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« Reply #480 on: June 29, 2018, 08:01:38 am »
Craig DiLouie, Contact!, 2017

United States

USS Sandtiger (SS-???)
Gato Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Flagfin (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Grant (DD-??)
Benham Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as such by the author. Name clashes with the USS Albert W. Grant (DD-649), a Fletcher Class Destroyer in service between 1943 - 1946 and scrapped in 1971.

Japan

Myru Maru
Transport
Length: 430ft (131.1 m)
Displacement: 6900 tons
Draft: 25ft (7.62m)
No other details provided

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: The year is 1944. After surviving the harrowing expedition to the Sea of Japan, the crew of the USS Sandtiger are given a new captain and ordered to assist in the destruction of a Japanese battery on Saipan prior to the American landings (15 June 1944), one which mounts a spare 18 inch gun from the Yamato.

Note: This is the fourth in a series of WWII action novels by this author. Prior volumes in the series covered in this thread are 'Crash Dive' (2015), 'Silent Running' (2016) and 'Battle Stations' (2016). Unlike the previous novels there is a much heavier land based component when part of the crew becomes involved in the attempt to destroy the Japanese gun.
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« Reply #481 on: July 04, 2018, 05:49:08 pm »
Larry Laswell, The Marathon Watch "Ross", (2015)

United States

USS Abel (DD-???)
Abel Class Destroyer (Gearing Class?)
6 x 5 inch guns
Length: 390ft
Beam 40ft
Displacement: 3,500 tons

USS Farnley (DD-???)
Abel Class Destroyer (Gearing Class?)
Described as "...last of the World War II ships..."
5 inch guns (While not specifically stated, appears to have undergone FRAM I.)
Length: 390ft
Beam 40ft
Displacement: 3,500 tons
Note: This dimensional figures are almost identical to the Gearing class, this means there is a high probability the authors 'Able Class' are actually Gearings.

USS Wilhelm (DD-???)
Destroyer, class unspecified
Post WWII class.
No other details provided.

USS Kuntz (DD-???)
Destroyer, class unspecified
Post WWII class.
No other details provided.

USS Talbot (DD-???)
Destroyer, class unspecified
Post WWII class.
No other details provided
Note: Name clash with USS Talbot (FFG-4) a Brooke Class Frigate. Author explicitly states this ship is a destroyer.

USS Foster (DD-???)
Destroyer, Class unspecified
No other details provided.

USS Wainright (DD-???)
Destroyer, Class unspecified
No other details provided.

USS Raynor (DD-???)
Destroyer, class not specified
Commissioned in October 1971
No other details provided.

USS Cuyahoga (AO-??)
Fleet Oiler, class unspecified
No other details provided.

USS Puget Sound (AD-38)
Samuel Gompers Class destroyer tender
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Severn (AO-61)
Cimarron Class Oiler
Real ship, details as in service

USS Mississinewa (AO-144)
Neosho Class Oiler
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Enterprise (CVN-65)
Enterprise Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS America (CV-66)
Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Kennedy (CV-67)
Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Vreeland (FF-1068)
Knox Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Sampson (DDG-10)
Charles F. Adams Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Manley (DD-940)
Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: The year is 1971. The US Navy is carrying out Operation: Marathon, a secret test (Which starts in May of 1970) of just how long warships can be kept operational in circumstances of reduced supply, seven ships, six post WWII designs and one WWII era ship (Being used as a control.) are taking part. For the Admiral who designed the operation, success will mean promotion, for the crew of the USS Farnley (DD-???) it means an incompetent/insecure captain and endless frustrations with supply, how long will they be able to run their race with time.

Note: The author appears to have drawn at least in part on his own experiences aboard the USS William M. Wood (DD-715) a Gearing Class Destroyer to provide some of the background, overall this is a good story, though it does get a bit digressive in places.
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« Reply #482 on: July 05, 2018, 12:09:00 am »
Anon., Crash Dive, published as Battle Picture Library N. 821, ?

United Kingdom

HMS Snarl
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly identified as such in the text.

HMS Bayswater
Submarine Depot Ship, class not specified
No other details provided.

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

Germany

Werther
Deutschland Class Cruiser (Modified)
Armament: 4 x 14 inch guns (Twin turrets fore and aft), other armament appears to be identical to the originals.
Other details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Several S-boats, destroyers & U-Boats

Plot summary: The year is 1943, a British submarine is tasked with penetrating a heavily defended fjord to sink a German pocket battleship, a mission that pushes the crew to the brink of the unthinkable, but will it push them beyond...

Note: As with all war comics of this type there are no details on who came up with the storyline, a note at the start indicates that it was first published in 1962 and this may be a later reprint.
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« Reply #483 on: July 07, 2018, 04:51:04 am »
Maurice Medland, Point of Honor, 2018

United States

USS Carlyle (DD-949)
Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Stated to be around 50 years old at the unspecified time the novel is set.
Note: Pennant clashes with that of the USS Parsons (DD-949) a Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer converted into a Decataur Class Guided Missile Destroyer in 1967 and redesignated DDG-33. The author does not provide any class specific details when describing the USS Carlyle, so class has been determined from the pennant number only.


USS Duncan (FFG-10)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service
Note: This ship was decommissioned in December of 1994.

Columbia

ARC Almirante Padilla
Almirante Padilla Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: A boarding party from a US Navy destroyer operating on the Pacific Coast of Columbia makes a horrific discovery aboard a freighter found abandoned at sea. Trapped aboard by a worsening storm, the party finds their lives endangered by more than the elements.

Note: The author provides no specific dating information. However the mention of the USS Duncan (FFG-10) towards the end of the story suggests that it is set prior to that ship decommissioning in 1994.

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« Reply #484 on: July 08, 2018, 07:37:16 am »
Some 'self-published on Amazon' horror fiction...

Stephen Ward, The Last Wolf, 2018

United Kingdom (1985)

HMS Talisman
County Class Destroyer (Batch I)
Details as per the real ships in Batch I, retains full gun armament in 1985.
Note: Name does not fit class naming scheme (English Counties.). The name was last used during WWII for a T Class Submarine sunk in 1942.

Germany (WWII)

UX-505
Type X U-boat (Modified)
Details as to propulsion are unchanged, hull has been lengthened by 25ft (7.62m)
Armament: 5 Torpedo Tubes (4 forward 1 aft), 1 Cannon (Caliber not specified)
Some of the torpedoes have been modified so that they carry a rocket armed with a biological weapon instead of a warhead.
Highly automated, the crew has been reduced to five, the aft torpedo tube is the only one that needs to be manually loaded.
Note: Pennant number clashes with U-505 a Type IXC U-Boat in service between 1941-1944.

Germany (1985)

Berlin
Hamburg Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Stated to be 'new' in 1985, however this class was built in the late 50s/early 1960s. Author explicitly identifies the ship as a member of the Hamburg Class.

United States (1985)

USS Kentucky (DDG-???)
'Destroyer', class not specified
Note: Name does not fit the naming scheme the US uses for destroyer/frigate classes and while not in use at the time the story is set, became the name of an Ohio Class Submarine in 1991

France

Aconite
'Destroyer'
No other details provided
Note: At the time the story is set the French had a frigate named Aconit (F65).

Italy

Roma
'Frigate'
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1985. Two men out fishing discover an experimental U-boat lost since the end of the war and that for some revenge is indeed a dish best served cold, for there is nothing colder than the sea...

Note: This is indeed a horror novel, but not for the reasons the author thought. Anything that ends with an authors note apologizing for not doing his research, is never going to turn out well. Many of the facts he gets wrong could have been researched with little effort, and the ending of the story is confusing to say the least.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #485 on: July 09, 2018, 01:28:16 am »
Charles Whiting (Pen name: Duncan Harding), Tug of War, 1976

United Kingdom

HMS Rattlesnake
Admiralty Tugboat
Launched: 1921 (Novel states the ship is 20 years old in 1941)
Length: 156ft (47.55m)
Weight (Gross): 653 tons
Engine: 1200hp Triple Expansion Steam
Armament: 2 x 20mm Oerlikon Guns (1 on each Bridge Wing), 2 x Browning MGs (Caliber not specified) mounted behind the bridge, Parachute-and-Cable projectors and Holman Projectors, hand grenades and small arms for the crew.
Crew: 30
Fitted with a full array of towing/salvage equipment.
Described as being "A seaboat first and then a tug." and built "...a bit too late for the First (World) War." Stated to have been sold to US firm for scrapping and returned to the British as part of the Destroyers-For-Bases deal which inaugurated Lend-Lease.

Germany

Hamburg
Submarine Depot Ship
No other details.

U-66
U-Boat, type not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: Pennant is that of a Type IXC U-boat in service 1941 - 1944. As the submarine featured in the novel is sunk in December 1941, it cannot be the real submarine.

U-87
U-Boat, type not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: Pennant is that of a Type VIIB U-Boat in service 1941 - 1943. As the submarine featured in the novel is sunk in December 1941, it cannot be the real submarine.

U-122
U-boat, type not specified
No other details provided
Note: Pennant is that of a Type IXB U-Boat in service during 1940 when it went missing. As the submarine in the novel is sunk in December 1941, it cannot be the real submarine.

E-102
S-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant number is as given. During the war and for a long time thereafter the British referred to these ships as E-Boats. The Pennant S-102 was used on an S-boat transferred to the Black Sea in 1942.

Plot summary: The year is 1941 (The story takes place between December the 22nd and 29th of that year.) and another convoy is making it's way from England to Russia, for one ship the journey is especially harsh.

Note: This is a 'Boy's Own Adventure' style tale written for the cheaper end of the paperback books market, which has recently become available again as an E-book. The authors most egregious mistake is in using the identifier of an actual England-Russia convoy (PQ8, which took place in January 1942) for his fictitious one.
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« Reply #486 on: July 11, 2018, 08:07:20 am »
Alexander Fullerton, Special Deliverance, 1986

United Kingdom

HMS Shropshire
County Class Destroyer (Batch 2)
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Boreas
Type 22 Class Frigate (Batch 1)
Details as per the real ships.

RFA Tidebreak
Tide Class Replenishment Oiler
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1982. The British government has found where the Argentinian government has all the Exocet missiles they have purchased since the start of the Falklands War. After the sinking of HMS Sheffield (D80) it is realized that they have to be destroyed before they can be used. However the simplest method would have unacceptable political repercussions, so another more risky way has been chosen to deal with the problem.

Notes:  The Falklands War (April - June 1982) was seen by many as the first sign that the West was willing to stand up against dictators et al after the end of the Vietnam War. I've covered other novels using this war as a background previously, these being, 'Sea Skimmer' (2011), 'The White Vixen' (2012) & 'Beneath Sunless Waters' (2016). This novel however is one of the earliest featuring the conflict, preceded in the English language only (To my knowledge.) by a series of novels written by science fiction writer Kenneth Bulmer under the pen name Adam Hardy. With a series title of 'Strike Force Falklands', they treated the conflict in much the same manner as early 1950s 'Boys Own Adventure' fiction treated WWII. Interestingly the first novel in the series 'Operation Exocet' (1984) uses the same basic plot idea as 'Special Deliverance', but with a much simpler treatment of the subject.
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« Reply #487 on: July 11, 2018, 09:20:00 pm »
From the Falklands, to the Second World War...

Paul & Shiela Mandel, The Black Ship, 1968

Germany

Horst Wessel (Z-14)
Type 1936 Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Crew is made up entirely of members of the SS who have been given naval training.
Fitted with radar of unspecified type.
Note: Enough information is given to confirm the ship is a Type 1936 destroyer, but not enough to identify the sub-type. The Pennant number is that of the Friedrich Ihn (Z-14) a Type 1934A Class Destroyer that survived WWII. None of the Type 1936 destroyers were actually named.

United States

PT-863
PT boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: With thanks to Hood, I've been able to confirm that this is a fictional pennant number.

Unnamed
3 x PT Boats
Details as per the real ships.

United Kingdom

Unnamed
Various destroyers and MTBs

Plot summary: It is the middle of the Second World War, the United States Navy stung by British remarks about 'Iron Bottom Sound' (1st Savo Island.) decides to send some PT boats to the United Kingdom to show the Brits 'How it's done..." the crews of the PT boats sent find themselves fighting both a supply system that thinks the United Kingdom is in the Pacific and the first major surface warship crewed entirely by the Waffen SS.

Note: The split authorship came about because the primary author died partway through the novel and his wife completed it for publication. I'd rank it as a competent but not exceptional attempt to write an Alistair MacLean style thriller. This writeup is based on the Readers Digest version of the novel, should I find a copy of the full novel I will revisit this post.
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« Reply #488 on: July 15, 2018, 04:35:32 am »
David Monnery, Marine C SBS: The Florida Run, 1995

United Kingdom

HMS Argyll
Type 23 Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service

Unnamed
Vickers Pisces Minisub
No specifics given, assumed to be identical to the Vickers Pisces III derived minisubs appearing in 'Marine A SBS: Terrorism on the North Sea' (1995)

Non State

Unnamed
2 Mini-subs, class not specified.
Length: 20ft (6.1 m)
Crew 2
Submerged speed: 20 knots (Surfaced speed is not given.)
Range: 200 miles (321.9 km)
Description:
Quote
"...cylindrical. Two bulbous growths had been added: one where the conning-tower on a larger submarine might have been, the other at what was presumably the bow end. This was divided into two large convex windows... There were also large windows in the flanks...

Marine C SBS: The Florida Run (1995)

Note: These are former Soviet mini-subs from a naval research facility in Murmansk, they are now being used by the Arcilla Organization (A smuggling group) to bring various illegal items into the United States. For deceptive purposes both submarines have been painted with identical markings.

Plot summary: The year is 1994. The murder of an expert in minisubs from the former Soviet Union and the kidnapping of a former member of the British Special Boat Service (SBS) lead to the US Government to take an extraordinary decision, as the major suspect is a Cuban  migrant (and now British citizen.) who has become a major business figure in the West Indies, they give the British permission to send in a four man SBS team to figure out just what is going on.

Notes: This is the third in the series of 'Marine' books first released in the mid 90s and re-issued as ebooks by Osprey Publishing in the 2010s (The books have subsequently been withdrawn from Amazon in 2018 for some reason.). Unlike the first novel in the series, this one is much more firmly grounded in the real world, with the novels fictional events taking place in the lead up to the American intervention in Hati that took place in September of 1994. Similarly the author focuses on creating a more 'realistic' picture of the SBS and it's activities than the author of the first book, though he does allow himself an 'action ending'. More interestingly the author, who also wrote several novels in the companion 'Soldier' series (Which focused on the SAS.), makes several references to novels in that series suggesting he viewed them as all forming part of the same 'Universe'.
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« Reply #489 on: July 16, 2018, 01:25:49 am »
Roger E. Herst, Ghost Sub, 2013

United States

USS Edmond Roald Admundsen (SSN-??? or SSGN-???) (ex-USS Scorpion (SSN-589))
Skipjack Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Commissioned: 1959
Armament has been modified to replace the normal torpedo load with 18 Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, launched via the torpedo tubes. An automatic loading system for the Tomahawks has been fitted.
Note: Stated to be the sixth nuclear submarine built after the USS Nautilus (SSN-571). Crew uses Blue/Gold rotation system like Ballistic Missile submarines. Specifically stated it was chosen because it was from a class that retained six bow tubes. Stated to be the former USS Scorpion (SSN-589) which went missing off the Azores in 1968. In novel the ship was simply renamed and used for covert operations, this being the latest of them.

USS Yellowtail (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author explicitly identifies the submarine as a member of the Sturgeon Class.

USS Mako (SSN-???)
Nuclear Submarine, class not specified (Skate/Sturgeon/Permit Class?)
No other details provided

USS Millard Fillmore (SSN-??? or SSBN-???)
Nuclear Submarine of unspecified class
No other details provided
Note: Another submarine of unspecified class with this name appears in the science fiction novel 'Death of a Cosmonaut (1969)
Russia

Arktika
Arktika Class Icebreaker
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This ship was replaced by an icebreaker of the same name in 2016
In the novel this ship is carrying a helicopter configured for ASW operations, most likely a KA-27 'Helix'.

Dskari
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Svetlivyiare
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Two 'Patrol Icebreakers'

Unnamed
Two Poti Class Corvettes

Unnamed
Golf Class Submarine

Plot summary: An American submarine has been sent into waters close off the Russian Arctic coast on a top-secret deployment. As a series of accidents and strange events occur the crew starts wondering if they will complete the patrol alive.

Note: The author does not provide any specific dating information beyond the fact that it takes place after the introduction of the Tomahawk missile in 1983. From the overall 'feel' of things the story is taking place some time mid-80s, certainly no later than the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. I wanted to like this one, but there were all sorts of niggling little problems, starting with the claim that US submarines use 25 inch TT, that ultimately prevented me from doing so.
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« Reply #490 on: July 20, 2018, 07:31:25 am »
William Katz, North Star Crusade, 1976

United States

USS John Hay (SSBN-???)
Ethan Allen Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as this class by the author.

Russia

Unnamed (K-343)
Delta Class Submarine
Launched: 1971
Details as per the real ships.

Dostoyny
Krivak (Pr.1135) Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: Referred to as a 'Destroyer' in the novel. Name in novel is close to that of a real member of the Krivak Class named Dostoynyy.

Svirepy
Krivak (Pr.1135) Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: Referred to as a 'Destroyer' in the novel. Name in novel is close to that of a real member of the Krivak Class named Svirepyy.

Plot summary: A US submarine is hijacked by a group that believes starting World War III will save the world from the Soviet Union.

Note: While the novel includes a large number of real ships, there are three Los Angeles Class Submarines that appear in the novel, USS Indianapolis (SSN-697) (Launched: 1977, Commissioned: 1980), USS Boston (SSN-703) (Launched: 1980, Commissioned: 1982) & USS Houston (SSN-713) (Launched: 1981, Commissioned: 1982) that are the keys to pinning down just when this one is set.

Given that the story cannot take place before the USS Boston & USS Houston were commissioned, the story is set no earlier than October 1982.  The author guessed wrong when he missed out on predicting the fall of the Shah of Iran but got it right when he guessed that Yuri Andropov would become the leader of the Soviet Union. And that is what makes novels from this period interesting, seeing just how close authors predictions came to reality. Other novels exhibiting this 'future of the past' quality are 'Thirty-Four East' (1974) & 'The Hastings Conspiracy' (1980) (Both by Alfred Coppel) , along with what is probably the most well known 'alternative history' sequence, 'Raise the Titanic' (1976), 'Vixen 03' (1978), 'Night Probe' (1981) & 'Deep Six' (1984) (All by Clive Cussler) which are set in an alternative 1980s (The novels are set between 1987 ('Raise the Titanic') & 1989 ('Deep Six').) with many differences from what actually happened, most notably Canada being absorbed by the United States, or the scrapping of the Iowa Class Battleships, which is also referenced as a planned US action in 'North Star Crusade'.

I have covered in this thread a number of novels covering this kind of plot (Government loses control of a nuclear missile submarine.), 'Two Hours to Darkness' (1963), 'The Triton Ultimatum' (1977), 'Poseidon's Shadow' (1979), 'Sons of God' (2008), 'Warhead' (2011) &  'Merlin's War' (2016). The cover is by sci-fi artist Chris Foss.
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« Reply #491 on: July 23, 2018, 03:28:47 am »
A break in our regular service, with a very unexpected find...

Diane Cary, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Ghost Ship, 1988

Russia

Sergei G. Gorshkov
Lenin Class Aircraft Carrier (Fictional)
Weight: 90,000 tons
Nuclear powered
Airgroup includes MiG-33b fighters (Note: Possibly a navalised version of the MiG-29 "Fulcrum" (In service 1982), although the designation 'MiG-33' was used for an F-16 like 'light strike fighter' project in the 1980s before being re-used in the 1990s for the MiG-29M.)
Armament includes a directional EMP cannon used as an anti-missile defense and 'Teardrop' missiles.

Vladivostok
Warship, type unspecified
No other details provided.
Note: Support group for the Gorshkov includes 4 cruisers and 10 destroyers, this is probably a cruiser, based on the name.

United States

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: Why are the crew of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701D) being subjected to visions of a key moment in Earths history, the 1995 destruction of the first Russian nuclear aircraft carrier in circumstances that have never been fully explained.
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« Reply #492 on: July 25, 2018, 08:18:48 am »
J. E. MacDonnell, The Last Stand, 1970

Australia

HMAS Jackal
Battle Class Destroyer (1943)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name may commemorate sunken J Class Destroyer HMS Jackal. See the entries in this thread for the novels  'Approved to Scrap' (1968), 'Operation Jackal' (1969), 'A Council of Captains' (1974), 'The Shadow' (1977) & 'Breaking Point' (1979) for further notes & comments on this fictional ship.

United States

USS Huntley (DD-???)
Gearing Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Part of the US 7th Fleet.

Japan

Unnamed
8 Cruisers of unspecified class (Possibly Myōkō Class)

Unnamed
8 Destroyers of unspecified class.

Plot summary; Two destroyers are sent to scout out the waters around the island of Sulawesi late in WWII.

Note: Dating this one is fairly easy. One of the characters witnessed the Kamikaze attack on the USS Franklin (CV-13) (19 March 1945) and the subsequent fires and comments on how he was impressed with the way the Americans dealt with it, thus these events are taking place some time between that event and the end of WWII in the Pacific.

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), 'The Frogman' (1958),  'The Surgeon' (1959),  'The Secret Weapon' (1959), 'Subsmash' (1960), 'The Coxswain' (1960), 'Killer Group' (1964), 'The Hammer of God' (1968), 'Hunter-Killer' (1968), 'The Kill,' (1974), 'Breaking Point' (1979) & 'The Glory Hunter' (c. 1980s) . 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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« Reply #493 on: July 28, 2018, 10:03:31 pm »
Douglas Reeman, Badge of Glory, 1982

United Kingdom

HMS Audacious
Three Decked Ship of the Line
Details as per the real ships of this type in British service. (eg 120 guns)
Note: At the time the novel was set (1850 - 1854) there was no ship of this name in the Royal Navy, the previous example had been scrapped in 1815. The name would be revived for a ironclad battleship in 1869.

HMS Tenacious
Steam Battleship (Screw)
Three Decked Ship of the Line (131 guns)
Armament: 16 muzzleloading 8 inch guns, the rest are 32pdr muzzleloading smoothbores
Engines produce 350hp.
Described as "...the newest of her kind..." (e.g. She was probably launched in early 1853.)
Note: The author probably based this ship on the HMS Duke of Wellington, a three decked steam battleship launched in 1852. At the time the novel was set (1850 - 1854) there was no ship of this name in the Royal Navy, the name would not be used until World War I.

HMS Swiftsure
Two Decked Ship of the Line
Details as per the real ships of this type in British service. (eg 74 guns)
Note: At the time the novel was set (1850 - 1854) there was no ship of this name in the Royal Navy, the previous example having transferred out of Royal Navy service in 1845 after a long period as a receiving ship (eg out of combat service.). It is possible that the author intended this ship to be that vessel returned to active service, but he gives no indication of this being the case.

HMS Valiant
Two Decked Ship of the Line
Details as per the real ships of this type in British service. (eg 74 guns)
Note: At the time the novel was set (1850 - 1854) there was no ship of this name in the Royal Navy, the previous example having being scrapped in 1823. The replacement vessel ordered in 1825 was cancelled unbuilt in 1831.

HMS Argyll
Two Decked Ship of the Line
Details as per the real ships of this type in British service. (eg 74 guns)
Note: At the time the novel was set (1850 - 1854) there was no ship of this name in the Royal Navy, the previous example having being scrapped in 1748. The name would not be reused until the 1900s.

HMS Peregrine
Frigate (Sailing)
Details as per a typical member of this type of ship in British service during the 1850s
Note: This name has never been used for a Royal Navy ship, it was however for a period the name of the facility now known as Ford Open Prison.

HMS Amelia
Store Ship
No other details.
Note: At the time the novel was set (1850 - 1854) there was no ship of this name in the Royal Navy, the previous example having being broken up in 1816. The name would not be reused until 1856.

HMS Satyr
Steam Frigate (Sidewheel)
Details for this ship appear to be identical to those of HMS Birkenhead (1845), however unlike that ship she was completed as a frigate rather than a troopship.
Note: At the time the novel was set (1850 - 1854) there was no ship of this name in the Royal Navy, the name would not be used until World War I.

HMS Sarpedon
Steam Frigate (Sidewheel)
No specifics offered, but implied to be built to the same design as HMS Satyr and HMS Birkenhead (1845).
Note: This name has never been used for a Royal Navy ship.

HMS Norseman
Steam Gunboat (Sidewheel)
Armament: 1 x 6pdr, 2 x mortars of unspecified caliber
No other details provided
Note: This name has never been used for a Royal Navy ship.

HMS Rupert
Steam Gunboat (Sidewheel)
No other details provided
Note: At the time the novel was set (1850 - 1854) there was no ship of this name in the Royal Navy. The name was subsequently used for an ironclad battleship in the 1890s.

HMS Kingsmill
Schooner (Armed)
No other details provided 

Russia (Empire)

Rostislav
Three Decked Ship of the Line (eg. 120 guns)
Details as per the typical ships of this type in Imperial Russian service.
Note: This name was not used by the Imperial Russian Navy until the 1890s.

Unnamed
Two Sailing Frigates.
No other details

Plot summary: Follows the career of a Royal Marine, from the earliest phases of the 'Scramble for Africa' as the Royal Navy struggles to supress the slave trade to the Crimean War.

Note: This is the first of a series of novels the author wrote covering the evolution of the Royal Marines between 1850 - 1982. The novel covers an interesting period as the Royal Navy transitions from Sail to Steam and ideas dating back to the Napoleonic Wars clash with those of the emerging Victorian Age. The cover is from a later issue of the first two novels in the series as a single book and depicts HMS Norseman heading up a river in Africa to face a well armed band of slavers, the artist is unnamed but is probably (From the style.) Chris Mayger, who was the artist who did many of the covers for Douglas Reeman's novels in the 1970s & 1980s.
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Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
« Reply #494 on: July 29, 2018, 02:44:23 am »
Christopher Murphy, Scream at the Sea, 1982

United Kingdom

HMS UNS1
Unmanned Nuclear Submarine
"...more defense systems than the rest of the Navy put together..."
Armament includes Polaris missiles
Nuclear powered, 3 reactor power plant.
Length: 350ft (106.7m)
Speed: 55knots (Surfaced)/Unspecified (Submerged)
Endurance: 3 years between port visits
Cost: 900,000,000
Note: This fully automated submarine is laid out differently internally from a standard ballistic missile submarine. The conning tower which is described as being narrower and smaller than a normal submarine conning tower is located roughly half-way between the bow and stern rather than close to the bow.

Plot summary: A contract security expert on leave after completing work on a top secret Royal Navy project finds himself at the center of a crisis when the top secret automated submarine he was projecting malfunctions but refuses to respond to all hails.

Note: The author does not offer specific dates, but various references suggest that the novel is set in the 1970s rather than contemporaneously with the novels release in 1982. A character references the SPECAT Jaguar attack aircraft in a way that implies that the plane has just entered service (It entered British service in 1974). Similarly there is a brief reference to the Cod Wars, a series of clashes between Britain and Iceland, the second of which took place between 1972 - 1973 (The third took place 1975 - 76), finally the unnamed aircraft carrier in the novel has an airgroup that includes F-4 Phantoms, these were only introduced to the Royal Navy in the late 60's with the first operational squadron embarking HMS Ark Royal (Audacious Class) in 1970. All of this suggests the story is set either in 1974 or 1975.  The novel itself has a fairly lighthearted feel that makes me think of 'Boys Own Adventure' type stories and was written by an author who seems to have specified in Aviation related fiction.
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