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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #435 on: January 29, 2018, 03:49:35 am »
Nice listing of fictional warships, Graham1973. I will use some of these names and classes in my Cyberpunk 2020, Rifts, and Twilight 2000 campaigns.

What a co-incidence I'd suggested Hood's list to some Call of Cthulhu gamers, the finale to one classic campaign just calls out for fictional warships.

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« Reply #436 on: February 02, 2018, 06:43:52 am »
Iain Crawford, The Burning Sea, 1959

United Kingdom

HMRT Restless
Admiralty Rescue Tug
Built: Orange, Texas
Commissioned: 1943
Displacement: 750 tons.
Diesel-electric engines
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun, 1 x 2 pdr (Pom-pom) gun, 2 x 20mm, 4 x Mgs

HMRT Rally
Admiralty Rescue Tug
No other details provided.

HMRT Beaver
Admiralty Rescue Tug
No other details provided.

HMRT Revere
Admiralty Rescue Tug
Steam turbine engines
20 knots
No other details provided.

HMS Godmin
Hunt Class Destroyer (Subclass not specified)
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Narcissus
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment based on name only.

HMS Calshott
Castle Class Corvette? (Referred to in the novel as a 'frigate'.)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment based on name only. A Castle Class Corvette named HMS Calsot Castle was canceled on the slips in 1943.

HMS Vulpine
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Battle Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

Various Unnamed vessels.

Plot summary: The novel covers the experiences of the second in command of a newly built admiralty tug in the Mediterranean Sea between 1943 and the end of the war in Europe.

Note: This novel is another example of a World War II veteran trying to deal with his wartime experiences by using them as the basis of fiction. Other books of this type covered in this thread include 'The 'Caine' Mutiny' (1951), 'Surface!' (1953), 'Proud Waters' (1954), 'HMS Ulysses' (1955) and 'Send Down a Dove' (1968).

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #437 on: February 07, 2018, 02:10:29 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, The Secret Weapon, 1959

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode (G46)
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels.

United States

USS Lyall Moore (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several destroyers of unspecified class.

And for the aircraft mavens.

Lockheed P2V-Neptune
Real aircraft, details as in service (Modified as to the technology available in late WWII).
Note: In real life the P2V was only accepted into US Service in 1947, with the first prototypes flying in May of 1945. Obviously in this 'universe' sufficient were completed to equip a squadron in late WWII.

Plot summary: An Australian destroyer is invited to join the American Fleet (Presumably the 5th Fleet) at Truk Atoll to train with a revolutionary new anti-submarine aircraft. The rivalry between Australian and American crews rapidly turns unfriendly, fueled by American arrogance and Australian resentment of American 'poaching' of British inventions (Sonobuoys)  to fit their new planes. Relations hit a nadir in the form of a bar room brawl and the Australian captain keen to 'put one over' on the Yanks takes unnecessary risks in dangerous waters.

Note: This story can be dated to sometime after the establishment of the British Pacific Fleet (TF57/37) in November of 1944, since it is mentioned in the plot. Of note regarding this novel is that Truk Atoll was never taken by Allied forces during WWII it was one of several garrisons bypassed during the advance on the Philippines. The main US Fleet anchorage in the eastern Pacific in WWII was Ulithi Atoll. The cover of the 1961 edition depicts the climax of the novel.

J. E. MacDonnell was a prolific Australian writer of action fiction for newsstand paperbacks. Some of the World War II novels by him covered in this thread include, 'Gimme the boats!' (1953), 'Frogman' (1958),  'The Surgeon' (1959), 'Subsmash' (1960), 'The Coxswain' (1960), 'Killer Group' (1964), 'The Hammer of God' (1968), 'The Kill,' (1974), 'Breaking Point' (1979) & 'The Glory Hunter' (Undated) . He also wrote a series of 'James Bond' style superspy thrillers featuring an agent named Mark Hood, novels in this series that have appeared in the thread are 'Come Die With Me' (1965) and 'Operation Octopus' (1968).
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #438 on: February 14, 2018, 10:16:06 pm »
Another short story

A.E. van Vogt, Dormant, 1948 (First published in Startling Stories, November 1948.)

United States

USS Coulson (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified.
5 Inch guns
No other details provided

Plot summary: The year is 1948, a US Destroyer on clean-up duty in the Pacific stumbles across a dangerously radioactive rock, but what have they really found...

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« Reply #439 on: February 19, 2018, 12:54:58 am »
Philip McCutchan, Sunstrike, 1979

United States

USS Cato E. Parnell
Minesweeper/hunter
Glass Fibre hull. (Glass reinforced plastic?)
Speed: 25 knots (Max)
No other details provided.

USS Hampton Roads (SSN or SSBN-???)
Nuclear submarine, class not specified.
No other details provided, beyond the fact that it carries 'missiles' it is not specified if these are cruise missiles or ballistic missiles.

Plot summary: The year is 1979. Someone has provided the Chinese with the means to open holes in the Ozone Layer on command, the possibilities for extortion on the grandest scale are obvious.

Note: This is only the second novel I've run across that makes use of the idea of weaponizing ozone depletion as a major plot element, the other being the horror novel 'SIGMET Active' (1978) by Thomas Page, which I've covered earlier in the thread. It's also a Yellow Peril (China) novel, predating the resurgence of the genre in the late 1990s and early 2000s, other novels of this  kind I have covered in the thread are 'Sky Masters' (1991), 'Flood Tide' (1997), 'Icefire' (1998), 'China Sea' (2000) and 'White Plague' (2015). Dating this story is not really possible as the author carefully avoids providing specific information that could tie things to a particular year, however one reference to the 'power' of the British Trade Union Council over the British Government suggests that it may take place prior to the May 3 1979 British General Election (Which bought Margaret Thatcher into power...) or possibly shortly thereafter, see also the novel 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) by Alfred Coppel.
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