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« Reply #300 on: March 04, 2017, 10:03:40 pm »
John MargerisonTurret and Torpedo, 1917

United Kingdom

HMS M39
Submarine, class not specified.
Armament:1 x 4 inch gun, 2 x Torpedo tubes (Bow) arranged one above the other. (2 in tubes, 12 reloads.)
Crew: 22
Note: The first British submarine class to carry a 4 inch gun was the J Class of 1916, the first class to have a gun was the D class of 1907, further dialog in the stories imply that whatever class M39 is, the ship had not gone further than 20 miles off shore for most of it's wartime career. Some aspects of the submarines back history suggest that the author may have been thinking of the D Class when he wrote these stories, though the actual details of the D Class are not a perfect fit.

HMS Y31
Submarine, class not specified.
No other details provided.

HMS Queen Anne
Battleship, class not specified
15 inch guns in twin turrets, two of which are 'P' & 'Q' turrets
6 inch guns, exact number unspecified
Torpedo tubes
Crew: 1049
No other details provided.
Note: Possible turret layouts are A,P,Q & X (Invincible Class Battlecruisers), A,B,P,Q,X & Y (Ise Class Battleships), A,B,P,Q,X,Y & Z (HMS Agincourt). Crew size is larger than the smallest crew size known for the Queen Elizabeth Class, suggesting some kind of 'Super Queen Elizabeth' design. This one might be illustrateable (sic).

Unnamed
Various warships.

Germany

Unnamed
Submarine supply ship, converted trawler

Unnamed
Submarine supply ship, converted trawler

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified
2 x Deck Guns

S367
Torpedo Boat, class not specified.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Various battleships, cruisers, etc.

Plot summary: Another collection of WWI 'Boys Own Adventure' stories. Several of which feature a fictional British submarine, including one adventure that seems to be inspired by HMS B11s penetration of the Dardanelles in 1915.
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« Reply #301 on: March 05, 2017, 10:44:46 pm »
Hood's list has been updated and can be read at the link below:

http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5756&start=40#p164196

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« Reply #302 on: March 08, 2017, 12:52:38 am »
David E. Meadows, Final Run, 2008

United States

USS Squallfish (SS-???)
Submarine, class not mentioned
6 Torpedo Tubes forward. Aft tubes mentioned, stated that there are banks of aft tubes but only tubes one & two mentioned, most likely there are four aft tubes as that was standard for the wartime classes from the Balao Class onwards.
Length: 350ft (106.7m)
Crew: 100
Two shafts driving separate propellers.
Has undergone GUPPY conversion (eg Streamlined and modernised WWII Class.)

USS John J. Stevens (DE-??)
Destroyer Escort, class not specified
Has undergone radar picket conversion.
No other details provided.

Russia

Whale/Kit (K-2)
Prototype Nuclear Submarine
Forward and aft torpedo rooms (Number/size of tubes not mentioned.), as the November Class had all tubes forward she cannot be to that design.
No other details provided.
Note: The first Soviet nuclear submarine was the November Class K-3 which was launched in 1958. Ships name is unofficial.

Razyarenny
Destroyer, class not specified
Launched 1941
No other details provided.

Bolshevik
Torpedo Boat, class not specified
Length: 25m
Speed: 40 knots(+)
Wooden hull

Soznatelnyy
Kotlin Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

Byvalvyy
Kotlin Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

Plot Summary: The year is 1956 (The story takes place between 14 November & 7 December of that year.). The United States have heard rumors that the Soviets have completed a prototype nuclear submarine so a ship is sent to investigate.
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« Reply #303 on: March 15, 2017, 02:23:12 am »
Another 'Boys own Adventure' story...

James R. Driscoll (Lt.), The Brighton Boys in the Submarine Treasure Ship, 1920

United States

USS Monadnock (DD-???)
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with USS Monadnock (BM-3) an  Amphitrite Class Monitor, which served in the Pacific from the Spanish-American War until decommissioned in 1919 and scrapped in 1923

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

Plot summary: Two friends returning the United States after WWI become involved in salvaging treasure from a ship sunk during the war.
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« Reply #304 on: March 16, 2017, 06:06:55 am »
Another 'Self-published on Amazon' technothriller

Stephen Makk, Beneath Sunless Waters, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Sultan
Swiftsure Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clashes with the Royal Navies Engineering Training Establishment (Established 1956). Class has been determined solely by the ships name as no other details are provided.

HMS Chester
Type 42 Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Otter (S15)
Oberon Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

HMS Conqueror (S48)
Churchill Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

Russia

Okean Glaz (Ocean Eye)
'Trawler', AGI, class not specified
Optimized for ELINT operations.
No other details provided.

Groznyy
Kynda Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service

Arkhangelsk (K-525)
Oscar Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

K-446
Yankee Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

United States

USS Spadefish (SSN-668)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

Uruguay

Comodoro Coe
Vigilante Class Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Referred to as a 'Corvette' in the novel.

Plot summary: During the Falklands War a ship carrying four nuclear weapons is sunk by the Argentine Air Force. The race is on to recover the weapons before they fall into the wrong hands. The situation is complicated as something causes the Soviet Navies communication system to issue false orders to it's ships, leading to a dangerous confrontation off the South American coast.

Note: The novel is the first in a series of three. The second appears to be based on some of the old KAL007 conspiracy theories. The author also makes as can be seen above large scale use of real ships in fictional ways.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #305 on: March 19, 2017, 07:23:34 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, The Hammer of God, 1968

United States

Unnamed
Several PT Boats

USS Kenyon (DD-??)
Somers Class Destroyer (6th member of class.)
Details as per the real ships.

USS Blake (DD-??)
Sampson Class Destroyer (7th member of class, referred to as Allen Class in novel.)
Details regards armament and equipment, probably identical to those of USS Allen (DD-66) the only member of the class to serve in WWII.
The engines have been modified by replacing the original turbines (Curtis 17,500 shp) with Westinghouse turbines producing 27,500 shp giving 35knots speed.

Japan

Unnamed
Several Otori Class Torpedo Boats
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Kuma Class Light Cruiser (Referred to as Kitakami Class in novel)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Despite several scenes from the point of view of this ships crew the author  oddly, never gives the ships name.

Plot summary: The year is 1945. The Japanese navy attempt a strike on an American torpedo boat base that has been causing them a lot of trouble.
Note: The only clue as to when the story is set is a brief reference to the Mindanao campaign (March - August 1945).
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #306 on: March 19, 2017, 11:14:56 am »
Kitakami class? Could be that in this novel those 2 (Kitakami and Oi) or 3 (with Kiso) or all 5 Kima class was converted to torpedo cruiser and stayed in that conversion until the wars end?

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« Reply #307 on: March 19, 2017, 06:43:03 pm »
Kitakami class? Could be that in this novel those 2 (Kitakami and Oi) or 3 (with Kiso) or all 5 Kima class was converted to torpedo cruiser and stayed in that conversion until the wars end?

No, going by the armament details the author provides the ship is unmodified. I suspect that the author was pulling the details out of Janes or possibly wartime ID books. The real mystery is why he left it unnamed even though there are scenes from the captains POV in the story, every other time he's done that he named the ship.

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« Reply #308 on: March 20, 2017, 01:05:50 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, Come Die With Me, 1965

United States

USS Endeavour (CVN-??)
Aircraft carrier, class not specified.
Quote: "...one of the latest nuclear-powered carriers in the U.S. Fleet; bigger even than Enterprise..."
No other details provided

Unnamed
Torpedo Boat, class not specified. Referred to in the book as a 'PT Boat'
Only armament mentioned are 'Tritium Torpedoes', these are presumably 21 inch torpedoes (Diameter is not given in the novel.) with either boosted fission warheads or fusion warheads. No other details regarding them other than the fact that the guidance system is "...more valuable than all the atomic warheads put together..." are given.
No other details provided.
Note: The United States Navy stopped using torpedo boats effectively at the end of WWII according to my research.

Plot summary: Someone has stolen a US Navy torpedo boat armed with nuclear torpedoes while it was visiting Bermuda, sounds like a job for Hood... Mark Hood.
Note: As may be guessed from the above this book forms part of a series of James Bond knock-offs that appeared in the wake of 'Dr No'. Another book in the series which I have covered is 'Operation Octopus' (1968). While no specific year is given for the story, it cannot be set any earlier than 1961, the year the USS Enterprise (CVN-65) was launched.
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« Reply #309 on: April 01, 2017, 06:50:46 pm »
Richard Freeman, Operation Armageddon, 2017

United Kingdom

HMS Ideal
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships (Subtype not specified)

Germany

Unnamed
Modified Type IXD(?)
Referred to in the novel only as a 'Cargo U-Boat'
Two Deck Guns of unspecified type
250 ton explosive charge.
Described as being extremely worn out and requiring extensive dockyard attention in order to get the ship ready for it's mission.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, times are desperate for Germany and Hitler decides that desperate measures are called for.

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« Reply #310 on: April 05, 2017, 07:40:23 am »
John Margerison, Midshipman Rex Carew VC, 1933

United Kingdom

HMS Artemas
Arethusa Class Cruiser (WWI)
Details as per the real ships
Stated to have "...completed her steam and gunnery trials..." just before Britains entry into WWI, so probably launched in early 1914.
Note: Class determined by armament. (2 x 6 inch (Bow & Stern)  6 x 4 inch guns 2 x 4 inch HA guns, 4 x torpedo tubes.)

HMS Conflict
Arethusa Class Cruiser (WWI)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Described by the author as being the same class as HMS Artemas. Name clashes with the lead ship of the Conflict Class of destroyers.

HMS Stiletto
Light Cruiser
2 x 4 inch Anti-Aircraft Guns
4 Torpedo tubes (Two a side)
Rest of armament not mentioned, possibly identical to the cruisers above.
Note: The author uses the same name for a destroyer in the short story collection 'Destroyer Doings', presumably the two books do not share the same universe.

HMS Resource
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details

HMS Warwick
Cruiser, class not specified
Note: Name clash with V & W class destroyer of the same name launched in 1917.

HMS Wolf
Animal Class Battleruiser (Fictional)
Main battery is made up of 15 inch guns
No other details

HMS Hyena
Animal Class Battleruiser (Fictional)
Main battery is made up of 15 inch guns
No other details

HMS Princess Anne
Battlecruiser, class not specified
No other details

HMS Canada
Battlecruiser, class not specified
No other details
Note: Name clash with the Battleship HMS Canada (ex-Almirante Latorre).

HMS Burma
Battlecruiser(?), possibly the same unspecified class as HMS Canada above.
No other details.

HMS Invincible
Invincible Class Battlecruiser
Real ship, details as in service

HMS Manitou
Destroyer, class not specified
Main battery is made up of four inch guns.
Depth Charges

HMS Michigan
Armed Merchant Cruiser
No other details.

CMB 123
1 x 6 pdr semi-automatic gun (fwd)
1 x .303 inch Maxim Gun (aft)
2 x 14 inch torpedos
6 crew

CMB 282
Presumably the same details as HMS CMB 123.

HMS E99
E Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Quarrrelsome
Warship
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Torpedo boat, class not specified
1x 6pdr gun, various mgs
Two funnels
No other details provided

Germany

U-553
U-Boat, class not specified
No other details provided.

SMS Koln
Light Cruiser, class not specified.
No other details
Note: Name clash with SMS Cöln, a Kolberg Class Cruiser sunk at the First Battle of Heligoland Bight in 1914.

SMS Hellner
Light Cruiser, class not specified
No other details

SMS Metz
Light Cruiser, class not specified
No other details

SMS Bleucher
Battlecruiser, class not specified, text description of the opening of the engagement in which it is sunk implies either a Derfflinger or a repeat Seydlitz.
Note: Name is very close to that of SMS Blücher the armored cruiser sunk at the First Battle of Dogger Bank in 1915.

Essen
Armed Trawler
Gun of unspecified caliber mounted forward.
No other details.

Unnamed
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
Main battery is made up of 2 x 9 inch guns forward and aft.
No other details.

Unnamed
Armed Trawler

Unnamed
Battleships, Battlecruisers, Cruisers, Destroyers and U-Boats

Plot summary: A novel length 'Boys Own Adventure' tale covering the exploits of an English midshipman and his best friend an Irish petty officer over the entire length of the war from the opening shots of 1914 to a raid on Ostend in 1918.

Note: The novel, published about eight years after the authors death is an interesting example of the way's in which authors will 'play' with history to get a good story, this one features distorted versions of the battles of First Heligoland Bight & First Dogger Bank and culminates in a raid that combines elements of the First and Second raids on Ostend, along with lots of highly unlikely events...
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« Reply #311 on: April 06, 2017, 10:22:03 pm »
John Margerison, Periscope and Propeller, 1917

United Kingdom

HMS Etna
Submarine Depot Ship
No other details provided

HMS M39
Submarine, class not specified.
Armament:1 x 4 inch gun, 2 x 21 inch Torpedo tubes (Bow) arranged one above the other. (2 in tubes, 12 reloads.)
Speed: 15 knots (Not clear if this is surfaced or submerged speed.)
Crew: 22
Note: The first British submarine class to carry a 4 inch gun was the J Class of 1916, the first class to have a gun was the D class of 1907, further dialog in the stories in 'Turret and Torpedo' imply that whatever class M39 is, the ship had not gone further than 20 miles off shore for most of it's wartime career. Some aspects of the submarines back history suggest that the author may have been thinking of the D Class when he wrote these stories, though the actual details of the D Class are not a perfect fit.

HMS X17
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 4 inch gun. Other armament not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Nonesuch
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Various Destroyers & Monitors

Austria-Hungary

SMS Veritas Unitas
Battleship, class not specified
Note: Name close to that of the Tegetthoff Class Battleship SMS Viribus Unitis which the Italians sank in 1918. This may mean that she is a member of the Tegetthoff Class.

Unnamed
ASW Ship, class not specified
6 x 6 inch guns
8 x Torpedo tubes
No other details provided
Note: I think it best to quote the authors description at this point:

Quote
...at first took for a gigantic submarine. Seen in the dim starlight though a spray soaked periscope, it was as big as a destroyer, though instead of funnels and masts and guns being in view on its upper deck, these were all covered by a curving structure of steel.

John Margerison

In the following sequence it is made clear that this "...submersible-torpedo boat-submarine hunter..." (To quote the author.) is indeed submersible.

Germany

U 96
Type U 93 Class U-Boat
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In real life surrendered to Allies on the 20th of November 1918. In the novel captured by HMS M39 prior to the end of the war.

SMS Von Kluck
Battlecruiser, class not specified
No other details provided
Note: Ship may be named after General Alexander Von Kluck, commander of the German 1st Army during the opening phases of WWI.

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
6 x 6 inch guns (3 a side)
No other details

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
6 x 6 inch guns (3 a side)
No other details

Unnamed
Various Destroyers, U-Boats, Patrol Boats, Armed Trawlers, Transports and the like...

Turkey

Yavuz Sultan Selim (ex-SMS Goeben)
Battlecruiser
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In real life scrapped in 1973. In novel torpedoed by HMS M39 and scrapped shortly thereafter as unrepairable.

Unnamed
Cruiser
8 inch guns

Plot summary: The further adventures of HM Submarine M39 and her crew.

Note: While still essentially a collection of 'Boys Own Adventure' stories the author seems to have been feeling his way towards a novel with this one. The stories form a complete chronological sequence (e.g The later stories are set after the first ones.) There are also clear look backs in later stories to the events of previous ones and also to previous stories published in the collection 'Turret and Torpedo'.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #312 on: April 09, 2017, 05:36:09 am »
Alan Scholfield, The Alpha Raid, 1976

United Kingdom

HMS Alpha
Armed Launch
Armament: 1 x 3pdr Gun (Fwd), 1 x .303 inch Maxim gun (Aft)
Engines: 2 x 100hp petrol engines (Petrol tanks are armored against rifle fire and shrapnel.)
Length: 40 ft (12.2 m)
Speed: 16 knots

HMS Beta
Same details as HMS Alpha

HMS Gadfly
Warship, type unspecified
Note: Name clash with a Fly Class Gunboat launched in 1915 and which spent the entire war serving in Mesopotamia. The ship in the book is implied to be something larger and served in the South Atlantic during 1916/17.

Belgium

de Haan
Armed Barge
Armament: 1 x 75mm Gun (Fwd)
Length: 60ft (18.3m)
Speed: 5 knots

Germany

SMS Afrika
Armed Paddle Steamer (Stern-Wheeler)
Armament: 1 x 4.1 inch gun, Various MGs of unspecified type/number
800 tons
Speed: 10 knots
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1917, it has become clear to the Allies that the only way to defeat the German forces in East Africa is to take out the ship that dominates Lake Tanganyika.

Note: This novel is very loosely based on the 1915/16 Lake Tanganyika campaign (Wikipedia) which also inspired authors C.S. Forester ('The African Queen') and John Margerison ('A Little War').

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« Reply #313 on: April 09, 2017, 08:34:45 pm »
Continuing my investigations of the fiction of 'Boys Own Adventure' author John Margerison.

John Margerison, Action!, 1917

United Kingdom

HMS Blusterer
Pre-Dreadnought Battleship, class not specified
Secondary armament 9.2 inch guns
Crew: "...about a thousand..."
 
HMS Splendacious
Battleship
Main battery 15 inch guns in twin turrets
No other details

HMS Prince of Wales
Formidable Class Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
Real ship, details as in service (1902-1920)

HMS Wraith
Motor Patrol Boat
1 x 6pdr gun (As described in 'Vengeance is Mine')
1 x 3pdr gun (As described in 'Seeing Life')
No other details
Note: Author features this ship in two different stories with different forward armament, could be accounted for by repairs.

HMS Resource
Armed Yacht
Steam Powered
Used as an examination vessel.
No other details.
Note: During early service, the ships engineer of the volunteer crew was female, this of course ended once the regulars took over. Name clashes with an 1865 built yacht that was hired by the Royal Navy as a stores ship in 1915 and lost due to fire shortly thereafter.

HMS Bounder
Destroyer, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 12 pdr AA gun (fwd), 1 x 4 inch gun (aft)
No other details provided

HMS Dart
Destroyer, class not specified.
Armament: 1 x twin torpedo tube, gun armament not specified, most likely 4 inch guns.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer. Appartently also part of the 17th Destroyer Flotilla which appears in the authors short story collection 'Destroyer Doings', but not mentioned in that book.

HMS Gnome (ex-HMS O27)
Destroyer
Armament: 2 x 6pdr guns (Fore and Aft), 1 x 18 inch torpedo tube (Amidships)
Engines: Steam reciprocating engine (Two boilers, one shaft, single funnel)
Speed: 10 knots (Max), 5 knots (Cruise)
Note: Ship was built as a torpedo boat, and it is stated in the story that the ship was going to be scrapped before being reconditioned to meet a need for warships.

HMS Ranger
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided
Name clash with an A Class (WWI) Destroyer built in 1895 and scrapped in 1920.

HMS Rapid
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided
Note: Name clash with an M Class (WWI) Destroyer launched in 1916

HMS Rapier
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer. I am assuming this is the same ship of that name that appears in the authors short story collection 'Destroyer Doings'

HMS Reaper
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Restless
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Resolute
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Rover
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Saturn
S Class Destroyer (WWI)?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Stiletto
Destroyer, class not specified, possibly an Laforey Class Destroyer, from the armament details.
4 inch guns, twin torpedo tubes
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer. I am assuming this is the same ship of that name that appears in the authors short story collection 'Destroyer Doings'

HMS Scorpion
G Class (WWI) Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service (1910 - 1921)

HMS Fifi
Gunboat (Converted racing boat, manufacturer is a thinly disguised version of John I. Thornycroft & Company, shipbuilders)
Length: 40ft
Armament: 1 x Semi-automatic 3pdr (Fwd), 2 x 14 inch torpedoes (side mounted), 1 x .303 Maxim gun (Aft)
Equipment: 1 x 'Miniature searchlight'
Note: Name clashes with HMS Fifi (ex-Kingani), which was the name given to the first German ship on Lake Tanganyika to be captured by the Royal Navy.

HMS Pyramid
Warship of unspecified type.
No other details provided other than she is large enough to be used as an Admirals flagship during a punitive expedition.

HMS Cupid
Warship of unspecified type.

Germany

Kingani
Armed Steamer
3 x 'Moderately sized' guns (Either 6pdrs or 4.1 inch)
Single funnel
No other details.
Note: Name clashes with the Kingani that was captured by the British on Lake Tanganyika in 1915 and renamed HMS Fifi

Unnamed
Armed Trawler
1 x 12 pdr gun
No other details provided

Unnamed
Destroyer
6 x 4-inch guns

Unnamed
Various Battleships, Cruisers, Destroyers & U-Boats.

Plot summary: This another collection of 'Tales of the navy' short stories, some of which appear to be set pre-war, while others clearly reflect wartime events, the first story ('The Sing-Song'), while it focuses on a ships concert party, contains a reference to a battle that sounds like Second Dover Strait (April 1917) re-dated to January 20 of an unspecified year. The thirteenth story ('A Little War') is to my knowledge the first fiction based on the 1915/16 Lake Tanganyika campaign (See the preceding entry for 'The Alpha Raid').  Two other stories are of interest for different reasons ('Vengeance is Mine') briefly touches on the idea of women serving in the armed forces and the final story ('Action!') is clearly inspired by the carnage of Jutland (31 May - 1 June 1916) and despite the flag waving ending has a somewhat disquieting feel, which perhaps reflects the controversies that have haunted that battle ever since it was fought.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #314 on: April 10, 2017, 06:49:41 am »
The North Pacific: A Story of the Russo-Japanese War, Willis Boyd Allen, 1905

United States
USS Osprey: gunboat, 5x1 6pdr (one on forecastle and four casemates), 1x 4in (aft), ?x 3pdr, 15kts, built 1890s

USS Essex: gunboat, no details given

USS Lancaster: gunboat, no details given

USS Vicksburg (PG-11): gunboat, real ship

Japan
Kiku: destroyer, ?x 12pdr guns, ?x torpedo tubes, 26kts, built circa 1900-1903; described as a cross between the torpedo boat and the destroyer

Kushhiru: destroyer, 200ft long, 20ft beam, 6ft draught, 1x 12pdr (forward), 3x 6pdr (two sided on forecastle, one aft), 2x 18in torpedo tubes, 52 crew, 0.5in armour on conning tower, completed 1905; the description of the ship is within the ballpark of all early Japanese destroyer classes so no positive class identification is possible but based on the completion date it would seem the author had the Harusame Class in mind.

Octopus: submarine, 139 tons (submerged), 80ft long, 11ft beam, 2x torpedo tubes (5x torpedoes), steam boilers and triple expansion engines for 15kts (surfaced) with 12 hours endurance, batteries and electric motors for 8kts (submerged) for 6 hours, 25 crew, completed 1904; the description seems to be extrapolated from the Holland boats Japan was receiving at the time but the author decided to use steam power! In the book the Octopus sinks the Russian battleship Petropavlovsk, which in reality was sunk by mines.

Kinshiu Maru: transport

Plot: This book was obviously quickly published in the USA as a cash-in on the Russo-Japanese War. This is an in-depth tale of ships, spies and intrigues on the backdrop of the war stretching from the delivery of the Retvizan from Cramp & Sons in 1902 to the events around Port Arthur and the Battle of Tsushima. Even the Dogger Bank incident features, here though the Kiku is disguised as a North Sea fishing vessel and slips among the Hull fishermen unnoticed at night in a dastardly plot to attack the Russian Fleet.