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« 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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« 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.

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« Reply #366 on: September 30, 2017, 12:25:00 am »
Jeff Rovin, Tempest Down, 2004

United States (WWII)

USS Bundy (DD-??)
Benham(?)/Sims(?) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships (Both classes were under construction/comissioning in 1939, the author gives no details to determine which class the ship was.)
Stated to be a year old in "...the fall of 1940...", so launched or comissioned in or around September 1939
Note: Transferred to UK in 1940 as HMS Meadowood, transferred to Soviet Union in 1944 as the Cherkassov, returned to the US in 1956. The actual 1940 Lend-Lease transfer involved 50 WWI era destroyers, not recently produced warships.

United States ('Present Day')

Tempest D
Supercavitation prototype
Length: 120.2 ft (36.64 m)
Three internal compartments (Control Room/Engine Room & Escape Tower/Supercavitation Drive) linked by a single six ft (1.83m) high corridor.
Crew: 6
Battery Powered
Has a standard electric propeller drive in addition to the supercavitation system.
Fitted with an unspecified sonar system (Spherical emitter in bow)

MV Abby
Oceanographic Research Ship/Covert Submarine Support Ship
Registered to Smithsonian Institute
Actually owned/operated by the US Navy
Support/Instrumentation vessel for the Tempest Program.

China (Peoples Republic)

Destiny
Song Class SSN (fictional)
Crew: 68
Speed: (Submerged) 15 knots (Cruise)/22 knots (Max)
Note: Actual Song Class were SSKs built in the late 1990s/early 2000s

United Kingdom

HMS Bristol
Bristol Class Guided Missile Destroyer (Type 82?)
Range: 5700 miles (9173 km)
Speed:28 knots
No other details provided
Note: The only two specific pieces of information given (Ships range/speed) match those of the sole Type 82 Class Destroyer which was converted into a static training ship in 1991.

Plot summary: A Chinese attempt to spy on a US test of an experimental propulsion system in Antarctic has ended with the Chinese submarine colliding with the American support ship during the critical opening stages of the test, now with the support vessel sunk and both submarines on the bottom unable to surface, the race is on to rescue the survivors and ensure the Chinese do not realize just what it was they were watching.

Note: This is apparently the first in a series of novels featuring the fictitious US Land Air Sea Emergency Rescue (LASER) team, a US Joint Forces rescue group trained to deal with the jobs no one else can do. I'm not all that impressed with the authors level of research.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #367 on: October 03, 2017, 11:39:22 pm »
Another seminal work, the first technothriller...

Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands, 1903

Germany

SMS Blitz
'Torpedo-Gunboat'
Length: 140ft (42.7m)
Beam: 25ft (7.6m)
Draft: 9ft 10in (approx 3m)
Armament: 1x 4.9in, 1x 3.4in, 4x Maxim Guns (Torpedo armament not mentioned.)
Carries a "...steam cutter...".
Single funnel
Described as "...an ugly, cranky vessel, painted grey...low freeboard forward..."
Note: Novel states that the ships details can be found in 'Brassey's', presumably the ships guide, I've not been able to find an early enough copy to confirm if the author based this ship off an actual or rumored German class.

Plot summary: An impromptu yachting holiday turns into amateur spying mission.
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« Reply #368 on: October 04, 2017, 05:55:08 am »
Some more 'Self-published on Amazon' fiction.

Rayford E. Hammond, The Gray Lady, 2010

United States

USS Prospect (FFG-1???)
Knox Class Frigate (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: The author, repeatedly refers to the ship as a 'destroyer' but gives gives no armament details or ship dimensions, however it is stated that the compliment is around 250 and the ship carries at least one helicopter of an unspecified type (Call-sign 'Seahawk'). The cover picture includes a stock photograph of a Knox Class Frigate. The crew size also suggests that the ship may in fact be a Knox Class Frigate rather than a Spruance Class Destroyer (257 crew vs 334 crew), so I am happy with this tentative class identification.

Plot summary: While dealing with personal tragedy, and an assignment to a ship commanded by an officer dealing with his own demons, a US Navy officer finds himself beginning a relationship with someone he met when his ship called at Hawaii.

Note: The novels opening chapters feature a modified version of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)/USS Belknap (CG-26) collision. Unlike the actual event (Which served as the basis for a similar collision in David Poyers, The Circle.) this results in minor damage to both ships. No specific dates are given but various references in the story suggest a early '80s to early '90s time frame.
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« Reply #369 on: October 05, 2017, 08:01:36 am »
Note: Novel states that the ships details can be found in 'Brassey's', presumably the ships guide, I've not been able to find an early enough copy to confirm if the author based this ship off an actual or rumored German class.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Blitz

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« Reply #370 on: October 06, 2017, 01:29:17 am »
The real SMS Blitz may well have inspired Erskine Childers, but ship he describes is somewhat smaller and with more modest armament.
I couldn't find anything in the real German navy that exactly matched Childers description.

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« Reply #371 on: October 07, 2017, 12:19:44 am »
This is another of the books I had posted to the old Warship Projects 3.0 thread on fictional warships.

James Follett, Ice, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Ark Royal
Audacious Class Carrier(?) or Invincible Class Carrier (?)
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: The Audacious Class Carrier was in service when the novel was written. The Invincible Class Carrier was not launched until 1981 and did not enter service until 1985. The author simply mentions the ships name without specifying which ship he was referring to.

HMS Swiftfire
Leander Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the Leander Class in the novel.

HMS Asteria
Submarine, class not specified
31 Crew
Built for the Israeli Navy by Vickers, British government stepped in and confiscated the submarine before it was completed.
Dispatched on an experimental 1000 day patrol, it is implied, but not explicitly stated that this is a submerged patrol. Actually the submarine has proceeded to a secret depot in the South Atlantic, the supposedly lengthy patrol is part of a disinformation plan aimed at the Soviet navy.
No other details provided.

HMS Snow Tiger
Frigate, class not specified (Possibly a Leander Class Frigate.)
Carries a Westland Wasp Helicopter
No other details provided.

United States

USS Guam (LPH-9)
Iwo Jima Class Amphibious Assault Ship
Real ship, details as in service

USS Saratoga (CV-60)
Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service

USS Johnson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Detail as per the real ships
Note: Author uses obsolete term CVB to refer to the ship at one point in the novel, however the few details he does give confirm this is a Nimitz.

USS Virgil Grissom (SSBN-???)
Ballistic Missile Submarine
Armed with an unspecified number of Trident missiles and probably four bow tubes if standard practice followed.
No other details provided.

USS Eureka
Oceanographic Survey Ship
Icebreaker bow fitted.
Helipad fitted
Fitted with towed array sonar

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

South Africa

SAS Springbok
Helicopter Cruiser (Invincible Class Carrier?)
Details as per the real ships?

Russia

Podorny
Delta II Class Submarine (Prototype)
Details as per the real ships?

Unnamed
Kiev Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.

Non-Military but interesting.

NS Orion
Cruise Liner
700(+) Passengers and crew
4 x Nuclear reactors, each driving a single turbine (Four propellors?)
Speed: 42 knots (Max)

Plot summary: A series of mysterious disasters bring the superpowers to the brink of war.

Note: The author does not provide any specific dating information, but the story cannot be set any later than the mid-80s. The novel was revised and republished in 1998 under the title 'Second Atlantis', I've not been able to find a copy of that version yet, so I have no idea exactly what differences there are between the two versions. [Spoiler] The HMS Asteria is the novels 'running joke', her disappearance starts off the plot, an RN officer ends up impersonating all of the crew until a convenient moment can be found to announce her loss and then she re-appears in the finale, as to where she was, well... read the book.

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« Reply #372 on: October 09, 2017, 01:36:10 am »
Larry Bond & Jim DeFelice, Blood of War (Red Dragon Rising: 4), 2012

United States

USS McCampbell (DDG-85)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

USS McLane (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name is only mentioned in the blurb on the inside cover, the ship does not in fact appear in the novel.

China (Peoples Republic)

Wen Jiabao (Ex-Moskva, Ex-Slava)
Slava Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: In real life this ship has been retained in Russian service and is currently the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, in the novel it has been sold to China and refurbished.

Wu Bei
Slava Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Dialog in the novel reveals that this is in fact the ship named above, the authors used two different names for it and didn't check for consistency before going to print.

Unnamed
Type 54A Class Frigate
Details as per the real ship.

Republic of Vietnam

HQ-372
Tarantul Class Corvette
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: The year is 2014. A war between China and Vietnam threatens to explode into a much wider conflict.

Note: This novel and the series of which it is the fourth book, has been subject to some really sloppy editing.  You have one ship being referred to by different names (Wen Jiabao & Wu Bei) in different chapters when the plot and dialog make it clear that it is the same ship, and you have a ship named in the blub (USS McLane) that does not appear in the plot. The novel finishes with an authors afterward in which they apologize for having the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer change names from one book to the next in the series.
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« Reply #373 on: October 09, 2017, 05:03:48 pm »
Ewart Brookes, Proud Waters, 1954

United Kingdom

HMS Culver
Destroyer, class not specified
Launched 1922
No other details provided.

HMS Vindex
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name shared with a Nairana Class Escort Carrier launched in 1943 (The novel is mostly set in 1940).

Note: All of the minesweeping trawlers below have an official armament consisting of 1 x 12 pdr (Bow) and a 3 x .303 inch MGs (Lewis or Hotchkiss), the mgs are augmented by various guns scrounged up by the crew. Later upgraded to an official armament  of 1 x 12 pdr (Bow), 1 x .303 inch MG, 1 x (Either twin .5 inch MG or a 20mm Cannon).

HMT Arandite
Minesweeping Trawler
Weight: 400 tons
Engines: Triple Expansion steam
Speed: 11 and a half knots (Max)

HMT Pearl
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Almarina
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Red Wing
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Morning Glory
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Jacinth
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Ivy
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Sheila
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Honeybell
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Dog Rose
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Solan
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Golfitt
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Yoshmite
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Amalekite
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Lilla
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Tokay
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Moss Rose
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Penquin
Minesweeping Trawler

HMD Harvester
Minesweeping Drifter

Germany

Unnamed
Various S-Boats

Plot summary: The novel covers the experience of an officer who transfers from a Destroyer to the minesweepers just after Dunkirk over the entire span of the war.

Note: Most of the novel (Which is apparently based loosely on the authors own wartime experiences.) is set in 1940, the rest of the war is presented as a series of single chapter incidents.
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« Reply #374 on: October 14, 2017, 02:23:04 am »
Another of the books whose details were originally posted to the old Warship Projects 3.0 thread on fictional warships.

Dean Koontz, Icebound (Originally): Prison of Ice, 1995

Russia

Ilya Podogin
Submarine, class not specified
Nuclear Powered (Turbines produce 40,000 horsepower)
Crew: 80 (Plus accommodation for 9 Spetsnaz troops)
Length: 360ft (109.7m)
Beam: 42ft (12.8m)
Draft:  32ft 6 inches (9.9m)
Displacement 8000(+) tons (submerged)/6500 tons (surfaced)
Maxium diving depth: 1000ft (300m)
6x 533mm TT (Some torpedoes can be nuclear armed, present armament is 12 non-nuclear electric torpedoes. Only tubes 1, 4 & 5 (all bow) are mentioned in dialog.)
Speed: 31kts (submerged)/26kts (surfaced)
Fitted out for ELINT
Equipment mounted in the conning tower includes a laser communication system, a collapsible satellite dish, floodlight, radar in addition to the attack and navigation perisopes.
Also carries 3 inflatable boats and climbing gear (including a line-throwing mortar.) for use by members of the special forces (Spetsnaz).

RV Petr Vavilov
Vostok Class Research Ship (Fictional?)
Details as per the real ships?
Note: Not sure if this is a real class of ships or not.

Plot summary: A UN research team looking into the possibility of carving off a portion of north polar ice cap so that it can be towed south to water poor regions of Africa find themselves trapped when the ice shelf they have planted explosives in breaks away from the main pack. With only a limited period of time before the explosives detonate, the only chance of survival is rescue by sea, but a howling gale and evidence that someone on the expedition is not who they claim to be complicate matters.

Note: The novel was first published in 1977 as 'Prison of Ice' under the pseudonym of David Axton.  In the authors own words this was an attempt to write an Alistair MacLean style story, with an action focus rather than the type of horror he is more well known for. I have no idea as to just what changes exist between the two versions of the novel. The cover for the 1995 reprint was by science fiction artist Chris Moore.
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