS Mercy (AH-8) (Real Ship)
Comfort Class Hospital Ship
Details as per the real ships
Sunk during course of the novel

USS Refuge (AH-11) (Real Ship)
Hospital Ship
Details as per the real ship
Sunk during course of the novel

Japan

Mikuni
Sixth Myoko Class Cruiser
10 8 inch guns (Twin turrets A,B,C,X & Y)
6 4.7 inch guns
8 47mm guns
'Many' 25mm guns
8 24 inch torpedo tubes
32 knots
Note: Class not given in novel, assumed on basis of armament. Description of this ship in novel states that she carries 21 inch torpedo tubes firing 'Black Lance' torpedos. I am assuming this is a mistake and have corrected for the actual weapons.

Unnamed
9 Hatsuharu Class Destroyers
5 5 inch guns, 6 torpedo tubes
Note: The real Hatsuharu Class consisted of 6 ships. For the torpedo armament see Mikuni entry above.

Unnamed
Junsen Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is the latter half of WWII, as MacArthur gears up for his next big offensive, the Japanese slip a raiding force into the trans-Pacific supply lines.

Notes: This novel is very hard to pin down to a specific time period, but it cannot be earlier than September 1944, that is when the first Battle Class Destroyer (HMS Barflur) reached the Pacific Theater. That also assumes the 'big offensive' is the assault on the Philippines which began in late October 1944. This novel is the only one by this author that I've encountered in hardcover. The un-credited cover depicts one of the Japanese attacks.

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J. E. MacDonnell, Repel Boarders, 1963

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels. On the two covers I have (1963 & 1967) the destroyer is depicted as having pennant number G46. In WWI this pennant number was held by HMS Stuart (Later HMAS Stuart (F00)). In WWII the pennant number was held by two ships, HMS Juno, a J Class destroyer sunk in 1941 and HMS Swift an S Class destroyer sunk in 1944.

Japan

Unnamed
Junsen Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Junsen Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: In the lead up to Operation Oboe 6 (The Brunei landings, 10 June 1945) a botched attempt to sink a Japanese submarine by ramming leads to a wild boarding action and the loss of the captain overboard. Captured by another Japanese submarine, can he keep quiet long enough for the landings to take place.
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« Reply #158 on: July 29, 2016, 03:09:48 am »
James MacNeil, Mettle at Woomera, 1962?

United Kingdom

HMS Scorpion
Destroyer, class not specified, described as 'experimental'
3000 tons
6 4.5 inch guns (Twin turrets A,B & X)
Unspecified anti-aircraft weapons
Torpedoes
Depth charges
Steam turbines, 60,000 horsepower
48 knots
Note: Not fitted with guided missiles or helipad. Appearance probably not too different from a Daring Class Destroyer

HMS MTB-445
Motor Torpedo Boat
Details as per actual ships
Note: HMS Scorpion's ships boat

'Communists' (Russia?)

Raratonga
Armed Merchant Cruiser
10 'guns' (Five a side)
No other details provided

Plot summary: In this 'Boys Own Adventure' someone is diverting missiles fired from Woomera from their intended splashdown point, looks like a job for the Royal Navy's Special Service Division...

Note: This book is the third in a series (Captain Mettle, V.C./Mettle Dives Deep/Mettle at Woomera). When I stumbled across this at a charity shop, this was the only book of the three on the shelf. There is no publication date on the book, but a handwritten note on the inside cover wishes a past owner "Happy Christmas 1962'.
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« Reply #159 on: July 29, 2016, 06:55:40 am »
John Wingate, Jimmy-The-One: A Submariner Sinclair Story, 1960

United Kingdom

HMS Rugged
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Rapid
S Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with an R Class Destroyer launched in July 1942.

Germany

U-93
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name of a Type VIIC that was sunk by a destroyer on the 15th of January 1942. In the novel she is captured by HMS Rugged off Taranto in the weeks leading up to the Second Battle of El-Alamein. After being renumbered 'U-679' by the British the submarine is used for covert operations.

Plot summary: A newly promoted officer finds himself involved in intrigue in the weeks leading up to 2nd El-Alamein. This is another 'Boys Own Adventure' book, however, unlike the previous one, this book feels much more grounded in reality.
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« Reply #160 on: July 30, 2016, 11:01:41 pm »
David E. Meadows, Echo Class, 2009

United States

USS Dale (DDG-???)
Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with a Leahy Class FFG (later redesignated CG) launched in 1962

USS Coghlan (DDG-???)
Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1967 and the Soviet Navy has decided to demonstrate just what their latest submarines are capable of...

Note: All other ships featured in this novel are real.
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« Reply #161 on: July 31, 2016, 10:13:49 pm »
Richard Hough, Buller's Victory, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Incomparable
7th Canopus-class Battleship (Pre-Dreadnought)
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1900
Sunk 18th of March 1915.

HMS Duchess of Marlborough
Q-Ship
3,248 tons
(As converted) 2 x 12pdrs, 1 Maxim Gun, 2 Lewis guns, bomb throwers
(As updated) 1 x 4 inch (fwd), 1 x 12pdr, 1 x 2 pdr, 1 Maxim Gun, 2 Lewis guns, bomb throwers
No other details provided

HMS Arrow
Acorn (H) or Acheron (I) Class Destroyer
2 x 4 inch, 2 x 12pdrs, 21 inch TTs
Name clashes with that of a Ant Class gunboat in service between 1871 - 1922
Note: Armament fits one of two possible British destroyer classes, insufficient details provided to determine just which one.

HMS Mason
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Thistle
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided
Name clashes with that of a Bramble Class gunboat in service between 1901 - 1926

Germany

U-623
U-Boat, class not specified
75mm gun
Other armament not mentioned, but probably similar to other U-Boats of it's era.

Plot summary: Follows the successes and failures of the Buller family during the First World war from the Battle of Coronel to the Battle of Jutland.

Note: Third volume in a trilogy (Buller's Guns/Buller's Battleship/Buller's Victory).
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Lincoln Child, Deep Storm, 2007

United States

USS Specter (SSN-??? or SS-???)
Nuclear? Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: An ex-Navy Doctor is assigned to a Top Secret underwater excavation project in the North Sea to investigate a mysterious outbreak of insanity.

Note: The USS Specter is part of the POV characters backstory, it does not appear in the novel itself. At one point mention is made of the characters service in "...stealth submarines and carriers.", so presumably the Specter is a 'stealth submarine', whatever that means.
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Alexander Fullerton, All The Drowning Seas, 1981

United Kingdom

HMS Defiant (Java Sea)
D Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Completed 1922? (Stated to be "...twenty years old..." in 1942.)

HMS Ainsty (Mediterranean)
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Jouster (Mediterranean)
J Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships

United States

USS Sloan (DD-???) (Java Sea)
Porter Class Destroyer (Referred to as Selfridge Class in novel.)
Details as per the real ships
Launched "...around 1935..."

Plot Summary: The year is 1942 and members of the Everard family face danger, one in command of a cruiser at the Battle of the Java Sea and the desperate struggle to escape the Japanese that follows. At the same time another member of the family finds himself a passenger aboard a merchant ship traveling to Malta aboard a heavily attacked convoy (The author states that this is fictional version of Operation Pedestal, moved from August '42 to February '42.).

Note: This book is the sixth in a series known as the Everard Chronicle, the first three books cover the First World War from Jutland to Armistice Day. The remaining six books cover the Second World War until late 1943.

Later: The attached images are the cover by Steve Crisp for the 1982 printing of 'All The Drowning Seas' and the bizarre cover created for the 2017 ebook release of the novel which seems to depict a United States nuclear powered cruiser (Either Virginia Class or California Class) sinking after being attacked by planes of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the foreground with a British Type 42 Destroyer in the background and is a perfect example of the problems with CGI covers.
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Alistair MacLean, Night Without End, 1959

United Kingdom

HMS Triton
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified
Carries Supermarine Scimitar Fighters
No other details provided

HMS Wykenham
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is late 1957, an airliner has crashed in Greenland not far from a four month old IGY station. As the researchers try to get the survivors to the coast and rescue, they find that there is a murderer amongst their ranks.

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J. E. MacDonnell, A Council of Captains, 1974

Australia

HMAS Tempest
Crown Colony/Fiji Class Cruiser
Details as per real ships.

HMAS Jackal
Battle Class Destroyer
Details as per real ships.
38 knots
Note: There was a J Class destroyer named HMS Jackal that was sunk in May of 1942. A reasonable assumption is that this ships name has been changed from a 'Battle' name in honor of the ship sunk. However a reference in this book suggests that in the authors 'universe' there may have been an earlier 'HMAS Jackal' that this ship was named after. It is also implied that she is the first member of the class in theater rather than HMS Barfleur.

HMAS Mackay
Bathurst Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels.
Lead ship of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla

HMAS Swift
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author explicitly states that this ship is a member of the same class as HMAS Wind Rode.
Member of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla

HMAS Sabre
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Saber, a WWI S Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1946.
Member of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla

HMAS Whelp
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Whelp, a W Class destroyer launched in 1943, which was later transferred to South Africa and scrapped in 1976.
Member of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla
Sunk during course of novel.

HMAS Witch
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts
Member of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla

Japan

Unnamed
Several Destroyers

Unnamed
5 Heavy Cruisers (Myoko/Mogami Classes)

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified.

United States

Unnamed
PT Boats

Plot summary: In this episodic novel, the captain of HMAS Jackal finds himself pitted against a Japanese submarine commander who knows almost all the tricks while defending a convoy in the Arafura Sea. The RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla finds itself under heavy air attack traveling to Manus Island and loses a ship. In the climax Tempest, Jackal and the surviving members of the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla are ordered to provide a diversion for an attack by MacArthur by bombarding Japanese positions in the Schouten Islands.

Note: This novel, like the later 'Breaking Point' appears to be set in 1944. It also takes place sometime before the landings on Biak (27 May 1944), when discussing the diversionary action that makes up the final portion of the novel it is specifically stated that "...you will readily appreciate that MacArthur is not intending to take Biak, at least not yet." which implies a date in the early part of 1944 (Fighting on Manaus lasted between 29 February - 18 May 1944). As the title suggests, this book is a meeting between several of the authors regular series characters. Interestingly it is revealed that HMAS Jackal is an  'independent command' based out of Darwin rather than being attached to a specific force.
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Now for a big one...

Alexander Fullerton, The Gatecrashers, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Nottingham
Cruiser
Flagship of the 39th Cruiser Squadron

HMS Minotaur
Cruiser
Part of the 39th Cruiser Squadron
Real ship, transferred to Canada after launch.

HMS X-11
X Class Minisub
Details as per the real ships

HMS X-12
X Class Minisub
Details as per the real ships

HMS Scourge
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with S Class Destroyer in launched in December 1942 and in service from July 1943 to February 1946.

HMS Setter
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Ultra
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Calliope
Dido Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Moloch
M Class? Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Laureate
L Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Leopard
L Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Legend
L Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Lyric
L Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Berkeley
'Anti Aircraft Ship'
No other details provided
Name clash with a Hunt Class destroyer sunk in August '42

HMS Harpy
H Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Foremost
F Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Radcar
Minesweeper
No other details provided

HMS Radstock
Minesweeper
No other details provided

HMS Rochedale
Minesweeper
No other details provided

HMS Rattray
Minesweeper
No other details provided

HMT Arctic Prince
Armed trawler
No other details provided

HMT Northern Glow
Armed trawler
No other details provided

RFA Bayleaf
Fleet Oiler
Launched 1917
Note: There were ships named RFA Bayleaf in WWI and post WWII however this name was not used during the war.

Russia

Sovetskaya Slava
Oiler (Converted tanker?)
No other details provided

Germany

Unnamed
Oiler
15,000 tons
"...deep laden, and quite modern."

Unnamed
Several 'Narvik Class' destroyers

Plot summary: In the conclusion to the Everard Chronicles father and son face the Germans in northern waters, the father commanding the escort for an Arctic convoy while the son pilots an X-Craft against the Tirpitz.
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William M. Hardy, Wolf-Pack, 1960

United States

USS Squid (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified

USS Lamprey (SS-372)
Balao Class Submarine, Real ship, launched June '44, in service November '44 - August '60
Sunk during the course of the novel.

USS Remora (SS-487)
Trench Class Submarine, Real ship, launched July '45, in service January '46 - October '73.
 
USS Hagfish (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified

USS Newt (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
Sunk prior to start of novel.

Japan

Tamanami
2,700 ton Destroyer
Real ship, Yugumo Class Destroyer, sunk 7th of July 1944

Asanagi
1,900 ton Destroyer
Real ship, Kamikaze Class destroyer, sunk 22nd of May 1944

Unnamed
1,900 ton Destroyer (Kamikaze Class?)

Unnamed
5 Kaikoban
Armament details only provided, no names.

Plot summary: A fictitious US Submarine attack on a Japanese convoy. Novel begins shortly before the 25th of June, 1944.

Note: The author 'brings forward' the construction of two submarines and altered the sinking dates of two Japanese destroyers. Other submarines named are not given sufficient details to determine class.
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J. E. MacDonnell, Hunter-Killer, 1968

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels.

Unnamed
4 x Destroyers

Note: Probably this is the RAN 5th Destroyer Flotilla (See A Council of Captains, Operational Immediate for the pre-May '44 composition.)

United States

USS Bonita (SS-165)
Barracuda Class Submarine, Real Ship, launched June '25, in service May '26 - March '45
Note: In real life this submarines war service was spent on the US East Coast apart from a period off Pacific side of the Panama canal in November '40 - October '42. Armament details given in novel do not quite fit the actual Barracuda class, possibly a fictional member of a later class rather than the real ship.
Sunk during the course of the novel.

USS Dunlap (DD-384)
Mahan Class Destroyer, Real Ship, launched April '36, in service June '37 - December '45

Japan

Inaduma (I-400)
I-400 Class Submarine (Fictional version)
3,405 tons
396 feet (Length)
Twin diesel engines (9000 horsepower total)
25kts (Surfaced)/18 kts (submerged)
3 x 5.5 inch guns
AA armament not mentioned, presumably same as real ships.
10 21inch TT (6 forward/4 aft)
2 Seaplanes (Aichi M6A) (hangar aft of conning tower)
Range 18,000 miles

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Plot summary: It is late 1944, Japanese submarine attacks on Allied convoys heading to the Philippines are becoming increasingly effective, have the Japanese adopted Wolf-pack tactics or is something else going on...?

Notes: Novel appears to take place after the events of 'Breaking Point'  eg. October/November or December 1944.
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« Reply #169 on: August 06, 2016, 07:42:57 pm »
Ian Fleming, Moonraker, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Merganzer
'Patrol Ship', Destroyer?, Frigate?
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
30 knots (Surfaced)
Larger than anything Britain had in 1955.

Plot summary: Why would a media darling Industrialist (For a modern equivalent, think Sir Richard Branson...) risk public humiliation by cheating the members of London's most exclusive private gambling club...?

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« Reply #170 on: August 07, 2016, 05:55:49 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Subsmash, 1960

Australia

HMAS Scourge
Destroyer, class not specified
Described as "...a young cruiser...", Daring Class?

HMAS Lockyer
Destroyer?, class not specified
Daring Class?

United Kingdom

HMS Diana
Submarine, class not specified (either Oberon or Porpoise Class, details fit either)
2000 tons
8 TT (6 forward/2 aft)
18 kts (surface)
Name clash with Daring Class Destroyer.

Plot summary: The year is 1959, a routine joint British/Australian anti-submarine training exercise has gone badly wrong.

Note: This is first time I've encountered one of this authors books published by anyone other than Horwitz. The novel is apparently the third in a series with 'Gimme The Boats' and 'Jim Brady, Leading Seaman' being the other two books. The cover by Gino d'Achille is a good action scene, but it's the wrong era and what is depicted is definitely not what happens in the book.

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« Reply #171 on: August 08, 2016, 07:53:07 am »
Noel B. Gerson (Pen name: Samuel Edwards), Neptune, 1976

Russia

Zolóto (14-2967)
Zolóto Class Submarine (Fictional Class)
slightly more than  6000 tons (Submerged?)
8 Ballistic missiles
No other details provided, armament presumably also includes torpedos.

Sunk "...about two years..." prior to start of novel (Assumed to be set in 1976.)

United States

USS New Haven
Warship, class not specified
No details provided

Unnamed
Cruiser, no other details provided.

USS Neptune (SSN-???)
Length: 660 yards (603.5 meters)
Weight (gross): 23,000 tons (20865.249 metric tonnes)
Conning tower of a unique profile, described as follows: "Looks a bit like a whales mouth, doesn't it? Big enough to open up and gobble up almost anything, even a smaller submarine."
Profile aft of the conning tower is "...unique..."
Fake submarine created to deceive Soviets and Chinese as to the real nature of US objectives.

Plot summary: The United States has located a sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine somewhere in the South China Sea. As preparations are made to raise the submarine, efforts to keep the communists from finding out what is planned are stepped up.

Note: This is only the second 1970s novel I've seen inspired by Operation Jennifer (Project Azorian).
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« Reply #172 on: August 10, 2016, 07:03:08 pm »
J. E. MacDonnell, The Kill, 1974

Australia

HMAS Pelican
Experimental Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 QF 2-pounder MkVIII (Four barrelled 'Pom-Pom' Gun).
AA augmented with 'scrounged' MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
300ft long
Single funnel
30knots
Fitted with radar and sonar.
Note: Part of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla, which incorporated the original 'Scrap Iron Flotilla'.

HMAS Jason
J-Class Destroyer
Details as per the ships in service.
Note: Part of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla, which incorporated the original 'Scrap Iron Flotilla'.

Italy

Unnamed
Battleship, class not specified

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified

Plot summary: Two members of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla are sent on a critical scouting mission.

Note: This one is hard to date, however a reference to General Montgomery suggests it takes place between August '42 (When he arrived in theater.) and November '42 (2nd  El-Alamein). Also, the author does not refer to ships as being 'HM' or 'HMA' during this novel, which required a close reading of the text to sort out if the Jason was attached to the RAN or RN. The key line was on page 37, and read "You had her (eg. Jason's) captain aboard, sir, and as she's an Australian ship..."
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« Reply #173 on: August 11, 2016, 07:44:34 am »
I've been investigating the Victorian and Edwardian theme of invasion scare and future war stories and have found a rich vein of such works at: http://www.theriddleofthesands.com/

Most of the naval related stories seem to use real ships in the storyline, probably because the Royal Navy and the French, German and Russian navies, were well endowed with large fleets and many ships having well-known historical names. Below are the most interesting of the fictional vessels encountered. The books are in publication date order.


Anonymous (translated by Charles James Cook), The "Russia's Hope" or, How Britannia No Longer Rules the Waves Showing how he Muscovite Bear got at the British Whale, 1888

Russia
Russia's Hope, cruiser; 300ft long, 45ft beam; 2x1 8in, 8x1 6in, 4x Nordenfeldt, 2x TT (UE), 4x TT (AW); 2-3in deck armour; 6,500ihp for 16.5kts; range 8,000nm at 10kts

Little Son, captured British steamer SS Moor. The Admiralty planned to arm her as an auxiliary cruiser with 2x1 6in and 4x Nordenfeldt and the crew of the Russia's Hope find the armament in her hold and two small torpedo boats being delivered to Simonstown, the Russians then complete the arming and use her as another commerce raider.


The Earl of Mayo, The War Cruise of the Aries, 1894

Great Britain
HMS Aries, a semi-submerged Ram, has a turtledeck and a small conning tower and funnel, twin propellers.


J. Eastwick, The New Centurion, 1895

Great Britain
HMS Centurion is the real battleship completed in 1894 but reconstructed with new boilers and engines to reach 19kts, her 12in main and 4in upper belts are replaced with a uniform 8in belt of Harvey steel and a new curved armoured deck is fitted. The armament is changed to four new "46 ton" guns (which I presume to be 12in guns) which have automatic loading equipment enabling a rate of fire of 4-5rpm. The secondary battery is replaced by a mix of 12pdr, 3pdr and Maxim guns, all without shields. Two light masts are fitted and each foretop has 3x Maxims.


W. Laird Clowes, The Captain of the Mary Rose: a Tale of Tomorrow, 1898

Mainly features real vessels, one strange idea being many are fitted with lighthouse-type searchlights on the foretops to illuminate the sea around them.

Great Britain
Mary Rose (not a Royal Navy ship but a privateer) ex-Valdavia, an Elswick cruiser for an undefined South American nation acquired on completion.
6,900 tons; 328ft long, 60ft 8in beam, 21ft 10in draught; 4x1 9.2in guns mounted on open barbettes (2 on centreline, 2 on beam), 4x2 4.7in in turrets on the side ends, 14x1 6pdr, 6x1 5-barrelled Nordenfelt, 12x Maxim MGs, 6x TT (at least 2 underwater in bow and stern); 11in belt, 2in deck and 4in redoubt armour; 12,000ihp for 17kts (unforced draught); range 7000nm at 12kts. Described as an improved Captain Prat as built for Chile (which of course was not an Elswick product but was built by La Seyne)


S. Waterloo, Armageddon, 1898

Russia
Czar, battleship, no description

United States
USS Alaska, battleship, no description


F.R. Stockton, The Great War Syndicate, 1899

Great Britain
HMS Adamant, ironclad, an illustration shows Adamant to be very similar to the Conqueror Class turret ironclads.

HMS Scarabaeus, battleship, no description

HMS Dog Star, cruiser, no description

United States
USS Lennehaha, cruiser or gunboat, no description

USS Lenox, cruiser, no description

USS Stockbridge, cruiser, no description

The Syndicate (fighting the war on behalf of the USA)
Crabs, ten/twelve semi-submerged low-freeboard armoured vessels with a steel turtledeck, armed with pincers to rip off sternposts and propellers of enemy ships, powered by electric motors.

Repellers, ten steamers acquired and rebuilt with a curved steel deck, additional "elastic" armour comprising spring-tempered steel plates backed with air buffers fitted over the iron hull and armed with a single large calibre gun in the bows, the mount having a bomb-proof canopy. The gun fires an shell described as an Instantaneous-Motor which in effect is an early sci-fi concept of a nuclear weapon.


J. Barnes, The Unpardonable War, 1904

Great Britain
HMS Cumberland, battleship; probably not the real Monmouth Class armoured cruiser launched in 1902.

HMS Cornwallis, battleship; possibly the real Duncan Class battleship launched in 1901.

HMS Polyphemus, battleship and flagship of the British fleet.

HMS Carnation, cruiser, no description

United States
USS Arizona, battleship, armament of 12in, 8in and 5in guns.

USS Nebraska, battleship, the real ship of the Virginia Class launched in 1904 but refitted with oil-fired boilers. Also fitted with two electrical devices; the Ewart Locator, a kind of electromagnetic ship detector, and the Westland Obliterator, a kind of EMP device which shorts out dynamos and electrical equipment. Sunk by HMS Cumberland.

USS Monticello, cruiser, no description

USS Adder, Moccasin, Plunger, Shark, Narwhale and Garfish, submarines, no description


W. Wood, Submarined, 1905

Great Britain
HMS Samson, a first-class battleship


George Griffith, The World Peril of 1910, 1907

Germany
Twenty Flying Fish, flying submarines with a fish-shaped hull; 150ft long, 20ft beam, 25ft deep; constructed from a "newly-discovered compound, something like papier-maché, as hard and rigid as steel"; 16 cylinders fuelled by two liquids which, "produced a gas of enormously expansive power, more than a hundred times that of steam" driving nine propellers (three four-bladed 6ft dia for airborne use with two fold-out 20ft span fins); speed 100mph in air; armament of four torpedo tubes, each small torpedo containing 20lb of a powerful explosive which could, "overcame the chemical forces by which the substance was held together and reduced them to gas and powder."


Great Britain
HMS Ithuriel, semi-submerged ram; 300ft long, 50ft beam, 30ft draught, when submerged only 10ft freeboard; armoured ram and 5x1 guns firing special explosive shells; 12in armour below waterline, 10in above, engines use a mixture of petrol, pulverised coal and liquid oxygen(!) driving four propellers, speed 45kts forwards and 35kts astern.

HMS Britain, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, battleships, armament of 12x 14in, 10x 9.2in and 12pdrs and Nordenfelt/Maxims, 11in belt armour

HMS Henry the Fourth, Warwick, Edward the Third, Cromwell, armoured cruisers, 13,000tons, 22kts. In the book they are listed after the Duke of Edinburgh Class ships which were brand new when the book was written so I presume these are a succeeding class, the stats quoted are very similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Class.


Oshikawa, The Submarine Battleship (Kaitei Gunkan), 1908

Japan
Denkopan, a submersible 'battleship' armed with "futuristic torpedoes" and a drill-like ram.

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J. E. MacDonnell, The Shadow, 1977

Australia

HMAS Jackal
Battle Class Destroyer
Details as per real ships.
38 knots
Note: There was a J Class destroyer named HMS Jackal that was sunk in May of 1942. A reasonable assumption is that this ships name has been changed from a 'Battle' name in honor of the ship sunk. However a reference in this book suggests that in the authors 'universe' there may have been an earlier 'HMAS Jackal' that this ship was named after. It is also implied that she is the first member of the class in theater rather than HMS Barfleur.  The authors description of HMAS Jackal implies that she is from the March '43 batch of Battle Class Destroyers (or at least is to the same design as that set of ships) being fitted with what he terms "...stag guns..." (eg Bofors guns in STAAG mountings...).

Britain

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Cruiser
Ex-Liner
6 inch guns
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Battleship
'Old'
No other details provided

Unnamed
Several cruisers

Germany

Wolfe
Deutschland Class Cruiser (Modified)
6 x 11 inch guns (Triple turrets, fore and aft)
10 x 6 inch guns (Single turrets? five a side)
Unspecified AA and TT armament, probably no different from unmodified Deutschland Class
Steam Turbines producing 100,000 horsepower. Four shafts.
30 knots (Max), 25 knots (Cruise)
No other details provided.
Launched 1943?
Note: German for Wolf is Wulf. Wolfe is a surname derived from that word.

Unnamed
Several supply ships

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
2 x 4 inch guns (twin mounts fwd)
Mines
4,700 tons
Three funnels, two masts, foremast has a tripod base

Plot summary: Another German raider has slipped into the oceans shipping lanes, can she be stopped. A chance encounter may give the chance to do so.

Note: This one is trickier to date than most. References within imply that this takes place before the German collapse in North Africa (13 May 1943), however the description of HMAS Jackal would imply a later date. The cover is an interesting one, the ship in the background more or less resembles a Deutschland Class Cruiser, the destroyer in the foreground on the other hand does not appear to match the Battle Class or any other extant British destroyer class.
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J. Bradford Olesker, Siege of Superport, 1978

United States

USCGC Nelson
Coast Guard Cutter
3 inch gun (fwd)
No other details provided.

Germany (Third Reich)

U-376
Type VIIc U-Boat
Details as per the real ships, save that the 88mm deck gun has been removed.
In real life the ship 'disappeared' in April of 1943. In the novel the ship survived to the end of the war and was taken by her crew to South America rather than surrender.

Plot summary: A Neo-Nazi, some hired thugs and people who 'didn't believe in no surrender' back in 1945 come together to take over a large offshore platform designed to allow supertankers to offload without coming into port and make the traditional "Do what we want or we set off this 55 gallon drum of nitro-glycerine..." demands.

Note: This one really reads like a film script that was turned into a novel when it didn't sell. Probably the most interesting feature is that the author never identifies just which coast of the United States it takes place off. Quite literally it could be set off any major coastal US city. While the cover is a depiction of the novels climactic scene, the uncredited artist gets the U-boat slightly wrong, as noted above, she no longer has her deck gun. An excerpt from the back cover has been included as the artist depicts the Coast Guard Cutter that also features in the novel.

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Bart Davis, Destroy the Kentucky, 1992

United States

USS Kentucky
Minisub
1 21 inch TT (2 Mk-48 ADCAP)
4 tube launched Tomahawk missiles
Length: 40ft (12.2m)
Beam: 12ft (3.7m)
3 crew (Highly automated)
Teardrop shaped, coated with sound absorbing tiles
Midships area contains a bathyscaphic sphere and a manipulator arm.
MHD propulsion. Maximum speed not stated, undetectable below 20 knots
Can dive as deep as 5000ft (1524m)
Note: Both the Mk-48 and Tomahawk missiles (The Tomahawk's are stated to be 8ft  (2.44m) long rather than 18ft (5.5m) long. Not stated if a booster is fitted.)  are modified designs customized for use by the USS Kentucky.

USS Farley (SSN-???)
Submarine, class not specified

Russia

Riga
Victor II Class Submarine
Details as per real ships, save that she is fitted with an experimental sonar system sensitive enough to detect the USS Kentucky.

Lenin
Sierra Class Submarine
Details as per real ships

Vice-Admiral Sulakov
Udaloy Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: There is a Udaloy Class Destroyer named Vice-Admiral Kulakov, it is possible that the name given in the novel is a mispelling unique to my copy of the book.

Plot summary: A Turkmenistan independence group steals the United States latest experimental submarine and threatens to use it against the Soviet Union. The Russians have a sub currently testing a sonar capable of detecting it,  but they want the US Navy's best captain to be in control of it.

Note: This novel is set in the same 'universe' as 'Full Fathom Five' & 'Raise the Red Dawn'. The novel notes that the propulsion system used by the USS Kentucky is based on the system the Soviets were testing in 'Raise the Red Dawn' and that the Soviet submarine named  Akula in that novel was an Akula Class Submarine. Several other real ships including the Los Angeles Class submarines USS Phoenix (SSN-702) & USS Baton Rouge (SSN-689) and also the following Kresta-II Class cruisers Vasily Chapaev & Marshal Timoshenko also appear in the novel.
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Clive Cussler, Treasure, 1988

United States

USS Polar Explorer
Icebreaker
Engines produce 80,000 horsepower, number of shafts not specified
Can break ice up to 5ft (1.5m) thick
Superstructure is box like, described as resembling a "...five-storey office building..."
Helipad aft
No other details provided

Russia

Unnamed
Alfa Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1991 and a covert hunt for a sunken Russian submarine leads to an unexpected discovery and the uncovering of a conspiracy.

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J. E. MacDonnell, Gimme the boats!, 1953

Australia

HMAS Swordsman
S Class Destroyer (WWI)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Completed for the RN in 1919, transferred to the RAN in 1920, placed in reserve in 1929 and scrapped in 1937. Presumably in the authors 'universe' it survived in reserve until the start of WWII and was re-commissioned.

HMAS Scourge
J, K or N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with S Class Destroyer (WWII) in launched in December 1942 and in service from July 1943 to February 1946.

Unnamed
Corvette, class not specified
No other details provided

United States

Unnamed
Battleships & Cruisers

United Kingdom

Unnamed
Battleships, cruisers & carriers.

HMS Searcher
Destroyer, class not specified
Name clash with an Ruler Class Escort Carrier in service April '43 - January '45.

HMS Pathfinder (G10)
P Class Destroyer (WWII)
Real ship, details as in service (April'42 - February '45, scrapped November '48)

HMS Crecy
Destroyer, class not specified
No details provided (Name would fit a Battle Class Destroyer...)

France

Richelieu
Richelieu Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service.

Japan

Various unnamed warships.

Plot summary: Novel follows the crew of HMAS Scourge throughout the latter half of WWII, starting with her first captains arrest for being 'drunk-in-charge'  until her replacement captain is promoted to the command of a flotilla.

Note: Very hard to date this one however the mention of the French Battleship Richelieu suggests that the latter part of the novel takes place sometime after April of 1944. Another reference suggests that the time span of the novel as a whole is mid 1943 -  mid 1944. The novel is the second(?) in a series of three books which concludes with Subsmash.
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« Reply #179 on: August 18, 2016, 05:51:52 am »
This is first post in an irregular series covering armed ships operated by 'Non-state actors'. Going back to one of my guilty pleasures.

Clive Cussler, Deep Six, 1984

Bougainville Maritime Inc.

MS Buras
Armed Freighter
2 x 20 mm Oerlikon cannon mounts (1 mount on foredeck, other at stern, mounts concealed under canvas, not specified if single, double or quadruple mount.)
No other details provided

Civil War Re-enactors (Confederate)

PS Stonewall Jackson
Mississippi Sidewheel paddle steamer
Twin funnels (Steam propulsion, four high-pressure boilers)
Launched 1915
Diameter of paddle wheels 30ft (9.1m)
Length: 270ft (82.3m)
Beam: 44ft (13.4m)
Draft: 32in  (81.3cm)
Speed (Rated): 15 mph (24.1kph/13 knots)
Speed (Achieved in novel): 20mph (32.2mph/17.4 knots)
Armament: 2 x 12pdr muzzle loading cannon ('Napoleons') firing improvised grapeshot (Ball-bearings) + 40 rifled muskets (Springfield)
Armour: Cotton Bales.

Plot summary: The year is 1989, a mysterious toxic spill off the coast of Alaska leads to the discovery of a criminal conspiracy that tries to put the US Presidency up for auction, with the Soviets and crooked politicians bidding for the prize can their plans be foiled...

Note: I covered the warships mentioned in this novel in an earlier post. This one gets pretty wild, I wish Hollywood had adapted this novel instead of 'Sahara' (Though I do have a soft spot for that film as well, the soundtrack is great...). Whenever I read the climactic river/sea chase sequence I keep hearing Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Proud Mary' mixed with the authors suggestions ('Dixie' & 'The Yellow Rose of Texas' played on a steam calliope). The uncredited cover depicts the moment that the conspirators set off a bomb on a Soviet Cruise Liner.
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« Reply #180 on: August 19, 2016, 02:17:41 am »
Nevil Shute, Landfall, 1940

United Kingdom

HMS Caranx
Submarine, class not specified
Referred to as a "...submarine of the 1933 class..."
No other details provided

Unnamed
3 Destroyers

Unnamed
Cruiser

Unnamed
Battleship

Germany

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified

Plot summary: A pilot under a cloud after sinking a submarine that was later identified as British is assigned to help in the calibration of a new weapons system.

Note: I am not sure what the author meant by "...the 1933 class..." however, the name of the submarine is that of a genus of tropical fishes which might suggest that she is a Grampus Class Submarine (The prototype was built in 1932, the rest between 1935 and 1937.), however no details are provided in the book to confirm this.
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« Reply #181 on: August 20, 2016, 06:15:33 am »
This is another of the ones I posted to the old Warships 3.0 board. This time I think I've done the novel justice.

Peter Shepherd, The Saturn Experiment, 1988

United Kingdom

HMS Saturn
Swiftsure Class Submarine (Modified)
Laid down: May '85
Launched: October '88
Commissioned: January "...this year..." (Either 1989, 1990 or 1991, based on actual Swiftsure class commissioning times.)
Armament probably identical to actual ships with the addition of a mast mounted (e.g. An extendable mast mounted inside the conning tower.) Surface-to-Surface/Surface-to-Air Missile system called 'Stingfish'. The Stingfish missiles are described as follows. Weight: 150pds (68kg) of which 50pds (23kg) is explosive (Amatol G1). Solid fuel propelled. Active radar guidance. Speed is described as "...too fast for decoys and counter-fire."
Length: 335ft (102.11m)
Beam and draft not mentioned.
Weight (Gross): 5500 tons
Displacement: not mentioned
Speed: 32(+) knots (submerged), surfaced speed not mentioned.
Rated Maximum Operating depth: 1,250ft
Maximum depth reached: 3,250ft
Crew: 55
Built at Kendalls (Identified as a "...new yard..." on the Clyde)
Stated to be "...the most expensive 'S' class submarine..." and built at "...something like twice the cost of the others..." (Average price for the 6 Swiftsure class submarines was £55,716,666 suggesting that if HMS Saturn is the 7th Swiftsure her cost was around £111,433,333.)
Stated to be "...remarkably silent..."
Explicitly identified as the "...last in the line of the 'S' series..."

Note: The authors statistics for HMS Saturn make her out to be longer than the actual Swiftsure Class (272ft (82.9m)) or the succeeding Trafalgar Class (280ft (85.4m)) (The author would not have known about the later Astute Class (318ft 3in (97m)).). The very small crew compliment, compared to the actual submarines suggests that she is highly automated. What is not explained in the novel is the eight year gap between the laying down of HMS Splendid, the sixth Swiftsure (1977) and HMS Saturn the fictional seventh Swiftsure (1985) during which the first two members of the succeeding Trafalgar Class had entered service and construction started on three more members of that class.

Russia

Kharkov
Moskva (Pr. 1123) Class Helicopter Carrier
Laid down: 1973
Launched: 1975
Commissioned: 1976
Details regards armament and helicopters same as the real ships.
Propulsion is the same as the real ships. But a gas turbine has been added to power the ships refitted sonar system.

The system, referred to in the novel as an 'Ultra-sonar' is mounted inside a 'canoe shaped' sonar pod (Length: 50ft (15.2m), Width: 20ft (6.1m), depth not mentioned.) mounted beneath the keel on two extendable struts. The ship cannot travel any faster than five knots with the pod extended. The sonar system itself is described as being based on research into whale sonar and can detect objects up to 90 km (56 miles) distant.

Note: As with HMS Saturn the date for the start of construction for Kharkov is again eight years after the last member of the class had been laid down (Leningrad, laid down 1965). Again two members of the succeeding Kiev Class would have been under construction at the same time,  with the first member entering service as the Kharkov was launched.

Vladimir
Victor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Note: At the end of the novel this submarine is being modified to carry the ultra-sonar system.

Voronetz
Victor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Vitebesk
Victor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Vologda
Victor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
2 x Whiskey Class Submarines

United States

USS Rosemont (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per real ships.

Plot summary: The Soviets have developed a new sonar system. The British government sends their latest submarine to investigate. When the mission is betrayed things come down to the British captains desire to get his ship and crew home and the Soviet commanders desire to inflict a crippling humiliation on the West.

Note: The authors forward states that he was inspired by the events surrounding the Soviet espionage efforts against Norway and Sweden in the early 1980s.
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« Reply #182 on: August 24, 2016, 02:43:13 am »
Harry Homewood, Final Harbor, 1980

United States

USS Mako (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
2 x 5.25 inch guns, fore and aft of the Conning Tower
1 x 20mm Anti-Aircraft Cannon (twin barrels) mounted on the conning tower (also .5 inch machine guns)
10 x 21 Inch Torpedo Tubes (6 tubes forward/4 aft)
No other details provided.

USS Eelfish (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Japan

Unnamed
Kongō Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: Torpedoed in the novel by USS Mako near the Truck Islands sometime in 1942. Stated that the damage keeps her out of the war for the next two years. As this does not fit any of the actual members of the class this must be a fictional fifth member of the class.

Unnamed
Several destroyers

Plot summary: Novel follows the crew of the submarine USS Mako, from just after the attack on Pearl Harbour until a period shortly after the Battle of Guadalcanal.
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« Reply #183 on: August 25, 2016, 03:02:23 am »
Harry Homewood, Torpedo!, 1982

United States

USS Sharkfin (SSBN-???)
Class not specified
16 missiles (type not specified) and probably four forward torpedo tubes

USS Saint Louis (SSBN-???)
Class not specified
No other details provided

USS Devilfish (SSN-???)
Class not specified
Same class as USS Orca

USS Stingray (SSN-???)
Class not specified

USS Orca (SSN-???)
Class not specified
Same class as USS Devilfish

USS Medusa
Oceanographic Survey Ship, class not specified
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
SSN, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
SSBN, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Yankee I Class SSBN
No other details provided

Plot summary: The decision by a faction in the Soviet government to live fire test a new torpedo on an American ballistic missile submarine leads the superpowers to the brink of war.

Note: The novels exact time period can only be narrowed down to between 1965-1973, with certain references suggesting that 1968 -1972 would be the best fit for the time period. The novel is the last of a trilogy that begins with the novel 'Final Harbor'.
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« Reply #184 on: August 26, 2016, 05:23:13 am »
Another item that was partly posted to the old Warships 3.0 thread. I gave up in annoyance the last time I tried to do this one.

John Watson, The Iron Man, 1998

Russia

Stalin
Super-dreadnought Battleship
Launched: July or August 1945
Armament: 9 x 22 inch guns (Triple turrets A, B & X) (Three types of shell, Armour-Piercing, High-Explosive, Anti-Aircraft (Described as being "...a 'shotgun' projectile that would fragment at a pre-set height and burst into a shower of incendiary splinters.) Magazine has room for 900 rounds (300 rounds per turret).
12 x guns larger than 6 inch but smaller than main armament
16 x 6 inch guns
32 "...twin barrelled anti-aircraft gun..."
8 x 533mm(?) Torpedo Tubes (4 a side) mounted towards the bow
Crew: 2000 (Intended), 400 (Minimum)
8 Parsons Steam Turbines (4 for forward propulsion, four for reverse) 240,000 horsepower.
Four shafts
Weight: 75,000 tons
Length and Beam not given in the book. Though it is stated that the ship is longer than a Kiev Class Aircraft Carrier.
Draft: 32ft
Top of superstructure from waterline: Approximately 170ft (52m)
34,000 tons of armour, maximum depth 2ft (61 cm)
Propellers and rudders protected by "...a unique arrangement of underwater cages as well as hiding the propellers in armoured tunnels under the hull."
Maximum speed (Trials): 35.3 knots

Notes: Intended to be the Soviet response to the Yamato Class Battleships. Anti-aircraft armament is a mix of 40mm & 110mm guns (Neither is a caliber the Soviets actually used...).

United States

USS Jackson (CG-???)
President Class Cruiser (Fictional Class)
Launched 1997(?)
28 (+) knots
Unspecified AAW (Most likely The RIM-66/67 Standard)
Harpoon Missiles
Mark 48 Torpedoes
Mk 8 Nuclear Depth Charges (5kt, 20 warheads). A fictional ASW system. The weapon is fired from the stern and has a 5 mile range.
'402' Armed Drone System. A fictional 'smart weapon'. The 402 Armed Drone is a two-section small missile, the first containing camera, computer and position-sensing device and the second the warhead, target acquired by radar, only first part launched (little bigger than a large seagull) powered by a compressed gas engine, 20 mile range, camera in the nose relays digital colour picture to the operator allowing him to guide the first section to the selected target, the rest of the system is automatic and the second section containing the warhead launches a moment before the first section impacts, following the position information relayed.
Gun armament is not mentioned, but assuming standard US practice probably includes a 5 inch gun and a Phalanx at minimum.
OTH Radar
At least one helicopter, type unspecified.

Note: Described as "A sleek, slim-hulled warship with a huge afterdeck, presumably to take a large helicopter.", "...her main role was as an an anti-submarine ship." and finally as "...the supreme example of the late twentieth-century warship."

Plot summary: The year is 1997. As to the plot, well, shorn of the authors baroque additions, it's "Sink the Bismark" in the Pacific with the USS Missouri playing the role of HMS Hood.

Notes: The author drops a number of 'clangers' in this book starting with this "...on the 20th August, a B-57 called 'Enola Gay' dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima." Aside from the 'Enola Gay' being a B-29, the bombing of Hiroshima took place on the 6th of August.

Later in the novel he has this to say about the naming of tropical storms "In the Caribbean, hurricanes are traditionally given feminine names. In the Pacific, the tradition is for men's names running in strict alphabetical order. The last one ... was Typhoon Charlie. This new storm was ... Typhoon Donald, as a wit in the Hong Kong typhoon centre had already christened it." I sure most readers can spot the mistakes...

As a final example of what I can only class as very poor research on the authors part there is this description of an American warships crew in battle "He grinned widely as the crew of the ship, leaning over the rails, cheered." I sure most readers can spot the mistake here as well...

If anyone wishes to read the rest, this book is available on Kindle, though how someone thought that was a good idea is beyond me. The attached cover image is artists David Scutt's attempt to depict the Stalin
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« Reply #185 on: August 27, 2016, 01:57:05 am »
This is an update post. Thanks to some Op-shop discoveries, I've updated the entries for the novels 'Two Hours to Darkness' by Antony Trew and 'Medusa' by Hammond Innes. In the first case I managed to locate a copy of the novel that gave the exact year the story takes place. In the second case there is a now a better scan of the cover and the artist is now credited.

Looking at several novels at this moment. The next update will probably be some time next week.

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« Reply #186 on: August 29, 2016, 12:15:03 am »
There has been another minor update. The entry for 'The Tiger Cruise', now has additonal details for one of the submarines.
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« Reply #187 on: August 29, 2016, 06:12:54 am »
A continuation of the irregular series covering 'Non-state actors'.

Dale Brown, Hammerheads, 1990

United States

USCGC Resolute (WMEC-620)
Reliance Class Cutter
Real ship, details as built, save armament has been updated to 1 x 3 inch gun (Same type as used on Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigates?), 6 x .50 inch machine guns, grenade launchers.

Columbian Cartels

Numestra del Oro
Armed Freighter
Length: 180ft (24.4m)
Radar fitted has 10mi (16.1km) range.
Diesel engines, 15 knots
Armament: Hand-held Rocket-Propelled-Grenade type weapons (LAWS, Stinger AAW, 'bazooka') and 'heavy rifle' type weapons.

Notes: Described in the novel as a "...floating smugglers warehouse ..." the ship has extremely poor external appearance, being heavily coated in rust. Cargo consists of Cocaine ('hundreds of pounds'), Heroin ('hundreds of pounds'), Marijuana (At least 100 tons) plus "...tons..." of US currency in various denominations. Registered in Panama.

Plot summary: Increasingly agressive attempts to import drugs into the United States provokes the formation of a new agency with orders to take an agressive approach to dealing with the problem.

Note: This was only one of several novels and films that came out in the late 1980s/early 1990s suggesting that more ruthless tactics should be used against the drug cartels. The most well known of these was 'Clear and Present Danger' (1989) by Tom Clancy.
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« Reply #188 on: August 29, 2016, 08:56:43 pm »
Another in the 'non-state actors' series.

Simon Higgins, Thunderfish, 1999

Beaumont Shipping

Thunderfish
Kilo Class Submarine (Modified)
Details as per hull/propulsion same as real ships.
Torpedo tubes are unchanged, but torpedoes fired use reduced charge warheads, though some full charge weapons are also carried aboard.

Note: Submarine has been highly automated and only needs a crew of ten.

'Pirates'

Unnamed
Komar Class Fast Attack Craft
Details as per the real ships.
Up-rated sonar

United States

USS Stealth Cat One
Low observability catamaran
60kts
Fitted with a "...'magnetic field generator'..." (Implied to be a derivative of the technology tested during the Philadelphia Experiment.) that renders her radar invisible. Ship is also described as being faceted like the F-117.
Also designed to have a low sonar signature.
Highly automated.
Has helipad.
Weapons fit is not well detailed, only specific reference is to "...hundreds of depth charges...", which seems rather old fashioned to me...

Note: Stated to be Australian designed but US built. Probably looks like a much larger version of USS Sea Shadow which made it's public debut in 1993.

Plot summary: It is the early 21stC and a 'poor little rich girl' has decided to get tough on the pirates who've started attacking refugee boats.

Note: This is a book aimed at 'tweenagers' and is fairly simplistic in tone. The story cannot take place any earlier than 2003 (But probably takes place within three to four years of 2002.) as one of the characters has this in their backstory "...distinguished service as a British Royal Marine Officer in Operation Desert Crusade, the first Gulf conflict in 2002...".
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« Reply #189 on: August 30, 2016, 03:42:36 am »
This is an updating post, the novel "The Iron Pirate' now has a scan of the original hardback/paperback cover by Brian Sweet added. The following is a list of all the novels to which a cover scan has been appended. Criteria for selection being that it was either a good 'action scene' or that the artist had made some effort to depict the ship(s) featured in the novel.

  • David Mace, DEMON-4, 1984

    Douglas Reeman, The Deep Silence, 1967

    Brian Callison, A Frenzy of Merchantmen, 1977

    Hammond Innes, Medusa, 1988

    Antony Trew, Two Hours to Darkness, 1963

    Douglas Reeman, The Greatest Enemy, 1970

    Christopher Nicole, The Ship With No Name, 1987

    Clive Cussler, Pacific Vortex, 1983

    Douglas Reeman, Dive in the Sun, 1961 & Surface with Daring, 1976

    Alistair MacLean, San Andreas, 1984

    Douglas Reeman, Rendezvous-South Atlantic, 1972

    John Winton, HMS Leviathan, 1967

    Douglas Reeman, Path Of The Storm, 1966

    Colin Forbes, Target 5, 1973

    Brian Callison, The Judas Ship,  1978

    Douglas Reeman, HMS Saracen, 1965

    Douglas Reeman, A Ship Must Die, 1979

    Douglas Reeman, The Iron Pirate, 1986

    Douglas Reeman, The Volunteers, 1985

    J. E. MacDonnell, The Coxswain, 1960

    J. E. MacDonnell, Not Under Command, 1963

    J. E. MacDonnell, Operational Immediate, 1975

    J. E. MacDonnell, Fire Storm, 1973

    Brian Callison, A Flock Of Ships, 1970

    William M. Hardy, Wolf-Pack, 1960

    J. E. MacDonnell, Repel Boarders, 1963

    Alexander Fullerton, The Gatecrashers, 1984

    J. E. MacDonnell, Subsmash, 1960

    Noel B. Gerson (Pen name: Samuel Edwards), Neptune, 1976

    J. E. MacDonnell, The Shadow, 1977

    J. Bradford Olesker, Siege of Superport, 1978

    Clive Cussler, Deep Six, 1984

    Nevil Shute, Landfall, 1940

    John Watson, The Iron Man, 1998
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« Reply #190 on: August 30, 2016, 03:52:38 pm »
Jerrard Tickell, Appointment with Venus, 1951

Britain

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No details provided

Unnamed
MTB
No details provided

Germany

Lübek
'Gunboat' (Prototype S-Boat)
Large enough to carry a company of soldiers in addition to the crew of nine, when used as a transport.
Described as "...the fastest gunboat in the German navy."
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is 1940 and in the abandonment of the Channel Islands to the Germans, the British forgot one thing, a cow of unusually fine pedigree, now they need to get her back...
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« Reply #191 on: September 03, 2016, 05:01:57 am »
Another in the 'non-state actors' series. This time revisiting a book looked at earlier in this thread.

Geoffrey Jenkins, A Grue of Ice, 1962

Upton Mining

Aurora
Armed Whale Catcher
Details probably identical to the Whale Catcher Southern Actor (Wikipedia), however no specific details other than the draft being 15ft are provided in the novel.
Armament: 1 Twin MG mount (1 x Spandau MG08 (Water cooled)  1 x Hotchkiss MG (Model unspecified, Air cooled)) mounted aft of the bridge.

Description of the mount is as follows:

Quote
It was the most sinister piece of improvised ack ack armament I have ever seen. A heavy, slow-firing water-cooled Spandau was mounted side-by-side with an air cooled rapid-firing Hotchkiss. From the base plate to the height of a man's chest was a heavy swivel mounting: screwed into it on a hexagonal plate fore and aft were two Narwhal tusks, forming a bow of about three feet in height at head level. The two weapons swung on a cross-bar about an inch and a half thick. ... There was also a double harness like a car safety belt, for each gun. It was a killer weapon for use by two men.


Plot summary: An amateur ocean scientists attempt to prove the existence of a warm current in the South Atlantic becomes tangled in a madmans attempt to find a long lost island and the mineral wealth it contains.

The attached covers for the 1981 (Chris Foss) and 1990 (Uncredited) paperback releases both depict the shooting down of the Thorshammer's HE-114 seaplane by the Aurora. However the Foss cover more accurately depicts the location of the improvised anti-aircraft mounting on the Aurora, while the uncredited cover places it too far forward. I suspect though the 1990 cover is slightly more accurate as regards the appearance of the ship, even if it does omit the harpoon gun...

If anyone wants to try and do an illustration of the AA mount based on the description feel free.

Note: The entry for 'Two Hours to Darkness' has been updated to include the 1963 hardback cover.
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« Reply #192 on: September 03, 2016, 01:14:57 pm »
The aircraft on the covers looks more like a floatplane version of the Fairey Albacore.  I don't think such a variant existed though.

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« Reply #193 on: September 03, 2016, 06:22:17 pm »
The aircraft on the covers looks more like a floatplane version of the Fairey Albacore.  I don't think such a variant existed though.

Accuracy on book covers tends to be a bit variable. Tony Roberts for example clearly read 'DEMON-4' before creating his cover as there is a strong resemblance between what he drew and the authors description of the ship, on the other hand, John Rose, who created the cover for the 1963 hardback edition of 'Two Hours to Darkness was obviously told to draw a nuclear submarine, but for some reason depicted the USS Nautilus on the cover, rather than a George Washington Class submarine, there is a similar mistake on the cover of 'Medusa' where a Type 21 frigate is depicted by artist Kevin Tweddell instead of a Type 12.

Similarly the Gino d'Achille cover for 'Subsmash' is a WWII action scene for a story that takes place about 14 or so years after the war ended.

I agree that the plane in both versions of the 'A Grue of Ice' cover looks a lot like a Fairy Albacore. No idea why that happened, but I would suspect that both artitsts were told to draw 'a seaplane being shot down by a whaling ship, with a dual mount' with the details being left to them. As to what that plane should have looked like, Wikipedia has a picture of an HE-114 (Wikipedia), which also surprisingly shows a slight resemblance to the plane on the cover.

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« Reply #194 on: September 05, 2016, 04:21:16 am »
Gerry Carroll, North S.A.R, 1991

United States

USS Concord (CVA-58)
Aircraft carrier, class not specified
Name clash with Mars Class Stores Ship,  USNS Concord (T-AFS-5) in service Nov '68 to Aug '09.
Pennant number is the one intended for the cancelled USS United States (CV-58)
Flagship Task Force 77

USS Galveston (CLG-3)
Real ship, in service May '58 to May '70, scrapped May '75.

Plot summary: The novel is set between the 11th of July 1972 and the 11th of October 1972 and covers several pilots aboard the USS Concord, most noteably those flying the rescue helicopter missions as the Vietam War during part of the last full year the US were involved in the conflict.

Note: It is not made clear which class of carrier USS Concord is. It is simply stated that she is not a WWII carrier converted to have an angled deck, rather a later build, this means she either looks like the ill fated USS United States or she is a Forrestal Class Carrier.
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« Reply #195 on: September 05, 2016, 06:41:49 pm »
Clive Cussler, Dragon, 1990

United States

USS Tucson (SSN-770)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, launched Mar '94, in service Aug '95 to current date.

USS Ralph R. Bennett
Radar Surveillance Ship
"...box shaped phased-array antenna..." around six storeys high mounted aft of the supersctructure.
Helipad aft.
Armament: 30mm Sea Vulcan (Fictionalised naval version of the GAU-8/A) is the only system specifically mentioned.
No other details provided

Note: A turreted weapon called Sea Vulcan based on the 25mm GAU-12/U was tested in the 1980s but did not enter service. The ship itself probably looks a lot like the USNS Observation Island

Plot summary: The year is 1993 (The novel takes place between October & November 1993). A mysterious mid-ocean nuclear explosion leads to the discovery of a plot with horrific consequences should it be allowed to succeed.

Note: This is one of a number of 'Yellow Peril (Japan)' novels that appeared in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

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« Reply #196 on: September 08, 2016, 05:30:38 am »
Another in the 'non-state actors' series.

Clive Cusser, Mayday! (Also known as:(The Mediterranean Caper)), 1973

Minerva Lines

Unnamed
I-400 Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, not stated if all armament has been removed or not.
Stated to have been sunk off Iwo Jima in 1945 and then salvaged in 1951 and used for drug smuggling amongst other things...

Plot summary: Someone has just attacked a USAF Airbase, with a WWI fighter...

Notes: Providing a year when story is set is tricky. At the start of the novel a USAF Airbase is attacked, among the planes there are C-133 Cargomaster's which went out of service in 1971 implying the novel can take place no later than that year. However, dialog in the novel suggests that it is set 60 years after 1918 (e.g. 1978). Finally other dialog in the novel implies it takes place one year after the events of 'Pacific Vortex!', which if dialog in the novel 'Valhalla Rising' (2003) is taken into account, takes place in 1979 suggesting these events are taking place in 1980!
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« Reply #197 on: September 10, 2016, 07:58:51 am »
Harry Homewood, Silent Sea, 1981

United States

USS Eelfish (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified (Stated to the same class as USS Mako (SS-???) (See: 'Final Harbour'.)
Launched: "late 1942"
Length: 312ft
Beam: 16ft
2 x 5.25 inch deck guns (Fore and aft of the conning tower)
10 x 21 inch torpedo tubes (6 forward/4 aft)
1 Quad 40mm gun (rear of conning tower)
1 Twin 20mm gun (front of conning tower)
4 x 1600 horsepower diesels

USS Hatchet-Fish (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Sea-Chub (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Sea-Owl (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Pelius (AS-??)
Griffin Class Submarine Tender
Details as per the real ships.
Note: There is a Griffin Class Submarine Tender named USS Pelias (AS-14), it is possible that the name given in the novel is a mispelling unique to my copy of the book.

Germany

U-135
Type VIIC U Boat
In real life sunk in near the West Indies. In novel sunk in the Java Sea by USS Eelfish.

Japan

Various Unnamed warships.

Plot summary: Covers the career of the crew of the submarine USS Eelfish (SS-???) during WWII.

Note: This is the second book in the trilogy Final Harbour/Silent Sea/Torpedo!

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #198 on: September 19, 2016, 12:03:57 am »
Jeff Edwards, Sea of Shadows (Originally: Torpedo!), 2004

United States

USS Towers (DDG-103)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class (Fictional version)
Length: 529 ft (161.24m)
Beam: 66.5ft (20.3m)
Armament/Propulsion details as per the ships of the class being built in 2004?
Stealth design.
Stated to be the "...fourth (and last) ship..." in Flight III.
Pennant number is that of USS Truxtun (DDG-103).

USS Bollinger (DDG-???)
Destroyer, class not specified

USS Fort Pulaski (DDG-???)
Destroyer, class not specified

USS Trippler (FFG-???)
Frigate, class not specified

USS Wallingford (FFG-???)
Frigate, class not specified

Germany

U-304
Type 212b Class Submarine
Fictional version of the Type 212a Class
Details regarding size/propulsion as per the real class
Armament adds 'Dolch' submarine launched Surface-to-Air missiles to existing weapons.

U-305
Type 212b Class Submarine
Fictional version of the Type 212a Class
Details regarding size/propulsion as per the real class
Armament adds 'Dolch' submarine launched Surface-to-Air missiles to existing weapons.

U-306
Type 212b Class Submarine
Fictional version of the Type 212a Class
Details regarding size/propulsion as per the real class
Armament adds 'Dolch' submarine launched Surface-to-Air missiles to existing weapons.

U-307
Type 212b Class Submarine
Fictional version of the Type 212a Class
Details regarding size/propulsion as per the real class
Armament adds 'Dolch' submarine launched Surface-to-Air missiles to existing weapons.

Plot summary: Following a minor nuclear accident in Germany the Green Party comes into power via a brilliant propaganda campaign. They have two main policy objectives one overt, the other covert. They are: (1.) End the use of Nuclear Power in Germany. (2.) End the 'illegitimate' blockade of Siraj (Iraq?) by selling them the latest in weapons... Of course delivering the weapons is the problem.

Note: Year is unspecified, action takes place between May 5 (Saturday) and 22 June (Friday). Years in which this happens (After 2004 when the novel was published.) are 2007, 2012 & 2018.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #199 on: October 03, 2016, 06:51:11 am »
Sea Plunder, H. De Vere Stacpoole, 1916

Germany
Penguin: German cable ship, 10kts, single funnel
Spreewind: German schooner
SMS Blitz: gunboat; possibly the real Blitz Class aviso, but the latter was a tender by 1903 and never served overseas
SMS Homburg: cruiser, four funnels

Great Britain
HMS Minerva: second class cruiser, ?x 6in guns, 25kts; name of real Eclipse Class cruiser of same vintage but that class was only capable of 18.5kts

Plot: Set at the time of the Agadir Crisis in 1911, the Irish Captain of a German registered cable ship based in San Francisco mistakenly believes rumours that war has broken out between Britain and Germany. He takes control of the ship as a British privateer and begins plundering German ships and trading posts, only to learn that there is no war and his crew must escape the South Pacific via the Straits of Magellan to safety, avoiding the Royal Navy and German ships hunting them.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #200 on: October 06, 2016, 01:41:47 am »
Another of the books I posted to the old Warships 3.0 board.

Antony Trew, The Moonraker Mutiny, 1972

Australia

HMAS Magpie
Minesweeper, class not specified
Diesel Engines.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A drunken captains mistaken actions lead result in a ship sailing into the heart of an Indian Ocean cyclone. With the ship crippled as a result can it be found before the survivors die.

Note: While the novel was published in 1972, it is clearly set much earlier. Going by various internal references, I would say it is set somewhere between 1958 - 1963. The cover for the 1977 edition is by Paul Wright and while it does not depict a warship, it is a brilliant depiction of the plight the SS Moonraker finds herself in at the hands of Cyclone 'Alpha'. It is also one of those covers I'd love to have in poster form.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #201 on: October 06, 2016, 05:56:55 pm »
Clive Cussler, Night Probe, 1981

United States

USS Avarda
Amphibious Landing Transport Ship
Class not specified.
No other details provided.

Unnamed (SSN-???)
Amberjack Class (Fictional)
Length: 76m
Beam: 10.7m
Submerged displacement: 3650tons
No other details provided.

USS Phoenix (CG-?? or CGN-??)
Cruiser
No other details provided, name clash with the Los Angeles Class Submarine, USS Phoenix (SSN-702)

Canada

HMCS Huron (DDG-281)
Iroquois Class Destroyer
Real Ship, in service 1972 - 2005

Plot summary: The year is 1989 (The novel takes place between February & May 1989). With energy prices soaring the United States finds itself in a bind, while hydro-electricity from Canada is cheap, Soviet backed Quebec separatists may end up being the ones in charge of the 'on-off' switch. Then a sudden discovery points to a very unlikely solution.

Note: This is not one of my favourite novels for several reasons, but the author deserves something for trying to link his 'universe' to a very famous fictional superspy (not Austin Powers...). It should also be noted that the events of 'Deep Six' take place only about two months after this one.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #202 on: October 08, 2016, 01:26:48 am »
Patrick Robinson, Nimitz Class, 1997

United States

USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.

USS Arkansas (CGN-41)
Virginia Class Cruiser
Real Ship, in novel still in service in 2002 rather than being decomissioned in 1998.

USS Batfish (SSN-681)
Sturgeon Class
Real Ship, in novel still in service in 2002 rather than being decomissioned in 1999

USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686)
Sturgeon Class
Real Ship, in novel still in service in 2002 rather than being decomissioned in 2001

United Kingdom

HMS Thermopylae
SSN, class not specified
Length: 300ft (91.44), slightly longer than a Trafalgar Class.
Displacement: 5000tons (Not clear if surfaced or submerged)
Armament: Tomahawk Missiles/Spearfish Torpedoes
No other details provided.

HMS Unseen (S41)
Upholder Class Submarine
Real ship, in novel still in British service as of 2002, rather than being paid off in 1994 before being transferred to Canada in 2000.

Iraq

K-630
(Ex-Russian) Kilo Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Crew is acting as mercenaries on behalf of Iraq, ship has not been formally comissioned into the Iraqi navy.

Plot summary: The year is 2002 (The novel takes place between May & October). A United States aircraft carrier has just exploded at sea. Was it an accident...?

Notes: The following real ships that were either decomissioned after 2002 or still in service appeared in the novel, USS Arctic (AOE-8), USS Kaufman (FFG-59), USS Ingraham (FFG-61), USS Vicksburg (CG-69), USS Port Royal (CG-73), USS O'Kane (DDG-77), USS Asheville (SSN-758), USS Springfield (SSN-761), USS Charlotte (SSN-766), USS Columbia (SSN-771), USS O'Bannon (DD-987), USS Fife (DD-991), USS Fletcher (DD-992), USS Hayler (DD-997).
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #203 on: October 08, 2016, 07:32:38 am »
Jeff Edwards, The Seventh Angel, 2010

United States

USS Towers (DDG-103)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class (Fictional version)
Length: 529 ft (161.24m)
Beam: 66.5ft (20.3m)
Armament/Propulsion details as per the ships of the class being built in 2004?
Stealth design.
Stated to be the "...fourth (and last) ship..." in Flight III.
Pennant number is that of USS Truxtun (DDG-103).
Carries a Multi-purpose Autonomous Underwater System Mk. 1 ('Mouse') - UUV

USS Albert D. Kaplan (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class (Fictional version?)
Same details as USS Towers?
Carries 'Sea Shrike' unmanned reconnaissance drones.
No other details provided.

United States - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Otis Barton
Research Vessel
Carries minisub Nereus
Note: Civilian vessel. Novel refers to the Otis Barton as being originally "...constructed as a Victorious Class acoustic surveillance ship..." but does not specify which of the four members of the class she was.

Russia

Kuzbass (K-419)
Akula I Class Submarine
Real Ship, sunk during the course of the novel.

Zelenograd (K-506)
Delta III Class Submarine
Real Ship, sunk during the course of the novel.

Osmotritelnyy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real ship, decomissioned 1997, still in service during the timeframe of the novel.

Boyevoy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real ship

Burnyy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real Ship

Bezboyaznennyy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real Ship

Plot summary: A Russian dissident seeking to restore the Soviet Union resorts to nuclear blackmail.

Note: Year is unspecified, action takes place between 22 February (Friday) and 21 June (Friday). Years in which this happens (After 2010, when the novel was first published.) are 2013 & 2019. Somewhat surprised to see the author making free use of real Russian warships, the more normal practice, even today is to use fictional ones.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #204 on: October 08, 2016, 10:56:48 pm »
Dennis Porter, The Hunt for the USS Hercules, 2015

United States

USS Hercules (SSBN-???)
Nuclear submarine, class not specified.
Length: 560ft (170m)
Weight: 18,000 tons
Armament: 16 x Trident Missiles, presumably 4 torpedo tubes if normal SSBN practice followed.
Note: Length and weight suggest that this is an Ohio Class Submarine, but she is carrying eight fewer Tridents than an Ohio.

Plot summary: A cabal of businessmen cook up a scheme to re-write the politics of the South China Sea in their favour.

Notes: Not very impressed with this one, writing feels childish, the stolen submarine is simply referred to as a "...nuclear submarine..." and an "...American nuclear submarine..." thoughout without specifying a class.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #205 on: October 08, 2016, 11:30:19 pm »
Hal Fishman & Barry Schiff, Flight 902 Is Down!, 1982

Russia

Eugen Onegin
Submarine (Conventional powered), class not specified
Fitted with radar.
Described as being an "...old World War II submarine..."
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Trans-American Airlines Flight 902 has disappeared just after reporting being shot at by Soviet MiG-23s, has the unthinkable happened...?

Note: This is another novel that feels like a film script that was turned into a novel when it didn't sell. The cast of passengers is straight out of the 'All Star Disaster Movie' playbook.

The plotline was likely inspired by the shooting-up and forcing down of Korean Air Lines Flight 902, which took a wrong turn flying from Paris to Seoul and wound up flying over Murmansk (Wikipedia) .  The infamous KAL007 shootdown took place a year after the book came out.
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« Reply #206 on: October 09, 2016, 02:46:30 am »
Jeff Edwards, Sword of Shiva, 2012

United States

USS Midway (CVN-82)
Gerald R. Ford Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per real ships.
Note: Class not mentioned in novel. Assignment is based solely on the pennant number.

USS Towers (DDG-103)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class Destroyer (Fictional version)
Length: 529 ft (161.24m)
Beam: 66.5ft (20.3m)
Armament/Propulsion details as per the ships of the class being built in 2004?
Stealth design, including heavy use of composite materials and 'phototropic' paint.
Stated to be the "...fourth (and last) ship..." in Flight III.
Pennant number is that of USS Truxtun (DDG-103).

USS Frank W Fenno (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

USS Donald Gerrard (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class Destroyer (Fictional version)?
Described in the novel as a "...sister ship..." to the USS Towers.

USS Bowie (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (Flight IV?)
Details as per the real ships
Named after the captain of the USS Towers, Samuel H. Bowie.
Announcement of construction appears in the novels last chapter, referred to as USS Bowie, throught the chapter.

Plot summary: Opponents to China's occupation of Tibet launch a guerrilla campaign from India, creating a situation that rapidly begins to spin out of control.

Note: All Chinese and Indian warships mentioned in the novel are real ships. Some are sunk during the course of the novel. The year is unspecified, but internal references make it clear that it takes place after 2011. The action takes place between November 18 (Tuesday) and 11 February (Tuesday) (E.g. Between one year and the next.). Dialog within the novel indicates that these events take place after those of 'The Seventh Angel'. Checking of calendar software shows that that combination of dates/days does not happen in reality. Given the possible years for the two precding novels this story probably takes place either between 2014 & 2015 or 2025 & 2026.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #207 on: October 10, 2016, 12:47:27 am »
Stephen Renneberg, The Mothersea, 2016

Australia

HMAS Naturaliste (A-?)
Leewuin Class Survey Ship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author does not explicitly state the class but the description and details he provides best fit this class of ships.

Plot summary: Something very strange is happening in the Arafura Sea, a trawler and coastal communities have been attacked with stone age weapons, but they are not wielded by humans...

Note: This novel is a sequel to the authors earlier tale of alien invasion 'The Mothership' (2013). Dialog within the novel reveals that 10 years has passed between the two books. So the story may be set in 2023, but there is no explicit statement to that effect. The only other ship that appears in the novel is the USS Makin Island (LHD-8) which is an actual member of the Wasp Class of Amphibious Assault Ships.

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« Reply #208 on: October 11, 2016, 09:50:28 am »
Jack Higgins, Storm Warning, 1976

United Kingdom

HMS Guardian
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with Anti-submarine net laying vessel of the same name (Wikipedia)

Germany

U-235
Type VIIC U-boat
Real ship, sunk by friendly fire in April 1945.

U-743
Type VIIC U-boat
Real ship, disappeared August 1944
In the novel, several bodies wash up from the submarine along the Scottish west coast during early September 1944.

Canada

HMCS Macmichael
Corvette, class not specified.
No other details provided.

United States

USS Carbisdale
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: In the second half of 1944 a number of Germans in Brazil make a desperate attempt to reach Germany in the only ship they could find, a three-masted barquentine. With the Allied navies controlling the oceans, can they make it...

Note: The back cover blurb implies this is based off a real event.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #209 on: October 12, 2016, 01:37:04 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Jim Brady, Able Seaman, 1985?

Australia

HMAS Adamant
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk or badly damaged (and scuttled?), Battle of Savo Island, 8/9 August, 1942.

HMAS Wind Rode (G44)
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels. On the cover of the 1963 & 1967 editions of the novel 'Repel Borders' the ship was depicted with the pennant number G46. The pennant number in this novel belonged to the M Class Destroyer, HMS Martin which was sunk in November 1942.

New Zealand

HMNZS Achilles (70)
Leander Class Cruiser
Real ship, most well known for her role at the Battle of the River Plate in 1939.

Germany

Admiral Von Scheer
Deutschland Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: One of the three members of the class in real life was called Admiral Scheer. Her namesake was never a 'Von'.

Plot summary: The year is 1942 and an Able Seaman aboard an Australian cruiser keeps getting on the wrong side of the officers.

Note: Dating this one is fairly straightforward. The story takes place between Operation Biting (The Bruneval Raid, 27/28 February 1942) and Operation Watchtower (Invasion of Guadalcanal, 8 August 1942). The novel itself is one of three that makes up the 'Jim Brady' trilogy, 'Jim Brady, Able Seaman', 'Gimme the boats!' and 'Subsmash'. What is somewhat trickier is dating the novel itself. The book I have is copyrighted 1985, with no earlier date of publication given and has the words 'New! First Time In Print' on the cover, which I suspect is a false claim. If my Corgi edition of 'Subsmash' is anything to go by the actual publication date was probably 1959/1960. It may mean that there is a different (Longer?) version of the story out there.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #210 on: October 12, 2016, 04:39:19 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Confirmed in Command, 1976

Australia

HMAS Wanderer
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk prior to the start of the novel during Operation Galvanic (20 - 23 November, 1943)
Name clash with V & W Class Destroyer HMS Wanderer (D74) which was scrapped in 1946.

HMAS Verity (D44)
J Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with V & W Class Destroyer HMS Verity (D63) which was scrapped in 1947. Pennant number clashes with that of HMS Imogen, an I Class Destroyer sunk in 1940 and the later Battle Class Destroyer HMS Lagos.
Note: Author specifically identifies HMAS Verity as being a member of the 'Javelin Class' (E.G. J Class). A later piece of dialog states "She's not the same as Scourge. She's Javelin-class. Not one of our N's." Which would imply that HMAS Scourge at the very least is an N Class Destroyer.

Unnamed
County Class Cruiser

Unnamed
5 Destroyers

United States

Unnamed
Destroyer.

Unnamed
Aircraft Carrier.

Japan

Simotuki
Destroyer, class not specified
Armament: 8 x 5 inch guns (Layout not specified, probably twin A,B,X & Y turrets, though other combinations are possible.), Anti-aircraft/Torpedo armament not specified.
Length: 456ft (139m)
Speed: 34 knots
Described as "...one of the largest and newest destroyers in the Imperial Navy."

I-400 (Fictional Version)
I-400 Class (Fictional Version)
Details much as the real version save she has 2 x 5 inch guns in addition to the standard torpedo/Anti-aircraft armament.

Plot summary: The former captain of HMAS Scourge has been trying to rebuild his career after being busted for being 'drunk-in-charge' (Which took place in the novel: 'Gimme the boats!'.). His last ship was sunk underneath him, but he did well enough to be given a special task, take out Japans second best admiral as he travels to rejoin his forces, will he be able to hold up under the strain...

Note: This is another one that's pretty easy to date as it takes place either shortly after or during the short Battle of Tarawa. The preceding novel, which features the authors version of that battle is now a definite target, as it will have the details that will confirm just what HMAS Wanderer is.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #211 on: October 12, 2016, 04:59:52 pm »
Ronald Bassett, The Tinfish Run, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Virtue
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per ships that have undergone Long Range Escort conversion
Not fitted with radar.

HMS Vagrant
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per ships that have undergone Long Range Escort conversion
Not fitted with radar.

HMS Pennyroyal
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships
Fitted with radar.

HMT Truelove
Armed Trawler
4 x 20mm guns
40 crew
750 tons
11 knots

HMT Trooper
Armed Trawler
4 x 20mm guns
40 crew
750 tons
11 knots

HMS Northumberland
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Name is that of a vessel of the class whose construction was cancelled in 1930.

Plot summary: A low level view of the Arctic convoys which follows an attempt to sneak a small convoy (Two Tankers, Two Freighters) to Russia trailing a few days behind Convoy PQ17.

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« Reply #212 on: October 12, 2016, 08:04:56 pm »
National Library of Australia lists it's publication date as 1985, so it appears the claim on the cover of your copy is correct.
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« Reply #213 on: October 12, 2016, 09:05:12 pm »
National Library of Australia lists it's publication date as 1985, so it appears the claim on the cover your copy is correct.

Thanks for the correction. It looks to have been my mistake, just checked my copy of 'Subsmash' (Corgi, 1970) and the second book in the trilogy is entitled 'Jim Brady, Leading Seaman' with 'Gimme the boats!' as the first book, looks like the author added an earlier story to the sequence at a later date with a similar title.
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« Reply #214 on: October 12, 2016, 09:10:49 pm »
Ronald Bassett, The Pierhead Jump, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Daemon
D Class Cruiser
Built (Launched?) 1919
Details as per the real ships.
Armament adds 3 x 4 inch AA guns. "...several small-caliber weapons..." 30 depth charges.
Speed 29 knots
Has radar by 1942

HMS Swiftsure
7th Abdiel Class Minelayer
Details as per the real ships
Name clash with Minotaur Class Cruiser launched in 1943.

HMS Bullfinch
Coastal Minelayer (converted ocean-going tugboat)
1 x Oerlikon Gun (20mm)
2 x Lewis guns
12 x mines
498 tons
10 knots
Name clash with a cable layer of the same name launched in 1940

United States

Task Group 17.6 (Also referred to as TG 17.4 in my copy of the book.)

USS Peacock (CV-??)
Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier (Referred to as Hornet Class in novel.)
Details as per the real ships.

USS Anaconda
Cruiser
No other details provided

USS Maddox
Destroyer, class not specified
Name clash with a Wickes Class Destroyer transferred to the UK in 1940 and with a Gleaves Class Destroyer launched in 1942 and sunk in July of 1943 off Sicily.

USS Bagley
Destroyer, class not specified
Name clash with a Wickes Class Destroyer (Renamed USS Doran in 1935) transferred to the UK in 1940 and with the lead ship of the Bagley Class which was scrapped in 1947 after spending the entire war in the Pacific.

USS Aaron Ward
Destroyer, class not specified
Name clash with a Wickes Class Destroyer transferred to the UK in 1940 and with a Gleaves Class Destroyer that served in the Pacific until being sunk in April of 1943.

Germany

Gruppe Markgraf

U-157
Type IXC U-boat
Details as per the real ships.
Real world: Sunk off the US East Coast in June of 1942. In novel sunk by HMS Daemon.

U-711
Type VIIC U-boat
Details as per the real ships
Real world: Sunk in May of 1945.

U-759
Type VIIC U-boat
Details as per the real ships
Real world: Sunk in the Caribbean in July of 1943. In novel sunk by HMS Bullfinch.

Italy

Gruppe Markgraf

Bruno
Marcello Class Submarine
Note: Class is not specified in the novel. There was a Marcello Class Submarine named Faa di Bruno that was sunk by the British in November of 1940. This may have been what the author had in mind when he named the submarine. A Marcello Class Submarine named Comandante Cappellini took part in the real Laconia Incident.

Plot summary: A fictionalised account of the Laconia Incident which took place in September of 1942.

Note: In the introduction the author states that all ships featured within are ficticious, as can be seen this was far from the case.

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« Reply #215 on: October 13, 2016, 07:28:03 am »
Philip McCutchan, Sinking Ship, 1993

United Kingdom

HMS Charger
Escort Carrier, class not specified
15,000 tons
All welded construction.

Note: The name is that of the member of the Avenger Class of escort carriers which served as HMS Charger from the 2nd to the 4th of October 1941 before reverting to the United States. The ship served as a training ship in Chesapeake Bay for the entire war. In the novel the ship is stated to have been built in the United States.

HMS Veracity
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Invergarry
I Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class identification based on name only.

HMS Invermore
I Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class identification based on name only.

HMS Aberfeldy
Hunt Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class identification based on name only.

Germany

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified.

Plot summary: The series hero, finds that the only way to reach his new assignment is to travel to the United States aboard an escort carrier heading there for an overhaul. When the ship is crippled in a storm, it's all hands to the pumps to keep her afloat.

Note: Not possible to date this story due to a lack of references to specific wartime events.
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R. H. Andrews, HMS Vengeful, 2015

United Kingdom

HMS Rupert
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.
Name clash with HMS Rupert (K561) a Captain Class (US Buckley Class) Frigate purchased from the United States in 1943 and returned to them in 1946

HMS Barnetby
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Dragonby
Destroyer, class not specified
4 inch guns (exact number not specified)
No other details provided.

HMS Vulture
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Willet
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Wolmsley
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Valmere
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS H-29
H Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with a member of the class sunk in 1926 and scrapped in 1927.

HMS Vengeful (Initially an unofficial name. Later made official when the ship is commissioned into the Royal Navy)
Captured German S-Boat, former identity not given.
1 x 37mm (Bow)
2 x 20mm (Single mounts either side of bridge)
1 x 20mm (Twin mount at stern)
4 x torpedo tubes
Depth charges
Fitted with radar
40 knots
No other details provided.
Name clash with V Class Submarine HMS Vengeful (P86) launched July 1944.

HMT Dart
Armed Trawler
1 x 4 inch gun (fwd)
'Several' 40mm guns
Stern 'packed' with depth charges

Germany

Unnamed
Several U-Boats, type not specified

Unnamed
Several S-boats & Armed Trawlers

Unnamed
Several Destroyers

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
6 'heavy guns' (Presumably 5.9inch) (three a side)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1941. Members of a torpedoed destroyers crew escape from their prison camp with the help of the Norwegian resistance, capture a S-boat from it's base and escape to freedom. Once back in the UK they and the captured S-boat are used to support the Norwegian resistance movement before being assigned to other duties as the war progresses.

Note: This self-published on Amazon book, aside from being badly formatted & poorly proof-read has the feel of an old fashioned 'Boys Own Adventure' tale from the mid-20th Century despite aparently dating to 2015. Not something I'd recommend hunting down. I certainly have no intent of reading any of the authors other books.
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« Reply #217 on: October 14, 2016, 10:56:32 pm »
Antony Trew, Bannister's Chart, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Amphiberon
Frigate, class not specified.
Carries a helicopter, type not specified.
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Maya Class AGI
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1983.  A small Indian Ocean trading company offers 'Mystery Cruises' aboard their aeging tramp steamer. On the latest trip one of the passengers tries to interest the captain in a 'treasure map' they found, and then the fun really begins...

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« Reply #218 on: October 15, 2016, 04:29:25 am »
Another big one...

Alexander Fullerton, The Torch Bearers, 1983

United Kingdom

HMS Bruce
B Class Destroyer
Launched 1930
Details as per the real ships
Note: This is the inter-war B-Class not the WWI B-Class. Explicitly identified as B-Class in the novel.

HMS Goshawk
G Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: This is the inter-war G-Class not the WWI Beagle class or the 1944 G-Class.

HMS Harbringer
H Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships, save 'Y' Gun has been landed to make room for additional depth charges.

HMS Vicious
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Watchful
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Wesley
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Aquilegia
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Astilbe
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as Flower Class in the novel.

HMS Daphne
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Gilliflower
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Iris
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with a ship renamed HMS Coriander while being built.

HMS Paeony
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as Flower Class in the novel.

HMS Prunella
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Viola
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Ultra
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMT Gleam
Armed Trawler
1 x 4 inch gun?
Depth Charges?
No other details provided

HMT Stella
Armed Trawler
1 x 4 inch gun
Depth Charges?
No other details provided

HMT Opal
Armed Trawler
1 x 4 inch gun
Depth Charges
No other details provided

Germany

U-54
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type a Type VIIB U-Boat that went missing in February of 1940, the number was not re-used.

U-102
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type IXB U-Boat that was sunk in July of 1940, the number was not re-used.

U-122
TYPE VIIC U-Boat
Note: Number clashes with a Type IXB U-Boat that went missing in March of 1940, the number was not re-used.

U-187
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type IXC/40 U-Boat that was sunk in February of 1943.

U-208
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type VIIC U-Boat that was sunk in December of 1941, the number was not re-used.

U-580
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type VIIC U-Boat that was sunk in November of 1941, the number was not re-used.

U-702
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type VIIC U-Boat that was sunk in April of 1942, the number was not re-used.

Plot summary: It is October-November 1942. Three members of the Everard family face danger, one as an escapee following the St Nazaire raid. Another aboard a submarine in the Mediterranean. The last has been given a special assignment, escort a convoy from Freetown to England, one whose true purpose and objective is known only to him.

Note: The author based the convoy portion of the novel on Convoy SL-125 which was heavily attacked by U-Boats on it's way to England at the same time as the Operation Torch convoys headed for Africa, thus clearing the way for the successful Allied landings, some believe that the timing of the convoy was intentional... (Wikipedia)

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« Reply #219 on: October 16, 2016, 12:15:29 am »
Mike Lunnon-Wood, Let Not The Deep, 1994

United Kingdom

RFA Drumbeat
Rover Class Tanker
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Defiant
2nd Type 82 Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: A brutal storm strikes the British Isles creating a situation that requires desperate acts to prevent lives being lost at sea.

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« Reply #220 on: October 16, 2016, 04:03:51 pm »
J. E. MacDonnell, Sainsbury, VC, 1962

United Kingdom

HMS Goosewing (K44)
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment is tenative based on a very limited set of details the author provides. Authors description seems to be a hybrid of first ships of the class constructed (Fitted with minesweeping equipment) and the later ones with the mast behind the bridge. The name does not fit the class, but is a nautical term used to describe fore-and-aft sails when set for running downwind.

HMS Seamew
Modified W Class Destroyer (Thornycroft)
Details as per the real ships.
Quote: "Though where in hell she gets her name from I can't say. All of the others start with W."
Note: Member of the V & W Class. In real life this would be the third 'Thornycroft Modified W', authors description leaves no doubt that this is what he had in mind.

HMAS Scimitar
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with S Class (WWI) Destroyer HMS Scimitar which served in WWII and was scrapped in 1947.
Note: Class assignment based on the armament details provided by the author.

Germany

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Plot summary: The novel follows the career of a West Australian member of the RAN from his training in the 1930s until the opening of the Second World War and his subsequent service initially in Royal Navy ships before returning to the Royal Australian Navy.

Note: The time frame during the war seems to be 1940-41 as events of 1939 are referred to in the past tense. As for the VC, well it was earned for something (Sinking four U-boats in a day with a single ship.) that makes me wonder if this was a case similar to Rorkes Drift, where it was given to 'encourage the others'...
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« Reply #221 on: October 16, 2016, 09:18:59 pm »
Note: The time frame during the war seems to be 1940-41 as events of 1939 are referred to in the past tense. As for the VC, well it was earned for something (Sinking four U-boats in a day with a single ship.) that makes me wonder if this was a case similar to Rorkes Drift, where it was given to 'encourage the others'...

There were only two or three bravery awards available to the British Army in 1879.  The VC was one of them, the other two were lesser (Mention in Dispatches (MiD) and Distinguished Service Medals (DSM)).   The award of a large number of VCs was unusual but not that unusual when there was such a shortage of bravery awards available.  While it was the largest number awarded to a single Regiment, it was not the largest awarded to a single action.  Sixteen were awarded for actions at the Battle of Inkerman, on 5 November 1854; twenty-eight were awarded as a result of the Second Relief of Lucknow, 14–22 November 1857.

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« Reply #222 on: October 17, 2016, 06:11:05 am »
Mike Lunnon-Wood, Long Shot, 1999

United Kingdom

HMS Beaufort
Type 23 Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Ship is the same one that appeared in the authors earlier novel 'King's Shilling', which I have covered earlier in this thread.

Belize

Unnamed
Patrol Boat, class not specified.
1 12.7mm machine gun (Mounted Fwd).
Note: Taken into Royal Navy service as 'HMS Tonka Toy', armament is augmented with an aft mounted 7.62mm machine gun.

Guatamala

Unnamed
2 Patrol Boats, class not specified.
1 x 20mm gun
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several improvised transports
Converted merchantmen
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Barge (Improvised landing craft transport)
Armed with ten stern mounted 81mm mortars for the purpose of naval gunfire support.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Landing craft
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1997 (Dialog in the novel indicates it takes place a year after the events of 'King's Shilling' which is set in 1996.). The government of Guatamala has decided to do unto Belize as the Argentine government did unto the Falklands in 1982, their mistake...

Note: Unlike the previous novel, HMS Beaufort has a secondary role in events which focus on the Paras and SAS fighting to hold back the Guatamalan Army long enough to allow Britain and other countries to send in additional troops.
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« Reply #223 on: October 18, 2016, 06:33:31 am »
Mike Lunnon-Wood, Congo Blue (Originally: Heraklion Blue), 2002(?)

United Kingdom

HMS Winchester
15th Type 42 Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Stated to be a member of Batch I which would make her the seventh member of that sub-group.

Plot summary: The year is 1998. The civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo is heating up. Two troops of Royal Marines have been sent overland after the 'bush telegraph' reports that a small mission station and a nearby diamond mining operation may be under threat. What they find leads to an all too familiar event, a boat heading up a river into the 'Heart of Darkness', however this time it's not a PBR or a paddle steamer...
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« Reply #224 on: November 06, 2016, 11:28:56 pm »
Another short story, self published(?) on Amazon

Malcolm Torres, The Pirate, 2015

United States

USCGC Almayer
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Surface to surface missile, type not specified. Six round box launcher, mounted forward
Helicopter, type not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A US Coast Guard cutter on a routine patrol spots a speedboat behaving oddly, what could be the cause...

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« Reply #225 on: November 07, 2016, 06:38:28 am »
Angela Thirkell, Trooper to the Southern Cross, 1934

United Kingdom

SS Rudolstadt
Troop Transport, ex-Liner
8000 tons

Plot summary: The First World War is over and all an Australian Officer wants is a quiet voyage home with his newly wed British wife... No one told the prisoners that...

Notes: This is an engaging period satire by Anglo-Australian writer who was one of the major female authors of the period. Allegedly the incidents therein were based on her own experiences returning to Australia with her second husband.

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« Reply #226 on: November 07, 2016, 11:30:51 pm »
Leslie Parker was Angela Thirkell's pen name for that novel when it was originally published.

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« Reply #227 on: November 08, 2016, 08:03:31 pm »
Thanks Kadija_Man for your additional information. This was never intended to be a one-person listing.

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« Reply #228 on: November 09, 2016, 04:25:16 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Approved to Scrap, 1968

Australia

HMAS Jackal
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4.7 inch guns (A,B,X & Y)
2 x Quadruple 21 inch TT
No other details provided.
Scrapped after November 6, 1944 due to battle damage.

Note: Armament details fit the pre-Tribal classes of destroyers (Eg Interwar A - I classes), final class assignment will have to wait until I can find a novel with more details, or the one where the hero of this tale transfers command from HMAS Pelican to this HMAS Jackal. There was a real HMS Jackal of the J class which was sunk in May of 1942.

Unnamed
Two Corvettes (Bathurst Class?)

HMAS Fane (ex- HMS Jutland)
Battle Class Destroyer (1943)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Ship was gifted to Australia by the British as a stop-gap until "...our Tribals come into commission." There were three Tribal Class Destroyers built in Australia, the first two HMAS Arunta & HMAS Warramunga entered service in 1942. The last one HMAS Bataan (ex- HMAS Kurnai) did not enter service until 1945. The novel itself ends on or shortly after the 6th of November 1944.

There were actually two Battle Class Destroyers named HMS Jutland, the first was scrapped incomplete in 1957, the second started construction as HMS Malplaquet but was renamed prior to launch in 1946.

In later novels the Hero is depicted in command of a Battle Class HMAS Jackal, presumably there is one more novel that I have not yet located in which HMAS Fane is renamed HMAS Jackal.

Japan

Tatikaze
Takao Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Takao Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Tuga
Kaibōkan (Sea Defence Ship/Corvette)
170 tons (This could be a misprint, as the various classes of Kaibōkan had displacements between 750 - 950 tons.)
23 knots
2 Diesel engines (Text implies more than one, most classes of Kaibōkan except the Type D used twin diesel power-plants)
3 inch gun fwd (No splinter shield fitted.)
Depth charges
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Following a desperate and ultimately failed defense of a convoy from two Japanese cruisers, the surviving destroyer makes a slow and painful way back to safety.

Notes: This novel begins with an authors introduction where he explains that his naval action novels are not written in chronological order (Are they ever...!). This novel also throws the time-line I had started to work out into some chaos, I had placed the other novels featuring the Battle Class HMAS Jackal (Breaking Point, A Council of Captains & The Shadow) between May 1943 and September/October 1944, however this novel (Assuming that HMAS Fane, was renamed HMAS Jackal in another novel.) ends on or soon after the 6th of November 1944 implying that these stories take place after that date.

The novel is a direct sequel to one called Full Fathom Five, which will now be one to find as it may include details not included in this novel, such as the identity of the two corvettes that along with HMAS Jackal are escorting the convoy.
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« Reply #229 on: November 10, 2016, 12:13:30 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Frogman, 1958

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels.

Japan

Unnamed
Several motorized patrol boats armed with machine guns.

Plot summary: A destroyer crewman volunteers for a new RAN program to train combat frogmen, and along the way learns that the most important thing is someones character, not the color of their skin. But will the bonds thus created survive the heat of his first mission, a commando raid on a Japanese radar installation.

Note: Dating this story as with all of J. E. MacDonnells fiction is tricky but it appears to be set in the lead up to Operation Reckless the landings on Hollandia which took place on the 22nd of April 1944.
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« Reply #230 on: November 10, 2016, 03:28:05 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Abandon and Destroy, 1963

Australia

HMAS Pelican
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 2pdr QF Mk VII (four barrelled 'Pom Pom' gun).
AA augmented with 'scrounged' SMG/MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
Machinery produces 30,000 horsepower driving twin screws (Two shafts).
300ft long
Single funnel
Single rudder
30knots
Fitted with radar and sonar.

HMAS Perth (D29)
Modified Leander Class Cruiser
Real ship, served in Mediterranean Theater between November 1940 - August 1941.

Britain

Unnamed
3 x MTBs

'Allies'

HMS (or HMAS) Curlew
'Fleet Destroyer'
4.7 inch guns
36 Knots
No other details provided.
Note: The author does not provide enough detail to specifically identify the class or even if this ship is with the RN or RAN. Most likely this is another one of his 'J,K & N Class' destroyers. In real life there was a C Class Cruiser called HMS Curlew that was sunk in 1940.

Germany

Unnamed
'Fleet Destroyer'
2000 tons
6 x 5 inch guns (Three twin turrets. A, B & X or A, X & Y. Description is unclear as to layout, see also notes.)
No other details provided.
Note: The armament details do not fit any class of German Destroyer extant in WWII (Either 5 x single 5 inch or 1 twin 6 inch + 3 single 6 inch). The turret layout is never mentioned in the novel, but the cover depicts a ship with 2x 'Bismark/Prinz Eugen' style turrets forward and presumably the third aft. More importantly the chances of a German surface warship larger than an S-boat (Other than U-Boats) reaching the Med is virtually impossible. I have attached both the cover and a close up of the illustration. If anyone is interested in figuring out what the 'German Destroyer' looks like outside what is shown on the cover (eg Bow and areas aft of the Bridge) feel free.

Unnamed
Several MT Explosive Motor Boats
Details as per the real ships.
Presumably supplied by the Italians.

Unnamed
Several S-Boats
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
U-Boat

Italy

Unnamed
Maiale Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (Human Torpedo)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: An aging Australian destroyer is given a continual series of tasks during the Mediterranean Campaign until the accumulated damage catches up with her at the worst time possible...

Note: Dating this one is not really possible. The author mentions the damaging of HMS Illustrious (10th of January 1941) and her subsequent period under attack at Malta (10th - 23rd January 1941) as being current events over the course of the entire novel, however he refers to the crippling of HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth (19th December 1941) as past events. Similarly mention of HMAS Perth, which left the theater in August 1941 as being at Malta at the start of the novel would fit with the story being set in early 1941 rather than late 1941/early 42. But based on the timeline established in the novel First Command (1971) it is more likely that the story is meant to be set in early 1942.

Regarding the cover, it is clear that the uncredited artist is trying to depict one of the sequences from the novel where HMAS Pelican takes on a German 'Fleet Destroyer' in the confines of an Italian harbor. The ship in the background is clearly meant to be Pelican, however the forward turret is clearly a single weapon mount (not a twin.) and is depicted with two funnels rather than one funnel, which contradicts the authors description both in this book and several of the others featuring this ship. See above for my comments regarding the 'German Destroyer' in the foreground. 
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« Reply #231 on: November 11, 2016, 01:00:15 am »
Hmmm, really scraping the depths of my memory here. A novel I think was called 'Fathom'. An optionally-manned minisub/UUV developed by the French code-named Green Dolphin. Standard techno-thriller plot: hijacked equipment, nuclear terrorism, race against time etc. Published some time in the first half of the 1980s? Google's not helping, so is anyone else's memory jogged?

It's of interest because the Green Dolphin seems to anticipate a lot of current thinking. As mentioned, it is designed for covert military operations, large enough to carry one person if required (largely during testing and development), it can operate unmanned, autonomously for long periods, it has an internal pumpjet propulsor and an anechoic coat.

I have finally managed to identify this novel. It was 'Fathom' by Marc Hammond and was published in 1978. A copy is on order. Hopefully there will be a detailed description of the minisub/UUV in there.

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« Reply #232 on: November 12, 2016, 05:40:00 am »
Philip McCutchan, Halfhyde to the Narrows, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Lord Cochrane
Ironclad Monitor, class not specified.
2 turrets? (Novel simply mentions "...turrets...", however no Ironclad monitor class had more then two turrets.)
No other details provided.

4th Torpedo Boat Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Venomous
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided
Flotilla leader

HMS Vendetta
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
3 x 12 pdr guns
2 x TT
Four funnels
Displacement: 240 tons
27 knots

HMS Venus
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Vortex
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Venture
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Note: Presumably all these ships are members of the same fictional class (One set of '27 knotters' ordered by the Admiralty in the 1893/94 program.) and share the same details. The first four ships are mentioned at the start of Halfhyde Ordered South the novel that immediately follows this one in the series.

Imperial Russia

Nikolayev
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Poltava
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided
Name clash with a Petropavlovsk Class Pre-Dreadnought Battleship launched in 1894.

Mohilev
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Bariatinski
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is "...some ninety years..." after the Battle of Trafalgar. Britannia rules the waves, but those Russian bounders have grabbed a British merchantmen in the Mediterranean and towed it all the way to Sebastapol. Getting the ship back is a job for the Empires best captain, with a little help from a somewhat 'unorthodox' officer returning to the service after a few years '...on the beach'.

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« Reply #233 on: November 13, 2016, 07:41:41 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Point Blank, 1972

Australia

HMAS Pelican (H40)
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 2pdr QF Mk VII (four barrelled 'Pom Pom' gun, mounted abaft the funnel).
AA augmented with 'scrounged' SMG/MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
Machinery produces 30,000 horsepower driving twin screws.
300ft long
Single funnel
Single rudder
30 knots (31 knots design speed)
Fitted with radar and sonar.
Note: Pennant number clashes with that of HMS Anthony an interwar A Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1948.

Germany

Unnamed
U-Boat, Class not specified
No other details provided

U-34
U-Boat, Class not specified
No other details provided
Sunk during the course of the novel.
The real U-34, a Type IXC was sunk in August of 1943.

U-91
U-Boat, Class not specified
No other details provided
The real U-91, a Type VIIC was sunk in February of 1944.

Italy

Unnamed
Maiale Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (Human Torpedo)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Following yet another human torpedo attack on Alexandria, one of the oldest destroyers in the RAN again finds herself assigned with the task of dealing with it, but not because she is expendable...

Note: This is the first time I've caught the author recycling material between books. There is a scene in this one where a diver is sent down from the Pelican after a human torpedo attack to discover a dead body wrapped around the rudder which also appears in the earlier 'Abandon and Destroy' (1963). From the internal references the story takes place sometime in 1942, before the Battle of Gazala.
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« Reply #234 on: November 18, 2016, 09:40:46 pm »
R. H. Andrews, Send for Admiral Bland, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Falmouth
Escort Carrier
No other details provided
Note: Name class with the lead ship of the Falmouth Class Sloops.

HMS Genoa
Aircraft Carrier
Described as a 'Light Fleet Carrier' in the text.
No other details provided

HMS Lincoln
King George V Class Battleship?
Note: Class determination based on mention of main armament being 14 inch guns. Name clash with a Town Class Destroyer (ex-USS Yarnall).

HMS Brecon
'Heavy Cruiser'
No other details provided.
Note: Name clash with a Hunt Class Destroyer.

HMS Windrow
York Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Steadfast
'Heavy Cruiser'
8 Inch guns

HMS New Guinea
County Class?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class determination based on armament (8 x 8 inch guns in twin turrets). Name does not fit class.

HMS Cardiff
C Class Cruiser
Real ship, scrapped 1946

HMS Gibbon
Destroyer, class not specified
36 knots

HMS Crosby
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Catesby
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Hinckley
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Built as a Destroyer leader.
No other details provided

HMS Holdfast
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided
Note: Name clash with a cable laying ship scrapped in 1952.

Germany

Magdeburg
2nd Emden Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination based on main armament being 5.9 inch guns, also states that she was used as a training ship pre-war as was the real Emden.

Admiral Gustave
'Medium Cruiser' (Leipzig Class?)
6 inch guns.
No other details provided

Gruppe Seydlitze

Seydlitze
Deutschland Class Cruiser (Modified)
Details as per the real ships, save it has two funnels.
Note: Name is a misspelling of Seydlitz

Moltzen
Hipper Class Cruiser?
Note: Class determination based on mention of the main armament being 8 inch guns.

Unnamed
6 Destroyers

Gruppe Holstein

Holstein
Hipper Class Cruiser?
Note: Class determination based on mention of the main armament being 8 inch guns.

Leopold
Hipper Class Cruiser?
Note: Class determination based on mention of the main armament being 8 inch guns.

Unnamed
5 Destroyers

Plot summary: A highly fictionalized version the latter days of WWII including a somewhat modified version of Operation Regenbogen (Rainbow) and culminating in an Allied invasion of Norway in the general vicinity of Bergen.

Note: I decided to break an earlier decision not to read any more of R. H. Andrews naval fiction. I am glad I did as it allowed me to confirm that he(?) is really not a very good author. Aside from indulging in flights of fantasy, his ship descriptions are actually inconsistent within the same book.
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« Reply #235 on: November 24, 2016, 11:15:04 pm »
Another break from the novels, with an old comic book.

Anon., Action Stations!, published as Commando Comics Nº. 1811, 1972

United Kingdom

HMS Nimbus
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Illustration clearly makes the ship out to be of the Flower Class.

HMS Starfire
'Corvette' (Flower Class?)
Note: Name only mentioned, illustration not clear enough to determine class.

Germany

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Unnamed
U-Boat supply ship
4 inch guns.
No other details.

Plot summary: A sub-lieutenant, newly attached to a corvette finds himself becoming the scapegoat for the less-than-courageous actions of the 1st lieutenant. When opportunity comes in the form of an abandoned oil tanker, will he be able to handle the task.

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 1972, implying what I have is a later reprint.

I have also located a copy of the 1959 hardback printing of 'A Twist of Sand' by Geoffrey Jenkins and have attached it to the entry for that novel, I am not sure just what type of submarine is depicted on that cover, so if anyone has any idea, feel free to answer below.


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« Reply #236 on: November 25, 2016, 03:42:45 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Valiant Mission, 1968

United Kingdom

HMS Teredo
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Typhoon
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Adamant
Submarine Depot ship
No other details provided.

Japan

Unnamed
Various cruisers and destroyers

Plot summary: A British submarine based out of Fremantle, Western Australia is sent on a dangerous mission to deliver a frogman team to the outskirts of Kure Naval Base.

Note: The author does not specify if any of the named ships are Australian or British, I have assumed British for the simple reason that during WWII Australia did not have a submarine service (Apart from one Dutch submarine 'borrowed' following the fall of the Dutch East Indies.), all submarines operating out of Australia were either British or American.

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« Reply #237 on: November 25, 2016, 07:46:33 am »
I had a whole stash of Commando comics when I was young, but alas all went long ago.

Fishing around I've found the following from a few recent releases.

Commando Comics

Operation Leviathan, No. 4393, 2011
France
Leviathan – cruiser submarine, 2x 8in guns, other details as Surcouf?

They Came by Night, No. 4407/ 2563/ 6, republished 2011
 RAF Rescue Launch K20

Kondor Killer, No. 4426, 2011
Germany
U-112 - submarine

High Speed Rescue, No.4519, 2012
 RAF Rescue Launch 127

The Invisible Warrior, No. 4690, 2014
Great Britain
HMS Bluefin – submarine, cover depicts a T Class submarine

Danger on Board, No. 4690, 2014
Great Britain
HMS Apollo – destroyer, 3x2 4.7in guns

Battle Carrier, No. 4761, 2014
Japan
Yamato-based hybrid carrier, 3x3 18.1in guns (A, B and Y turrets), ?x secondary and AA guns
The cover shows a ship with a badly squashed forward superstructure and funnel with a carrier aft-end and poor detailing overall but several secondary and AA mounts indicated in boxy mounts.

Aegean Attack, No. 4853, 2015
Great Britain
Kestrel – Fairmile B Class MGB, 1943

Suicide Run, No. 4840, 2015
Unnamed high-speed launches with HE warhead in bows, British

Duel to the Death, No. 4916, 2016
Germany
U-37 –submarine

Scrapper’s War, No. 4923, 2016
Great Britain
S.S. Scrapper – armed steamer, 1x 12pdr, 2x Vickers MGs, circa 1915-16

Germany
Draken [?] – torpedo boat, 2x bow TT, 3x 57mm guns (beam and one aft), circa 1915-16

Undefeated, No. 4945, 2016
HMS Undefeated – U Class Submarine

Stringbag Ace, No. 4972, 2016
HMS Adventurer - aircraft carrier
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« Reply #238 on: November 25, 2016, 07:52:11 pm »
I had a whole stash of Commando comics when I was young, but alas all went long ago.

Much the same here, though I think I still have one or two squirreled away somewhere. Anyway on to something I found at the same second-hand bookshop I found the Commando Comic.

Eric J. Collenette, The Talisman Deception, 1992

United Kingdom

HMS Whitstable
V & W Class Destroyer?
4.7 inch guns
Note: Implied in the text to having been given a long range escort conversion. Name however would fit a Town Class destroyer.

Unnamed
Six Flower Class Corvettes

'HMS' Achilles
Modified Oil Tanker
1 x 4 inch gun at stern, plus MGs
Note: Sails under Red Ensign, crew is RN, later flies the White Ensign when going into action. The British Cruiser of the same name was in NZ Service at this point.

'HMS' Hector
Modified Oil Tanker
1 x 4 inch gun at stern, plus MGs
Note: Sails under Red Ensign, crew is RN, later flies the White Ensign when going into action. Name clash with an Armed Merchant Cruiser (HMS Hector (F45)) that was sunk in April 1942 while undergoing re-conversion back to a merchant ship.

Both tankers have been extensively modified, all available free space has been filled with buoyant material (Described as Table-Tennis Balls, Kapok, Cork, etc.). Bows have been heavily reinforced. Steering has been moved from the bridge/forward superstructure (Which has been armored with sandbags) to the emergency steering position in the afterhouse. Oil tanks have been filled with water. The author implies that this was based on an actual wartime proposal by a 'Mr Wentworth' to modify ships to act as 'torpedo sponges' and/or impromptu salvage ships. In the novels climax they sink one of the German commerce raiders by ramming.

Germany

Biteroff
Commerce raider
8 x 5.9 inch guns (four a side)
"...an assortment of other weapons, including torpedos."
Also carries Arado & Heinkel float-planes

Titurel
Commerce raider
8 x 5.9 inch guns (four a side)
"...an assortment of other weapons, including torpedos."
Also carries Arado & Heinkel float-planes.

Note: Book is inconsistent on the armament. Initially states that both ships have 6 5.9 inch guns (Eg. 12 5.9 inch guns total.) and then on the next page states that it will be 16 5.9 inch guns verses the convoys armament.

Italy

Medusa
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is mid 1943 (Anachronistically mention is made of the Bethnal Green Tube disaster (3rd March 1943) in the past tense, at the time this event was kept hushed up by wartime censorship.). Convoy GZ-22, a collection of old freighters ready for the scrapheap is making it's way across the Atlantic, the cargoes are nothing of vital importance, so why are the Germans suddenly throwing everything they can scrape together at it.

Notes: Not as bad as I feared from an author I'd never heard of and a very minor publisher (Inner Circle Books), there are definitely some issues with proofreading/plotting, but nothing like the mess created by authors like John Watson and R. H. Andrews. The cover which appears to depict the convoy setting out is by Colin Sullivan.
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« Reply #239 on: November 29, 2016, 03:02:11 am »
Brian Callison, Trapp's War, 1974

United Kingdom

HMS Charon
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
1 x 4.7 inch gun
1x 40 mm Bofors Gun
4 x Vickers HMGs
Built c.1890s
Length: 250ft
Steam powered
8 knots

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Italy

Unnamed
VAS Boat (Small anti-submarine escort craft.)
Details as per the real ships

Germany

U-149
U-boat, class not specified.
The real U-149 was a Type IID U-Boat that spent the entire war in the Baltic.

S-248
S-Boat
Details as per real ships
Note: I have not been able to locate a comprehensive list of S-Boats so I cannot confirm if the number is one actually used or not

Plot summary: The year is 1942. For Captain Edward Trapp, Arthur Daley of the sea, WWII has been a great opportunity to come up with all kinds of 'nice little earners', but his latest scam backfired. He's back in the Royal Navy thanks to some paperwork he forgot to sign back in 1918 and while they will not give him his back pay, they have fixed up his ship and given him a license to pirate, all he has to do is survive being shot at by both sides...

Note: This was the first in what I suspect was an unplanned series featuring Trapp and his 'minder' Gorbals Willie. The cover is by Paul Wright and depicts the HMS Charon shooting up a dhow (The dhow is on the back cover.). The image appears to be an accurate representation of the ship, but omits some of the armament.

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« Reply #240 on: November 29, 2016, 06:21:19 pm »
Nelson Blish, The Taking Of The King, 2006

United States

USS Martin Luther King (SSGN-) or (SSN-)
Centurian Class Submarine (Fictional Class)
48 Cruise missiles (Type not specified, but dialog implies they are vertically launched Harpoons (tactical) rather than Tomahawks (strategic).)
Unspecified number of torpedo tubes
Length: 380ft (115.8m)
Crew 102 (Note: Like a Ballistic missile submarine members of this class use the Blue/Gold crew rotation system.)
Unspecified (surface)/50(+) knots (submerged)
Submarine is highly automated, capable of maintaining a fixed depth/course without crew intervention.
Stated to be at least as quiet as an Ohio Class Submarine.
Note: Seawolf Class is mentioned separately. May be a lengthened derivative of that class with other modifications. One of which is a boundary layer control system (A form of supercavitation) to enable the high underwater speed.

Russia

Rostov
Nuclear Submarine, class not specified
Only information provided is that it is "...large..."

Plot summary: Even with the fall of the Soviet Union, the old games still go on. In this case the Russians try to steal the United States latest submarine.
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« Reply #241 on: November 30, 2016, 03:59:09 am »
Benjamin E. Miller, Silent Assault, 2005

United States

USS Vermont (SSBN-781)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Has had an active sonar system (type not specified) retrofitted in addition to the classes standard outfit of passive sonars.
Note: Pennant number clashes with the Virginia class submarine USS California (SSN-781) launched in 2010 after having being contracted to build in 2003.

China

Shanxi
Type 093 Class Submarine (Nuclear)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Have not located a source with naming details if any. Submarine is stated to be one of four launched by the date of the story, which is assumed to be 2005 or shortly thereafter.

Guizhou
Kilo Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Actual Chinese Kilos use names of the format 'Yuan Zheng ?? Hao' where the '??' is a two digit number.

Unnamed
The following submarines in addition to the ones named: 1 x Type 093, 2 x Kilo & 1 x Type 091

Indonesia

Unnamed
Two Frigates.
No other details provided.

And one non-military unit.

United Kingdom

Merganser
'Research Submarine'
No other details provided.
Note: I don't think the name of the submarine which plays a key role in the plot being almost the same as one of the warships in the original version of 'Moonraker' is a co-incidence.

Plot summary: As relations with Iran hit an all time low, a mysterious illness breaks out aboard an American Ohio Class Submarine, are the two events related...?
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« Reply #242 on: December 01, 2016, 12:04:20 am »
Another obscure technothriller...

Dan Shelton, Assault on the Venture, 1996

United States

USS Venture (CVN-??)
Third Enterprise Class Carrier (See note)
Details as per the real ship.
Note: Actually like JAGs USS Seahawk (CVN-65) this is a straight substitution for the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). If you count Seahawk & Enterprise as separate ships then this is the third. The author never mentions the ships pennant number.

All other ships in the novel are unnamed.

Plot summary: In the aftermath of Desert Storm the United States prepares to send three nuclear powered warships around the world, at the same time evidence surfaces of a terrorist plot aimed at one of the three ships, can the National Security Councils Crisis Interevention Team (CIT) figure out the plot in time to foil the culprits...

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« Reply #243 on: December 02, 2016, 12:18:47 am »
A return to a bleak place...

David Mace, Fire Lance, 1986

United States

USS Vindicator (NMSS-3)
Nemesis Class Battleship
56,000 tons
Length: 280m (918.6ft)
Beam: 35m (114.8ft)
Draft: 10m (32.8ft)
Twin reactor powerplant
Four shafts, inner shafts are in tunnels to reduce sonar signature when running on two shafts.
Three rudders
35 knots
Flightdeck aft on the superstructure (Hangar beneath the flightdeck reached by twin elevators)
Air compliment is 10 F-28 Skycat VTOL Fighters, 12 Wolfmarine ASW helicopters.
Theater range radar is extended by drones called Skyhook.
Crew: 414

Armament
2 x Mk56 155mm (6.1 inch) gun (Automated), 1 forward, 1 aft
4 x 20mm Skyfire CIWS (Gatling guns)
Arrowflash point defence missiles. 
Seastrike Missles (Area defence Air/Surface) (4 tube VLS, box mounted external to hull fore and aft)
Rayflex-2 Missles (Anti-ballistic weapons) (VLS, box mounted external to hull)
Fire Lance Cruise Missiles (2x Magazine fed tube launchers, four tubes per launcher, 400 cruise missiles in total. Described as a successor to Tomahawk, has multiple warhead options.)
Mk 72 ASW torpedoes (Launchers have four tubes)
Non-strategic Weapons can be controlled automatically by a system called the Surface and Air Defence Integrated System (SADIS).
Note: Ship is described as a strategic nuclear misslie armed battleship. The real world pennant number would most likely have been BBGN-03 or BCGN-03. The superstructure itself is described as being streamlined to protect against nuclear explosions. All antennas can be lowered inside the hull for protection.

USS Protector (NMSS-?)
Nemesis Class Battleship
Details as above.
Sunk prior to start of the novel.

USS Consolidator (NMSS-?)
Nemesis Class Battleship
Details as above.
Sunk prior to start of novel.

USS Defender (NMSS-4)
Nemesis Class Battleship
Details as above.
Destroyed incomplete on the slips.

USS Peacemaker (NMSS-5)
Nemesis Class Battleship
Details as above.
Destroyed incomplete on the slips.

Russia

Unnamed
Chenin Class Destroyer (Fictional)
Double box superstructure.
Gun armament of unspecified caliber forward.
Gatling type CIWS of unspecified caliber.
VLS launcher forward
Missile Armament: (Unspecified number) SA-N-60 (Area Defence Air/Surface),  (16) SS-N-100 'Skimmer Pole' Cruise missiles, 450km range
Has the capability to carry 2 Yak-236 'Fanner' VTOL Fighters, but normally carries 2 helicopters of an unspecified type
'Hanging Basket' AEW Radar, mounted on a 'Fat Fly' RPV helicopter (Alternate carrier is an undetailed RPV designated 'Red Balloon'.)
'Bugeye Pair' Air surveillance radar (Range: 55km)
Crew: 200(+)
No other details provided

Unnamed
Various submarines

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow'. World War III has reached it's final stages, the only objective for the remaining forces on both sides, as the rest of the world struggles to prepare for an oncoming Nuclear Ice Age, is to make sure the enemy dies before they do...

Note: This novel is not set in the same 'universe' as the authors earlier novel DEMON-4. The cover of the novel is by Chris Foss rather than Tony Roberts, unlike the cover for the earlier novel what is depicted on it has little (or no) resemblance to what the author describes in the book. The author does not specify just how far into the future from 1986 the story is set, but it is clearly far enough into the future for Sea King & Chinook Helicopters to be considered museum pieces.

Later:I have located a copy of the cover, without the titling information online. Research I've made shows that this was the only cover used for the novel, both in the UK and the US which is unusual in my experience.

Fire Lance: Front Cover
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« Reply #244 on: December 05, 2016, 03:34:03 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Operation Jackal, 1969

Australia

HMAS Jackal
Battle Class Destroyer (1943)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name may commemorate sunken HMS Jackal. See the entries in this thread for the novels 'Breaking Point', 'A Council of Captains','The Shadow' & 'Approved to Scrap' for further notes & comments on this fictional ship.

United States

Unnamed
Several PT-Boats

Unnamed
Buckley Class Escort

Japan

I-64
Submarine, class not specified.
Note: There was a real Kaidai IV Class submarine designated I-64, but it was renumbered I-164 in 1942.

Simakaze
Simakaze Class Destroyer (Fictional)
6 x 5 inch guns. (A, B & X twin turrets)
15 x 24 inch TT.
34 knots
Fitted with radar.
Almost the same dimensions as a Battle Class Destroyer.
No other details provided

Akigumo
Simakaze Class Destroyer (Fictional)
6 x 5 inch guns. (A, B & X twin turrets)
15 x 24 inch TT.
34 knots
Fitted with radar.
Almost the same dimensions as a Battle Class Destroyer.
No other details provided

Note: The stats provided are identical to those of the 'one off' Japanese destroyer Shimakaze in regards to the armament, it is possible that these are the same hull form/general appearance but without the experimental power-plant.

Kaigun
Submarine, class not specified.
8 x 21 inch? TT
1 x 4.7 inch gun
20 knots (surfaced)/10 knots (submerged)
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is some time in 1945, the Japanese High Command, has noted one ship and one captain seem to be involved in a high proportion of their defeats at the small unit level, perhaps a special task force is in order...
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« Reply #245 on: December 06, 2016, 05:55:42 am »
Another 'Self-published on Amazon' thriller...

Herzel Frankel, The Chase, 2014

Russia

Slavianka
Whiskey Class Submarine
Details as per the Project 640 Whiskey Canvas Bag subtype.
Fitted out for ELINT.

Israel

INS Ashdod
'Missile boat'
No details are provided about the armament, however the limited description provided suggests that she may be a Sa'ar 4.5 class FAC.

Plot summary: An expatriate Israeli yachtsman's sail around the Aegean turns into a mess of intrigue after his boat hits something at sea.

Note: Dating this one is hard, there is little dating information to go on, but at a rough estimate the story takes place somewhere between 1980-89.
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« Reply #246 on: December 06, 2016, 05:27:20 pm »
Whoever did that Fire Lance cover has some sexual adequacy problems.

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« Reply #247 on: December 06, 2016, 09:45:27 pm »
F. Robert Baker, Warhead, 2011

United States

USS Montana (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Tacoma (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination based on name only. Author only refers to this ship as an 'attack submarine'. Name clashes with USS Tacoma (PGM-95) an Asheville Class Gunboat that was transferred to Columbia in 1995 (Eg. After the fictional date of the novel.).

USS Cyrus A. Woods (AS-??)
Submarine Tender, class not specified.
No other details provided.

USS Clifford C. Howel (AS-??)
Submarine Tender, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: The ship name above appears only in a chapter heading, all the text in the chapter refers to the ship as being the Cyrus A. Woods.

USS Hawaii (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser?
Details as per the real ships
Has received the ABM upgrade.
Note: Author simply describes this ship as an 'Aegis Cruiser'.

USS Potter (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply describes this ship as an 'Aegis Destroyer'.

USS Gates (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply describes this ship as an 'Aegis Destroyer'.

USS Veracruz (LHD-?)
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment based on Marine Compliment and the year the novel is set.

USS Rodgers T. Humphrey (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft carrier, class not specified.
Carries F/A-18s
No other details provided.
Note: At the only point were the carriers name is given in full there appears to be a misprint in the text, the name is given in the form "...Rodgerst Humphrey..." I have employed editorial discretion in this case. Author simply describes the ship as a 'strike carrier'.

United Kingdom

HMS Reward
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Norham
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

Russia

Riga
Kuznetsov Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per class.
Note: Real ship, the first Kuznetzov Class was named Riga while under construction and before finally being named the Admiral Kuznetsov, was also called the Leonid Brezhnev & the Tiblisi. Is described in the novel as being the Russians only aircraft carrier.

Admiral Arbatov
Kresta II Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author refers to this ship as being both a Kresta Class and a Kresta II Class, given when the novel is set (1992) I have assumed it to be the latter.

Rossiya
Kashin Class Destroyer
No other details provided

Unnamed
Two Kashin Class Destroyers

Plot summary: The year is 1992, terrorists associated with Osama Bin Laden have grabbed an American airliner, flown it to a Russian controlled airport in Eritrea and made the usual '...do what we want or we will kill the hostages...' demands. Some of the passengers are dependents of the crew of a ballistic missile submarine who decide to apply their own pressure to the situation...

Note: At the start of the book there is a note that the book is the 'Second, revised edition', however it is very sloppily edited. The plot itself has some very unpleasant elements, most notably the whole idea of a ballistic missile submarine crew deciding to mutiny to force the hand of their government and not get punished for it. Finally I get the feeling that the book may have been written much earlier than the publication date (e.g. Before 2001) and then been updated to reflect current terrorism fears.
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« Reply #248 on: December 07, 2016, 03:15:26 am »
Noel B. Gerson, Warhead, 1970

United States

USS Hawk (SSN-2207)
Hawk Class Submarine (Fictitious)
16 x Poseidon
Other armament simply described as 'torpedoes', exact number/size of tubes not mentioned, probably four 21 inch tubes.
136 Crew
9,600 tons
Length: 960ft (292.6m)

USS Falcon (SSN-2208)
Hawk Class Submarine (Fictitious)
Details as above

Unnamed
Four additional members of the Hawk Class to be built after the novels conclusion.

Note: This fictitious class is intended to combine the functions of the SSBN and SSN into a single submarine.  Pennant numbers in the novel are in the format SS(N)-XXXX.

Plot summary: The first member of a revolutionary new class of submarine has gone missing, can her successor find the cause...

Note: The probable fictional dating for this story would be between 1972 (When Poseidon entered service) - and 1979 (When the Trident I entered service.) .
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« Reply #249 on: December 13, 2016, 06:43:46 am »
Craig DiLouie, Battle Stations, 2016

United States

USS Sandtiger (SS-???)
Gato Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Redhorse (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Warmouth (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Dartfish (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

Japan

Roiyaru Maru
3rd Terukuni Maru Class Ocean Liner
Converted into a military transport
Armed, but no specific details are given.
Otherwise details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Various warships and supply vessels

Plot summary: Following his successful cruise in command of the USS Sabertooth the series hero finds himself re-assigned to act as executive officer on another submarine, part of a group sent to hit Japanese targets in the Sea of Japan as part of Operation Payback.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #250 on: December 18, 2016, 06:37:15 am »
This entry is made with thanks to Rhinocrates for reminding me of this book shortly after the thread was started.

Marc Hammond, Fathom, 1978

France

Green Dolphin/la Delfine Verte
UUV
Radio-Thermal Generator (RTG). Referred to in the novel as an "...Isotope Decay Engine...".
The propulsion system is entirely closed within the body of the vessel and comprises a 30cm (11.8in) diameter tube at the front end of which is a self cleaning grill. Inside the tube is a propeller made of carbon fiber, however the author also mentions 'turbine blades' without clarifying their relationship to the propeller. Top speed is not mentioned in the novel. The fastest speed mentioned is 10 knots.
Maximum depth it can be submerged to is not mentioned in the novel.
Control is via three fins, whose specific location is not mentioned, but presumably are aft of the center line.
Automated, can follow a pre-programmed heading/depth or home in on heat,light or sonic targets.
Length: 9m (29.5ft)
Diameter: 2m (6.6ft)
Entirely covered with a rubber or rubberized sound absorbing coating, which has a feel described by one character in the novel as being "...like dipping his hands into raw meat."
Capable of carrying one person for an extended period of time, life support system extracts oxygen from seawater. Access to the crew compartment is via a 5ft (1.5m) long by 3ft (0.9m) wide hatch located towards the tail end of the vessel.
Undetectable by sonar. For testing a retractable sonar reflective sheet is fitted.
The vehicle is unarmed. In the course of the novel a nuclear device of unspecified yield is attached to the vessel inside the sonar reflective coating.

United States

USS Cambridge (AS-??)
Salvage & Repair ship, class not specified.
2 x 100 ton cranes.
Full diving facilities
Extensive workshop facilities.
Equipped with sonar.
Armament not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A network of Palestinian long-term sleeper agents steal an experimental French mini-sub and a British nuclear device and make a simple demand, "All Jews out of the territory falsely called Israel, or else..."

Note: While no specific year is mentioned various details (A reference to the film Jaws (1976) to the fact that the USS Albany (CG-10) is Sixth Fleet Flagship.) suggest a time-frame between 1977 - 1980, with the most likely time-frame being 1979-80.
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« Reply #251 on: December 20, 2016, 05:36:03 am »
Back to WWII and some unfinished business...

Philip McCutchan, Storm of War (Originally): Cameron In The Gap, 1992

United Kingdom

HMS Burnside
Destroyer, class not specified.
Only armament details provided that the aft mount is twin 4.7inch guns. This presumably holds true for the forward mounts.
No other details provided.