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« Reply #555 on: December 28, 2018, 12:40:02 am »
With thanks to Hood for his help in identifying one of the submarines.

David Black, The Skipper's Dog's Called Stalin, 2016

France

Durendal
Surcouf Class (Modified)
Armament: 1 x 12 inch gun (Mount based on the one used on British M Class Submarines), other weapons as per Surcouf.
Aircraft: 1 x Besson MB411 (Floatplane, real aircraft, also carried by Surcouf)
Other details as per Surcouf
Described by one character as a "...monstrosity out of the pages of Jules Verne..."

Radegonde
Saphir Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: By 1941, the original French minelaying equipment has been replaced with the British equivalent system. Carries 32 British Mk.XVII mines. The authors details in the novel are closest to this class, so it is most likely what he intended.

Minerve
Minerve Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

United Kingdom

HMS Redoubtable
Revenge (R) Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: See the novel 'Gone To Sea In A Bucket' (2015) for the details on this ship. This novel indicates she survived into 1941.

United States

USS Pruett (DD-???)
Gleaves Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Plot summary: The year is 1941. Thanks to a knowledge of schoolboy French, the series Hero finds himself assigned to the role of liason on a Free French submarine and enters a world both familiar and strange at the same time. One ruled as much by 'les Système D' as regulations.

Note (Spoilers): Note: This is the second novel in an ongoing series. The author knows how to write an entertaining story and it's nice to see him placing his series hero in an unusual situation. Also nice are the notes at the end explaining what part of real history inspired him. And in case anyone is wondering the Captain of the Radegonde does indeed have a small dog which he has named after Joseph Stalin. As he explains, it's very clever but still a dog...
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« Reply #556 on: December 28, 2018, 02:28:52 am »
Kenneth Bulmer (Pen name: Bruno Krauss), Shark Africa, 1980

Germany

U-55
Type VIIB U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant clashes with a Type VIIB U-Boat sunk in January 1940 in the Atlantic. For the fictional history of the submarine, see the entry for the novel 'Shark North' (1978). In this novel which is set in 1941, the submarine is sunk by HMS Unscathed.

U-81
Type VIIC Class U-Boat
Real ship, details as in service.

U-114
U-Boat, class not specified.
Note: Pennant number is one that was assigned to an unbuilt Type XI Class U-Boat

U-331
Type VIIC Class U-Boat
Real ship, details as in service.

United Kingdom

HMT Lucky Lucy
Armed Trawler
Built: 1935
Armament: 1 x 4 inch gun, unspecified number of Lewis Guns, no other armament specified
Length: 120ft
Tonnage (Gross): 450 tons
Speed: 11 knots
No other details provided.

HMS Melpomene
Dido Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Unscathed
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: The year is 1941, the series Hero is ordered into the Mediterranean Sea to assist Rommel in his campaign against the English Eighth Army.

Note (Spoilers): This is the fifth in an eight book series ('Sea Wolf') of novels following the career of a particular U-boat officer through the Second World War. Written by science fiction author Kenneth Bulmer under a pseudonym, this is one of several series of action novels he wrote under various pseudonym's (Adam Hardy ('Fox' A Napoleonic Naval Series & 'Strike Force Falklands' A Falklands War series.), Ken Blake ('The Professionals', TV-Tie ins.), etc.) for the cheaper end of the paperback market in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Likely intended to cash in on the success of Edwyn Gray's U-boat novels published in the mid to late 1970s, this series was probably intended to cover the entirety of World War Two, but the last published novel only carried the series to 1942.

Dating this one is slightly trickier than the previous novel in the series, but based on the references to two real U-Boats sent to the Mediterranean in 1941, this story is probably taking place around October - December of 1941.
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« Reply #557 on: December 29, 2018, 12:47:17 am »
Douglas Reeman, A Prayer For The Ship, 1958

United Kingdom

HMS Leviathan
'Heavy Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Wycliffe
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class determined from name only. Appears in a characters backstory.

HMS Rockrose
'Corvette', class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Royston
Coastal Forces Depot Ship
Converted Edwardian era Passenger/Cargo Ship
No other details provided.

MTB-1815
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-1917
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-1991
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-1993
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-2001
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-2002
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-2007
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-2015
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-3007
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-7784
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-9779
Fairmile D Motor Torpedo Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not specifically name it as this class, but the details he provides fit this class perfectly.

Unnamed
Four MGBs, make not specified
No other details.

Germany

Various Unnamed warships.

Plot summary: For the men of the 113th MTB Flotilla the arrival of a new commander, one determined to apply a 'new broom', brings new challenges and new frustrations.

Note: It is not possible to more precisely date this story than to the middle of WWII due to a lack of specific events.

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« Reply #558 on: December 29, 2018, 02:55:39 am »
Kenneth Bulmer (Pen name: Bruno Krauss), Shark Raid, 1982

Germany

U-452
Type VIIC Class U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant clashes with that of a Type VIIC Class U-Boat sunk off Iceland in August 1941. In the series it would appear that she survived and was transferred to the Mediterranean.

Unnamed
Two Type VIIC U-Boats
Details as per the real ships.

Garnele (Shrimp) Class
Mini-submarine
Length: 15m (49.21ft)
Diesel-electric propulsion, single screw
Armament: 2 x G7e Torpedos mounted externally underneath
Crew: 3
Described as looking like a "...model U-Boat..." Like the Seehund mini-sub, the submarine is capable of being fully submerged, the maximum depth possible is not mentioned in the novel.
Note: Aside from the three prototypes, mention is made in the novel that parts exist to build a further six such craft. Deployment is by the same method used for the British X-Craft, towing into range of the target by another submarine.

United Kingdom

Unnamed
Five MGBs, type not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

Plot summary: His previous command sunk, the series hero finds himself given a new and much more dangerous assignment, testing a new weapon that will bring the Kriegsmarine into a new era of warfare. If it works...

Note (Spoilers): This is the sixth in an eight book series ('Sea Wolf') of novels following the career of a particular U-boat officer through the Second World War. Written by science fiction author Kenneth Bulmer under a pseudonym, this is one of several series of action novels he wrote under various pseudonym's (Adam Hardy ('Fox' A Napoleonic Naval Series & 'Strike Force Falklands' A Falklands War series.), Ken Blake ('The Professionals', TV-Tie ins.), etc.) for the cheaper end of the paperback market in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Likely intended to cash in on the success of Edwyn Gray's U-boat novels published in the mid to late 1970s, this series was probably intended to cover the entirety of World War Two, but the last published novel only carried the series to 1942.

It is not possible to conclusively date the story beyond late 1941/early 1942 as no specific events are mentioned.
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« Reply #559 on: December 29, 2018, 07:38:44 pm »
David Black, Turn Left For Gibraltar, 2017

United Kingdom

HMS Nicobar
N Class Submarine (Fictional)
Stated to have been undergoing builders trials in 1938.
See below for details

HMS Nimuae
N Class Submarine (Fictional)
See below for details

HMS Norseman
N Class Submarine (Fictional)
See below for details

N Class Submarine
Length: 206ft (62.8m)
Beam: 19ft 1in (5.82m)
Armament: 1 x 3 inch Gun, 4 x TT (Bow) 2 x TT Stern (6 loaded, 4 reloads)
Speed: 14 knots (Surface), submerged speed unspecified.
Stated to be an improved version of the U Class.

HMS P413
Grampus Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the Grampus Class by Author. The lack of name suggests that this submarine was completed after the June 1940 moratorium on naming submarines.

HMS Umbrage
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Uttoxeter
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Unleashed
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Billericay
Minesweeper, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Olympus (N35)
Odin Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

HMS Pandora (N42)
Parthian Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

HMS P36
U Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

HMS P39
U Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

Force F

HMS Pelleas
Arethusa Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the Arethusa Class by the Author.

HMS Patroclus
Arethusa Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the Arethusa Class by the Author.

HMS Jocasta
J Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the J Class by the Author.

HMS Darter
D Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined from name only

HMS Dimapur
D Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined from name only

Poland

ORP Sokół (ex-HMS Urchin)
U Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

Greece

RHNS Glafkos (Y6)
Protefs Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

Italy

Fabrizio del Dondo
Zara Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the Zara Class by the Author.

Gradisca di Isonzo
Duca degli Abruzzi Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author identifies the ship as being a member of the 'Abruzzi Class'.

Lombardia
Troopship (ex-Liner)
14,000 tons
No other details provided.

Toscana
Troopship (ex-Liner)
14,000 tons
No other details provided.

Sovrana dei Mari
Troopship (ex-Liner)
18, 000 tons
No other details provided.

Various Unnamed warships.

Germany

Various Unnamed warships.

Plot summary: The series Hero, following on from his successful role as a Lisason Officer to a Free French submarine has been rewarded by a position aboard a submarine serving in the Mediterranean, can a man whose career in submarines began under an air of official displeasure make good?

Note (Spoilers): Note: This is the third novel in an ongoing series, to date the author has done a good job in keeping the disruptions to actual history to the bare minimum. He is also doing a good job in showing the growth of the character in his chosen career path and the consequences it is having on him and his relationships. The authors notes at the start of the book again outline the history he was basing his story on and his reasons for using fictional ship names where possible.

The story itself runs between the years 1941 and 1942, finishing some time after May of that year.
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« Reply #560 on: December 29, 2018, 09:56:34 pm »
Kenneth Bulmer (Pen name: Bruno Krauss), Shark America, 1982

Great Britain

HMS Wildcat
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships given the Long Range Escort conversion.

HMS Tonbridge
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clashes with a Hunt Class (WWI) Minesweeper scrapped in 1928 and with a freighter taken in to naval service as a netlayer (HMS Tonbridge (T119)) which was sunk in August 1941.

Unites States

Various Unnamed warships.

Germany

U-451
Type VIIC Class U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant clashes with that of a Type VIIC Class U-Boat sunk off the coast of Morocco in December 1941. In the series it would appear that she survived and took part in Operation Neuland (February - March 1942) under the command of the series Hero.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, following his experiences in the Mediterranean, the series Hero has been sent to join the U-Boats harrasing the coast of the United States in the wake of Pearl Harbour.

Note (Spoilers): This is the seventh in an eight book series ('Sea Wolf') of novels following the career of a particular U-boat officer through the Second World War. Written by science fiction author Kenneth Bulmer under a pseudonym, this is one of several series of action novels he wrote under various pseudonym's (Adam Hardy ('Fox' A Napoleonic Naval Series & 'Strike Force Falklands' A Falklands War series.), Ken Blake ('The Professionals', TV-Tie ins.), etc.) for the cheaper end of the paperback market in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Likely intended to cash in on the success of Edwyn Gray's U-boat novels published in the mid to late 1970s, this series was probably intended to cover the entirety of World War Two, but the last published novel only carried the series to 1942.

While specific dating is not possible, the fact that a Type VIIC U-boat is operating off the coast of the United States gives bounds on when the story is set as they were not sent until the third wave of U-Boat attacks on the US Coast.

In most of the novels the author 'filled out' the quiet times in the novel by having the hero reminiscence about the 'girls he left behind', however because of the way the previous novel ends, the author instead covers just how the hero returned to German lines after the events that close the previous novel.
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« Reply #561 on: December 30, 2018, 01:29:12 am »
Edwyn Gray, Devil Flotilla, 1978

United Kingdom

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

HMS Unwieldy
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

France

Gladiateur
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Poland

ORP Bielik (Erne)
Orzeł Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: 'Erne' is the name of bird of prey known as the Sea Eagle. The Orzeł Class was named after birds of prey, making this the only class of submarine it can be. This would make it the third member of the class after the ORP Orzeł (Eagle) & ORP Sęp (Vulture).

Netherlands

HNLMS Zwaardvisch (As spelt by author 'Swaardvis')
Submarine, class not specified, but most likely O Class.
No other details provided.
Note: Thanks to Arjen for the suggested corrections. As they point out in their post below the O Class were the class of submarines the Dutch used in European waters, the K Class was used overseas. Both classes used numbers rather than names.

Norway

Unnamed
Two 'Coastal' Submarines
No other details provided.

Germany

Heinrich Ullmann
Type 1934 (or 1934a) Class Destroyer
Note: Stated to be the only German Destroyer to survive the First/Second Battles of Narvik. Details provided are sufficient to narrow it down to either the Type 1934 or Type 1934a Class but no closer than that.

Friedrich Ihn (Z-14)
Type 1934A Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Author simply gives the pennant number when referring to this ship.

Z-19
Destroyer, class not specified
Note: Pennant number is that of the Type 1936 Class Destroyer Hermann Kunne sunk at the Second Battle of Narvik.

Z-27
Type 1936A Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This destroyer was not comissioned until 1941, in the novel it is in service by May 1940.

Plot summary: The year is 1940, as the Germans launch their assault on Western Europe, a special multi-national flotilla is assembled to carry the fight to the enemy, but as the Western Allies fall, how long will the force be able to keep up the struggle.

Note (Spoiler): This is the second of a four book series that begins with 'Fighting Submarine' (1978), like the U-Boat series that started with 'No Surrender' (1974) the series follows a single officer through WWII, in this case British.

The time frame of the novel is from 9 May 1940 to 14 July 1940.
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« Reply #562 on: December 30, 2018, 03:21:49 am »
Contemporary spelling would have been Zwaardvisch. Modern spelling of Swaardvis would be Zwaardvis - due to the revised Dutch spelling rules of 1947.
There was a WW2 Zwaardvisch. HMS Talent was transferred to the Dutch Navy in 1943. Any 1940 Dutch submarine would have been either a K-(insert Roman numeral here, built for colonial service) or an O-(insert Arabic numeral here).
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« Reply #563 on: December 30, 2018, 06:20:50 am »
Contemporary spelling would have been Zwaardvisch. Modern spelling of Swaardvis would be Zwaardvis - due to the revised Dutch spelling rules of 1947.
There was a WW2 Zwaardvisch. HMS Talent was transferred to the Dutch Navy in 1943. Any 1940 Dutch submarine would have been either a K-(insert Roman numeral here, built for colonial service) or an O-(insert Arabic numeral here).

Thanks for the additional information, I was going by the authors spelling of the name.

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« Reply #564 on: December 31, 2018, 12:33:48 am »
Last posting for 2018...

Kenneth Bulmer (Pen name: Bruno Krauss), Shark Trap, 1982

United Kingdom

HMS Whippet
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name of a V & W Class Destroyer cancelled on the slips in 1918. A V & W Class Destroyer of the same name appears in the 1944 set novel 'Kleber's Convoy' (1973) by Antony Trew. An Australian V & W Class Destroyer named HMAS Whippet appears in the 1942 set novel 'Big Bill The Bastard' (1976) by J. E. MacDonnell. In the present novel the ship appears in a characters backstory.

United States

USS Ackermann (DD-??)
Farragut Class Destroyer
Launched: 1934
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not give the class, but the armament/displacement details he provides best fit the Farragut Class, which also fits with the launch date given.

Germany

U-451
Type VIIC Class U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant clashes with that of a Type VIIC Class U-Boat sunk off the coast of Morocco in December 1941. See the post for 'Shark America' (1982) for the fictional background. In this novel the submarine is sunk by U-580 in a friendly fire incident.

U-580
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant is that of a Type VIIC Class U-Boat that was sunk by collision in November of 1941. The submarine in the novel is in service as of Autumn 1942.

Plot summary: It is Autumn 1942, the German U-Boat offensive against the east coast of the United States continues

Note (Spoilers): This is final published volume in an eight book series ('Sea Wolf') of novels following the career of a particular U-boat officer through the Second World War. Written by science fiction author Kenneth Bulmer under a pseudonym, this is one of several series of action novels he wrote under various pseudonym's (Adam Hardy ('Fox' A Napoleonic Naval Series & 'Strike Force Falklands' A Falklands War series.), Ken Blake ('The Professionals', TV-Tie ins.), etc.) for the cheaper end of the paperback market in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Likely intended to cash in on the success of Edwyn Gray's U-boat novels published in the mid to late 1970s, this series was probably intended to cover the entirety of World War Two, but the last published novel only carried the series to 1942.

While this was the last published story, it was clearly not the planned end of the series, the Hero and most of his crew survive and would presumably have got a new submarine in the next book. More to the point plot threads relating to the Hero's increasing realization that he may be/is on the wrong side of history from earlier stories are expanded on and probably would have been used to build a series climax.
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« Reply #565 on: January 03, 2019, 05:17:36 am »
Back to the comic books...

Anon., Rescue!, published as Commando Comics Nş. 1517, 1981

United Kingdom

MTB-570
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-582
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

Germany

Unnamed
Various S-Boats.

Plot summary: The year is 1944, two MTB crews, long term unfriendly rivals are forced to work together to save an injured British agent from the Germans.

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« Reply #566 on: January 05, 2019, 07:27:04 pm »
Anthony Molloy, Dead Reckoning & Standing Into Danger, 2013

United Kingdom

HMS Nishga
Tribal Class Destroyer
Fitted with Type 286 Radar by the 20th of June 1940
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Bantu
Tribal Class Destroyer
Fitted with Type 286 Radar by the start of June 1940
Details as per the real ships.

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

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

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

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

HMS Edward
S-boat
Details as per the real ships

HMS Egbert
S-Boat (Copy)
Details as per the real ships as to dimensions and external appearance.
Note: This ship is a British copy of an S-Boat, the external appearance is identical to the German versions, but the engines and weapons are the closest British equivalents to the German originals.

HMS MTB-520
Camper & Nicholson MGB-502 Class (Modified)
Details as per the real ships in regards dimensions and propulsion
Completed as a Torpedo Boat, with the following armament:21 inch TT, (Twin mount) Vickers 0.5 inch mgs &  2 pdr guns (Exact numbers and locations not specified.)

HMS MTB-521
Camper & Nicholson MGB-502 Class (Modified)
Details as per the real ships in regards dimensions and propulsion
Details as to armament identical to MTB-520

Note: The MGB-502 class were a set of eight MGBs building for Turkey that were taken into British service at the start of the war. Five of them were converted to high speed freighters and used to smuggle ball bearings from Sweden to the UK.

HMT Cuckold Point
A/S Trawler
Diesel Engines
No other details provided.

HMT Durness Point
Minesweeping Trawler
No other details provided
Sunk during the Norwegian Campaign

Unnamed
Five Flower Class Corvettes
Details as per the real ships.

France

Creuse
'River Class' (Amazone Class?) Submarine
No other details provided.

Germany

U-354
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant is that of a Type VIIC U-Boat commissioned in 1942 and sunk in 1944. The author explicitly states it is this Type. For some reason the captain of this submarine has exactly the same name as the captain of U-497 & U-534.

U-463
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant number is that of a Type XIV U-boat commissioned in 1942 and sunk in 1943. The author explicitly states it is this Type.

U-491
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Captured by HMS Nishga and HMS Edward
Taken into British service as HMS Antler
Note: Pennant number is that of a Type XIV U-boat that was cancelled incomplete in September of 1944. The author explicitly states it is this Type.

U-497
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant number is that of of a Type XIV U-boat that was cancelled incomplete in September of 1944. The author describes it as being the same class as U-491. For some reason the captain of this submarine has exactly the same name as the captain of U-354 & U-534.

U-534
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant number is that of a Type Type IXC/40 Class U-Boat launched in 1942 and sunk in 1945. The author explicitly states it is this Type. For some reason the captain of this submarine has exactly the same name as the captain of U-354 & U-497.

Kassel
Destroyer (Referred to as a 'Z Class')
No other details provided.
Note: German Destroyers in 1940 were made up of the Type 1934/1934a/1936/1936a Classes. All bore pennant numbers starting with 'Z', only the first three classes bore names, usually of German Naval Heroes, therefore this ship (Named after a German Town.) must be of either the Type 1934/34a/36 class, but the author does not provide any class specific details.

Lübek (ex - HNoMS Otteroy)
Netlayer, class not specified
Comissioned: 1918
No other details provided
Note: Ex-Royal Norwegian Navy ship captured during the Norwegian Campaign.

Unnamed
R Boat
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
3 Destroyers
No other details provided

Plot summary: The year is 1940 (The two novels cover the period June to November 1940). For the unorthodox warriors of Special Force Orca, success at Dunkirk and the growing war against the U-boats lead to new opportunities to come up with cunning plans to 'Baffle the Boche'. But will the human cost be too much...

Note: I suspect these two novels (Second and third in a series of thirty two novels (As of this post.).) started as a single book that was split around a natural division point. The author starts moving away from 'Boys Own Adventure' action and starts bringing in the characters personal lives, which he manages to keep interesting. The ending of the third book is nicely dark with the leader of Special Force Orca contemplating the human cost of the battle that climaxes the book and struggling against the despair it engenders.

The author also starts bringing historical characters into the story, the climactic battle makes use of anti-submarine tactics made famous later in the war by Captain Frederic J. Walker and the author has his hero be a friend of Walker's who's taken the chance to try out some of Walker's suggestions/ideas in real life, at a time when Walker himself had been essentially sidelined. The author is however to be faulted for the poor editing that results in three U-boats having the same captain and crew which makes the climax of the two novels more than a little confusing. That said, he is a far better writer than many of the authors 'self-publishing on Amazon'.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #567 on: January 06, 2019, 06:44:41 am »
Anthony Molloy, On Fortune's Side, 2013

United Kingdom

HMS Nishga
Tribal Class Destroyer
Type 286 Radar replaced with Type 290 Radar by May of 1941
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Fearnought
F Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the F Class by the Author.

HMS Frightful
F Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the F Class by the Author.

HMS Antler (ex-U-491)
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
For the current mission some of her topedos have been replaced with captured German TMC (Magnetic mines deployed from a submarines torpedo tube.) mines (A real weapon.)

HMS Ethel and Maud
Armed Merchant Ship (Q-Ship)
Converted tramp steamer
Armament: 4 inch guns (exact number not specified)
Bows have been re-inforced with concrete in case they need to ram a U-boat.
Engines have been upgraded and allow her to move as fast as a destroyer (30+ knots.)
No other details.

HMS Edward
S-boat
Details as per the real ships

Germany

U-44
Type VIIA Class U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant clashes with that of a Type IXA Class U-boat launched in 1939 and sunk in 1940. Explicitly identified by the author as a Type VIIA.

Tirpitz
Bismark Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service.

Prinz Eugen
Hipper Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

Unnamed
Several Destroyers of unspecified class.

Unnamed
Several netlayers of unspecified class.

Plot summary: The year is 1941 (The story takes place between March and May of that year.), evidence is found that the German navy is planning a massive spring offensive that will see a large scale raid by her surface fleet. Special Force Orca is given the task of doing whatever they can to disrupt the German preparations, leading to their most dangerous mission of the war yet, an attempt to penetrate the Baltic and lay mines at the entrance to the main German naval base.

Note: In the fourth book in the series the author continues to move away from the 'Boys Own Adventure', with the centerpiece of the story, HMS Antler's penetration of the Baltic being presented as being every bit as grueling and dangerous as a real attempt would be. The author shows some skill in integrating his storyline into actual history with the 'blame' for the April 23rd, 1941, mining of the Prinz Eugen being laid at the foot of HMS Antler rather than the RAF.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #568 on: January 07, 2019, 06:28:53 am »
Mark Iversen, The Persian Horse, 1991

United States

USS Bulkeley (FFG-???)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships

USS Manchester (FFG-???)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author does not provide an explicit identification of class. Simply states that she is a 'sister frigate' of the USS Bulkeley (FFG-???) and provides other information making clear which class the ship is.

USS Pascagoula (AGF-?)
Raleigh Class Amphibious Transport Dock
Details as per the real ships. (E.g. USS LaSalle (AGF-3) as it has been converted from an LPD into a command ship.)

Iran

Abaland
Alvand Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is some time after Bush the Elder's War (Persian Gulf, 1990 - 1991)  in the Persian Gulf, fighting has resumed between Iran and Iraq with the US struggling to keep commerce flowing.  A situation one of the warring nations plans to make worse.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #569 on: January 09, 2019, 10:37:42 pm »
Yet another 'Boys Own' short story...

Anon., The Ship That Vanished, published in Anon. (ed.), Adventure Stories for Boys (1967/1979)

United Kingdom

India Star
Bulk Carrier
Displacement: 20,000 tons
Engines: Not specified, twin screws
Note (Spoiler): The ship has been requisitioned in secret by the Royal Navy and is being used for a covert trial of ASW sensors designed to detect nuclear powered submarines at "...immense distances." (The specifics are not given.) Great care has been taken to keep this trial hidden from prying eyes.

Turkey

Unnamed
'Destroyer', class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A freighter has disappeared without trace during it's post refit sea trials. For the captains sons, something does not seem quite right...

Note: The collection this story comes from was first published in 1967 and then republished in 1979. According to the publication details the story (Which is the only unaccredited story in the collection.) was first printed in either "Boy's World" or "Eagle" in 1963. Also published in this collection is a short story attributed to Harry Harrison. Assuming this is the creator of the 'Stainless Steel Rat', then this is from fairly early in his career dating from a time in his life when he was working as a ghost writer for Leslie Charteris , creator of 'The Saint'.