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Offline Graham1973

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #360 on: August 23, 2017, 10:07:43 pm »
Continuing with the comic books...

Anon., Battle of the Antarctic, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4077, 2008

Great Britain

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

South Africa

HMSAS Kimberley
Cruiser, class not specified
Armament (Main battery): 8 inch guns in twin turrets
Other armament not specified
Note: Specifically stated to be a South African warship. Described in the story as having been '...newly built...' in South Africa. The illustrations of the ship are too vague to assign the ship to a specific class of cruiser.

Germany

Prinz Ludwig
Deutschland Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Commissioned just prior to the start of the Norwegian Campaign (April - June 1940), so probably launched in late 1939 based on the commissioning times for the actual ships. Stated in the opening of the comic to have been part of 'Weserübung Gruppe 5', the German naval force that attacked Oslo at the start of the invasion of Norway.

Unnamed
Armed Merchantmen (Supply Ship)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The story starts in early 1940 and at a guess runs to the end of that year. A German panzerschiffe slips through the British survelliance network and starts to cause havoc in the far reaches of the South Atlantic ocean.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #361 on: August 25, 2017, 11:32:36 pm »
Some more period pulp fiction...

T. S. Stribling, The Cruise of the Dry Dock, 1917

United Kingdom

HMS Panther
Tiger Class Battle Cruiser(?)
No other details provided
Note: Class assignment based only on name. Name clashes with a B Class (WWI) Destroyer launched in 1897 and scrapped in 1920. Author refers to the ship as a 'cruiser', but the illustration shows something that looks more like a battleship or battle cruiser. See also the comment for the German ships.

Unnamed
4 'Cruisers' (Battle Cruisers?) of unspecified class

Germany

Unnamed
4 Battle Cruisers of unspecified class
Note: Author also refers to these ships as 'Cruisers' and 'Battleships'.

Unnamed
1 U-boat of unspecified class.

Plot summary: It is mid-1914, the passage crew of a dry dock being towed to America stumble across a secret German naval supply depot concealed deep inside the Sargasso Sea.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #362 on: August 27, 2017, 07:57:35 am »
Pulp fiction dating from 100 years after the last book I covered...

Clive Cussler & Graham Brown, Nighthawk, 2017

Russia

Varyag
Slava Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

Arkhangelsk (TK-17)
Typhoon Class Submarine (Modified)
Real ship, details for propulsion/torpedo weapons unchanged. In the novel , the missile compartment has been replaced with a hold/salvage claw arrangement so that the submarine can be used for covert intelligence salvage operations.
Note: The submarine is unnamed in the novel itself, the pennant number (Which is that of the Typhoon Class Submarine Arkhangelsk.) is only given in the 'Cast of Characters' section at the start of the novel.

Unnamed
Various Warships and support vessels

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Various warships, support vessels AGIs.

And for the Aircraft mavens.

Russia

2x TU-160 'Blackjack' bombers
Both aircraft have been extensively modified (Scramjet engines (In addition to those already fitted), titanium leading edges, etc) so that they can fly at hypersonic speeds.

China (Peoples Republic)

HL-190
Supersonic cruise transport aircraft
Stated to be a transport for high-ranking officials.

Plot summary: It is the day after tomorrow (The novel is set in the 'Present Day'.), someone has diverted a returning automated spaceplane, the race is on to find the spacecraft and it's cargo before disaster strikes.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #363 on: August 30, 2017, 05:29:08 am »
Two older but influential books to add to this listing.

Brown on Resolution, by C. S. Forester, 1929

Great Britain
HMS Charybdis: 3rd class cruiser, armed with 4.7in QF guns, stated to be 30 years old in 1914 (therefore completed circa 1884). There was a real HMS Charybdis, an Astraea Class protected cruiser commissioned in 1896
HMS Leopard: battlecruiser, 20,000 tons, 8x2 12in guns, 24kts. Probably inspired by both the Invincible and Indefatigable classes but slightly slower, all eight guns could fire on the beam so probably closer to Indefatigable in layout.
HMS Penzance: light cruiser, maximum speed 27kts, stated to be quite new. Probably inspired by the Town Class light cruisers of the era.

Germany
SMS Ziethen: armoured cruiser, 500ft (152m) long, 10x1 150mm guns, belt and deck armour, three funnels, stated to be older than the armoured cruisers Scharnhorst & Gneisenau. Ziethen's stats do not match any real protected or armoured cruiser class in the German Navy, compared to the protected cruisers Ziethen is larger but weaker in armament. No armoured cruiser carried a uniform 150mm battery without heavier guns.

Plot: Leading Seaman Albert Brown survives the sinking of HMS Charybdis and is taken aboard the Ziethen (part of von Spee's fleet) which docks at the Galapagos Islands for repairs. Brown escapes ashore with a rifle and delays the repairs long enough so that Ziethen is hunted down and destroyed by HMS Leopard, ironically Brown never knows the results of his actions.
The book was made into two films, the first in 1935 where HMS Charybdis is altered to HMS Rutland and the Ceres Class cruiser HMS Curacoa portrayed the Ziethen. The second film, Single Handed aka  Sailor of the King was made in 1953 moving the plot to WW2, Ziethen becoming the Essen (portrayed by Abdiel Class minelayer-cruiser HMS Manxman and the British cruisers becoming HMS Stratford, Amesbury and Cambridge (Dido Class HMS Cleopatra portraying both the sunken Amesbury and the victorious Stratford. The Town class HMS Glasgow briefly appears as HMS Cambridge. This later film has two alternate endings, where Brown dies or lives.


The Sand Pebbles, by Richard McKenna, 1962

Great Britain
HMS Woodcock: river gunboat
HMS Cockchafer: real ship, Insect Class gunboat which was involved in was the Wanhsien Incident in August and September 1926 on the Yangtze.
HMS Emerald: real ship, E Class light cruiser involved in Nanjing Incident in 1927.

Japan
Hiro: river gunboat

United States
USS San Pablo: river gunboat, captured from Spain in 1898, armed with 1x 3pdr, 1x 1pdr and 6x MGs, speed 8-10kts.
USS Duarte: large gunboat
USS Paul Jones: type unknown, maximum speed 30kts. The real Paul Jones was a Bainbridge Class destroyer decommissioned in 1919.
USS Pittsburgh: real ship (CA-4), armoured cruiser which saw service off Shanghai in 1927
USS Stewart: real ship (DD-224), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Pope: real ship (DD-225), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Truxtun: real ship (DD-229), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Preston: real ship (DD-327), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Noa: real ship (DD-343), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Pigeon: minesweeper: real ship (AM-47), Lapwing Class, served on Yangtze 1923-28.
USS Isabel: real ship (PY-10), armed patrol yacht, Yangzte Patrol 1921-28
USS Chaumont: transport, real ship AP-5, deployed to Shanghai in 1927

Plot: This is the story of the USS San Pablo ('aka Stone Pebble') on the Yangtze during the Nationalist Northern Expedition of 1925–1927, focusing on the main character, engine mechanic Jake Holman.
This book was also made into a film in 1966, in whichSan Pablo  was portrayed by a replica construction based on the real USS Villalobos, a captured Spanish Navy gunboat.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #364 on: August 30, 2017, 06:00:24 am »
Stephen Coonts, Pirate Alley, 2013

United States

USS United States (CVN-???)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.

USS Chosin Reservoir (LHD-???)
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class is not specified in novel, assumed to be the case as this was the most recent class available at the time the novel came out. Name clashes with the Ticonderoga Class Cruiser USS Chosin (CG-65).

USS Richard Ward (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Several destroyers and cruisers.

France

Toulon
Warship, type not specified

Plot summary: Somali pirates seize a cruise liner, sail it into a port they control and make the usual "Pay us or we kill the hostages" demand. The US Navy finds itself hamstrung by politicians who's understanding of the military and what it can do seems to come from action movies. The pirates find themselves in conflict with Islamic fundamentalists who want to change the planned arrangement to "Pay us and we'll kill the hostages anyway..." All this leads to a tense and confused situation.

The author does not specify the year the story takes place, however he gives the dates between the which the events take place as November 9 - 12 and states that November the 12th is a Tuesday, this happens in 2013, so I am going to assume the story takes place that year.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #365 on: August 30, 2017, 08:22:37 pm »
The Sand Pebbles movie of 1966 is a damn fine one, with Candice Bergen and Steve McQueen in it.  Also features a surprising portrayal by Richard Attenborough of an American sailor.