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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #465 on: May 03, 2018, 07:43:05 am »
Alexander Fullerton, Submariner, 2008

United Kingdom

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

HMS Ultra
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: A submarine of the same name appears in the authors Everard Chronicles novel 'The Gatecrashers' (1984).

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

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

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

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

HMS Tango
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: A T Class Submarine of this name also appears in the 'self-published on Amazon' short novel 'The Cauldron' (2013) by author Roy Peters.

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

Italy

Unnamed
Condottieri Class Cruiser (Duca degli Abruzzi Sub-Class)
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

Ankara
Tank Transport Ship (Converted Merchantman?)
Sunk by mines laid by HMS Rorqual (N74).

Sassnitz
Tank Transport Ship (Converted Merchantman?)

Note: Not sure if either of these ships are fictional or not.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, and for the submarines of the 10th Submarine Flotilla the war is reaching it's crisis point.

Note: In what turned out to be his last novel, the author freely mixes real and fictional warship names, making sorting out which is which quite difficult. A brief reference to Paul Everard, a character from the Everard Chronicles series shows that this novel is set in the same 'universe' as that series.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #466 on: May 06, 2018, 10:20:16 pm »
....   Note: Not sure if either of these ships are fictional or not.  ...   

- MS Ankara was general cargo vessel used by the German Navy in the Mediterranean as a transport until sunk
  by mine in 1943

- Couldn't find a German ship named "MS Sassnitz" before 1959. Was a train ferry then, that may have led the   
  author  to create a forerunner. But a train ferry, though certainly able to carry tanks, would have been suitable
  only for delivering them to a dedicated jetty, I think.

So both probably fictional.

It takes a long time, before all mistakes are made ...

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #467 on: May 06, 2018, 11:21:42 pm »
....   Note: Not sure if either of these ships are fictional or not.  ...   

- MS Ankara was general cargo vessel used by the German Navy in the Mediterranean as a transport until sunk
  by mine in 1943

- Couldn't find a German ship named "MS Sassnitz" before 1959. Was a train ferry then, that may have led the   
  author  to create a forerunner. But a train ferry, though certainly able to carry tanks, would have been suitable
  only for delivering them to a dedicated jetty, I think.

So both probably fictional.

Thank you Jemiba for that information.

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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #468 on: May 16, 2018, 03:54:07 am »
Denzil Meyrick, Empty Nets & Promises, 2016

United States

USS Newark (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified.
'Old' in 1968, so probably a late WWII class.
No other details provided.
Note: The name 'USS Newark' was intended for three US warships in WWII, an unbuilt Cleveland Class Cruiser (CL-88), a Cleveland Class Cruiser (CL-100) converted into a Independence Class Carrier and an unbuilt Fargo Class Cruiser (CL-108). The name itself does not fit the US naming convention for Destroyers, being a town name rather than the name of a naval hero.

Russia

Kirov
'Trawler' (Spy Ship?)
No other details provided.

United Kingdom

Unnamed
Minesweeper, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1968, and for the crew of one Scottish trawler things are going from good to worse, the skippers daughter is about to be married, there are no fish to be found, the publican has been arrested for selling stolen whiskey and now the boat's sprung a leak...

Note: The author is a writer of detective fiction set in Scotland, this book features one of the characters from his main series in a story that is inspired by the more humorous works of authors like Sir Compton Mackenzie...
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #469 on: May 24, 2018, 05:54:25 am »
William Wingate, Fireplay, 1977

United States

USS Galveston (CV-??)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified.
Length: 1020ft (310.9m)
Displacement: 80,800 tons
Crew: 4493
Air group includes A7E Corsairs and F4N Phantom IIs
Note: Explicitly identified in the text as a conventionally powered warship. The name used does not fit the naming conventions used for US Aircraft Carriers.

USS Stormy Beach (CGN-?)
Long Beach Class Cruiser?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name is dubious. Details of armament however are an exact match for the USS Long Beach (CGN-9).

USS Mary Jane
Oceanographic Survey Ship, class not specified
Length: 260ft (79.25m)
Displacement: 5000 tons
Diesel-electric engines
Speed: 12 knots (Cruising)
Crew: 43 + 17 scientists
Electronics fitted includes side-scan sonar.
Note: Name is dubious, 'Mary Jane' is a slang term for marijuana.

Unnamed
Four Destroyers of unspecified class.

Russia

Doneska
Golf (Pr.629) Class Submarine
Launched: 1963
Details as per the real ships.

Kresta
Kresta I (Pr.1134) Class Cruiser (Modified)
Details as per the real ships save she carries 2 x KA-25 'Hormone' Helicopters, rather than the single helicopter actual members of the class carried.

Sevastopol
Kresta I (Pr.1134) Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service

Dmitri Lazarev
Sverdlov (Pr.68bis) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Gordyi
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Revolutsia
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Zaytiv
Oceanographic Survey Ship, class not specified
17,000 tons
Crew: 137 + 71 Scientists
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Various destroyers and frigates.

Plot summary: The Russians have lost a submarine in the Pacific, giving the US the opportunity for a major intelligence coup.

Note: This is only the second novel I've come across based on Operation Jennifer (Project Azorian) (The other is 'Neptune' (1976) by Noel B. Gerson.), this one features a fictional version of Howard Hughes & the Glomar Explorer (Called in this novel, the Pacific Klondike.) other changes from the actual events are the use of a submersible barge (Omega One) and a copy of the bathyscape Trieste (Explorer One) to salvage the sunken Russian submarine, rather than the grasping claw they actually used. Interestingly this is one of the few 1970s action novels I found to be available on Kindle, as the author re-issued it as an ebook in 2011.
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