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S. D. M. Carpenter, Genesis of Antimony, 2018

United Kingdom

HMS Gwendolen
'Gunboat' class not specified
Operates on Lake Nyasa.

HMS Halberd
'Destroyer', class not specified
3 x 4 inch
No other details provided.

HMS Midas
M Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly identified as such by the author.

HMS Spitfire
Acasta Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

HMS Archer
Acheron Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Unnamed
L Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly identified as such by the author,

HMS St Andrews
Town/Weymouth Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly identified as such by the author.

HMS Bristol
Town/Bristol Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

HMS Fearless
Active Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

HMS Goliath
Canopus Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service.

Germany

SMS Aachen
Dresden Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Fitted with the 'Steinweiss Device' a primitive form of radar with a detection range of at least 50km (27 nautical miles), the rotating antenna (Mounted at the top of the Mainmast.) is described as looking like "...a set of bed springs set on it's side...".

SMS Hermann von Wissman
'Gunboat' class not specified
Armament: 1 x 3pdr (fwd), 1x 50mm SK/L40 (Aft), 2 x 'Maxim Guns'
No other details provided.
Operates on Lake Nyasa

Unnamed
Kolberg Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is the early years of WWI (The story is set between 18 November 1914 and 23 September 1915.), one German cruiser, while run to ground in an African river is proving a tough nut to crack with it's uncanny ability to evade intercepting warships. So a plan is put in motion to find out her secret.

Note: The saga of the SMS Königsberg in the Rufiji delta inspired at least one other author, Wilbur Smith, whose novel 'Shout at the Devil' (1968) was filmed in 1976.

The basic idea of radar was well known before WWI, but the problem that no one was able to solve until after that conflict was how to reliably determine range to target.
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Rest, yes this is the ideal mega-toy for billionaires who may or may not use it for world domination. The vertical ocean interface is basically a missile silo ;) and the forward ocean interface is big enough for recovering lost nuclear bombs

In 1960-70s it has bee a great plot for the next "007" movie.
Sort of "Gold Nemo"   ;)

Thank you for sharing this very entertaining and neat-designed project!
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Arjen, yes absolutely. If you are a m/billionaire with a submarine called nautilus then the pipe organ is required.

Rest, yes this is the ideal mega-toy for billionaires who may or may not use it for world domination. The vertical ocean interface is basically a missile silo ;) and the forward ocean interface is big enough for recovering lost nuclear bombs
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Pipe organs in submarine yachts, yay or nay? Essential accessories for the discerning billionaire.
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Dear members please, try to stay on topic
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There's a reason this has 205k likes in less than 24 hrs:



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Anyway, to try to approach back-on-topic: a yacht, from small to large, is obvious to one and all that it is a yacht, and is easily trackable. A submersible yacht, on the other hand, is necessarily a stealthy vehicle. One with long range would be of interest to military and police forces: perhaps not for them to own and operate themselves but they would probably want to watch these things very closely. If you're tootling about the Caribbean  taking in the sights, don't be too surprised if every time you surface there's a Coast Guard cutter nonchalantly sitting off your port bow.

That said, I wouldn't be too surprised if one or more of the owners of such a yacht turns out to have a co-owner who works for a three-letter agency.
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Out of curiosity... Do you assume everyone has these fantasies about killing strangers?

Your average schmoe is not going to have the funds to buy a ginormous submarine. What kind of person would? There would be those who inherit wealth, of course... but there would also be those who make their own billions. And the kind of person who becomes a billionaire by their own effort are almost universally *not* truly pacifistic. One way or another they tend to have a "killer instinct."  So it's best to have good outlets for that instinct for these people. And a "bait yacht" seems like a good, productive, socially acceptable - nay, praiseworthy - outlet.

And one cannot discuss the tpic of "fantasies about killing strangers" without pointing out that in the current political climate there are a *large* number of people who think it praiseworthy to physically assault other people merely for their political views. T

"Answer microaggression with macro-aggression." 
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Out of curiosity... Do you assume everyone has these fantasies about killing strangers?

Your average schmoe is not going to have the funds to buy a ginormous submarine. What kind of person would? There would be those who inherit wealth, of course... but there would also be those who make their own billions. And the kind of person who becomes a billionaire by their own effort are almost universally *not* truly pacifistic. One way or another they tend to have a "killer instinct."  So it's best to have good outlets for that instinct for these people. And a "bait yacht" seems like a good, productive, socially acceptable - nay, praiseworthy - outlet.

And one cannot discuss the tpic of "fantasies about killing strangers" without pointing out that in the current political climate there are a *large* number of people who think it praiseworthy to physically assault other people merely for their political views. T
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Out of curiosity... Do you assume everyone has these fantasies about killing strangers?
Pirate hunting has a long history going back hundreds of years.  Scum of the earth does not go away on it's own and must scrubbed with great force and determination.
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