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Title: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 29, 2015, 10:11:42 am
This thread is effectively a relaunch of the "Fictional Never-Were" thread from Warship Projects 3.0.

It covers fictional warships in novels such as:

USS John F Kennedy (BCGN-???) (Joe Poyer: North Cape, 1969) (http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,23576.msg239933.html#msg239933)

First up...

John Watson: The Final Act, 2000

Hindenburg
Bismark Class Battleship (Third member of class)
Has been converted into a monitor.
Hull dimensions are the same as the real ships.
Armament: 4 x 15inch Guns (Turrets 'Anton' & 'Bruno') & 16 3.7 cm guns (8 twin turrets)
Propulsion: 2 Diesel engines driving a single shaft, maximum speed 12 knots.
Armour has been greatly thickened compared to the Bismark and Tirpitz

HMS Trent
York Class Cruiser (Third member of class.)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: Nazi Germany sends the Hindenburg to bombard Washington in 1945 (Unknown to the captain the real plan is to transport $89,000,000 worth of gold to the US.). The monitor battles with HMS Trent and sinks her by ramming. A mutiny then takes place after the crew discover the gold. The ship is abandoned in Greenland and lies abandoned until a Dot-Com millionaire salvages the ship so he can use it as the center-piece of a theme park he plans to build.

After arriving at Washington the ship is boarded by a 'Sovereign Citizen' who somehow manages to fire one of the main guns at the White House (He misses). A Harpoon missile is fired at the Hindenburg by USS Clark (FFG-11) (A real ship.), which explodes but does not damage the ship, however does it break apart after running aground after the tow ropes are cut.

Note: This is the authors second novel, the first novel 'The Iron Man' (1998) is also covered in this thread.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 30, 2015, 06:56:43 pm
David Poyer China Sea, 2000

USS Oliver C. Gaddis (FFG-1???)
Knox Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Surface armament has been augmented as follows, in addition to the standard weapons fit out the following weapons have been equipped, a quad-40mm gun mounted on the fantail, two twin-40mm mounts on the boat deck (Port/Starboard), plus 20mm guns at unspecified locations.

USS Thomas S. Gates (CG-51)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

China

Unnamed
Ex-IJN Katori Class
Stats as per the real ships, electronics have been modernized. The air craft catapult has been replaced with SSM missile launchers of an unspecified type.

Unnamed
Two Type 062 Class Gunboats
Details as per the real ships

Unspecified State (Ships probably belong to specific countries, but their identities/nationality are concealed, both from the hero and the reader.)

Unnamed
Underway Replenishment Ship
Smaller than the US Replenishment ships extant in the 1990s
Diesel Engines
Three Island layout
Can handle both fuel and ammunition replenishment.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Nuclear submarine, class not specified
Not a US Submarine, possible nationalities are British, French or Russian.
No other details provided

Plot Summary: A beached USN captain is given the job of preparing a frigate for transfer to Pakistan during the buildup to Desert Storm. He instead finds himself sailing into stranger and stranger waters in the search for pirates in the South China Sea.

Note: This intrigue heavy plot is perhaps the authors wildest foray into naval action fiction, whenever I read it I cannot stop myself from thinking of Douglas Reeman's 'The Greatest Enemy' (1970), another novel set in the same region of the world and drawing upon similar fears about China.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 06, 2015, 06:56:14 am
David Poyer: The Passage, 1995

United States

USS Threadfin (SSN-???)
Thresher Class (or as later known Permit Class) Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Barrett (DDG-998)
Kidd Class Destroyer (Fifth member of class.)
Details as per the real ships in regards to dimensions and armaments.
The difference between this ship and the actual members of the class is in the command and control hardware which incorporates a program called ACDADS (Automated Combat Decision and Direction System), or as named by the crew 'Elmo'. If the correct mode is selected the computer is capable of fighting by itself, having full control over the ships propulsion, steering and weapons...

Russia

Razytelny
Krivak Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: The year is 1980, the USS Barrett (DDG-998), the newest ship in the US Navy has just entered service, provided the bugs can be worked out of her software, the ship may become the model for 21st Century warships, that is provided the Soviets don't interfere.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 07, 2015, 05:54:12 pm
Now from David Poyer's more or less plausable creations to something a little less plauseable.

Charles D. Taylor, Silent Hunter, 1987

USS Imperator

A rather vaguely described super-sub. Length is around 1500ft, the aft (two thirds of the distance from the bow)  mounted conning tower tops out at most 120ft above the keel of the submarine. Hull width is unspecified.

Armament: The usual stuff for an attack submarine, in larger quantities, plus a marine contingent with tanks and helicopters (no mention if the bow opens to deploy the tanks via a ramp or they deploy via heli-lift).

Speed: Submerged: 25 knots(+). Surfaced: Unspecified

Plot: The Russians try to make the entire Arctic Ocean their own lake.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 12, 2015, 04:48:54 am
Now to an altogether more bleak place...

David Mace, DEMON-4, 1984

DEMON-4

Autonomous underwater combat vehicle. Control system comprises a computer linked to a suitably conditioned human brain.

Length: 15m
Beam: 3.2m
Height: 2.6m

Speed:  Max: 30knots (+) (submerged), surface speed not mentioned.

Armament: Torpedos and hypervelocity weapons referred to as 'Darts' and 'Bolts'.  Also carries various decoys and can be fitted with manipulators and a pod to carry one human occupant at the expense of the weapons load.

Plot Summary: WWIII ended after 65 days. The struggle to survive has begun, but the machines built to protect resource areas are too paranoid to be shut down, they can only be killed...

(Later:I've added a scan of the Tony Roberts cover of the novel, which also seems to be based on the authors description.)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Rhinocrates on November 12, 2015, 02:06:02 pm
Hmmm, really scraping the depths of my memory here. A novel I think was called 'Fathom'. An optionally-manned minisub/UUV developed by the French code-named Green Dolphin. Standard techno-thriller plot: hijacked equipment, nuclear terrorism, race against time etc. Published some time in the first half of the 1980s? Google's not helping, so is anyone else's memory jogged?

It's of interest because the Green Dolphin seems to anticipate a lot of current thinking. As mentioned, it is designed for covert military operations, large enough to carry one person if required (largely during testing and development), it can operate unmanned, autonomously for long periods, it has an internal pumpjet propulsor and an anechoic coat.

Also, John Birmingham's trilogy beginning with 'Weapons of Choice' presents a whole fleet of futuristic but reasonably extrapolated vessels, too many to name and describe in one post.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 12, 2015, 05:53:31 pm
Hmmm, really scraping the depths of my memory here. A novel I think was called 'Fathom'. An optionally-manned minisub/UUV developed by the French code-named Green Dolphin. Standard techno-thriller plot: hijacked equipment, nuclear terrorism, race against time etc. Published some time in the first half of the 1980s? Google's not helping, so is anyone else's memory jogged?

Mine is, I've actually read it, but I don't have a copy. The only thing I can remember from the plot is that when the agent sent to stop it finds the submarine the coating on the outside feels like flesh and the person manning it is found to be very dead.

I'm wondering if those ideas were floating around (no pun intended) at the time.

Demon-4 has a ducted water jet propulsion system and is also optimised to minimise noise (internal weapons bays, a conformal shape, anechoic coat, etc)

Much of the novel (after giving the backstory) is a series of slow, silent approaches to weaken the defenses of the target.

Between pages 49-51 of the 1984 Panther edition (which may have been the only one) there is a pretty detailed 'data-dump', it might be enough for someone to run up an illustration.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: _Del_ on November 12, 2015, 06:27:45 pm
"Steel Albatross" of the book by the same name. Scott Carpenter

It's in a box somewhere, but it's been ages since I read it, and I don't remember the specs beyond it being a manned Slocum glider. The concept has definitely stuck with me.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: TomS on November 12, 2015, 06:41:08 pm
USS Cunningham, from Choosers of the Slain by James H. Cobb

Stealth design with a clipper bow and a well deck.

Length: 580 feet
Displacement: unclear (stated once as 80,000 tons, but also as less than a WW2 heavy cruiser, which means less than about 18,000 tons)
Propulsion: gas turbine electric with podded propulsors, 2 x 45,000 hp motors
Speed: officially "greater than 30 knots" but we see the ship making 42 knots in Sea State 5

Armament: two 76mm OTO Melara Super Rapid guns, advanced Phalanx CIWS (4 x 25mm Gatlings plus 2 x quad Rolling Airframe Missile), torpedo tubes, and 196 cold-launch VLS tubes.

Missiles: (initial load out)
Surface-to-surface: 36 Harpoon Two, 12 Standard HARM, 12 Sea SLAM, and 12 Strategic Cruise Missiles.
ASW: 36 Vertical Launch ASROC, 4 Aquahawks (ASW Tomahawk).
Surface-to-air: 48 LORAIN, 28 ESSM quad packs (112 missiles).
Special-mission loads: 4 BRAVE 2000 drones and 1 Zenith anti-satellite round (this is stacked on deck for launch and said to take up 4 VLS cells).

Aircraft: two SAH-66 Sea Commanche helicopters (nose-mounted APG-65 radar plus optional Clearwater III AEW radar or dipping sonar and sonobouys)

Sensors: AN/SPY-2A Augmented AEGIS, Mast-Mounted Sights, sonar
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 13, 2015, 09:29:04 am
Richard Thompson, The Tiger Cruise, 1999

USS Woodbridge (SSN-349)
Los Angeles Class Submarine (688i Subclass)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant is well outside the range of the Los Angeles Class (SSN-688 to 773 with gaps at 726 to 743 (Ohio Class) and 744 to 749 (Unassigned)). The number clashes with that of USS Diodon (SS-349) a Balao Class Submarine in service 1946 - 1971.

K-387
Russian Submarine. Class unspecified in novel
Capable of carrying a mini-sub (See below)

Experimental Submarine Observatory (ESO)
Mini Sub (French Designed)
Comissioned: June 1997
Length: 20.15ft (6.14m)
Beam: 10ft (3.05m)
Crew: 3
Armament: 1 324mm torpedo tube (Mk32, Mod14)
Nuclear powered
Speed: 24 knots

Note: Undetectable by all but the most modern passive sonar systems, exactly how is not specified by the author.

Plot Summary: Renegade Russians and agents of Saddam Hussain attempt to launch a bio-weapon attack on the United States, attempts to intercept them are made much harder by a massive offshore earthquake which causes a devastating tsunami to strike the east coast of North America. In the end it comes down to one submarine, which was carrying out a 'Tiger Cruise' taking friends and family of the crew out for the experience of a lifetime...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Tony Williams on November 14, 2015, 03:36:25 am
Ahem - if I may be allowed to mention my own book - The Foresight War http://quarryhs.co.uk/TFWreviews.htm (http://quarryhs.co.uk/TFWreviews.htm)  B) - this describes a number of fictional WW2 RN warships, including:

KGV class designed around reused 15" turrets (from R class battleships as well as surplus) to save time and money;

A new "frigate" light cruiser/fleet escort of around 4,500 tons with four twin 4.7" L/50 DP, instead of Didos;

Different destroyers and convoy escorts.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: uk 75 on November 14, 2015, 03:40:33 am
This series fits well here

http://www.writingshop.ws/html/kirov_series.html

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 21, 2015, 01:59:21 am
Douglas Reeman, The Deep Silence, 1967

United Kingdom

HMS Temeraire (S.191, Callsign: BLUEBOY)
Valiant Class Submarine (Third member of class, her sister ship HMS Phoenix is the fourth...)
Details as per the real ships.

United States

USS Pyramus (SSBN-???, Callsign: SUNRAY)
Nuclear Submarine, class not specified.
Class unspecified, but clearly not the same class as the '41 for Freedom' Polaris submarines as it is explicitly stated that she carries 18 Polaris missiles. Torpedo armament is not specified but probably the same as the other US SSBNs 4 x 21 inch bow tubes. (This could be another one worthy of an attempt at doing an illustration.)

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Chinese submarine, class not specified, but may be a Type 033 (Romeo Class) or Type 03  (Whiskey Class).


Unnamed
Chinese covert Anti-Submarine Warfare vessel built around a trawler hull (Implied to be similar to 1960s commercial trawlers in appearance.) Armament includes one heavy caliber gun (Min:3in - Max:5in) mounted in a fake deckhouse aft of the bridge along with depth charge throwers. Sensors include a variable depth sonar system. (This is another 'never-where' that might be illustratable.)

Plot Summary: The Royal Navy's newest submarine finds itself in the middle of an undeclared war between the United States Navy and the Peoples Liberation Army Navy.

I've attached the cover of the 1973 edition of the novel as it is one of the instances of a cover artist (Chris Mayger(?)) clearly making an attempt to depict the main ship featured.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 22, 2015, 01:52:52 am
Brian Callison, A Frenzy of Merchantmen, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Afghan
Type 81 (Tribal Class)  Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

MS British Venturer
Armed Merchant Cruiser operated by the Royal Navy's covert operations wing, the BMSNC (British Mutual Steam Navigation Company). Armament varies depending on mission, but can include guns, missiles torpedos and mines. For this operation the armament is a single 50-Mt nuclear bomb.

Russia

Unnamed
Skoryy-class destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: An attempt to respond to Soviet provocations at sea goes badly wrong....

Later:I've added a scan of the front cover of the 1981 paperback release of this novel. A rather impressive image of a Soviet Destroyer by Paul Wright.  The full cover is linked below.

A Frenzy of Merchantmen: Full Cover

A Frenzy of Merchantmen: Full (1981) Cover (https://www.dropbox.com/s/bkp3d52uqvjr9rb/A_Frenzy_of_Merchantmen_1981_Full_Cover.jpg?dl=0)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Michel Van on November 22, 2015, 03:02:39 am
Phillip E High The Time Mercenaries, 1968

The British Submarine Euphrates   

in Story it sank after collision with a Destroyer
it's dead crew and wreckage were recover and put in storage.
Centuries later the pacified mankind resuscitated the crew and repair the Submarine.
The Euphrates and it's crew are now last line of defense of Mankind, on a colony planet under Invasion of pitiless Aliens

(https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sfandfantasy.co.uk%2Fimages%2Fmain%2Ftime-mercenaries-1968.gif&hash=1875ea8321cd34d6392f7900d1e3b68a)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 22, 2015, 03:17:11 am
Hammond Innes, Medusa, 1988

HMS Medusa
Type 12 (Leander Class) Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: An ageing Royal Navy frigate with a scratch crew finds itself caught up in an attempt to seize Majorca for the Soviet Union.

Note: The cover of this book, while quite nice is also inaccurate, the artist (Kevin Tweddell) depicts the HMS Medusa as a Type 21 Frigate rather than the Type 12 Frigate the authors description clearly makes her out to be. The cover for the 2003 re-issue of the story paired with the authors 1960 novel The Doomed Oasis by artist Larry Rostant, is also inaccurate, while it depicts a scene from the novel, the ship depicted seems to be mix of several different country's warships, unless someone knows otherwise.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 22, 2015, 07:15:17 am
Geoffrey Jenkins, The Unripe Gold, 1983

MS Beryte

Libyan Armed Merchant Cruiser (Along with her sister ship the MS Bachir)

Weight: 12,000 tons
Armament: 4 x 130mm guns (Twin mounts), 8 x 57mm guns (twin mounts), SS-N-2 (triple mount), plus unspecified number of 20mm weapons (All weapons concealed under fake deck cargo.)
Also carries 2 x Ka-25 'Hormone' Helicopters
Hull form: Implied to be Three-Island rather than All-Aft.

Plot Summary: Colonel Gaddafi tries to get his hands on a large quantity of iridium, the key to a new form of fuel cell.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 22, 2015, 05:01:25 pm
Antony Trew, Two Hours to Darkness, 1963

HMS Retaliate
'Missile' (George Washington) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: One of six American George Washington Class Submarines sold (http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,11647.msg112155.html#msg112155) to the United Kingdom, other class members named in the novel are HMS Deterrant and HMS Massive.

Plot Summary: The year is 1964. A British SSBN captain decides to carry out a live fire test of his submarines Polaris missiles. This one is definitely worth finding as it was born out of the controversies surrounding the cancellation of Skybolt and the American demands for a 'Dual-Key' system for Polaris.

Cover for the 1979 paperback, which depicts an image that is probably quite disconcerting for American readers (Note the flag on the sub...) was by Paul Wright.

The cover for the 1963 hardback release by John Rose, rather oddly, depicts the USS Nautilus (SSN-571). It appears to be based off a photograph taken during the Nautilus's sea trials in 1955. (Navsource: USS Nautilus during Sea Trials (1955) (http://navsource.org/archives/08/571/0857177.jpg)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 24, 2015, 08:45:49 am
Now for something completely different....

Geoffrey Jenkins, The Watering Place of Good Peace, 1960 (Rev 1974)

HMS Plymouth Sound

Sixth-Rate Frigate

Details as per the real ships. Aside from this detail, whoever designed the ship got the hullform right, she is one of the fastest sailing ships in the world, given that in the book she is chasing a ship capable of an average speed of 10.5 knots (Reasoning available on request) her average speed is probably pretty close to that.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 25, 2015, 08:20:48 am
Now back to a regular service....

Geoffrey Jenkins, A Twist of Sand, 1959

United Kingdom

HMS Trout
T-Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

NP-1
Experimental U-boat.
Weight: 3000 tons
Power: Nuclear
Propulsion: Water-Jet (Surface speed: 25 knots. Submerged speed: 22 knots.)
Armament: Probably the same as U-boats in the later stages of WWII. No surface armament.
Appearance: Hullform probably not much different to a standard U-boat. Conning tower looks like an airplane wing.

Plot summary: In 1941 a British submarine is given orders to hunt down and destroy a prototype U-boat that has the potential to win the war for Germany should it prove successful in combat. In 1959 the British submarines captain returns to the region seeking answers to events that occurred when he completed his mission.

Note: As written above the novel indicates these events involving HMS Trout & NP-1 take place in 1941 or 42 at the latest. The novels briefing scene however contains references to Type XXI U-Boats and Walther propulsion experiments neither of which existed until 1943. It is of note that the film version of the novel released in 1968 moves the events to 1943.

Note: I've managed to locate a copy of the 5th printing of the 1959 hardback edition, cover artist as for the first printing of 'Two Hours to Darkness' is John Rose.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 26, 2015, 06:08:49 am
Douglas Reeman, The Greatest Enemy, 1970

United Kingdom

HMS Terrapin
Type 16 Frigate (ex T-Class destroyer)
Details as per the real ships.

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Chinese submarine, class not specified, but may be a Type 033 (Romeo Class) or Type 03  (Whiskey Class).
Details regards dimensions as per the real submarine classes (Whichever one the author intended.) The armament adds a retractable surface-to-surface rocket launcher mounted forward of the conning tower.

Plot Summary: A disgraced RN captain tries to find redemption by bringing new purpose to the dispirited crew of an ageing frigate nearing it's pay off date.

Note: This is the novel I always think of when reading David Poyer's 'China Sea' (2000).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on December 31, 2015, 01:39:51 am
Thanks for sharing these again, I've long missed the original thread, and the rest of, Warship Discussion 3.0.

Over at Shipbucket I've collected a list of fictional ships from books and film from a wide variety of sources, from old children's books available on Project Gutenberg, other maritime fiction sites, Wikipedia (the list there is now somewhat shorter due to over-zealous editing) and films I've come across over the years.
The sources are not recorded in my list. Instead I've offered it as a "whatifian" library of names to show how these ships might fit into a 'real/alt-world' scenario and noting name clashes or naming conventions they don't meet and some basic descriptions where available and 'best guesses' to allow them to be slotted in for alternate history purposes. Generally I don't record obviously sci-fi vessels (1000ft long submarines etc.) or names like HMAS Bondi Beach for a carrier. There are no sailing ships either, that genre would add some considerable length! Interesting inventions like 1910 conceptions of what cruisers might be like in 1925 are listed and sometimes the odd aircraft concept gets thrown in too.

http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5756&p=134373#p134373 (http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5756&p=134373#p134373)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 31, 2015, 04:01:52 am
Hood, thanks for linking to that and for preserving the contents of Wikipedia's list of Fictional Ships. If there are any on this list that have not appeared on yours feel free to add. BTW, do you know if anyone on Shipbucket has tried to do an illustration of any of the ships on the list?

You may wish to amend the USS Barrett entry, it's definitely a Kidd Class.

Now to end the year with a little panache....

Tom Clancy, Clear and Present Danger, 1989

USCGC Panache

280ft Coast Guard Cutter (Only ship in class, others cancelled by budget cuts.)

Power: Diesel
Propulsion: Twin screw? (Speed 25 knots.)
Armament: 1x 40mm, Unspecified number of .50 mgs (Most likely somewhere between 2 & 6, based on real life examples.)
Fitted with a helipad large enough to take a Sikorsky MH-53.

Plot Summary: A routine interception of an attempt to smuggle cocaine into the United States discovers a massive money laundering operation and leads to attempts to take a 'gloves off' approach to the Columbian Cartels.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Tony Williams on December 31, 2015, 04:41:35 am
Ahem - if I may be allowed to mention my own book - The Foresight War http://quarryhs.co.uk/TFWreviews.htm (http://quarryhs.co.uk/TFWreviews.htm)  which describes a number of fictional WW2 RN warships, including:

KGV class designed around reused 15" turrets (from R class battleships as well as surplus) to save time and money;

A new "frigate" light cruiser/fleet escort of around 4,500 tons with four twin 4.7" L/50 DP, instead of Didos;

Different destroyers and convoy escorts.

I was intrigued to read in Friedman's new book on British battleships that the Admiralty did in fact suggest in 1937 not just modifying the KGV design to take the four surplus 15" turrets, but also building more such ships and arming them with turrets taken from the obsolescent R class battleships as they were retired. Which is exactly what I proposed in my novel.  B)

(https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fquarryhs.co.uk%2Fforesight-war.jpg&hash=16ecb95374fecc3d2187dfc404fe04cf)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Grey Havoc on December 31, 2015, 04:46:46 am
Truth is indeed often stranger than fiction!
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Arjen on December 31, 2015, 04:48:41 am
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't - Mark Twain
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 31, 2015, 05:56:45 am
Due to the surge of interest...

Laurence Delaney, The Triton Ultimatum, 1977

USS Lewis & Clark (SSGN - 999)

Triton Class

Armament: 24x Posedion (? Description sounds more like Tridents...) Missiles, 6 Torpedo tube launched cruise missiles (Tomahawk?), Unspecified number of torpedo tubes (Probably 21in)

Single Shaft propulsion. Speed not specified.

Plot Summary: Extortionists steal a nuclear submarine and demand the usual ransom or else they launch...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 01, 2016, 01:01:08 am
For my first post of the year, a novel featuring fictional ships from two eras.

Geoffrey Jenkins, A Grue of Ice, 1962

Fictional Warships (WWII)

HMS Scott - Destroyer(?)
Meteor - German Commerce Raider (Details/Armament much the same as the others of her type save that one 5.9in gun was left at her crews secret base.)

Fictional Warships (1961)

Thorshammer

Ninth(?) Type 12 (Whitby Class) Frigate (Referred to as a 'Destroyer' throughout the novel.)

Details much as the original ships, save that she carries a flying boat (Described as an He-114), presumably aft, meaning that some armament located there may have been deleted to make room for the handling equipment. Only armament mentioned in the novel are the 2x 4.5in in the forward turret, 2x 40mm (STAAG?) aft of the emergency conning position, and at least 8 torpedo tubes of a size not specified but probably 21 in.

Plot Summary: An amateur ocean scientists attempt to prove the existence of a warm current in the South Atlantic becomes tangled in a madmans attempt to find a long lost island and the mineral wealth it contains.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 01, 2016, 05:29:48 am
An appearance of a fictional warship in a non-war novel loosely based on the Donald Crowhurst saga.

Antony Trew, Sea Fever, 1980

USS Skippack (SSN-???)
Skipjack Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class has been determined solely from the name. No specifics are provided by the author.

Her role in the story is as follows, while on a transit to Guantanamo Bay her crew takes some R-rated photographs of a yacht through the attack periscope. Interestingly the boat in question is only supposed to have one person aboard...

As that person puts it when he reaches England, "Peeping Toms, aren't they - these submariners."
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 01, 2016, 02:49:59 pm
Clive Cussler, Iceberg, 1975 & Deep Six, 1984

USCGC Catawaba

Referred to in the first novel as "...the Coast Guard's newest supercutter..." and in the second simply as a 'cutter' the ship is diesel propelled and has a helipad aft, but few other details provided save that the crew strength is 177 (17 officers, 160 men).

MS Hobson (Mentioned in Deep Six)

Armed Merchant Cruiser (AMC) operated by the CIA, converted from an Attack Cargo Transport (AKA), armament included unspecified missiles.

HMS Pathfinder (Mentioned in Deep Six)

British 'Missile Destroyer'

Aircraft mavens may be interested to know that in the first novel the Coast Guard has been given what are implied to be KC-135s for iceberg spotting...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 01, 2016, 11:52:54 pm
Christopher Nicole, The Ship With No Name, 1987

British

HMS Erebus
Tenth E-class destroyer

Details are as the actual ships circa 1942. Author probably not aware that a Monitor of the same name existed in WWII.

HMS Bombast
Cruiser - Class unspecified only detail provided by the author is that the ship is 500ft (150m) long.

German

Atlas - German Commerce Raider (Details as per the historic ships)

Colossus - German Commerce Raider (Details as per the historic ships)

Nemo - German flat-top aircraft carrier

Length - 820ft (250m)
Displacement - 20,000t (Empty)
Speed - 40 knots
Aircraft - 20 JU88 bombers
No other armament or armor.

Plot summary: Following the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo and the Battle of Midway, Japanese pilots travel to Germany to train for a one-way strike against New York City. The attached cover picture depicts the moment the strike is launched.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 02, 2016, 03:30:17 am
Now for something a little pulpier...

J. E. MacDonnell, Operation Octopus, 1968

German (WWII)

U-497

Type XXIII Submarine (Number however is that of one of the cancelled Type XIVs...)

Details as per the actual ships presumably.

United States (1968?)

USS Undaunted (SSBN-???)

Class name is not given. From the limited description provided, this ship would look somewhat like a cross between an Ethan Allen and a Typhoon, all the missile silos are on the forepart of the ship.

Armament: 16 Polaris missiles. Unspecified number of torpedos (Some have nuclear warheads.) assuming usual SSBN practice only four forward facing tubes are fitted.

Plot Summary: Nazi holdouts operating from an underwater city hijack a US nuclear submarine with the aid of weird science...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 02, 2016, 06:47:04 am
Geoffrey Archer, Eagle Trap, 1993

English

HMS Eagle
Invincible Class Carrier

Details as per actual ships, book notes that the mission that opens the novel was her first time in combat (November 1993)

Russia

Korund
Tango Class Submarine

Details as per the actual ships.

United States

USS Carl Jackson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier

Details as per the actual ships.
 
USS Stevens (FFG-???)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate

Details as per the actual ships.

Plot Summary: When a Lebanese gangster determined to get revenge for a British carrier strike on his headquarters manages to come into posession of two stolen Soviet nuclear weapons, the race is on to prevent their use.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 02, 2016, 06:59:33 am
Mike Lunnon-Wood, King's Shilling, 1998

HMS Beaufort
Type 23 (Duke) Class Frigate (Seventeenth member of class.)
Details as per the actual ships.

Plot Summary: The year is 1996. When one of the factions in the Liberian Civil War decides to specifically target Westerners, the Royal Navies newest warship finds itself fighting a battle more akin to those fought by the Navy on land in the 19th C.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 02, 2016, 08:02:19 am
Charles Ryan, The Capricorn Quadrant, 1990

French

D'Estienne d'vois
Ex-US Brooke Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Armament has been augmented with twin Exocet launchers aft of the stack.

Russia

Troikiska
Alfa Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Asov
Slava(?) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Izentzi
Slava(?) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

And for the aircraft mavens.

Yakolev ICF-1 'Saber'
Stealth Aircraft (Spy/ASAT plane)
Crew: 2
Avionics: The aircrafts avionics system is highly automated and controlled by two computers. The first handles flight/avionics functions. The second computer is a Kamov T-VAC an AI system that controls all armament related functions in normal operation, but which can in an emergency situation control the aircraft independent of a human pilot.
Engines: 3 x Lyul'ka FL-30P Tubofans (Fictional engine, intakes and exhausts are baffled to minimize the IR signature.)
Cruising Altitude: 280,000ft (85.3 km)
Cruising Speed: 0.9Mach
Description: "Totally black, it had no fuselage as such, but was one continuous wing curved like a boomerang. It spread 188 feet (57.3m), and the tips nearly touched the walls of the hangar. Astern of the root frame, two vertical stabilizers towered thirty-five feet (10.7m) into the air."
Armament:  The aircraft is armed by a directed energy weapon referred to as a 'Fusion Beam'. The weapon is powered by a miniaturized cold fusion reactor (Note: Cold fusion was a thing that was 'big' at the end of the 80s, it does not work.). As described in the novel the turret (mounted behind the cockpit) the weapon is mounted in can hit any target except for those in "...a six degree arc directly astern...", over-the-horizon targets can be hit by reflecting the beam off of a suitable surface.
Note:  The aircraft is a prototype of a class of aircraft intended as a 'stopgap' response to the American SDI program until large scale deployment of satellites armed with directed energy weapons is completed. The strategic reconnaissance capability is a secondary capability.

United States

USS Scorpionfish (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Plot Summary: A Soviet stealth aircraft fitted with an experimental AI and an equally experimental beam weapon comes down in the Pacific Ocean after being attacked by a computer virus. Now on a war footing, the AI proceeds to defend itself against all comers.

Note: Not the best of novels as the author has some strange ideas, notably that Exocets are AAW capable... The two Soviet cruisers are described as 'Slavas Class', I've made an editorial decision and assumed he meant Slava Class.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 02, 2016, 04:35:05 pm
David Poyer, The Circle, 1992

United States

USS Reynolds Ryan (DD-768) (Hull number is that of the USS Hoel which was scrapped incomplete in the 1950s)
Gearing Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: FRAM I conversion (AN/SQS-35 VDS system fitted is described as experimental.)

Russia

Unnamed
Yankee Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Described in the novel as "...a second flight Yankee boat... with a patrol loadout of SS-N-6 mod threes."

Plot Summary: A newly graduated US Navy ensign experiences both triumph and tragedy aboard an aging destroyer in the 1970's (The author never specifies the year, but probably after 1973.) The attached image is an artists impression of the USS Reynolds Ryan (DD-768) from the inside pages of my copy of the novel.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 02, 2016, 07:40:52 pm
Moving on to one of the more obscure technothrillers...

Richard Moran, Cold Sea Rising, 1985

United States

USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class SSBN

Details for weapons as per the actual ships. Novel describes her as being fitted with some modifications to increase underwater stealth. Firstly the hull has been coated with a 'sound absorbing paint'. Secondly the sub has the ability to alter its hull contour with the aid of "...computer-controlled sheathing built into the exterior plates." Thirdly the conning tower has been reprofiled. Supposedly she can sail to within 500yards (460m) of an active sonar and not be detected. Gives speed (Not specified as surfaced or underwater) as "...over fourty knots."

Russia

Mezen
Oscar Class Submarine

Details as per actual ships if you go by the class name. Armament adds anti-aircraft laser weapons. Author seems to have believed Oscar Class was an SSBN armed with 'SS-N-34' ballistic missiles.

Plot Summary: In 1999 a massive underwater eruption causes the Ross ice shelf to break free of the Antarctic mainland and drift north.

Note: This is another one where the author has strange ideas, aside from his ideas about the Oscar Class. In this case when the USS George Washington Carver is first encountered she is performing a task more suited to an SSN, namely tailing Russian submarines. Supposedly this is to test the stealth modifications, but there are other and more obvious ways to go about doing that...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 02, 2016, 11:08:05 pm
Craig Thomas, Sea Leopard, 1981

British

HMS Proteus

SSN, class not specified, referred to as "...the latest British nuclear submarine."

Length: 250ft (76m)

Fitted with an experimental anti-sonar system codenamed "Leopard".

Weapons fit probably not much different from actual British classes of the period.


Russia

Grishka
Victor II class SSN

Details as per actual ships. Torpedo mix includes an experimental MIRV warhead designed to disable an opposing submarine by the use of cables to disable the propeller and a reduced charge warhead also intended to disable rather than destroy.

Karpaty
Submarine Rescue Ship

Plot Summary: The Soviet Union succeeds in capturing a British submarine fitted with a revolutionary anti-sonar system, can she be recovered before it's secrets can be revealed.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 03, 2016, 05:34:05 am
One of several novels I know of that were inspired in part by the 1976 Fort Dix Swine Flu outbreak.

Neil Bayne, Innoculate!, 1979

USS Avenger (SSBN-???)

USS Liberty (SSBN-???)

USS Retribution (SSBN-???)

USS Swordfish (SSBN-???)


'Trident' Class SSBN

Four reactor powerplant, speed unspecified.
Armament: 24 Trident Missiles, Unspecified number of torpedos, but probably only four forward tubes if standard practice is followed.

As to what they look like, the only clues are as follows, their names are painted on the bows and this description of the USS Avenger at the start of her mission:

Quote
Looking like the mother of all sharks as her two-story dorsal sail parted the waters, the nuclear submarine shot forward.

Plot Summary: The year is 1992 and a cabal in the United States Government attempts to use a genetically engineered plague to take control of the worlds resources.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 03, 2016, 06:42:36 am
A guilty pleasure...

Clive Cussler, Pacific Vortex!, 1983

United States

USS Starbuck (SSN-989)
SSN, Class unspecified.

Length: 320ft (98m)
Propulsion: Nuclear power (two reactors) - Twin shaft
Armament: 'Hyperion' missiles (number unspecified), Torpedoes (Number of tubes unspecified)


MS Martha Ann
US Navy covert underwater salvage ship
Converted 12,000 ton freighter, three island design.
Highly automated. 15 man crew.
Helipad

USS Monitor (FFG-??? or CG(N)-???)

Armed with 'Hyperion' missiles, other armament and details not specified. Referred to as both a 'Frigate' and a 'Cruiser' in the book.

Russia

Andrei Vyborg
Oceanographic 'research' ship (eg Spy ship..)

Plot Summary: When the United States Navies newest nuclear submarine goes missing, who do you call...?

Note: Finally managed to find the hull number for the USS Starbuck after 33 years, though I've always been amused by the depiction of the Submarine as a Skipjack with hull number SSN-107 on the cover.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 04, 2016, 08:00:15 am
Douglas Reeman, Dive in the Sun, 1961 & Surface with Daring, 1976

HMS XE-16 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships. Save dimensions (L: 54ft (16m), B: 6ft (1.8m), D: 5.3 ft (1.60m))

HMS XE-17 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships.

HMS XE-18 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships.

HMS XE-19 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships.

HMS XE-26 (Surface with Daring)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships.

HMS XE-51 (Dive in the Sun)
XE-Class mini-sub

Details as per the real ships. Pennant number conflicts with the first Stickleback Class mini-sub.

HMS Cephalus (Surface with Daring)

Submarine Depot Ship for XE-Craft.

No other details provided.

Plot Summary: (Dive in the Sun) Prior to the invasion of Italy an XE-Class Submarine is sent to destroy a floating dock. (Surface with Daring) XE-Class Submarines are sent to destroy the launch site of a missile larger than the V-2.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 04, 2016, 08:21:41 am
Austin Ferguson, Random Track, 1979

USS Valiant (CVN-??)
Class not specified.
Speed: 49 knots
Length: 1200ft (370m)
Main flight deck length: 1080ft (330m)
Angled flight deck length:  800ft (240m)
Launched 1978
No other details provided

USS Wakefield (CG-?? or CGN-??)
Guided missile crusier
No other details provided

Plot Summary: The first non-stop flight between the United States and China suffers an uncontained engine failure, leaving the flight crew with the choice of ditching or attempting to land a DC-10 on the deck of the worlds largest aircraft carrier.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 04, 2016, 06:15:02 pm
From the pages of another obscure Technothriller...

Ian Slater, Deep Chill, 1989

United States

USS New York (SSBN-921)
'Trident' Class SSBN (Different from the 'Trident' class in Innoculate!, probably the authors chosen term for the Ohio Class.)

Details as per Ohio Class. Submarine is renamed USS Alaska (SSBN-926) at the end of the novel.

USS Boise (FFG-218)
Guided Missile Frigate, class not specified

Speed: 35 knots
Armament: Mk 13 launchers fore and aft, Harpoon box launchers fore and aft (16 missiles?). Only missile type mentioned other than Harpoon are 'Mk13b' heat-seeking Anti-missile missiles, but presumably the mix includes RIM-66 & RIM-24 AAMs. Only gun armament specifially mentioned is Phalanx, but there is probably another heavier gun weapon carried.
Helicopter Facilities: Hangar and landing pad for a LAMPS Helicopter, novel does not specify if this is a Seasprite or a Seahawk.

Russia

Amur
Victor Class SSN

Novograd & Leningrad
'Cruisers'. Leningrad is implied to be either a Chapayev or Sverdlosk class. No details are given for the Novograd.

Karpaty-II
Submarine Rescue Ship

Plot Summary: An American SSBN sinks to the bottom of the Barents sea after being crippled by free floating drift nets. Both Russia and the United States race to find the sub and rescue the crew.

Note: In attempting to reconstruct the USS Boise the best image that comes to my mind is that of a double-ended design similar to the OHP class, which would probably mean that the unspecified main gun is a 76mm.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on January 05, 2016, 06:04:44 am
Some fictional ships from a different era. These come from the 1906 book, 'The Invasion of 1910' by William Le Queux with the naval chapters written by H.W. Wilson.
The book is available to read online at: https://archive.org/details/invasionof1910wi00lequ (https://archive.org/details/invasionof1910wi00lequ)

HMS Vanguard, Thunderer, Devastation, Bellerophon
Dreadnoughts, description matches HMS Dreadnought but with three funnels. These are the only four British dreadnoughts mentioned in the book, Dreadnought herself is not mentioned.

HMS Indefatigable
Not a dreadnought, but described as second most powerful battleship after Dreadnought, has anti-torpedo bulkheads.
 
HMS Resistance
May be sistership to Indefatigable

HMS Sultan, Defiance, Active, Redoubtable, Malta, Excellence, Courageous, Valiant, Glasgow
Battleships, all two-funnelled, Sultan has 7.5in secondary battery

HMS Londonderry
Armoured Cruiser, armament of 7.5in guns with at least two turrets fore and aft, and 3pdr pom-poms

HMS Olympia
Armoured Cruiser, armament of 2x2 9.2in turrets and 7.5in guns

HMS Polyphemus, Achates
Armoured Cruisers, armament of 9.2in guns, at least two turrets fore and aft, and UW torpedo tubes including a stern tube

HMS Iphigenia, Orion
Armoured Cruisers, 4x 12in, 8x 9.2in guns, 23kts. Note the real HMS Iphigenia was an Apollo Class protected cruiser.

HMS Gloucester
Armoured Cruiser, 6in belt armour, four funnels

HMS Lion
Armoured Cruiser, 2x 9.2in and 8x 6in guns

HMS Kincardineshire, Selkirk, Southampton, Lincoln
Armoured Cruisers, 6in guns including fore and aft twin turrets

HMS Terrific
Armoured Cruiser, 14,000 tons, 9.2in and 6in guns

HMS Andromache, Sirius
Protected Cruisers, 11,000 tons, 6in guns, 19kts. Note the real Andromache and Sirius were Apollo Class protected cruisers which had 6in guns and 19kts speed but only displaced 3,700 tons.

HMS Leicestershire
'Fast Cruiser', probably an armoured cruiser, at least 4x 7.5in and 3pdr pom-poms

Sachsen, Grosser Kurfuersfs [possibly meant to be Grosser Kurfürst] +2 others unnamed
Battleship, described as a ‘monster battleship’ in response to Dreadnought, 12x 11in ‘new pattern 46ft long guns) turrets, 24x 4in QF guns, 10x pom-poms, the gun layout is described as “End-on she showed her four 11-in. turrets, each bristling with a pair of muzzles. She brought two more heavy guns to bear ahead and on the broadside than did the Dreadnought, while her stern fire was incomparably more powerful, delivered from eight 11 -in. guns. This suggests perhaps a superfiring layout was used?

Waldersee, Caprivi, Moltke
Armoured Cruisers, 16,000 tons, 2x2 11in turrets, 10x 9.4in, four funnels

Manteuffel
Armoured Cruiser, given the list of all the other historical German armoured cruisers, including Yorck and Roon, and the date of the book it would appear this ship might be based on the Scharnhorst or Gneisenau then under construction in 1906.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 05, 2016, 10:31:26 am
Welcome again to the thread Hood, now for something I think started life as a failed script for "You Only Live Twice"...

Geoffrey Jenkins, Hunter-Killer, 1966

Britain

HMS Teaser
Aircraft Carrier

No other details provided.

HMS Loch Vennachar
Loch Class Missile Cruiser

No other details provided.

HMS Loch Torridon
Loch Class Missle Cruiser

No other details provided.

HMS Amirante
Fleet Destroyer

Speed: 35 knots
No other details provided.

HMS Devastation
Devestation Class SSBN

Armament: Polaris A-4 (Number not specified), 6 Bow torpedo tubes, no mention of aft torpedo tubes.
Maxium diving depth: 1000ft (300m)

United States

USN Springfield (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft Carrier

No other details provided.

USN Rio Grand (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft Carrier

No other details provided.

USN Willowtrack (SSBN-???)
Shenandoah Class SSBN (?)

Armament: Polaris (Number not specified), probably four bow tubes if usual SSBN practice followed, though see above.
Speed: 40 knots (Not clear if this is surfaced or submerged speed)

No other details provided.

USN Shenandoah (SSBN-???)
Shenandoah Class SSBN

Armament: Polaris (Number not specified), probably four bow tubes if usual SSBN practice followed.
Speed: 40 knots (Not clear if this is surfaced or submerged speed)

No other details provided other than that the Shenandoah Class is the replacement for the George Washinton Class SSBN.

Plot Summary: When the US Air Force sends two men to the Moon but does not bring them back alive. The US & Royal Navy decide to upstage them by putting the United States Vice-President into orbit using a modified Polaris.

Note: Author uses the term 'USN' rather than 'USS' for the American ships in this novel. All US ships are part of the Seventh Fleet.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 06, 2016, 08:48:10 am
Geoffrey Archer, Shadow Hunter, 1989

Britain

HMS Tenby (I)
T-Class Submarine (SS)
Details as per the real ships. Sunk 1962.

HMS Truculent (S.37)
Trafalgar Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tribune
Trafalgar Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tenby (II)
Trafalgar Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

Norway

Storm
Kobben Class Submarine (SS)
Details as per the real ships

Russia

Ametyst
Sierra Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Not specified in text if it is a Sierra I or Sierra II.

Ladny
Victor III Class Submarine (SSN)
Details as per the real ships

Plot Summary: When the commander of a British submarine discovers that one of his wifes lovers is a Russian spy, he decides to start his own little war....

Note: The 1990 cover by Mike Adams appears to depict a scene from the novels climactic chapters.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 07, 2016, 08:21:49 am
Stephen Coonts, Final Flight, 1988

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class

Details as per real ships. Assuming novel is set in the year it was published the ship was launched in 1988.

Plot Summary: Terrorists try to steal nuclear weapons from an American carrier.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 07, 2016, 08:45:52 am
Brian Callison, A Plague of Sailors, 1971

MS British Commander
Armed Merchant Cruiser operated by the Royal Navy's covert operations wing, the BMSNC (British Mutual Steam Navigation Company).
Armament: 4.7 inch Guns. 21 inch torpedos. Ikarara missile. Sunk 1971

Plot: With the whole Middle East coming together to deal with an outbreak of the plague, someone plans to bring an end to the peace by releasing a genetic altered version of anthrax.

For those who are interested here are all the ships owned by the British Mutual Steam Navigation Company mentioned in 'A Plague of Sailors' and 'A Frenzy of Merchantmen'. Those noted with a '*' have a 50-Mt nuclear bomb concealed in one of the fuel tanks.

MS British Allegiance
MS British Commander (Sunk 1971)
MS British Regiment *
MS British Sailor
MS British Venturer * (Sunk 1977)

Armament in all cases varies depending on mission, but can include guns, missiles, torpedos & mines.

The first novel states that the company owns nine ships with two more under construction.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Grey Havoc on January 07, 2016, 11:10:35 am
Stephen Coonts, Final Flight, 1988

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class

Details as per real ships. Assuming novel is set in the year it was published the ship was launched in 1988.

Plot Summary: Terrorists try to steal nuclear weapons from an American carrier.

CVN-75, it was the original name of the then (1988) planned 8th in class (kneel was finally laid down in 1993) before the name was changed during construction to USS Harry S. Truman. Given the 4 year build time (including commissioning) for the Theodore Roosevelt subclass, that would probably put the setting of the novel around 1992.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 07, 2016, 05:06:26 pm
Stephen Coonts, Final Flight, 1988

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class

Details as per real ships. Assuming novel is set in the year it was published the ship was launched in 1988.

Plot Summary: Terrorists try to steal nuclear weapons from an American carrier.

CVN-75, it was the original name of the then (1988) planned 8th in class (kneel was finally laid down in 1993) before the name was changed during construction to USS Harry S. Truman. Given the 4 year build time (including commissioning) for the Theodore Roosevelt subclass, that would probably put the setting of the novel around 1992.

Thanks, just for clarification, my usual rule-of-thumb for dating stories in novels, is that if it is not clearly set in the past relative to the publication/copyright date and the author has not clearly specified either a year or that the story is set in the future relative to the publication/copyright date then the story is set contemporous to the publication/copyright date.

Obviously in this case, a little more double checking was in order.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on January 08, 2016, 01:23:10 am
Another older story today. Percy F. Westerman wrote a series of naval war books for children during the First World War. This one is a 1920 book, 'The Mystery Ship: A Story of the "Q" Ships During the Great War'. The book is set during the last few months of the war and includes a German spy and a plot to outwit and uncover him, a sailor's Red mutiny aboard U-247, the armistice and the arrival of the German Fleet in Scapa Flow and its eventual scuttling. Written with hindsight this is probably one of the more realistic tales!

Q 171
The Q-ship of the book is disguised as a U-Boot 'U-251', draught is only 7ft 6in allowing torpedoes to pass underneath, capable of 38kts, armament consists of fore and aft QF guns, a hidden retractable AA gun and the entire 'conning tower' slides forwards to reveal a triple 14in torpedo mount. Its method is to lure German submarines to the surface, pretend to be a friendly and then use its torpedoes to sink the enemy sub. Enemy aircraft and Zeppelins are lured the same way and then shot down by the hidden AA gun (special identification signals are deployed when the RAF spots them). At the end of the book, Q 171 takes on a whole flotilla of German destroyers and is crippled but towed home.

Motor Launches
ML 1071, ML 1499, ML 1497; ML 1071 is armed with a 6pdr gun

Hesperus
An old 2nd Class cruiser in use as a motor launch tender

Pompey
Cruiser, no description but sabotaged and sunk in harbour by German spies

Inattentive
Light cruiser, no description

Pylos
Destroyer, no description

Polyxo
Destroyer, no description

U-247
The main German protagonist of the book, gun armament consists of two 6in guns [5.9in?]. The real U-247 was ordered in June 1918 but never laid down.

V-199
German torpedo-boat destroyer. Rammed by Q 171 and later sunk by Pylos and Polyxo, 1918. There never was a real V-199, but there was a planned V-170 Class ship H-199.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 08, 2016, 04:54:27 am
Welcome back again Hood, looking forward to when you next update Shipbuckets list, though I hope I've not provided too much to date.

Anyway, onto my next contribution.

Robin White, Typhoon, 2003 & Hunters in the Sea, 2006

United States

USS Portland (SSN-773)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per real ships.
Stated to be the last of her class.
Pennant number clashes with that of USS Cheyenne (SSN-773), the real last member of the Los Angeles Class

Russia

Baikal (TK-19) (Typhoon)
Typhoon Class SSBN

Details as per the real ships.

China

Hangzhou (ex-Vazhnyy) (Typhoon)
Ex-Russian Sovremenny Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service.

Fuzhou (ex-Vdumchivyy) (Typhoon)
Ex-Russian Sovremenny Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service.

Lin San Liu (Typhoon)
Ex-Russian Kilo Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

The novel 'Typhoon' also contains the following fictional Russian sonar system:

Avacha Sea Monster (http://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,14295.msg)

Quote
When the Sea Monster roared, it emitted a rich deep bellow powerful enough to boil seawater. ...a sound able to cross whole oceans, loud enough to deafen whales. A sound able to penetrate and dissect the oceans many layers  and reveal every object, natural or unnatural, Russian or American, hidden within them.

Typhoon by Robin White, pg 344

Plot Summary: (Typhoon) The USS Portland is tasked with stopping the transfer of a fully armed Typhoon-class SSBN to the Chinese. (Hunters in the Sea). A Russian scientist mistakenly sells a batch of smallpox engineered to be incurable to those who would release it and let Allah decide who lives and who dies. USS Portland finds herself caught up in the hunt for the ship carrying the disease.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 08, 2016, 09:01:26 am
Douglas Reeman, To Risks Unknown, 1969

Britain

HMS Thistle
Flower Class Corvette

Armament: 1 x 4 inch gun, 5 x 20mm Oerlikons (Two twin mounts port and starboard. Single mount abaft the funnel), 1 x 40mm QF 2-pounder naval gun above the quarterdeck. Rest of armament as per the actual ships.

Other details as per the actual ships. Sunk February 1945

Germany

Nashorn (Formerly SS Morava)
Armed Merchant Cruiser?, Panzerschff?

Main armament: 2 x 5.9 inch guns mounted fore and aft.
Secondary armament: Mines, other unspecified guns.
Speed: Somewhere between 10 to 12 knots.

This converted freighter is probably best described in the authors own words:

Quote
Her hull was heavy and businesslike and he guessed that she had once been a sizeable cargo or passenger vessel.

...

But above the level of her main deck she bore no resemblance to any ship he had ever seen. The bridge and superstructure had been completely enclosed in steel plating , each piece angled in such a way as to make a direct hit almost an impossibility.

...

Two tall funnels jutted from the steel canopy abaft the bridge, and the smoke which poured busily astern gave the only visible sign of life. She was like some remotely controlled juggernaut which might at any second change to a submarine or take to the air.

To Risks Unknown by Douglas Reeman, pg 189

Now the author has a character think of the USS Monitor, however I suspect that the CSS Virginia might be a better guide to how this thing looks. I remember that someone on the old Warship Projects 3.0 board was planning to try and model this ship, but I've no idea how far he got.

Plot Summary: HMS Thistle is sent to support the Yugoslavian Partizans in the lead up to the invasion of Italy, her task is complicated by the heavily armoured creation of an unothodox German naval officer sent there to 'keep him out of the way'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 08, 2016, 11:42:27 pm
Alistair MacLean, Santorini, 1986

HMS Ariadne
Frigate - Class not specified

Propulsion: Diesel
Speed: 35 knots
Armament: Not specified

Electronics fit out has been enhanced for the purposes of intelligence gathering.

Plot Summary: When a C-141b Starlifter crashes in flames not far from where a yacht has sunk in flames, the crew of the HMS Ariadne coming to the rescue of the yacht's crew find themselves wondering if there is a connection between the two events.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 09, 2016, 04:15:06 am
What I suspect was probably a failed film script...

George E. Simpson & Neal R. Burger, Thin Air, 1977

USS Sturman (DE-166)
Cannon Class Destroyer Escort.

Pennant number is that of USS Barron.

Details as per other members of class.

Modified in 1955 by removal of forward gun for purposes of top secret experiments.

Officially disposed of  in 1957.

Plot Summary: The Philadelphia Experiment meets Watergate...

Note:The authors wrote another script/novel called 'Ghostboat' which was eventually made into a mini-series by ITV in 2005. It is a rare (perhaps unique) case of the British taking something created by the Americans and re-working it to fit their country. In this case a story set in the Pacific is moved to the Baltic.

I really must remember to try and find a copy of the novel to see if they changed the name of the submarine...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 09, 2016, 05:54:27 am
Charles D. Taylor, Boomer, 1990

United States

USS Manchester (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships. Assuming the story is set in 1990 then she was launched in 1989.

Plot Summary: The Russians come up with a cunning plan, have a sleeper agent convince the crew of an American SSN that World War III has started and that the Russians have come up with a way to make their SSBNs sound just like American SSBNs...

Note: The ship above is the only fictional one in the novel. Even the Russian AGI used in the plot is a real ship (Lira (SSV-516), Balzam Class.)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 09, 2016, 07:53:06 am
Alistair MacLean, San Andreas, 1984

British

HMS Andover
Frigate, class not specified

HMHS San Andreas (Formerly SS Ocean Belle)
Hospital Ship (Converted Liberty Ship)

Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
V & W Class Destroyer

Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Kingfisher Class Sloop

Details as per the real ships

German

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified

Plot Summary: The return from Russia of a newly commisioned hospital ship is complicated by sabotage and murder, but to what end...?

Later: Managed to find a copy of the first release. Cover by Paul Wright shows the ship just before the story begins.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 09, 2016, 02:55:00 pm
Joe Webber, Shadow Flight, 1990

Cuba

General Abelardo Alvarez
Ex-Russian Foxtrot Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: A Russian agent hijacks a B-2 bomber and flies it to Cuba.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Abraham Gubler on January 09, 2016, 10:00:38 pm
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 10, 2016, 05:24:04 am
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.

I used to own a novel called Submarine by John Wingate, which formed part of a WWIII series he had written. My copy disappeared in a move and I've never found another. A quick check of Amazon shows that he's not made it to Kindle yet. The book you remember might have been part of that series.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 10, 2016, 05:52:45 am
Stephen Coonts, The Intruders, 1994

United States

USS Columbia (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified.

Russia

Reduktor
Spy Ship, class not specified

Gidrograf
Spy Ship, Pamir class (Pr.2030)

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: The year is 1973 and following a bar room brawl a two tour Vietnam veteran pilot is offered the choice of dismissal from the Navy or teach a bunch of Marines to land on a carrier.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 10, 2016, 06:26:17 am
Another guilty pleasure...

Clive Cussler, Raise the Titanic!, 1976

United States

USS Beecher's Island (CV-??, CVL-??, CVN-??, CVS-??)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified

USS Juneau (CGN-?? or CGSN-??)
Nuclear Guided Missile Cruiser, class not specified.

Armament: 1 8-inch gun (Probably a Mk71), other weapons not specified.

Name conflicts with that of USS Juneau LPD-10

USS Dragonfish (SS-?? or SSN-??)
Submarine, class not specified.

USS Modoc
Salvage Ship(?)

Carries a minisub called Sea Slug

Sea Slug
DSRV

USS Thomas J. Morse
Salvage Tug, class not specified

Length: 250ft
Propulsion: 5000hp Diesel

USS Samuel R. Wallace
Salvage Tug, class not specified, but apparently the same as the USS Thomas J.  Morse.

Russia

Mikhail Kurkov
Oceanic Research Vessel (Spy Ship?)

Britain

HMS Troy
Cruiser, class not specified.

Plot Summary: To complete a revolutionary missile defence system, the United States needs a rare element, but the only samples are locked in the holds of the Titanic...

Note: The novel takes place between July 1987 and August 1988.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 12, 2016, 08:54:20 am
Charles Ryan, The Panjang Incident, 1989

United States

USS Panjang (T-AKE-???)
Liberty Ship used by Military Sealift Comand

Details as per real ships. Stated to be 45 years old, if novel is set in 1989 then the ship was launched in 1944.

USS Claude Voorhees
Submarine Support Ship

Carries a minisub named Saran

USS Plymouth (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships

USS Greensboro (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine (See note)

Details as per real ships.

USS Portland (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships

USS Tempe (SSBN-???)
Class unspecified, armed with Polaris (number unspecified) and probably four bow tubes if usual SSBN practice followed.

Russia

E. R. Sabir
Delta Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: What TV Tropes calls "Terrorists without a cause" steal Trident missiles.

Note: Part way through the novel, there are two scenes where someone is trying to track down just which missiles have been stolen. In those scenes the names of actual Los Angeles class submarines (USS Miami & USS Houston) are mentioned as the receipients of some of the traced missiles. The USS Portland is specifically identified as a member of the Ohio class. The assignment of USS Greensboro to the Los Angeles class seems logical to me but given some of the other nonsense this author included in his book, noteably that the yield of the nuclear weapons mounted on a Trident missile is 5000-Mt it could be anything.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 12, 2016, 10:13:42 am
David Poyer, The Gulf, 1990

USS Louis Strong (FF-1099)
Knox Class Frigate

Details as per the real ships.

USS Turner Van Zandt (FFG-91)
Oliver Hazard Perry Class Frigate

Details as per the real ships

USS Audacity (MSO-442)
Agile Class minesweeper

Penant number is that of USS Fearless

Details as per the real ships.

USS Resolute (MSO-???)
Agile Class minesweeper

Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Fictionalised version of the events surrounding Operation: Earnest Will and Operation: Praying Mantis.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: observer144 on January 12, 2016, 10:45:10 am
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.

I used to own a novel called Submarine by John Wingate, which formed part of a WWIII series he had written. My copy disappeared in a move and I've never found another. A quick check of Amazon shows that he's not made it to Kindle yet. The book you remember might have been part of that series.

The Wingate books came to my mind as well. The other two titles were Carrier and Frigate if I recall. And yes a little more bleak than Clancy.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 12, 2016, 05:48:59 pm
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.

I used to own a novel called Submarine by John Wingate, which formed part of a WWIII series he had written. My copy disappeared in a move and I've never found another. A quick check of Amazon shows that he's not made it to Kindle yet. The book you remember might have been part of that series.

The Wingate books came to my mind as well. The other two titles were Carrier and Frigate if I recall. And yes a little more bleak than Clancy.

Thanks for all three titles. I'll have to keep my eyes out. I know of one second hand bookshop in my area that does orders, but I'm not sure I'll go there until I've exhausted all other options.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 13, 2016, 08:05:48 am
Charles Ryan, Track of the Bengal, 1999

USS Winston-Salem (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Terrorists get their hands on a very dirty nuclear bomb and plan to set it off in the heart of a hurricane about to cross the US coast.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 14, 2016, 09:08:37 am
Douglas Reeman, Rendezvous-South Atlantic, 1972

British

HMS Benbecula
Armed merchant cruiser

Armament: 6 x 6 inch guns, 1 x 12pdr gun, 6 x 20mm Oerlikons

Launched: 1919
Length: 500ft (150m)
Propulsion: Twin Screw
Speed: 16 knots

HMS Barra
Armed merchant cruiser

Details essentially the same as HMS Benbecula (Sister Ship)

Sunk 1941

HMS Loch Glendhu
Armed merchant cruiser

No other details provided

Sunk 1941

HMS Vengeur
V & W class destroyer

Details as per the real ships.

HMS Madagascar
Crown Colony-class cruiser (See Note)

Details as per the real ships.

HMS Merlin
L & M Class Destroyer?

Stated to be less than one year old in 1941.

No other details provided.

HMS Canopus
Cruiser

No other details provided.

United States

USS  John P. Ashton (DD-???)
Wilkes Class Destroyer

Details as per the real ships

Germany

Nassau
Armed commerce raider
17,000 tons

Armament details as per the the other WWII ex merchant Commerce raiders.

Minden
Cruiser

Speed: 32/33 knots
Armament: 9 x 8 inch guns (A, B & Y triple turrets), 12 torpedo tubes, secondary and anti-aircraft armament not specified.
Carries 1 floatplane.

Novel is set in 1941/1942.

Plot Summary: A crew of a newly converted armed merchant cruiser find themselves dealing with the concequences of two decades of military neglect.

Note: Madagascar is a French Colony, but the details for HMS Madagascar fit a Crown Colony class cruiser best. Anyone wanting to do an image of the Minden, should look at the Scharnhorst Class battleships, as from what information is provided she seems to be a scaled down version of that class in the same way that the Admiral Hipper class cruisers were scaled down versions of the Bismark class battleships.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 15, 2016, 09:54:00 pm
Bart Davis, Full Fathom Five, 1987

United States

USS Aspen (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

Russia

Kirov
Victor III Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with the lead ship of the Kirov Class.

Plot Summary: Having asked the Russians for assistance and gotten a 'Nyet' in reply, the government of Nicaragua decides to steal it.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 15, 2016, 10:03:04 pm
David Poyer, The Command, 2004

USS Thomas W. Horn (DDG-???)
Spruance Class Destroyer

Details as per the 24 Spruance class ships updated with VLS.

Plot Summary: The year is 1992. The former captain of the USS Oliver C. Gaddis has been given another 'hot potato' ship, this time with a fully integrated male/female crew.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 16, 2016, 05:09:14 am
Dominic Conlon, Silent Warpath, 2013

United States

Cetus
Experimental Submarine
Dimensions are not given.
Designed for low underwater detectability (Still detectable by the sensors aboard an Astute Class Submarine.)
Fully automated
Nuclear powered
Propulsion: Single Screw
Armament: Experimental Sonic Cannon (Uses resonant freqencies to 'shake' targets apart.)
Sensors: Towed Array Sonar
Endurance: Maximum one year between reactor refuling.

Russia

Kougar (TK-51)
Typhoon Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships

Plot Summary: A privately developed (Under a DARPA contract) automated submarine goes rogue on it's first test, now it must be found and stopped before it starts WWIII.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 16, 2016, 08:38:39 am
John Winton, HMS Leviathan, 1967

HMS Leviathan
Third Audacious Class Aircraft Carrier ?
Details as per the real ships, circa 1960s.
Note: Name is that of a Majestic Class Carrier scrapped incomplete in 1968.

Plot Summary:  A new captain has come to a troubled ship, can he turn things around?

Note: Two cover pictures are attached. The 1978 cover is from the first paperback release by Sphere Books which is clearly trying to present the novel as an action/adventure story, which it is not. However the 1984 cover is much more appropriate to the plot. Neither is credited.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 16, 2016, 08:20:32 pm
John Wingate, The Sea Above Them, 1975

British

HMS Termagant
T-Class Submarine

Name is that of a T-Class destroyer.

HMS Mars (S17)
SSN, class not specified, described as the first of a successor class to the Valiant class.
No other details provided other than the submarines are 'larger' than the Valiant class.
Stated to have been in service around 22 months at the time of the story. If the story is set in July 1975, then the submarine was launched in 1973. In the real world the first Swiftsure class submarine launched in 1971, though it is not clear if HMS Mars is a Swiftsure.

HMS Hector
SSN, class not specified, described as a member of the same class as HMS Mars

Russia

Gorgi Stalin
Nuclear Submarine
No other details provided.

Krakvilsk
'Kurov' class frigate

Kulmanov
'Kurov' class frigate

Kronstadt
Submarine Rescue Ship

United States

Lily-One
DSRV
US Navy developed mini-sub. Described as being similar in appearance to the diving saucers used by Jacques Cousteau, fitted with a manipulating arm. No dimensions provided.

Plot Summary: A collision at sea between a British submarine and a Russian frigate forces the superpowers together to affect a rescue of the surviors.

Note: The pennant number of HMS Mars is given as 'SSN-17' however this is US rather than British practice so I've taken an editorial decision and amended it to 'S17'. I have no idea what the author is referring to when he mentions 'Kurov' class frigates as there is insufficient detail in the book to match to any actual Soviet era frigate design. Perhaps someone with access to Pre-1975 copies of Janes Fighting ships can solve this one. A footnote in the book reveals that this story takes place in the same 'universe' as an earlier novel by John Wingate entitled "Below the Horizon" published in 1974.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 17, 2016, 12:20:37 am
Douglas Reeman, Path Of The Storm, 1966

United States

USS Hibiscus (PC-1647)
PC-461 Class Submarine Chaser

Pennant number is that of a canceled member of the class.

Details as per the real ships. Transferred to Taiwan.

USS Grampus (SSG-523) (Real ship)
Tench Class Submarine converted to carry Regulus missiles.

Details as per the Fleet Submarine Regulus conversions.

Britain

HMS Bosworth
Battle Class Destroyer

Details the same as that of the four members of the class (HMS Agincourt, Aisne, Barrosa and Corunna) that were given a 'Radar Picket' (DDG) conversion in the 1950s.

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Ex-Soviet Type 7 or Type 7U class destroyer (Referred to in the novel as 'Gordy' Class.)

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: A ship being prepared for handover to the Taiwanese govement is suddenly given a new captain and sent off to survey an island held by Taiwan that might be a useful basing point for Polaris submarines.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: royabulgaf on January 17, 2016, 03:05:31 pm
I remember a couple novels, don't recall the titles of the names of the ships.

1.  A British cruiser that's either obsolete or in need of a refit patrols the coast of Chile during WWI

2.  A British light carrier during WWII, operating with a Free French destroyer
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Abraham Gubler on January 17, 2016, 08:36:19 pm
Yes this is them: Frigate, Carrier and Submarine by John Wingate. The frigate was called HMS Icarus.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 18, 2016, 09:27:54 am
I remember a couple novels, don't recall the titles of the names of the ships.

1.  A British cruiser that's either obsolete or in need of a refit patrols the coast of Chile during WWI

2.  A British light carrier during WWII, operating with a Free French destroyer

Not sure about the second one, but I have read the first which I think was titled Thunder at Dawn, not sure of the authors name though.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 20, 2016, 06:44:04 pm
Raymond Harold Sawkins (Pen name: Colin Forbes), Target 5, 1973

United States

USS Elroy
6,500 ton icebreaker
Steam propulsion, single screw.
Helipad aft
No other details provided.

USS Exodus
Member of the same class as USS Elroy

Russia

Gorki
Moskva (Pr. 1123) Class Helicopter Carrier

Details as per the real ships.

Revolution/Revolyutsiya
16,000 ton Oceanographic 'research' ship (eg Spy ship..)
Diesel propulsion

No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1972, a Russian oceanographer tries to defect with documents showing the locations of every underwater beacon the Soviets have placed in the Arctic.

I've attached a scan of the cover. I'm not sure what the artist was working from because if the helicopter on the cover is supposed to be a KA-25 they definitely got that wrong. Similarly if the icebreaker in the background is the USS Elroy then she should be much more battered than depicted. One of the key moments in the novel is a collision with an iceberg that takes out the Ellroys radar and the spotting mast, which takes place before the scene depicted.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 23, 2016, 04:02:11 am
J. Craig Wheeler, The Krone Experiment, 1986

USS Seamount (SSBN-???)
Ballistic Missile Submarine. Class not specified, best fit would be an Ethan Allen or a related class.

Armament: 16 missiles (type not specified, probably Polaris rather than Trident) and probably four bow tubes if usual SSBN practice followed.

USS Stinson (DDG-???)
Spruance Class Destroyer

Electronics fit out has been enhanced for the purposes of intelligence gathering.

USS Bradford (FF-??? or FFG-???)
Frigate, class not specified

Displacement: 1200 tons
Propulsion: Single shaft

Outfitted as a research ship.

Plot Summary: A poorly thought out experiment brings the Superpowers to the brink of war.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 23, 2016, 05:34:36 pm
Edwin Corley, Sargasso, 1977

Akademik Knipovich
Oceanic 'research' ship (eg Spy ship..)

Several of the American characters refer to the ship as a 'Trawler', presumably the ship is built around a commercial fishing vessel hull.

Around 300ft long

Carries a minisub named Vanya

Plot summary: The returning crew of Apollo 19 the first American visit to a Salyut space station vanish from the command module when it splashes down in the Bermuda Triangle.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 06, 2016, 04:31:56 am
Thomas Page, SIGMET Active, 1978

USS Adair (DDG-???)
Guided Missile Destroyer. Class not specified.
Details as given for armament/equipment seem to fit both the Charles F. Adams and Farragut Classes
Crew: 250
Speed: 40 knots
Has a helipad aft.

Armament has been modified as follows the forward gun mount has been replaced by an experimental laser cannon powered by a solar boiler that makes use of a parabolic mirror mounted behind the fire control position and forward of the stack. The weapon is capable of making a 2km diameter hole in the Ozone layer, which the author claims would allow unshielded UV, Gamma and X-Radiation through to the Earths surface (He's only right about the first...)


USS McCluskey (CV-??, CVS-??, CVN-??)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified.
Aircraft aboard include F-14s, F-4s and AV8s

Plot Summary: As with the Godzilla Movies, playing with superweapons unleashes a supermonster, this time in the form of a thunderstorm system that hunts it's vicitms across the world.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: PMN1 on March 04, 2016, 02:41:24 pm
I seem to recall reading back in the 80s a novel about the RN in a WW3 North Atlantic battle with a fleet based around two fictional carriers. Thet were a Hermes VSTOL type and were called  HM Ships Furious and Glorious (?). The books POV was the CO of a Leander class frigate with a suitability classical but fictional name (which I can't remember). I do recall the book being in the Tom Clancy vane but more technically realistic but bleaker. Can't recall the title.

I used to own a novel called Submarine by John Wingate, which formed part of a WWIII series he had written. My copy disappeared in a move and I've never found another. A quick check of Amazon shows that he's not made it to Kindle yet. The book you remember might have been part of that series.

Frigate, Carrier and Submarine IIRC.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 04, 2016, 10:21:53 pm
Brian Callison, The Judas Ship,  1978

Seepanther

German Commerce Raider (Armed merchant ship)

6 x single 5.9inch guns (3 a side)
Up to 4 torpedo tubes (minimum 2)
Twin screws

No other details provided.

Plot Summary: The year is 1941 and the crew of the freighter Maya Star find themselves in a game of cat and mouse with the crew of a German Raider off the coast of Brazil.

Later:Attached is a scan of the front cover of my copy of the book. The image is uncredited and I think depicts the German Raider.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 04, 2016, 10:34:16 pm

John McLaren, Blind Eye, 2004

HMS Indomitable
Invincible Class Carrier

Details as per the real ships. Name is that originally given to the third Invincible which was renamed Ark Royal prior to completion. As the Ark Royal is mentioned as a separate ship during the course of the novel this is clearly an additional member to the class.

HMS Tenacious
Trafalgar Class Submarine

Details as per the real ships.

HMS Chatsworth
Type 23 Class Frigate

Details as per the real ships.

Plot Summary: As an African nation spirals into chaos the captain of a Royal Navy carrier is faced with an agonising dilemma...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: GTX on March 05, 2016, 12:01:13 pm
Invasion by Eric L. Harry:  300-plane, 500,000t Chinese Super Carriers based upon converted keels meant for supertankers.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 06, 2016, 12:11:35 am
Invasion by Eric L. Harry:  300-plane, 500,000t Chinese Super Carriers based upon converted keels meant for supertankers.

What was it called?
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: GTX on March 06, 2016, 10:45:15 am
No name provided
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hobbes on March 07, 2016, 02:59:29 am
Another puzzle: 

a novel about submarine warfare, including a Russian Alfa class sub being hunted through the Mediterranean by (iirc) both Russian and American forces. None of the books in this thread ring a bell, and haven't been able to find anything elsewhere either...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 07, 2016, 05:49:17 am
No name provided
Thanks,

I've added covers of the paperback editions to the entries for A Frenzy of Merchantmen and The Judas Ship. I really wish that the artists who did the naval action novels had gotten as much attention as the artists who did the Sci-Fi novels in the 1970s/80s.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 27, 2016, 07:25:13 pm
After an unplanned delay, I've got a little bit of a backlog, Hood, hope this one is not too much.

Edwyn Gray: Fighting Submarine, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Redoubtable
Battlcruiser
Class not specified
Member of the Fourth Battlecruiser squadron, sunk at Jutland, 1916
Name that of a Pre-Drednought battleship (Former HMS Revenge) scrapped in 1919.

HMS Leviathan
Admiral Class Battlecruiser(?)
Authors limited description suggests that he had HMS Hood in mind.

HMS Arrogant
Battleship, class not specified

HMS Audacious
Battleship, class not specified
Name that of a King George V Class (WWI) Battleship sunk in 1914

HMS Argonaut
Aircraft carrier(?), class not specified

HMS Surge
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name is that of a member of the class ordered in 1943 and cancelled at the end of WWII, had it been built the hull number would have been P279.

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

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

HMS H-79
H Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, scrapped pre WWII(?)

HMS H-86
H Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, still in service 1940(?)

HMS L-76
L Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, scrapped pre WWII(?)

HMS L-86
L Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships. Scrapped pre WWII(?)


Germany

Koenig
Deutschland Class Panzerschiffe
Details same as the real ships. Scuttled late 1939/early 1940.

Hans Ludemann
Destroyer, class not specified

Ernst Heinemann
Destroyer, class not specified

Plot Summary: The captain of an English submarine finds himself caught up in intrigue that stretches back to a pre-war vist to Germany. Novel takes place 1938 - 1939, possibly early 1940.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 28, 2016, 05:25:28 am
Continuing to clear up the backlog.

Philip McCutchan, An Act of War (Originally): Lieutenant Cameron RNVR), 1981

United Kingdom

HMS Northumberland
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Name is that of a real ship of that class whose construction was cancelled in 1930.

Unnamed
Town Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

France (Vichy)

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified

Germany

Oberhausen
Hipper class cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Helmut Genscher
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
6 5.9 inch guns (three a side)
4 21 in torpedo tubes
Unspecified anti-aircraft guns
Carries two H-114 flying boats.
No other details provided

Bottrop
Armed Merchant Ship (Supply Ship)
2 4 inch guns (Both mounted forward one on the port side the other on the starboard.)
Unspecified number of machine guns
Twin Screw
No other details provided.

Talca
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
4 5.9 inch guns (two a side)
1 60mm gun
1 twin 37mm gun
4 20mm guns
2 21 inch torpedo tubes
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The survivors of a British cruiser sunk by torpedos while hunting merchant raiders in 1940 try to complete their mission by overthrowing the crew of the raiders supply ship.

Note: This book is the third in a series, all of the ships save the unnamed Town Class cruiser are sunk during the course of the novel.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 28, 2016, 07:18:43 pm
G. Ernest Smith, Deadly Apparition, 2014

USS Kansas (SSN-849)
Virginia Class
Built as a 'trials ship' declared operational following budget cuts.

Plot Summary: The year is 2014, the USS Kansas has just 'disappeared' during trials of an experimental 'forcefield'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 30, 2016, 02:20:44 am
Philip McCutchan, Hunted (Originally): Cameron's Chase), 1986

United Kingdom

HMS Glenfinnan
G Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships. Lead ship of the 24th Destroyer Flotilla.

HMS Glenshiel
G Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships, retains full pre-war armament, has been fitted with radar. Part of the 24th Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Glenorchy
G Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships. Part of the 24th Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Glenaffric
G Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships. Part of the 24th Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Monmouth
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships, lead ship of the 27th Cruiser Squadron.

HMS Stafford
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships, part of the 27th Cruiser Squadron.

HMS Leicester
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships, part of the 27th Cruiser Squadron.


Germany

Attila
Battleship, class not stated
9 16 inch guns (A,B & Y triple turrets)
12 5.9 inch guns (mixture of double and single turrets)
'Numerous' AA weapons, calibers not specified probably a mix of 4.1 inch, 37mm and 20mm weapons.
Torpedo armament not specified
Speed: "...close on..." 30 knots
Weight: 45,000 tons (Not stated  if this is long tons or full load)

Darmstadt
Hipper class cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Recklinghausen
Hipper class cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Germanies latest battleship has taken to the seas in an attempt to raid the convoys carrying troops from America to the United Kingdom. There is no specified period for the story, but 1942/43 would seem to be the best fit.

Note: From what little information the author provides it's pretty clear that the Attila is essentially a Super-Scharnhorst, this is another one that should be fairly easy for a creative illustrator to do, a picture of this alongside a Bismark class battleship (or two...) would be something I'd love to see.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 30, 2016, 06:56:27 am
Now a quick break from the novels, with a short story.

H. O. Arnold-Foster, In A Conning Tower, 1891

HMS Majestic
Victoria Class Ironclad Battleship
Details as per the real ships, save that the 12 6 inch BL guns have been upgraded to 6 inch Quick Firers.

Plot summary: A hypothetical naval engagement between two ironclads, one British, the other probably French (and too vaguely described to identify)... everybody knows the Germans can't sail worth a damn... (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Grosser_Kurf%C3%BCrst_%281875%29)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 01, 2016, 01:15:57 am
Douglas Reeman, HMS Saracen, 1965

United Kingdom

HMS Saracen
3rd Erebus Class Monitor
Details as per the real ships
Disposed of as missile target 1964

HMS Aureus
Leander Class Cruiser(?)
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Brigadier
B Class Destroyer? (1920s, not the pre-WWI class)
Details as per the real ships
Sunk 1941

HMRT Goliath
Admiralty Tugboat
Details as per the real ships.


Italy

Unnamed
Littorio Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified

Unnamed
Minelayer, class not specified

Plot summary:The career of a Royal Navy monitor, from the Gallipoli landings to the early Atomic age.

Note: I've just added a scan of the 1998 cover by Geoffrey Huband, which appears to depict HMS Saracen in Tobruk harbour just before she opens fire on the beseiging Afrika Korps.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 01, 2016, 08:04:41 am
Philip McCutchan, Against All Odds (Originally): Cameron's Raid), 1986

United Kingdom

HMS Palatine
P Class Destroyer (Apparently a fictional class...)
4 4 inch guns (A, B, X & Y)
1 'high angle' gun either 20mm or 76mm (not specified in text)
40mm 'pom pom' gun mounted fwd of the searchlight
20m guns mounted near the forebridge
Depth charges
No other details provided

HMS Probity
P Class Destroyer
Armament same as HMS Palatine
Adds 6 21 inch torpedo tubes, port/starboard triple mounts
No other details provided

HMS Panoply
P Class Destroyer
Armament same as HMS Palatine
No other details provided

HMS Glamorgan
Cruiser, class not specified
Main armament 6 inch guns
No other details provided

Germany

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specifed

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified

Plot summary: Following the disaster of Dieppe, the British try to repeat the success of St Nazaire by raiding the U-Boat pens at Brest in an operation codenamed Scatter.

Notes:As with all the 'Cameron' novels providing a precise date for this one is not possible, however since one of the characters specifically mentions the Dieppe raid in the past tense it cannot take place any earlier than September 1942. I've so far not been able to identfy a specific model for the 'P Class Destroyers' in the book, the only clues is that they are older than the V & W Class but newer than the 50 destroyers the US gave to the United Kingdom under Lend-Lease.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on May 01, 2016, 09:25:07 am
New listings split by era (1890-1945 & 1945-2020) can be found here: http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5756&start=30 (http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5756&start=30)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 02, 2016, 09:11:14 am
Dudley Pope, Convoy, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Aztec
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Echo
Frigate, class not specified
No details provided
Name conflicts with the E Class Destroyer HMS Echo

HMS Argo
Frigate, class not specified
No details provided

Poland

ORP Orzel
Destroyer, class not specified
Name conflicts with a Polish submarine of the same name that was lost in 1940.

Germany

Unnamed
U-Boat Type VII?

Plot summary: The time is early 1942 and the Germans have found a way to get a U-Boat inside a convoy without the escort knowing it is there until too late...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 02, 2016, 09:19:03 am
Nigel Kneale, Quatermass, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Arbalest
Missile Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided
Moored in front of the House of Commons, referred to as 'Old'.

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow', the world is falling to pieces and then comes the harvest...

Later: To give a bit more context, here is the quote in which the HMS Arbalest makes her appearance, the viewpoint is located in a building in the same approximate location as Portcullis House:

Quote
From his room Quatermass could look down on the Embankment. From here it had a spurious normality. A few trucks and cars could be seen on the move and there were people on the pavements, clerks and the like with some apparent purpose. One or two stopped on a corner where a barrowman was selling nuts. Beyond the bridge he could make out part of the superstructure of HMS Arbalest, the old missile frigate moored protectively alongside the terrace of the House of Commons. Above everything loomed the burned-out tower of Big Ben...

Nigel Kneale, Quatermass, 1979, pg 180

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 04, 2016, 09:50:26 am
Jacob Hay & John M. Keshishian (MD), Death of a Cosmonaut, 1969

United States

USS John Berryton (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified.
Launched 1942
Sunk 1944
No other details provided

USS Millard Fillmore (SSN-??? or SSBN-???)
Nuclear submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

Russia

Evgeny Plyanskov
'Trawler' (eg Spy Ship)
Fitted out for ELINT
No other details provided.

Plot summary: After two astronauts successfully rendezvous with a Voskhod the race is on to find out just what they discovered about the fate of the crew.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 06, 2016, 09:21:49 am
Douglas Reeman, A Ship Must Die, 1979

Australia

HMAS Devonport
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Sunk shortly prior to the start of the novel.

HMAS Fremantle
Fourth York Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

United Kingdom

HMS Andromeda
Modified Leander Class Cruiser
Launched 1936
Details as per the real ships

HMS Paradox
O & P Class destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Sunk prior to the start of the novel.

Germany

Bremse
Armed Merchant Ship (Supply Ship)
1 'Popgun' (Probably 4in)
Machine guns, type unspecified
Other details not provided

Salamander
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
8 5.9 inch guns (Four a side)
6 'Cannon' type unspecified
Torpedoes
Mines
Carries 2 Arado Ar-196 seaplanes
8,000 tons
No other details provided

Wölfchen
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
Armament identical to Salamanders
Lacks seaplanes
8,000 tons
No other details provided

Plot summary:The year is 1944, increasing ship losses suggest that a commerce raider is loose in the Indian Ocean, but with few ships available, can it be caught before it returns to Germany.

I've attached a scan of the cover of the hardback edition by artist Chris Mayger, which appears to be depicting the beginning of the novels climactic battle.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 07, 2016, 07:52:26 am
Douglas Reeman, Go In and Sink!, 1973

United Kingdom

HMS Tristram
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tryphon
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Guernsey
Submarine Depot ship - ex cruise liner (pre WWI?)
No other details provided
Name matches that of a cancelled G Class destroyer

HMS Lima
Armed Yacht
No other details provided

HMS Dundee
Destroyer, class not specified.
No details provided.
Sunk by Fritz-X guided bomb sometime prior to Operation Husky.
Name matches that of a Sloop sunk in 1940

Ex U-192
U-Boat, class not specified in novel.
Number matches a Type IXC/40 U-Boat sunk in May 1943.
In the novel U-192 is captured by the  British in February 1943.

Germany

U-154
U-Boat, type not specified
Sunk 1943.
The real U-154, a Type IXC was sunk in July of 1944.

Italy

Unnamed
Armed Yacht
No other details provided

Plot Summary: Having obtained an intact U-Boat, the Royal Navy decides to exploit it for covert operations, culminating in a strike against the Fritz-X gliding bomb in the lead up to Operation Husky.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 08, 2016, 02:23:01 am
Philip McCutchan, In Command (Originally): Cameron In Command, 1983 (First published 1986)

United Kingdom

HMS Briar
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships

RFA Garsdale
Refueling tanker
No other details provided

Japan

Ichikawa
Cruiser, class not specifed
8 6.1 inch guns (A, B, X, Y twin turrets)
"...plus ack-ack and torpedoes, the usual stuff."

Hakodate
Cruiser, class not specified
Armament implied to be same as Ichikawa
Same fictional class?

Sasebo
Cruiser, class not specified
Only detail provided is that ship is "...little bigger than a destroyer..."
Probably not the same class as Hakodate & Ichikawa

Oishi
'Corvette' (Kaibōkan, Eng: Sea Defense Ship)
About the size of a Flower Class Corvette
No other details provided

Unnamed
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified

Unnamed
Several Troop Transports

Plot summary: Year is unspecified, but probably prior to the Battle of Midway (eg 1942). The Japanese have manage to sneak a force into the South Pacfic and aim to pass through the Straits of Magellan and take the Falkland islands by surprise....
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 08, 2016, 02:45:02 am
Philip McCutchan, On Land And Sea (Originally): Cameron and the Kaiserhof, 1984

Germany

Kaiserhof
Submarine Depot Ship
Converted 20,000 ton liner
Three Island Design
2 5.9 inch (Fore and Aft)
Carries 50 minisubs launched via a modified stern.

Unnamed
Mini-sub
Four man crew
Looks like a minature U-boat
Diesel/electric propulsion
Armament 21in Torpedo, number carried not specified.

United States

USS John J. Rimmer (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Dennison (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: Set shortly after the events of 'In Command'. A daring plan codenamed Highwayman is put in motion to seize a German submarine depot-ship from a Spanish port before it can unleash a swarm of mini-subs into the path of the United States navy.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 08, 2016, 09:04:56 am
Douglas Reeman, The Iron Pirate, 1986

United Kingdom

HMS Wiltshire
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Rhodesia
Crown Colony Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tasmania
Armed Merchant Cruiser
8 8 inch guns (Four a side)
28 knots

New Zealand

HMNZS Pallas
Leander Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Germany

Prinz Luitpold
Hipper Class Cruiser
35kts

Lübek
Third Leipzig Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Hans Arnim
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Type XIV U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Type XIV U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.

United States

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: The year is 1944 (Aparently a different 'universe' from 'A Ship Must Die'.). The Germans have attempted to repeat the successes of the early war by dispatching one of their last heavy cruisers on a raiding mission into the South Atlantic ocean.

The cover used on the earliest paperback edition is by Brian Sweet and depicts the Prinz Luitpold in the company of several destroyers (See the linked full cover below.) in action against off scene forces.

The Iron Pirate: Full Cover

The Iron Pirate: Full (1987) Cover (https://www.dropbox.com/s/f96p007v9efxrv4/The_Iron_Pirate_1987_Full_Cover.jpg?dl=0)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Tzoli on May 08, 2016, 09:44:10 am
Ichikawa and Hakodate sounds like the Agano-Kai class but with 15,5cm guns instead of 15cm ones
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 08, 2016, 06:45:21 pm
Ichikawa and Hakodate sounds like the Agano-Kai class but with 15,5cm guns instead of 15cm ones

I have no idea what the author was thinking of when he wrote the book (Sometimes it can be pretty clear.), but a longer Agano class, because of the extra turret aft might be as good a visual image as you can get.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 09, 2016, 09:23:20 am
Another split-era novel

Geoffrey Jenkins, A Bridge of Magpies, 1974

Fictional Warships (WWII)

South Africa

HMSAS Gousblom
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Referred to as a 'Frigate' in the novel.
Sunk 7th of July, 1943

HMSAS Vygie
Corvette, class not specified
No other details provided

HMSAS Aandblom
Corvette, class not specified
No other details provided

Germany

U-160
U-Boat, type IXC
Details as per the real ships.
Disappeared 7th of July, 1943
The real U-160 was sunk off the coast of the Azores on the 29th of June, 1943.

Fictional Warships (1974)

South Africa

SAS Fairest Cape
Frigate
No other details provided

Russia

Sang A
'Salvage Ship' (eg Spy Ship)
Hull identical to that of a Kashin class destroyer
2 KPV 14.5mm machine guns (single twin mount near the bow concealed under a tarpaulin.)
18 knots
Owned by a bogus South Korean company.

Upper works described as follows in the novel:

Quote
The vessel was too far away for me to make out her name but my glasses showed a low black hull with a whaleback fo'c'sle a straight up-and-down outmoded cutwater, and a single high, old-fashioned stack with a white band painted round it. Two very tall ventilators towered almost as high as the marking. She had a very square bridge and a box like structure in the stern which on a warship would have been the radio or radar shack...

Her masts were squat and sturdy, with heavy booms out of keeping to her size.

A Bridge of Magpies by Geoffrey Jenkins, pg 108

Plot summary: An ex-South African Navy captain is asked to investigate rumours of a lost city found in what is now Namibia, what he finds is a deeper mystery, one connected to a missing U-Boat and a secret that links the battles of Tsushima and Pearl Harbour...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 12, 2016, 10:00:19 am
Philip McCutchan, Convoy of War (Originally): The Convoy Commodore, 1986

United Kingdom

RFA Wensleydale
Dale Class refueling tanker
Built before the war.
No other details.
Name conflicts with HMS Wensleydale a Hunt II class destroyer launched in 1942.

Plot summary: A fictional convoy from Britain to Canada at the same time as Churchill is heading to Canada to meet Roosevelt for the first time, eg before the 14th of August 1941. The ship above is the only one of the convoys escort named.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 15, 2016, 02:58:08 am
An updated version of something I originally posted to the Warship Projects 3.0 forums version of the list. This one might make for an interesting scenario using Harpoon or a similar game of modern naval combat.

Anthony Fox, Threat Warning Red, 1979

United States

USS Fermenger (FF-10??)
Knox Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Has enhanced accomodations to act as a flagship for an officer up to the rank of admiral (Currently carrying a commodore)
Flagship of the Composite NATO Squadron (Designated STANAVFORLANT (eg Standing Naval Force Atlantic))

Canada

HMCS Winnipeg
Warship, class not specified
Carries a Sea King Helicopter
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

United Kingdom

HMS Devon
County Class Destroyer (Ninth member of class overall, fifth member of the Batch 2 subclass.)
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron
Note: This ship is described as having been fitted with Exocet, only the members of the Batch 2 subclass were so fitted, this makes this ship a member of Batch 2.

RFA White Rover
Rover Class Tanker
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

RFA Tideway
Tide Class Tanker
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

Germany

Baden
Hamburg Class Destroyer (Fifth member of class.)
As per the real ships prior to modernization (eg retains full gun armament)
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

Netherlands

HNLMS Marnix
Van Speijk class frigate (Dutch version of the Leander class frigate)
Details as per the real ships.
Not stated if vessel has been modernized as the real ships were from December 1976
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

Portugal

NRP Alvarez Pereira
João Belo class frigate
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

Denmark

HDMS Jylland
Peder Skram Class Frigate?
Details as per the real ships
Part of the Composite NATO Squadron

France

Courbet
Suffren Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Referred to as a 'Cruiser' in the novel
Flagship of the French Squadron

Saint Croix
T-47 (Surcouf) class destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament modernised to include "...Exocet missiles and Lynx helicopters."
Part of the French Squadron

Jean Bart
T-47 (Surcouf) class destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament modernised to include "...Exocet missiles and Lynx helicopters."
Part of the French Squadron

Russia

Task Force 'A'

Unnamed
Tanker, class not specified

Unnamed
2 Kashin class destroyers
Details as per the real ships

Task Force 'B'

Unnamed
Kara class cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
2 Krivak class frigates
Details as per the real ships

Task Force 'C'

Unnamed
2 Kresta Class cruisers (Not specified if Kresta I or Kresta II class in novel.)
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
6 Skoryy class destroyers
Details as per the real ships

Unattached ships

Unnamed
Mayak Class AGI
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Primorye Class AGI
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: The Soviet Union declares a large area of the Atlantic to be a 'special exercise' zone and demands the West stay out of it. All that stands in the way of the powerful forces marshalled by the Soviets (Warships, 'Useful Idiots', etc) is a composite squadron of NATO ships.

Note: This is one of those novels which has the feel of a politico-military wargame scenario that has been converted into fiction. There is a note at the front which mentions that the paperback edition had been rushed out to take advantage of recent events (The 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the unrest in Poland that picked up following the ascent of Pope John Paul II.) and apologises for the novel not mentioning them and specifically states that the novel should be read as taking place in 1979 rather than the near future (eg 1982).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 19, 2016, 10:29:41 am
Philip McCutchan, Prisoner of War (Originally): Cameron's Troop Lift, 1987

United Kingdom

HMS Caithness
Ca Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Guiana
Crown Colony Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Brunei
Crown Colony Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Japan

Oita
Warship, no class specified
Called a "...flotilla leader..."
No other details provided.

Tamara Maru
Troop Ship
No other details provided

Yokosuka Maru
Troop Ship (ex-Liner)
2 6 inch guns (Bow and Stern)
No other details provided

Plot summary: The time is November(?) 1944, a British destroyer discovers that the Japanese are transferring British prisoners-of-war to Burma as slaves.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 20, 2016, 05:07:36 am
Antony Trew, The Zhukov Briefing, 1975

Russia

Zhukov
Delta II Class Submarine (Fictional version)
16 SS-N-9 (Mk II) MARV nuclear missiles (Fictional type, real SS-N-9 was a cruise missile)
20 Cruise Missiles, type not stated. Powered by solid fuel, speed Mach 4, can be used against surface or air targets, range 250 miles (402.34km).
2 Nuclear drones, length 12.5m, diameter 2.75m, propulsion hydrojets, speed 35knots, armament a single nuclear bomb (Yield not mentioned.), range of control 35 miles (56.33km) using sonar, 150 miles (241.4km) using radio. In addition to being used as a weapon the drone can be used either as a decoy or as a means to scout ahead of the submarine.
Torpedo armament mentioned but not specified in detail.

Timoshenko
Delta II Class Submarine (Fictional version)
To be launched November 1974
Details same as Zhukov

Volga
Nepa Class Submarine Salvage Ship
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Nepa Class Submarine Salvage Ship
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Three Oktober Class Salvage Tugs (Fictional Class?)
No other details provided

United Kingdom

HMS Aries
Leander Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships

HMS Bluewhale
Ninth Porpoise Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Belligerent
Fearless Class Assault Ship?
Details as per the real ships

RFA Fleetwave
Supply ship.
No other details provided

United States

USS Rockfish (SSN-???)
Skipjack Class
Details as per the real ships

Norway

Unnamed
'Gunboat'
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is October 1974 and the Soviet Unions latest Ballistic Missile submarine has run aground on a Norwegian island...

Note: The novel is not inspired by the famous 'Whisky on the Rocks' incident. This did not occur until October 1981 some six years after the novel came out. Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_submarine_S-363)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 21, 2016, 11:13:14 am
Antony Trew, Kleber's Convoy, 1973

United Kingdom

HMS Fidelix
Escort Carrier, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Northampton
Cruiser
Described as a "...heavy cruiser..." no other details provided.

HMS Nottingham
Town Class Cruiser?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Vengeful
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name of a V & W Class Destroyer cancelled on the slips in 1918

HMS Vectis
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name of a V & W Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1936

HMS Violent
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Vallance
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Vigorous
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name of a V & W Class Destroyer cancelled on the slips in 1918

HMS Whippet
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name of a V & W Class Destroyer cancelled on the slips in 1918

HMS Mainwaring
L & M Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Bluebird
Kingfisher Class Sloop?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Chaffinch
Kingfisher Class Sloop?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Peaflower
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Camden Castle
Castle Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Grant Castle
Castle Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Isis
Warship, class not mentioned

Germany

U-0117
U-Boat, class not specified

U-0153
U-Boat, class not specified

Plot summary: It is late 1944 and another Arctic Convoy makes it's dangerous way to Russia.

Note: In the authors introduction it is stated that all warship names used are ficticious, which is quite refreshing really. Sadly, he was not always clear just what types of warships he was describing.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 22, 2016, 01:13:31 am
Continuing my survey of WWII set fiction...

Craig DiLouie, Crash Dive, 2015

United States

S-55 (SS-???)
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1922, Sunk 1942

S-56 (SS-???)
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk during the retreat from the Phillipines, 1941? 1942? (Novel does not give a specific date for this incident.)

S-57 (SS-???)
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Sabertooth (SS-???)
Tambor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

USS Kennedy (DD-306)
Clemson class destroyer
In real life this ship was scrapped in 1931, in the novel it is still in service as of 1942.

Japan

Mizukaze
Sixteenth Minekaze Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk 1942

Plot summary: Set during the Guadalcanal Campaign, the story involves an ex-destroyer officer who, eager to get into the fighting transferrs to the submarines and finds himself caught up in a captains quest to avenge himself on the Japanese destroyer that sank his last command.

Note: S-51 the last S Class Submarine completed had hull number SS-162, which would normally give S-55, 56, 57 the hull numbers of SS-166, 167, 168. However in this case the United States Navy recycled the hull numbers for later builds, specifically USS Argonaut (SS-166), Narwhal (SS-167) and Nautilus (SS-168).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 22, 2016, 04:49:28 am
Craig DiLouie, Silent Running, 2016

United States

USS Sabertooth (SS-???)
Tambor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Scissortail (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified

Japan

Yosai
Soryu Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Stated to be part of the Pearl Harbour task force meaning that in this universe it was a 7 carrier attack.
Also stated to have survived damage at the Battle of Midway.
Sunk by USS Sabertooth 21st December, 1942

Pachinko
Zuiho Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name is what I would term 'dubious' Pachinko is the Japanese version of Pinball...

Hanma
Myoko Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Immediately following the events of Crash Dive the hero of that novel is assigned to a new submarine and finds himself taking part in a risky mission to contact gurillas in the Philipines.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 22, 2016, 10:17:58 am
Philip McCutchan, Ship of Fate (Originally): Orders for Cameron, 1983

United Kingdom

HMS Wiltshire
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Mars
Destroyer Depot Ship
17,000tons
No other details provided

HMS Oleander
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Forsythia
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Halberdier
H Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: This is first 'Cameron' novel I've read where a definite date can be provided, the story begins on 2 November 1942 and features a fictional version of Operation Reservist (8 November 1942). Anyway, the series Hero recives orders to take out a facility the Germans have constructed in French North Africa, one dedicated to the production of weaponized anthrax.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: GTX on May 22, 2016, 12:10:27 pm
I don't think this has been posted yet: 

World War 2.1: Weapons of Choice (2004) by John Birmingham:

USS Hillary Clinton — George Bush-class supercarrier
USS Kandahar — Baghdad-class littoral assault ship
USS Leyte Gulf — Nemesis-class stealth cruiser
USS Amanda L. Garrett — Cobb-class air warfare destroyer [James H. Cobb]
USS Providence — Harpers Ferry-class amphibious landing dockship
USS Kennebunkport — LPD-12-class landing assault ship
USS Denver — Nuclear-powered attack submarine
USS Chicago — Nuclear Powered Attack Submarine
HMS Trident — Trident-class stealth destroyer (trimaran)
HMS Vanguard — Trident-class stealth destroyer
HMS Fearless — Aden-class helicopter assault ship
HMAS Havoc — Woomera-class attack submarine
HMAS Moreton Bay — Jervis Bay-class troop-carrying catamaran
HMAS Ipswich — Newcastle-class light littoral assault ship
JDS Siranui — Modified Nemesis-class stealth cruiser
KRI Nuku — Parchim-class corvette
KRI Sutanto — Parchim-class corvette
Dessaix — French Sartre-class stealth destroyer
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 23, 2016, 08:59:48 am
Welcome to the thread GTX and thanks for the additions, now, back to the Second World War...

Douglas Reeman, The Volunteers, 1985

United Kingdom

HMS Levant
L & M Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1941

HMS X-19
X-Craft
Details as per the real ships.
Was to have taken part in Operation Source, but pulled out due to mechanical issues.

Plot summary: Covers the careers to two officers, one Britsh, the other Canadian who transfer to the Special Forces between 1943 and the end of the Second World War.

Note: Added the front cover, by Geoffrey Huband depicting a Motor Gun Boat being attacked by a pair of BF-110s.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 28, 2016, 08:00:30 am
Philip McCutchan, Halfhyde Ordered South, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Meridian
2nd Inflexible Class Ironclad Battleship
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1877
Modernised 1885 (Sails and rigging replaced with pole masts.)
Stated in the novel to be an 'Improved Inflexible' however the improvement is not specified and the details provided are not in fact different from the actual ship.
Transferred to Chile c. 1895

HMS Biddle
6 gun sloop
Auxilliary steam propulsion
Launched c.1860s
No other details provided

HMS Delia
6 gun sloop
Auxilliary steam propulsion
Launched c.1860s
No other details provided

HMS Venomous
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Vendetta
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Venus
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Vortex
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Halcyon
Cruiser, class not specified
Name is that of a Dryad Class Torpedo Gunboat built in 1894 and scrapped in 1919
No other details provided

HMS Hector
Cruiser, class not specified
Name is that of a Hector Class Ironclad Battleship built in 1861 and scrapped in 1905
No other details provided

HMS Cardiff
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provied

Germany

SMS Friedrich der Grosse
Battleship, class not specified
Name is that of a Preussen Class Ironclad Frigate built in 1874, placed in reserve in 1894 and finally scrapped in 1920.
No other details provided

SMS Kaiser Wilhelm
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

SMS Nürnberg
Cruiser, class not specified
Name is that of a Königsberg Class Cruiser built in 1905
No other details provided

SMS Königsberg
Cruiser, class not specified
Name is that of a Königsberg Class Cruiser built in 1905
No other details provided


Plot summary: It is "...some ninety years..." after the Battle of Trafalgar. Britannia rules the waves, but those dastardly Germans are up to tricks again in South America, so the Whitehall Mandarins come up with a cunning plan, put their best captain (And the man who's actually responsible for his success.) in charge of the transfer of an old battleship to Chile and let him do his thing.

Notes: Another Philip McCutchan novel that is somewhat hazily located in time. Several of the names he used were, as can be seen above for ships that actually existed at the time frame he provided. The novel is the last in a series of six Victorian era naval action novels he wrote.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 29, 2016, 06:09:36 pm
Bart Davis, Raise the Red Dawn, 1991

United States

USS Seawolf (SSN-21)(Real ship)
Seawolf Class
Insufficient details provided to tell how much it differs from what was launched in 1997
In real life the first member of this class was launched in 1997.

Russia

Akula
SSN, class not specified
Described as '...the newest Soviet attack sub..."
No other details provided.
Note: Name of submarine is the name of an acutal Russian submarine class that was produced between 1985 - 2009.

Red Dawn/Krasnaya Zarya
Tango Class Submarine
Armament/dimensions as per real ships.
Fitted with an experimental Magnetohydrodynamic drive in addition to the conventional propulsion system.

Plot summary: The test of an experimental drive system has left a Soviet submarine trapped inside an iceberg.

Note: The author never gives a specific date, but from a remark in the opening of the book it appears to be set in the 1989 - 1991 time period.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 31, 2016, 09:08:55 am
I had planned to do Alan Evans, "Thunder at Dawn" as the next set of fictional warship names, but a suggestion from a friend bought a change of plan.

C. J. Williams, Deep Trouble, 2012

Australia

HMAS Wivenhoe (ACPB-??)
Armidale Class Patrol Boat
Details as per the real ships

HMAS Redcliffe (ACPB-??)
Armidale Class Patrol Boat
Details as per the real ships

HMAS Forde (SSG-??)
Collins Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMAS Augustine (SSG-??)
Collins Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Killarney (A-???)
3rd Lewin Class Survey Ship
Details as per the real ship

Plot summary: When a mysterious force starts attacking warships, and then coastal marinas, the Royal Australian Navy turns to a very unusual form of assistance.

Notes: This is a part of a three book series that seems to be very heavily inspired by an Australian childrens TV series that aired between 2006 - 2010 called "H2O: Just Add Water" (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H2O:_Just_Add_Water)), although the content of the book seems a little darker than anything that would be shown to young children.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 03, 2016, 09:20:30 am
Alexander Fullerton, Patrol to the Golden Horn, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Nile (First mentioned in The Blooding of the Guns)
6th Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships

HMS Terrapin
Destroyer, class not mentioned
No other details provided

HMS Leveret
L Class Destroyer (WWI version)
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1913

HMS Harwich
Town/Bristol Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS E-57
E Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

France

Louve
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is the last few months of WWI (October/November 1918) and a daring plan has been put into motion to sink the battlecrusier SMS Goeben (aka Yavuz Sultan Selim) at her mooring inside the Golden Horn.

Note: Another author who made use of the idea of a British submarine torpedoing the SMS Goeben (aka Yavuz Sultan Selim) at her Turkish mooring was John Margerison who used it in two separate books, first in the short story collection 'Periscope and Propeller,' (1917) and later the novel 'Torpedo Verses Gun: The Story of a Naval Bet' (1919).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 05, 2016, 06:04:02 am
A chance find...

Kit Pedler & Gerry Davis, Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater, 1971

United Kingdom

HMS Triton
SSBN, class not specified
Described as "...the first Royal Navy Poseidon carrier..."
16 "...multiple warhead..." Poseidon missiles
Crew 183
No other details provided


Plot summary: Something has gone very wrong with the worlds first bio-degradeable plastic...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 07, 2016, 09:27:46 am
Alan Evans, Thunder at Dawn, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Thunder
7th Cressy Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

United States

USS Kansas
3rd Pennsylvania Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: In real life USS Kansas was the name of a pre-dreadnought battleship (Connecticut Class) that served in WWI as a training ship and later as a troop transport before being scrapped in 1923.

Germany

SMS Wolf
Scharnhorst Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

SMS Kondor
Scharnhorst Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

SMS Leopard
7th Iltis Class Gunboat
Details as per the real ships.

Japan

Kunashiri
3rd Ibuki Class Battlecruiser?
12 inch Guns
No other details provided
Note: Unsure as to correct identification due to lack of information author provides, however the members of this class were the only battlecruisers the Japanese had in WWI, all the others were built postwar. If Ibuki Class then details would be the same as the two constructed in real life.

Chile

Tocopilla
Destroyer
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is March/April 1917, two German cruisers have broken into the Pacific Ocean, the only ship available is an ageing cruiser with an acting commander who was sent there because of defeatist remarks he made about the Battle of Jutland. This is one novel that can be very firmly dated, the final battle takes place the day the United States enters WWI (6th April, 1917), which allows the USS Kansas to save HMS Thunder from the last surviving German warship.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 08, 2016, 09:16:11 am
Alan Evans, Ship of Force, 1979

United Kingdom

HMS Marshal Marmont
3rd Marshal Ney Class Monitor
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Sparrow
C Class Destroyer (WWI)
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1899

HMD Grimbsy Lass
Naval Drifter
1 3pdr mounted before the foremast
200 tons
Aft Wheelhouse
No other details provided.

HMD Judy
Naval Drifter
Details same as HMD Grimbsy Lass

Germany

SMS Siegfried
4th Derfflinger Class Battlecruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: In real life SMS Siegfried was the name of a Siegfried Class Coastal Defense Ship that was demobilised in 1915 and used as a barracks ship during WWI before being scrapped in 1920.

Unnamed
Several destroyers.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Following his successful action in the Pacific Ocean, the hero of "Thunder at Dawn" finds his reward is... more work, this time off the coast of France and Belgium.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on June 11, 2016, 03:00:37 am
Agatha Christie, The Submarine Plans, 1923

Z Type Submarine

Hercule Poirot is urgently summoned to 'Sharples', the home of Lord Alloway, head of the Ministry of Defence and a potential future Prime Minister. Arriving with Captain Hastings, he is introduced by their host to Admiral Sir Harry Weardale, the First Sea Lord who is a guest at Sharples. The secret plans for the new 'Z'-type of submarine were stolen some three hours earlier. In the end it turns out Lord Alloway wanted the unnamed foreign power to receive the false plans, they subsequently attempt to build their own version which ends up a failure.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 11, 2016, 08:43:45 am
Alan Evans, Dauntless, 1980

United Kingdom

HMS Dauntless
C/Caroline Class Cruiser
3 x 6 inch guns (A, X, Y)
6 x 4 inch guns
1 x 3 inch AA gun
Vickers MGs (Caliber not specified)
4 21 inch torpedo tubes
Other details as per real ships.
Comissioned 1915
Note: Name is that of a 'D Class Cruiser launched in 1917. Author never mentions the secondary 4 inch armament.

HMS Blackbird
Seaplane Tender.
Converted cross channel packet ship.
Details probably identical to the HMS Ben-my-Chree.

France

Maroc
Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
4 x 12 inch guns (two twin turrets)
Three funnels, no tripod masts.
No other details provided
Note: Most of the pre-dreadnoughts built by France were 'one-offs' so its hard to determine a class from the limited information provided, though the best fit would be either the 'Republique Class' or the 'Liberte Class'.

Germany

SMS Walküre
2nd Blücher Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is October 1917, Captain David Smith, following his successful actions off the Pacific Coast and the Coast of France has been given a task his higher ups consider perfectly suited to his talents, preventing enemy interference in General Allenby's plans to outflank the Turkish defences of Gaza.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 11, 2016, 09:20:21 am
Alan Evans, Seek Out and Destroy, 1982

United Kingdom

HMS Harrier
Destroyer, class not mentioned
4 inch guns
No other details provided

HMD Hercules
Naval Drifter
90ft length, 20ft beam
1 6pdr gun fwd
1 Vickers MG (Caliber not specified) aft
Maximum speed: 9 - 10 knots
Note: In the novel the some of the ships crew are assigned to operate a pontoon mounted 6 inch gun that is towed by HMD Hercules.

Italy

Unnamed
3 MAS Boats

'Flying Fish/Pesce volante'
Tracked torpedo boat
Fictional version of the 'Grillo' a tracked torpedo boat used in an abortive attack on the Austro-Hungarian Naval Base at Pola.

'Seahorse/Cavalluccio Marino'
Manned torpedo
Fictional version of the 'Mignatta (Leech)' the manned torpedo used to sink the Viribus Unitis.

Austro-Hungarian Empire

SMS Salzburg
"...a carbon copy of the German battlecruiser Seydlitz..."

Unnamed
Battleship
14 inch guns
No other details provided

Unnamed
Several destroyers

Plot summary: Fictionalised version of events in the Adriatic following the Battle of Caporetto. Captain David Smith, his talent for the unorthodox noted is assigned to help the Italians deal with the Austro-Hungarian Navies newest warship and the experienced German officer assigned to command her.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 11, 2016, 09:39:52 am
Alan Evans, Audacity, 1985

United Kingdom

HMS Audacity
Q-Ship
2 x 12 pdr (Concealed mounts fore and aft)
1 x 4 inch gun (Hidden in a fake deckhouse abaft the funnel)
4 torpedo tubes
Max speed: 15 - 16 knots
Built to resemble a "...three-island tramp..."
Draught is "...only four or five feet..."
No other details provided
Note: Additional armament prior to novel start included bomb throwers but these have been removed.

Germany

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
4 x 5.9 inch guns (2 a side mounted forward of the bridge)
1 x 4 inch gun (mounted aft of the bridge)
Torpedo tubes.
No other details provided

Unnamed
Several destroyers

Sweden

Unnamed
Gunboat
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is April 1918. Captain David Smith, his talent for both the unorthodox and 'getting things done' well proven has been given his most difficult task yet, delivering a shipment of gold to parties in Russia who have stated they can sink the Russian fleet before the Germans can take control of it following the Russian Revolution.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 12, 2016, 06:46:15 am
Another failed film script...

George E. Simpson & Neal R. Burger, Ghostboat, 1972

United States

USS Candlefish (SS-284)
Gato Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Hull number is that of the USS Tullibee (SS-284)

Plot summary: A submarine lost during World War II has just reappeared in 1974, why...?

Note: Unlike their later effort "Thin Air" this one did make it into film, albiet as a British mini-series with the action moved to the Baltic and the submarine renamed HMS Scorpion, which is remarkable enough in itself as usually it's the Americans taking someone elses script and reworking it to be more American centric. Wikipedia has a good summary of the British effort Wikipedia: Ghostboat (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghostboat).

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 13, 2016, 01:53:38 am
A self-published(?) technothriller found on Kindle...

Don Menya, Down Deep and Out of Time, 2013

United States

USS Hunley (SSGN-777)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships converted to carry cruise missiles.
Formerly SSBN-777 before conversion. Pennant number clashes with Virginia Class Submarine USS North Carolina (SSN-777), launched 2007.

USS John Paul Jones (SSN-800)
Virgina Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Pennant number is that of an as yet unbuilt Block V Virginia class submarine that has yet to be assigned a name.
Name clashes with Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53) which was launched in 1993 and is as of this post still in service.

USS Daniel Boone (AS-44)
Submarine Tender (converted minesweeper of an unspecified class), Class not specified
2 50mm guns (fore and aft)
4 30mm guns at corners of second upper deck
Helipad capable of supporting a Sikorski SH-3 Sea King fitted aft
18,000 tons
750ft length (originally 690ft), 150ft beam
Twin diesel engines, 15 knots
Name clashes with James Maddison class SSBN, USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629) that was scrapped in 1994.

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)

Several unnamed Frigates, Destroyers and submarines.

Plot summary: A mission to retrieve an intelligence gathering device from North Korean waters leads to a dangerous confrontation between the United States and North Korea.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 13, 2016, 07:09:55 am
Another technothriller found on Amazon

Tom Jacobs, Sons of God, 2008

United States

USS San Pedro (SSN-747)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Pennant number is part of an unnassigned bloc of numbers covering SSN 744 - 749.

USS South Dakota (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Stated in the novel to be the final member of the Ohio Class to have been completed
Note: Construction of the Virginia Class Submarine USS South Dakota (SSN-790) was approved in 2008, but construction did not begin until 2016.

Plot summary: Extortionists hijack a nuclear submarine and make the usual "Do what we want or we launch..." demands.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 13, 2016, 08:24:42 pm
A short break from the Technothrillers with another short story.

Anon., The Straggler, published in Leonard Matthews (ed.), Fantastic Adventure Stories for Boys, 1977 (Fourth printing, 1981)

United Kingdom

HMS Seahawk
Destroyer, class not specified
Sunk 1940
Name clashes with an RN shore establishment RNAS Culdrose (HMS Seahawk) opened in 1947.

Germany

Unnamed
U-boat, class not specified

Plot summary: The year is 1940. The crew of a torpedoed RN destroyer fight to turn the tables on the U-boat that sank their ship and protect the straggling oil tanker they were escorting.

Note: This was a chance find while cleaning my bookshelves, none of the stories in the collection have authors listed or any details of prior publication, if any. The cover depicts the Captain of HMS Seahawk using the AA weapons on the just captured U-boat to fight off a FW 200 'Condor'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: XP67_Moonbat on June 13, 2016, 11:15:37 pm
IJN Yonaga- enlarged Shinano-type aircraft carrier.

From THE SEVENTH CARRIER book series by Peter Albano

Plot summary: IJN Yonaga, the seventh carrier assigned to the Pearl Harbor strike, is trapped in Arctic ice while awaiting the strike order. 42 years later, the ship emerges, hell-bent on finishing their mission. Soon after, a Chinese orbital defense system renders all jets and rockets useless. With Libya leading a global war of terror, Yonaga and her antique planes are now the free world's best hope.....
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 13, 2016, 11:21:22 pm
Thanks for adding that one, I've got the Kindle version of that one on my 'future to-do' list.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: XP67_Moonbat on June 13, 2016, 11:37:37 pm
Funny what you remember this late at night! :D I haven't read those books in ages!
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 14, 2016, 03:00:16 am
Funny what you remember this late at night! :D I haven't read those books in ages!

Indeed, half the fun is checking to see if you still have them. That said I've been amazed at some of the things that have become available on Kindle.

But, now back to the technothrillers...

Tom Jacobs, Ship, Captain & Crew, 2012

United States

USS Moray (SSN-570)
Thresher Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author never specifically identifies the class, but the internal references, such as a mention of the fact that the submarine is twenty years old in 1983 strongly suggest that she is a Thresher. The Pennant number was going to be assigned to USS Mackerel (SST-1), but was ultimately not assigned.

USS Jack Clay (DD or DDG)
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

USS Manassas (CG-??)
Ticonderoga class
Details as per the real ships
Referred to in the novel (set in 1983) as "...one of the fleet's newest Aegis cruisers."

Plot summary: An attempt in 1983 to destabilize Iran goes wrong.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on June 15, 2016, 08:04:18 am
John P. Marquand, Repent in Haste, 1945

USS Rogue River - escort carrier of unknown class
Attack Transport 240 - USS Harnett (APA-240) was a cancelled Haskell Class transport

Plot: the story revolves around a demobbed sailor from the Rogue River in 1945


John P. Marquand, Last Laught Mr. Moto, 1942

USS Smedley - destroyer

Plot: the Japanese and Vichy French are trying to get their hands on an aircraft abandoned on Guadeloupe after the fall of France equipped with secret night-vision equipment.


John P. Marquand, It's Loaded Mr. Bauer, 1949

Sieglinde - German merchant raider
HMS Artemis - destroyer

Plot: Set in 1941/1942, a German agent in a South American nation attempts to acquire gold to buy oil fuel to replenish the Sieglinde's bunkers before the Royal Navy closes in.


Nevil Shute, Most Secret, 1945

Genevieve - requisitioned French fishing vessel, 70ft long, armed with a large-calibre flamethrower and the crew have a few Thompson sub-machine guns
HMT Grimsby Emerald - armed trawler, 1940
HMT Harebell - armed trawler, sunk 1940
HMT Gracie Fields - armed trawler, 1940
MGB-161, MGB-168 - motor gun boats, armed with two 20mm Oerlikon and DC, 40kts - pennants clash with MTBs

Plot: in late 1941 a daring officer plans to use a French fishing vessel to destroy a Raumboote and ends up supporting a French uprising against the Germans and sinks two R-Boots and damages a destroyer.


Nevil Shute, In the Wet, 1953

HMAS Gona - class and type unknown

Plot: In a dystopian 1983 the British Royal family flee to the Commonwealth.


Percy F. Westerman, Under the White Ensign, 1918

Great Britain
HMS Portchester Castle - liner converted into a merchant cruiser, armed with 4.7in QF guns and two 6pdr AA guns, sunk by a German U-Boot in the Med
HMS Fleetwings - Royal British & Pacific Company liner converted into seaplane carrier, very similar to Campania conversion, carries undefined number of seaplanes and four Kite Balloons
HMS Paradox - destroyer, 25kts
HMS Scragger - destroyer
HMS Grunter - destroyer
HMS Tarbox - destroyer
HMS Zealous - armed trawler
0916 + 2 more unnamed - US built motor patrol boat, three 160hp V-8 petrol engines, 26kts, 8 crew

Mention must be made of Fleetwing's seaplanes: 200ft wingspan triplane, powered by six 200hp engines with 15ft diameter propellers, 180mph max speed, 40mph stalling speed, 10 crew, armed with a 3in non-recoil gun firing mini 3in calibre torpedoes!

Greece
Pyrgos - yacht, armed with at least two concealed 7pdr guns, one on each beam forward; operated by a pro-German Greek faction, sunk by HMS Scragger and Grunter

Turkey
Unnamed destroyer, sunk by Portchester Castle

Plot: Adventures of the crew of the Portchester Castle in the Aegean in 1918.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 15, 2016, 09:17:57 am
Welcome back Hood!

Now back to WWII...

Alan Evans, Orphans of the Storm, 1990

United Kingdom

HMS Saracen
Destroyer, class not specified

HMS Lancer
Destroyer, class not specified

Germany

Brandenburg
Fourth Leipzig Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1935

Plot summary: The year is 1939, David Smith now working as an agent for British Military Intelligence finds himself trying to prevent a German cruiser coming to the aid of the Deutschland Class Cruiser Admiral Graff Spee following the Battle of the River Plate.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 17, 2016, 09:10:00 am
Alan Evans, Sink or Capture!, 1993

United Kingdom

HMS Cassandra (Real Ship)
C Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1916
In real life HMS Cassandra was sunk in 1918

HMS Calliope (Real ship)
C Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
In real life HMS Calliope was scrapped in 1931

HMS Hornet
G & H Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Sunk 1940

Ailsa Grange
Transport Ship (ex-Merchant ship)
No other details provided

Germany

Brandenburg
Fourth Leipzig Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1935
Sunk 1940 at the 2nd Battle of Narvik.
Note: Ship first appears in the authors previous novel "Orphans of the Storm"

Wilhelmina
Transport Ship
"...around ten thousand tons with a single funnel and a long superstructure amidships... she had probably been an ocean liner before the war. One of those giving "Strength through Joy" cruises..."
Noted to be carrying a surgical team to support the German Invasion of Norway but is not a Hospital ship.
No other details regarding armament/speed provided.
Captured by the British.

Plot Summary: It is 1940. David Smith has been returned to command a cruiser following his success in preventing Admiral Graff Spee escaping but finds himself and his new ship confronting the same enemy cruiser he faced in South America during the German invasion of Norway.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 17, 2016, 09:39:50 am
Now, back to pulp fiction...

J. E. MacDonnell, The Coxswain, 1960

Australia

HMAS Bantam
Destroyer, class not specified
Sunk in the Mediterranean Sea before the start of the novel.

HMAS Pelican
Destroyer, class not specified
4 inch guns
Stated to be a member of a class older than the V & W Class Destroyers given to the RAN in 1933.
Note: There was an HMS Pelican which was an Admiralty M Class Destroyer scrapped in 1921. It is possible, though unlikely that this was the ship the author had in mind, certainly it fits the limited details he gives.

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Only specific details author gives are 200 crew, 6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts), speed 35knots. The above class is best fit for those details and for the rough date the author provides (August 1942).

Plot summary: Around the start of the Guadalcanal Campaign the coxswain of an Australian 'fleet destroyer' finds himself having to deal with a couple of 'bad apples' who came aboard as replacements for men lost in a recent action.

Note: I've included a scan of the cover which is by an unknown artist. However whoever they were they obviously did not read the book as the cover depicts what appears to be an L & M Class destroyer under attack rather than what I suspect the author intended HMAS Wind Rode to be, still not a bad 'action' image
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on June 18, 2016, 03:21:53 am
Captain W. E. John, Biggles in the Baltic, 1940

Great Britain
Unammed submarine

Germany
U-159 - U-boot, sunk by Biggle's 'Z' Squadron. The real U-159 was a Type IXC launched in July 1941, it was laid down some six months after the story was written.
Leipzig - German liner converted into a troopship, sunk by Biggle's 'Z' Squadron

Plot: Biggles, Algy and Ginger and chums form a secret 'Z' Squadron and operate from a secret underground cave lake base on a small island called Bergen Ait in the Baltic Sea, purchased by Britain from a neutral Baltic country. They are flying what look to be monoplane Fairey Swordfish on the front cover. The four aircraft are all given Australian names; Dingo, Didgeree-du, Willie-Willie and Duck-billed platypus. The sink the U-159, capture its codebook and after several escapades they blow up their secret base and drown the Germans who have captured the island.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 18, 2016, 08:34:13 am
Douglas Reeman, The Last Raider, 1964

Germany

Vulkan
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
Converted banana carrier
Three-island hull.
4 x 5.9 inch guns (2 a side mounted forward of the bridge)
1 x 22pdr aft
300 mines
Torpedo tubes
16 knots

United Kingdom

HMS Vole
Armed Boarding Steamer
Ex coastal steamer
No other details provided

HMS Waltham
Cruiser, class not specified
12 x 6 inch guns
12 x "smaller weapons"
21 knots
Launched 1915
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
23 knots
No other details provided.

United States

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified
Four funnels
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is the last days of 1917, Imperial Germany decides to send one last raider into the Atlantic in an attempt to divert Allied naval units into distant waters.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 19, 2016, 12:47:08 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Not Under Command, 1963

Australia

HMAS Roper
River Class Frigate (RAN Group II)
Details as per the real ships.

Japan

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Plot summary: It is late 1943 (Book refers to the Glowworm's ramming of the Hipper, Operation Chariot (St Nazaire Raid) & Operation Source in the past tense, so no earlier than October 1943.), an RAN frigate traveling to Espiritu Santo loses her senior officers due to a lucky (Or unlucky depending on your point of view...) hit while under attack from the air. Can the Non-Commissioned Officers get her to port safely...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 19, 2016, 07:01:34 am
Alan Evans, Deed of Glory, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Saracen
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Details provided by the author imply this is the same ship that appeared at the beginning of  "Orphans of the Storm"
Sunk 1940

HMS Boston (ex-USS ?)
Town Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author never gives the name of the US 'Four stacker' that became HMS Boston.
Sunk 1942

Plot summary: Fictionalized account of the events leading up to Operation Chariot (St Nazaire Raid)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 20, 2016, 10:02:17 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Operational Immediate, 1975

Australia

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

HMAS Swift
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author explicitly states that this ship is a member of the same class as HMAS Wind Rode.

HMAS Sabre
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Saber, a WWI S Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1946.

HMAS Whelp
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Whelp, a W Class destroyer launched in 1943, which was later transferred to South Africa and scrapped in 1976.

HMAS Witch
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)

United States

Unnamed
6 x 'Four Stacker' Destroyers
No other details provided.

Japan

Unnamed
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified

Unnamed
2x Submarines

Unnamed
5 x Destroyers

Plot summary: It is sometime between the Gilbert Islands Campaign and the Marianas Campaign, and a convoy transporting ammunition for the United States Seventh Fleet comes under heavy attack. The attached cover depicts the novels climactic action as three RAN Destroyers charge a Japanese Aircraft Carrier.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on June 21, 2016, 04:48:14 am
Percy F. Westerman, The Salving of the Fusi Yama, 1920

Mainly non-naval ships in the this tale.

Titania: auxiliary schooner, 260 tons, built 1900 with triple expansion engines but retfitted with diesels later, 12kts, used as a minelayer during the war, carries two 'Cormorant' seaplanes during the events of the book.

Other ships:
Fusi Yama: Japanese-built steamship sold to a British company operating from Shanghai, 4,500 tons, built 1914, sunk on her maiden voyage by the German cruiser Nurnberg in 1914.
Zug: ex-interned German merchant Geier, built 1904
Cite d'Arras: French liner than sinks following a collision with an unnamed Belgian tramp steamer.

Plot: a treasure hunt to locate the wreck of the Fusi Yama and salvage her gold bullion cargo.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 21, 2016, 09:24:26 am
Philip McCutchan, Secret Mission (Originally): Cameron's Commitment, 1989

United Kingdom

HMS Castile
C Class Cruiser
Launched 1917
Details as per the real ships

HMS Dionysus
Destroyer, class not specified.

Plot summary: Following the events of 'Against All Odds' & 'On Land And Sea' the series hero is given a new ship and a special mission...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: royabulgaf on June 24, 2016, 04:09:03 pm
Here's one, although it is a fictional airship.  However, it belongs to the German Navy so I gues it is a warship.

I don't recall the novel, but it takes place around 1916 when the army's R-Planes are crowding out the airships.  The navy does one last raid to show the airship's ability, and it is a clusterfuck.  The British are congratulatig themselves, but it slowly dawns on them that there is one remaining airship on the prowl over England.

Ring any bells?
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 21, 2016, 12:59:56 am
Harrison Jones, Equal Time Point, 2009

United States

USS Karuk (T-ATF-???)
Powhatan Class Oceangoing Tug?
Details as per the real ships

United Kingdom

HMS Integrity
Aircraft carrier, class not specified.
Carries Sea King Helicopters
No other details provided

Plot summary: Sabotage forces an airliner to ditch at sea.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 23, 2016, 03:29:53 pm
R. Cameron Cooke, Dive Beneath The Sun, 2016

United States

USS Wolffish (SS-434)
Balao Class Submarine, Real ship, cancelled prior to start of construction June 1944

Task Group Antietam

USS Antietam (CV-36)
Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, Real ship, launched August '44, in service January '45 - May '63

USS Reprisal (CV-35)
Essex Class Aircraft Carrier, Real ship, construction cancelled August '45

USS Salem (CA-139)
Des Moines Class Cruiser, Real ship, launched March '47, in service May '49 - January '50

USS Newport News (CA-148)
Des Moines Class Cruiser, Real ship, launched March '48, in service January '49 - June '75

USS Vicksburg (CL-86)
Cleveland Class Cruiser, Real ship, launched December '43, in service June '44 - June '47

USS McKean (DD-784)?
Gearing Class, Real ship, launched March '45, in service June '45 - October '81
An earlier USS McKean was a former Wickes class destroyer converted to a Fast transport in WWII and sunk on the 17th of November, 1943. On the basis of what the author appears to have done (See note below.) I am assuming that the McKean in the novel is the Gearing Class ship.

Two unnamed Destroyers

Four unnamed Destroyer Escorts

Japan

Yokaze
Destroyer, class not specified
Main Armament 6 x 5 inch guns (A, X & Y)
Insufficient details provided to work out just which of several classes of destroyer using the same armament layout this ship is a member of.

Kiku
Mikura Class (Kaikoban)
Details as per the actual ships

Enoki
Mikura Class (Kaikoban)
Details as per the actual ships

Plot summary: A Japanese freighter carries materials that could affect the outcome of the war (The novel takes place during September and October of 1944.) can the United States navy stop it from reaching it's destination.

Note: The author has done something a little unusual here, rather than use fictional members of existing classes (US ships only.) he appears to have 'bought forward' the construction of several ships that were in fact completed post war.  That's not to say that the Anteitam Task Group would not make a fine illustration.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on July 24, 2016, 05:04:57 am
Percy F. Westerman, The Stolen Cruiser, published 1913

Great Britain

HMS Impregnable
A modified Indefatigable Class battlecruiser. 18,000 tons displacement; four twin 12in turrets (fore, aft and two en échelon amidships) and 25x1 4in QF; 26kts top speed. Being towed to Holland for scrapping but engines in good condition to be re-used. Hijacked by band of anarchist pirates and renamed Independencia and re-armed with 25x1 7pdr QF guns.

HMS Indefatigable
The real battlecruiser, in the book she is a "sea-going instructional vessel for naval cadets".

HMS Frome and HMS Calder ("New River" Class): destroyers
120 feet long with turtle decks fore and aft, a fine bow and a pointed cutaway stern. Diesel engines driving four propeller shafts providing a speed of 43kts (can do 21kts astern too!). No funnels. At the aft end of the fore turtle deck were two 11 pounder automatic guns, arranged to cover an arc of 210 degree and with 80 degree elevation, another mount was mounted aft. Other armament was two 7pdr QF amidships and two 21in torpedo tubes with "improved Whitehead" torpedoes with 5 miles range. Has a small conning tower (with another aft) and a light telescopic mast (no radio aerials as has some form of internal receivers) and two searchlights.  Crew of 90, only 15 needed to man the engine rooms.

HMS Indus
Cruiser, 22,000 tons

HMS Cerberus
Scout cruiser, diesel powered with no funnels, carries four seaplanes.
Seaplanes describes as having an aluminium hull/fuselage 35 ft long, 6ft width and 9in draught. Has a small observation turret which supports the propeller shaft, folding biplane wings, armed with a 1pdr automatic gun and small bombs.

HMS Vindictive
A "second class cruiser", the real Arrogant Class ship completed in 1899.

HMS Khartoum
A cruiser, no description.

HMS Trincomalee
Armoured cruiser, no description except armed with 9in, 6in and QF guns.

HMS Blackadder
A destroyer, no description.

Desaix
French cruiser, possibly the real ship.

Chanzy
French armoured cruiser, possibly the real ship.

Tréhouart
French cruiser, 19,000 tons, a fictional ship as the real Amiral Tréhouart was a Bouvines Class coast defence ship

USS West Virginia
This is the real cruiser (ACR-5).

USS Denver
This is the real cruiser (CL-16).

SS Wontwash
American tramp  steamer.

SS Steephill Castle
Hull-registered tramp steamer. Vessel used by the pirates to board Impregnable.

SS Yosen Maru
Japanese steamer attacked by Independencia.

SS L'Égalité
French transatlantic liner attacked by  Independencia.

SS Duke of Negropont
American steamer, attacked by Independencia.

Hetty
Boston-registered whaler

Serena
300 ton pleasure craft owned by a wealthy Canadian.

Vulkan
Leading tug towing Impregnable. Scuttled by the pirates.

Hekla
One of the Dutch tugs towing Impregnable. Scuttled by the pirates.

Plot Summary: HMS Impregnable is towed to Holland but is hijacked by band of international band of anarchist pirates and renamed Independencia goes on a piracy raid across the Atlantic and into the Arctic in an attempt to escape her pursuers. The book was published in 1913 but is set in an undefined future time, possibly the 1920s, when the Indefatigable Class is being replaced by newer vessels. Many of the newer ships in this tale have diesel engines and the ships and aircraft show an interesting technical progression from 1912. Impregnable is said to have never fired her guns in anger, implying no war in Westerman's future. However, curiously for a 1913 British naval/military adventure story there is no mention of Germany at all and no German characters, instead there is a cast of Greeks, Spaniards, Dutch, French and Japanese.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 27, 2016, 05:52:47 am
J. E. MacDonnell, First Command, 1971

Australia

HMAS Reaper
WWI R Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
AA armament has been augmented with 'scrounged' machine guns of various makes (Bren, Browning, etc).

Plot summary: The year is 1941. Badly damaged fighting an Italian submarine, an Australian destroyer struggles to make her way back to Alexandria and safety. This story is pretty precisely date-able as the ship returns to Alexandria the day after the Italians crippled HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Valiant with a human torpedo attack on the 19th of December 1941.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 27, 2016, 05:49:37 pm
J. E. MacDonnell, Fire Storm, 1973

Australia

HMAS Pelican
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 'pom-pom' gun.
AA augmented with 'scrounged' MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
300ft long
Single funnel
30knots
Fitted with radar and sonar.
Note: If this is the same ship as the one that appears in the novel "The Coxswain" (1960), then her "...experimental..." design predates the V & W class, which started construction in 1916. I will be trying to track down further novels where this ship is the vehicle of focus to see if any more details are included.

Italy

Spiride
Fifth Ammiraglio Cagni Class Submarine (Also known as the Cagni Class)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is March 1942. A destroyer assigned to locate a base the Italians have established for MT Explosive Motor Boats (EMB) (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MT_explosive_motorboat)) finds herself in a duel with an Italian submarine with a very competent captain and crew.

Internal references in the book imply that the events of this novel take place around about the same time as convoy MW10 which left Alexandria for Malta on the 21st of March 1942. The attached picture depicts the eventual destruction of the EMBs when they are lured into a patch of floating fuel oil which is ignited as they enter it.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 27, 2016, 11:35:09 pm
Brian Callison, A Flock Of Ships, 1970

United Kingdom

HMS Mallard
Corvette, class not specified
1100 tons
4 inch gun
Name clash with a Kingfisher Class Sloop in service 1936 - 1945.

Unnamed (1966)
Survey Ship, class not specified.
No other details provided

Germany

Unnamed
Three U-boats, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: The year is 1966, a British survey ship has just arrived a remote island in the South Atlantic, there she finds an abandoned freighter that was reported sunk in 1941. Aboard the abandoned ship, the evidence points to a journey of madness and terror.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on July 28, 2016, 06:31:27 am
Two more Westerman nautical tales.

Percy F. Westerman, The Sea-Girt Fortress, published 1914

Germany

Hannover
Real battleship of the Deutschland Class

Several destroyers, most are unnamed except for;
S167, probably the real destroyer, the 1911 built ship to replace the original S167 sold to Turkey in 1910 as Muavenet-i Milliye.
S174, there was no real S174, the nearest real ship was the Germania-built G174 of the 1909 Programme.

Twenty U-Boots, described as a Krupp-Germania design of 1,200 tons displacement, 1,000 mile range, armament of 4x TT, 2x 14pdr (77mm?) guns on disappearing mounts and 2x pom-poms; the conning tower has two periscopes and oddly the subs have four sloped cylinders and different angles but no explanation is given of these.

Great Britain

Real battleships: HMS Royal Sovereign, Barham, Orion, Collingwood, Bellerophon, Ajax, Agamemnon, Centurion and Formidable. Also the real battlecruiser HMS Invincible.

HMS Repulse
Probably the planned Royal Sovereign Class battleship completed in the story by/in 1914

HMS Impregnable
Battlecruiser, could be the same vessel as featured in The Stolen Cruiser.
 
HMS Beresford
Fast cruiser, no description

HMS Boxer
Name matches that of Ardent Class destroyer of 1894 but illustration better matches a River/ M Class destroyer of the immediate pre-war era.

HMS Lynx
Real Acasta Class destroyer

HMS Onyx
Fishery Protection Gunboat, could be the real torpedo gunboat launched in 1892 but she became a depot ship in 1907.

United States
Real battleships USS Kentucky and USS Wyoming

Plot: Very much a Riddle of the Sands type tale. The Germans have set up a secret subterranean Zeppelin base on Helgoland, a daring Englishmen and an American aboard their small ketch, Diomeda, and discover the base accidently and that the Germans have invented a method of making Zeppelin gasbags self-sealing from bullet holes. They manage to escape in one of the Zeppelins and forewarned the British defeat a surprise Zeppelin and seaplane attack and defeat the German Navy at sea and eventually destroy the secret base.
There is one notable historical fact in the book, Westerman makes reference to the Empress of India trials of 1913 which found that although armour protection kept out shells out of the citadel but water flooded in on the deck above, disturbing the stability and leading to a capsizing. D.K. Brown makes a good account of the trials and the design changes made in the Royal Sovereigns deck armour scheme to raise the armoured deck. In the book HMS Orion succumbs to such damage above the main armour deck and capsizes, this foretells the similar faults which led to HMS Agincourt sinking in September 1914 (albeit from a torpedo hit).


Percy F. Westerman, The Third Officer, published 1921

Malfilio
An ex-Russian light cruiser, originally called Zarizyno. 4,000 tons; armament 8x1 6in & 4in guns (the description hints at 6in fore and aft and 6 beam 4in guns), 4x underwater torpedo tubes (not loaded) and one seaplane; speed 22kts.

Australia
"HMAS" Titania
A 400 ton schooner which pretends to be a submarine tender to avoid the Malfilio

HMAS Armdale and HMAS Rockhampton
Light cruisers, armed with 2x 9.2in fore and aft and QF guns and MGs

HMAS Brisbane
The real modified Town Class light cruiser

One unammed seaplane carrier

Three unnamed destroyers

Great Britain
SS Donibristle
6,200 ton tramp steamer belonging to the fictional British Columbian & Chinese Shipping Company

HMBS Adventurer
Cruiser, no description (note archaic His Majesty's Britannic Ship prefix, unlikely to be His Majesty's Burmese Ship)

Japan
HIJMS Kanazawa
Cruiser, no description

United States
USS Yosemite
Cruiser, no description

Two merchants captured by the pirates of possible Spanish and American flags are Alvardo and Kittiwake.

Plot: A band of international pirates acquire an ex-Russian cruiser and find a base on a secret fortified pre-war Pacific German anchorage. The plucky British crew of the Donibristle escape and ultimaly the Malfinio is sunk by HMAS Armdale and the island base recaptured.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 28, 2016, 07:29:18 pm
J. E. MacDonnell, Breaking Point, 1979

Australia

HMAS Tempest
Crown Colony/Fiji Class Cruiser
Details as per real ships.

HMAS Jackal
Battle Class Destroyer
Details as per real ships.
Note: There was a J Class destroyer named HMS Jackal that was sunk in May of 1942. A reasonable assumption is that this ships name has been changed from a 'Battle' name in honor of the ship sunk.

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

HMAS Sabre
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Sabre, a WWI S Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1946. Also appears in 'Operational Immediate'

Unnamed
3 x Destroyers, class not specified

Unnamed
2 x Corvettes, class not specified

Unnamed
Boom Defense Ship
No details provided

United States

Unnamed
Several Destroyers

USS Blakely (DD-150) (Real Ship)
Wickes Class destroyer
Details as per the real ships

USS Mercy (AH-8) (Real Ship)
Comfort Class Hospital Ship
Details as per the real ships
Sunk during course of the novel

USS Refuge (AH-11) (Real Ship)
Hospital Ship
Details as per the real ship
Sunk during course of the novel

Japan

Mikuni
Sixth Myoko Class Cruiser
10 8 inch guns (Twin turrets A,B,C,X & Y)
6 4.7 inch guns
8 47mm guns
'Many' 25mm guns
8 24 inch torpedo tubes
32 knots
Note: Class not given in novel, assumed on basis of armament. Description of this ship in novel states that she carries 21 inch torpedo tubes firing 'Black Lance' torpedos. I am assuming this is a mistake and have corrected for the actual weapons.

Unnamed
9 Hatsuharu Class Destroyers
5 5 inch guns, 6 torpedo tubes
Note: The real Hatsuharu Class consisted of 6 ships. For the torpedo armament see Mikuni entry above.

Unnamed
Junsen Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is the latter half of WWII, as MacArthur gears up for his next big offensive, the Japanese slip a raiding force into the trans-Pacific supply lines.

Notes: This novel is very hard to pin down to a specific time period, but it cannot be earlier than September 1944, that is when the first Battle Class Destroyer (HMS Barflur) reached the Pacific Theater. That also assumes the 'big offensive' is the assault on the Philippines which began in late October 1944. This novel is the only one by this author that I've encountered in hardcover. The un-credited cover depicts one of the Japanese attacks.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 28, 2016, 10:07:48 pm
J. E. MacDonnell, Repel Boarders, 1963

Australia

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels. On the two covers I have (1963 & 1967) the destroyer is depicted as having pennant number G46. In WWI this pennant number was held by HMS Stuart (Later HMAS Stuart (F00)). In WWII the pennant number was held by two ships, HMS Juno, a J Class destroyer sunk in 1941 and HMS Swift an S Class destroyer sunk in 1944.

Japan

Unnamed
Junsen Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Junsen Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: In the lead up to Operation Oboe 6 (The Brunei landings, 10 June 1945) a botched attempt to sink a Japanese submarine by ramming leads to a wild boarding action and the loss of the captain overboard. Captured by another Japanese submarine, can he keep quiet long enough for the landings to take place.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 29, 2016, 03:09:48 am
James MacNeil, Mettle at Woomera, 1962?

United Kingdom

HMS Scorpion
Destroyer, class not specified, described as 'experimental'
3000 tons
6 4.5 inch guns (Twin turrets A,B & X)
Unspecified anti-aircraft weapons
Torpedoes
Depth charges
Steam turbines, 60,000 horsepower
48 knots
Note: Not fitted with guided missiles or helipad. Appearance probably not too different from a Daring Class Destroyer

HMS MTB-445
Motor Torpedo Boat
Details as per actual ships
Note: HMS Scorpion's ships boat

'Communists' (Russia?)

Raratonga
Armed Merchant Cruiser
10 'guns' (Five a side)
No other details provided

Plot summary: In this 'Boys Own Adventure' someone is diverting missiles fired from Woomera from their intended splashdown point, looks like a job for the Royal Navy's Special Service Division...

Note: This book is the third in a series (Captain Mettle, V.C./Mettle Dives Deep/Mettle at Woomera). When I stumbled across this at a charity shop, this was the only book of the three on the shelf. There is no publication date on the book, but a handwritten note on the inside cover wishes a past owner "Happy Christmas 1962'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 29, 2016, 06:55:40 am
John Wingate, Jimmy-The-One: A Submariner Sinclair Story, 1960

United Kingdom

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

HMS Rapid
S Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with an R Class Destroyer launched in July 1942.

Germany

U-93
Type VIIC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name of a Type VIIC that was sunk by a destroyer on the 15th of January 1942. In the novel she is captured by HMS Rugged off Taranto in the weeks leading up to the Second Battle of El-Alamein. After being renumbered 'U-679' by the British the submarine is used for covert operations.

Plot summary: A newly promoted officer finds himself involved in intrigue in the weeks leading up to 2nd El-Alamein. This is another 'Boys Own Adventure' book, however, unlike the previous one, this book feels much more grounded in reality.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 30, 2016, 11:01:41 pm
David E. Meadows, Echo Class, 2009

United States

USS Dale (DDG-???)
Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with a Leahy Class FFG (later redesignated CG) launched in 1962

USS Coghlan (DDG-???)
Forrest Sherman Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1967 and the Soviet Navy has decided to demonstrate just what their latest submarines are capable of...

Note: All other ships featured in this novel are real.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 31, 2016, 10:13:49 pm
Richard Hough, Buller's Victory, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Incomparable
7th Canopus-class Battleship (Pre-Dreadnought)
Details as per the real ships
Launched 1900
Sunk 18th of March 1915.

HMS Duchess of Marlborough
Q-Ship
3,248 tons
(As converted) 2 x 12pdrs, 1 Maxim Gun, 2 Lewis guns, bomb throwers
(As updated) 1 x 4 inch (fwd), 1 x 12pdr, 1 x 2 pdr, 1 Maxim Gun, 2 Lewis guns, bomb throwers
No other details provided

HMS Arrow
Acorn (H) or Acheron (I) Class Destroyer
2 x 4 inch, 2 x 12pdrs, 21 inch TTs
Name clashes with that of a Ant Class gunboat in service between 1871 - 1922
Note: Armament fits one of two possible British destroyer classes, insufficient details provided to determine just which one.

HMS Mason
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Thistle
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided
Name clashes with that of a Bramble Class gunboat in service between 1901 - 1926

Germany

U-623
U-Boat, class not specified
75mm gun
Other armament not mentioned, but probably similar to other U-Boats of it's era.

Plot summary: Follows the successes and failures of the Buller family during the First World war from the Battle of Coronel to the Battle of Jutland.

Note: Third volume in a trilogy (Buller's Guns/Buller's Battleship/Buller's Victory).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 01, 2016, 12:26:31 am
Lincoln Child, Deep Storm, 2007

United States

USS Specter (SSN-??? or SS-???)
Nuclear? Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: An ex-Navy Doctor is assigned to a Top Secret underwater excavation project in the North Sea to investigate a mysterious outbreak of insanity.

Note: The USS Specter is part of the POV characters backstory, it does not appear in the novel itself. At one point mention is made of the characters service in "...stealth submarines and carriers.", so presumably the Specter is a 'stealth submarine', whatever that means.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 02, 2016, 08:51:31 pm
Alexander Fullerton, All The Drowning Seas, 1981

United Kingdom

HMS Defiant (Java Sea)
D Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Completed 1922? (Stated to be "...twenty years old..." in 1942.)

HMS Ainsty (Mediterranean)
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Jouster (Mediterranean)
J Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships

United States

USS Sloan (DD-???) (Java Sea)
Porter Class Destroyer (Referred to as Selfridge Class in novel.)
Details as per the real ships
Launched "...around 1935..."

Plot Summary: The year is 1942 and members of the Everard family face danger, one in command of a cruiser at the Battle of the Java Sea and the desperate struggle to escape the Japanese that follows. At the same time another member of the family finds himself a passenger aboard a merchant ship traveling to Malta aboard a heavily attacked convoy (The author states that this is fictional version of Operation Pedestal, moved from August '42 to February '42.).

Note: This book is the sixth in a series known as the Everard Chronicle, the first three books cover the First World War from Jutland to Armistice Day. The remaining six books cover the Second World War until late 1943.

Later: The attached images are the cover by Steve Crisp for the 1982 printing of 'All The Drowning Seas' and the bizarre cover created for the 2017 ebook release of the novel which seems to depict a United States nuclear powered cruiser (Either Virginia Class or California Class) sinking after being attacked by planes of the Imperial Japanese Navy in the foreground with a British Type 42 Destroyer in the background and is a perfect example of the problems with CGI covers.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 03, 2016, 12:50:20 am
Alistair MacLean, Night Without End, 1959

United Kingdom

HMS Triton
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified
Carries Supermarine Scimitar Fighters
No other details provided

HMS Wykenham
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is late 1957, an airliner has crashed in Greenland not far from a four month old IGY station. As the researchers try to get the survivors to the coast and rescue, they find that there is a murderer amongst their ranks.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 03, 2016, 01:53:30 pm
J. E. MacDonnell, A Council of Captains, 1974

Australia

HMAS Tempest
Crown Colony/Fiji Class Cruiser
Details as per real ships.

HMAS Jackal
Battle Class Destroyer
Details as per real ships.
38 knots
Note: There was a J Class destroyer named HMS Jackal that was sunk in May of 1942. A reasonable assumption is that this ships name has been changed from a 'Battle' name in honor of the ship sunk. However a reference in this book suggests that in the authors 'universe' there may have been an earlier 'HMAS Jackal' that this ship was named after. It is also implied that she is the first member of the class in theater rather than HMS Barfleur.

HMAS Mackay
Bathurst Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

HMAS Wind Rode
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels.
Lead ship of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla

HMAS Swift
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author explicitly states that this ship is a member of the same class as HMAS Wind Rode.
Member of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla

HMAS Sabre
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Saber, a WWI S Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1946.
Member of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla

HMAS Whelp
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts)
Note: Name clash with HMS Whelp, a W Class destroyer launched in 1943, which was later transferred to South Africa and scrapped in 1976.
Member of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla
Sunk during course of novel.

HMAS Witch
Destroyer, class not specified
6 x 4.7 inch guns (A, B, & X twin mounts
Member of the RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla

Japan

Unnamed
Several Destroyers

Unnamed
5 Heavy Cruisers (Myoko/Mogami Classes)

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified.

United States

Unnamed
PT Boats

Plot summary: In this episodic novel, the captain of HMAS Jackal finds himself pitted against a Japanese submarine commander who knows almost all the tricks while defending a convoy in the Arafura Sea. The RAN Fifth Destroyer Flotilla finds itself under heavy air attack traveling to Manus Island and loses a ship. In the climax Tempest, Jackal and the surviving members of the Fifth Destroyer Flotilla are ordered to provide a diversion for an attack by MacArthur by bombarding Japanese positions in the Schouten Islands.

Note: This novel, like the later 'Breaking Point' appears to be set in 1944. It also takes place sometime before the landings on Biak (27 May 1944), when discussing the diversionary action that makes up the final portion of the novel it is specifically stated that "...you will readily appreciate that MacArthur is not intending to take Biak, at least not yet." which implies a date in the early part of 1944 (Fighting on Manaus lasted between 29 February - 18 May 1944). As the title suggests, this book is a meeting between several of the authors regular series characters. Interestingly it is revealed that HMAS Jackal is an  'independent command' based out of Darwin rather than being attached to a specific force.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 03, 2016, 10:25:28 pm
Now for a big one...

Alexander Fullerton, The Gatecrashers, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Nottingham
Cruiser
Flagship of the 39th Cruiser Squadron

HMS Minotaur
Cruiser
Part of the 39th Cruiser Squadron
Real ship, transferred to Canada after launch.

HMS X-11
X Class Minisub
Details as per the real ships

HMS X-12
X Class Minisub
Details as per the real ships

HMS Scourge
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with S Class Destroyer in launched in December 1942 and in service from July 1943 to February 1946.

HMS Setter
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Ultra
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Calliope
Dido Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Moloch
M Class? Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Laureate
L Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Leopard
L Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Legend
L Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Lyric
L Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Berkeley
'Anti Aircraft Ship'
No other details provided
Name clash with a Hunt Class destroyer sunk in August '42

HMS Harpy
H Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Foremost
F Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Radcar
Minesweeper
No other details provided

HMS Radstock
Minesweeper
No other details provided

HMS Rochedale
Minesweeper
No other details provided

HMS Rattray
Minesweeper
No other details provided

HMT Arctic Prince
Armed trawler
No other details provided

HMT Northern Glow
Armed trawler
No other details provided

RFA Bayleaf
Fleet Oiler
Launched 1917
Note: There were ships named RFA Bayleaf in WWI and post WWII however this name was not used during the war.

Russia

Sovetskaya Slava
Oiler (Converted tanker?)
No other details provided

Germany

Unnamed
Oiler
15,000 tons
"...deep laden, and quite modern."

Unnamed
Several 'Narvik Class' destroyers

Plot summary: In the conclusion to the Everard Chronicles father and son face the Germans in northern waters, the father commanding the escort for an Arctic convoy while the son pilots an X-Craft against the Tirpitz.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 04, 2016, 04:47:13 am
William M. Hardy, Wolf-Pack, 1960

United States

USS Squid (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified

USS Lamprey (SS-372)
Balao Class Submarine, Real ship, launched June '44, in service November '44 - August '60
Sunk during the course of the novel.

USS Remora (SS-487)
Trench Class Submarine, Real ship, launched July '45, in service January '46 - October '73.
 
USS Hagfish (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified

USS Newt (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
Sunk prior to start of novel.

Japan

Tamanami
2,700 ton Destroyer
Real ship, Yugumo Class Destroyer, sunk 7th of July 1944

Asanagi
1,900 ton Destroyer
Real ship, Kamikaze Class destroyer, sunk 22nd of May 1944

Unnamed
1,900 ton Destroyer (Kamikaze Class?)

Unnamed
5 Kaikoban
Armament details only provided, no names.

Plot summary: A fictitious US Submarine attack on a Japanese convoy. Novel begins shortly before the 25th of June, 1944.

Note: The author 'brings forward' the construction of two submarines and altered the sinking dates of two Japanese destroyers. Other submarines named are not given sufficient details to determine class.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 04, 2016, 05:17:10 pm
J. E. MacDonnell, Hunter-Killer, 1968

Australia

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

Unnamed
4 x Destroyers

Note: Probably this is the RAN 5th Destroyer Flotilla (See A Council of Captains, Operational Immediate for the pre-May '44 composition.)

United States

USS Bonita (SS-165)
Barracuda Class Submarine, Real Ship, launched June '25, in service May '26 - March '45
Note: In real life this submarines war service was spent on the US East Coast apart from a period off Pacific side of the Panama canal in November '40 - October '42. Armament details given in novel do not quite fit the actual Barracuda class, possibly a fictional member of a later class rather than the real ship.
Sunk during the course of the novel.

USS Dunlap (DD-384)
Mahan Class Destroyer, Real Ship, launched April '36, in service June '37 - December '45

Japan

Inaduma (I-400)
I-400 Class Submarine (Fictional version)
3,405 tons
396 feet (Length)
Twin diesel engines (9000 horsepower total)
25kts (Surfaced)/18 kts (submerged)
3 x 5.5 inch guns
AA armament not mentioned, presumably same as real ships.
10 21inch TT (6 forward/4 aft)
2 Seaplanes (Aichi M6A) (hangar aft of conning tower)
Range 18,000 miles

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Plot summary: It is late 1944, Japanese submarine attacks on Allied convoys heading to the Philippines are becoming increasingly effective, have the Japanese adopted Wolf-pack tactics or is something else going on...?

Notes: Novel appears to take place after the events of 'Breaking Point'  eg. October/November or December 1944.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 06, 2016, 07:42:57 pm
Ian Fleming, Moonraker, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Merganzer
'Patrol Ship', Destroyer?, Frigate?
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
30 knots (Surfaced)
Larger than anything Britain had in 1955.

Plot summary: Why would a media darling Industrialist (For a modern equivalent, think Sir Richard Branson...) risk public humiliation by cheating the members of London's most exclusive private gambling club...?
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 07, 2016, 05:55:49 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Subsmash, 1960

Australia

HMAS Scourge
Destroyer, class not specified
Described as "...a young cruiser...", Daring Class?

HMAS Lockyer
Destroyer?, class not specified
Daring Class?

United Kingdom

HMS Diana
Submarine, class not specified (either Oberon or Porpoise Class, details fit either)
2000 tons
8 TT (6 forward/2 aft)
18 kts (surface)
Name clash with Daring Class Destroyer.

Plot summary: The year is 1959, a routine joint British/Australian anti-submarine training exercise has gone badly wrong.

Note: This is first time I've encountered one of this authors books published by anyone other than Horwitz. The novel is apparently the third in a series with 'Gimme The Boats' and 'Jim Brady, Leading Seaman' being the other two books. The cover by Gino d'Achille is a good action scene, but it's the wrong era and what is depicted is definitely not what happens in the book.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 08, 2016, 07:53:07 am
Noel B. Gerson (Pen name: Samuel Edwards), Neptune, 1976

Russia

Zolóto (14-2967)
Zolóto Class Submarine (Fictional Class)
slightly more than  6000 tons (Submerged?)
8 Ballistic missiles
No other details provided, armament presumably also includes torpedos.

Sunk "...about two years..." prior to start of novel (Assumed to be set in 1976.)

United States

USS New Haven
Warship, class not specified
No details provided

Unnamed
Cruiser, no other details provided.

USS Neptune (SSN-???)
Length: 660 yards (603.5 meters)
Weight (gross): 23,000 tons (20865.249 metric tonnes)
Conning tower of a unique profile, described as follows: "Looks a bit like a whales mouth, doesn't it? Big enough to open up and gobble up almost anything, even a smaller submarine."
Profile aft of the conning tower is "...unique..."
Fake submarine created to deceive Soviets and Chinese as to the real nature of US objectives.

Plot summary: The United States has located a sunken Soviet ballistic missile submarine somewhere in the South China Sea. As preparations are made to raise the submarine, efforts to keep the communists from finding out what is planned are stepped up.

Note: This is only the second 1970s novel I've seen inspired by Operation Jennifer (Project Azorian).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 10, 2016, 07:03:08 pm
J. E. MacDonnell, The Kill, 1974

Australia

HMAS Pelican
Experimental Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 QF 2-pounder MkVIII (Four barrelled 'Pom-Pom' Gun).
AA augmented with 'scrounged' MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
300ft long
Single funnel
30knots
Fitted with radar and sonar.
Note: Part of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla, which incorporated the original 'Scrap Iron Flotilla'.

HMAS Jason
J-Class Destroyer
Details as per the ships in service.
Note: Part of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla, which incorporated the original 'Scrap Iron Flotilla'.

Italy

Unnamed
Battleship, class not specified

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified

Plot summary: Two members of the 10th Destroyer Flotilla are sent on a critical scouting mission.

Note: This one is hard to date, however a reference to General Montgomery suggests it takes place between August '42 (When he arrived in theater.) and November '42 (2nd  El-Alamein). Also, the author does not refer to ships as being 'HM' or 'HMA' during this novel, which required a close reading of the text to sort out if the Jason was attached to the RAN or RN. The key line was on page 37, and read "You had her (eg. Jason's) captain aboard, sir, and as she's an Australian ship..."
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on August 11, 2016, 07:44:34 am
I've been investigating the Victorian and Edwardian theme of invasion scare and future war stories and have found a rich vein of such works at: http://www.theriddleofthesands.com/ (http://www.theriddleofthesands.com/)

Most of the naval related stories seem to use real ships in the storyline, probably because the Royal Navy and the French, German and Russian navies, were well endowed with large fleets and many ships having well-known historical names. Below are the most interesting of the fictional vessels encountered. The books are in publication date order.


Anonymous (translated by Charles James Cook), The "Russia's Hope" or, How Britannia No Longer Rules the Waves Showing how he Muscovite Bear got at the British Whale, 1888

Russia
Russia's Hope, cruiser; 300ft long, 45ft beam; 2x1 8in, 8x1 6in, 4x Nordenfeldt, 2x TT (UE), 4x TT (AW); 2-3in deck armour; 6,500ihp for 16.5kts; range 8,000nm at 10kts

Little Son, captured British steamer SS Moor. The Admiralty planned to arm her as an auxiliary cruiser with 2x1 6in and 4x Nordenfeldt and the crew of the Russia's Hope find the armament in her hold and two small torpedo boats being delivered to Simonstown, the Russians then complete the arming and use her as another commerce raider.


The Earl of Mayo, The War Cruise of the Aries, 1894

Great Britain
HMS Aries, a semi-submerged Ram, has a turtledeck and a small conning tower and funnel, twin propellers.


J. Eastwick, The New Centurion, 1895

Great Britain
HMS Centurion is the real battleship completed in 1894 but reconstructed with new boilers and engines to reach 19kts, her 12in main and 4in upper belts are replaced with a uniform 8in belt of Harvey steel and a new curved armoured deck is fitted. The armament is changed to four new "46 ton" guns (which I presume to be 12in guns) which have automatic loading equipment enabling a rate of fire of 4-5rpm. The secondary battery is replaced by a mix of 12pdr, 3pdr and Maxim guns, all without shields. Two light masts are fitted and each foretop has 3x Maxims.


W. Laird Clowes, The Captain of the Mary Rose: a Tale of Tomorrow, 1898

Mainly features real vessels, one strange idea being many are fitted with lighthouse-type searchlights on the foretops to illuminate the sea around them.

Great Britain
Mary Rose (not a Royal Navy ship but a privateer) ex-Valdavia, an Elswick cruiser for an undefined South American nation acquired on completion.
6,900 tons; 328ft long, 60ft 8in beam, 21ft 10in draught; 4x1 9.2in guns mounted on open barbettes (2 on centreline, 2 on beam), 4x2 4.7in in turrets on the side ends, 14x1 6pdr, 6x1 5-barrelled Nordenfelt, 12x Maxim MGs, 6x TT (at least 2 underwater in bow and stern); 11in belt, 2in deck and 4in redoubt armour; 12,000ihp for 17kts (unforced draught); range 7000nm at 12kts. Described as an improved Captain Prat as built for Chile (which of course was not an Elswick product but was built by La Seyne)


S. Waterloo, Armageddon, 1898

Russia
Czar, battleship, no description

United States
USS Alaska, battleship, no description


F.R. Stockton, The Great War Syndicate, 1899

Great Britain
HMS Adamant, ironclad, an illustration shows Adamant to be very similar to the Conqueror Class turret ironclads.

HMS Scarabaeus, battleship, no description

HMS Dog Star, cruiser, no description

United States
USS Lennehaha, cruiser or gunboat, no description

USS Lenox, cruiser, no description

USS Stockbridge, cruiser, no description

The Syndicate (fighting the war on behalf of the USA)
Crabs, ten/twelve semi-submerged low-freeboard armoured vessels with a steel turtledeck, armed with pincers to rip off sternposts and propellers of enemy ships, powered by electric motors.

Repellers, ten steamers acquired and rebuilt with a curved steel deck, additional "elastic" armour comprising spring-tempered steel plates backed with air buffers fitted over the iron hull and armed with a single large calibre gun in the bows, the mount having a bomb-proof canopy. The gun fires an shell described as an Instantaneous-Motor which in effect is an early sci-fi concept of a nuclear weapon.


J. Barnes, The Unpardonable War, 1904

Great Britain
HMS Cumberland, battleship; probably not the real Monmouth Class armoured cruiser launched in 1902.

HMS Cornwallis, battleship; possibly the real Duncan Class battleship launched in 1901.

HMS Polyphemus, battleship and flagship of the British fleet.

HMS Carnation, cruiser, no description

United States
USS Arizona, battleship, armament of 12in, 8in and 5in guns.

USS Nebraska, battleship, the real ship of the Virginia Class launched in 1904 but refitted with oil-fired boilers. Also fitted with two electrical devices; the Ewart Locator, a kind of electromagnetic ship detector, and the Westland Obliterator, a kind of EMP device which shorts out dynamos and electrical equipment. Sunk by HMS Cumberland.

USS Monticello, cruiser, no description

USS Adder, Moccasin, Plunger, Shark, Narwhale and Garfish, submarines, no description


W. Wood, Submarined, 1905

Great Britain
HMS Samson, a first-class battleship


George Griffith, The World Peril of 1910, 1907

Germany
Twenty Flying Fish, flying submarines with a fish-shaped hull; 150ft long, 20ft beam, 25ft deep; constructed from a "newly-discovered compound, something like papier-maché, as hard and rigid as steel"; 16 cylinders fuelled by two liquids which, "produced a gas of enormously expansive power, more than a hundred times that of steam" driving nine propellers (three four-bladed 6ft dia for airborne use with two fold-out 20ft span fins); speed 100mph in air; armament of four torpedo tubes, each small torpedo containing 20lb of a powerful explosive which could, "overcame the chemical forces by which the substance was held together and reduced them to gas and powder."


Great Britain
HMS Ithuriel, semi-submerged ram; 300ft long, 50ft beam, 30ft draught, when submerged only 10ft freeboard; armoured ram and 5x1 guns firing special explosive shells; 12in armour below waterline, 10in above, engines use a mixture of petrol, pulverised coal and liquid oxygen(!) driving four propellers, speed 45kts forwards and 35kts astern.

HMS Britain, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, battleships, armament of 12x 14in, 10x 9.2in and 12pdrs and Nordenfelt/Maxims, 11in belt armour

HMS Henry the Fourth, Warwick, Edward the Third, Cromwell, armoured cruisers, 13,000tons, 22kts. In the book they are listed after the Duke of Edinburgh Class ships which were brand new when the book was written so I presume these are a succeeding class, the stats quoted are very similar to the Duke of Edinburgh Class.


Oshikawa, The Submarine Battleship (Kaitei Gunkan), 1908

Japan
Denkopan, a submersible 'battleship' armed with "futuristic torpedoes" and a drill-like ram.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 12, 2016, 04:53:21 am
J. E. MacDonnell, The Shadow, 1977

Australia

HMAS Jackal
Battle Class Destroyer
Details as per real ships.
38 knots
Note: There was a J Class destroyer named HMS Jackal that was sunk in May of 1942. A reasonable assumption is that this ships name has been changed from a 'Battle' name in honor of the ship sunk. However a reference in this book suggests that in the authors 'universe' there may have been an earlier 'HMAS Jackal' that this ship was named after. It is also implied that she is the first member of the class in theater rather than HMS Barfleur.  The authors description of HMAS Jackal implies that she is from the March '43 batch of Battle Class Destroyers (or at least is to the same design as that set of ships) being fitted with what he terms "...stag guns..." (eg Bofors guns in STAAG mountings...).

Britain

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Cruiser
Ex-Liner
6 inch guns
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Battleship
'Old'
No other details provided

Unnamed
Several cruisers

Germany

Wolfe
Deutschland Class Cruiser (Modified)
6 x 11 inch guns (Triple turrets, fore and aft)
10 x 6 inch guns (Single turrets? five a side)
Unspecified AA and TT armament, probably no different from unmodified Deutschland Class
Steam Turbines producing 100,000 horsepower. Four shafts.
30 knots (Max), 25 knots (Cruise)
No other details provided.
Launched 1943?
Note: German for Wolf is Wulf. Wolfe is a surname derived from that word.

Unnamed
Several supply ships

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
2 x 4 inch guns (twin mounts fwd)
Mines
4,700 tons
Three funnels, two masts, foremast has a tripod base

Plot summary: Another German raider has slipped into the oceans shipping lanes, can she be stopped. A chance encounter may give the chance to do so.

Note: This one is trickier to date than most. References within imply that this takes place before the German collapse in North Africa (13 May 1943), however the description of HMAS Jackal would imply a later date. The cover is an interesting one, the ship in the background more or less resembles a Deutschland Class Cruiser, the destroyer in the foreground on the other hand does not appear to match the Battle Class or any other extant British destroyer class.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 12, 2016, 11:50:42 pm
J. Bradford Olesker, Siege of Superport, 1978

United States

USCGC Nelson
Coast Guard Cutter
3 inch gun (fwd)
No other details provided.

Germany (Third Reich)

U-376
Type VIIc U-Boat
Details as per the real ships, save that the 88mm deck gun has been removed.
In real life the ship 'disappeared' in April of 1943. In the novel the ship survived to the end of the war and was taken by her crew to South America rather than surrender.

Plot summary: A Neo-Nazi, some hired thugs and people who 'didn't believe in no surrender' back in 1945 come together to take over a large offshore platform designed to allow supertankers to offload without coming into port and make the traditional "Do what we want or we set off this 55 gallon drum of nitro-glycerine..." demands.

Note: This one really reads like a film script that was turned into a novel when it didn't sell. Probably the most interesting feature is that the author never identifies just which coast of the United States it takes place off. Quite literally it could be set off any major coastal US city. While the cover is a depiction of the novels climactic scene, the uncredited artist gets the U-boat slightly wrong, as noted above, she no longer has her deck gun. An excerpt from the back cover has been included as the artist depicts the Coast Guard Cutter that also features in the novel.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 14, 2016, 02:36:50 am
Bart Davis, Destroy the Kentucky, 1992

United States

USS Kentucky
Minisub
1 21 inch TT (2 Mk-48 ADCAP)
4 tube launched Tomahawk missiles
Length: 40ft (12.2m)
Beam: 12ft (3.7m)
3 crew (Highly automated)
Teardrop shaped, coated with sound absorbing tiles
Midships area contains a bathyscaphic sphere and a manipulator arm.
MHD propulsion. Maximum speed not stated, undetectable below 20 knots
Can dive as deep as 5000ft (1524m)
Note: Both the Mk-48 and Tomahawk missiles (The Tomahawk's are stated to be 8ft  (2.44m) long rather than 18ft (5.5m) long. Not stated if a booster is fitted.)  are modified designs customized for use by the USS Kentucky.

USS Farley (SSN-???)
Submarine, class not specified

Russia

Riga
Victor II Class Submarine
Details as per real ships, save that she is fitted with an experimental sonar system sensitive enough to detect the USS Kentucky.

Lenin
Sierra Class Submarine
Details as per real ships

Vice-Admiral Sulakov
Udaloy Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: There is a Udaloy Class Destroyer named Vice-Admiral Kulakov, it is possible that the name given in the novel is a mispelling unique to my copy of the book.

Plot summary: A Turkmenistan independence group steals the United States latest experimental submarine and threatens to use it against the Soviet Union. The Russians have a sub currently testing a sonar capable of detecting it,  but they want the US Navy's best captain to be in control of it.

Note: This novel is set in the same 'universe' as 'Full Fathom Five' & 'Raise the Red Dawn'. The novel notes that the propulsion system used by the USS Kentucky is based on the system the Soviets were testing in 'Raise the Red Dawn' and that the Soviet submarine named  Akula in that novel was an Akula Class Submarine. Several other real ships including the Los Angeles Class submarines USS Phoenix (SSN-702) & USS Baton Rouge (SSN-689) and also the following Kresta-II Class cruisers Vasily Chapaev & Marshal Timoshenko also appear in the novel.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 15, 2016, 04:22:53 am
Clive Cussler, Treasure, 1988

United States

USS Polar Explorer
Icebreaker
Engines produce 80,000 horsepower, number of shafts not specified
Can break ice up to 5ft (1.5m) thick
Superstructure is box like, described as resembling a "...five-storey office building..."
Helipad aft
No other details provided

Russia

Unnamed
Alfa Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1991 and a covert hunt for a sunken Russian submarine leads to an unexpected discovery and the uncovering of a conspiracy.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 16, 2016, 10:48:12 pm
J. E. MacDonnell, Gimme the boats!, 1953

Australia

HMAS Swordsman
S Class Destroyer (WWI)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Completed for the RN in 1919, transferred to the RAN in 1920, placed in reserve in 1929 and scrapped in 1937. Presumably in the authors 'universe' it survived in reserve until the start of WWII and was re-commissioned.

HMAS Scourge
J, K or N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with S Class Destroyer (WWII) in launched in December 1942 and in service from July 1943 to February 1946.

Unnamed
Corvette, class not specified
No other details provided

United States

Unnamed
Battleships & Cruisers

United Kingdom

Unnamed
Battleships, cruisers & carriers.

HMS Searcher
Destroyer, class not specified
Name clash with an Ruler Class Escort Carrier in service April '43 - January '45.

HMS Pathfinder (G10)
P Class Destroyer (WWII)
Real ship, details as in service (April'42 - February '45, scrapped November '48)

HMS Crecy
Destroyer, class not specified
No details provided (Name would fit a Battle Class Destroyer...)

France

Richelieu
Richelieu Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service.

Japan

Various unnamed warships.

Plot summary: Novel follows the crew of HMAS Scourge throughout the latter half of WWII, starting with her first captains arrest for being 'drunk-in-charge'  until her replacement captain is promoted to the command of a flotilla.

Note: Very hard to date this one however the mention of the French Battleship Richelieu suggests that the latter part of the novel takes place sometime after April of 1944. Another reference suggests that the time span of the novel as a whole is mid 1943 -  mid 1944. The novel is the second(?) in a series of three books which concludes with Subsmash.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 18, 2016, 05:51:52 am
This is first post in an irregular series covering armed ships operated by 'Non-state actors'. Going back to one of my guilty pleasures.

Clive Cussler, Deep Six, 1984

Bougainville Maritime Inc.

MS Buras
Armed Freighter
2 x 20 mm Oerlikon cannon mounts (1 mount on foredeck, other at stern, mounts concealed under canvas, not specified if single, double or quadruple mount.)
No other details provided

Civil War Re-enactors (Confederate)

PS Stonewall Jackson
Mississippi Sidewheel paddle steamer
Twin funnels (Steam propulsion, four high-pressure boilers)
Launched 1915
Diameter of paddle wheels 30ft (9.1m)
Length: 270ft (82.3m)
Beam: 44ft (13.4m)
Draft: 32in  (81.3cm)
Speed (Rated): 15 mph (24.1kph/13 knots)
Speed (Achieved in novel): 20mph (32.2mph/17.4 knots)
Armament: 2 x 12pdr muzzle loading cannon ('Napoleons') firing improvised grapeshot (Ball-bearings) + 40 rifled muskets (Springfield)
Armour: Cotton Bales.

Plot summary: The year is 1989, a mysterious toxic spill off the coast of Alaska leads to the discovery of a criminal conspiracy that tries to put the US Presidency up for auction, with the Soviets and crooked politicians bidding for the prize can their plans be foiled...

Note: I covered the warships mentioned in this novel in an earlier post. This one gets pretty wild, I wish Hollywood had adapted this novel instead of 'Sahara' (Though I do have a soft spot for that film as well, the soundtrack is great...). Whenever I read the climactic river/sea chase sequence I keep hearing Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Proud Mary' mixed with the authors suggestions ('Dixie' & 'The Yellow Rose of Texas' played on a steam calliope). The uncredited cover depicts the moment that the conspirators set off a bomb on a Soviet Cruise Liner.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 19, 2016, 02:17:41 am
Nevil Shute, Landfall, 1940

United Kingdom

HMS Caranx
Submarine, class not specified
Referred to as a "...submarine of the 1933 class..."
No other details provided

Unnamed
3 Destroyers

Unnamed
Cruiser

Unnamed
Battleship

Germany

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified

Plot summary: A pilot under a cloud after sinking a submarine that was later identified as British is assigned to help in the calibration of a new weapons system.

Note: I am not sure what the author meant by "...the 1933 class..." however, the name of the submarine is that of a genus of tropical fishes which might suggest that she is a Grampus Class Submarine (The prototype was built in 1932, the rest between 1935 and 1937.), however no details are provided in the book to confirm this.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 20, 2016, 06:15:33 am
This is another of the ones I posted to the old Warships 3.0 board. This time I think I've done the novel justice.

Peter Shepherd, The Saturn Experiment, 1988

United Kingdom

HMS Saturn
Swiftsure Class Submarine (Modified)
Laid down: May '85
Launched: October '88
Commissioned: January "...this year..." (Either 1989, 1990 or 1991, based on actual Swiftsure class commissioning times.)
Armament probably identical to actual ships with the addition of a mast mounted (e.g. An extendable mast mounted inside the conning tower.) Surface-to-Surface/Surface-to-Air Missile system called 'Stingfish'. The Stingfish missiles are described as follows. Weight: 150pds (68kg) of which 50pds (23kg) is explosive (Amatol G1). Solid fuel propelled. Active radar guidance. Speed is described as "...too fast for decoys and counter-fire."
Length: 335ft (102.11m)
Beam and draft not mentioned.
Weight (Gross): 5500 tons
Displacement: not mentioned
Speed: 32(+) knots (submerged), surfaced speed not mentioned.
Rated Maximum Operating depth: 1,250ft
Maximum depth reached: 3,250ft
Crew: 55
Built at Kendalls (Identified as a "...new yard..." on the Clyde)
Stated to be "...the most expensive 'S' class submarine..." and built at "...something like twice the cost of the others..." (Average price for the 6 Swiftsure class submarines was £55,716,666 suggesting that if HMS Saturn is the 7th Swiftsure her cost was around £111,433,333.)
Stated to be "...remarkably silent..."
Explicitly identified as the "...last in the line of the 'S' series..."

Note: The authors statistics for HMS Saturn make her out to be longer than the actual Swiftsure Class (272ft (82.9m)) or the succeeding Trafalgar Class (280ft (85.4m)) (The author would not have known about the later Astute Class (318ft 3in (97m)).). The very small crew compliment, compared to the actual submarines suggests that she is highly automated. What is not explained in the novel is the eight year gap between the laying down of HMS Splendid, the sixth Swiftsure (1977) and HMS Saturn the fictional seventh Swiftsure (1985) during which the first two members of the succeeding Trafalgar Class had entered service and construction started on three more members of that class.

Russia

Kharkov
Moskva (Pr. 1123) Class Helicopter Carrier
Laid down: 1973
Launched: 1975
Commissioned: 1976
Details regards armament and helicopters same as the real ships.
Propulsion is the same as the real ships. But a gas turbine has been added to power the ships refitted sonar system.

The system, referred to in the novel as an 'Ultra-sonar' is mounted inside a 'canoe shaped' sonar pod (Length: 50ft (15.2m), Width: 20ft (6.1m), depth not mentioned.) mounted beneath the keel on two extendable struts. The ship cannot travel any faster than five knots with the pod extended. The sonar system itself is described as being based on research into whale sonar and can detect objects up to 90 km (56 miles) distant.

Note: As with HMS Saturn the date for the start of construction for Kharkov is again eight years after the last member of the class had been laid down (Leningrad, laid down 1965). Again two members of the succeeding Kiev Class would have been under construction at the same time,  with the first member entering service as the Kharkov was launched.

Vladimir
Victor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Note: At the end of the novel this submarine is being modified to carry the ultra-sonar system.

Voronetz
Victor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Vitebesk
Victor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Vologda
Victor Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
2 x Whiskey Class Submarines

United States

USS Rosemont (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per real ships.

Plot summary: The Soviets have developed a new sonar system. The British government sends their latest submarine to investigate. When the mission is betrayed things come down to the British captains desire to get his ship and crew home and the Soviet commanders desire to inflict a crippling humiliation on the West.

Note: The authors forward states that he was inspired by the events surrounding the Soviet espionage efforts against Norway and Sweden in the early 1980s.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 24, 2016, 02:43:13 am
Harry Homewood, Final Harbor, 1980

United States

USS Mako (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified
2 x 5.25 inch guns, fore and aft of the Conning Tower
1 x 20mm Anti-Aircraft Cannon (twin barrels) mounted on the conning tower (also .5 inch machine guns)
10 x 21 Inch Torpedo Tubes (6 tubes forward/4 aft)
No other details provided.

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

Japan

Unnamed
Kongō Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: Torpedoed in the novel by USS Mako near the Truck Islands sometime in 1942. Stated that the damage keeps her out of the war for the next two years. As this does not fit any of the actual members of the class this must be a fictional fifth member of the class.

Unnamed
Several destroyers

Plot summary: Novel follows the crew of the submarine USS Mako, from just after the attack on Pearl Harbour until a period shortly after the Battle of Guadalcanal.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 25, 2016, 03:02:23 am
Harry Homewood, Torpedo!, 1982

United States

USS Sharkfin (SSBN-???)
Class not specified
16 missiles (type not specified) and probably four forward torpedo tubes

USS Saint Louis (SSBN-???)
Class not specified
No other details provided

USS Devilfish (SSN-???)
Class not specified
Same class as USS Orca

USS Stingray (SSN-???)
Class not specified

USS Orca (SSN-???)
Class not specified
Same class as USS Devilfish

USS Medusa
Oceanographic Survey Ship, class not specified
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
SSN, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
SSBN, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Yankee I Class SSBN
No other details provided

Plot summary: The decision by a faction in the Soviet government to live fire test a new torpedo on an American ballistic missile submarine leads the superpowers to the brink of war.

Note: The novels exact time period can only be narrowed down to between 1965-1973, with certain references suggesting that 1968 -1972 would be the best fit for the time period. The novel is the last of a trilogy that begins with the novel 'Final Harbor'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 26, 2016, 05:23:13 am
Another item that was partly posted to the old Warships 3.0 thread. I gave up in annoyance the last time I tried to do this one.

John Watson, The Iron Man, 1998

Russia

Stalin
Super-dreadnought Battleship
Launched: July or August 1945
Armament: 9 x 22 inch guns (Triple turrets A, B & X) (Three types of shell, Armour-Piercing, High-Explosive, Anti-Aircraft (Described as being "...a 'shotgun' projectile that would fragment at a pre-set height and burst into a shower of incendiary splinters.) Magazine has room for 900 rounds (300 rounds per turret).
12 x guns larger than 6 inch but smaller than main armament
16 x 6 inch guns
32 "...twin barrelled anti-aircraft gun..."
8 x 533mm(?) Torpedo Tubes (4 a side) mounted towards the bow
Crew: 2000 (Intended), 400 (Minimum)
8 Parsons Steam Turbines (4 for forward propulsion, four for reverse) 240,000 horsepower.
Four shafts
Weight: 75,000 tons
Length and Beam not given in the book. Though it is stated that the ship is longer than a Kiev Class Aircraft Carrier.
Draft: 32ft
Top of superstructure from waterline: Approximately 170ft (52m)
34,000 tons of armour, maximum depth 2ft (61 cm)
Propellers and rudders protected by "...a unique arrangement of underwater cages as well as hiding the propellers in armoured tunnels under the hull."
Maximum speed (Trials): 35.3 knots

Notes: Intended to be the Soviet response to the Yamato Class Battleships. Anti-aircraft armament is a mix of 40mm & 110mm guns (Neither is a caliber the Soviets actually used...).

United States

USS Jackson (CG-???)
President Class Cruiser (Fictional Class)
Launched 1997(?)
28 (+) knots
Unspecified AAW (Most likely The RIM-66/67 Standard)
Harpoon Missiles
Mark 48 Torpedoes
Mk 8 Nuclear Depth Charges (5kt, 20 warheads). A fictional ASW system. The weapon is fired from the stern and has a 5 mile range.
'402' Armed Drone System. A fictional 'smart weapon'. The 402 Armed Drone is a two-section small missile, the first containing camera, computer and position-sensing device and the second the warhead, target acquired by radar, only first part launched (little bigger than a large seagull) powered by a compressed gas engine, 20 mile range, camera in the nose relays digital colour picture to the operator allowing him to guide the first section to the selected target, the rest of the system is automatic and the second section containing the warhead launches a moment before the first section impacts, following the position information relayed.
Gun armament is not mentioned, but assuming standard US practice probably includes a 5 inch gun and a Phalanx at minimum.
OTH Radar
At least one helicopter, type unspecified.

Note: Described as "A sleek, slim-hulled warship with a huge afterdeck, presumably to take a large helicopter.", "...her main role was as an an anti-submarine ship." and finally as "...the supreme example of the late twentieth-century warship."

Plot summary: The year is 1997. As to the plot, well, shorn of the authors baroque additions, it's "Sink the Bismark" in the Pacific with the USS Missouri playing the role of HMS Hood.

Notes: The author drops a number of 'clangers' in this book starting with this "...on the 20th August, a B-57 called 'Enola Gay' dropped an atomic bomb over Hiroshima." Aside from the 'Enola Gay' being a B-29, the bombing of Hiroshima took place on the 6th of August.

Later in the novel he has this to say about the naming of tropical storms "In the Caribbean, hurricanes are traditionally given feminine names. In the Pacific, the tradition is for men's names running in strict alphabetical order. The last one ... was Typhoon Charlie. This new storm was ... Typhoon Donald, as a wit in the Hong Kong typhoon centre had already christened it." I sure most readers can spot the mistakes...

As a final example of what I can only class as very poor research on the authors part there is this description of an American warships crew in battle "He grinned widely as the crew of the ship, leaning over the rails, cheered." I sure most readers can spot the mistake here as well...

If anyone wishes to read the rest, this book is available on Kindle, though how someone thought that was a good idea is beyond me. The attached cover image is artists David Scutt's attempt to depict the Stalin
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 27, 2016, 01:57:05 am
This is an update post. Thanks to some Op-shop discoveries, I've updated the entries for the novels 'Two Hours to Darkness' by Antony Trew and 'Medusa' by Hammond Innes. In the first case I managed to locate a copy of the novel that gave the exact year the story takes place. In the second case there is a now a better scan of the cover and the artist is now credited.

Looking at several novels at this moment. The next update will probably be some time next week.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 29, 2016, 12:15:03 am
There has been another minor update. The entry for 'The Tiger Cruise', now has additonal details for one of the submarines.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 29, 2016, 06:12:54 am
A continuation of the irregular series covering 'Non-state actors'.

Dale Brown, Hammerheads, 1990

United States

USCGC Resolute (WMEC-620)
Reliance Class Cutter
Real ship, details as built, save armament has been updated to 1 x 3 inch gun (Same type as used on Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigates?), 6 x .50 inch machine guns, grenade launchers.

Columbian Cartels

Numestra del Oro
Armed Freighter
Length: 180ft (24.4m)
Radar fitted has 10mi (16.1km) range.
Diesel engines, 15 knots
Armament: Hand-held Rocket-Propelled-Grenade type weapons (LAWS, Stinger AAW, 'bazooka') and 'heavy rifle' type weapons.

Notes: Described in the novel as a "...floating smugglers warehouse ..." the ship has extremely poor external appearance, being heavily coated in rust. Cargo consists of Cocaine ('hundreds of pounds'), Heroin ('hundreds of pounds'), Marijuana (At least 100 tons) plus "...tons..." of US currency in various denominations. Registered in Panama.

Plot summary: Increasingly agressive attempts to import drugs into the United States provokes the formation of a new agency with orders to take an agressive approach to dealing with the problem.

Note: This was only one of several novels and films that came out in the late 1980s/early 1990s suggesting that more ruthless tactics should be used against the drug cartels. The most well known of these was 'Clear and Present Danger' (1989) by Tom Clancy.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 29, 2016, 08:56:43 pm
Another in the 'non-state actors' series.

Simon Higgins, Thunderfish, 1999

Beaumont Shipping

Thunderfish
Kilo Class Submarine (Modified)
Details as per hull/propulsion same as real ships.
Torpedo tubes are unchanged, but torpedoes fired use reduced charge warheads, though some full charge weapons are also carried aboard.

Note: Submarine has been highly automated and only needs a crew of ten.

'Pirates'

Unnamed
Komar Class Fast Attack Craft
Details as per the real ships.
Up-rated sonar

United States

USS Stealth Cat One
Low observability catamaran
60kts
Fitted with a "...'magnetic field generator'..." (Implied to be a derivative of the technology tested during the Philadelphia Experiment.) that renders her radar invisible. Ship is also described as being faceted like the F-117.
Also designed to have a low sonar signature.
Highly automated.
Has helipad.
Weapons fit is not well detailed, only specific reference is to "...hundreds of depth charges...", which seems rather old fashioned to me...

Note: Stated to be Australian designed but US built. Probably looks like a much larger version of USS Sea Shadow which made it's public debut in 1993.

Plot summary: It is the early 21stC and a 'poor little rich girl' has decided to get tough on the pirates who've started attacking refugee boats.

Note: This is a book aimed at 'tweenagers' and is fairly simplistic in tone. The story cannot take place any earlier than 2003 (But probably takes place within three to four years of 2002.) as one of the characters has this in their backstory "...distinguished service as a British Royal Marine Officer in Operation Desert Crusade, the first Gulf conflict in 2002...".
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 30, 2016, 03:42:36 am
This is an updating post, the novel "The Iron Pirate' now has a scan of the original hardback/paperback cover by Brian Sweet added. The following is a list of all the novels to which a cover scan has been appended. Criteria for selection being that it was either a good 'action scene' or that the artist had made some effort to depict the ship(s) featured in the novel.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 30, 2016, 03:52:38 pm
Jerrard Tickell, Appointment with Venus, 1951

Britain

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No details provided

Unnamed
MTB
No details provided

Germany

Lübek
'Gunboat' (Prototype S-Boat)
Large enough to carry a company of soldiers in addition to the crew of nine, when used as a transport.
Described as "...the fastest gunboat in the German navy."
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is 1940 and in the abandonment of the Channel Islands to the Germans, the British forgot one thing, a cow of unusually fine pedigree, now they need to get her back...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on September 03, 2016, 05:01:57 am
Another in the 'non-state actors' series. This time revisiting a book looked at earlier in this thread.

Geoffrey Jenkins, A Grue of Ice, 1962

Upton Mining

Aurora
Armed Whale Catcher
Details probably identical to the Whale Catcher Southern Actor (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Actor)), however no specific details other than the draft being 15ft are provided in the novel.
Armament: 1 Twin MG mount (1 x Spandau MG08 (Water cooled)  1 x Hotchkiss MG (Model unspecified, Air cooled)) mounted aft of the bridge.

Description of the mount is as follows:

Quote
It was the most sinister piece of improvised ack ack armament I have ever seen. A heavy, slow-firing water-cooled Spandau was mounted side-by-side with an air cooled rapid-firing Hotchkiss. From the base plate to the height of a man's chest was a heavy swivel mounting: screwed into it on a hexagonal plate fore and aft were two Narwhal tusks, forming a bow of about three feet in height at head level. The two weapons swung on a cross-bar about an inch and a half thick. ... There was also a double harness like a car safety belt, for each gun. It was a killer weapon for use by two men.


Plot summary: An amateur ocean scientists attempt to prove the existence of a warm current in the South Atlantic becomes tangled in a madmans attempt to find a long lost island and the mineral wealth it contains.

The attached covers for the 1981 (Chris Foss) and 1990 (Uncredited) paperback releases both depict the shooting down of the Thorshammer's HE-114 seaplane by the Aurora. However the Foss cover more accurately depicts the location of the improvised anti-aircraft mounting on the Aurora, while the uncredited cover places it too far forward. I suspect though the 1990 cover is slightly more accurate as regards the appearance of the ship, even if it does omit the harpoon gun...

If anyone wants to try and do an illustration of the AA mount based on the description feel free.

Note: The entry for 'Two Hours to Darkness' has been updated to include the 1963 hardback cover.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: GTX on September 03, 2016, 01:14:57 pm
The aircraft on the covers looks more like a floatplane version of the Fairey Albacore.  I don't think such a variant existed though.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on September 03, 2016, 06:22:17 pm
The aircraft on the covers looks more like a floatplane version of the Fairey Albacore.  I don't think such a variant existed though.

Accuracy on book covers tends to be a bit variable. Tony Roberts for example clearly read 'DEMON-4' before creating his cover as there is a strong resemblance between what he drew and the authors description of the ship, on the other hand, John Rose, who created the cover for the 1963 hardback edition of 'Two Hours to Darkness was obviously told to draw a nuclear submarine, but for some reason depicted the USS Nautilus on the cover, rather than a George Washington Class submarine, there is a similar mistake on the cover of 'Medusa' where a Type 21 frigate is depicted by artist Kevin Tweddell instead of a Type 12.

Similarly the Gino d'Achille cover for 'Subsmash' is a WWII action scene for a story that takes place about 14 or so years after the war ended.

I agree that the plane in both versions of the 'A Grue of Ice' cover looks a lot like a Fairy Albacore. No idea why that happened, but I would suspect that both artitsts were told to draw 'a seaplane being shot down by a whaling ship, with a dual mount' with the details being left to them. As to what that plane should have looked like, Wikipedia has a picture of an HE-114 (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinkel_He_114#/media/File:Heinkel_he_114_san_diego_air_and_space_museum_2.jpg)), which also surprisingly shows a slight resemblance to the plane on the cover.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on September 05, 2016, 04:21:16 am
Gerry Carroll, North S.A.R, 1991

United States

USS Concord (CVA-58)
Aircraft carrier, class not specified
Name clash with Mars Class Stores Ship,  USNS Concord (T-AFS-5) in service Nov '68 to Aug '09.
Pennant number is the one intended for the cancelled USS United States (CV-58)
Flagship Task Force 77

USS Galveston (CLG-3)
Real ship, in service May '58 to May '70, scrapped May '75.

Plot summary: The novel is set between the 11th of July 1972 and the 11th of October 1972 and covers several pilots aboard the USS Concord, most noteably those flying the rescue helicopter missions as the Vietam War during part of the last full year the US were involved in the conflict.

Note: It is not made clear which class of carrier USS Concord is. It is simply stated that she is not a WWII carrier converted to have an angled deck, rather a later build, this means she either looks like the ill fated USS United States or she is a Forrestal Class Carrier.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on September 05, 2016, 06:41:49 pm
Clive Cussler, Dragon, 1990

United States

USS Tucson (SSN-770)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, launched Mar '94, in service Aug '95 to current date.

USS Ralph R. Bennett
Radar Surveillance Ship
"...box shaped phased-array antenna..." around six storeys high mounted aft of the supersctructure.
Helipad aft.
Armament: 30mm Sea Vulcan (Fictionalised naval version of the GAU-8/A) is the only system specifically mentioned.
No other details provided

Note: A turreted weapon called Sea Vulcan based on the 25mm GAU-12/U was tested in the 1980s but did not enter service. The ship itself probably looks a lot like the USNS Observation Island

Plot summary: The year is 1993 (The novel takes place between October & November 1993). A mysterious mid-ocean nuclear explosion leads to the discovery of a plot with horrific consequences should it be allowed to succeed.

Note: This is one of a number of 'Yellow Peril (Japan)' novels that appeared in the late 1980s/early 1990s.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on September 08, 2016, 05:30:38 am
Another in the 'non-state actors' series.

Clive Cusser, Mayday! (Also known as:(The Mediterranean Caper)), 1973

Minerva Lines

Unnamed
I-400 Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships, not stated if all armament has been removed or not.
Stated to have been sunk off Iwo Jima in 1945 and then salvaged in 1951 and used for drug smuggling amongst other things...

Plot summary: Someone has just attacked a USAF Airbase, with a WWI fighter...

Notes: Providing a year when story is set is tricky. At the start of the novel a USAF Airbase is attacked, among the planes there are C-133 Cargomaster's which went out of service in 1971 implying the novel can take place no later than that year. However, dialog in the novel suggests that it is set 60 years after 1918 (e.g. 1978). Finally other dialog in the novel implies it takes place one year after the events of 'Pacific Vortex!', which if dialog in the novel 'Valhalla Rising' (2003) is taken into account, takes place in 1979 suggesting these events are taking place in 1980!
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on September 10, 2016, 07:58:51 am
Harry Homewood, Silent Sea, 1981

United States

USS Eelfish (SS-???)
Submarine, class not specified (Stated to the same class as USS Mako (SS-???) (See: 'Final Harbour'.)
Launched: "late 1942"
Length: 312ft
Beam: 16ft
2 x 5.25 inch deck guns (Fore and aft of the conning tower)
10 x 21 inch torpedo tubes (6 forward/4 aft)
1 Quad 40mm gun (rear of conning tower)
1 Twin 20mm gun (front of conning tower)
4 x 1600 horsepower diesels

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

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

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

USS Pelius (AS-??)
Griffin Class Submarine Tender
Details as per the real ships.
Note: There is a Griffin Class Submarine Tender named USS Pelias (AS-14), it is possible that the name given in the novel is a mispelling unique to my copy of the book.

Germany

U-135
Type VIIC U Boat
In real life sunk in near the West Indies. In novel sunk in the Java Sea by USS Eelfish.

Japan

Various Unnamed warships.

Plot summary: Covers the career of the crew of the submarine USS Eelfish (SS-???) during WWII.

Note: This is the second book in the trilogy Final Harbour/Silent Sea/Torpedo!
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on September 19, 2016, 12:03:57 am
Jeff Edwards, Sea of Shadows (Originally: Torpedo!), 2004

United States

USS Towers (DDG-103)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class (Fictional version)
Length: 529 ft (161.24m)
Beam: 66.5ft (20.3m)
Armament/Propulsion details as per the ships of the class being built in 2004?
Stealth design.
Stated to be the "...fourth (and last) ship..." in Flight III.
Pennant number is that of USS Truxtun (DDG-103).

USS Bollinger (DDG-???)
Destroyer, class not specified

USS Fort Pulaski (DDG-???)
Destroyer, class not specified

USS Trippler (FFG-???)
Frigate, class not specified

USS Wallingford (FFG-???)
Frigate, class not specified

Germany

U-304
Type 212b Class Submarine
Fictional version of the Type 212a Class
Details regarding size/propulsion as per the real class
Armament adds 'Dolch' submarine launched Surface-to-Air missiles to existing weapons.

U-305
Type 212b Class Submarine
Fictional version of the Type 212a Class
Details regarding size/propulsion as per the real class
Armament adds 'Dolch' submarine launched Surface-to-Air missiles to existing weapons.

U-306
Type 212b Class Submarine
Fictional version of the Type 212a Class
Details regarding size/propulsion as per the real class
Armament adds 'Dolch' submarine launched Surface-to-Air missiles to existing weapons.

U-307
Type 212b Class Submarine
Fictional version of the Type 212a Class
Details regarding size/propulsion as per the real class
Armament adds 'Dolch' submarine launched Surface-to-Air missiles to existing weapons.

Plot summary: Following a minor nuclear accident in Germany the Green Party comes into power via a brilliant propaganda campaign. They have two main policy objectives one overt, the other covert. They are: (1.) End the use of Nuclear Power in Germany. (2.) End the 'illegitimate' blockade of Siraj (Iraq?) by selling them the latest in weapons... Of course delivering the weapons is the problem.

Note: Year is unspecified, action takes place between May 5 (Saturday) and 22 June (Friday). Years in which this happens (After 2004 when the novel was published.) are 2007, 2012 & 2018.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on October 03, 2016, 06:51:11 am
Sea Plunder, H. De Vere Stacpoole, 1916

Germany
Penguin: German cable ship, 10kts, single funnel
Spreewind: German schooner
SMS Blitz: gunboat; possibly the real Blitz Class aviso, but the latter was a tender by 1903 and never served overseas
SMS Homburg: cruiser, four funnels

Great Britain
HMS Minerva: second class cruiser, ?x 6in guns, 25kts; name of real Eclipse Class cruiser of same vintage but that class was only capable of 18.5kts

Plot: Set at the time of the Agadir Crisis in 1911, the Irish Captain of a German registered cable ship based in San Francisco mistakenly believes rumours that war has broken out between Britain and Germany. He takes control of the ship as a British privateer and begins plundering German ships and trading posts, only to learn that there is no war and his crew must escape the South Pacific via the Straits of Magellan to safety, avoiding the Royal Navy and German ships hunting them.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 06, 2016, 01:41:47 am
Another of the books I posted to the old Warships 3.0 board.

Antony Trew, The Moonraker Mutiny, 1972

Australia

HMAS Magpie
Minesweeper, class not specified
Diesel Engines.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A drunken captains mistaken actions lead result in a ship sailing into the heart of an Indian Ocean cyclone. With the ship crippled as a result can it be found before the survivors die.

Note: While the novel was published in 1972, it is clearly set much earlier. Going by various internal references, I would say it is set somewhere between 1958 - 1963. The cover for the 1977 edition is by Paul Wright and while it does not depict a warship, it is a brilliant depiction of the plight the SS Moonraker finds herself in at the hands of Cyclone 'Alpha'. It is also one of those covers I'd love to have in poster form.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 06, 2016, 05:56:55 pm
Clive Cussler, Night Probe, 1981

United States

USS Avarda
Amphibious Landing Transport Ship
Class not specified.
No other details provided.

Unnamed (SSN-???)
Amberjack Class (Fictional)
Length: 76m
Beam: 10.7m
Submerged displacement: 3650tons
No other details provided.

USS Phoenix (CG-?? or CGN-??)
Cruiser
No other details provided, name clash with the Los Angeles Class Submarine, USS Phoenix (SSN-702)

Canada

HMCS Huron (DDG-281)
Iroquois Class Destroyer
Real Ship, in service 1972 - 2005

Plot summary: The year is 1989 (The novel takes place between February & May 1989). With energy prices soaring the United States finds itself in a bind, while hydro-electricity from Canada is cheap, Soviet backed Quebec separatists may end up being the ones in charge of the 'on-off' switch. Then a sudden discovery points to a very unlikely solution.

Note: This is not one of my favourite novels for several reasons, but the author deserves something for trying to link his 'universe' to a very famous fictional superspy (not Austin Powers...). It should also be noted that the events of 'Deep Six' take place only about two months after this one.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 08, 2016, 01:26:48 am
Patrick Robinson, Nimitz Class, 1997

United States

USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.

USS Arkansas (CGN-41)
Virginia Class Cruiser
Real Ship, in novel still in service in 2002 rather than being decomissioned in 1998.

USS Batfish (SSN-681)
Sturgeon Class
Real Ship, in novel still in service in 2002 rather than being decomissioned in 1999

USS L. Mendel Rivers (SSN-686)
Sturgeon Class
Real Ship, in novel still in service in 2002 rather than being decomissioned in 2001

United Kingdom

HMS Thermopylae
SSN, class not specified
Length: 300ft (91.44), slightly longer than a Trafalgar Class.
Displacement: 5000tons (Not clear if surfaced or submerged)
Armament: Tomahawk Missiles/Spearfish Torpedoes
No other details provided.

HMS Unseen (S41)
Upholder Class Submarine
Real ship, in novel still in British service as of 2002, rather than being paid off in 1994 before being transferred to Canada in 2000.

Iraq

K-630
(Ex-Russian) Kilo Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Crew is acting as mercenaries on behalf of Iraq, ship has not been formally comissioned into the Iraqi navy.

Plot summary: The year is 2002 (The novel takes place between May & October). A United States aircraft carrier has just exploded at sea. Was it an accident...?

Notes: The following real ships that were either decomissioned after 2002 or still in service appeared in the novel, USS Arctic (AOE-8), USS Kaufman (FFG-59), USS Ingraham (FFG-61), USS Vicksburg (CG-69), USS Port Royal (CG-73), USS O'Kane (DDG-77), USS Asheville (SSN-758), USS Springfield (SSN-761), USS Charlotte (SSN-766), USS Columbia (SSN-771), USS O'Bannon (DD-987), USS Fife (DD-991), USS Fletcher (DD-992), USS Hayler (DD-997).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 08, 2016, 07:32:38 am
Jeff Edwards, The Seventh Angel, 2010

United States

USS Towers (DDG-103)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class (Fictional version)
Length: 529 ft (161.24m)
Beam: 66.5ft (20.3m)
Armament/Propulsion details as per the ships of the class being built in 2004?
Stealth design.
Stated to be the "...fourth (and last) ship..." in Flight III.
Pennant number is that of USS Truxtun (DDG-103).
Carries a Multi-purpose Autonomous Underwater System Mk. 1 ('Mouse') - UUV

USS Albert D. Kaplan (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class (Fictional version?)
Same details as USS Towers?
Carries 'Sea Shrike' unmanned reconnaissance drones.
No other details provided.

United States - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Otis Barton
Research Vessel
Carries minisub Nereus
Note: Civilian vessel. Novel refers to the Otis Barton as being originally "...constructed as a Victorious Class acoustic surveillance ship..." but does not specify which of the four members of the class she was.

Russia

Kuzbass (K-419)
Akula I Class Submarine
Real Ship, sunk during the course of the novel.

Zelenograd (K-506)
Delta III Class Submarine
Real Ship, sunk during the course of the novel.

Osmotritelnyy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real ship, decomissioned 1997, still in service during the timeframe of the novel.

Boyevoy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real ship

Burnyy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real Ship

Bezboyaznennyy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real Ship

Plot summary: A Russian dissident seeking to restore the Soviet Union resorts to nuclear blackmail.

Note: Year is unspecified, action takes place between 22 February (Friday) and 21 June (Friday). Years in which this happens (After 2010, when the novel was first published.) are 2013 & 2019. Somewhat surprised to see the author making free use of real Russian warships, the more normal practice, even today is to use fictional ones.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 08, 2016, 10:56:48 pm
Dennis Porter, The Hunt for the USS Hercules, 2015

United States

USS Hercules (SSBN-???)
Nuclear submarine, class not specified.
Length: 560ft (170m)
Weight: 18,000 tons
Armament: 16 x Trident Missiles, presumably 4 torpedo tubes if normal SSBN practice followed.
Note: Length and weight suggest that this is an Ohio Class Submarine, but she is carrying eight fewer Tridents than an Ohio.

Plot summary: A cabal of businessmen cook up a scheme to re-write the politics of the South China Sea in their favour.

Notes: Not very impressed with this one, writing feels childish, the stolen submarine is simply referred to as a "...nuclear submarine..." and an "...American nuclear submarine..." thoughout without specifying a class.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 08, 2016, 11:30:19 pm
Hal Fishman & Barry Schiff, Flight 902 Is Down!, 1982

Russia

Eugen Onegin
Submarine (Conventional powered), class not specified
Fitted with radar.
Described as being an "...old World War II submarine..."
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Trans-American Airlines Flight 902 has disappeared just after reporting being shot at by Soviet MiG-23s, has the unthinkable happened...?

Note: This is another novel that feels like a film script that was turned into a novel when it didn't sell. The cast of passengers is straight out of the 'All Star Disaster Movie' playbook.

The plotline was likely inspired by the shooting-up and forcing down of Korean Air Lines Flight 902, which took a wrong turn flying from Paris to Seoul and wound up flying over Murmansk (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_Air_Lines_Flight_902)) .  The infamous KAL007 shootdown took place a year after the book came out.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 09, 2016, 02:46:30 am
Jeff Edwards, Sword of Shiva, 2012

United States

USS Midway (CVN-82)
Gerald R. Ford Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per real ships.
Note: Class not mentioned in novel. Assignment is based solely on the pennant number.

USS Towers (DDG-103)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class Destroyer (Fictional version)
Length: 529 ft (161.24m)
Beam: 66.5ft (20.3m)
Armament/Propulsion details as per the ships of the class being built in 2004?
Stealth design, including heavy use of composite materials and 'phototropic' paint.
Stated to be the "...fourth (and last) ship..." in Flight III.
Pennant number is that of USS Truxtun (DDG-103).

USS Frank W Fenno (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

USS Donald Gerrard (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Flight III Class Destroyer (Fictional version)?
Described in the novel as a "...sister ship..." to the USS Towers.

USS Bowie (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (Flight IV?)
Details as per the real ships
Named after the captain of the USS Towers, Samuel H. Bowie.
Announcement of construction appears in the novels last chapter, referred to as USS Bowie, throught the chapter.

Plot summary: Opponents to China's occupation of Tibet launch a guerrilla campaign from India, creating a situation that rapidly begins to spin out of control.

Note: All Chinese and Indian warships mentioned in the novel are real ships. Some are sunk during the course of the novel. The year is unspecified, but internal references make it clear that it takes place after 2011. The action takes place between November 18 (Tuesday) and 11 February (Tuesday) (E.g. Between one year and the next.). Dialog within the novel indicates that these events take place after those of 'The Seventh Angel'. Checking of calendar software shows that that combination of dates/days does not happen in reality. Given the possible years for the two precding novels this story probably takes place either between 2014 & 2015 or 2025 & 2026.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 10, 2016, 12:47:27 am
Stephen Renneberg, The Mothersea, 2016

Australia

HMAS Naturaliste (A-?)
Leewuin Class Survey Ship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author does not explicitly state the class but the description and details he provides best fit this class of ships.

Plot summary: Something very strange is happening in the Arafura Sea, a trawler and coastal communities have been attacked with stone age weapons, but they are not wielded by humans...

Note: This novel is a sequel to the authors earlier tale of alien invasion 'The Mothership' (2013). Dialog within the novel reveals that 10 years has passed between the two books. So the story may be set in 2023, but there is no explicit statement to that effect. The only other ship that appears in the novel is the USS Makin Island (LHD-8) which is an actual member of the Wasp Class of Amphibious Assault Ships.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 11, 2016, 09:50:28 am
Jack Higgins, Storm Warning, 1976

United Kingdom

HMS Guardian
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with Anti-submarine net laying vessel of the same name (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Guardian_(1932)))

Germany

U-235
Type VIIC U-boat
Real ship, sunk by friendly fire in April 1945.

U-743
Type VIIC U-boat
Real ship, disappeared August 1944
In the novel, several bodies wash up from the submarine along the Scottish west coast during early September 1944.

Canada

HMCS Macmichael
Corvette, class not specified.
No other details provided.

United States

USS Carbisdale
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: In the second half of 1944 a number of Germans in Brazil make a desperate attempt to reach Germany in the only ship they could find, a three-masted barquentine. With the Allied navies controlling the oceans, can they make it...

Note: The back cover blurb implies this is based off a real event.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 12, 2016, 01:37:04 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Jim Brady, Able Seaman, 1985?

Australia

HMAS Adamant
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk or badly damaged (and scuttled?), Battle of Savo Island, 8/9 August, 1942.

HMAS Wind Rode (G44)
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Also appears in several other of the authors many novels. On the cover of the 1963 & 1967 editions of the novel 'Repel Borders' the ship was depicted with the pennant number G46. The pennant number in this novel belonged to the M Class Destroyer, HMS Martin which was sunk in November 1942.

New Zealand

HMNZS Achilles (70)
Leander Class Cruiser
Real ship, most well known for her role at the Battle of the River Plate in 1939.

Germany

Admiral Von Scheer
Deutschland Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: One of the three members of the class in real life was called Admiral Scheer. Her namesake was never a 'Von'.

Plot summary: The year is 1942 and an Able Seaman aboard an Australian cruiser keeps getting on the wrong side of the officers.

Note: Dating this one is fairly straightforward. The story takes place between Operation Biting (The Bruneval Raid, 27/28 February 1942) and Operation Watchtower (Invasion of Guadalcanal, 8 August 1942). The novel itself is one of three that makes up the 'Jim Brady' trilogy, 'Jim Brady, Able Seaman', 'Gimme the boats!' and 'Subsmash'. What is somewhat trickier is dating the novel itself. The book I have is copyrighted 1985, with no earlier date of publication given and has the words 'New! First Time In Print' on the cover, which I suspect is a false claim. If my Corgi edition of 'Subsmash' is anything to go by the actual publication date was probably 1959/1960. It may mean that there is a different (Longer?) version of the story out there.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 12, 2016, 04:39:19 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Confirmed in Command, 1976

Australia

HMAS Wanderer
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Sunk prior to the start of the novel during Operation Galvanic (20 - 23 November, 1943)
Name clash with V & W Class Destroyer HMS Wanderer (D74) which was scrapped in 1946.

HMAS Verity (D44)
J Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with V & W Class Destroyer HMS Verity (D63) which was scrapped in 1947. Pennant number clashes with that of HMS Imogen, an I Class Destroyer sunk in 1940 and the later Battle Class Destroyer HMS Lagos.
Note: Author specifically identifies HMAS Verity as being a member of the 'Javelin Class' (E.G. J Class). A later piece of dialog states "She's not the same as Scourge. She's Javelin-class. Not one of our N's." Which would imply that HMAS Scourge at the very least is an N Class Destroyer.

Unnamed
County Class Cruiser

Unnamed
5 Destroyers

United States

Unnamed
Destroyer.

Unnamed
Aircraft Carrier.

Japan

Simotuki
Destroyer, class not specified
Armament: 8 x 5 inch guns (Layout not specified, probably twin A,B,X & Y turrets, though other combinations are possible.), Anti-aircraft/Torpedo armament not specified.
Length: 456ft (139m)
Speed: 34 knots
Described as "...one of the largest and newest destroyers in the Imperial Navy."

I-400 (Fictional Version)
I-400 Class (Fictional Version)
Details much as the real version save she has 2 x 5 inch guns in addition to the standard torpedo/Anti-aircraft armament.

Plot summary: The former captain of HMAS Scourge has been trying to rebuild his career after being busted for being 'drunk-in-charge' (Which took place in the novel: 'Gimme the boats!'.). His last ship was sunk underneath him, but he did well enough to be given a special task, take out Japans second best admiral as he travels to rejoin his forces, will he be able to hold up under the strain...

Note: This is another one that's pretty easy to date as it takes place either shortly after or during the short Battle of Tarawa. The preceding novel, which features the authors version of that battle is now a definite target, as it will have the details that will confirm just what HMAS Wanderer is.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 12, 2016, 04:59:52 pm
Ronald Bassett, The Tinfish Run, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Virtue
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per ships that have undergone Long Range Escort conversion
Not fitted with radar.

HMS Vagrant
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per ships that have undergone Long Range Escort conversion
Not fitted with radar.

HMS Pennyroyal
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships
Fitted with radar.

HMT Truelove
Armed Trawler
4 x 20mm guns
40 crew
750 tons
11 knots

HMT Trooper
Armed Trawler
4 x 20mm guns
40 crew
750 tons
11 knots

HMS Northumberland
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Name is that of a vessel of the class whose construction was cancelled in 1930.

Plot summary: A low level view of the Arctic convoys which follows an attempt to sneak a small convoy (Two Tankers, Two Freighters) to Russia trailing a few days behind Convoy PQ17.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Kadija_Man on October 12, 2016, 08:04:56 pm
National Library of Australia (http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/1554003) lists it's publication date as 1985, so it appears the claim on the cover of your copy is correct.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 12, 2016, 09:05:12 pm
National Library of Australia (http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/1554003) lists it's publication date as 1985, so it appears the claim on the cover your copy is correct.

Thanks for the correction. It looks to have been my mistake, just checked my copy of 'Subsmash' (Corgi, 1970) and the second book in the trilogy is entitled 'Jim Brady, Leading Seaman' with 'Gimme the boats!' as the first book, looks like the author added an earlier story to the sequence at a later date with a similar title.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 12, 2016, 09:10:49 pm
Ronald Bassett, The Pierhead Jump, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Daemon
D Class Cruiser
Built (Launched?) 1919
Details as per the real ships.
Armament adds 3 x 4 inch AA guns. "...several small-caliber weapons..." 30 depth charges.
Speed 29 knots
Has radar by 1942

HMS Swiftsure
7th Abdiel Class Minelayer
Details as per the real ships
Name clash with Minotaur Class Cruiser launched in 1943.

HMS Bullfinch
Coastal Minelayer (converted ocean-going tugboat)
1 x Oerlikon Gun (20mm)
2 x Lewis guns
12 x mines
498 tons
10 knots
Name clash with a cable layer of the same name launched in 1940

United States

Task Group 17.6 (Also referred to as TG 17.4 in my copy of the book.)

USS Peacock (CV-??)
Yorktown Class Aircraft Carrier (Referred to as Hornet Class in novel.)
Details as per the real ships.

USS Anaconda
Cruiser
No other details provided

USS Maddox
Destroyer, class not specified
Name clash with a Wickes Class Destroyer transferred to the UK in 1940 and with a Gleaves Class Destroyer launched in 1942 and sunk in July of 1943 off Sicily.

USS Bagley
Destroyer, class not specified
Name clash with a Wickes Class Destroyer (Renamed USS Doran in 1935) transferred to the UK in 1940 and with the lead ship of the Bagley Class which was scrapped in 1947 after spending the entire war in the Pacific.

USS Aaron Ward
Destroyer, class not specified
Name clash with a Wickes Class Destroyer transferred to the UK in 1940 and with a Gleaves Class Destroyer that served in the Pacific until being sunk in April of 1943.

Germany

Gruppe Markgraf

U-157
Type IXC U-boat
Details as per the real ships.
Real world: Sunk off the US East Coast in June of 1942. In novel sunk by HMS Daemon.

U-711
Type VIIC U-boat
Details as per the real ships
Real world: Sunk in May of 1945.

U-759
Type VIIC U-boat
Details as per the real ships
Real world: Sunk in the Caribbean in July of 1943. In novel sunk by HMS Bullfinch.

Italy

Gruppe Markgraf

Bruno
Marcello Class Submarine
Note: Class is not specified in the novel. There was a Marcello Class Submarine named Faa di Bruno that was sunk by the British in November of 1940. This may have been what the author had in mind when he named the submarine. A Marcello Class Submarine named Comandante Cappellini took part in the real Laconia Incident.

Plot summary: A fictionalised account of the Laconia Incident which took place in September of 1942.

Note: In the introduction the author states that all ships featured within are ficticious, as can be seen this was far from the case.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 13, 2016, 07:28:03 am
Philip McCutchan, Sinking Ship, 1993

United Kingdom

HMS Charger
Escort Carrier, class not specified
15,000 tons
All welded construction.

Note: The name is that of the member of the Avenger Class of escort carriers which served as HMS Charger from the 2nd to the 4th of October 1941 before reverting to the United States. The ship served as a training ship in Chesapeake Bay for the entire war. In the novel the ship is stated to have been built in the United States.

HMS Veracity
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Invergarry
I Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class identification based on name only.

HMS Invermore
I Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class identification based on name only.

HMS Aberfeldy
Hunt Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class identification based on name only.

Germany

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified.

Plot summary: The series hero, finds that the only way to reach his new assignment is to travel to the United States aboard an escort carrier heading there for an overhaul. When the ship is crippled in a storm, it's all hands to the pumps to keep her afloat.

Note: Not possible to date this story due to a lack of references to specific wartime events.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 14, 2016, 10:21:47 am
R. H. Andrews, HMS Vengeful, 2015

United Kingdom

HMS Rupert
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.
Name clash with HMS Rupert (K561) a Captain Class (US Buckley Class) Frigate purchased from the United States in 1943 and returned to them in 1946

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

HMS Dragonby
Destroyer, class not specified
4 inch guns (exact number not specified)
No other details provided.

HMS Vulture
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Willet
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Wolmsley
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Valmere
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS H-29
H Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with a member of the class sunk in 1926 and scrapped in 1927.

HMS Vengeful (Initially an unofficial name. Later made official when the ship is commissioned into the Royal Navy)
Captured German S-Boat, former identity not given.
1 x 37mm (Bow)
2 x 20mm (Single mounts either side of bridge)
1 x 20mm (Twin mount at stern)
4 x torpedo tubes
Depth charges
Fitted with radar
40 knots
No other details provided.
Name clash with V Class Submarine HMS Vengeful (P86) launched July 1944.

HMT Dart
Armed Trawler
1 x 4 inch gun (fwd)
'Several' 40mm guns
Stern 'packed' with depth charges

Germany

Unnamed
Several U-Boats, type not specified

Unnamed
Several S-boats & Armed Trawlers

Unnamed
Several Destroyers

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
6 'heavy guns' (Presumably 5.9inch) (three a side)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1941. Members of a torpedoed destroyers crew escape from their prison camp with the help of the Norwegian resistance, capture a S-boat from it's base and escape to freedom. Once back in the UK they and the captured S-boat are used to support the Norwegian resistance movement before being assigned to other duties as the war progresses.

Note: This self-published on Amazon book, aside from being badly formatted & poorly proof-read has the feel of an old fashioned 'Boys Own Adventure' tale from the mid-20th Century despite aparently dating to 2015. Not something I'd recommend hunting down. I certainly have no intent of reading any of the authors other books.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 14, 2016, 10:56:32 pm
Antony Trew, Bannister's Chart, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Amphiberon
Frigate, class not specified.
Carries a helicopter, type not specified.
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Maya Class AGI
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1983.  A small Indian Ocean trading company offers 'Mystery Cruises' aboard their aeging tramp steamer. On the latest trip one of the passengers tries to interest the captain in a 'treasure map' they found, and then the fun really begins...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 15, 2016, 04:29:25 am
Another big one...

Alexander Fullerton, The Torch Bearers, 1983

United Kingdom

HMS Bruce
B Class Destroyer
Launched 1930
Details as per the real ships
Note: This is the inter-war B-Class not the WWI B-Class. Explicitly identified as B-Class in the novel.

HMS Goshawk
G Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: This is the inter-war G-Class not the WWI Beagle class or the 1944 G-Class.

HMS Harbringer
H Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships, save 'Y' Gun has been landed to make room for additional depth charges.

HMS Vicious
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Watchful
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Wesley
V & W Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Aquilegia
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Astilbe
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as Flower Class in the novel.

HMS Daphne
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Gilliflower
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships

HMS Iris
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with a ship renamed HMS Coriander while being built.

HMS Paeony
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as Flower Class in the novel.

HMS Prunella
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Viola
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.

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

HMT Gleam
Armed Trawler
1 x 4 inch gun?
Depth Charges?
No other details provided

HMT Stella
Armed Trawler
1 x 4 inch gun
Depth Charges?
No other details provided

HMT Opal
Armed Trawler
1 x 4 inch gun
Depth Charges
No other details provided

Germany

U-54
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type a Type VIIB U-Boat that went missing in February of 1940, the number was not re-used.

U-102
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type IXB U-Boat that was sunk in July of 1940, the number was not re-used.

U-122
TYPE VIIC U-Boat
Note: Number clashes with a Type IXB U-Boat that went missing in March of 1940, the number was not re-used.

U-187
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type IXC/40 U-Boat that was sunk in February of 1943.

U-208
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type VIIC U-Boat that was sunk in December of 1941, the number was not re-used.

U-580
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type VIIC U-Boat that was sunk in November of 1941, the number was not re-used.

U-702
U-Boat, unspecified type.
Note: Number clashes with a Type VIIC U-Boat that was sunk in April of 1942, the number was not re-used.

Plot summary: It is October-November 1942. Three members of the Everard family face danger, one as an escapee following the St Nazaire raid. Another aboard a submarine in the Mediterranean. The last has been given a special assignment, escort a convoy from Freetown to England, one whose true purpose and objective is known only to him.

Note: The author based the convoy portion of the novel on Convoy SL-125 which was heavily attacked by U-Boats on it's way to England at the same time as the Operation Torch convoys headed for Africa, thus clearing the way for the successful Allied landings, some believe that the timing of the convoy was intentional... (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convoy_SL_125))
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 16, 2016, 12:15:29 am
Mike Lunnon-Wood, Let Not The Deep, 1994

United Kingdom

RFA Drumbeat
Rover Class Tanker
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Defiant
2nd Type 82 Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: A brutal storm strikes the British Isles creating a situation that requires desperate acts to prevent lives being lost at sea.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 16, 2016, 04:03:51 pm
J. E. MacDonnell, Sainsbury, VC, 1962

United Kingdom

HMS Goosewing (K44)
Flower Class Corvette?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment is tenative based on a very limited set of details the author provides. Authors description seems to be a hybrid of first ships of the class constructed (Fitted with minesweeping equipment) and the later ones with the mast behind the bridge. The name does not fit the class, but is a nautical term used to describe fore-and-aft sails when set for running downwind.

HMS Seamew
Modified W Class Destroyer (Thornycroft)
Details as per the real ships.
Quote: "Though where in hell she gets her name from I can't say. All of the others start with W."
Note: Member of the V & W Class. In real life this would be the third 'Thornycroft Modified W', authors description leaves no doubt that this is what he had in mind.

HMAS Scimitar
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with S Class (WWI) Destroyer HMS Scimitar which served in WWII and was scrapped in 1947.
Note: Class assignment based on the armament details provided by the author.

Germany

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Plot summary: The novel follows the career of a West Australian member of the RAN from his training in the 1930s until the opening of the Second World War and his subsequent service initially in Royal Navy ships before returning to the Royal Australian Navy.

Note: The time frame during the war seems to be 1940-41 as events of 1939 are referred to in the past tense. As for the VC, well it was earned for something (Sinking four U-boats in a day with a single ship.) that makes me wonder if this was a case similar to Rorkes Drift, where it was given to 'encourage the others'...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Kadija_Man on October 16, 2016, 09:18:59 pm
Note: The time frame during the war seems to be 1940-41 as events of 1939 are referred to in the past tense. As for the VC, well it was earned for something (Sinking four U-boats in a day with a single ship.) that makes me wonder if this was a case similar to Rorkes Drift, where it was given to 'encourage the others'...

There were only two or three bravery awards available to the British Army in 1879.  The VC was one of them, the other two were lesser (Mention in Dispatches (MiD) and Distinguished Service Medals (DSM)).   The award of a large number of VCs was unusual but not that unusual when there was such a shortage of bravery awards available.  While it was the largest number awarded to a single Regiment, it was not the largest awarded to a single action.  Sixteen were awarded for actions at the Battle of Inkerman, on 5 November 1854; twenty-eight were awarded as a result of the Second Relief of Lucknow, 14–22 November 1857.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 17, 2016, 06:11:05 am
Mike Lunnon-Wood, Long Shot, 1999

United Kingdom

HMS Beaufort
Type 23 Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Ship is the same one that appeared in the authors earlier novel 'King's Shilling', which I have covered earlier in this thread.

Belize

Unnamed
Patrol Boat, class not specified.
1 12.7mm machine gun (Mounted Fwd).
Note: Taken into Royal Navy service as 'HMS Tonka Toy', armament is augmented with an aft mounted 7.62mm machine gun.

Guatamala

Unnamed
2 Patrol Boats, class not specified.
1 x 20mm gun
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several improvised transports
Converted merchantmen
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Barge (Improvised landing craft transport)
Armed with ten stern mounted 81mm mortars for the purpose of naval gunfire support.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Landing craft
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1997 (Dialog in the novel indicates it takes place a year after the events of 'King's Shilling' which is set in 1996.). The government of Guatamala has decided to do unto Belize as the Argentine government did unto the Falklands in 1982, their mistake...

Note: Unlike the previous novel, HMS Beaufort has a secondary role in events which focus on the Paras and SAS fighting to hold back the Guatamalan Army long enough to allow Britain and other countries to send in additional troops.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 18, 2016, 06:33:31 am
Mike Lunnon-Wood, Congo Blue (Originally: Heraklion Blue), 2002(?)

United Kingdom

HMS Winchester
15th Type 42 Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Stated to be a member of Batch I which would make her the seventh member of that sub-group.

Plot summary: The year is 1998. The civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo is heating up. Two troops of Royal Marines have been sent overland after the 'bush telegraph' reports that a small mission station and a nearby diamond mining operation may be under threat. What they find leads to an all too familiar event, a boat heading up a river into the 'Heart of Darkness', however this time it's not a PBR or a paddle steamer...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 06, 2016, 11:28:56 pm
Another short story, self published(?) on Amazon

Malcolm Torres, The Pirate, 2015

United States

USCGC Almayer
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Surface to surface missile, type not specified. Six round box launcher, mounted forward
Helicopter, type not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A US Coast Guard cutter on a routine patrol spots a speedboat behaving oddly, what could be the cause...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 07, 2016, 06:38:28 am
Angela Thirkell, Trooper to the Southern Cross, 1934

United Kingdom

SS Rudolstadt
Troop Transport, ex-Liner
8000 tons

Plot summary: The First World War is over and all an Australian Officer wants is a quiet voyage home with his newly wed British wife... No one told the prisoners that...

Notes: This is an engaging period satire by Anglo-Australian writer who was one of the major female authors of the period. Allegedly the incidents therein were based on her own experiences returning to Australia with her second husband.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Kadija_Man on November 07, 2016, 11:30:51 pm
Leslie Parker was Angela Thirkell's pen name for that novel when it was originally published.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 08, 2016, 08:03:31 pm
Thanks Kadija_Man for your additional information. This was never intended to be a one-person listing.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 09, 2016, 04:25:16 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Approved to Scrap, 1968

Australia

HMAS Jackal
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4.7 inch guns (A,B,X & Y)
2 x Quadruple 21 inch TT
No other details provided.
Scrapped after November 6, 1944 due to battle damage.

Note: Armament details fit the pre-Tribal classes of destroyers (Eg Interwar A - I classes), final class assignment will have to wait until I can find a novel with more details, or the one where the hero of this tale transfers command from HMAS Pelican to this HMAS Jackal. There was a real HMS Jackal of the J class which was sunk in May of 1942.

Unnamed
Two Corvettes (Bathurst Class?)

HMAS Fane (ex- HMS Jutland)
Battle Class Destroyer (1943)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Ship was gifted to Australia by the British as a stop-gap until "...our Tribals come into commission." There were three Tribal Class Destroyers built in Australia, the first two HMAS Arunta & HMAS Warramunga entered service in 1942. The last one HMAS Bataan (ex- HMAS Kurnai) did not enter service until 1945. The novel itself ends on or shortly after the 6th of November 1944.

There were actually two Battle Class Destroyers named HMS Jutland, the first was scrapped incomplete in 1957, the second started construction as HMS Malplaquet but was renamed prior to launch in 1946.

In later novels the Hero is depicted in command of a Battle Class HMAS Jackal, presumably there is one more novel that I have not yet located in which HMAS Fane is renamed HMAS Jackal.

Japan

Tatikaze
Takao Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Takao Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Tuga
Kaibōkan (Sea Defence Ship/Corvette)
170 tons (This could be a misprint, as the various classes of Kaibōkan had displacements between 750 - 950 tons.)
23 knots
2 Diesel engines (Text implies more than one, most classes of Kaibōkan except the Type D used twin diesel power-plants)
3 inch gun fwd (No splinter shield fitted.)
Depth charges
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Following a desperate and ultimately failed defense of a convoy from two Japanese cruisers, the surviving destroyer makes a slow and painful way back to safety.

Notes: This novel begins with an authors introduction where he explains that his naval action novels are not written in chronological order (Are they ever...!). This novel also throws the time-line I had started to work out into some chaos, I had placed the other novels featuring the Battle Class HMAS Jackal (Breaking Point, A Council of Captains & The Shadow) between May 1943 and September/October 1944, however this novel (Assuming that HMAS Fane, was renamed HMAS Jackal in another novel.) ends on or soon after the 6th of November 1944 implying that these stories take place after that date.

The novel is a direct sequel to one called Full Fathom Five, which will now be one to find as it may include details not included in this novel, such as the identity of the two corvettes that along with HMAS Jackal are escorting the convoy.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 10, 2016, 12:13:30 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Frogman, 1958

Australia

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

Japan

Unnamed
Several motorized patrol boats armed with machine guns.

Plot summary: A destroyer crewman volunteers for a new RAN program to train combat frogmen, and along the way learns that the most important thing is someones character, not the color of their skin. But will the bonds thus created survive the heat of his first mission, a commando raid on a Japanese radar installation.

Note: Dating this story as with all of J. E. MacDonnells fiction is tricky but it appears to be set in the lead up to Operation Reckless the landings on Hollandia which took place on the 22nd of April 1944.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 10, 2016, 03:28:05 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Abandon and Destroy, 1963

Australia

HMAS Pelican
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 2pdr QF Mk VII (four barrelled 'Pom Pom' gun).
AA augmented with 'scrounged' SMG/MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
Machinery produces 30,000 horsepower driving twin screws (Two shafts).
300ft long
Single funnel
Single rudder
30knots
Fitted with radar and sonar.

HMAS Perth (D29)
Modified Leander Class Cruiser
Real ship, served in Mediterranean Theater between November 1940 - August 1941.

Britain

Unnamed
3 x MTBs

'Allies'

HMS (or HMAS) Curlew
'Fleet Destroyer'
4.7 inch guns
36 Knots
No other details provided.
Note: The author does not provide enough detail to specifically identify the class or even if this ship is with the RN or RAN. Most likely this is another one of his 'J,K & N Class' destroyers. In real life there was a C Class Cruiser called HMS Curlew that was sunk in 1940.

Germany

Unnamed
'Fleet Destroyer'
2000 tons
6 x 5 inch guns (Three twin turrets. A, B & X or A, X & Y. Description is unclear as to layout, see also notes.)
No other details provided.
Note: The armament details do not fit any class of German Destroyer extant in WWII (Either 5 x single 5 inch or 1 twin 6 inch + 3 single 6 inch). The turret layout is never mentioned in the novel, but the cover depicts a ship with 2x 'Bismark/Prinz Eugen' style turrets forward and presumably the third aft. More importantly the chances of a German surface warship larger than an S-boat (Other than U-Boats) reaching the Med is virtually impossible. I have attached both the cover and a close up of the illustration. If anyone is interested in figuring out what the 'German Destroyer' looks like outside what is shown on the cover (eg Bow and areas aft of the Bridge) feel free.

Unnamed
Several MT Explosive Motor Boats
Details as per the real ships.
Presumably supplied by the Italians.

Unnamed
Several S-Boats
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
U-Boat

Italy

Unnamed
Maiale Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (Human Torpedo)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: An aging Australian destroyer is given a continual series of tasks during the Mediterranean Campaign until the accumulated damage catches up with her at the worst time possible...

Note: Dating this one is not really possible. The author mentions the damaging of HMS Illustrious (10th of January 1941) and her subsequent period under attack at Malta (10th - 23rd January 1941) as being current events over the course of the entire novel, however he refers to the crippling of HMS Valiant and HMS Queen Elizabeth (19th December 1941) as past events. Similarly mention of HMAS Perth, which left the theater in August 1941 as being at Malta at the start of the novel would fit with the story being set in early 1941 rather than late 1941/early 42. But based on the timeline established in the novel First Command (1971) it is more likely that the story is meant to be set in early 1942.

Regarding the cover, it is clear that the uncredited artist is trying to depict one of the sequences from the novel where HMAS Pelican takes on a German 'Fleet Destroyer' in the confines of an Italian harbor. The ship in the background is clearly meant to be Pelican, however the forward turret is clearly a single weapon mount (not a twin.) and is depicted with two funnels rather than one funnel, which contradicts the authors description both in this book and several of the others featuring this ship. See above for my comments regarding the 'German Destroyer' in the foreground. 
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 11, 2016, 01:00:15 am
Hmmm, really scraping the depths of my memory here. A novel I think was called 'Fathom'. An optionally-manned minisub/UUV developed by the French code-named Green Dolphin. Standard techno-thriller plot: hijacked equipment, nuclear terrorism, race against time etc. Published some time in the first half of the 1980s? Google's not helping, so is anyone else's memory jogged?

It's of interest because the Green Dolphin seems to anticipate a lot of current thinking. As mentioned, it is designed for covert military operations, large enough to carry one person if required (largely during testing and development), it can operate unmanned, autonomously for long periods, it has an internal pumpjet propulsor and an anechoic coat.

I have finally managed to identify this novel. It was 'Fathom' by Marc Hammond and was published in 1978. A copy is on order. Hopefully there will be a detailed description of the minisub/UUV in there.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 12, 2016, 05:40:00 am
Philip McCutchan, Halfhyde to the Narrows, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Lord Cochrane
Ironclad Monitor, class not specified.
2 turrets? (Novel simply mentions "...turrets...", however no Ironclad monitor class had more then two turrets.)
No other details provided.

4th Torpedo Boat Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Venomous
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided
Flotilla leader

HMS Vendetta
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
3 x 12 pdr guns
2 x TT
Four funnels
Displacement: 240 tons
27 knots

HMS Venus
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Vortex
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Venture
Torpedo Boat Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Note: Presumably all these ships are members of the same fictional class (One set of '27 knotters' ordered by the Admiralty in the 1893/94 program.) and share the same details. The first four ships are mentioned at the start of Halfhyde Ordered South the novel that immediately follows this one in the series.

Imperial Russia

Nikolayev
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Poltava
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided
Name clash with a Petropavlovsk Class Pre-Dreadnought Battleship launched in 1894.

Mohilev
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Bariatinski
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is "...some ninety years..." after the Battle of Trafalgar. Britannia rules the waves, but those Russian bounders have grabbed a British merchantmen in the Mediterranean and towed it all the way to Sebastapol. Getting the ship back is a job for the Empires best captain, with a little help from a somewhat 'unorthodox' officer returning to the service after a few years '...on the beach'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 13, 2016, 07:41:41 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Point Blank, 1972

Australia

HMAS Pelican (H40)
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 2pdr QF Mk VII (four barrelled 'Pom Pom' gun, mounted abaft the funnel).
AA augmented with 'scrounged' SMG/MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
Machinery produces 30,000 horsepower driving twin screws.
300ft long
Single funnel
Single rudder
30 knots (31 knots design speed)
Fitted with radar and sonar.
Note: Pennant number clashes with that of HMS Anthony an interwar A Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1948.

Germany

Unnamed
U-Boat, Class not specified
No other details provided

U-34
U-Boat, Class not specified
No other details provided
Sunk during the course of the novel.
The real U-34, a Type IXC was sunk in August of 1943.

U-91
U-Boat, Class not specified
No other details provided
The real U-91, a Type VIIC was sunk in February of 1944.

Italy

Unnamed
Maiale Swimmer Delivery Vehicle (Human Torpedo)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Following yet another human torpedo attack on Alexandria, one of the oldest destroyers in the RAN again finds herself assigned with the task of dealing with it, but not because she is expendable...

Note: This is the first time I've caught the author recycling material between books. There is a scene in this one where a diver is sent down from the Pelican after a human torpedo attack to discover a dead body wrapped around the rudder which also appears in the earlier 'Abandon and Destroy' (1963). From the internal references the story takes place sometime in 1942, before the Battle of Gazala.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 18, 2016, 09:40:46 pm
R. H. Andrews, Send for Admiral Bland, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Falmouth
Escort Carrier
No other details provided
Note: Name class with the lead ship of the Falmouth Class Sloops.

HMS Genoa
Aircraft Carrier
Described as a 'Light Fleet Carrier' in the text.
No other details provided

HMS Lincoln
King George V Class Battleship?
Note: Class determination based on mention of main armament being 14 inch guns. Name clash with a Town Class Destroyer (ex-USS Yarnall).

HMS Brecon
'Heavy Cruiser'
No other details provided.
Note: Name clash with a Hunt Class Destroyer.

HMS Windrow
York Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Steadfast
'Heavy Cruiser'
8 Inch guns

HMS New Guinea
County Class?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class determination based on armament (8 x 8 inch guns in twin turrets). Name does not fit class.

HMS Cardiff
C Class Cruiser
Real ship, scrapped 1946

HMS Gibbon
Destroyer, class not specified
36 knots

HMS Crosby
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Catesby
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Hinckley
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Built as a Destroyer leader.
No other details provided

HMS Holdfast
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided
Note: Name clash with a cable laying ship scrapped in 1952.

Germany

Magdeburg
2nd Emden Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination based on main armament being 5.9 inch guns, also states that she was used as a training ship pre-war as was the real Emden.

Admiral Gustave
'Medium Cruiser' (Leipzig Class?)
6 inch guns.
No other details provided

Gruppe Seydlitze

Seydlitze
Deutschland Class Cruiser (Modified)
Details as per the real ships, save it has two funnels.
Note: Name is a misspelling of Seydlitz

Moltzen
Hipper Class Cruiser?
Note: Class determination based on mention of the main armament being 8 inch guns.

Unnamed
6 Destroyers

Gruppe Holstein

Holstein
Hipper Class Cruiser?
Note: Class determination based on mention of the main armament being 8 inch guns.

Leopold
Hipper Class Cruiser?
Note: Class determination based on mention of the main armament being 8 inch guns.

Unnamed
5 Destroyers

Plot summary: A highly fictionalized version the latter days of WWII including a somewhat modified version of Operation Regenbogen (Rainbow) and culminating in an Allied invasion of Norway in the general vicinity of Bergen.

Note: I decided to break an earlier decision not to read any more of R. H. Andrews naval fiction. I am glad I did as it allowed me to confirm that he(?) is really not a very good author. Aside from indulging in flights of fantasy, his ship descriptions are actually inconsistent within the same book.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 24, 2016, 11:15:04 pm
Another break from the novels, with an old comic book.

Anon., Action Stations!, published as Commando Comics Nº. 1811, 1972

United Kingdom

HMS Nimbus
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Illustration clearly makes the ship out to be of the Flower Class.

HMS Starfire
'Corvette' (Flower Class?)
Note: Name only mentioned, illustration not clear enough to determine class.

Germany

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Unnamed
U-Boat supply ship
4 inch guns.
No other details.

Plot summary: A sub-lieutenant, newly attached to a corvette finds himself becoming the scapegoat for the less-than-courageous actions of the 1st lieutenant. When opportunity comes in the form of an abandoned oil tanker, will he be able to handle the task.

Note: There is no publication date for the copy I have, but a note on the first page said the comic had first been published in 1972, implying what I have is a later reprint.

I have also located a copy of the 1959 hardback printing of 'A Twist of Sand' by Geoffrey Jenkins and have attached it to the entry for that novel, I am not sure just what type of submarine is depicted on that cover, so if anyone has any idea, feel free to answer below.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 25, 2016, 03:42:45 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Valiant Mission, 1968

United Kingdom

HMS Teredo
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Typhoon
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Adamant
Submarine Depot ship
No other details provided.

Japan

Unnamed
Various cruisers and destroyers

Plot summary: A British submarine based out of Fremantle, Western Australia is sent on a dangerous mission to deliver a frogman team to the outskirts of Kure Naval Base.

Note: The author does not specify if any of the named ships are Australian or British, I have assumed British for the simple reason that during WWII Australia did not have a submarine service (Apart from one Dutch submarine 'borrowed' following the fall of the Dutch East Indies.), all submarines operating out of Australia were either British or American.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on November 25, 2016, 07:46:33 am
I had a whole stash of Commando comics when I was young, but alas all went long ago.

Fishing around I've found the following from a few recent releases.

Commando Comics

Operation Leviathan, No. 4393, 2011
France
Leviathan – cruiser submarine, 2x 8in guns, other details as Surcouf?

They Came by Night, No. 4407/ 2563/ 6, republished 2011
 RAF Rescue Launch K20

Kondor Killer, No. 4426, 2011
Germany
U-112 - submarine

High Speed Rescue, No.4519, 2012
 RAF Rescue Launch 127

The Invisible Warrior, No. 4690, 2014
Great Britain
HMS Bluefin – submarine, cover depicts a T Class submarine

Danger on Board, No. 4690, 2014
Great Britain
HMS Apollo – destroyer, 3x2 4.7in guns

Battle Carrier, No. 4761, 2014
Japan
Yamato-based hybrid carrier, 3x3 18.1in guns (A, B and Y turrets), ?x secondary and AA guns
The cover shows a ship with a badly squashed forward superstructure and funnel with a carrier aft-end and poor detailing overall but several secondary and AA mounts indicated in boxy mounts.

Aegean Attack, No. 4853, 2015
Great Britain
Kestrel – Fairmile B Class MGB, 1943

Suicide Run, No. 4840, 2015
Unnamed high-speed launches with HE warhead in bows, British

Duel to the Death, No. 4916, 2016
Germany
U-37 –submarine

Scrapper’s War, No. 4923, 2016
Great Britain
S.S. Scrapper – armed steamer, 1x 12pdr, 2x Vickers MGs, circa 1915-16

Germany
Draken [?] – torpedo boat, 2x bow TT, 3x 57mm guns (beam and one aft), circa 1915-16

Undefeated, No. 4945, 2016
HMS Undefeated – U Class Submarine

Stringbag Ace, No. 4972, 2016
HMS Adventurer - aircraft carrier
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 25, 2016, 07:52:11 pm
I had a whole stash of Commando comics when I was young, but alas all went long ago.

Much the same here, though I think I still have one or two squirreled away somewhere. Anyway on to something I found at the same second-hand bookshop I found the Commando Comic.

Eric J. Collenette, The Talisman Deception, 1992

United Kingdom

HMS Whitstable
V & W Class Destroyer?
4.7 inch guns
Note: Implied in the text to having been given a long range escort conversion. Name however would fit a Town Class destroyer.

Unnamed
Six Flower Class Corvettes

'HMS' Achilles
Modified Oil Tanker
1 x 4 inch gun at stern, plus MGs
Note: Sails under Red Ensign, crew is RN, later flies the White Ensign when going into action. The British Cruiser of the same name was in NZ Service at this point.

'HMS' Hector
Modified Oil Tanker
1 x 4 inch gun at stern, plus MGs
Note: Sails under Red Ensign, crew is RN, later flies the White Ensign when going into action. Name clash with an Armed Merchant Cruiser (HMS Hector (F45)) that was sunk in April 1942 while undergoing re-conversion back to a merchant ship.

Both tankers have been extensively modified, all available free space has been filled with buoyant material (Described as Table-Tennis Balls, Kapok, Cork, etc.). Bows have been heavily reinforced. Steering has been moved from the bridge/forward superstructure (Which has been armored with sandbags) to the emergency steering position in the afterhouse. Oil tanks have been filled with water. The author implies that this was based on an actual wartime proposal by a 'Mr Wentworth' to modify ships to act as 'torpedo sponges' and/or impromptu salvage ships. In the novels climax they sink one of the German commerce raiders by ramming.

Germany

Biteroff
Commerce raider
8 x 5.9 inch guns (four a side)
"...an assortment of other weapons, including torpedos."
Also carries Arado & Heinkel float-planes

Titurel
Commerce raider
8 x 5.9 inch guns (four a side)
"...an assortment of other weapons, including torpedos."
Also carries Arado & Heinkel float-planes.

Note: Book is inconsistent on the armament. Initially states that both ships have 6 5.9 inch guns (Eg. 12 5.9 inch guns total.) and then on the next page states that it will be 16 5.9 inch guns verses the convoys armament.

Italy

Medusa
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is mid 1943 (Anachronistically mention is made of the Bethnal Green Tube disaster (3rd March 1943) in the past tense, at the time this event was kept hushed up by wartime censorship.). Convoy GZ-22, a collection of old freighters ready for the scrapheap is making it's way across the Atlantic, the cargoes are nothing of vital importance, so why are the Germans suddenly throwing everything they can scrape together at it.

Notes: Not as bad as I feared from an author I'd never heard of and a very minor publisher (Inner Circle Books), there are definitely some issues with proofreading/plotting, but nothing like the mess created by authors like John Watson and R. H. Andrews. The cover which appears to depict the convoy setting out is by Colin Sullivan.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 29, 2016, 03:02:11 am
Brian Callison, Trapp's War, 1974

United Kingdom

HMS Charon
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
1 x 4.7 inch gun
1x 40 mm Bofors Gun
4 x Vickers HMGs
Built c.1890s
Length: 250ft
Steam powered
8 knots

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Italy

Unnamed
VAS Boat (Small anti-submarine escort craft.)
Details as per the real ships

Germany

U-149
U-boat, class not specified.
The real U-149 was a Type IID U-Boat that spent the entire war in the Baltic.

S-248
S-Boat
Details as per real ships
Note: I have not been able to locate a comprehensive list of S-Boats so I cannot confirm if the number is one actually used or not

Plot summary: The year is 1942. For Captain Edward Trapp, Arthur Daley of the sea, WWII has been a great opportunity to come up with all kinds of 'nice little earners', but his latest scam backfired. He's back in the Royal Navy thanks to some paperwork he forgot to sign back in 1918 and while they will not give him his back pay, they have fixed up his ship and given him a license to pirate, all he has to do is survive being shot at by both sides...

Note: This was the first in what I suspect was an unplanned series featuring Trapp and his 'minder' Gorbals Willie. The cover is by Paul Wright and depicts the HMS Charon shooting up a dhow (The dhow is on the back cover.). The image appears to be an accurate representation of the ship, but omits some of the armament.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 29, 2016, 06:21:19 pm
Nelson Blish, The Taking Of The King, 2006

United States

USS Martin Luther King (SSGN-) or (SSN-)
Centurian Class Submarine (Fictional Class)
48 Cruise missiles (Type not specified, but dialog implies they are vertically launched Harpoons (tactical) rather than Tomahawks (strategic).)
Unspecified number of torpedo tubes
Length: 380ft (115.8m)
Crew 102 (Note: Like a Ballistic missile submarine members of this class use the Blue/Gold crew rotation system.)
Unspecified (surface)/50(+) knots (submerged)
Submarine is highly automated, capable of maintaining a fixed depth/course without crew intervention.
Stated to be at least as quiet as an Ohio Class Submarine.
Note: Seawolf Class is mentioned separately. May be a lengthened derivative of that class with other modifications. One of which is a boundary layer control system (A form of supercavitation) to enable the high underwater speed.

Russia

Rostov
Nuclear Submarine, class not specified
Only information provided is that it is "...large..."

Plot summary: Even with the fall of the Soviet Union, the old games still go on. In this case the Russians try to steal the United States latest submarine.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 30, 2016, 03:59:09 am
Benjamin E. Miller, Silent Assault, 2005

United States

USS Vermont (SSBN-781)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Has had an active sonar system (type not specified) retrofitted in addition to the classes standard outfit of passive sonars.
Note: Pennant number clashes with the Virginia class submarine USS California (SSN-781) launched in 2010 after having being contracted to build in 2003.

China

Shanxi
Type 093 Class Submarine (Nuclear)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Have not located a source with naming details if any. Submarine is stated to be one of four launched by the date of the story, which is assumed to be 2005 or shortly thereafter.

Guizhou
Kilo Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Actual Chinese Kilos use names of the format 'Yuan Zheng ?? Hao' where the '??' is a two digit number.

Unnamed
The following submarines in addition to the ones named: 1 x Type 093, 2 x Kilo & 1 x Type 091

Indonesia

Unnamed
Two Frigates.
No other details provided.

And one non-military unit.

United Kingdom

Merganser
'Research Submarine'
No other details provided.
Note: I don't think the name of the submarine which plays a key role in the plot being almost the same as one of the warships in the original version of 'Moonraker' is a co-incidence.

Plot summary: As relations with Iran hit an all time low, a mysterious illness breaks out aboard an American Ohio Class Submarine, are the two events related...?
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 01, 2016, 12:04:20 am
Another obscure technothriller...

Dan Shelton, Assault on the Venture, 1996

United States

USS Venture (CVN-??)
Third Enterprise Class Carrier (See note)
Details as per the real ship.
Note: Actually like JAGs USS Seahawk (CVN-65) this is a straight substitution for the USS Enterprise (CVN-65). If you count Seahawk & Enterprise as separate ships then this is the third. The author never mentions the ships pennant number.

All other ships in the novel are unnamed.

Plot summary: In the aftermath of Desert Storm the United States prepares to send three nuclear powered warships around the world, at the same time evidence surfaces of a terrorist plot aimed at one of the three ships, can the National Security Councils Crisis Interevention Team (CIT) figure out the plot in time to foil the culprits...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 02, 2016, 12:18:47 am
A return to a bleak place...

David Mace, Fire Lance, 1986

United States

USS Vindicator (NMSS-3)
Nemesis Class Battleship
56,000 tons
Length: 280m (918.6ft)
Beam: 35m (114.8ft)
Draft: 10m (32.8ft)
Twin reactor powerplant
Four shafts, inner shafts are in tunnels to reduce sonar signature when running on two shafts.
Three rudders
35 knots
Flightdeck aft on the superstructure (Hangar beneath the flightdeck reached by twin elevators)
Air compliment is 10 F-28 Skycat VTOL Fighters, 12 Wolfmarine ASW helicopters.
Theater range radar is extended by drones called Skyhook.
Crew: 414

Armament
2 x Mk56 155mm (6.1 inch) gun (Automated), 1 forward, 1 aft
4 x 20mm Skyfire CIWS (Gatling guns)
Arrowflash point defence missiles. 
Seastrike Missles (Area defence Air/Surface) (4 tube VLS, box mounted external to hull fore and aft)
Rayflex-2 Missles (Anti-ballistic weapons) (VLS, box mounted external to hull)
Fire Lance Cruise Missiles (2x Magazine fed tube launchers, four tubes per launcher, 400 cruise missiles in total. Described as a successor to Tomahawk, has multiple warhead options.)
Mk 72 ASW torpedoes (Launchers have four tubes)
Non-strategic Weapons can be controlled automatically by a system called the Surface and Air Defence Integrated System (SADIS).
Note: Ship is described as a strategic nuclear misslie armed battleship. The real world pennant number would most likely have been BBGN-03 or BCGN-03. The superstructure itself is described as being streamlined to protect against nuclear explosions. All antennas can be lowered inside the hull for protection.

USS Protector (NMSS-?)
Nemesis Class Battleship
Details as above.
Sunk prior to start of the novel.

USS Consolidator (NMSS-?)
Nemesis Class Battleship
Details as above.
Sunk prior to start of novel.

USS Defender (NMSS-4)
Nemesis Class Battleship
Details as above.
Destroyed incomplete on the slips.

USS Peacemaker (NMSS-5)
Nemesis Class Battleship
Details as above.
Destroyed incomplete on the slips.

Russia

Unnamed
Chenin Class Destroyer (Fictional)
Double box superstructure.
Gun armament of unspecified caliber forward.
Gatling type CIWS of unspecified caliber.
VLS launcher forward
Missile Armament: (Unspecified number) SA-N-60 (Area Defence Air/Surface),  (16) SS-N-100 'Skimmer Pole' Cruise missiles, 450km range
Has the capability to carry 2 Yak-236 'Fanner' VTOL Fighters, but normally carries 2 helicopters of an unspecified type
'Hanging Basket' AEW Radar, mounted on a 'Fat Fly' RPV helicopter (Alternate carrier is an undetailed RPV designated 'Red Balloon'.)
'Bugeye Pair' Air surveillance radar (Range: 55km)
Crew: 200(+)
No other details provided

Unnamed
Various submarines

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow'. World War III has reached it's final stages, the only objective for the remaining forces on both sides, as the rest of the world struggles to prepare for an oncoming Nuclear Ice Age, is to make sure the enemy dies before they do...

Note: This novel is not set in the same 'universe' as the authors earlier novel DEMON-4. The cover of the novel is by Chris Foss rather than Tony Roberts, unlike the cover for the earlier novel what is depicted on it has little (or no) resemblance to what the author describes in the book. The author does not specify just how far into the future from 1986 the story is set, but it is clearly far enough into the future for Sea King & Chinook Helicopters to be considered museum pieces.

Later:I have located a copy of the cover, without the titling information online. Research I've made shows that this was the only cover used for the novel, both in the UK and the US which is unusual in my experience.

Fire Lance: Front Cover (http://70sscifiart.tumblr.com/post/162818945059/moonzerotwo-firelance-chris-foss)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 05, 2016, 03:34:03 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Operation Jackal, 1969

Australia

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

United States

Unnamed
Several PT-Boats

Unnamed
Buckley Class Escort

Japan

I-64
Submarine, class not specified.
Note: There was a real Kaidai IV Class submarine designated I-64, but it was renumbered I-164 in 1942.

Simakaze
Simakaze Class Destroyer (Fictional)
6 x 5 inch guns. (A, B & X twin turrets)
15 x 24 inch TT.
34 knots
Fitted with radar.
Almost the same dimensions as a Battle Class Destroyer.
No other details provided

Akigumo
Simakaze Class Destroyer (Fictional)
6 x 5 inch guns. (A, B & X twin turrets)
15 x 24 inch TT.
34 knots
Fitted with radar.
Almost the same dimensions as a Battle Class Destroyer.
No other details provided

Note: The stats provided are identical to those of the 'one off' Japanese destroyer Shimakaze in regards to the armament, it is possible that these are the same hull form/general appearance but without the experimental power-plant.

Kaigun
Submarine, class not specified.
8 x 21 inch? TT
1 x 4.7 inch gun
20 knots (surfaced)/10 knots (submerged)
No other details provided

Plot summary: It is some time in 1945, the Japanese High Command, has noted one ship and one captain seem to be involved in a high proportion of their defeats at the small unit level, perhaps a special task force is in order...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 06, 2016, 05:55:42 am
Another 'Self-published on Amazon' thriller...

Herzel Frankel, The Chase, 2014

Russia

Slavianka
Whiskey Class Submarine
Details as per the Project 640 Whiskey Canvas Bag subtype.
Fitted out for ELINT.

Israel

INS Ashdod
'Missile boat'
No details are provided about the armament, however the limited description provided suggests that she may be a Sa'ar 4.5 class FAC.

Plot summary: An expatriate Israeli yachtsman's sail around the Aegean turns into a mess of intrigue after his boat hits something at sea.

Note: Dating this one is hard, there is little dating information to go on, but at a rough estimate the story takes place somewhere between 1980-89.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: royabulgaf on December 06, 2016, 05:27:20 pm
Whoever did that Fire Lance cover has some sexual adequacy problems.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 06, 2016, 09:45:27 pm
F. Robert Baker, Warhead, 2011

United States

USS Montana (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Tacoma (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination based on name only. Author only refers to this ship as an 'attack submarine'. Name clashes with USS Tacoma (PGM-95) an Asheville Class Gunboat that was transferred to Columbia in 1995 (Eg. After the fictional date of the novel.).

USS Cyrus A. Woods (AS-??)
Submarine Tender, class not specified.
No other details provided.

USS Clifford C. Howel (AS-??)
Submarine Tender, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: The ship name above appears only in a chapter heading, all the text in the chapter refers to the ship as being the Cyrus A. Woods.

USS Hawaii (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser?
Details as per the real ships
Has received the ABM upgrade.
Note: Author simply describes this ship as an 'Aegis Cruiser'.

USS Potter (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply describes this ship as an 'Aegis Destroyer'.

USS Gates (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply describes this ship as an 'Aegis Destroyer'.

USS Veracruz (LHD-?)
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment based on Marine Compliment and the year the novel is set.

USS Rodgers T. Humphrey (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft carrier, class not specified.
Carries F/A-18s
No other details provided.
Note: At the only point were the carriers name is given in full there appears to be a misprint in the text, the name is given in the form "...Rodgerst Humphrey..." I have employed editorial discretion in this case. Author simply describes the ship as a 'strike carrier'.

United Kingdom

HMS Reward
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Norham
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

Russia

Riga
Kuznetsov Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per class.
Note: Real ship, the first Kuznetzov Class was named Riga while under construction and before finally being named the Admiral Kuznetsov, was also called the Leonid Brezhnev & the Tiblisi. Is described in the novel as being the Russians only aircraft carrier.

Admiral Arbatov
Kresta II Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author refers to this ship as being both a Kresta Class and a Kresta II Class, given when the novel is set (1992) I have assumed it to be the latter.

Rossiya
Kashin Class Destroyer
No other details provided

Unnamed
Two Kashin Class Destroyers

Plot summary: The year is 1992, terrorists associated with Osama Bin Laden have grabbed an American airliner, flown it to a Russian controlled airport in Eritrea and made the usual '...do what we want or we will kill the hostages...' demands. Some of the passengers are dependents of the crew of a ballistic missile submarine who decide to apply their own pressure to the situation...

Note: At the start of the book there is a note that the book is the 'Second, revised edition', however it is very sloppily edited. The plot itself has some very unpleasant elements, most notably the whole idea of a ballistic missile submarine crew deciding to mutiny to force the hand of their government and not get punished for it. Finally I get the feeling that the book may have been written much earlier than the publication date (e.g. Before 2001) and then been updated to reflect current terrorism fears.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 07, 2016, 03:15:26 am
Noel B. Gerson, Warhead, 1970

United States

USS Hawk (SSN-2207)
Hawk Class Submarine (Fictitious)
16 x Poseidon
Other armament simply described as 'torpedoes', exact number/size of tubes not mentioned, probably four 21 inch tubes.
136 Crew
9,600 tons
Length: 960ft (292.6m)

USS Falcon (SSN-2208)
Hawk Class Submarine (Fictitious)
Details as above

Unnamed
Four additional members of the Hawk Class to be built after the novels conclusion.

Note: This fictitious class is intended to combine the functions of the SSBN and SSN into a single submarine.  Pennant numbers in the novel are in the format SS(N)-XXXX.

Plot summary: The first member of a revolutionary new class of submarine has gone missing, can her successor find the cause...

Note: The probable fictional dating for this story would be between 1972 (When Poseidon entered service) - and 1979 (When the Trident I entered service.) .
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 13, 2016, 06:43:46 am
Craig DiLouie, Battle Stations, 2016

United States

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

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

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

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

Japan

Roiyaru Maru
3rd Terukuni Maru Class Ocean Liner
Converted into a military transport
Armed, but no specific details are given.
Otherwise details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Various warships and supply vessels

Plot summary: Following his successful cruise in command of the USS Sabertooth the series hero finds himself re-assigned to act as executive officer on another submarine, part of a group sent to hit Japanese targets in the Sea of Japan as part of Operation Payback.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 18, 2016, 06:37:15 am
This entry is made with thanks to Rhinocrates for reminding me of this book shortly after the thread was started.

Marc Hammond, Fathom, 1978

France

Green Dolphin/la Delfine Verte
UUV
Radio-Thermal Generator (RTG). Referred to in the novel as an "...Isotope Decay Engine...".
The propulsion system is entirely closed within the body of the vessel and comprises a 30cm (11.8in) diameter tube at the front end of which is a self cleaning grill. Inside the tube is a propeller made of carbon fiber, however the author also mentions 'turbine blades' without clarifying their relationship to the propeller. Top speed is not mentioned in the novel. The fastest speed mentioned is 10 knots.
Maximum depth it can be submerged to is not mentioned in the novel.
Control is via three fins, whose specific location is not mentioned, but presumably are aft of the center line.
Automated, can follow a pre-programmed heading/depth or home in on heat,light or sonic targets.
Length: 9m (29.5ft)
Diameter: 2m (6.6ft)
Entirely covered with a rubber or rubberized sound absorbing coating, which has a feel described by one character in the novel as being "...like dipping his hands into raw meat."
Capable of carrying one person for an extended period of time, life support system extracts oxygen from seawater. Access to the crew compartment is via a 5ft (1.5m) long by 3ft (0.9m) wide hatch located towards the tail end of the vessel.
Undetectable by sonar. For testing a retractable sonar reflective sheet is fitted.
The vehicle is unarmed. In the course of the novel a nuclear device of unspecified yield is attached to the vessel inside the sonar reflective coating.

United States

USS Cambridge (AS-??)
Salvage & Repair ship, class not specified.
2 x 100 ton cranes.
Full diving facilities
Extensive workshop facilities.
Equipped with sonar.
Armament not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A network of Palestinian long-term sleeper agents steal an experimental French mini-sub and a British nuclear device and make a simple demand, "All Jews out of the territory falsely called Israel, or else..."

Note: While no specific year is mentioned various details (A reference to the film Jaws (1976) to the fact that the USS Albany (CG-10) is Sixth Fleet Flagship.) suggest a time-frame between 1977 - 1980, with the most likely time-frame being 1979-80.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 20, 2016, 05:36:03 am
Back to WWII and some unfinished business...

Philip McCutchan, Storm of War (Originally): Cameron In The Gap, 1992

United Kingdom

HMS Burnside
Destroyer, class not specified.
Only armament details provided that the aft mount is twin 4.7inch guns. This presumably holds true for the forward mounts.
No other details provided.

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

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

Note: The author never states that Brahmin & Burgoyne are the same class as HMS Burnside.

HMS Argyll
Cruiser, class not specified
12 x 6 inch guns (Quadruple mounts A,B,X & Y), 8 x 4 inch guns (twin mounts)
9400 tons
Other armament not specified
4 propeller shafts
No other details provided
Note: Armament fits both the Fiji sub-class of the Crown Colony class of cruisers and the first batch of Town Class Cruisers. As does the number of shafts.

HMS Auckland
Cruiser
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.


Germany

Solingen
Hipper Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Italy

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several MAS Boats

Plot Summary: It is 1942 and a convoy makes its way to Malta, one ship, an oil tanker loaded with aviation fuel has to be got through at all costs.

Note: This novel appears to be (very) loosely based on Operation Pedestal. The only clue as to dating is a reference to the Dido Class Cruiser HMS Charybidis (88), which left the Mediterranean theater in September 1942, as forming part of the convoy escort.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on December 20, 2016, 08:15:42 am
Some ships I unearthed while rummaging around some Australian ebook sites.

The Raid of Le Vengeur, George Griffith, 1901
France
Le Vengeur (plus twenty unnamed sisterships) – submarine; armed with one torpedo (magnetic clamps to attach to the target hull, remotely detonated)

Great Britain
HMS Scorcher – destroyer; armed with 12pdr and 3pdr QF guns, torpedoes and four Brennan torpedoes stowed in davits, also fitted with four “water-rays” which can illuminate submerged objects
HMS Phyllis – 1st Class cruiser, unknown class
HMS Venus – 3rd Class cruiser, unknown class
Thirty unnamed submarines – larger copies of Le Vengeur

Plot: Captain Leon Flaubert seeks to destroy the Royal Navy and sinks HMS Phyllis in a demonstration, only to be hunted down by HMS Scorcher and Flaubert captured.


One Blow for Russia, Edgar Wallace, 1905
Imperial Russia
Petroski – torpedo boat
Riga – destroyer; armed with at least one torpedo tube, has three funnels

Plot: a revolutionary, but brilliant, naval officer is allowed to return to Russia and is given command of a destroyer during the Russo-Japanese War. Told to do his duty he sails forth to engage the Japanese fleet, his ship is sunk and he is killed but the battleship he just engaged is the Russian relief fleet!


The Secret Service Submarine, Edgar Wallace, 1918
Great Britain
HMS Kallimachus (B 9714) – destroyer, unknown class
Z1 – submarine; armed with ? x torpedo tubes and 2x guns (QF?), resembles a German U-Boat, sunk by U78

Germany
Geier,  Seeadler and Falke – Busssard Class unprotected cruisers, real ships; used as minelayers
Sperber and Schwalbe Schwalbe Class cruisers, real ships; used as minelayers
Gefion – third class cruiser, real ship; used as minelayer
Greif – aviso, real ship hulked from 1915; used as minelayer
Nautilus – Nautilus Class minelayer, real ship
U78 – submarine, real U78 was Type UE I Class launched 1916

Plot: the tale of British spy John Dudley Frazer and his exploits using the Z1 to foil a German invasion of Britain and other adventures during 1918


The U-Beast, Edgar Wallace, 1919
Germany
U904 – submarine, no real submarine pennant had such a high number

United States
USS Dade – destroyer, unknown class. Real USS Dade (APA-99) was a Bayfield Class attack transport of 1944.
USS Floss – destroyer, unknown class

Plot: during April 1918 a dangerous and skilled U-boat commander, Kapitän-Leutnant Scholtz, is sunk but puts his surrender down to an encounter with a sea serpent!


Chubb of the “Slipper”, Edgar Wallace, 1934
Great Britain
HMS Slipper – cruiser; armed with at least 8x1 4.2in guns, 1x bow torpedo tube, 28kts

Netherlands
Studgardt – cruiser
Altona – cruiser

Plot: humours short story of a tale of the skipper of the Slipper who is escorting the liner S.S. Germanie to America

The Yellow Moth, Fred M. White, 1898
United States
USS Maryland – battleship; predates the real Pennsylvania Class armoured cruiser USS Maryland (ACR-8) completed in 1905

Plot: A mysterious tale set during the American-Spanish War of 1898.


The Grey Raider, Fred M. White, 1919
Australia
SS Sardonyx – armed tramp steamer; 2x1 4in guns

Germany
Deutschland – blockade-runner cargo submarine; 600ft long, armed with at least one gun (105mm?), used a support submarine refuelling other U-Boats. The author clearly based the submarine on the real Deutschland (later U-155) but has exaggerated the size, the U-151 Class having an overall length of 213ft 3in (65m).

Plot: some buccaneers are invited to help catch and destroy a German submarine, thought sunk, that is secretly refuelling U-boats in the Bay of Bengal.


Made in England, Fred M. White, 1920
Japan
Fan Tan – gunboat; illustration shows a two-funnelled light-cruiser style ship with superfiring single shielded guns forward (5.5in?)

Plot: Captain Andrew Nulty of the Bonny Lomond (aka Robbie Burns), a turbine-powered Clyde-built steamer connives to get a cargo of pearls to Hong Kong


The Secret of the Magnifique, E. Phillips Oppenhiem, 1912
France
Magnifique – battleship

Plot: France and Germany are attempting to gain the secrets of a revolutionary torpedo with 5 miles range and 600mph speed that can accurately hit a small target.

 
The Dumb Gods Speak, E. Phillips Oppenhiem, 1936
United States
USS City of Washington – battleship

Plot: A scientist invents a powerful weapon, following the defeat of an attempted Japanese invasion of the Philippines in 1947 a shadowy  International Bureau seeks to build world peace.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 22, 2016, 07:21:18 am
Philip McCutchan, Convoy North, 1987

United Kingdom

HMS Nottingham
'Heavy Cruiser', class not specified
8 inch Guns

HMS Neath
'Heavy Cruiser', class not specified.
8 inch Guns
No other details provided
Note: Neath is both the name of a town in the United Kingdom and the river that flows through it. This could mean that HMS Neath is a York Class Cruiser.

HMS Portree
Destroyer, class not specified
4.7 inch guns
No other details provided

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified.
No other details provided.


Germany

Admiral Scheer (Real Ship)
Deutschland Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ship.

Regensburg
Hipper Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Gottingen
Hipper Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Koblenz
Hipper Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Two Destroyers, class not specified.

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Plot summary: It is December 1941 and a convoy is making its way from Britain to a Russia that desperately needs outside help.

Note: This one is easily dateable, mention is made of the attack on Pearl Harbor shortly after the convoy leaves Britain.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 22, 2016, 10:22:21 pm
Philip McCutchan, Cold War (Orignally:) Cameron's Convoy, 1982

United Kingdom

HMS Sprinter
Frigate, class not specified
2 x 4 inch guns
4 x 2 pdrs (Exact mount type not specified (Eg Single, double, quadruple.)
6 x 20mm
Depth Charges
114 crew
1,435 tons
20 knots
Sonar and Radar fitted.

HMS Durham
County Class Cruiser (Kent Sub-class)
Details as per the real ships.
Specifically described in the book as being a sister ship to HMS Cumberland.

HMS Belfast (C35)
Town Class Cruiser (Edinburgh Sub-class)
Real Ship, served throughout WWII, currently a museum ship on the Thames.


Germany

Hohenzollern
Bismark Class Battleshp
Details as per the real ships.
Author makes a direct comparison between this ship and the Bismark at one point in the novel.

Köln
'Heavy Cruiser'
Note: this is probably another of the authors 'Town Named' Hipper Class Cruisers. The name clashes with the third Königsberg Class Cruiser, which served throughout WWII.

Muhldorf
Hipper Class Cruiser?
Author simply states that this ship is a 'Heavy cruiser' without giving any further details, but given his habit of giving Hipper Class Cruisers 'Town Names' I think this is a safe assumption.

Unnamed
Scharnhorst Class Battlecruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Plot summary: As a convoy makes it's way from England to Russia, one ship is detached for a special mission.

Note: Not possible to date this one. No specific reference is made to wartime events. The best that can be done since the author refers to the convoy as being in the PQ/QP series is to state that it takes place between  June 1941 - November 1942 (Which is when the last PQ/QP coded convoys sailed.).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 26, 2016, 12:02:24 am
Richard Freeman, First Command, 2014

United Kingdom

HMS Defiant
Hunt III Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Tremendous
'Escort Destroyer'
No other details provided.

HMS Keswick
'Corvette'
No other details provided.

HMS Arundel
'Patrol Ship'
No other details provided.
Note: I suspect that 'Patrol Ship' is the ships role, not it's type.

Germany

Unnamed
Several S-Boats.

Plot summary: A newly promoted officer causes waves aboard his new command due to his inexperience and determination to get to grips with the enemy.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 27, 2016, 12:14:30 am
Philip McCutchan, Convoy South, 1988

Australia

HMAS Ayres
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

HMAS Bass
Destroyer, class not specified
Main armament layout implied to be twin mounts A, X & Y
No other details provided.
Note: The above details suggest that the ship (Had it existed), might have a general resemblance to the ship in the foreground of the cover to 'The Shadow' by J. E. MacDonnell.

HMAS Timor
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided
Note: Unlikely name, Timor was not under Australian control.

Note: Not enough details given to tell if all three ships above are the same class.

United Kingdom

HMS Staffordshire
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Northhampton
County Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Nassau
Crown Colony Class
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Rhondda
Modified Leander Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author directly states that this ship is identical to HMAS Sydney (II), which he mistakenly says was a County Class Cruiser (Actually she was a Modified Leander).

HMS Leyburn
L Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class determined solely by name.

HMS Meriden
M Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class determined solely by name.

HMS Melton
M Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class determined solely by name.

HMS Newbury
N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class determined solely by name.

RFA Coverdale
Dale Class Tanker
Details as per the real ships.
2 x 3 Inch guns (Single gun mounts forward and aft)

Germany

Kormoran (II)
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce raider)
Details presumably identical to the original Kormoran.
Note: Explicitly stated to be a replacement for the original ship.

Gerhard Abusch
Armed Merchant Ship (Supply ship)
Armament: "...3-pounders plus ack-ack"
3500 tons
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Plot summary: It is early 1942 and a vital troop convoy makes it's way north from Australia.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 27, 2016, 05:23:05 pm
Philip McCutchan, Convoy East, 1989 & Convoy of Fear, 1990

United Kingdom

HMS Derbyshire
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: County Class? Name clashes with an Armed Merchant Cruiser HMS Derbyshire (F78) which was returned to merchant service in February 1942. The author however makes it clear that this is a purpose built warship.

HMS Glamorgan
Cruiser, class not specified.
6 inch Guns
Note: A cruiser of the same name appears in the novel 'Against All Odds' by the same Author, it is not clear if this is the same ship though.

HMS Belize
Cruiser, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: A Crown Colony Class Cruiser of the same name appears in the novel 'Prisoner of War' by the same Author, it is not clear if this is the same ship though.

HMS Guiana
Cruiser, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: A Crown Colony Class Cruiser of the same name appears in the novel 'Prisoner of War' by the same Author, it is not clear if this is the same ship though.

HMS Guernsey
Destroyer?, class not specified
No other details provided.

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

HMS Pindari
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name would fit a member of the Tribal Class of destroyers.

HMS Probity
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: A destroyer of the same name appears in the novel 'Against All Odds' by the same Author, it is not clear if this is the same ship though.

HMS Burgoyne
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: A destroyer of the same name appears in the novel 'Storm of War' by the same Author, it is not clear if this is the same ship though.

Germany

Admiral Richter
Deutschland Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Neuss
Armed Merchant Ship (Commerce Raider)
4 x 6 inch guns (Two a side?)
Unspecified Anti aircraft weapons
2 x 21 inch torpedo tubes
19 knots (max)/14 knots (cruise)

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Italy

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified

Japan

Unnamed
'Takatsuki' Class Submarine
No other details provided

Plot summary: The two novels cover a single convoy that travels from England to Ceylon some time between Montgomery's arrival in the North African theater (August 1942) and the Second Battle of El-Alamain (23rd October 1942) threatened not only by enemy action but by storm and disease.

Note: The first book, has the highest number of 'repeat' names I've seen in a book by this author. There is however no specific evidence that the 'Kemp Series' of novels (All centered on convoys.)  and the 'Cameron Series' are set in the same universe.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 28, 2016, 12:47:43 am
Philip McCutchan, Convoy Homeward, 1992

United Kingdom

HMS Ramses
Escort Carrier, class not specified
Air Group includes Fairy Barracudas.
No other details provided.

HMS Vindictive
'Heavy Cruiser' (York Class?)
10,000 tons
Stated to be "...one of the last of the heavy cruisers..." (Given that the York Class were the last heavy cruisers built pre-war she is probably a member of that class.)
No other details provided
Note: Name clash with a Hawkins Class cruiser that had been converted to a fleet repair ship during the interwar period. More famously this is the name of the cruiser that took part in the Zeebrugge Raid.

HMS Lincolnshire
County Class Cruiser?
No other details provided.
Note: Class assignment is based only on the ships name.

Note: The cruisers below are most likely Light Cruisers.

HMS Bodmin
'Cruiser'
No other details provided.

HMS Lydford
'Cruiser'
No other details provided.

HMS Marazion
'Cruiser'
No other details provided.
Note: Name was used for a pre-war Hunt Class Minsweeper (WWI) that was scrapped in 1933.

HMS Oakhampton
'Cruiser'
No other details provided.

HMS Swansea
'Cruiser'
No other details provided.

United States

USS North Dakota
Battleship
No other details provided.
Note: Name was used pre-war for a Delaware Class Battleship that was scrapped in 1931 and post war for a Virginia Class Submarine.

Germany

Unnamed
Several U-boats

Gruppe Stuttgart

Stuttgart
Hipper Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
4 Destroyers
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A vital convoy carrying troops and German prisoners makes it's way back from the Far East to England.

Note: This story takes place after the events of 'Convoy East' & 'Convoy of Fear' however it is not clear from the text just how far apart in time the events described in the novel are from the two that preceded it.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 28, 2016, 04:40:39 am
Another short story, this time a classic, I actually saw the film version of this before I was even aware of the original literary version.

Nicholas Monsarrat, The Ship That Died Of Shame, 1952

United Kingdom

MGB-1087
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
2 x 6 pdrs
6 x 20mm Oerlikons
8 x 'machine guns', type not specified (Probably .303 Vickers K's)
"...a few depth-charges..."
Other details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: A proud ship, betrayed by those who crewed her in war, takes a terrible revenge.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 29, 2016, 01:33:41 am
Wirt Williams, The Enemy, 1951

United States

Task Unit 21.13.9

Unnamed
Bogue Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Implied to be an actual member of the Bogue Class, USS Card (CVE-11).

USS Dee (DD-???)
Clemson Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Novel is dedicated to a Clemson Class Destroyer USS Decatur (DD-341), so it is safe to assume this ship is of the same class.

USS Hilliard (DD-???)
Clemson Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Simply referred to as a 'Four Stacker' in the novel.

USS Donahue (DD-???)
Clemson Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Simply referred to as a 'Four Stacker' in the novel.

Germany

Unnamed
Several U-boats

Plot summary: It is late 1943 (The novel starts around the 16th of November 1943) and a United States Navy Hunter-Killer group begins another long patrol of the North Atlantic.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 29, 2016, 11:46:08 pm
Edward L. Beach, Cold is the Sea, 1978

United States

USS William B. Cushing (SSBN-???)
George Washington Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Has been modified for under ice work.
Note: The submarine is described as being newly commissioned, but the lack of a specific month (The last George Washington Class submarine was commissioned in March of 1961, while the name boat (And first completed) of the Ethan Allen Class was commissioned in August of 1961.) made class determination tricky. However a reference to the events as taking place in Spring 1961 (Eg during the months of March, April and May) strongly suggest that the William B. Cushing is a member of the George Washington Class.

USS Manta (SSN-???)
Skate Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The authors description of the submarines armament makes it impossible to be any other class.

Russia

Novosibirski Komosomol
November Class
Details as per the real ships.
Has been fitted with a device that disables the motors of electrically driven torpedoes.
Has also had the bow rebuilt so that it can be used for ramming.

And one very interesting non-ship item

First Soviet Arctic Free Missile Base
4 x Ballistic Missile Silos (R-13 Missiles?)
Depth Charges
Torpedoes (Type unspecified)
Anti Aircraft Guns
Hangars & other support facilities (Including a submarine dock.) built around a natural hole in the ice pack.

Plot summary: It is 1961. A United States Navy submarine sent to test out modifications designed to allow it to operate under the North Pole has got into trouble and a rescue must be mounted.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 30, 2016, 06:24:31 pm
Another "Self-published on Amazon" thriller, this time from Canada.

James Karch, Silent Tomb, 2016

Kallinik
Krela Class Submarine (Fictional)
Upperworks designed to be mistaken for a fishing vessel of the types typically used in the Pacific Northwest.
Overall hull form is pre-Albacore in shape.
Diesel-Electric propulsion.
Hull is sheathed in wood to reduce the acoustic signature.
Precise dimensions are not given, but can probably be estimated from the average dimensions of Pacific Northwest fishing boats.
Carries one 'Nuclear bomb', type unspecified, but carried inside the hull which suggests it's a man-portable limpet mine The real world equivalent would be a RA-115-01.
Note: One of a class of two submarines (The second is unnamed in the novel.) designed in 1978 to 'blend in' among the fishing craft of the Pacific Northwest for the purpose of spying.

Plot summary: In 1985 the Soviets lose a spy submarine carrying a nuclear bomb off the Canadian coast, some time after the fall of the Soviet Union, the Chinese learn of this and launch an operation to salvage the bomb and sell it to one Saddam Hussein, who has his own ideas about what to do with it...

Note: In the authors introduction he states that he started working on this story in 1999, revised it in 2003 and again before publication in 2016, given just who is involved in the plot, this story takes place somewhere between the years  1991 and 1999. As thrillers go, it's not bad, although the writing is a bit 'flat'. However the author seems to have avoided the 'word substitution' errors that come from proofreading by spell check and this one does not have any formatting glitches.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 30, 2016, 11:48:40 pm
Mark Smith, The Investigative Rivals, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Cambridge
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.
Name clash with the RN Gunnery School which was closed in 2001.

Plot Summary: A murder investigation that involves both the Portsmouth Police and Royal Navy special investigators uncovers a disturbing secret about soft drink vending machines...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 31, 2016, 12:01:48 am
My last post for 2016...

Mark Smith, The Valiant, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Valiant
Vanguard Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1991
Note: Name clash with the lead ship of the Valiant Class of submarines which was in service 1963-1994, a fact which the author acknowledges in his introduction.

HMS Devonshire
Type 23 Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Note: This is the name of the Type 23 Class Frigate sunk during the course of the James Bond film 'Tomorrow Never Dies', which the author does not mention in his introduction, but does reference the film during the story.

Russia

Unnamed
Akula Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Someone is murdered aboard a British nuclear submarine, operational reasons preclude her returning to port so the investigators have to come to her.

Note: Not a bad idea for a plot, but the author goes off into baroque conspiracy land towards the end.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 01, 2017, 07:45:51 am
To start off 2017, some Gung-Ho nonsense...

Duncan Long, Sea Wolf, 1991

United States

USS Montana (BB-68)
Iowa Class Battleship.
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clash with un-built lead ship of the Montana Class Battleships. Pennant number clashes with the un-built Montana Class Battleship USS Ohio.

United Kingdom

HMS Fox (F92)
Type 22 Frigate (Batch 2)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Details provided in novel did not fit the third batch of Type 22s. Name clashes with a Bulldog Class Survey Ship retired in 1989. Pennant number clashes with the Type 22 Frigate HMS Boxer.

Cuba

Leona
Pauk Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: I have not been able to locate a source for the names of Cuban Naval Vessels. So this may be the existing member of the class in Cuban service.

Columbian Cartels

Ramera
Armed Yacht
4 x .50 inch Browning Machine Guns
RPG-16s (Exact number not specified)
Armored against small arms fire.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: As the United States navy gears up to join with the United States Army in a series of strikes targeting drug smugglers, ships, including a Royal Navy Frigate go missing, the cause when found turns out not to be the Bermuda Triangle, but something much more unbelievable.

Note: I first encountered this book over a decade ago on a remaindered book rack. I was not impressed even then, the author quite simply does not know his ships, for example he has a Type 22 Frigate fire off six Exocets during the course of the novel, however Type 22s only carried four... For those who are interested, this is another novel from that late 80s/early 90s timeframe that builds it's plot around unleashing the US military on the drug cartels, other books like it on this list are 'Clear and Present Danger' and 'Hammerheads'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 02, 2017, 01:55:43 am
Some more Gung-Ho nonsense...

Duncan Long, Avenging Storm, 1992

United States

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
Kitty Hawk Class Carrier
Real Ship.

Unnamed
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified.
220 ft (67.1m)
1 x 5 inch gun
2 x .50 inch Browning machine guns
Helipad Aft
No other details.
Note: Author gives this cutter the pennant number of USCGC Dauntless (WMEC-624), which is presumably the ship he based her off. If anyone wants to try and illustrate this one a slightly lengthened version of the Reliance Class Cutter would be the best bet.

Plot summary: It is the mid to late 1990s. US relief efforts in the Philippines following a typhoon are complicated by a strange distress call from an American flagged cruise liner and the discovery that for some WWII never ended....

Notes: I had originally assumed that this was set the same year it came out. However a brief reference to an F-22 (The prototype for which flew in 1991.) suggests that it takes place a few years after the year of publication.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 03, 2017, 01:25:05 am
Back to the pulp fiction...

Clive Cussler, Flood Tide, 1997

United States

USCGC Weehawken
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified.
Bow mounted 76mm gun (OTO-Melara Mk.75, same type as used on Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigates.)
Helipad aft
No other details provided.
Note: Name class with a Natick Class Tugboat scrapped in 2001.

USS Dean Hawes
Salvage Ship, class not specified.
Launched 1998
Specially equipped for deep water salvage work.
No other details provided.

China

Chengdo (116)
Type 052 Luhu Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Have not been able to find a good source with Chinese pennant numbers so I cannot confirm if the pennant number in the novel clashes with that of a real ship.

Non-State

Oregon
Armed Merchant Ship
All-aft design.
Length: 300ft (91.4m)
Beam: 45ft (13.7m)
Twin Diesels
40 knots
Harpoon missiles (single four tube launcher?)
Mk 46 torpedoes (Two tubes?)
One twin 30mm Oerlikon mount
Vessel is a ex-Pacific Northwest Coast Lumber Carrier  launched prior to 1950, the exact year is not given but is implied be some time in the early 20th C. Has been extensively rebuilt for its current role.
Note: Mercenary ship, owned by the 'Cabrillo Corporation'. Registered in Iran (Carries flags for every maritime nation.) Performs intelligence gathering on behalf of the United States Government. Ship is retired after it's appearance in this novel. A new 'Oregon' appears in a subsequent series centered around the characters introduced in Flood Tide.

Plot summary: The year is 2000. An attempt to satisfy curiosity about an overly security conscious neighbor leads to the discovery of a people smuggling racket that is as deadly to those it transports as to those who try to uncover it's secrets and with, for it's owner, who plans to redraw the map of the United States after purchasing the Government with his pocket change, very good reasons...

Note: This is another 'Yellow Peril' novel, but with the Japanese having slipped out of the running the focus now shifts to China.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on January 03, 2017, 08:29:37 am
A set of children's books from the Second World War, the Dave Dawson series has a couple of fictional ships within them. Several of these books were written by R. Sidney Bowen and published in America from 1941 onwards, all featuring the exploits of Pilot Officers Dave Dawson and Freddy Farmer across the world during the war and uncovering German and Japanese spies and generally foiling all kinds of plots.

Dave Dawson in Libya, 1941

Great Britain
HMS Victory - aircraft carrier, air group includes Blackburn Skua fighters

Dave Dawson with the Pacific Fleet, 1942

United States
USS Indian - aircraft carrier, air group includes Douglas Devastator torpedo-bombers

Dave Dawson with the Flying Tigers, 1943

United States
USS Tempest - aircraft carrier, the plot involves a B-25 bombing raid, no doubt inspired by the Doolittle raid.

Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal, 1943

United States
USS Hawk - aircraft carrier
USS Carson - aircraft carrier

Japan
Unnamed - aircraft carrier, airgroup includes fictional Mitsubishi MK-11 Karigane two-seat fighters (1x 800hp radial (stated to be a copy of US model), ?x wing MGs, 2x dorsal MGs)
Three unnamed Kaga Class carriers

Dave Dawson at Truk, 1946

United States
USS Trenton - aircraft carrier
Two unnamed aircraft carriers
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 03, 2017, 10:47:53 pm
Nice set of finds Hood, now onto another 1990s technothriller...

Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens, Icefire, 1998

United Kingdom

HMS Illustrious (R06)
Invincible Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

United States

USS Dallas (SSN-700)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Seawolf (SSN-21)
Seawolf Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Ship and class are repeatedly referred to as "Sea Wolf" class in the text.

USS Connecticut (SSN-22)
Seawolf Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service

China

Long March
Type 092 (Xia) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Red Dawn
Ballistic Missile Submarine, class not specified.
12 Julang-3 (JL-3) Ballistic missiles (Fictional type)
No other details provided.

Soft Wind
Ballistic Missile Submarine, class not specified.
No other details provided.

Mao Zedong
Ballistic Missile Submarine, Tzu Class (Fictional)
No other details provided

Wu Ch'i
Ballistic Missile Submarine, Tzu Class (Fictional)
No other details provided

Sun Tzu (+ 2 unnamed)
Sun Wukong Class
Height: 13ft (3.96m)
Width: 37ft (11.3m)
10 crew
Constructed entirely of composite materials. Anechoic coating includes a noise cancellation system called DAADY (Dynamic Antinoise/Acoustic Decoupling sYstem)
Propellers are in shafts inside the hull to minimize noise signature.
Speed/Depth stats are not given.
Weapons include torpedos and nuclear missiles (described as "...modified Julangs...".) exact number of either not specified.
Hull form is circular rather than cylindrical. (Eg If you looked down on the submarine from above it would be disk shaped.)
Stated to be undetectable unless it fires.

Plot summary: A cabal in the Chinese military has come up with the perfect way to defeat their enemies without fighting a war.

Note: Allegedly based on actual scientific papers, this is another 'Yellow Peril (China)' novel. Dating this one is tricky as no specific clues are given as to the precise year. The plot opens on Wednesday 24th November. Years in which this happen following the date of publication (Out to 2015) are 1999, 2004 & 2010.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on January 04, 2017, 01:41:31 am
Another 1990s technothriller.

Project Cyclops, Thomas Hoover, 1992

United States
USS Glover (Garcia Class) - largely used for various trials during her career, in this story she was been converted for the NSA for missile tracking and communications interception, retaining the bow 5in Mk 30 mount and her helicopter facilities aft.

Plot: Arab terrorists steal an Iranian Hind-D, use it to destroy the Glover as the first stage in their plan to take over the launch facility for a novel spacecraft and use it as a ballistic missile with a stolen nuclear warhead. 


Going back in time, a first wold war era novel.

The Lost Naval Papers, Bennet Copplestone, 1917

Great Britain
HMS Rampagious - battleship, completed1916, described as a fast battleship so probably not an R Class
HMS Malplaquet - battleship, completed 1916
HMS Intrepid - battlecruiser, possibly intended to be an Indefatigable class
HMS Terrific - battlecruiser, 1914
HMS Tremendous - battlecruiser, same class as Terrific
HMS Antinous - fast cruiser, armed with 8 guns (6?), has geared turbines, probably based on the Weymouth/Chatham classes
HMS Antigone - fast cruiser, same class as Antinous

Plot: the book is a series of detective stories based on sabotage and deception ploys in shipyards, especially Portsmouth; the plans of Rampagious are stolen, the two cruisers are sabotaged while undergoing repairs and three steamers fitted as dummy battlecruisers limping into Portsmouth with mine damage fool conceal the Intrepid, Terrific and Tremendous heading to the Southern Seas to win a victory paralleling the real Battle of the Falklands.
 
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 04, 2017, 01:55:40 am
Another 1990s technothriller.

Project Cyclops, Thomas Hoover, 1992

Good catch, I'd dismissed that one based on the blurb.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 04, 2017, 04:09:26 am
Clive & Dirk Cussler, Arctic Drift, 2008

United States

USS Santa Fe (SSN-763)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USCGC Polar Dawn
Polar Class Icebreaker?
Details as per the real ships.

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

Canada

HMCS Manitoba
'Cruiser'
Specifically built for duty in the Arctic
No other details.
Note: Name clash with a member of the unbuilt Canada Class of Submarines.

Plot summary: The year is 2011. A series of deaths related to research into how to deal with the effects of global warming, causes Canada and the United States to come to the brink of war.

Note: This novel seriously retcons the events of two earlier novels 'Night Probe!' & 'Deep Six' in which Canada becomes part of the United States.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 07, 2017, 12:31:38 am
Another 'Self-published on Amazon' technothriller...

David Tindell, The White Vixen, 2012

United Kingdom

HMS Cambridge
Destroyer, class not specified
1 x 4.5 inch gun fwd.
Sea Wolf GWS-25 missiles
Goalkeeper CIWS
Name clash with the RN Gunnery School which was closed in 2001.
Note: This does not fit the armament of any actual destroyer in service in 1981. The British did not purchase Goalkeeper until after the Falklands War (April - June 1982)

HMS Cumberland
Frigate, class not specified.
No other details mentioned.
Name clashes with a Type 22 Batch III Class frigate launched in 1986.

HMS Fort Austin
Frigate, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: Name clash with RFA Fort Austin (A386), a Fort Rosalie Class Supply Ship that served in the Falkands War and is still in service.

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

HMS Vanguard
Churchill Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clash with the later name ship of the Vanguard Class Ballistic Missile Submarines launched in 1993.

Chile

San Miguel
Frigate, class not specified.
No other details provided.

Russia

K-251
Victor III Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: The novel takes place in both 1981 & 1982. A group of men who 'didn't believe in no surrender' at the end of WWII and who have been ruling Argentina from the shadows ever since, take the first steps in a plan whose ultimate goal is nothing less than the restoration of the Third Reich...

Note: This is essentially a fantastical account of events leading up to the opening phases of the Falklands War in which a USAF Special Operations Force member (and Martial arts expert) of mixed American/Korean descent plays a key role. The cover is a particularly bad example of what you can do with computer photo-manipulation these days, I don't know what type of ship is depicted on the cover, but it is definitely not a British design.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 09, 2017, 08:26:32 am
Another in the irregular 'non-state' actor series and it's a doozy...

Clive Cussler, Vixen 03, 1978

African Army of Revolution

ex-USS Iowa (BB-61)
Iowa Class Battleship (Monitor conversion)
Details as per the real ship in regards hull and propulsion
Armament has been extensively modified. A & Y turrets have been removed and replaced with plywood dummies. All 5 inch guns have been removed and at least some of the armor has been removed as well along with part of the superstructure (Which has also been replaced with plywood dummies). Sufficient weight has been removed to reduce the draft to 22 ft (6.7m).
The shells carried aboard the Ex-USS Iowa are mostly standard 16 inch rounds. However some are not, these blunt tipped rounds are in fact biological dispersal rounds containing an organism of extreme lethality codenamed 'QD', one which renders a region un-enterable for a period of 300 years.

The special rounds are the same dimensions as standard 16 inch rounds, but as noted above have blunt tips. Inside is a generator that is activated/powered by the centrifugal forces generated on firing. This provides power to a radar altimeter and the fusing system. Upon reaching the apex of the trajectory a parachute is deployed and upon reaching the preset detonation altitude the shell releases bomblets containing the QD agent.

United States

Unnamed
Ballistic Missile Submarine
No other details provided.

Plot Summary: The year is 1988. Certain individuals associated with the Apartheid Regime in South Africa have come up with a most cunning plan to destroy the African organization that has proven to be a persistent thorn in the governments side, trick them into sailing a converted battleship up the Potomac and bombard Washington DC, provoking a US response that will cripple them. Unfortunately a mistake by the supplier of their shells could have results even more devastating than those intended.

Note: In the authors fictional 1988 none of the Iowas have been reactivated. USS Wisconsin is described as being scrapped in 1984 and USS Iowa is about to share the same fate when the South Africans launch Operation: Wild Rose.

Also of note is the appearance of a fictional fighter aircraft the F-120 'Spectre' which is described as being armed with Copperhead missiles (Air-to-Air?) and Satan Air-to-Ground missiles, the latter appear to be 'smart weapons' (Eg they can be guided with designators.) with the capapility of penetrating 3 yards (2.7 meters) of concrete. Sadly the author provides no other clues to what the aircraft looks like.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 11, 2017, 11:34:52 pm
Now for something a little unusual...

Sheila Burnford, Bel Ria, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Tertian
Destroyer, class not specified.
No details provided.

Plot summary: An RN medical officer saves a small dog from the beaches of Dunkirk during the evacuation, a decision that changes his life, and many others in unexpected ways.

Note: This novel is by the author of 'The Incredible Journey' is not a standard war story and runs from 1940 to shortly before the war ends.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 15, 2017, 03:16:57 am
Alfred Draper, The Raging Of The Deep, 1985

United Kingdom

HMS Grey Seal
Armed Trawler
1 x 12pdr (fwd)
20mm Oerlikons
Lewis guns (twin mounts)
Depth charges
600 tons
10 knots (+)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: After the fall of Crete, a plan is put in motion to harass the Germans.

Note: The novel covers the lead up to and the beginning of the German occupation of Crete and appears to be entirely set in 1941. The novel is part of a series, with an earlier novel being titled 'The Restless Waves'. The uncredited cover depicts the Grey Seal during the evacuation of Crete.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 20, 2017, 06:08:55 pm
A return to pulp fiction...

Clive & Dirk Cussler, Black Wind, 2004

WWII (January 1945)

Japan

I-403
I-400 Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Only the following members of the I-400 class were completed, I-400 I-401 & I-402.

I-411
I-400 Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Only the following members of the I-400 class were completed, I-400 I-401 & I-402.

United States

USS Theodore Knight (DD-???)
Farragut Class Destroyer
Launched 1931
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The launch date in the novel is actually one year before the first member of the class was laid down.

Modern Day (2007)

United States

USCGC Narwhal (WPB-87335)
Marine Protector Class Cutter (Referred to in the novel as being a Barracuda Class Cutter.)
Real ship, details as in service.

USCGC Halibut (WPB-87340)
Marine Protector Class Cutter (Referred to in the novel as being a Barracuda Class Cutter.)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Benfold (DDG-65)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

Unnamed
Frigate
No other details provided.

Non-State

Kang Enterprises

Koguryo (ex-Baekje)
Armed merchantman (Cable layer converted to a Command ship for use with the Sea Launch platform Odyssey)
Length: 436ft (133m)
Beam: 133ft (40.5m)
C-801 Surface to Surface anti-ship missiles. (Referred to as CSS-N-4 in novel. Concealed launchers, exact number/location not specified)
HQ-7 Surface to air missiles. (Referred to as CSA-4 in novel. Concealed launcher(s), exact number/location not specified.)
Note: South Korean owned and operated, at one point flies a Japanese flag as a disguise.

Plot summary: Mysterious wildlife deaths off Alaska, a series of assassinations and bombings in Japan and a horrific murder in South Korea are all linked in a cunning plot.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on January 30, 2017, 02:19:57 am
The Boy Inventors’ Diving Torpedo Boat, by Richard Bonner, 1912

White Shark – submersible torpedo boat, 70ft long, 1x TT (compressed-air launching and each torpedo is powered by compressed air), 1x ‘submarine gun’ (0.5 mile range, uses steam propellant made from electricity heating a small amount of water behind the shell), 2x 1,500hp electric motors, 1x propeller, 25-30mph (surf), 20mph (sub), can accommodate a crew of 7, made out of Monel metal (fictional alloy, shiny like nickel but lighter and stronger than aluminium, the control planes are made from aluminium)

United States
USS Manhattan Island – battleship
USS San Francisco – battleship
USS Dixie – cruiser

Plot: a book in the American Boy inventors’ series. Inventor Daniel Dancer develops a submarine torpedo boat but needs the lads’ help to control the diving and rising of the vessel. Tests complete, they set sail for Cuba to assist the rescue of American nationals during a revolution in one of its provinces. Along the way they nearly get rammed and sunk by the USS San Francisco while rescuing a sailor from the USS Manhattan Island that had fallen overboard.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 04, 2017, 06:13:13 am
Colin Setterfield, Merlin's War, 2016

United States

USS William Taft (SSBN-???)
Modified Ohio Class
Length: 576ft (175.6m)
Beam: 46ft (14m)
Crush Depth: 2,400ft (731.5m)
30 x Trident II missiles
Torpedo armament not specified, probably 21 inch tubes, mention made of aft facing tubes
Active sonar fitted
Highly automated.

USS Universal Conquest (CVN-??)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified
No other details provided
Name is very dubious.

China

Yangtze
Type 093B Class Submarine (Fictional)
Details probably similar to the Type093 Class

Russia

Admiral Kalnikov
Udaloy III Class Destroyer (Fictional)
152mm guns (Two turrets A & B, if I have read the authors intent correctly, one turret is forward, the other aft.)
RBU-6000 ASW launchers
Carries helicopters
Fitted with a torpedo decoy system called Bell Crown.
Details regarding size/propulsion probably not that much different to the real classes (Udaloy I & II).

Plot summary: A madman's Quantum computer has just taken over the United States Navies newest ballistic missile submarine and intends to use it to bring about the usual deranged revenge.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 07, 2017, 11:22:53 pm
Some Gung-Ho nonsense...

Mack Maloney, The Pirate Hunters, 2010

United States

USS Robert J. Messia (CG-??)
Guided Missile Cruiser, class not specified...
No other details provided.

India

INS Vidynut
1800 tons
180ft (54.9m)
20 crew
1 x 4 inch gun
6 x 'missile launchers' (4x 'short range missiles' 2 x 'long range missiles')
Highly automated.
No other details provided

Iran

Jamaran (P331)
Guided Missile Destroyer, class not specified (Author also refers to the ship as a Cruiser at one point...)
5,800 tons
No other details provided.
Note: Name clash with Moudge Class Frigate Jamaran (76)

Non-State

Pasha
Ensdorf Class (Type 352)  Minesweeper (Modified)
1 x 5 inch gun
'Missiles'
'Machine Guns'
Helipad fitted
Note: This armament has little resemblance to that of the actual ships (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ensdorf-class_minesweeper)).
Ex Indonesian Naval ship, now owned by Shanghai Triad

Dustboat
Armed Merchantmen
Length: 120ft (36.6 m)
Beam: 24ft (7.3 m)
1 x105mm M102 Howitzer, later replaced with a 105mm M198 Howitzer
.50 inch Browning Machine guns (Exact numbers not specified)
Helipad
Launched 1960
Dual propulsion system, Twin Diesels driving separate screws (18 knots) or Gas Turbine driven pump-jet system (40 knots)
Owned by Kilos Shipping

Plot summary: As Somali piracy starts to spiral out of control, a private shipping company hires some ex-Delta Force soldiers to take a hard line approach to dealing with them.

Note: This is the first of a series featuring the same characters.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: proditor on February 08, 2017, 05:34:28 am
Mack Maloney, that's the guy who wrote the gloriously absurd Wingman series. The one with the F-16 that had like 20 hard points, and 6, yes 6, 20mm Vulcans crammed into it.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 09, 2017, 04:32:13 am
Mack Maloney, that's the guy who wrote the gloriously absurd Wingman series. The one with the F-16 that had like 20 hard points, and 6, yes 6, 20mm Vulcans crammed into it.

Well I won't be reading those books...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 09, 2017, 11:37:44 pm
Back to the Second World War...

J. E. MacDonnell, Big Bill The Bastard, 1976

Australia

HMAS Whippet
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Explicitly stated to be a member of the V & W Class (Hero compares this ship to HMAS Wanderer.)
Name clash with V & W Class Destroyer HMS Whippet which was canceled on the slips in November 1918.
Note: Not explicitly stated to be an Australian ship, but as it was the first command of the hero, this is a safe bet.

HMAS Wanderer
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Explicitly stated to be a member of the V & W Class
Name clash with V & W Class Destroyer HMS Wanderer (D74) which was scrapped in 1946.

HMAS Verity (D44)
J Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with V & W Class Destroyer HMS Verity (D63) which was scrapped in 1947. Pennant number clashes with that of HMS Imogen, an I Class Destroyer sunk in 1940 and the later Battle Class Destroyer HMS Lagos.
Note: Author specifically identifies HMAS Verity as being a member of the 'Javelin Class' (e.g. J Class) in the novel 'Confirmed in Command' which is the immediate sequel to this book.

HMAS Scourge
N Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with S Class Destroyer (WWII) in launched in December 1942 and in service from July 1943 to February 1946.

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified.
No other details provided.

SS Loreto
Armed Freighter
4000 Tons
15½ Knots
1 x 4 inch gun (Aft)
No other details.
Note: Technically not a warship, but she does sink a submarine.

United States

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided

Unnamed
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified.
No other details provided

Japan

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified.
No other details provided

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: For Commander William "Bill" Mallett, getting busted for being 'drunk-in-charge' of a destroyer (Which took place in the novel: 'Gimme the boats!'.) was only the beginning. Narrowly avoiding being drummed out of the service, he's been handed every menial task his superiors can come up with, training sailors to put on gas masks,  training gunners on a freighter and so on. But now he's got the chance for redemption he's been desperately hoping for, he's been handed command of a rundown destroyer with a 'bad apple' crew and given orders to get her into fighting trim for the invasion of Tarawa (Operation Galvanic).

Note: The authors introduction reveals that this story was partly written in response to many years of queries about this character and partly to tie in with a re-release of the novel he first appeared in. This story continues in the novel 'Confirmed in Command'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 11, 2017, 05:46:10 am
Anonty Trew, Yashimoto's Last Dive, 1986

United Kingdom

HMS Restless
Destroyer, class not specified.

HMS Resister
Destroyer, class not specified.

HMS Rampage
Destroyer, class not specified.

Japan

I-357
I Class Submarine (Fictional, details do not match any specific class as far as I can tell.)
1 x 4 inch gun (Fwd)
1 x 25mm AA Gun (Twin Mount, on rear of conning tower.)
Unspecified number of 21 inch Torpedo Tubes
1600 tons
21 knots (Surfaced)/9 knots (Submerged)

I-362
I Class Submarine (Fictional, details do not match any specific class as far as I can tell.)
Details presumably the same as I-357

Plot summary: Japanese submarines have started to wreak havoc on coastal shipping off Mozambique.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 16, 2017, 01:54:21 am
Clive Cussler & Paul Kemprecos, Medusa, 2012

United States

USS Concord (CG-??? or CGN-???)
Guided Missile Cruiser, class not specified.
Has Helipad.
No other details provided.
Note: Name clash with USNS Concord (T-AFS-5) a Mars Class Combat Stores Ship disposed of in 2009.

Non-State
Unnamed
Typhoon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Ex-Russian Typhoon Class SSBN sold to Pyramid Trading (A Chinese Triad front-operation) for conversion to a cargo ship.

Plot summary: As an influenza-like disease starts to ravage China, an undersea lab involved in researching the possible use of jellyfish venom as a cure for the disease suddenly disappears at the same time as a recreation of William Beebe's famous 1934 dive is attacked, but why.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 16, 2017, 07:00:39 pm
Stephen Coonts, America, 2001

United States

USS United States (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.

USS America (ex-USS Virginia) (SSN-???)
Virginia Class (Fictional)
Length: 377ft
Diameter: 34ft
134 crew
Exact number of Torpedoes and Tomahawk missiles carried is not specified, neither is the number of tubes/launchers.
All of the Tomahawks are fitted with non-nuclear warheads. Ten of them are fitted with non-nuclear EMP warheads codenamed 'Flashlight'. Guidance system is similar to the GPS based system introduced in 2004
Carries a mini-sub for use by Navy SEALS & other special warfare types behind the conning tower.
Note: Author states that this submarine is a fictional version of the Virginia Class combining what was known at the time of writing (1999/2000?) with the authors imagination. In the novel it is stated that this submarine was going to be called USS Virginia, but the name was changed by Congress after the scrapping of the Kitty Hawk Class carrier USS America (CV-66) which had been decommissioned in 1996 (In real life the ship was used as a live fire target in 2005 and then scuttled.).

USS Colorado Springs (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

USS John Paul Jones (DDG-53)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS La Jolla (SSN-701)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.
Sunk during the course of the novel.

Plot summary: Following the failed launch of a ABM satellite, someone hijacks the United States latest nuclear submarine and starts targeting major financial centers with EMP warheads, are the two events linked?

Note: I am assuming this one is set either the year it came out or the 'Day after Tomorrow'. The striking cover image is uncredited, but from the style I am going to assign it to Chris Moore, an artist more well known for his science-fiction artwork, although he has supplied covers to techno-thrillers from time to time.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 17, 2017, 01:32:35 am
Gordon Kent (Pseud.), Night Trap, 1999

United States

USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class
Details as per the real ships.

USS Lifter (T-ARS-??)
Salvage Ship, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name suggests that it might be a fictional member of the Safeguard Class.

United Kingdom

HMS Agile
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name was given to a Amphion Class Submarine that was cancelled at the end of WWII before construction started.

Russia

Unnamed
Victor II Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The novel takes place between the years 1990 & 1994.  A chance encounter in Mombasa leads a US Navy pilot to realize that the death of his father during a strike against Iran in 1990 was the result of sabotage rather than an accident of war. The hunt for answers leads to the discovery of a long running spy ring within the United States Navy.

Note: The spy ring in the novel is clearly based on the Walker Spy Ring that operated 1968-1985. Another novel drawing inspiration from the Walker Spy Ring affair is David Poyer's, The Passage which is set in the 1980s. The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 21, 2017, 08:02:15 am
Craig Thomas, Emerald Decision, 1980

United Kingdom

HMS Bisley
Minesweeper, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Knap Hill
Minesweeper, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
5 Minesweepers, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Palmerston
Minelayer, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Gladstone
Minelayer, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Saundersfoot
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
D Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

U-99
U-Boat, class not specified, stated to be 'large' (Type IX?)
Modified to be used as an underwater minesweeper, possibly later modified to act as a troop transport.
Note: Pennant clash with a Type VIIB U-Boat sunk in 1941

U-101
U-Boat, class not specified, stated to be 'large' (Type IX?)
Modified to be used as an underwater minesweeper, possibly later modified to act as a troop transport.
Note: Pennant clash with a Type VIIB U-Boat decommissioned in 1943 and then destroyed at the end of WWII.

Unnamed
S-Boats & U-Boats
Some of the U-Boats, possibly including the two above have been modified for use as troop transports.

United States

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: In the early 1980s, an American history writer stumbles onto information about one of WWIIs most tightly kept secrets and the link between it and the death of his father in mysterious circumstances in November 1940.
Note: The novel was first published in 1980 under the pseudonym of 'David Grant' there are apparently some differences between the two versions.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 24, 2017, 12:48:29 am
Gordon Kent (Pseud.), Peacemaker, 2000

United States

USS Andrew Jackson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Air group consists of VF-22 (F-14), VFA-132,149,161 (F-18C), VAQ-6 (EA-6B), VAW-6 (E-2C), VS-49 (SB-3)

USS James Madison (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clash with the lead ship of the James Madison Class of Ballistic Missile Submarines which was decommissioned in 1992 and scrapped in 1997

USS Rangoon
Amphibious Assault Ship, class not specified.
Insufficient details provided to determine specific class, what is given fits either the Tarawa Class or the Wasp Class.

USS Fort Klock (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

USS Stephen Decatur (DDG-??)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: There is a USS Decatur (DDG-73) (Launched 1996) named in his honor, previously the name was held by a Charles F. Adams class destroyer.

USS John P. Melward (DD-??? or DDG-??)
Destroyer, class not specified, possibly a Spruance.
No other details provided

USS Lawrence (FFG-???)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with a Charles F. Adams class destroyer that was decommissioned in 1994.

USS Isaac Hull (FFG-??)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

USS Ajax
Oiler, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: There was a Vulcan Class Repair ship called USS Ajax (AR-6) but this was decommissioned in 1986 and scrapped in 1997.

USNS Grace Orbis
"...scientific research  and launch support vessel..."
Only detail provided is that it is a smaller ship than the USNS Philadelphia

USNS Philadelphia
"...scientific research  and launch support vessel..."

Russia

Akula
Akula Class Submarine
Real Ship, details as in service.

Poltava
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Okrylennyy
Sovremennyy Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service. Decomissioned in 1998, scrapped in 1999.

Borozdin
Udaloy Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Two 'Auxiliaries'
No other details provided.

Libya

Unnamed
Nanuchka Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1996 (The Prologue takes place in 1994, the Coda in June 1997, most of the novel takes place between February & December 1996.) As the US prepares to test a new quick launch spy satellite that can be launched at sea, evidence emerges that a man wanted over war crimes in Bosnia has escaped to Africa.

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 25, 2017, 05:30:00 am
Gordon Kent (Pseud.), Hostile Contact, 2003

United States

USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class
Details as per the real ships.

USS Yellowjacket
Amphibious Assault Ship, class not specified.
Insufficient details provided to determine specific class, what is given fits either the Tarawa Class or the Wasp Class.

USS Fort Klock (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

USS Jackson Baldwin
Frigate, class not specified.
No other details provided.

USS Esek Hopkins (FFG-??)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

USS Fort Stanwix
Warship, class not specified.
No other details provided.

China

Admiral Po
Nuclear Submarine (SSN), class not specified.
No other details provided.

Chairman Mao
Nuclear Submarine (SSN), class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Following the death of Chinese controlled mole in the CIA (Which takes place in the novel 'Top Hook', which is on my 'to find' list.), the Chinese government decides to take action to punish those responsible.

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team. The novel unlike the first two in the series ('Night Trap', 'Peacemaker') does not mention what year it is set in, nor which months it takes place in. The preview of 'Top Hook' the third novel in the series which is available on Kindle implies that novel takes place in 1999, which would imply these events are taking place either in 1999 or 2000.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Arjen on February 26, 2017, 02:45:39 am
'Top Hook' on Bookfinder
http://www.bookfinder.com/search/?ac=sl&st=sl&ref=bf_s2_a1_t1_1&qi=BN5NjW7LYKKfRjlfexM3yY.8hbc_1488105768_1:2:3&bq=author%3Dgordon%2520kent%26title%3Dtop%2520hook
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 26, 2017, 03:02:21 am
'Top Hook' on Bookfinder

Thanks, found it today at a second hand bookshop.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 26, 2017, 04:35:24 am
Gordon Kent (Pseud.), Damage Control, 2006

United States

USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class
Details as per the real ships.

USS Fort Klock (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

USS Lawrence (FFG-???)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with a Charles F. Adams class destroyer that was decommissioned in 1994.

USS Mindanao
Amphibious assault ship, class not specified
No other details provided.

Canada

HMCS Picton (FFH-???)
Halifax Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

India

INS Vishnapatingham
Light Aircraft Carrier, class not specified
No other details provided.

INS Betwa
Brahmaputra Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

INS Nehru
Sindhughosh (Kilo) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
In addition to the standard armament the submarine has been fitted with a Surface to air missile launcher mounted in conning tower. It can only be fired when the submarine is surfaced.
Later fitted with three torpedo tube launched nuclear missiles described as clones of the US Tomahawk Missile.

Unnamed
Various warships

Plot summary: A joint US/Indian Navy exercise descends into chaos when an environmentalist suicide cult launches a coup attempt in India.

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team. The story takes place over four days of an unspecified year. Specific mention of Windows XP/2000 in the story without mention of later versions suggests that it can take place no later than the first half of the month of January 2007. The suicide cult in the novel was inspired by the Aum Shinrikyo cult in Japan.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 26, 2017, 08:59:59 am
Gordon Kent (Pseud.), Top Hook, 2002

United States

USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class
Details as per the real ships.

USS Fort Klock (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

India

Unnamed
Various Warships

China

Unnamed
Various Warships

Plot summary: A Chinese controlled mole steals something very important from the US Government and the chase is on to catch him before it can be passed on, even as the Chinese Government starts making moves that could lead to WWIII.

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team. The story takes place over an unspecified period in 1999. The novel that follows, "Hostile Contact" appears to start shortly after the end of this novel so it is also set in 1999.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 27, 2017, 11:27:29 pm
Douglas Reeman, The White Guns, 1989

United Kingdom

MGB-801
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per a typical member of the class

HMS Sea Harvester
Salvage Ship
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Torpedo Boat, class not specified
Fitted with radar.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
'Woikow' Class Destroyer
Stated to be a WWI era ship
No other details provided.

Plot summary: WWII in Europe has just ended. For those who fought in it, peace-time proves to be just as dangerous as the wartime alliance starts to break down.
Note: The cover by Brian Sweet, depicts the opening sequence of the novel as MGB-801 makes her way into Kiel Harbor just after the German Surrender.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 28, 2017, 03:10:21 am
Gordon Kent (Pseud.), Force Protection, 2004

United States

USS Thomas Jefferson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class
Details as per the real ships.

USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class
Details as per the real ships.
Note: There is a Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer named USS Roosevelt (DDG-80) in honor of Franklin & Elanor Roosevelt's honor, which was launched in 1999. The last ship to use the name USS Franklin D. Roosevelt was a Midway class carrier (CV-42) scrapped in 1978.

USS Yellowjacket (LHD-??)
Wasp Class amphibious assault ship
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author explicitly states that the ship is of this class. The name is that of a species of Wasp common to North America.

USS Esek Hopkins (FFG-??)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

USNS Jonathan Harker
Supply ship, class not specified
Greater than 600ft (183m) in length.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is August 1999 (The plot covers the dates 16 - 20 August 1999). Terrorists associated with Osama Bin Laden attack a US warship docked in the Kenyan port of Mombasa, or at least that is what it seems to be at first, but something does not seem quite right...

Note: The authors name is actually the pseudonym of a father/son writing team.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 03, 2017, 06:49:06 pm
John MargerisonDestroyer Doings, 1918

United Kingdom

17th Destroyer Flotilla

HMS Poignard
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer. Flotilla leader

HMS Dagger
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer.

HMS Foil
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer.

HMS Rapier
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer.

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.

Note: As mentioned above, some of the dialog implies that all the ships have been together since the start of WWI, which would imply that they are all Pre-war classes.
 
Germany

U-34
Type U 31 Class Submarine
Real ship, recorded as disappeared around the 18th of October 1918. In collection captured by HMS Stiletto and then scuttled when the ship is attacked by U-35

U-35
Type U 31 Class Submarine
Real ship, surrendered to Allies on 11th of November 1918. In collection sunk by ramming after it attacks HMS Stiletto

Unnamed
Various submarines, battleships, cruisers, blockade runners & armed trawlers.

Plot summary: A collection of 'Boys Own Adventure' type stories based around the destroyer HMS Stiletto, unlike R.H. Andrews 2015 efforts, these have the saving grace of giving the impression that the author was not taking himself all that seriously.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: robunos on March 04, 2017, 01:11:04 am
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Force Protection, 2004

United States


USNS Jonathan Harker
Supply ship, class not specified
Greater than 600ft (183m) in length.
No other details provided.

Interesting choice of name, given that Johnathon Harker is, of course, the protagonist in Bram Stoker's original 'Dracula'. I'm making the assumption that the name has something to do with the book's plot . . .

cheers,
            robin.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 04, 2017, 02:35:57 am
Gordon Kent (Pseud), Force Protection, 2004

United States


USNS Jonathan Harker
Supply ship, class not specified
Greater than 600ft (183m) in length.
No other details provided.

Interesting choice of name, given that Johnathon Harker is, of course, the protagonist in Bram Stoker's original 'Dracula'. I'm making the assumption that the name has something to do with the book's plot . . .

cheers,
            robin.

That's what I thought too, when I started reading the book, but it turned out to simply be a random choice. That said there is an odd reference to Patrick O'Brien in the very first book in the series which makes me wonder if the authors are Brits.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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 (http://www.shipbucket.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5756&start=40#p164196)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Tzoli 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?
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_for_Lake_Tanganyika)) which also inspired authors C.S. Forester ('The African Queen') and John Margerison ('A Little War').
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 10, 2017, 11:47:37 pm
John Margerison, Hunters of the U-Boat, 1918

United Kingdom

HMD Annie Laurie
Armed Drifter
Armament: 1 x 6pdr gun (Fwd), Anti-submarine explosive charges (Not depth charges) to quote the author: "a wire hawser... with a cunningly arranged loop beneath. This loop was intended to catch under the U-boats's hull, and, when hauled taut, would afford a guide and passage for an explosive charge..."
Engines: Steam powered, max speed not given.
No other details

HMS Southbeach Belle (ex-PS Southbeach Belle)
Salvage Ship(?), converted passenger ship (Sidewheel paddle steamer)
Armament: No gun armament. Wreck clearance work makes use of "...devilish-looking, red-painted, sixteen-and-a-quarter-pound tins of high-explosive..."
Equipment: 1 x 'Minature Searchlight' (Fwd), Diving suits fitted with self contained breathing apparatus (Described by the author as "...Fluess diving dress...".).
No other details.
Note: Salvage ship is the best term I could come up with, primary duty is wreck clearance.

HMS Puncher
Supply Ship
Carries Water, Food, Clothing, Printed matter, not ammunition or fuel.
No other details provided.

HMS Petroleum
Oiler
No other details provided.

HMS Mimi
Gunboat, converted racing boat
Armament: 1 x 3pdr semi-automatic gun (Fwd)
Crew: 6
Being used as a dispatch ship (eg carrying messages between different portions of the Grand Fleet)
No other details.
Note: Name clash with armed motor launch HMS Mimi that took part in the 1915/16 Lake Tanganykia campaign.

HMS Alceste (ex-SS Alceste)
Repair ship, converted passenger liner
Armament: 6 x 6 pdr guns (Single mounts 3 a side)
Fully equipped to carry out various ship board repairs, equipment aboard includes a foundry capable of casting propellers (And presumably cranes for heavy lifting, though these are not specifically mentioned.)
Conversion took place some time in 1908. The story the ship appears ('The Blessed Fog') in is set in February at a time when "...the war was now more than three years old..." e.g. February 1918.
No other details provided.

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

HMS Poignard
Destroyer, class not specified.
Note: Member of a Pre-WWI class of Destroyer. Flotilla leader 17th Destroyer Flotilla, also appears in 'Destroyer Doings'.

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. Member of the 17th Destroyer Flotilla, also appears in 'Destroyer Doings'.

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: Also appears in the short story collection 'Turret and Torpedo' and the quasi-novel 'Periscope and Propellor'.

Unnamed
Light Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Unnamed
Three Minsweepers
No other details provided

Unnamed
Three Minelayers
No other details provided

Unnamed
Four Armed Drifters
No other details provided

Germany

Muller
Supply ship
No other details provided

U-33
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-31 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1918 (Surrendered at end of war).

U-45
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-43 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1917 (Sunk by HMS D7 on 12 September, 1917).

U-54
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-51 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1918 (Surrendered to Italy at end of war).

U-55
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-51 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1918 (Surrendered to Japan at end of war).

U-65
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant clash with a Type U-63 Class U-Boat that served 1914-1918 (Scuttled at Pola in October of 1918).

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
Three funnels.
No other details.

Unnamed
Various U-Boats, Destroyers

Plot summary: A collection of stories featuring U-Boats being captured or sunk by some fairly unlikely ships, though some of the authors regular characters do get a look in towards the end of the book.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 11, 2017, 04:40:35 am
Geoffrey Jenkins, Fireprint, 1984

Russia

Grisha III
Grisha III (Pr. 1124M) Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Referred to as a 'Frigate' in the novel.

Mirka
Grisha III (Pr. 1124M) Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Referred to as a 'Frigate' in the novel.

Note: Regarding the two ships above. I have not located a good source listing the names of all members of this class, at least one of the names may turn out to be real.

Sovremennyy
Sovremennyy (Pr. 956) Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: The year is 1987 (The opening states that it's "...the year after Halley's Comet spread its tail across southern Africa's sky...") and personnel working on a South African geothermal energy project find themselves caught up in superpower intrigue. The cover by Chris Foss is not nautical, nor does it depict anything that happens in the novel save in the loosest sense, but it graphically shows the stakes being played for.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 11, 2017, 11:32:19 pm
Continuing my break from WWI era fiction...

James Abel, White Plague, 2015

United States

USS Montana (SSN-794)
Virgina Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Armament: Includes fictional Mk 80 Torpedoes (Described as prototypes, no specific details given as to dimensions and performance (Simply "Best torpedo on Earth".), but presumably the same diameter as Mk 48 torpedoes (21 inch).)

USCGC Wilmington (WAGB-??)
Healy Class Icebreaker
Details as per the real ship(s).
Note: USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) is actually a 'one-off' but the authors introduction makes it clear that his fictional icebreaker is identical to the Healy.

China

Snow Dragon
Icebreaker, class not specified.
Stated to be the first Chinese Icebreaker.
No other details provided

Unnamed
Jin Class (Type 094) Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Like the Japanese Kuma Class Cruiser in 'The Hammer of God' this ship remains unnamed despite scenes being set from the point-of-view from her crew.

Plot summary: When a US submarine reports the outbreak of a mysterious disease on-board in the Arctic the race is on to save the crew.

Note: This is another 'Yellow Peril (China)' story (See also: 'Flood Tide' & 'Medusa' for other examples on this list.), despite being set in the Arctic the Russians do not appear at all.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 13, 2017, 05:28:50 am
Ted Bell, Hawke, 2003

Cuba

José Martí
Borzoi (Akula II) Class Submarine (Fictional)
Armament: 40 x SS-N-20 SLBMs,  (Unspecified number of torpedoes/Unspecified number of torpedo tubes) Mark III torpedoes (Speed 60 knots, "...enough explosives to level a city block.")
Crew: 131
Speed not specified, simply described as "At least three times faster than anything we've got."
Note: I think it best to quote the authors description at this point:

Quote
"They'd gotten a hand on a lot of our stealth technology. And they'd developed some of their own. Plus a three-foot-thick coating of sonar-and-radar-absorptive material, advanced fuel-cell technology, and a virtually silent propulsion system.

...

The thing is huge. Shaped like a boomerang... Two airfoil-shaped hulls... ...form a V shape, twenty silos on each hull. Virtually invisible to detection. When she's running at speed, a single conning tower at the bow is retracted entirely within the hull.

Ted Bell

Plot summary: With the fall of the Soviet Union all kinds of things have become available to interested bidders, in this case the Cubans have got their hands on the worlds most advanced submarine...

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: robunos on April 13, 2017, 07:10:34 am
Not sure if this really belongs here, as the ship is only incidental to the plot . . .

Arthur C. Clarke, 'A Meeting with Medusa, 1971

China?

Chairman Mao
Aircraft Carrier (Fictional)

The author states that :-

"So far, this first test flight had gone perfectly; ironically enough, the only problem had been the century old aircraft carrier Chairman Mao, borrowed from the San Diego Naval Museum for support operations.
Only one of Mao’s four nuclear reactors was still operating, and the old battle-wagon’s top speed was barely thirty knots."

Plot summary: For Howard Falcon, the test flight of the Super Airship 'Queen Elizabeth IV' would lead first to disaster, and then triumph . . .

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 15, 2017, 07:07:36 pm
Not sure if this really belongs here, as the ship is only incidental to the plot . . .

Not a problem including this one. Hood and I actually discussed this one and it is on his listing.

Now onto something that I had internally debated, for some time.

J. E. MacDonnell, Combat Assignment, 1967

United States

Unnamed
PT Boat
Details as per the real ships

Japan

Unnamed
Armed Fishing Boat (Submarine supply ship)
Armament: 1 x 6 pdr gun concealed in a fake deckhouse.
Length: around 85ft (26 m) ("...judged it to be eighty or ninety feet long.")
Petrol powered, with an auxiliary sail, single mainmast.
Cargo includes diesel fuel.
Crewed by Indonesian collaborators

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 5 inch gun, 2 x 'Machine Guns', unspecified number of torpedo tubes
No other details provided

Unnamed
Fubuki (?) Author refers to it as both a 'Hubuki' and a 'Sigure' Class.))  Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Details (5 x 5 inch guns, 1700 tons) could actually fit several classes in service during WWII

Unnamed
Nagato Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: What happens in the novel did not happen to the Nagato, or Mutsu (Sunk 1943.), so this is most likely a fictional third member of the class.

Unnamed
Seven Destroyers, unspecified class

Plot summary: It is late 1944 or early 1945 and an American PT boat is ordered to rescue an Australian Coastwatcher.

Note: If anyone is wondering about the high portion of unnamed ships, in the circumstances described,  the Americans on the PT Boat (Referred to as "...the 44 boat..." in the novel.) would only know what class of warship they were shooting at, it would be up to the intelligence people to figure out just which ship they shot at.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 20, 2017, 09:56:02 pm
Back to the comic books,

Anon., Out-Gunned!, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4016, 1990

United Kingdom

HMS Buck (Ex-USS ?)
Town Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Morys
Armed Merchant Cruiser
1 x 3 inch gun
Also carries a Grumman JF2 Duck float-plane.
No other details provided

Netherlands

HNLMS Hegel (ex-HMS Theopomp)
Monitor, class not specified
Armament: 2 x 11 inch guns, other armament appears to be as per the Lord Clive Class
Speed/Dimensions: As per the Lord Clive Class
Note: Illustration appears to show a Lord Clive Class Monitor, actual members of the class had a 12 inch main battery. Implied to have been a recent transfer to the RNN, also stated to have not been updated since the end of WWI.

Japan

Hiro
Myoko Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: As the last convoy to escape Singapore before it fell heads south, it comes under attack from the Japanese Navy.

Note: There is no publication date for the copy I have, but a note on the first page said the comic had first been published in 1990, implying what I have is a later reprint. This is only the third time I've read anything featuring a Monitor vs a conventional warship engagement as the climactic battle, other stories using this idea on this thread are Douglas Reeman's HMS Saracen and Alan Evans's Ship of Force.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 27, 2017, 04:34:41 am
Douglas Reeman, Sunset, 1994

United Kingdom

HMS Murray
Destroyer leader, class not specified
Built: "...mid-thirties..."
No other details provided.

HMS Serpent (H50)
R Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Builder: John Brown & Cº, Clydebank
Launched: 1916
Note: Some R Class Destroyers were launched with names starting with S. All S Class Destroyers were launched in 1917 - 1918. Author specifically describes her as being one of the last three-funneled destroyers in the Royal Navy. The other was the R Class Desroyer HMS Skate.

HMS Islip
I Class Destroyer (?)
Details as per the real ships
Built: "...late thirties..."
Note: Class assignment based on name only.

HMS Dumbarton
D (Danae) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment based on name and authors description of her as being a WWI era ship.

HMS Thracian (D86)
S Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

HMS Leicester
Warship of unspecified class.
No other details provided.

Netherlands

HNLMS Ariadne
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.

Japan

Two Unnamed Destroyers, one of which is Asashio Class.

Plot summary: A fictionalized account of the last days of Hong Kong prior to the Japanese entry into WWII.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 29, 2017, 08:28:06 am
Back to the pulp fiction...

Clive Cussler & Graham Brown, Devil's Gate, 2011

United States
(Note: All Ships are Real.)

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as in service.

USS Truxtun (DDG-103)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as in service.
Note: Referred to as the USS Truxton in the novel.

USS Memphis (SSN-691)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as in service
Note: Sunk during the course of the novel.

USS  Providence (SSN-719)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as in service

Portugal
(Note: Ship is real.)

NRP Corte-Real (F332)
Vasco Da Gama Class Frigate
Details as in service

Sierra Leone

MV Onyx
Armed Merchantman (Converted VLCC Oil Tanker)
Armament: Particle Accelerator powered by 2 nuclear reactors removed from a Typhoon Class Submarine. Capable of disabling a ship (Of typical bulk freighter size.) and killing anyone not deep within the ships hull. Discharge point is at the bow, weapon can only be aimed by turning the ship.
Dimensions, not specified, but can be guessed from the average dimensions of a 300,000 ton supertanker.
Engines: Diesel (Nuclear reactors only provide power to the ships 'special systems'.)
Other system fitted: An array of super-magnets code-named 'Fulcrum', mounted amidships in the former oil tanks, these can be used to bend the beam of a larger particle accelerator located 10 km off the Sierra Leone coast beyond the visible horizon
In addition the ship carries three minisubs, one is a 110ft (33.5m) cargo vessel called 'The Bus', the other two are minisubs of an unspecified type armed with two torpedoes (Also of an unspecified type) mounted externally.
Ship is not formally part of the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces Naval Component, it is registered to a Liberian front company and crewed by mercenaries.

Unnamed
12 (+) Minisubs, presumably identical to the two carried by the MV Onyx.
Described as being "...no larger than a family car..."
Armament: Probably two torpedoes mounted externally.

Non-ship, but interesting.

The Big Particle Accelerator.
This is a 15km diameter loop constructed beneath the sea floor about 10km off the Sierra Leone coast (Location is implied to be in Yawri Bay, south of Freetown.) under the guise of an oil and gas drilling project. The four oil rig structures conceal the power plants and control systems for the accelerator.  Exact power output is not specified, but is capable of bringing down all targets in line-of-sight (These involve short bursts of only a few seconds or less, later a 60 second burst is fired in an attempt to destroy Washington DC.). The beam is emitted from a firing tube that has to be raised above the surface of the sea before it can fire. Aiming is by super-magnets mounted on the firing tube. Over-the-horizon targets can be hit with the aid of the 'Fulcrum' super-magnet array mounted on the MV Onyx.

Also mentioned are patrol boats of an unspecified type, these are probably the 7 Type-62 FACs known to be operated by the RSLAF Naval Component.

Plot summary: The discovery of a ship crippled by something that cooked the crew from the inside out and certain strange events off the coast of the Azores, leads to the discovery that Sierra Leone has been spending international aid on something it should not have been...

Note: This is a very 'James Bond Film' type story as might be guessed from the above. Quite fun though...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 01, 2017, 08:42:35 am
Clive Cussler, Valhalla Rising, 2001

Australia

Unnamed
Guided Missile Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Also referred to as a 'Frigate'.

United States (1866)

USS Abraham Lincoln
Steam Frigate
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun (Fwd)
16 Knots
Note: Yes, this is the same ship as appears in Jules Verne's '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'.

United States (2003)

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

USCGC Huron
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a Owasco Class Cutter (USCGC Huron, later USCGC  Wachusett.) that was scrapped in 1974.

USCGC William Shea
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Armament: 1 x  25mm Twin-barreled M242 Bushmaster (Fwd)
No other details provided.
Note: Described as a 'sister ship' to the USCGC Timothy Firme

USCGC Timothy Firme
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Armament: 1 x  25mm Twin-barreled M242 Bushmaster (Fwd)
No other details provided.
Note: Described as a 'sister ship' to the USCGC William Shea

USS Orion (T-ATF-?)
Oceangoing Tugboat, unspecified class
No other details provided

USS Alfred Aultman
Submarine rescue ship
Carries DSRV Mercury
Helipad aft
No other details provided

DSRV Mercury
Mystic Class DSRV
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Presumably this is DSRV-3.

Germany

Seigen
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided

Russia

Tavda
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Non State

MV Mongol Invader
Armed LNG Tanker
Length: 1,860ft (567m)
Beam: 360ft (110m)
Engines produce 60,000 Shp, two shafts.
Armament: Hand held missile launchers of unspecified type, both SAM and SSM.
Owned by the Cerberus Corporation

Plot summary: A horrific fire at sea marks the beginning of a devious plot.

Note: This is one of two novels (The other being 'Trojan Odyssey '.) that marks Clive Cusslers retirement from being sole author of the Dirk Pitt portion of the Cusslerverse. Aside from retconning 'Pacific Vortex' the first written of the Dirk Pitt novels, the novel also manages to link the authors universe with that of Jules Verne's Captain Nemo... History buffs will be interested to know that the opening fire at sea is based on the 1934 SS Morro Castle fire.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 03, 2017, 07:36:32 am
Larry Jerram-Croft, Sea Skimmer, 2011

United Kingdom

HMS Prometheus
Leander Class
Details as per the members of the class given the Batch 3 Exocet/Seawolf conversion.

Plot summary: Fictionalized account of the Falklands War (2 April - 14 June 1982) centered around attempts to keep the Argentinians from using Exocet missiles. Unlike the novels 'The White Vixen' and 'Beneath Sunless Waters', which I have covered earlier in this list. The novel takes a much more realistic view of the war and events leading up to it.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 04, 2017, 12:15:23 am
Larry Jerram-Croft, Cocaine, 2012

United Kingdom

HMS Chester
Type 22 Frigate (Batch 2)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Has had the hanger modified so she can carry one Sea King helicopter and one Lynx helicopter instead of two Lynxes.

Germany (WWII)

U-557
Type XX U-Boat (Modified)
Details as per the unbuilt class
Armament: Adds 4 bow torpedo tubes. Tubes are loaded with G7a torpedoes. No reloads. Also adds a Gun (Unspecified type probably the 4.1 inch gun used on other U-boats along with the AA armament intended for the class 1 x 37mm & 1 twin 20mm gun.) forward of the conning tower.
Note: Fitted with a snorkel.  Later salvaged and used by a Colombian Cartel. Pennant number clashes with a Type VIIC U-boat that served 1940-41.

Plot summary: The year is 1984 (Author does not specify this but the novel prior to this one ('The Caspian Monster') is set in 1983.). The Colombian Drug Cartels have found a new way of getting their products into the United States. Along with a ship from the Royal Navy a plan is hatched to hit the cartels hard.

Note: This is a late entry into the 'unleash the military on the drug cartels' genre that was popular in the late 80s/early 90s timeframe, other books like it on this list are 'Clear and Present Danger' (1989), 'Hammerheads' (1990) and 'Sea Wolf' (1991), the last named of which also features a Royal Navy Type 22 (Batch 2) Frigate. The novel itself is the third in an eight book series that starts with 'Sea Skimmer'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 04, 2017, 06:09:11 pm
Larry Jerram-Croft, Arapaho, 2012

United Kingdom

RFA Arapaho (A131)
Aviation Support Ship (Converted Container Ship)
Details are identical to RFA Reliant (A131)
Carries: 5 Sea King Helicopters.
Note: Author in his end notes states that this is a fictional version of RFA Reliant. He does not give the name of the container ship prior to conversion.

Plot summary: The year is 1985 (From details provided in the book it would appear to run from  March '85 to the end of the year.), the series hero, following his actions in the novel Cocaine has been promoted to command a new helicopter squadron (844 Naval Air Squadron.) part of which has been detached to serve aboard an experimental RFA ship. Following a harrowing evacuation of Lebanon a new crisis emerges when an obscure pro-Palestinian group hijacks the P & O liner Uganda.

Note:  The novel is loosely based on actual events, most notably the Achille Lauro hijacking (October 1985) which is referred to in the past tense suggesting that the finale of the novel involving the hijacking of the Uganda takes place after those events.  The novel itself is the fourth in an eight book series that starts with 'Sea Skimmer'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 08, 2017, 02:45:07 am
Back to the comic books

Anon., Broadside, published as War Picture Library Nº. 1802, ?

United Kingdom

HMS Conqueror
King George V Class Battleship
Implied to have been launched either late '39 or early '40 (Takes part in Norwegian Campaign (April - June 1940).)
Details as per real ships
Note: Name clash with a cancelled Lion Class Battleship. Definitely not the Lion Class ship as the main battery is described as being 14 inch guns.

HMS Windhover
V & W Class Destroyer(?)
Launched 1917
Details as per the real ships

HMS Hulverstone
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Carib Princess
Q-Ship (Armed Merchant Cruiser)
4 x 6 inch guns (Arranged two per side ?)
1 x 3 inch gun (Aft)
4 x Torpedo Tubes (Mounted below the waterline. Arranged two a side?) (21 inch ?)

Unnamed
Three Cruisers
No other details provided

Unnamed
Corvette, class not specified
No other details provided.

Germany

Bleucher
Scharnhorst Class Battleship (Modified)
Twin Funnels
Other details as per the real ships.
Note: Name is close to that of the Hipper Class Cruiser Blücher which was sunk during the opening phases of the Norwegian Campaign (9 April, 1940). Referred to as a 'Battle-cruiser' in the text as were the actual Scharnhorst's from time-to-time.

E12
S-Boat, class not specified
No other details
Note: Referred to as an 'E-boat' which is how the British referred to them during WWII.

Unnamed
Armed Merchant Raider
No other details provided

Unnamed
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Plot summary: A first officers desire to avenge himself on the commander of a German raider leads him into increasingly dangerous situations.

Note: The illustrations in this one are particularly wayward, but I think I've got everything right. While a note at the start indicates the story has been previously published it does not state which year this was.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 10, 2017, 01:34:56 am
John Margerison, Torpedo Verses Gun: The Story of a Naval Bet, 1919

United Kingdom

HMS Q18
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 4 inch gun, 2 x 21 inch TT (Bow), other armament if any not specified
Speed: 18 knots (Not specified if surfaced or submerged speed.)
No other details provided

HMS Q12
Submarine, class not specified
Same details as HMS Q18.

HMS Firebrand
Light Cruiser, class not specified
Armament: 6 x 6 inch guns, 12 pdrs & 3 pdrs
Speed: 30 knots
No other details provided
Possibly a D Class Cruiser, speed/main battery fit that class.

HMS Quarrelsome
Light Cruiser, class not specified
Implied to be the same class as HMS Firebrand
Note: A ship of this name also appears in the novel Midshipman Rex Carew VC. Probably the same ship. See above entry for a possible class.

HMS Wolf
Animal Class Battlecruiser
Implied to be the same ship that appears in the novel Midshipman Rex Carew VC.

Germany

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified
Armament (Authors description): "...fairly bristling with guns of all kinds - anti-aircraft, six-inch and maxims - and carrying the latest things in torpedoes."

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified
Armament: 2 x 4 inch guns (Fore and aft of conning tower), torpedo armament not specified
Speed: 16 knots (Surfaced)

SMS Wulfing
Light Cruiser
No other details provided

SMS Essen
Armoured Cruiser
No other details provided

SMS Furst Ernest
Battlecruiser
Three Funnels
Main Battery: 10 guns of unspecified caliber in twin turrets
No other details provided

SMS Jason
Light Cruiser
No other details provided

SMS Kaiser Freidrich III
Battleship, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with the lead ship of the Kaiser Freidrich III Class of Pre-Dreadnoughts in service 1898 - February 1915, used as a prison hulk/barracks ship until scrapped in 1920. In the story it is to be stated to be a month old when sunk. If the stories final battle is Jutland then she may be a Bayern class.

SMS Wörth
Battleship, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a Brandenburg Class Pre-Dreadnought in service 1893-1916, used as a Barracks ship 1916-1919. See note above for her possible class.

SMS Kasier Wilhelm Der Grosse
Battleship, class not specified
Stated to be the German Flagship
Note: Name clashes with a member of the Kaiser Freidrich III Class of Pre-Dreadnoughts in service 1901 - April 1915, used as a depot ship 1915-1919. See note about SMS Kaiser Freidrich III for her possible class

SMS Blumen
Pre-Dreadnought(?) Battleship
Described as being "...somewhat elderly..."
No other details provided

SMS Markgraf
König Class battleship
Real ship, details as in service

SMS Kaiserin
Kaiser Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real life in service 1913-1919. In novel sunk by HMS Q18

SMS Von der Tann
Von der Tann Class Battlecruiser
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real life in service 1910-1919. In novel sunk by HMS Q18.

U98
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant matches that of a U93 Class U-Boat that was in service 1917-1919. In novel sunk by HMS Firebrand.

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 Q18 and heavily damaged.

Plot summary: Early in WWI the captain of a light cruiser and the captain of a submarine make a bet over just which weapon, torpedo or gun, is going to be the more effective in the conflict.

Note: Identification of the three German battleships I have tentatively identified as being additional members of the Bayern Class is purely speculative, none of the combat sequences in this book save the last conform to any actual event. The last battle may be a distorted version of Jutland, however it is of interest for one other reason, it bares some resemblance to the type of battle the Japanese planned to fight in any future war against the US following WWI, with surface warships and submarines operating together.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 13, 2017, 06:37:57 am
John Margerison, The Hungry Hundred, 1918

HMS Egypt
Cressy Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Cretan
Cressy Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Mogul
Cressy Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Scepter
9th Diadem Class Cruiser
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. This is the same ship of that name that appears in the authors short story collections 'Destroyer Doings' and 'Hunters of the U-Boat'.

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

HMS Alabama
Armed Merchant Cruiser
2 x 6 inch guns
2 x 3pdrs
No other details provided

HMS Alps
Armed Merchant Cruiser
No other details provided

Germany

Essen
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Commerce Raider)
Armament: 4 x 5.9 inch, 1 x 4.1 inch, 2 x TT
Other details probably identical to the raider Mowe as the author describes her as being "...of the Mowe type..."
Note: Name is not correct for a commerce raider of this type as the Imperial German Navy preferred to use animal names.

Plot Summary: Follows the career of a group of Naval Reservists and the Regular Navy officer assigned to make them into a fighting crew.

Notes: This book while not the authors last, is the first one I have read that feels like a novel, albiet one divided into three episodes, the first ends with a modified version of the sinking of HMS Aboukir, Cressy & Hogue (22 September 1914), the second with a modified version of the sinking of the German commerce raider Grief (29 February 1916), the last is what is most likely the Battle of Jutland (May 31 - 1 June 1916). The author also makes it quite clear that the events described in the collections 'Destroyer Doings' and 'Hunters of the U-Boat' form part of the same 'universe' as this story and most likely they take place between early October 1914 and May 1916, that is, assuming that the fictional events the author uses as 'section dividers' are taking place on the same day as their real world equivalents.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 19, 2017, 07:20:42 pm
Brian Callison, The Bone Collectors, 1984

United Kingdom

HMS Apple Blossom
Flower Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships

Canada

HMCS Trois-Rivières
Armed trawler
1 x Main gun (Not specified, most likely 12 pdr or 4 inch)
2 x 40mm Bofors Guns
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The time is early 1941 and convoy "...SC whatever-it-was..." travels across the Atlantic into the teeth of the German U-Boat wolfpacks.

Note: Novel is focussed on the activities of the rescue ship in the convoy, the 'bone collectors' of the title, not the escorts.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 20, 2017, 01:47:35 am
Douglas Reeman, Strike From The Sea, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Arielle
A Class (Interwar) Destroyer (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination solely based on the ships name.

HMS Tigress
T Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination solely based on the ships name.

HMS Seamist
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Psyche
P Class Submarine (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determination solely based on the ships name.

France

Soufrière
Sourcouf Class (Modified)
Armament: 1x2 203mm, 8x bow & 2x stern 21.7in TT (40x torps), 1x aircraft (Seaplane of unspecified type.)
Larger than the original Sourcouf
Range: 12,000 miles (19312.13 km)

Japan

Sudsuya
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified
27,000 tons
Airgroup: 60 (+) Aircraft
Stated to be newest carrier in Japanese fleet, authors description is quoted:

Quote
God she was big all right. Like a great ugly flat-iron. She had no visible funnels, they were built in long trunks half the length of the ship, tailing off outboard at the after end. The bridge too was cut as low as the flight deck.

Douglas Reeman

The above suggests that she may be a converted battleship like the Kaga and Akagi.

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun, torpedoes.
No other details provided

Unnamed
Kagerō Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
1 x 'Heavy Cruiser'
2 x 'Destroyers'
Several transports

Plot summary: An experienced submarine officer is sent to bring one of the worlds largest submarines into British service. Succesfully keeping her out of Japanese hands, he finds himself commanding the submarine in increasingly desperate missions in the days following Japans entry into WWII.

Note (Spoiler): Chris Mayger's cover for the 1978 hardback release depicts the climactic naval action of the novel. The way the novel ends makes me speculate that the author may have considered writing a sequel to this novel, but obviously if that was the intent it never eventuated.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 25, 2017, 12:48:38 am
Clive Cussler & Grant Blackwood, Spartan Gold, 2009

Germany

UM-34
Molch Class Submarine (Mini-sub)
Details as per the real ships

UM -77
Marder Class Submarine (Mini-sub)
Details as per the real ships

Lothringen (ex-Londres)
Submarine support vessel (Converted ferry boat.)
Captured by Germans 1940, converted to mine layer.
Converted to submarine support vessel in 1944.

Plot summary: The year is 2009 (Story is set in the 'Present Day'.), two professional treasure hunters stumble across a wrecked submarine while searching for something else, inside what they find points to an older treasure than the one they started out looking for, but they are not the only ones searching for it...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 26, 2017, 07:44:00 am
Another 'Self-published on Amazon' technothriller...

Liam Robert Mullen, Pacific Deeps, 2017

United States

USS Obama (SSN-???)
Virginia Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Unlikely name. While the novel is undated, the description of the sitting US President (Unnamed in the novel) implies it takes place during Barack Obama's second term.

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Type 094 Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Operating under false Chinese identity in novel.

Plot summary: As the situation on the Korean Peninsula edges closer to war, a brutal murder takes place aboard a United States submarine, with the situation worsening the investigators have to come to the sub.

Note: This is the second time I've seen a plot involving a murder on a nuclear submarine, the first was Mark Smith's 'The Valiant'.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 31, 2017, 10:57:48 pm
A. P. Kobryn, Poseidon's Shadow, 1979

United States

USS Adresteia (SSBN-???)
Mjölnir Class Submarine (Fictional)
Crew: 150
Armament: 24 x Trident Missiles, 'Homing Torpedos' (Mk. 48?), UUM-44 SUBROC
Length: 560 ft (170 m)
Weight: 17,000 tons
Equipment: Passive Sonar, Laser communications system
Speed: Unspecified (Surfaced)/40(+) knots (Submerged)
Note: The author spells the class name as Mjollnir, I have employed editorial discretion in this case. The few details he gives of the submarine and it's the armament (Less the SUBROC.) fit the Ohio Class, so most likely this is a fictional version of the Ohio Class, the first of which entered service (In real life) in 1981.

USS Orcus (SSN-???)
Orcus Class Submarine (Fictional)
Armament: 'Homing Torpedos' (Mk. 48?), UUM-44 SUBROC
Equipment: Passive Bow/Lateral/Towed Sonar, Active Sonar, Underwater laser range finder, Laser communications system
Speed: Unspecified (Surfaced)/40(+) knots (Submerged) Author states that full submerged speed is "...considerably in excess of fourty knots."
Note: Described by the author as "...an attack submarine, latest of the type...". At the time the novel was written/published, (Late 1970s) the newest American SSN class was the Los Angeles Class (First member commissioned in 1976.), so this is most likely a fictional version of the Los Angeles Class. Unless someone can come up with a proposed Los Angeles Class successor that was being discussed in the late 1970s.

And for the Aircraft mavens a non-ship item:

Quote
"Stealth, or, more precisely Stealth F, sixth variant of the original project, was painted in shades of grey, an eerily streamlined deltoid aircraft of almost alien aspect. It was most often referred to as "Blackbird" though the nickname was first applied to a distant predecessor. Officially neither nickname nor aircraft existed."

A. P. Kobryn, Poseidon's Shadow

The above is not an SR-71, the authors described mission profile seems very different from that plane (I cannot see an SR-71 being flown at 50ft altitude, even for a short period to avoid radar...). Crew is two, Pilot/Mission specialist.

Russia

Unnamed
Submarine (SSBN), Class not specified
Armament: 24 Missiles of an unspecified type, torpedoes
Note: As with ships in the novels 'The Hammer of God' and 'White Plague' this submarine remains unnamed despite scenes being set aboard her.

Plot summary: The discovery that the Soviet Union has deployed ground based ASAT particle-beam weapons in Siberia leads to turmoil within the United States government.

Notes: Assigning a precise year for when this story is set is not possible. The story starts on the 21st of December, but the author does not state what day of the week it is, so using a calendar to pin down the year is not possible. The best that can be done is to say that it takes place in the 1979 - 1989 time frame, with a bias towards the 1983 - 1989 end of things, many of the things the author includes, Tomahawk Missiles (Entered service in 1983), USAF operated space shuttles, laser submarine communications systems and the Soviet ground based ASAT system (Which was actually a mis-identification of testing of the RD-0410 nuclear thermal rocket engine.) were all ideas discussed during the late 1970s, that were expected to become operational in that time-frame. As a minor point of trivia the author seems to have bought into the 'Global Cooling' notion that existed around that time, since increased polar ice is a plot element in the story.

Plot wise this is another story involving a ballistic missile submarine going rogue through the actions of it's crew, stories I've covered involving this kind of plot include, 'Two Hours to Darkness' (1963) and 'Warhead' (2011). This novel is closer to 'Warhead' in that it involves a crew going rogue to force a governments hand, what makes this one different from those novels, is that it features the element of 'demanding monies with menaces' that puts this closer to terrorist plot-lines like 'The Triton Ultimatum' (1977) and 'Sons of God' (2008). At least this one avoids the mistake made by the author of 'Warhead' (2011) in that it presents an ending where there is the possibility that the crew of the USS Adresteia may have to face the consequences of their actions.

No biographical details are provided for the author, but based on the naming scheme they chose for the two American submarines I have the feeling they were British.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 02, 2017, 10:53:37 pm
James Francis, Danger's Hour, 2001

United States

USS Tulsa (SSN-???)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Mystic (DSRV-1)
Mystic Class Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle
Real ship, details as in service

United Kingdom

HMS Wellington
Type 23 Frigate
Details as per the real ships

HMS Centaur
2nd Ocean Class Amphibious Assault Ship (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Ship is referred to as a 'Helicopter Carrier'. The previous HMS Centaur was a Centaur Class Carrier that was used in this role until 1972. As the current HMS Ocean is the successor to that role in the Royal Navy it is logical that this ship is a second member of the Ocean Class.

HMS Vindictive
5th Vanguard Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: If the HMS Valiant from the novel 'The Valiant' is counted this would be the sixth Vanguard. During the novel the submarine is modified to carry a DSRV.

RMAS Salminster
4th Sal Class Mooring/Salvage Vessel
Details as per real ships
Note: Referred to as 'MV Salmister' in the novel. In real life ships of the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (Which existed until 2009.) used the prefix RMAS. The correct prefix has been used as an editorial decision.

Norway

NoCGV Nordvik
4th Nordkapp Class Offshore Patrol Vessel
Details as per the real ships.
Note: As with the ship above the author refers to the ship as 'MV Nordvik' in the novel, the correct prefix for the Norwegian Coast Guard has been used as an editorial decision.

Russia
(Note: All ships are real.)

Gepard (K-335)
Akula Class Submarine
Details as in service

Yuriy Dolgorukiy (K-535)
Borei Class Submarine
Details as in service.
Note: Submarines name is spelt 'Uriy Dolgorukiy' in the novel. Editorial discretion has been used in this case. The first member of the Borei Class was supposed to be completed in 2002, but due to budget issues was not completed until 2007.

Plot summary: The year is 2004, an American submarine watching the tests of Russia's latest ballistic missile submarine collides with another Russian submarine and sinks to the bottom of the Norwegian Sea. With the Russians unable to assist thanks to the loss of their submarine rescue capability due to budget constraints, the race begins to get Western assets, including the last remaining DSRV to Norway in the hope of saving the crew.

Note: The authors introduction states that he finished writing the book shortly before the sinking of the Oscar Class Submarine Kursk (K-141) in 2000. As to dating when the story is set, it runs from Thursday, 28th October to Friday, 5th November. The first year this happens after the year of publication is 2004 and given that the first Borei Class Submarines were supposed to be completed in 2002 it seems safe to assume that the novel is set in 2004.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 15, 2017, 01:18:04 am
Anon., Fire and Fury, published as Battle Picture Library Nº. 1463, ?

United Kingdom

HMS Hawk
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified (Eagle Class(?), e.g. A converted battleship)
Described as the "...smallest fleet carrier..."
Air group contains Wildcats (Referred to as Martlets, which as the British name for Grumman Wildcats.) and Swordfish, illustration of the carrier seems closest in appearance to HMS Eagle.

Unnamed
Leander Class Cruiser

Unnamed
Two Destroyers

United States

USS Valcour Island (CV-?)
Aircraft Carrier, class not specified (Lexington Class(?), e.g. A converted battlecruiser.)
No other details provided.
Illustrations show a carrier that looks to be of the same type as the USS Saratoga (CV-3) & USS Lexington (CV-2)

Unnamed
Various Warships

Japan

Kamato
Yamato Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Two destroyers, one of which has the pennant KG-27, the pennant style does not match actual Japanese pennant markings. The illustration shows ships with an A, X & Y turret layout, but that could fit any of several classes.

Plot summary: The year is 1942 and Japans newest battleship is on the rampage in the Indian Ocean.

Note: This one does not appear to be a reprint of an earlier story, but as with all these comic books there is no publication date.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 17, 2017, 04:13:51 am
Edwyn Gray, No Survivors, 1974

United Kingdom

HMS Viking
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per real ships.
Note: Name was used for a member of the WWI Tribal class that was scrapped in 1919. Details provided imply she is of the interwar Tribal Class.

HMS Salisbury
Town Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Name clash with a Town Class Destroyer (ex-USS Claxton)

HMS Coronel
C Class Cruiser(?)
Details as per real ships.

Unnamed
Various destroyers and cruisers.

Germany

World War I

U-135
Type U 127 Class U-Boat(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant is that of a Type U 127 Class U-Boat that was in service June 1918 to the end of the War. May actually be that submarine as no detail is given of her service life.

UC-115
Type UC III Class U-Boat(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant number is that of a U-Boat that was scrapped incomplete at the end of WWI

World War II

Pommern
Pre-Dreadnought Battleship
No details provided
Note: Name is that of a Deutschland Class Pre-Dreadnought battleship that was sunk at the battle of Jutland. Presumably in the authors universe she survived and was one of the two members of the class retained for training.

Koenig
Deutschland Class Panzerschiffe
Details as per the real ships
Note: Scuttled in 1940.

UB-7
U Boat, class not specified
Extant 1938
No other details provided.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

UB-16
U Boat, class not specified
Extant 1938
No other details provided.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

UB-44
Type VIIB Class U-Boat
Details as per the the real ships.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

UB-203
U Boat, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: UB pennant not used after WW1

Plot summary: The novel opens during World War I, but mostly takes place in 1939/40 (It ends shortly before the German invasion of Norway and Denmark.) and covers the career of a German U-Boat captain who finds himself at increasing odds with the Nazi party.

Note: The novel is the first in a series of novels following this character. Another novel using the same setting, but not formally part of the series by this author is 'Fighting Submarine' (1978), which I have covered earlier in this thread. The novel has been re-issued as an E-book in 2018 via Amazon.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 24, 2017, 07:10:35 pm
David Poyer, The Cruiser, 2014

United States

USS Savo Island (CG-???)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the class members fitted with VLS.

USS Monocacy (CG-???)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the class members fitted with VLS.

Both ships are fitted with prototype Ballistic Missile Defence software/missiles (SM2 Block 4A). It is also implied in novel that the Aegis Combat system includes a fully autonomous combat mode (Only intended for defensive use...) descended from the system tested out aboard the Kidd Class Destroyer USS Barrett (DDG-998) in the novel 'The Passage' (1995).

Plot summary: As the US gets ready to attack Iraq following 9/11 (Bush the Youngers War), Dan Lenson, an officer considered the best person to bring troubled ships back to fighting trim (As he did in 'China Sea' (2000) and 'The Command' (2004).) is assigned to a new ship, one carrying a prototype weapons system, but suffering from a dispirited/splintered command team and a mysterious illness. Will he be able to turn the ship around, or will he end up like the last captain, fronting a board of inquiry.

Note: Up to this book, the Dan Lenson series has roughly paralleled actual history, this is the first novel to seriously diverge from historical events that I have read.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 28, 2017, 02:07:27 am
Raymond Hardie, Fleet, 1988

United Kingdom

HMS Graplin
Grampus Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1937

Plot summary: A coverage of the intrigue, both personal and political that swirls around a new British submarine.

Note: The novels climax appears to be based on the sinking of the T Class Submarine HMS Thetis (Renamed HMS Thunderbolt.) that occurred in 1939.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 07, 2017, 07:12:56 pm
Abe Ariel, The Last War, 1988

Algeria

Al Joumhouria
Kilo Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships

Sidi Fradj (M???)
T-43 Class Minesweeper
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: The story takes place between 1988 and 1990 and focuses on international intrigue surrounding the then rumored Israeli nuclear program and how the actions of pro-Palestinian groups in the West create a situation that leads to all out nuclear war in the Middle East.

Note: The authors start point seems to have been the 1979 Vela Incident, which some still hold to have been a clandestine nuclear test involving both Israel and South Africa. All of the Israeli ships mentioned in the novel were real vessels in service at the time the novel was written.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Rhinocrates on July 07, 2017, 10:03:59 pm
Iain M Banks, from the novel Use of Weapons (1990). Banks with the M is associated with space opera, but he invented a few worlds with approximately mid-twentieth century culture (no pun intended) and technology. This features the battleship Staberinde. Little detail is given, but its architecture seems to be concentric with point-defence weapons surrounding the main armament which are cannons with about 'half a metre' calibre. It's apparently a super-Yamato type, which is used in a Yamato-like strategy of deliberate beaching to provide gunnery support. In the novel, its use in battle is less important than its role in psychological warfare involving a white chair...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 10, 2017, 10:55:11 pm
An interesting find. Speaking of which I've managed to locate a later printing of Douglas Reeman's 'The Path of the Storm' which I suspect was the last physical printing of the novel before the switch to ebooks (So after 1988.) the novels 'data page' does not indicate the year of printing, nor does it indicate who did the storm scene that graces the novels cover, which makes for an interesting contrast with the Chris Mayger battle scene that dominates the cover of the 1984 printing. From the art style I am going to guess that it is by Geoffrey Huband, who supplied covers for the final round of print editions.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 13, 2017, 05:47:34 am
J. E. MacDonnell, The Glory Hunter, Undated

Australia

HMAS Wolverine
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clash with the V & W Class Destroyer HMS Wolverine (D78), that was in service 1919 - 1946.

HMAS Javelin
J, K & N Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clash with the J Class Destroyer HMS Javelin (F61), that was in service 1939 - 1949.

HMAS Jason
J-Class Destroyer
Details as per the ships in service.
Note: Class assignment entirely based on the name. Name clashes with that of a Halcyon Class Minesweeper in service 1936 - 1946.

HMAS Pelican (H40)
Destroyer, class not specified
4 x 4 inch guns (Two twin turrets, A & X), 6 x 21 inch TT (Three twin mounts), Depth charges (Port Starboard launchers on the quarterdeck, rails aft) 1 2pdr QF Mk VII (four barrelled 'Pom Pom' gun, mounted abaft the funnel).
AA augmented with 'scrounged' SMG/MGs, 6 x Bren Guns (Mounted three a side midships), Browning mounted on motor boats forward davit.
Launched 1918
1300 tons
Machinery produces 30,000 horsepower driving twin screws.
300ft long
Single funnel
Single rudder
30 knots (31 knots design speed)
Fitted with radar and sonar.
Note: Pennant number clashes with that of HMS Anthony an interwar A Class Destroyer that was scrapped in 1948. Name clashes with an M Class destroyer in service 1916 - 1921 (Broken up 1924) and an Egret Class Sloop in service 1939 - 1956.

Unnamed
Two Destroyers

Note: All ships listed above make up the 10th Australian Destroyer Flotills

Germany

Unnamed
4 x S-boats
No other details provided.

Italy

Unnamed
Various warships.

Plot summary: As the WWII in the Mediterranean heats up following the German invasion of Greece lives are endangered by one captains attempts to prove himself and his ship.

Note: This novel is interesting for a number of reasons, first up the copyright notice is undated, which is something I've never seen in a book before. Secondly this novel makes it quite clear while the author is concerned with getting his ships details consistent from book to book, it would appear that he regarded history in much looser terms. The climax of the book is the Battle of Matapan (27-29 March 1941), however right at the start of the novel he mentions that a character is recovering from injuries sustained fighting the Japanese (Japan entered WWII on the 7th of December 1941.), which indicates he was simply trying to evoke a general period during the war with each book, rather than a coherent series of novels. More seriously the end of this novel contradicts a story ('The Coxswain'.) that was published in 1960.

The cover is appears to be by the same unnamed artist who supplied the cover for the 1979 novel 'Breaking Point', but while it is inspired by events in the novel, HMAS Pelican is not a V & W Class destroyer.

I have managed to put together a stitched together version of the front/back and spine of the novels cover, which can be accessed via the link below:

The Glory Hunter: Full Cover

The Glory Hunter: Full (c. 1980s) Cover (https://www.dropbox.com/s/spn00c26agmtwm9/The_Glory_Hunter_Full_Cover.jpg?dl=0)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 14, 2017, 03:25:52 am
Douglas Reeman, The Destroyers, 1974

United Kingdom

HMS Lomond
Destroyer, class not specified.
Implied to be of a newer class than the other ships in her flotilla, but no specific details are given to pin down just which class she is.

HMS Ventnor
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Victor
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Warden
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Warlock (I97)
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Launched 1918 (Shortly after Armistice Day.)
Note: Stated to be about to undergo the long range escort conversion at the end of the novel.

HMS Waxwing
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Whiplash
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Whirlpool
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Observer
Destroyer, class not specified
Main armament is in twin turrets
Described as being "...brand new..." in 1943
Note: Name clashes with an O Class Destroyer that was renamed HMS Oribi (G66) while under construction.

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

HMS Conqueror
Admiral Class Battlecruiser?
Details as per the real ships
Sunk during the Norwegian Campaign
Note: While the only specific armament details given are that the main armament is 8 x 15 inch guns in twin turrets. There are various non-armament details given that hint that the author based this ship on HMS Hood.. The name clashes with a Lion Class Battleship that was ordered in 1939, but not laid down.

Unnamed
Two Hunt Class Destroyers
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

Moltke
Battlecruiser?
Armament: 9 x 11 inch, 10 x 5.9 inch, other weapons not specified
Launched 1937, prior to the Spithead Naval Review (eg before the 20th of May 1937.)
Note: Details beyond armament are vague. Described as lacking "...much of the lean grace of the Scharnhorst and her sister ship..." which means that she cannot be a third Scharnhorst Class.

Unnamed
Neger Class Minisub (Human Torpedo)

Unnamed
Several S-Boats

Unnamed
Several Destroyers and patrol boats

Plot summary: A flotilla of aging destroyers is given a new assignment in 1943, as the missions become more and more dangerous, the crews find themselves trapped between the enemy and a flotilla commander that the propaganda ministry have decided to make a hero at any cost.

Note: The novels climactic battle takes place the day after the Battle of North Cape which took place on the 26th of December 1943.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 15, 2017, 07:07:49 am
Alexander Fullerton, Love for an Enemy, 1993

United Kingdom

HMS Spartan
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with that a Dido Class Cruiser in service 1942 - 1944.

HMS Seadog (P216)
S Class Submarine
Real Ship, details as in service.
Note: Ships completion has been bought forward from 1942 to allow her to serve in the Mediterranean in 1941. In real life the submarine spent her service off the Norwegian coast during 1942- 1944 until transferred to the Far East for the remainder of the war.

HMS Tigress
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Thane
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with that of a Ruler Class Aircraft Carrier in service 1943 - 1945.

Italy

Fulgor
Oil tanker converted into base for human torpedo operations.
Note: Fictional version of the Olterra, the ship that was used for the Italian human torpedo operations against Gibraltar in WWII.

Unnamed
Various warships

Plot summary: The long standing relationship between a British submarine commander and a member of Alexandria's Italian community is put to the test with the outbreak of World War II and in the aftermath of the human torpedo attack on Alexandria harbor, she finds herself the subject of suspicion from both sides and has to make an agonizing choice.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 17, 2017, 04:23:00 am
Mark Joseph, To Kill The Potemkin, 1986

United States

USS Barracuda (SSN-593)
Skipjack Class
Details as per real ships.
Note: Pennant number is that of USS Thresher (SSN-593) which sank in 1962. The same pennant number is used for the Sturgeon Class USS Wayne (SSN-593) that appears in the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me'.

USS Dragonfish (SSN-???)
Nuclear Attack Submarine, class unspecified
No other details provided

USS Mako (SSN-???)
Nuclear Attack Submarine, class unspecified
No other details provided

USS Stingray (SSN-???)
Nuclear Attack Submarine, class unspecified
No other details provided

USS Badger
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided.
Note: In 1970 a Knox Class Frigate named USS Badger (FFG-1071) was launched, which is of course after the date of the story (See below), but the only other possibility was a Fletcher Class Destroyer USS Charles J. Badger (DD-657), which at the time the story was set was in reserve, where she would remain until sold to Chile for parts in 1974.

USS Bainesworth
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided.

USS Tallahatchie County
Submarine Tender, class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: An aviation tender of the same name served in the Mediterranean until 1970.

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Guitarro (SSN-665)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658)
Benjamin Franklin Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Swordfish (SSN-579)
Skate Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Seawolf (SSN-575)
Prototype Nuclear Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

France

Sirène (S647)
Daphné Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant number is that of the Daphné Class Submarine Minerve (S647) which disappeared on the 27th of January 1968.

United Kingdom

HMS Valiant (S102)
Valiant Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Russia

Potemkin
Alfa Class Submarine (Prototype)
Details as per real ships(?)
Fitted with an acoustic camouflage system (Acoustical Reproduction Device Number Seven) that allows her to alter her acoustic signature to impersonate other submarines.
Note: Book refers to her as an Alpha Class Submarine, however it is pretty clear from the description what the author had in mind.

Arkangel
November Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Murmansk
November Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not specifically identify the class. Class determination based on the name being a 'city name' like the Arkangel.

Odessa
November Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not specifically identify the class. Class determination based on the name being a 'city name' like the Arkangel.

Dzerzhinsky
Hotel Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Deflektor
'Trawler' (AGI)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is May of 1968 and a United States Skipjack Class Submarine taking part in an exercise in the Mediterranean finds evidence of a Soviet submarine with unusual capabilities.

Note: The authors introduction states that he based the story on various rumors surrounding the loss of the Skipjack Class Submarine USS Scorpion (SSN-589), and the other submarine disappearances (Minerve (S647), INS Dakar , K-129) that took place in 1968. No explanation is given for the use of USS Thresher's pennant number on what is clearly meant to be a fictional version of USS Scorpion. The cover picture, which blends features from several different Soviet submarine classes is by Paul Wright, who also supplied the cover art for 'Two Hours to Darkness'
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 18, 2017, 03:15:55 pm
Alexander Fullerton, Surface!, 1953

United Kingdom

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

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

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

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

Unnamed
Depot ship
No other details provided

Japan

Unnamed
Various warships/supply vessels.

Plot summary: The last days of World War II in the Far East from the point of view of the crew of one of His Majesties Submarines.

Note: This, the authors first novel, is apparently based heavily on his wartime experiences aboard HMS Seadog (P216) in the last year of World War Two. Seadog also makes a cameo appearance in the authors 1993 novel 'Love for an Enemy'.

For anyone who is interested a summary of HMS Seadog's wartime service (Norwegian Coast/Far East) can be read at the site linked below, the entries for December 1944 - 1945 cover the period that Alexander Fullerton was aboard her.

http://uboat.net/allies/warships/ship/3435.html
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 19, 2017, 02:46:23 am
Frederick Forsyth, The Devil's Alternative, 1979

United States

USS Moran
Warship of unspecified type/class
Only detail provided is that the main gun armament is two 5 inch guns, one forward, one aft. This armament would fit either the Spruance or Kidd Class Destroyers.

United Kingdom

HMS Argyll
County Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author refers to this ship as a 'Guided Missile Light Cruiser' but the limited details he provides best fits the County Class. However at one point he describes the ship as having identical gun armament to the USS Moran, given that the Royal Navy does not use 5 inch guns, nor a fore and aft gun layout, I suspect this is a mistake on the authors part.

HMS Cutlass (P274)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981, novel extends the ships service to 1983.

HMS Sabre (P275)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981, novel extends the ships service to 1983.

HMS Scimitar (P271)
Scimitar Class Fast Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service, novel extends the ships service to 1983.
Ship was sold to Greece in 1981

France

Montcalm
'Light Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with a  F70 (Georges Leygues) Class Frigate that was completed in 1982, it is possible this was the ship intended, but the author provides no details beyond the name/type to allow confirmation.

Holland

Breda
'Missile Frigate', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Germany

Brunner
'Missile Frigate', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The story runs between 1982 & 1983, the United States and United Kingdom have received intelligence that the Soviet wheat harvest has failed dramatically due to a series of errors of during the production of a seed dressing. Realizing that they have the Soviets over a barrel, they negotiate a hard deal for the wheat needed to stave off starvation in Russia, knowing that as they do so there is a faction of the Supreme Soviet willing to go to war to take the food they need. Then two Jews flee to the west and the Soviet negotiators make their return a precondition of the wheat deal. Before any decision can be made on this unexpected demand hijackers take over an oil tanker off the Dutch coast and threaten ecological catastrophe unless the two men are allowed to go to Israel. Now it is the West's turn to face an agonizing choice...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 22, 2017, 03:03:29 am
Alistair MacLean, HMS Ulysses, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Duke of Cumberland
King George V Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: One of the characters specifically refers to the ship as a battleship and while only the secondary armament is mentioned, only the King George V Class and HMS Vanguard used  5.25 inch guns as the secondary armament, hence this ship must be a King George V Class Battleship.

HMS Wrestler
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, twin screws
18 knots
Note: Name clashes with a V & W Class Destroyer in service 1918 - 1944

HMS Invader
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, single screw
18 knots

HMS Defender
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, single screw
18 knots

HMS Blue Ranger
Avenger Class Escort Carrier(?)
Converted merchantmen, US Built
Diesel engines, single screw
18 knots

Note: From the authors limited details (Tonnage, speed, propulsion & flight deck length (450 ft)), it is most likely that all four of the above ships are members of the Avenger Class of Escort Carriers.

HMS Ulysses
Dido Class Cruiser (Modified)
510 x 50ft
4x2 5.25in, 3x4 2pdr, 6x2 20mm, 2x3 21in TT, 4x DCT & 2x DCR
Fitted with radar, fighter direction gear, ASDIC, paravanes
39.2 knots
Note: Name clashes with that of a U Class Destroyer launched in 1943, converted into a frigate in 1955 and scrapped in 1970.

HMS Stirling
C/Ceres Class Light Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author refers to her has being a 'Cardiff' Class Cruiser, HMS Cardiff was the second completed member of the Ceres sub-group of the C Class of light cruisers.

HMS Baliol
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Portpatrick
Town Class Destroyer (Ex US 'Four Stacker')
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author does not give the name of the ship in US Service.

HMS Sirrus
S Class Destroyer (WWII)
Details as per the real ships

HMS Vectra
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Viking
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Eager
'Fleet Minesweeper', class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Nairn
River Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.

HMS Gannet
Kingfisher Class Sloop
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author refers to the ship as a 'Kingfisher Class Corvette'.

Germany

Unnamed
Hipper Class Cruiser

Unnamed
Various U-Boats

Plot summary: The year is 1943, Convoy FR77 proceeds to Murmansk, as always the Germans do their best to ensure nothing reaches it's destination.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Tzoli on July 22, 2017, 08:32:30 am
Alistair MacLean, HMS Ulysses, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Duke of Cumberland
King George V Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: One of the characters specifically refers to the ship as a battleship and while only the secondary armament is mentioned, only the King George V Class and HMS Vanguard used  5.25 inch guns as the secondary armament, hence this ship must be a King George V Class Battleship.


The Lion class too would had 5,25" DP-AA guns
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 22, 2017, 05:49:16 pm
Alistair MacLean, HMS Ulysses, 1955

United Kingdom

HMS Duke of Cumberland
King George V Class Battleship
Details as per the real ships
Note: One of the characters specifically refers to the ship as a battleship and while only the secondary armament is mentioned, only the King George V Class and HMS Vanguard used  5.25 inch guns as the secondary armament, hence this ship must be a King George V Class Battleship.


The Lion class too would had 5,25" DP-AA guns

Thanks for the extra info, that is interesting suggestion, but there is not enough information provided, so in this case I think it's best to play safe. I hope you find something in the pages of this thread worth illustrating.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 24, 2017, 03:07:54 pm
Stephen Coonts, Cuba, 1999

United States

USS United States (CVN-???)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note:  Original name of 8th Nimitz Class Carrier. This ship launched as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in September 1996. See also the entry for 'Final Flight' and the post by Grey Havoc that follows for more details.

USS Kearsage (LHD-3)
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Hué City (CG-65)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Guildford Courthouse (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Note: Both ships are fitted with 'SM-2 Tactical Aegis Lightweight ExoAtmospheric Projectile' (LEAP) ABM missiles (Each ship carries 8).

USS Comte de Grasse (DD-974)
Spruance Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Note: This ship was decommissioned in 1998, the year before the novel came out. She was finally disposed of in 2006.

Unnamed
Two Spruance Class Destroyers

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Cuba

Unnamed
Gunboat, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow'. As Castro nears death (In real life he died in 2016.), it is revealed that following the Cuban Missile crisis in the 60's the Russians had in fact installed several missiles on the island which they left in place. Still in working order, their nuclear warheads have been replaced with powerful biological agents. As a vicious power struggle develops in Cuba over the succession, the United States finds itself forced to act to prevent their use.

Note: The author gives no clue as to just what year the story is set, so the 'near future' relative to date of publication rule applies in this case.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 26, 2017, 09:11:50 am
Larry Jerram-Croft, Bog Hammer, 2014

United Kingdom

HMS Prometheus
Leander Class
Details as per the members of the class given the Batch 3 Exocet/Seawolf conversion.
Note: Also appears in the novel 'Sea Skimmer'.

RFA Tidepool (A76)
Tide Class Replenishment Oiler
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In real life the ship was sold to Chile in 1982. In the novel she is still in British service as of 1988. Later on in the novel the same ship is referred to as RFA Tidespring (A75), which was retained in British service until 1991.

United States

USS Sacagawea (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: The author refers to the ship as a 'Ticonderoga Class Aegis Destroyer' in the novel. At the time the story is set the name was not used by any US Warship. The last ship to bear the name was a navy tugboat (USS Sacagawea (YT-326)) sold overseas in 1946. The most recent ship to bear the name was the second ship (USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE-2)) of the Lewis and Clark Class of dry cargo ships launched in 2006. The name does not fit with the scheme chosen for the Ticonderoga Class, which is famous American battles.

Iran

MV Irinda
Armed Merchant Ship
Converted Bulk Grain Carrier
Speed: 20 knots.
Armament: 1 x 105mm gun concealed in fore-most hold. 1 x nuclear (The warhead was supplied by Pakistan.) tipped HWASONG-6 (North Korean SCUD copy.) missile concealed in the after-most hold. Crew has various hand held weapons including rocket propelled grenades.
Note: Stolen from Iraq. Armament installed by Iran.

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified (Most likely a member of the Alvand Class.)
Armament as per the real ships, save the anti-ship missiles are four stern mounted Exocet missiles rather than 5x Sea Killer Mk2s (as built) or 4x  CS-802s (as upgraded in the 1990s) .
Other details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Several Boghammar High Speed Patrol Boats
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Ships of this type are operated by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, rather than the Iranian Navy.

Holland

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Russia

Unnamed
Foxtrot Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Some three years after harrowing events of 'Arapaho' (The novel runs 1988 - 1989.), the series hero Jon Hunt has become involved in searching for a leak in the Ministry of Defence while his wife (Met during the events of 'Arapaho'.) earns her wings as a Helicopter Pilot. Desperate for a sea position, opportunity comes with the death of the commander of the ship he served on during the Falklands War.

Note: Quite an interesting story, especially for those who grew up in the 1980s, let down by some editing glitches. This is the fifth novel in the series that begins with 'Sea Skimmer'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 28, 2017, 08:59:53 pm
John R. Monteith, Rogue Avenger (Originally: Rogue Trident), 2005 (As Rogue Trident), 2012 (as Rogue Avenger)

United States

USS Colorado (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

USS Miami (SSN-755)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Tai Chiang
Stealth Patrol Boat (Based on the Swedish Visby Class Corvette)
Armament: 1 x 3 inch gun (Fwd),  Hsiung Feng III Anti-ship missiles (not fitted) 6 x torpedos of unspecified type (Port and starboard fixed mounts.)
Described as first in class
Note: In the sequel 'Rogue Betrayer' the class is described as being derived from the Visby Class. The missile system described is a real one that finished testing in 2005, in the novel the ship does not carry them due to a failure in testing.

Peoples Republic of China

Heifei (132)
Type 051Z Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: A French arms dealer and a disgruntled US Navy officer team up to steal an Ohio Class submarine for delivery to Taiwan.

Note: There appear to be two different editions of the novel. It is unclear, what if any differences there are between the two novels, but I suspect there are some.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 29, 2017, 05:45:41 am
John R. Monteith, Rogue Betrayer, 2007

United States

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service

USS La Jolla (SSN-701)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Hawaii (SSN-776)
Virginia Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Pakistan

PNS Hamza (S139)
Khalid Class Submarine (French Agosta 90B Class.)
Real ship, details as in service.
In the novel the ship has been modified to fire VA-111 Shkval torpedos (Some of which have nuclear warheads.)

Republic of China (Taiwan)

Kang Ding (FFG-1202)
Kang Ding Class Frigate (French La Fayette Class)
Real ship, details as in service

Hung La
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

Hai Lang
Agosta 90B Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Stated to be an intended fourth Pakistani Khalid Class Submarine, instead sold to Taiwan.

Peoples Republic of China

Unnamed
Various submarines

Plot summary: Despite their failure to deliver nuclear weapons to Taiwan, the Taiwanese government hire the same French arms dealer and his ex-USN employee to help them deal with attempts by the Peoples Republic  to choke off the Taiwanese sea lanes. When they get there they find themselves embroiled in the trans-Pacific chase of a rogue Pakistani submarine.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 29, 2017, 11:07:42 pm
John R. Monteith, Rogue Crusader, 2010

United States

USS Annapolis (SSN-760)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Bainbridge (DDG-96)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Georgia (SSGN-729)
Ohio Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Israel

INS Leviathan
Dolphin Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

France

'Mercer' (To Malaysia as KD Tun Abdul Razak.)
Scorpène Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In the novel the submarine is crewed by mercenaries hired by the CIA prior to it commissioning as the KD Tun Abdul Razak and being transferred to Malaysia, which in the real world took place in December of 2009, in the novel the submarine is sacrificed to save another ship from torpedo attack. Mercer is the name of the CIA contact used by the mercenaries.

Syria

Jammal
Minisub
Twin hulls
Fitted with an anechoic coating.
Designed to fit onto the back of another submarine using suction panels.
Note: Submarine assault vehicle. In the novel it latches onto another submarine and allows the crew to cut into that vessel and take it over.

Iran

Unnamed
Several oil tankers modified to launch surface to surface missiles.

Plot summary: The CIA has finally managed to track down a certain French arms dealer and his American sidekick. The offer they make is simple, in exchange for a pardon for past crimes, crew a completed but not commissioned submarine built for Malaysia and use it to find out why an Israeli submarine suddenly sailed into waters the Israeli navy has never visited before. What they uncover is an elaborate Syrio-Iranian plot.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 10, 2017, 03:47:35 am
A break from the technothrillers with a comic book, with apologies to Hood...

Anon., Undefeated, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4945, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Undefeated
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Unyielding
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Specifically identified as being a member of the U Class.

HMS Urgent
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Undeterred
U Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Germany

Unnamed
S-Boat
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, a hard driving British submarine captains confidence is shaken after a mission to land an SBS team in Greece goes badly wrong.

Notes: It's nice to be able to fairly precisely date when this came out, a note at the back indicates it was printed for the week of the 8th of September, 2016. It's also nice to read one of these and find that the warship names are at last appropriate for the class.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 10, 2017, 11:16:59 pm
Another comic book, this one is posted with thanks to Hood for his help in identifying the sources for the illustrations used and what the author probably actually had in mind for the main ship.

Anon., The Call of Duty, published as Battle Picture Library Nº. 1417, ?

United Kingdom

HMS Whip (K301)
Frigate, class not specified
Weight: 1495 tons
Armament (Main Battery): 6 x 4 inch DP guns (Presumably in twin mounts.)
Armament (Other): 20mm Guns, Depth charges
Commissioned 1940 (Story takes place in 1942, ship is stated to have commissioned in Portsmouth two years previously.)
Note: The armament details and the date of commission (But not the weight.) best fit the Black Swan Class Sloops, however the illustrator depicts the ship as a Castle Class Corvette, the first of which went into service in 1943. I have not been able to confirm if the pennant clashes with any real ship, the illustration only shows the pennant as '301', K prefix is appropriate for Frigates which is what the ship is described as, this does not change if the ship were a Corvette as illustrated.

HMS Tyrant
Battleship, class not specified
Armament (Main Battery): Triple barrelled turrets of unspecified caliber, only A & B turrets are visible
Armament (Secondary battery): Twin barreled turrets of unspecified caliber
Twin Funnels
No other details provided
Note: The artist for the comic book chose to base the appearance of this ship on the Italian Andrea Doria Class of battleships (As modified interwar.) for unknown reasons. What is following is the speculated main/secondary armament based on the armament of the battleships retained by the British following the signing of the Washington Treaty and also the layout of the Andrea Doria class following their interwar modernization. If anyone is interested I have scanned the page on which the ship appears and can provide it at request.
Main Battery: 12 x 15 inch guns (Four Triple turrets A, B, X & Y)
Secondary Battery: 8 x 6 inch guns (Four twin turrets at the corners of the superstructure.)
Other weapons are presumably identical positions as per Andrea Doria but British equivalent guns.

Germany

U-15
U Boat, class not specified, illustration is too vague to determine class.
Note: Pennant clashes with a Type IIb Class U Boat that was sunk in an accidental collision on the 30th of January 1940.

Unnamed
Various S Boats
Note: One has a prominent number '3' painted near the bow,  two others are numbered '10' and  '42' respectively.

Plot summary: The year is 1942, the well knit team aboard a frigate suffers when the replacement for an injured crewman tries to apply 'big ship' discipline leading to a 'square peg in a round hole' situation.

Notes: As with all war comics (Like J. E. MacDonnell novels.) the emphasis is on creating the atmosphere of a general period in the war without being too concerned for accuracy, the artwork being a case in point, the author (Whoever they were.) also has the Siege of Tobruk carrying on into 1942 when it ended in November of 1941. 
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 23, 2017, 10:07:43 pm
Continuing with the comic books...

Anon., Battle of the Antarctic, published as Commando Comics Nº. 4077, 2008

Great Britain

Unnamed
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

South Africa

HMSAS Kimberley
Cruiser, class not specified
Armament (Main battery): 8 inch guns in twin turrets
Other armament not specified
Note: Specifically stated to be a South African warship. Described in the story as having been '...newly built...' in South Africa. The illustrations of the ship are too vague to assign the ship to a specific class of cruiser.

Germany

Prinz Ludwig
Deutschland Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Commissioned just prior to the start of the Norwegian Campaign (April - June 1940), so probably launched in late 1939 based on the commissioning times for the actual ships. Stated in the opening of the comic to have been part of 'Weserübung Gruppe 5', the German naval force that attacked Oslo at the start of the invasion of Norway.

Unnamed
Armed Merchantmen (Supply Ship)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The story starts in early 1940 and at a guess runs to the end of that year. A German panzerschiffe slips through the British survelliance network and starts to cause havoc in the far reaches of the South Atlantic ocean.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 25, 2017, 11:32:36 pm
Some more period pulp fiction...

T. S. Stribling, The Cruise of the Dry Dock, 1917

United Kingdom

HMS Panther
Tiger Class Battle Cruiser(?)
No other details provided
Note: Class assignment based only on name. Name clashes with a B Class (WWI) Destroyer launched in 1897 and scrapped in 1920. Author refers to the ship as a 'cruiser', but the illustration shows something that looks more like a battleship or battle cruiser. See also the comment for the German ships.

Unnamed
4 'Cruisers' (Battle Cruisers?) of unspecified class

Germany

Unnamed
4 Battle Cruisers of unspecified class
Note: Author also refers to these ships as 'Cruisers' and 'Battleships'.

Unnamed
1 U-boat of unspecified class.

Plot summary: It is mid-1914, the passage crew of a dry dock being towed to America stumble across a secret German naval supply depot concealed deep inside the Sargasso Sea.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 27, 2017, 07:57:35 am
Pulp fiction dating from 100 years after the last book I covered...

Clive Cussler and Graham Brown, Nighthawk, 2017

Russia

Varyag
Slava Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

Arkhangelsk (TK-17)
Typhoon Class Submarine (Modified)
Real ship, details for propulsion/torpedo weapons unchanged. In the novel , the missile compartment has been replaced with a hold/salvage claw arrangement so that the submarine can be used for covert intelligence salvage operations.
Note: The submarine is unnamed in the novel itself, the pennant number (Which is that of the Typhoon Class Submarine Arkhangelsk.) is only given in the 'Cast of Characters' section at the start of the novel.

Unnamed
Various Warships and support vessels

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Various warships, support vessels AGIs.

And for the Aircraft mavens.

Russia

2x TU-160 'Blackjack' bombers
Both aircraft have been extensively modified (Scramjet engines (In addition to those already fitted), titanium leading edges, etc) so that they can fly at hypersonic speeds.

China (Peoples Republic)

HL-190
Supersonic cruise transport aircraft
Stated to be a transport for high-ranking officials.

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow' (The novel is set in the 'Present Day'.), someone has diverted a returning automated spaceplane, the race is on to find the spacecraft and it's cargo before disaster strikes.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on August 30, 2017, 05:29:08 am
Two older but influential books to add to this listing.

Brown on Resolution, by C. S. Forester, 1929

Great Britain
HMS Charybdis: 3rd class cruiser, armed with 4.7in QF guns, stated to be 30 years old in 1914 (therefore completed circa 1884). There was a real HMS Charybdis, an Astraea Class protected cruiser commissioned in 1896
HMS Leopard: battlecruiser, 20,000 tons, 8x2 12in guns, 24kts. Probably inspired by both the Invincible and Indefatigable classes but slightly slower, all eight guns could fire on the beam so probably closer to Indefatigable in layout.
HMS Penzance: light cruiser, maximum speed 27kts, stated to be quite new. Probably inspired by the Town Class light cruisers of the era.

Germany
SMS Ziethen: armoured cruiser, 500ft (152m) long, 10x1 150mm guns, belt and deck armour, three funnels, stated to be older than the armoured cruisers Scharnhorst & Gneisenau. Ziethen's stats do not match any real protected or armoured cruiser class in the German Navy, compared to the protected cruisers Ziethen is larger but weaker in armament. No armoured cruiser carried a uniform 150mm battery without heavier guns.

Plot: Leading Seaman Albert Brown survives the sinking of HMS Charybdis and is taken aboard the Ziethen (part of von Spee's fleet) which docks at the Galapagos Islands for repairs. Brown escapes ashore with a rifle and delays the repairs long enough so that Ziethen is hunted down and destroyed by HMS Leopard, ironically Brown never knows the results of his actions.
The book was made into two films, the first in 1935 where HMS Charybdis is altered to HMS Rutland and the Ceres Class cruiser HMS Curacoa portrayed the Ziethen. The second film, Single Handed aka  Sailor of the King was made in 1953 moving the plot to WW2, Ziethen becoming the Essen (portrayed by Abdiel Class minelayer-cruiser HMS Manxman and the British cruisers becoming HMS Stratford, Amesbury and Cambridge (Dido Class HMS Cleopatra portraying both the sunken Amesbury and the victorious Stratford. The Town class HMS Glasgow briefly appears as HMS Cambridge. This later film has two alternate endings, where Brown dies or lives.


The Sand Pebbles, by Richard McKenna, 1962

Great Britain
HMS Woodcock: river gunboat
HMS Cockchafer: real ship, Insect Class gunboat which was involved in was the Wanhsien Incident in August and September 1926 on the Yangtze.
HMS Emerald: real ship, E Class light cruiser involved in Nanjing Incident in 1927.

Japan
Hiro: river gunboat

United States
USS San Pablo: river gunboat, captured from Spain in 1898, armed with 1x 3pdr, 1x 1pdr and 6x MGs, speed 8-10kts.
USS Duarte: large gunboat
USS Paul Jones: type unknown, maximum speed 30kts. The real Paul Jones was a Bainbridge Class destroyer decommissioned in 1919.
USS Pittsburgh: real ship (CA-4), armoured cruiser which saw service off Shanghai in 1927
USS Stewart: real ship (DD-224), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Pope: real ship (DD-225), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Truxtun: real ship (DD-229), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Preston: real ship (DD-327), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Noa: real ship (DD-343), Clemson Class destroyer which served off China and on Yangtze.
USS Pigeon: minesweeper: real ship (AM-47), Lapwing Class, served on Yangtze 1923-28.
USS Isabel: real ship (PY-10), armed patrol yacht, Yangzte Patrol 1921-28
USS Chaumont: transport, real ship AP-5, deployed to Shanghai in 1927

Plot: This is the story of the USS San Pablo ('aka Stone Pebble') on the Yangtze during the Nationalist Northern Expedition of 1925–1927, focusing on the main character, engine mechanic Jake Holman.
This book was also made into a film in 1966, in whichSan Pablo  was portrayed by a replica construction based on the real USS Villalobos, a captured Spanish Navy gunboat.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 30, 2017, 06:00:24 am
Stephen Coonts, Pirate Alley, 2013

United States

USS United States (CVN-???)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.

USS Chosin Reservoir (LHD-???)
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class is not specified in novel, assumed to be the case as this was the most recent class available at the time the novel came out. Name clashes with the Ticonderoga Class Cruiser USS Chosin (CG-65).

USS Richard Ward (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Several destroyers and cruisers.

France

Toulon
Warship, type not specified

Plot summary: Somali pirates seize a cruise liner, sail it into a port they control and make the usual "Pay us or we kill the hostages" demand. The US Navy finds itself hamstrung by politicians who's understanding of the military and what it can do seems to come from action movies. The pirates find themselves in conflict with Islamic fundamentalists who want to change the planned arrangement to "Pay us and we'll kill the hostages anyway..." All this leads to a tense and confused situation.

The author does not specify the year the story takes place, however he gives the dates between the which the events take place as November 9 - 12 and states that November the 12th is a Tuesday, this happens in 2013, so I am going to assume the story takes place that year.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Kadija_Man on August 30, 2017, 08:22:37 pm
The Sand Pebbles movie of 1966 is a damn fine one, with Candice Bergen and Steve McQueen in it.  Also features a surprising portrayal by Richard Attenborough of an American sailor.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on September 30, 2017, 12:25:00 am
Jeff Rovin, Tempest Down, 2004

United States (WWII)

USS Bundy (DD-??)
Benham(?)/Sims(?) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships (Both classes were under construction/comissioning in 1939, the author gives no details to determine which class the ship was.)
Stated to be a year old in "...the fall of 1940...", so launched or comissioned in or around September 1939
Note: Transferred to UK in 1940 as HMS Meadowood, transferred to Soviet Union in 1944 as the Cherkassov, returned to the US in 1956. The actual 1940 Lend-Lease transfer involved 50 WWI era destroyers, not recently produced warships.

United States ('Present Day')

Tempest D
Supercavitation prototype
Length: 120.2 ft (36.64 m)
Three internal compartments (Control Room/Engine Room & Escape Tower/Supercavitation Drive) linked by a single six ft (1.83m) high corridor.
Crew: 6
Battery Powered
Has a standard electric propeller drive in addition to the supercavitation system.
Fitted with an unspecified sonar system (Spherical emitter in bow)

MV Abby
Oceanographic Research Ship/Covert Submarine Support Ship
Registered to Smithsonian Institute
Actually owned/operated by the US Navy
Support/Instrumentation vessel for the Tempest Program.

China (Peoples Republic)

Destiny
Song Class SSN (fictional)
Crew: 68
Speed: (Submerged) 15 knots (Cruise)/22 knots (Max)
Note: Actual Song Class were SSKs built in the late 1990s/early 2000s

United Kingdom

HMS Bristol
Bristol Class Guided Missile Destroyer (Type 82?)
Range: 5700 miles (9173 km)
Speed:28 knots
No other details provided
Note: The only two specific pieces of information given (Ships range/speed) match those of the sole Type 82 Class Destroyer which was converted into a static training ship in 1991.

Plot summary: A Chinese attempt to spy on a US test of an experimental propulsion system in Antarctic has ended with the Chinese submarine colliding with the American support ship during the critical opening stages of the test, now with the support vessel sunk and both submarines on the bottom unable to surface, the race is on to rescue the survivors and ensure the Chinese do not realize just what it was they were watching.

Note: This is apparently the first in a series of novels featuring the fictitious US Land Air Sea Emergency Rescue (LASER) team, a US Joint Forces rescue group trained to deal with the jobs no one else can do. I'm not all that impressed with the authors level of research.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 03, 2017, 11:39:22 pm
Another seminal work, the first technothriller...

Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands, 1903

Germany

SMS Blitz
'Torpedo-Gunboat'
Length: 140ft (42.7m)
Beam: 25ft (7.6m)
Draft: 9ft 10in (approx 3m)
Armament: 1x 4.9in, 1x 3.4in, 4x Maxim Guns (Torpedo armament not mentioned.)
Carries a "...steam cutter...".
Single funnel
Described as "...an ugly, cranky vessel, painted grey...low freeboard forward..."
Note: Novel states that the ships details can be found in 'Brassey's', presumably the ships guide, I've not been able to find an early enough copy to confirm if the author based this ship off an actual or rumored German class.

Plot summary: An impromptu yachting holiday turns into amateur spying mission.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 04, 2017, 05:55:08 am
Some more 'Self-published on Amazon' fiction.

Rayford E. Hammond, The Gray Lady, 2010

United States

USS Prospect (FFG-1???)
Knox Class Frigate (?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: The author, repeatedly refers to the ship as a 'destroyer' but gives gives no armament details or ship dimensions, however it is stated that the compliment is around 250 and the ship carries at least one helicopter of an unspecified type (Call-sign 'Seahawk'). The cover picture includes a stock photograph of a Knox Class Frigate. The crew size also suggests that the ship may in fact be a Knox Class Frigate rather than a Spruance Class Destroyer (257 crew vs 334 crew), so I am happy with this tentative class identification.

Plot summary: While dealing with personal tragedy, and an assignment to a ship commanded by an officer dealing with his own demons, a US Navy officer finds himself beginning a relationship with someone he met when his ship called at Hawaii.

Note: The novels opening chapters feature a modified version of the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67)/USS Belknap (CG-26) collision. Unlike the actual event (Which served as the basis for a similar collision in David Poyers, The Circle.) this results in minor damage to both ships. No specific dates are given but various references in the story suggest a early '80s to early '90s time frame.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: DWG on October 05, 2017, 08:01:36 am
Note: Novel states that the ships details can be found in 'Brassey's', presumably the ships guide, I've not been able to find an early enough copy to confirm if the author based this ship off an actual or rumored German class.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS_Blitz
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on October 06, 2017, 01:29:17 am
The real SMS Blitz may well have inspired Erskine Childers, but ship he describes is somewhat smaller and with more modest armament.
I couldn't find anything in the real German navy that exactly matched Childers description.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 07, 2017, 12:19:44 am
This is another of the books I had posted to the old Warship Projects 3.0 thread on fictional warships.

James Follett, Ice, 1978

United Kingdom

HMS Ark Royal
Audacious Class Carrier(?) or Invincible Class Carrier (?)
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: The Audacious Class Carrier was in service when the novel was written. The Invincible Class Carrier was not launched until 1981 and did not enter service until 1985. The author simply mentions the ships name without specifying which ship he was referring to.

HMS Swiftfire
Leander Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Explicitly identified as a member of the Leander Class in the novel.

HMS Asteria
Submarine, class not specified
31 Crew
Built for the Israeli Navy by Vickers, British government stepped in and confiscated the submarine before it was completed.
Dispatched on an experimental 1000 day patrol, it is implied, but not explicitly stated that this is a submerged patrol. Actually the submarine has proceeded to a secret depot in the South Atlantic, the supposedly lengthy patrol is part of a disinformation plan aimed at the Soviet navy.
No other details provided.

HMS Snow Tiger
Frigate, class not specified (Possibly a Leander Class Frigate.)
Carries a Westland Wasp Helicopter
No other details provided.

United States

USS Guam (LPH-9)
Iwo Jima Class Amphibious Assault Ship
Real ship, details as in service

USS Saratoga (CV-60)
Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service

USS Johnson (CVN-??)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Detail as per the real ships
Note: Author uses obsolete term CVB to refer to the ship at one point in the novel, however the few details he does give confirm this is a Nimitz.

USS Virgil Grissom (SSBN-???)
Ballistic Missile Submarine
Armed with an unspecified number of Trident missiles and probably four bow tubes if standard practice followed.
No other details provided.

USS Eureka
Oceanographic Survey Ship
Icebreaker bow fitted.
Helipad fitted
Fitted with towed array sonar

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

South Africa

SAS Springbok
Helicopter Cruiser (Invincible Class Carrier?)
Details as per the real ships?

Russia

Podorny
Delta II Class Submarine (Prototype)
Details as per the real ships?

Unnamed
Kiev Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.

Non-Military but interesting.

NS Orion
Cruise Liner
700(+) Passengers and crew
4 x Nuclear reactors, each driving a single turbine (Four propellors?)
Speed: 42 knots (Max)

Plot summary: A series of mysterious disasters bring the superpowers to the brink of war.

Note: The author does not provide any specific dating information, but the story cannot be set any later than the mid-80s. The novel was revised and republished in 1998 under the title 'Second Atlantis', I've not been able to find a copy of that version yet, so I have no idea exactly what differences there are between the two versions. [Spoiler] The HMS Asteria is the novels 'running joke', her disappearance starts off the plot, an RN officer ends up impersonating all of the crew until a convenient moment can be found to announce her loss and then she re-appears in the finale, as to where she was, well... read the book.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 09, 2017, 01:36:10 am
Larry Bond & Jim DeFelice, Blood of War (Red Dragon Rising: 4), 2012

United States

USS McCampbell (DDG-85)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

USS McLane (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name is only mentioned in the blurb on the inside cover, the ship does not in fact appear in the novel.

China (Peoples Republic)

Wen Jiabao (Ex-Moskva, Ex-Slava)
Slava Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Note: In real life this ship has been retained in Russian service and is currently the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, in the novel it has been sold to China and refurbished.

Wu Bei
Slava Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Dialog in the novel reveals that this is in fact the ship named above, the authors used two different names for it and didn't check for consistency before going to print.

Unnamed
Type 54A Class Frigate
Details as per the real ship.

Republic of Vietnam

HQ-372
Tarantul Class Corvette
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: The year is 2014. A war between China and Vietnam threatens to explode into a much wider conflict.

Note: This novel and the series of which it is the fourth book, has been subject to some really sloppy editing.  You have one ship being referred to by different names (Wen Jiabao & Wu Bei) in different chapters when the plot and dialog make it clear that it is the same ship, and you have a ship named in the blub (USS McLane) that does not appear in the plot. The novel finishes with an authors afterward in which they apologize for having the Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer change names from one book to the next in the series.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 09, 2017, 05:03:48 pm
Ewart Brookes, Proud Waters, 1954

United Kingdom

HMS Culver
Destroyer, class not specified
Launched 1922
No other details provided.

HMS Vindex
V & W Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Name shared with a Nairana Class Escort Carrier launched in 1943 (The novel is mostly set in 1940).

Note: All of the minesweeping trawlers below have an official armament consisting of 1 x 12 pdr (Bow) and a 3 x .303 inch MGs (Lewis or Hotchkiss), the mgs are augmented by various guns scrounged up by the crew. Later upgraded to an official armament  of 1 x 12 pdr (Bow), 1 x .303 inch MG, 1 x (Either twin .5 inch MG or a 20mm Cannon).

HMT Arandite
Minesweeping Trawler
Weight: 400 tons
Engines: Triple Expansion steam
Speed: 11 and a half knots (Max)

HMT Pearl
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Almarina
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Red Wing
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Morning Glory
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Jacinth
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Ivy
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Sheila
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Honeybell
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Dog Rose
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Solan
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Golfitt
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Yoshmite
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Amalekite
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Lilla
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Tokay
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Moss Rose
Minesweeping Trawler

HMT Penquin
Minesweeping Trawler

HMD Harvester
Minesweeping Drifter

Germany

Unnamed
Various S-Boats

Plot summary: The novel covers the experience of an officer who transfers from a Destroyer to the minesweepers just after Dunkirk over the entire span of the war.

Note: Most of the novel (Which is apparently based loosely on the authors own wartime experiences.) is set in 1940, the rest of the war is presented as a series of single chapter incidents.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 14, 2017, 02:23:04 am
Another of the books whose details were originally posted to the old Warship Projects 3.0 thread on fictional warships.

Dean Koontz, Icebound (Originally): Prison of Ice, 1995

Russia

Ilya Podogin
Submarine, class not specified
Nuclear Powered (Turbines produce 40,000 horsepower)
Crew: 80 (Plus accommodation for 9 Spetsnaz troops)
Length: 360ft (109.7m)
Beam: 42ft (12.8m)
Draft:  32ft 6 inches (9.9m)
Displacement 8000(+) tons (submerged)/6500 tons (surfaced)
Maxium diving depth: 1000ft (300m)
6x 533mm TT (Some torpedoes can be nuclear armed, present armament is 12 non-nuclear electric torpedoes. Only tubes 1, 4 & 5 (all bow) are mentioned in dialog.)
Speed: 31kts (submerged)/26kts (surfaced)
Fitted out for ELINT
Equipment mounted in the conning tower includes a laser communication system, a collapsible satellite dish, floodlight, radar in addition to the attack and navigation perisopes.
Also carries 3 inflatable boats and climbing gear (including a line-throwing mortar.) for use by members of the special forces (Spetsnaz).

RV Petr Vavilov
Vostok Class Research Ship (Fictional?)
Details as per the real ships?
Note: Not sure if this is a real class of ships or not.

Plot summary: A UN research team looking into the possibility of carving off a portion of north polar ice cap so that it can be towed south to water poor regions of Africa find themselves trapped when the ice shelf they have planted explosives in breaks away from the main pack. With only a limited period of time before the explosives detonate, the only chance of survival is rescue by sea, but a howling gale and evidence that someone on the expedition is not who they claim to be complicate matters.

Note: The novel was first published in 1977 as 'Prison of Ice' under the pseudonym of David Axton.  In the authors own words this was an attempt to write an Alistair MacLean style story, with an action focus rather than the type of horror he is more well known for. I have no idea as to just what changes exist between the two versions of the novel. The cover for the 1995 reprint was by science fiction artist Chris Moore.

Later:I've located online a scan of the cover for the original release version of the novel ('Prison of Ice' by David Axton), this appears to be the US edition and the uncredited cover artist has chosen to depict the Ilya Podogin as a Hotel (Pr. 658) Class Submarine.

Prison of Ice: US Cover (http://70sscifiart.tumblr.com/post/160277934210/morgan-kane)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 14, 2017, 08:19:55 am
Stephen Coonts, The Art of War, 2016

United States

USS United States (CVN-???)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note:  Original name of 8th Nimitz Class Carrier. This ship launched as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in September 1996. See also the entry for 'Final Flight' and the post by Grey Havoc that follows for more details.

USS Hornet (LHD-?)
Wasp Class Amphibious Assault Ship
Details as per the real ships.

USS Utah (SSN-801)
Virginia Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Note: The USS Utah (SSN-801) has been ordered, but construction has not started as of the date of this post.

USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

China (Peoples Republic)

Liaoning (ex-Varyag)
Type 001 Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Ex-Soviet Kuznetsov Class Aircraft Carrier, sunk during the course of the novel.

Unnamed
Various submarines of unspecified class.

Plot summary: The Chinese have come up with a cunning plan to cripple the United States ability to respond to aggression in the South China Sea.

Note: The author does not provide any dating information, so the 'Day after Tomorrow' rule applies.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 16, 2017, 06:49:24 am
John R. Monteith, Rogue Defender, 2013

Republic of China (Taiwan)

ROCS Hai Ming
Hai Ming Class Submarine
Details as per the French Scorpène Class
Copy of the French Scorpène Class built in Taiwan under license.

ROCS Hai Lang
Agosta 90B Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Stated to be an intended fourth Pakistani Khalid Class Submarine, instead sold to Taiwan.

ROCS Si Ning (FFG-1203)
Kang Ding Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

ROCS Ma Kong (DDG-1805) (ex-USS Chandler (DDG-996))
Kee Lung Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Former Kidd Class Destroyer, transferred to Taiwan in 2003

ROCS Cheng Kung (PFG2-1101)
Cheng Kung Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Various Warships

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)

Unnamed
Romeo Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

United States

USS Ronald Regan (CVN-76)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Real ship, details as in service

Unnamed
Various warships

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow'. As the People's Republic of China moves to isolate Taiwan militarily, the government of the beleaguered island turns to the two men who have helped to save it in the past, but will it be enough.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 22, 2017, 06:59:27 am
A chance find in the form of an early 1990s technothriller

R. Karl Largent, Red Tide, 1992

United States

USS Madison (CGN-??)
Virginia Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Stated to have just completed a refit at the start of the novel.
Radar has been upgraded to AN/SPG-60A with a 150mile (80.5km) range, capable of tracking eight targets simultaneously with 6 x AN/SPG-51EE missile control radars.
To be fitted with '2nd Generation Aegis' "...in January..." (If the story is taking place in 1993, then this would be January 1994.)
Note: Name clashes with USS James Madison (SSBN-627) the lead ship of the James Madison Class of Submarines in service (1964-1992).

USS Black River (CGN-??)
Virginia Class Cruiser (Modified)
Modified 5 years prior to the novels 'now'. (E.g. around 1988 if it is assumed the story is taking place in 1993.)
Helipad/Hangar has been upgraded to allow Sea King Helicopters to be landed.
Other modifications from the standard design not specified.
Ship is described as being "...a combination Virginia Class Cruiser and all-operations support ship."

USCGC Red Fox (WPB-144)
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Length: 72ft (22m)
No other details provided.
Note: Author gives pennant as CG-144 (eg "Coast Guard"-144) to prevent confusion I have made an editorial decision to use the more appropriate pennant for a Coast Guard Cutter of this size.

USCGC Hensley (WPB-217)
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Length: 72ft (22m)
Note: Author gives pennant as CG-217 (eg "Coast Guard"-217) to prevent confusion I have made an editorial decision to use the more appropriate pennant for a Coast Guard Cutter of this size.

USCGC Rimfire
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Note: Author refers to the ship as a '4C2', whatever that means.

USCGC Benchley
Coast Guard Cutter, class not specified
Note: Author refers to the ship as a '4C2', whatever that means.

Russia

Rozhko
Yankee III Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Modified to be controlled remotely in 1990.

Cuboc
SWATH Yacht
Modified to carry a minisub.
Russian owned through front company, registered in Cuba.

Unnamed
Mala Class Minisub (Fictional?)
3 man crew
Yugoslavian Design
Diesel and battery powered engines.

Unnamed
Kiev Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships

The year is 1993 (Events are stated to take place 1 and a half years after Christmas 1991.). The Russian and American leaders meet off Jamaica to discuss disarmament even as hardliners who want to bring back the Soviet Union plot to create the perfect opportunity to seize power.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 24, 2017, 01:32:07 am
Yet another "Self-published on Amazon' technothriller

Cameron Poe, Red Agenda, 2017

United States

USS Toledo (CV-?? or CVN-??)
Aircraft carrier, class not specified
Stated to be "...the smallest aircraft carrier in the US Navy."
The air group is "...mostly reconnaissance aircraft and some F-14s."
Stated to have repeatedly avoided being mothballed prior to the 'now' of the novel.
No other details are provided.
Name clashes with USS Toledo (SSN-769) a Los Angeles Submarine in service since 1995.

USS War Eagle (SSN-??) (Most likely SSN-24)
Seawolf Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Commissioned 2007
Note: Stated to be a fourth member of the class constructed in secrecy. The naming of the ship is described as follows:
"On one side of the behemoth, written in chalk by a construction worker, were the words WAR EAGLE. As fate would have it, in a ceremony that entailed only the crew, three other navy officers, and one politician, the ship was commissioned and went to work as the USS War Eagle." It is implied in the novel that the ship was paid for by 'creative accounting' (E.g. Those toilet seats didn't really cost $600...).

USS Memphis (SSN-???)
Skipjack Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Name clashes with USS Memphis (SSN-691) a Los Angeles Class Submarine in service between 1977 and 2011. This submarine is specifically identified as a Skipjack Class Submarine when it is mentioned in a characters backstory.

Russia

Saratov
Typhoon Class Submarine (Modified)
Details as to dimensions and armament are as per the real ships
Ship is highly automated and can be run by a small crew.
Has been optimized to be extremely hard to detect.
Torpedo system loads weapons in five round clips rather than singly.

Plot summary: The Kuwaiti government tries to get it's hands on some surplus Russian firepower, unfortunately for them the people they hire to get it have other ideas.

Note: The author does not provide much information to state positively when the story was set, but it's implied to be somewhere around 2007 - 2009. Some elements of the plot seem to have come from a 1980s telefilm called "The Fifth Missile" as an event in the climax is the shooting down of an ICBM using AIM-7 missiles fired from a 'Bell Helicopter', in addition, two of the ship names (USS Memphis & USS Toledo) are associated with the sinking of the Kursk in 2000.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 25, 2017, 01:18:51 am
With a lot of thanks to Hood...

Dale Brown, Sky Masters, 1991

United States

USS Ranger (CV-61)
Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
In novel still in service as of 1994, in real life decommissioned in 1993

USS Independance (CV-62)
Forrestal Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
Iowa Class Battleship
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Bunker Hill (CG-52)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Sterett (CG-31)
Belknap Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.
In the novel still in service as of September 1994, in real life decommissioned in March of 1994 before being scrapped in 2005.

USS Hewitt (DD-966)
Spruance Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Fife (DD-991)
Spruance Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

China (Peoples Republic)

Hong Lung
Type EF5 Class Destroyer (Fictional Type 052 Class Destroyer)
CODOG Propulsion
Length: 433.1ft (132m)
Displacement: 5000 tons
Draft: 13.1ft (4m)
Speed: 35knots (Author gives speed in 'Nautical miles per hour')
Armament: 6x FL-7 (See Below) Anti-ship missiles , 2x FL-9 long-range Anti-ship missile (See below, missiles are mounted on the after part of the ship.), 2 x HQ-91 (See below for details, Two single arm launchers fore and aft, 30 missiles per magazine.), 100mm Gun (Bow), 4 x single barrelled 37mm guns, 2 x twin barrelled 37mm guns, 1 x 20mmm (or 30mm) CIWS (Phalanx copy) (Mounted "...on the forecastle... behind and below the con...".), No torpedoes or depth charges, ship is dependent on escorts for ASW protection.
Radar and sonar fitted.
Hanger/Helipad fitted. Carries Eurocopter AS365 Dauphin (Referred to in the book as a "...French built Dolphin 2...".), actually the Chinese had been building these as the Harbin Z-9 since the 1980s.
Stated to be one of two in this class.
Note: This ship appears to be based on early reports of what became the Type 052 Luhu class of destroyers. Using a more recent transliteration the name of the ship would be 'Hong Long', a rough translation of the name is 'Red Dragon'.

Jinan (106)
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service
Armament has been modified to include an aft mounted HQ-91 SAM system
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Kaifeng (109)
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service.
Armament has been modified to include an aft mounted HQ-91 SAM system
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Dailan (110)
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service.
Armament has been modified to include an aft mounted HQ-91 SAM system
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Zunyi (134)
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Real Ship, details as in service.
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Feylin
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament has been modified to include an aft mounted HQ-91 SAM system
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Huangshi
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament has been modified to include an aft mounted HQ-91 SAM system
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Xiamen
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament modified with aft mounted HQ-61 SAM system
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Yinchuan
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament has been modified to include an aft mounted HQ-91 SAM system
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Zhangzhou
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament is apparently unmodified.
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Zhangyhum
Type EF4 (Luda (Type 051) Class) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Armament has been modified to include an aft mounted HQ-91 SAM system
Note: Most Luda Class Destroyers in the novel have been fitted with aft mounted Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, either HQ-61 (Real Missile, Chinese designed SAM), HQ-7 (Real Missile, see below for details) or HQ-91 (Fictional Missile, see below for details.)

Jiujiang
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided

Yingtan
Frigate, class not specified
Armed with HQ-61 SAM
No other details provided.

Change De
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided.

Yingkou
Haijui (Type 037Mod) Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships

Wenshan
Hainan (Type 037) Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships

Manning
Hainan (Type 037) Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships

Yaan
Hainan (Type 037) Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships

Baoji
Hainan (Type 037) Class Corvette
Details as per the real ships

Xingyi
Huangfen (Type 021) Class Patrol Boat?
Details as per the real ships
Armament is described as follows:
2 x twin 30mm mounts (Port/Starboard)
? x FL-7
6 x C-801
Radar is "Square Tie" upgraded with Inverse Synthetic Apature Radar (ISAR) capability

Chagda
Huangfen (Type 021) Class Patrol Boat?
Details as per the real ships
Armament is described as follows:
2 x twin 30mm mounts (Port/Starboard)
? x FL-7
6 x C-801
Radar is "Square Tie" upgraded with Inverse Synthetic Apature Radar (ISAR) capability

Fuzhou
Hegu Class (Type 024) Fast Attack Craft
Details as per the real ships

Chukou
Hegu Class (Type 024) Fast Attack Craft
Details as per the real ships

Guangzhou
Lianyun (Type 057K) Class Minesweeper
Details as per the real ships

Dagu
Type 722 II Air Cushioned Landing Craft (Hovercraft)
Details as per the real ships.

Philippines

BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11) (ex-USS Atherton (DE-169))
Datu Kalantiaw Class Frigate (Cannon Class Destroyer Escort)
Real ship, details as in Philippines service, save armament adds 4 x RGM-84 Harpoon missiles in a Mk-141 mount.

BRP Rajah Lakandula (PF-4)(ex-USS Camp (DE-251))
Edsall Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in Philippines service, save armament adds 4 x RGM-84 Harpoon missiles in a Mk-141 mount.
Note: Part of the Philippines Navy from 1976 to 1988 when the ship was retired. It was used as a barracks ship until at least 1999, believed scrapped shortly thereafter. In the novel the ship is still in active service as of 1994.

BRP Camarines Sur (PS-??)
Miguel Malvar Class Corvette (PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft)
Details as per the real ship
Note: Novel refers to the ship as being of the 'Negros Occidental Class', the BRP Negros Occidental (PS-29) was a member of the Miguel Malvar Class scrapped for parts in 2010. Armament details the author provides for this ship fit the Miguel Malvar Class.

BRP Nueva Viscaya (PS-??)
Miguel Malvar Class Corvette (PCE-842 Class Patrol Craft)
Details as per the real ship
Note: Novel refers to the ship as being of the 'Negros Occidental Class', the BRP Negros Occidental (PS-29) was a member of the Miguel Malvar Class scrapped for parts in 2010. Armament details the author provides for this ship fit the Miguel Malvar Class.

Unnamed
Ship of unknown type
Capable of carrying helicopters.
No other details.

Non-ship

Missiles.

Sea Ray Missile - Semi-Fictional

In the novel this weapon is in service with the Philippines Navy and deployed from helicopters. In real life this was a private venture project by Texas Instruments that started development in 1981. The missile was 3m long, 20cm in diameter and weighed 180kg. Guidance was a semi-active laser system identical to that used on the Paveway III bomb and propulsion was the same motor as used in AGM-45 Shrike missile. The warhead was a 68kg fragmentation device. Range was 7km. The documentation I have found indicates a planned service date of around 1987/88 possibly with South Korea. However it would appear that the project was cancelled shortly after those reports were written.

Hong Quian-61 (HQ-61) (Red Banner-61) - Real

Home designed and built Chinese missile system used by both the Chinese army and navy. The stats are as follows, Range: 10km, Speed: Mach 3(+), Warhead: 310kg

Hong Quian-7 (HQ-7) (Red Banner-7) - Semi-fictional

In the novel this is described as French Croatale missiles purchased direct from France. In real life these weapons are in fact unlicensed copies of the French weapon introduced after the Chinese back engineered samples provided by the French. Statistics are exactly the same as the French original.

Hong Quian-91 (HQ-91) (Red Banner-91) - Fictional

This is initially described in the novel (On Page 160.) as a Chinese copy of the Russian SA-N-7 however by the end of the novel the author makes it clear that in fact, the missile is a copy of the French Masurca SAM built under licence by the Chinese. Statistics as to size, range and performance are presumably close to the original French missile. The Ludas fitted with the weapon all have dual rail launchers mounted aft and probably look not dissimilar to the members of the Russian Kotlin Class Destroyers modified to carry the SA-N-1 system.

Fei Lung-7 (FL-7) (Flying Dragon-7) - Semi-Fictional

In real life this missile is a development of the Chinese FL-2 missile. In the novel the author describes it as a 'superior' Chinese copy of the French Exocet missile. Statistics as to size, range and performance are presumably close to the original French missile. According to more recent sources the correct transliteration of the name is 'Feilong'.

Fei Lung-9 (FL-9) (Flying Dragon-9) - Fictional

This missile is described as an unlicensed 'experimental' copy of the Franco-German ANS missile (A weapon that was in development for much of the 80s-90s but did not go into service.). The details the author provides for the missile are as follows, Range 180km, Speed: Mach 2.5, Warhead: 20kt nuke or 513kg Shaped charge warhead.

For the Aircraft mavens.

Dale Brown is an author who specializes in aviation related technothrillers and this novel in particular has a certain notoriety for his calling the B-1B bomber 'Excalibur' rather than 'Lancer' which he explains in a note at the start was a personal preference of his. Also appearing in this book are B-2 'Black Knight' (Rather than B-2 'Spirit') bombers, the EB-52 'Megafortress' (Which was the subject of his first novel 'Flight of the Old Dog'.), but probably the most interesting one of all the F-23 'Wildcat' (A production version of the YF-23) which makes a brief appearance in this novel and is then quietly forgotten.

Plot summary: The year is 1994 (The novels timeframe is 6 June - 10 October.), a clash between the Philippines Navy and the Chinese Navy over an escalating dispute about just who controls the Spratly Islands, results in the use of a nuclear weapon. In the aftermath of that clash some Philippine politicians offer to hand the whole country over to China, bringing the United States into the conflict.

Note: This book took me longer to cover than I planned when I bought it. This is because it was badly edited by both the author and the publisher, which results in contradictory details about ships and weapons appearing in different parts of the novel. It took a lot of research on the part of myself and Hood to sort out just what the author was using for references when he wrote this novel and thus what he based the first of the Chinese warships listed on.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Jemiba on October 25, 2017, 09:17:43 am
I'm not absolutely sure anymore, if my counting is fully correct, but if not, the total number
of novels introduced by Graham here probably is already higher than

                                          300!

Great effort and always interesting to read ! Congratulations and a big thank you to you !    ;)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 25, 2017, 09:09:13 pm
Great effort and always interesting to read ! Congratulations and a big thank you to you !    ;)

Thank you, that makes all the effort worthwhile.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 26, 2017, 05:23:12 am
Some 'Self-published on Amazon' WWII fiction

Roy Peters, The Cauldron, 2013

United Kingdom

HMS Tango
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Built 1936 (Not clear in novel if this means launched or commissioned.)

HMS Tarantula
Submarine Depot Ship
No other details provided
Name clash with an Insect Class Gunboat in service in Chinese Waters/Indian Ocean between 1915 - 1946.

Italy

Romano
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided

Grandissimo
Battleship, class not specified, probably a member of the Litorrio Class
Details as per the real ships if a member of the Litorrio Class.
Note: Simply described as "...Italy's biggest battleship...", no other details are provided

Unnamed
5 Destroyers

Plot summary: It is the middle of WWII and a British submarine is given the job of penetrating Taranto harbor and prevent the Italians from restoring a damaged battleship to service.

Note: This is a basically a 'Boys Own Adventure' style story (Of a type that could have been written in the mid-20th C .), that has been self-published in the early 21st C, the writing is competent, but 'flat'. There is a note by the author at the end of the story that makes it quite clear that all the ships in the story are fictitious, though looking at the names of the two named Italian ships would have made that quite clear. 
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 28, 2017, 02:46:52 am
Charles MacHardy, Send Down a Dove, 1968

United Kingdom

HMS Scorpion
S Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

HMS Triumphant
T Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name is close to that of T Class Submarine HMS Triumph (N18) sunk in 1942.

HMS Walrus
Grampus Class Submarine?
Minelayer
No other details provided
Note: Name is that of a V & W Class Destroyer broken up in 1938. Class is assumed from the fact that it is a minelaying submarine. Also the description in the book makes mention of the Malta Supply role the submarines became associated with.

Germany

U-4117
Type XXI Class U-Boat
Details as per the real ships

U-4118
Type XXI Class U-Boat
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
U-Boat, class not specified
1000 tons
No other details provided

Unnamed
Several Destroyers

Unnamed
Several S-Boats

Unnamed
Hospital Ship
No other details provided.

Plot summary: It is the dying days of WWII in Europe, a British submarine is sent on a patrol into Norwegian waters that drives the crew to the brink of mutiny.

Note: After reading this one I am left wondering if the makers of the British TV version of 'Ghostboat' were familiar with this novel as well, it might explain why they chose the name/class they did for the submarine in that mini-series.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 28, 2017, 06:06:16 am
Dale Brown, Shadows of Steel, 1996

United States

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

Valley Mistress
Salvage Ship (AGI)
Helipad and retractable hangar capable of holding a CV-22 Osprey (Referred to as a 'PAVE HAMMER' in the novel.)
Fitted with SPS-40E Radar (Range:100Mi (161Km)) & SPS-69 Radar
Crew armament includes Stinger SAMs and Rifles
No other details provided
Ship is nominally civilian owned but registered to the US Navy Ready Reserve Fleet.

China (Peoples Republic)

Zhanjiang
Destroyer, class not specified
Size: "...a ship almost as large as the aircraft carrier, it's center superstructure higher and clustered with twice the antenna arrays."
Armament: "...a full compliment of non-nuclear weapons -  long-range anti-ship and antiaircraft missiles, cruise missiles, rocket powered torpedoes, big-dual purpose guns, three sub hunter helicopters, the works." The only system specified in the novel is the HQ-7 SAM which is author misidentifies as the French Croatale, in actual fact the HQ-7 is a reverse engineered copy of the French Croatale.
Note: The author refers to this ship as a destroyer, but the fact that it is almost the same size as a Kuznetsov Class Aircraft Carrier suggests this may be better classed as a cruiser.

Iran

Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini (ex-Varyag)
Ex-Soviet Kuznetsov (Pr.1143.5) Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as built
Transferred to China as the Mao Zedong at the end of the novel.

Sadaf (ex-??)
Cruiser, class not specified
Ex-Soviet ship sold to Iran.

Medina (ex-??)
Luda (Type 051) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Helipad
Ex-Chinese warship sold to Iran.
Note: Name is dubious, Medina is the second most sacred city in Islam, naming a warship after it seems sacrilegious.

For the Aircraft mavens

High Endurance Autonomous Reconnaissance System (HEARSE)

Drone aircraft that looks like a scaled down B-2 'Spirit' bomber, fitted with Synthetic Aperture Radar capable of imaging objects as small as 30cm in size. Capable of three days flight, covered in radar absorbing paint and has the ability to fly without ground command if needed. 

Plot summary: The year is 1997 (The novels timeframe is 12 February to 1 May.). The Chinese have helped the Islamic Republic of Iran get an ex-Soviet Aircraft Carrier working, the threat to the Persian Gulfs balance of power is obvious, but will the US be able to act effectively.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 31, 2017, 03:29:17 am
Robert B. Williams, Ice Fortress, 2017

United States

USS Barracuda (SSN-???) (ex-USS ?)
Virginia Class Submarine (Modified)
Details as per the real ships
All weapons systems have been removed to allow the fitting of support equipment for a remotely controlled minisub (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)) called 'Nellie', which is carried behind the conning tower. All sensor systems have been retained.

As one character in the novel comments: "They took a perfectly good attack submarine, stripped it of it's weapons, renamed it 'Barracuda' and turned it into a floating sonar buoy."

Note: I am rather surprised at the authors decision here, it would have made more sense to convert a class going out of service in the manner described.

'Nellie'
Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Battery powered (Batteries are replaced after each mission.)
Hydrojet propulsion
Fitted with a military derived high-frequency sonar.
When attached to the USS Barracuda (SSN-???), access to the vehicle is via the submarines rear hatch and allows one person to change the batteries and download the data collected.
Can be linked to the host vehicle via a cable and controlled from inside the ship or can be sent out unattached and controlled by software created by DARPA.

USS Indiana (SSN-789)
Virginia Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Russia

Kazan (K-561)
Yasen Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.
In addition to the weapons the ship normally carries it has been fitted with a (fictional) naval version of the SA-21 in an unspecified number of vertical launch cells built into the hull.

Germany (WWII)

U-2532
Type XXI Class U-Boat
Real ship, details as built.
Note: In the real world U-2532 was destroyed by Allied bombing on the 17th of January 1945 without commissioning (The start of construction was the 10th of October 1944 and the launch took place on the 7th of December 1944.). In the novel it appears to have been bought into service sometime in late 1944.

Non Ship

Kreigsmarine Base 211
Submarine Pen and attached base built into the Ronne Ice Shelf.

Plot summary: The year is 2017 (The novels timeframe is  November 6 to 12.).  A specially modified submarine has been sent to survey the Antarctic Iceshelf for the US Navy, when they disappear after reporting finding something odd. Those sent to investigate find the impossible. Stuck in the iceshelf, a German U-Boat in exactly the condition she was in when the crew left her for the last time in 1945...

Note:  The author indicates he was trying to out-do Clive Cussler, with this novel. I will say that while his choice of Nazi 'weird science' is an interesting one, some of the twists he goes through in the plot are pretty ridiculous, though in his defense he at least has the wit to have some of his characters go "What the..." when they happen.

I've managed to locate the cover for a later edition of the novel Medusa by Hammond Innes, which is now attached to the post about that novel. As with the original cover the artist manages to get the type of warship featured in the novel wrong. 
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on October 31, 2017, 10:07:44 pm
Lorhainne Eckhart, Saved, 2013

United States

USS Larsen (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer (Flight IIA)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author simply describes the ship as a 500ft long, guided missile destroyer, described as being 'New' in 2004, this probably means the ship comssioned in 2002 or 2003 which would make her a Flight IIA Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer. Name is similar to that of the Flight IIA Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) launched in 2001.

USS Neilson
Warship of unspecified type
No other details provided.

United Kingdom

Unnamed
Type 42 Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author identifies the ship as a "...British Class Sheffield Destroyer..."

Plot summary: The year is 2004, in the aftermath of Bush the Youngers War, an American destroyer picks up a badly injured woman in a dingy with a horrific story to tell.

Note: The backstory for the heroine of this romantic novel harks back to tales told on the docks of Southern Europe during the Middle Ages and Renaissance about the fate of women captured by Muslim raiders from North Africa, these tales later evolved into 19th C tales of 'Sons of the Desert' and thence into mainstream romance novels..., in this case the author evokes the original stories. However the main plot of the novel goes off in a different direction to chasing the villain responsible for what happened to to the heroine, presumably he makes an appearance in the sequel novels, the plotline the author does chose is not well handled by her.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 01, 2017, 02:39:11 am
Brian Callison, The Dawn Attack, 1972

United Kingdom

Force King

HMS Hystrix
Cruiser, class not specified
6 inch guns
4 inch AA guns in twin mounts
Two funnels (Raked), aircraft mounted between them.
No other details provided.

HMS Muscadin
J, K or N Class Destroyer?
6 x 4.7 inch guns twin turrets (A, B & X)
10 x 21 inch Torpedo tubes
Speed: 37 Knots (Max)
Note: The first member of the WWII M Class, HMS Marne was commissioned on the 2nd of December 1941, after the events described in the novel. Also the armament details fit the preceding J, K & N classes, however this identification is very tentative.

HMS Salamander
J, K or N Class Destroyer?
6 x 4.7 inch guns in twin turrets (A, B & X)
10 x 21 inch Torpedo tubes
Speed: 37 Knots (Max)
Armament details fit the J, K & N classes, name does not.

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

Prince Rupert
Landing Ship, Infantry
No other details provided

Prince Michael
Landing Ship, Infantry
No other details provided

Germany

Patzig
Armed Trawler
Armament: 1 x 37mm Gun (ex-Polish Army (37mm Bofors gun?)) fwd, 2 x 1 MG-34 machine guns mounted on the bridge wings.
No other details

Plot summary: Today is the 31st of November 1941 (No, that is a not a mistake...), this is the story of a Commando raid on a small Norwegian coastal town.

Note: The fictitious commando raid in the novel appears to be based loosely on the events of the Vågsøy raid, Operation Archery (27th of December 1941).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 04, 2017, 09:09:30 pm
Another 'Self-published on Amazon' WWII novel.

Martin D. Crane, Seòladair, 2014

United States

USS Henry Prescott (DD-451)
Gleaves Class Destroyer
Commissioned 1940?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant clash with the Fletcher Class Destroyer USS Chevalier (DD-451). Author is vague with the internal dating, the hero joining the USS Henry Prescott takes place an unspecified time after the 7th of December, 1941 at which time the person who greets the hero states that the ship "...was commissioned two years ago...", as the ship is a Gleaves class destroyer, this would mean she commissioned some time in 1940 with the hero becoming part of her crew in some time in 1942. The appearance in the novel of a former Clemson Class ship that held the name before being transferred to the United Kingdom is also evidence that the ship commissioned in 1940.

USS Weston L. Foxx (DD-523)
Fletcher Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant lies in a cancelled range assigned to the Fletcher Class (DD-523 to 525), according to my research no name was assigned to the pennant number.

USS John M. Welch (DD-???)
Fletcher Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Sunk during Typhoon Cobra (Aka 'Halsey's Typhoon')

USS Rountree (DD-???)
Sims Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

USS Ponca
Tugboat, class not specified
1 x 3 inch gun (Fwd)
Not a member of the Navajo Class of tugs.

USS Blue Jay
'Fleet Minesweeper', class not specified
No other details provided
Sunk during the course of the novel.
Note: Name clashes with the coastal minesweeper USS Blue Jay (AMc-23), which was in service 1940 - 1946.

United Kingdom

HMS Ariadne
Dido Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: By 1943 the name clashes with an Abdiel Class Minelayer HMS Ariadne (M65). However the ship in the novel is in operation at the start of WWII so it cannot be that ship, more to the point the authors description of the ships armament fits the Dido Class.

HMS Bedford (ex-USS Henry Prescott (DD-???))
Town Class Destroyer (ex-Clemson Class Destroyer)
Details as per the real ships.

Germany

Unnamed
Various warships

Japan

Unnamed
Various warships

Plot summary: A coming-of-age tale with Christian overtones set during WWII.

Note: As stated above the author is very vague with the dating, key events are mentioned, but the events of the story are only loosely tied to them, until the latter half of the novel set in the Pacific. In the authors favor, he does show that he understands US Navy naming conventions. As to the Christian elements, the author manages to keep them pretty low key, with most of them being obvious cases of the central character turning to God for comfort at moments of crisis,  with only one scene that I would class as containing blatant preaching to the reader.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 05, 2017, 04:08:06 am
Dave Mayer, Eternity Base, 1996

United States

USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63)
Kitty Hawk Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service

Unnamed
Various warships

Russia

Unnamed
Delta II Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)

Am Nok Gang
Covert operations support ship (Converted merchant ship)
Ice reinforced bow
Speed: 20 Knots (Cruise?)
Carries high speed infiltration boats of unspecified type.
Note: Armament if any not specified in novel. Ship operates in a conventional merchant role much of the time.

Plot summary: The year is 1996 (The novels timeframe is  October 18 to December 5.), a researcher looking into old US Army files uncovers a secret buried in the Antarctic ice since the 1970s.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 08, 2017, 04:11:11 am
Another of those 'Self-published on Amazon' thrillers...

Richard Smith, The Fin Chasers, 2017

United States

Coast Guard

Unnamed (MLB-???) (Unofficial name: 'Fin Chaser')
47ft (14m) Motor Life Boat (Modified)
Details as per the real ships.
Ship has been converted into a research vessel, has an observation tower similar to those on sports fishing vessels fitted, along with a bowsprit, a cradle holding a 16ft (4.9m) long minisub (Named: Jaws, 2 crew, battery powered, fitted with 3x Mares Spearguns) and launching positions for two unmanned, remote controlled minisubs.
Armament is mostly hand held (6 x M4 Carbines, M9 Pistols, 6 Mares Spearguns), an M240B MG is carried but not mounted.
Note: While this ship retains it's rescue capability, it's current assignment is shark research along the US Gulf Coast.

USCGC Casco
Cutter, unspecified class
No other details provided.
Note: Also referred to as a 'Heavy Cruiser'. The name was last used on the Casco Class Cutter USCGC Casco (WHEC-370) a former US Navy Barnegat Class Seaplane Tender that was transferred to the Coast Guard in 1949 and decommissioned in 1969.

Air Force

Neptune
Air transportable mini-sub
Length: 40ft (12.2m)
Manta-ray shaped ('Wings' fold upward over the body to allow air transport.)
Crew: 3 (Pilot, Weapons Systems Officer, 'Flight' Engineer.) + 1 passenger
Exact dimensions are not given but when the wings are folded it can be carried inside a C-130 Hercules which has been modified to allow it to land/take off from water.
Note: Stated to have been designed and built by the United States Air Force for the purpose of making covert retrievals without having to ask the US Navy to do it. Described as being as maneuverable as a "...very, very, slow F-16."
Armament includes laser weapons of an unspecified type. 4x J-65 Armour Piercing Torpedoes (Fictional?), 2x R-40 Heat Seeking Missiles (Fictional?)
Fitted with manipulator arms (Mounted internally, have to be extended to use.)

Non State

Unnamed (ex-Sahand)
Moudge Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: Supplied to the Islamic State by Iran. stated to have been smuggled to Cuba for handover.
Carries a minisub of unspecified type.

Plot summary: The year is 2017, something has been driving sharks off the US Gulf Coast into a frenzy.

Note: This is a pretty silly story, thankfully the author recognizes it at one point having a character comment that the USAF submarine "...looks like it came out of one of Clive Cussler's latest novels...".
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Foo Fighter on November 10, 2017, 11:58:24 am
I do not mean to be rude, but, what is the real purpose of this thread which seem to rehash ships mentioned in fictional stories?  I just cannot see the point.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Jemiba on November 12, 2017, 05:49:19 am
Well, you're right in a way, this thread is better suited to this section here.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Foo Fighter on November 12, 2017, 10:34:22 am
Fair point but if there us to be a reason to the subject there could be some assessment of the plot to propaganda or factually based scenario's being wargamed to adjust tactics/doctrine and theory.  This does not seem to do any of that as far as I can see.  Perhaps a little more debate about the topic might see us learn a little more about the situations these stories are set to, background wise.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Jemiba on November 12, 2017, 10:19:04 pm
As the title implies, this section here was started to discuss or at least point to
alternative historical scenarios, or perceptions of the future, often perceptions
from many years ago. The themes are as widespread, as are the interests of our members,
and no, it's not an indispensable theme for this forum, I think. But the Bar is neither !
Apart from our main theme aviation, naval themes obviously are of interest to quite a lot
of people here, so why not list novels about such themes ? Feel free to post a similar
list in a thread like "Aviation Novels", pointing to aircraft, that are either fictional,
or based on real ones. 
And as a point more related to our serious matter, such a thread can be used in a similar
way to our blacklist here https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,26358.0.html (https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,26358.0.html)  ,
for identifying or tracing fakes or faulty mentions.
If somebody is interested in more additional information, I think, he should feel free to
elaborate and tell them to all of us !
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: starviking on November 12, 2017, 11:34:04 pm
As the title implies, this section here was started to discuss or at least point to
alternative historical scenarios, or perceptions of the future, often perceptions
from many years ago. The themes are as widespread, as are the interests of our members,
and no, it's not an indispensable theme for this forum, I think. But the Bar is neither !
Apart from our main theme aviation, naval themes obviously are of interest to quite a lot
of people here, so why not list novels about such themes ? Feel free to post a similar
list in a thread like "Aviation Novels", pointing to aircraft, that are either fictional,
or based on real ones. 
And as a point more related to our serious matter, such a thread can be used in a similar
way to our blacklist here https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,26358.0.html (https://www.secretprojects.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,26358.0.html)  ,
for identifying or tracing fakes or faulty mentions.
If somebody is interested in more additional information, I think, he should feel free to
elaborate and tell them to all of us !

And this thread is also useful in a historic sense, as it shows how authors saw ships being used, and how they thought they would evolve.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on November 13, 2017, 06:30:03 am
This thread is a continuation of a similar thread on the defunct Warship Discussion 3.0 forum.

It's purpose is several fold:
Like the aviation blacklist, to clearly mark ships some may think are real or may be confused with real ships.
To catalogue the fictional ships portrayed in books, film and TV.
To catalogue naval fiction more broadly.
To display some of the varied artwork on the book covers, especially those from an age gone by when artists actually painted scenes rather than dodgy 3D graphics.
To examine themes of the books published and the plots; for example its clear that most Cold War literature focuses on submarines.
To analyse how authors use naming conventions (or otherwise!).
To be a source for AH ideas and possible artwork ideas.

I'll admit there is a lot of background work between Graham and myself to decipher author's intentions, especially when vague ideas are portrayed.
The range of novels cover everything from late 19th century invasion literature, early 20th century works, wartime propaganda novels (both world wars), children's literature from the early 20th century, action comics, Cold War era novels (1950s onwards), post Cold War scenarios (US vs. China or Iran seem popular themes), techno-thrillers (from early 20th century to today), film adaptations of books. 
We don't tend to touch anime however, its a broad area on its own with its own challenges.

If people would be interested in more of the details of how we piece together these items and more analysis on the storylines then we can provide that.
I would echo Starviking's comment, some of the authors writing in the 1890s and even 1910s had some quite interesting concepts of what the future might hold. Cold War novels reflect the fears of the time, some mirror real-world events and others are speculative.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Foo Fighter on November 13, 2017, 01:28:39 pm
A lot more discussion at the moment so hopefully my question, from being taken as insulting, may provoke more debate on this thread.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Jemiba on November 13, 2017, 10:06:13 pm
Debating the content of a book, or the way things are represented, or maybe how the typical enemies
changed over the years is ok, I think.
The reasons, why this thread is here and how it should be understood were cited in the last posts, so I can
see no need to debate this any further.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Foo Fighter on November 14, 2017, 08:19:10 am
Not suggesting that any debate should be had about why the thread is extant.  All I was asking about was what it was intended to achieve.  Hopefully more debate on the posts content will enable more to be achieved FROM posting here.  Hopefully we will all learn a bit.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 20, 2017, 08:39:12 pm
Fisher T. Samuels, The Shores of Tripoli, 2014

United States (2014)

USS Dauntless (PC-??)
Patrol Boat, class not mentioned
Length: 85ft (26m)
Displacement: 185,000 pounds (84 tonnes)
Armament: 2 x 25mm Mk.38 Machine Gun (Fwd and stern)
Experimental non-lethal weapon (Code name "November Lima")
Speed: 35 knots (Electric engines, power is supplied either by Diesel engines or Hydrogen fuel cells)
Power from the engines when running under diesel mode can be used to generate additional hydrogen for the fuel cells via electrolysis.
Note: Stated to be newly built

USS Mauler (PC-??)
Patrol Boat, class not mentioned
20 years older than USS Dauntless
Diesel Engines.

United States (1803)

USS Philadelpia
Sailing Frigate
Real ship, details as in service

Plot summary: The United States newest patrol boat suddenly finds itself at a critical moment in US history when the test of a new non-lethal weapon produces a strange side effect.

Note: Both of the patrol ships seem to be loosely based on the US Cyclone Class Patrol Boat (First examples launched 1993, still in service), with USS Dauntless (PC-??) conceivably representing a replacement class.

The conflict the author uses as the background is the First Barbary War (1801-1805), the second major conflict the United States engaged in after Independance (The first was the 1798-1800 Quasi-War with the French over the XYZ Affair.), it is also the origin of the second part of the opening line of the US Marine Corps Hymn.

Plot-wise this novel is not too much different from the 1980 film "The Final Countdown" which is probably the most well known military time-displacement story at present. The basic idea was first used by author Dean McLaughlin in the novella "Hawk Among The Sparrows" published in Analog magazine in the July 1968 issue, however as that involves a single-seat fighter version of the SR-71, that is outside the scope of the list.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on November 27, 2017, 12:45:14 am
Yet another 'Self-published on Amazon' thriller...

S.T. Mastroianni, Interceptor, 2017

United States

Coast Guard

USCGC Hamilton (WMSL-753)
Legend Class Cutter
Real ship, details as in service.

USCGC Wahoo (WPB-87345)
Marine Protector Class Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service.

Customs & Border Patrol

Invincible
High speed interception craft
Real ship, details as in service (link (https://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/FS_2015_43%20Ft%20ACTD_final.pdf))
Armament: Two 'machine guns', type not specified, most likely the current US Service weapon

Interceptor
High speed interception craft
Same details as Invincible

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)

Avenger
Infiltration craft (Converted Motor Yacht.)
Exact dimensions are not given.
Comprehensive electronics fit (Very high end civilian equipment.)
Registered to a Hong Kong based front company
Crew are Chinese born North Korean operatives.
Armament: AK-47s  and unspecified handguns for all crew.

Plot summary: A US/Chinese Yacht Building partnership has just completed their first major boat (A 120ft motor yacht called 'Reunion') and plan to have it delivered to their US customer. However the passage crew do not realize that the North Koreans have managed to modify the boat to carry something into US waters that will, if it is delivered successfully make the Great Leader very happy.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 03, 2017, 08:19:09 am
Dan Foley, Intruder, 2015

Germany (1944)

U-533
U-Boat of unspecified class
No other details provided.
Note: Pennant matches that of a Type IXC/40 Class U-Boat that was sunk in the Gulf of Oman in October of 1943. The submarine in the novel is sunk in the Atlantic in August of 1944.

United States

USS John Hancock (SSBN-???)
Class not specified
Details would match any of the pre-Ohio Class Submarine classes
Stated that at some point after the events of the novel the submarine is updated to carry Trident Missiles, this suggests she is either a member of the James Madison or Benjamin Franklin Classes.
Note: Name clashes with a Spruance Class Destroyer in service 1977 - 2007.

Russia

Unnamed
Nuclear submarine
Class not specified


Plot summary: The year is 1970. The Ballistic Missile submarine USS John Hancock is on another routine patrol. For the Gold Crew, this means another long patrol filled with films, pranks, poker and ghost stories, this time however the ghost is real and has unfinished business dating back to World War Two...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 05, 2017, 06:42:48 am
Returning to classic war fiction after spending some time on Amazon...

Alexander Fullerton, Band of Brothers, 1996

United Kingdom

MTB-545
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-559
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-560
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-561
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-562
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-563
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MTB-564
Motor torpedo boat, make not specified
Details as per typical members of that type of ship in British service.

MGB-864
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per the real ships

MGB-866
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per the real ships

MGB-870
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per the real ships

MGB-874
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per the real ships

MGB-875
Fairmile D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per the real ships

Note: I am not sufficiently familiar with British MTB/MGB numbering to determine if the pennants above are real pennants or fictional.

Unnamed
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Hunt Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Germany

Heilbronne
Armed Merchant Ship (U-Boat Supply ship)
4,500 tons
Two Funnels
Speed: 17 knots
Converted pre-war Banana Boat
Ship is armed, but no specific details are provided.

Unnamed
Several R-Boats (Small minesweepers)
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Several M-Class Minesweepers
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Several Elbing Class Torpedo Boats
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author refers to these ships as T-Class Torpedo boats, but the limited details he provides suggest that he had the Elbing Class in mind.

Unnamed
Several Armed Trawlers
No specific details provided

Plot summary: It is October 1943, a German U-Boat supply ship is attempting to break out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Note: The authors introduction states that the engagement which forms the heart of the novel is loosely based on several wartime 'After Action' reports involving the British Coastal forces.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 06, 2017, 12:05:06 am
Anthony Molloy, On The Edge of Darkness, 2013

United Kingdom

HMS Nishga
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

MTB-34
Torpedo Boat
Exact make/type not specified

MTB-35
Torpedo Boat
Exact make/type not specified

Note: I do not have a good source for MTB Pennant numbers so these may be real pennants used fictionally.

Germany

Nienburg
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
6 x 8 inch guns (Armament is not described in much detail however clues from the combat sequence in which she appears imply the layout of the main armament is A & B (Twin Turrets), X & Y (Single Turrets).)
12 x 4 inch guns
6000 tons
30 knots
"...double mounted torpedo tubes and the usual Ack-Ack stuff."

Wagner
Type 1934 Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ship
Note: Author refers to this ship as a Maas Class Destroyer. Name does not fit the class all of which were named after German Navy personnel killed in WWI.

Unnamed
S-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Captured by the crew of HMS Nishga, taken into RN service as HMS Edward

Unnamed
S-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Captured by the crew of HMS Edward, taken into RN service as HMS Ethelred

Unnamed
F-Class Escort Ship (Frigate)
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: The crew of a British destroyer fight an unorthodox campaign during the German invasion of Norway and after, causing chaos amongst the German invaders, initiative that catches the eye of Winston Churchill.

Note: This is the first book of a 29 novel series and the plot covers fictional events during the Norwegian Campaign, Battle of Boulogne (1940) and the evacuation from Dunkirk. The novel reads like a  'Boys Own Adventure' story of the type written in the 50s and 60s (See for example 'Mettle at Woomera' (1962?) or 'Jimmy-The-One: A Submariner Sinclair Story' (1960), on the list for examples of such stories from that period, more recent examples of this type of story to be found on this listing are 'HMS Vengeful' (2015) and 'The Cauldron' (2013)). The authors afterward, claims that he based several of the exploits featured in the story on actual events that took place in the Norwegian theater of WWII, a move that makes me think of the forwards W.E. Johns used to write for the Biggles short story collections. He also has one of his characters comment that following one daring operation the after action report "...reads like a Boy's Own adventure story.", which shows he's not taking himself completely seriously.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 08, 2017, 05:23:29 am
Alexander Fullerton, Into The Fire, 1995

United Kingdom

MGB-318
Fairmille C Motor Gun Boat
Real ship, details as in service.

MGB-600
Fairmille D Motor Gun Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: I have checked an online source and this appears to be a fictional pennant, however further research is needed to confirm this.

Germany

Unnamed
2 Armed Trawlers

Plot summary: It is summer of 1943. A female SOE agent, in love with a crew-member of an MGB, is transported to France to take part in the dangerous task of spying on the Germans.

Note: This novel is the first in a series of five focusing on the career of the SOE agent in WWII. The novel 'Band of Brothers' which I have covered previously takes place in the same 'universe', the link being the navigator of the MGB who is transferred following the events of this novel to one of the ships taking part in the events of 'Band of Brothers'. As with the later novel the authors afterward reveals he based some of the incidents in the novel on after action reports.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 09, 2017, 01:18:01 am
With a small apology to Hood, I had hoped not to run across any more fictional Hipper Class Cruisers...

Charles Whiting (Pen name: Duncan Harding), Flotilla Attack, 1976

United Kingdom (WW I)

HMS Attack
Heavy Cruiser, class not specified
8 inch main battery.
No other details provided.

HMS Scarborough
Town Class Cruiser?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

United Kingdom (WW II)

HMS Blackamore
B Class Destroyer?
Details as as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment solely based on the name.

HMS Defiance
Tribal Class Destroyer?
Constructed as Destroyer Leader.
Note: Described in the novel as a being a Tribal "...of the "D" Class." in the novel

HMS Daring
Tribal Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Described in the novel as a being a Tribal "...of the "D" Class." in the novel. Name clashes with the D Class Destroyer of the same name.

HMS Destruction
Tribal Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Described in the novel as a being a Tribal "...of the "D" Class." in the novel.

HMS Darling
Tribal Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Described in the novel as a being a Tribal "...of the "D" Class." in the novel.

HMS Rose
Destroyer, class not specified
Launched 1920
Single funnel
Speed: 31 knots ("A good five knots behind the Tribals at least")
Twin turrets (A, B & X), Original 4.7 inch? main battery replaced with a 5 inch main battery in 1940.


Germany (WWI)

SMS Koeln
Battlship, class not specified

SMS Koblenz
Battlship, class not specified

SMS Kassell
Battlship, class not specified

Germany (WWII)

Braunschweig
Hipper Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified as such in the novel.

Unnamed
Ten S-Boats
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: The year is 1940, an officer trying to overcome a family disgrace dating back to the Battle of Jutland, finds himself given command of a destroyer with a reputation as a hoodoo ship and thence into a desperate struggle during the German invasion of Norway.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on December 09, 2017, 03:13:23 am
I have a duo of Great War novels to add to the listing.

A Sub and a Submarine: The Story of H.M. Submarine R19 in the Great War, by Percy F. Westerman, 1918

Great Britain
HMS R-19
A fictional R Class submarine; 300ft long, 25ft beam, armed with four 12pdr AA guns on disappearing mounts, four 21in torpedo tubes (two in the bows and two beam tubes in the lower central compartment, these were trained fore-aft for loading and then turned outboard to fire to either beam via waterproof connections to the outer hull, a very novel layout), also features a 20ft whaler recessed into the upper deck, 80 crew.

HMS Barnacle
An obsolete cruiser used as a submarine depot ship

Talisman
Armed tramp steamer

Germany
Unnamed
Battleship

SMS V201
Torpedo boat destroyer, class unspecified, note German destroyer pennants never got as far as the 200s

SMS S19
Real ship

U-129
Submarine, class unspecified, sunk by HMS R-19

SMS Kormoran
Armed steamer, bringing prisoners back from the South Atlantic

L67
Zeppelin airship

Denmark
Havornen
Torpedo boat, real ship

Imperial Russia
Zabiyaka
Destroyer, class unspecified

Kuptchino
Destroyer, class unspecified

Plot: One of the leading naval fiction writers of the Great War, Westerman this time sets the action in the Baltic during the 1918, after the Bolshevik November revolution but before the March armistice with Germany. The novel is the usual 'Boys-Own' style action and like many Westerman novels features land-based adventures and German spies (this time a Bolshevik Russian German spy!) and is probably one of the first of many West Vs. Soviet Union adventures. It also features the usual Teutonic villein, this time the Captain of the V201 who won the Pour le Merite for his brutal actions as a POW camp commandant. The R-19 successfully sneaks into the Baltic Sea, destroying the airship L67 en-route and evades the V201 at a submarine net despite German claims they sunk her. The author evidently supports the former Imperial Russian Navy, who despite the chaos around them prove to still be loyal and effective. The Germans attempt a fleet action in Moon Sound and successful trap the Russians but the R-19 sinks a German battleship with two torpedoes and the Germans withdraw. After the land-based action unmasking spy's and more daring-do, the R-19 sails back to Blighty to escape the forthcoming Russian peace with Germany and the winter ice. They come across a convoy en-route and cause more havoc for the Germans, sinking the V201 too, before breaking back into the North Sea and home.


Dave Darrin and the German Submarines Or Making a Clean-up of the Hun Sea Monsters, by H. Irving Hancock, published USA, 1919

United States
USS John J. Logan (DD-?)
Destroyer, class unspecified, armed with two 3in guns, 1pdr QF guns, 30kts

USS John Adams (DD-?)
Destroyer, class unspecified, armed with two 3in guns, 1pdr QF guns, 30kts

USS Asa Grigsby (DD-?)
Destroyer, described as being one of the new war classes so probably a Wickes or Clemson Class destroyer

USS Joseph Reed (DD-?)
Destroyer, described as being one of the new war classes so probably a Wickes or Clemson Class destroyer

Prince
An armed tramp Q-ship, armed with six concealed beam guns (calibre unspecified)

Germany
U-193
Submarine, class unspecified

Unnamed
Various submarines, some have 5in or 6in deck guns.

Plot: This American novel was aimed at the children's market so to say its a 'Boys-Own' type adventure is probably an understatement. Dave Darrin's ship, the USS John J. Logan is an extremely effective U-boat killer. At one stage it manages to shoot down a German Zeppelin and sinks a U-boat by ramming at the same time! The story features an obligatory German spy but he gets dealt with in time. Dave then serves aboard the Prince, a Q-ship which lures submarines towards her before using her six concealed guns to sink them. Dave and his best friend Dan Dalzell then get given a new class of destroyer to play with, the USS Asa Grigsby with which they sink more U-boats. Dave's wife is aboard a sunken liner but they manage to rescue her and she survives. So good are Dave and Dan that at the end of the story they get transferred to the Royal Navy to teach them how to sink submarines! 
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 09, 2017, 03:43:15 am
Good finds Hood!

I've noticed over the last few months that other publishers (Thunderchild Publishing, Canelo Digital Publishing) seem to be following the lead of Endeavour press and releasing more 60s - 90s era action fiction in E-book form, but this seems largely to be confined to British authors, hopefully someone will do the same with American mass market fiction as well.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 11, 2017, 03:54:39 am
A "Self-published on Amazon" short story.

R. W. Scott, The Displaced, 2017

United States

USS Eldridge (DE-173)
Cannon Class Destroyer Escort
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Author referrers to this ship as a 'Destroyer'.

USS Lancaster
Destroyer, class not specified
No details provided

Germany

U-420 (Named by the crew 'Valhalla'.)
Type VIIC Class U-boat
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant number matches that of a Type VIIC Class U-boat launched in 1942 that disappeared some time after the 20th of October 1943. The short story however states that this U-Boat was launched in mid-1943, so it cannot be that one.

Plot Summary: The year is 1943. A German U-Boat is sent to investigate rumors that the US have found a way to make a ship invisible.

Note: This short story is inspired by the tale known as the Philadelphia Experiment. I have covered another story inspired by this, 'Thin Air' which came out in the 1970s.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 12, 2017, 02:35:38 am
One more in the long line of "Self-published on Amazon" novels...

Thomas D. Wilson, Whisper, 2010

United States (1800)

USS Insurgent (ex-Insurgente)
Sémillante Class Sailing Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: French warship, captured by the USS Constellation during the 1799-1800 Quasi-War with France.

United States (2010)

USS Whisper (CG-86)
Cruiser, class not specified
Nuclear powered, fitted with a "...twin cooled (cored?) nuclear reactor..."
Armament: Gun/Missile (Only specific weapon mentioned is the RIM-67 missile, also stated that depth charges (A very obsolete weapon by the 2000s.) were to form part of the armament but not equipped.)
Speed: 38 knots (+)
Authors description: "She was big, sleek and beautiful. She had lines more reminiscent of the old World War II cruisers."
Has been painted in World War I/II era 'Dazzle Pattern' camouflage rather than standard US Navy Grey.
Fitted with a invisibility device called a 'Phase Shifter' which works by placing the ship slightly out-of-sync with normal space/time.
Note: Correct pennant number should be CGN-86.

USS Essex
Warship, possibly a cruiser, type not specified
Speed: 38 knots (+), slightly slower than USS Whisper (CG-86)

USS Hopper (DDG-???)
Destroyer, class not specified

USS Wasp (FFG-???)
'Missile Frigate', class not specified
No other details provided

USS Dark Horse
Covert operations craft
Stealth design
Can submerge. Rated Maximum Operating depth: 150ft (46m)
No other details provided.

USS Poseidon
Submersible Aircraft Carrier
Armament includes ICBMs/Aircraft/Torpedoes?
No other details provided.

Germany (1944)

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Plot summary: A test of a radical form of stealth device goes badly wrong.

Note: This is not the best of stories and feels like it could have done with more editing and fact checking. The Author includes an account of what is clearly the WWI 'Paris Gun' but mistakenly attributes it to WWII. He also at one point has a character mention a specific Wikipedia page and and then quotes the entire page, in a situation where a quick summary would have been more effective.  The novel was apparently intended as the first in a series, but the other novels (Save a sample chapter from the second book.) have not appeared yet. This, like the preceding short story ('The Displaced'), is inspired by the tale of the Philadelphia Experiment, other books I have covered in this thread which draw inspiration from it include 'Thin Air' (1977), 'Thunderfish' (1999) and 'Deadly Apparition' (2014)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 12, 2017, 10:55:23 pm
Brian Callison, Ferry Down: A Voyage to Disaster, 1998

United States (WWII)

USS Thompson (DD-???)
Fletcher Class Destroyer?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: This appears in the backstory of one of the novels characters, who survived the sinking of this ship during the Battle of Leyte Gulf (1944), the description of the sinking matches details of the history of the USS Johnston (DD-557) a member of the Fletcher Class of Destroyers. The reason for using a fictional name in this case is to allow the setting up of a revenge based subplot involving former members of the crew over actions dating back to the sinking.

Germany

Vorderst
Warship, class/type not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: A fictionalized version of the 1990 MS Scandanavian Star disaster.

Note: In this novel, the author uses a technique similar to that he used in 'The Dawn Attack', contrasting the bland wording of an official report (In this case the official report into the MS Scandanavian Star fire.) with the harrowing reality of the events those words describe.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 14, 2017, 09:08:37 am
Charles Whiting (Pen name: Duncan Harding), Convoy of Death, 2005

United Kingdom

HMS Black Swan
Minesweeper, class not specified
Armament: Bren Machine Guns, Lewis Machine Guns, Oerlikon guns (20mm), Bofors Guns (40mm), Parachute and Cable Rockets, Holman Projectors
Two funnels
Triple Expansion Steam Engine, power 1200ph
Described as "...old tube of a minesweeper which should have been scrapped years ago."
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with the name ship of the Black Swan Class Sloops.

Unnamed
Corvette, class not specified
Armament: 4.5 inch guns, .5 Machine guns

Germany

U-222
U-Boat, type not specified
Note: Pennant number matches that of a Type VIIc Class U-Boat sunk in the Baltic in 1942

U-332
U-Boat, type not specified
Note: Pennant number matches that of a Type VIIc Class U-Boat sunk in the Atlantic in 1943. In the novel the submarine sinks in 1942

Unnamed
Several U-Boats, S-Boats

Plot summary: The year is 1942. Another convoy makes it's way to Russia.

Note: The cover by Paul Dickinson, while a nice piece of 'action' artwork, does not fit the action of the novel at all, nor does the minesweeper depicted match the ship in the novel.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 16, 2017, 01:56:21 am
We now go from WWII to the 24th Century...

Bob Shaw, Medusa's Children, 1977

Kingdom of South NewZealand

HMSNZS Trilby
Research Ship
No other details provided

HMSNZS Dalton
Corvette
Armament: 'Seafire' Nuclear Torpedoes (Speed: 47 knots)
No other weapons or details mentioned

Unnamed
Two Destroyers

Note: The total strength of the Royal South NewZealand Navy is 10 ships.

Republic of Queensland

Unnamed
Destroyer

Plot summary: It is the 24th Century, as the Earth recovers from the effects of global warming, one mystery remains, why did the seas not rise...

Note: While set in the distant future, the effects of global warming, the collapse of nations, etc have prevented technology from being improved from that of the late 20th/early 21st Century. Indeed, the small nations that remain have great trouble keeping the technology they have working, dealing as they often are with copies of copies of copies...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 16, 2017, 05:18:38 pm
...and back to "Self-published on Amazon" fiction.

Dave Snow, Raven's Nest, 2000

United States (WWII)

USS Sea Stallion (SSN-477)
"Fleet Class", either Gato or Balao Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant number clashes with that of the Tench Class Submarine USS Conger (SSN-477) in service 1945 - 1963. Novel states that the submarine was commissioned in August 1943 and the first Tench Class Submarines did not start commissioning until late in 1944, therefore it must be a member of one of the earlier two classes.

Becomes...

Non-State

Griffin (ex-USS Sea Stallion (SSN-477))
"Fleet Class", either Gato or Balao Class Submarine (Modified)
Has undergone a modernization similar to the US GUPPY program (E.g. Hull has been streamlined)
Original engines have been replaced with a "...steam turbine with a small atomic reactor...", underwater speed is now 40 knots.
Highly automated, crew has been reduced to 20.
Torpedo armament includes a mix of full and reduced charge warheads.
Operated by the McFallen Clan (Pirates...)

Breeze
Armed Trawler
'Old' 1940s/50s/60s?
Typical fishing vessel of the type operated in Alaskan waters?
Australian registered? (Note: Author does not specifically state this, but the heroine notes an Australian flag flying at the stern when she goes aboard.)
Armament: 1 x M60 Machine gun (Deck mounted fwd, the gun is normally kept dismounted in a locker on deck.)
Operated by the McFallen Clan (Pirates...)

United States (1983)

Coast Guard

Unnamed
Cutter

Navy

Unnamed
Two Destroyers

Plot summary: The year is 1983, a young woman receives a mysterious inheritance and finds herself caught up in a vicious struggle over the legacy of the worlds last pirate.

Note: This novel is not an action novel in the normal sense, but rather a Gothic Romance in action novel trappings. While the author does not list his inspirations, I get the feeling that the two Jules Verne 'Captain Nemo' tales "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" & "The Mysterious Island" (As filtered through Hollywood.) especially the latter were amongst them. As with some other tales of post Age-of-Sail pirates ('The Stolen Cruiser' (1913) & 'The Third Officer' (1921)) the novel is incredibly vague on just how the loot is disposed of and never explains just who did the updates on the Griffin, updates that would require access to a fairly substantial shipyard to perform. Other novels I've covered with highly-automated submarines on this list are 'The Saturn Experiment' (1988) and 'Thunderfish' (1999).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 21, 2017, 04:43:19 am
J. E. MacDonnell, Killer Group, 1964

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.

Unnamed
Four Destroyers, class not specified

Note: These five ships are probably the authors RAN '5th Destroyer Flotilla' (HMAS Wind Rode, Witch, Whelp, Swift & Sabre).

United States

USS Barracuda (SS-???)
Pike Class Submarine (Fictional Class)
Length: 300ft (91.4 m)
Range: 10,000 miles (16093.44 km)
No other details provided
Note: The author identifies this ship as being a member of the 'Pike Class', USS Pike (SS-173) was a member of the Porpoise Class, however the details he gives do not quite fit the actual Porpoise Class. The name clashes with USS Barracuda (SS-163), name ship of the Barracuda Class which was used operationally in the Pacific after Pearl Harbour before being assigned to training operations in 1942 for the rest of the war.

Unnamed
Escort Carrier, class not specified
Airgroup includes F4U Corsairs and TBF Avengers
No other details provided

Unnamed
Six Attack Transports

Japan

Myōkō
Myōkō Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real life this ship survived the war and was scuttled in 1946. In the novel it is sunk by the RAN 5th Destroyer Flotilla.

Unnamed
Four Destroyers, class not specified.

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified

Plot summary: It is sometime in 1943, an American submarine races to ensure a VIP joins a trans-Pacific convoy in mid-ocean, only to find the Japanese got there first.

Note: The author as with all his stories is more interested in creating a backdrop for whatever action packed tale he is spinning than tying the story to specific historic events, however, the reference to the F4U Corsair, means that the story cannot be set earlier than the aircraft's introduction into service in 1942. This is the third novel of his that I've encountered built around the idea of a IJN surface action group being tasked with interdicting Allied convoys in the Pacific (The others are 'Operational Immediate' (1975), which featured a surface action group built around an aircraft carrier and 'Breaking Point' (1979) where the surface action group as in this novel was built around a Myōkō Class Cruiser.). This one is unique however in that the author used a real warship for fictional purposes, rather than simply mentioning the name, so far it's the only time I've seen him do this. There are a lot of similarities between this novel and the later 'Breaking Point', and it is quite possible that he reworked material from this novel for the later one.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 21, 2017, 07:11:13 am
J. E. MacDonnell, The Surgeon, 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 Kingdom

HMS Pathfinder (G10)
P Class Destroyer (WWII)
Real ship, details as in service (April'42 - February '45, scrapped November '48)

Japan

Unnamed
Various submarines

Plot summary: The newly enlisted ships doctor expected to find himself dealing with combat injuries and the excuses/scams of malingerers, but war has a way of throwing up the unexpected...

Note: I said in the previous entry that the author was mainly concerned with creating a backdrop for his stories without tying them to actual events, this early story is an exception, one of the major events of the novel is a fictionalized version of Operation Cockpit, the attack on the port of Sabang which took place on the 19th of April 1944, with the Wind Rode taking the place of HMS Tactician (A T-Class Submarine.) in making a daring rescue of a downed airman, as is depicted on the cover. Another novel where the author ties the story to a particular identifiable wartime operation is 'Repel Boarders' (1963).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 23, 2017, 05:32:45 pm
John Mannock, The Sen-Toko Raid, 2005

United States

USS Mayhew (APD-??)
High Speed Transport
Details as per the real ships
Note: A converted Destroyer Escort of either the Buckley or Rudderow Classes of Destroyer Escort. The author does not provide sufficient information to determine which of these was the case.

USS Reuben Grant (DD-???)
Destroyer, class not specified
Has served in the Atlantic since 1942

Unnamed
Destroyer, class not specified.
No other details provided

Unnamed
PT Boat
Details as per the real ships.

Japan

I-403
I-400 Class Submarine (Modified)
Details as to dimensions/propulsion as per the real ships.
Added to the armament/planes carried by the real ships are:
One Yokosuka MXY-7 'Ohka' Model 43a Ko(?) (This is the jet engined folding wing version designed to be launched from submarines, none were built in real life. Logically this would be the correct version, but the author appears to be describing the Model 11 air launched version.)
Three Kaiten (2 mounted on the bow either side of the launching ramp, 1 at the stern after the 5 inch gun.)
Stated in the novel to be the first completed of the class, launched/commissioned in early 1943 (Before the assasination of Yamamoto on the 18th of April 1943, the novel states he inspected the submarine and it's concealed basing facility in the Phillipines on the 12th of April of that year.)
Note: The submarines three Aichi M6A 'Seiran' floatplanes have been painted in fake US Navy markings.

I-404
I-400 Class Submarine (Modified)
Same details as I-403 (Save the construction/launch date which is not given.)

Unnamed
Several Shin'yō Class Suicide Motorboats
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: It is October of 1944, a group of stranded Allied personnel, stumble across the long concealed base of one of the largest submarines in the world and launch a desperate attack to stop it from carrying out it's mission.

Note: The I-400s (I-400, 401 & 402) were the largest submarines built in World War II, it had been planned to build 18 of the class (I-400 to I-417) but this number was reduced to five as Japanese industry collapsed and by wars end only three had been completed.

Despite their impressive statistics, they've only made it into fiction a few times as far as I can tell. Pulp action author J. E. MacDonnell who featured modified versions in his novels 'Hunter-Killer' (1968) and 'Confirmed in Command' (1976), appears to have been the first author I know of to do so. The other is Clive Cussler, with one salvaged by criminals appearing in his debut novel 'Mayday!' (1973), two more members of the class are mentioned in 'Black Wind' (2004).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 26, 2017, 05:32:25 am
Charles Whiting (Pen name: Duncan Harding), Operation Chariot, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Rose
Flower Class Destroyer (Fictional Class)
Launched 1920
Single funnel
Speed: 31 knots
Twin turrets (A, B & X), Original 4.7 inch? main battery replaced with a 5 inch main battery in 1940.
Stated to be the only class member completed.
Note: The actual World War I Flower Class were the sloops of the Acacia, Arabis, Anchusa, Aubretia & Azalia Classes.

Germany

U-102
U-Boat, type not specified
Note: Pennant number is that of a Type VIIb Class U-Boat that was sunk in 1940 by HMS Vansittart. In the novel, it is sunk by Coastal Command while engaging HMS Rose following the St Nazaire Raid. This same pennant was also used by Alexander Fullerton in his 'Everard Chronicle' novel 'The Torch Bearers' (1983).

Plot summary: A fictionalized version of the St Nazaire Raid and it's aftermath.

Note: This is the second novel by this author featuring HMS Rose, the first 'Flotilla Attack,' (1976) has been covered earlier in the list. Another fictional account of the St Nazaire Raid covered in this list is 'Deed of Glory' (1984) by Alan Evans. Other authors on this list created fictional follow-up raids, Douglas Reeman based the climactic sequences of 'The Destroyers' (1974) around a fictional follow up attack on St Nazaire in 1943, while Philip McCutchan created a fictional follow-up raid on Brest in the novel 'Against All Odds' (First published as 'Cameron's Raid', 1986).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 27, 2017, 04:17:55 pm
Alexander Fullerton, The Blooding of the Guns, 1976

United Kingdom

HMS Nile
Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship (Sixth member of class.)
Details as per the real ships
Described as being "...brand new..." in May of 1916, which might imply she commissioned that year, probably sometime between the commissioning of HMS Malaya (The last completed member of the class.) in February 1916 and May 1916, most likely being commissioned at the start of May. This would also imply that HMS Nile started construction ahead of the never built Queen Elizabeth Class HMS Agincourt (HMS Malaya started construction in October of 1913, so Nile may have started construction in January 1914.).
Role at Jutland: Member of the 5th Battle Squadron
Note: Explicitly identified as a Queen Elizabeth Class Battleship by the author.

HMS Bantry
Minotaur Class Cruiser (Fourth member of class.)
Details as per the real ships
Role at Jutland: Member of the 2nd Cruiser Squadron initially, but acts under the command of the 1st Cruiser Squadron at Jutland.
Note: Explicitly identified as a Minotaur Class Cruiser by the author.

HMS Lanyard
L Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the Two funnel members of the class (HMS Landrail, Lavelock, Laurel, Liberty, & Linnet.)
Role at Jutland: Member of the 13th Destroyer Flotilla
Note: Explicitly identified as an L Class Destroyer by the author.

Germany

Unnamed
Königsberg Class Cruiser (1905)
Details as per the real ships
Torpedoed by HMS Lanyard during the night action at Jutland.
Note: Referred to as a 'Stettin Class Cruiser' in the novel. Historically both surviving Königsberg Class Cruisers survived Jutland with minimal damage, therefore this must be a fictional fifth member of the class. It is possible that this ship is in fact the SMS Rostock (Karlsruhe class) which was torpedoed during the night action and scuttled the next day, however what the author describes does not conform to that specific incident.

Unnamed
Karlsruhe Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Note: The incident in which this ship appears may also be based on the sinking of SMS Rostock, however the specifics do not match.

Plot summary: The Battle of Jutland, as seen from three different ships, each bearing a member of the Everard family.

Note: This is the first novel in the nine book 'Everard Chronicles' series, other members of the series I've covered in this list to date are 'Patrol to the Goldern Horn' (3rd book, 1978), 'All the Drowning Seas' (6th Book, 1981), 'The Torch Bearers' (8th Book, 1983) & 'The Gatecrashers' (9th Book, 1984). 

Another author whose books I have covered on this list to have made use of Jutland in his fiction is John Margerison, who wrote just after World War I.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 29, 2017, 05:22:52 am
Alexander Fullerton, Sixty Minutes for Saint George, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Mackerel
M Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly stated to be a member of the M Class  by the author.

HMS Moloch
M Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly stated to be a member of the M Class  by the author.

HMS Musician
M Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Explicitly stated to be a member of the M Class by the author.

HMS Bravo
D Class (WWI) Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Has two funnels rather than three.
Launched 1897 or 1898. (Author gives both years in dialog.)
Explicitly stated to be a member of the D Class by the author.

HMS Grebe
'30 Knotter' (1890s Destroyer), class not specified.
Note: The specific class is not specified by the author. The late 1890s '30 Knotters' were gathered into the A, B, C, D & E Class Destroyers in 1913, not enough details are provided to show which class the ship was.

Germany

Unnamed
Four Destroyers of unspecified class.
Stated to be 'Large' ships building for Argentina, taken into German service at the start of WWI.

Unnamed
Four Destroyers of unspecified class.
Standard German Destroyer Classes.

Plot summary: The post-Jutland career of Nicholas Everard in the Dover Patrol culminating in the Zeebrugge Raid.

Note: This is the second of the novels in Alexander Fullerton's 'Everard Chronicles', see the previous post for a list of the books in this nine book series I have covered in this thread. I have added covers for the 1982 and 2017 editions of the 6th 'Everard Chronicles' novel to the post on that book.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on December 31, 2017, 03:58:40 am
For my last post in this thread for 2017, let's move forward from World War I to the modern era.

Stephen Coonts, The Disciple, 2009

United States

USS Columbia (CVN-??)
Enterprise Class?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Described as a 'sister carrier' to the USS United States, however the first members of the Nimitz class did not enter service until 1976. If this is the same ship as the USS Columbia that appeared in the authors earlier novel 'The Intruders' (1994) which was set in 1973, then she must be a member of the earlier Enterprise Class.

USS United States (CVN-???)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note:  Original name of 8th Nimitz Class Carrier. This ship launched as USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75) in September 1996. See also the entry for 'Final Flight' (1988) and the post by Grey Havoc that follows for more details.

USS Hué City (CGN-??)
Nuclear powered cruiser, class not specified.
Fitted with Aegis
Note: Name clashes with a member of the Ticonderoga Class, in my notes on the earlier novel 'Cuba' (1999) I misidentified this ship as being the USS Hué City (CG-65) based on the details the author provided. However in this novel he explicitly states that the ship is nuclear powered, and therefore cannot be the Ticonderoga Class ship, unless it is a nuclear powered variant of the class.

USS Guildford Courthouse (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Carrying RIM-161 SM3s (Real anti-ballistic missile.)

USS Stones River (CG-??)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Several Destroyers and Frigates.
     
Iran

Unnamed
3 Gunboats, class not specified
1 x 37mm gun mounted amidships.
40 knots
No other details provided.


Fictional Electronic Equipment

ALQ-198: Active Stealth Device (1st Generation) - Designation is actually for a countermeasures device (type unspecified) fitted to EC-130Hs.
ALQ-199: Active Stealth Device (2nd Generation) - Designation is actually that of a Pulse Doppler Missile Warning System fitted to F-16Ds. In the novel the system is fitted to F/A-18s aboard the USS United States and to USAF F-15Ds.

Plot summary: The United States uncovers evidence that Iran has nuclear weapons and plans to remove Israel from the map using them (Any Palestinians killed during these strikes will be automatically declared 'Martyrs', as will any Iranians killed during the inevitable retaliation.) as the first step of a global jihad. A desperate plan is conceived to stop them.

Note: Another novel in this listing featuring the idea of Iran getting their hands on the kind of firepower that would make them a serious threat to world peace is 'Shadows of Steel (1996) by Dale Brown. Another novel on this theme in my collection, but not on this list as it does not make use of fictional warships is 'Stealth Bomber' (1990) by Barnaby Williams, a novel that has Iran manipulating the United States and Russia to the brink of nuclear exchange in the hope of being able to rule the world in the aftermath.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Tzoli on January 07, 2018, 03:16:40 am
That USS Hué City might be of the Strike Cruiser design which was described sometimes as the Nuclear variant of the Ticonderoga
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 08, 2018, 04:02:21 am
Returning to World War II...

Douglas Reeman, Winged Escort, 1975

United Kingdom

HMS Camilla
C Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships
Sunk prior to the start of the novel.

HMS Kirkwall
Cruiser, class not specified
No other details provided.

HMS Growler
Avenger Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Airgroup contains Seafires and Swordfish.

HMS Hustler
Avenger Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Airgroup contains Seafires and Swordfish.

HMS Pathan
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

HMS Turnstone
Sloop, class not specified
No other details provided

HMS Woodlark
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided

HMT Cornelian
Tugboat of unspecified class
No other details provided

Unnamed
C Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships modified as AA Cruisers.

Unnamed
Several Tribal Class Destroyers
Details as per the real ships

Unnamed
Sloops of unspecified class
No other details provided.

France

Spartiate
Algérie Class Cruiser? (Second member of class.)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author does not explicitly state this however the details he does provide strongly hint that it is a second Algérie Class Cruiser. Still has three seaplanes in 1944, stated to have been recaptured from the Germans following the Normandy Landings.

South Africa

Unnamed
Two destroyers, class not specified.
No other details provided.

Australia

Unnamed
Four Destroyers, class not specified
No other details provided

Germany

Admiral Hipper?
Hipper Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Ship is never identified explicitly, it is however implied that this is the Admiral Hipper.

Unnamed
Oiler, class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several U-Boats

Unnamed
Two Type 1936 Class Destroyers
Note: Referred to as Karl Galster Class Destroyers in the novel. Karl Galster (Z20) was the fourth member of the Type 1936 Class launched and the only one to survive World War II, the other four were sunk at Narvik. The Type 1936 Class had several subclasses Type 1936/1936A (Narvik)/1936A (Mob)/1936B/1936C/1936D, the C & D Subclasses were planned but never built.

Plot summary: It is July of 1943, the war at sea is beginning to swing in the Allies favour but much hard work still needs to be done.

Note: This novel is reasonably well tied into the war. The opening convoy sequence concludes with reference to Operation Source (The X-Craft attack on the Tirpitz, 20-22 September, 1943.) and just prior to the ships the novel focuses on being transferred to the Far East, reference is made to the sinking of the Scharnhorst (26 December 1943).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 12, 2018, 04:13:51 am
Some "Self-published on Amazon" horror fiction with a naval setting...

G. Elmer Munson, Under A Sea Of Red Foam, 2017

United States

USS Alexandria (SSN-757)
Los Angeles Class Submarine (688i subclass)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Annapolis (SSN-760)
Los Angeles Class Submarine (688i subclass)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Nicholas (FFG-47)
Oliver Hazzard Perry Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Ship was decommissioned in 2014.

India

INS Lahore (D60)
Delhi Class Destroyer? (Fourth member of class.)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Lahore is a city in Pakistan, therefore the Indian Navy would never use this name for a warship. Pennant clashes with the Delhi Class Destroyer INS Mysore (D60). Ship is only referred to as a 'Destroyer' in the novel. Class is based on the pennant number only.

Plot summary: An American submarine on exercise in the Red Sea suffers a near collision with a badly damaged Indian Navy destroyer. The only survivor of it's crew has a bizarre tale to tell, but something has followed him aboard.

Note: The author does not provide a specific date for events, but the presence of the USS Nicholas (FFG-47) suggests that it takes place prior to 2014. The end of the story implies that a sequel featuring some of the characters from the novel is being considered.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 12, 2018, 05:26:58 am
James W. Huston, Balance of Power, 1998  & The Price of Power, 1999

United States

USS Constitution (CVN-77)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Pennant clashes with USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77). Stated in novel that this ship is the last member of the Nimitz Class to be built and that a special Act of Congress was required to use the name, as the original USS Constitution is nominally still in service.

Plot summary: Terrorists hijack an American freighter and after killing most of the crew take the captain of the ship hostage, when the President of the United States indicates that he will comply with all the terrorists demands, a Congressional Aide discovers that Congress can still make use of a very old procedure. And so a Letter of Marque is issued by Congress directing the nearest carrier group to take on the terrorists. Then comes the fallout, especially when it is discovered the 'terrorists' were just common pirates backed by the Chinese....
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 12, 2018, 11:40:54 pm
Harry Harrison, The QEII Is Missing, 1980

Peru

BAP Huascaran
Offshore Patrol Vessel (Ex British minesweeper of unspecified class.)
Steam powered turbines (So not the diesel powered Ton Class, the most likely fit would be the Algerine Class Minesweepers.)
Note: Ship belongs to the Peruvian Coast Guard. It is simply described as a 'Ship', no details provided to pin down just what former British class it would have been. Thanks to Hood I have been able to confirm this ship is fictional.

Plot summary: After being out of radio contact for several days, the Cunard Liner QE2 has been found drifting in the Pacific Ocean abandoned...

Note: Author Harry Harrison was a science fiction writer more well known for his 'Stainless Steel Rat' & 'Deathworld' series of novels, this is (As far as I know.) his only non-Science Fiction novel.

This may have been a film script that was turned into a novel after the film fell through. Other novels of this kind on this listing are 'Hunter-Killer' (1966, Geoffrey Jenkins) 'Thin Air' (1977), 'Siege of Superport' (1978) & 'Flight 902 Is Down!' (1982). The 1972 novel 'Ghostboat' which I've also covered is a rare case of a novel resulting from a failed film script actually being made into a film at a later date, with a British adaption, which appears to mix in elements of 'Send Down A Dove' (1968) by Charles MacHardy to move the original Pacific set scenario into the Baltic appearing in 2006.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 18, 2018, 04:05:26 am
David Poyer, The Weapon, 2008

United States

USNS John McDonnell (T-AGS-51)
Oceanographic Survey Ship
Real ship, details as in service (1991 - 2010).

USS San Francisco (SSN-711)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real Ship, details as in service.

France

Charles de Gaulle
Charles de Gaulle Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Ship is about to enter service at the time the novel is set.

Foch
Clemenceau Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Ship is still in French service at the time the novel is set.

Iran

K-79
Juliet Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Modified to fire Shkval-K torpedoes, otherwise as per the real ships.
Note: Ex-Russian submarine, transfer not fully complete (Eg. The instructors are still aboard.) at the time the novel is set.

Unnamed
Two Alvand Class Frigates
Details as per the real ships.
Note: One is sunk during the course of the novel.

And one fictional weapon

Shkval-K
Supercavitating Torpedo
Length: 18ft (5.5m)
Diameter: 21in (533mm)
Speed/Propulsion: As per the real weapon
Guidance: Active magnetic system (Detection Range (Estimated): 500 - 1000m)
Warhead: Shaped charge combined with Depleted uranium penetration rods (Length of rods 2m). Capable of piercing 1m of steel/5m of reinforced concrete.
Operational use is to fire the torpedo on an unguided direct line trajectory towards the target, once detection range is reached the magnetic guidance system homes in on the target and determines the correct point at which to detonate the weapon.

Note: This weapon is totally fictional, the real VA-111 Shkval is a 26ft 11in (8.2m) torpedo. The author seems to have believed when he wrote the novel that the standard version was only 15ft (4.6m) long.

Plot Summary: Russia has just placed a version of it's supercavitating torpedo on the open market. As repeated attempts by the United States to obtain one so that they can work out countermeasures fail, increasingly desperate schemes are resorted to.

Note: The author does not state specifically when the story occurs, however various pieces of internal evidence suggest a 2000/2001 (Before the 11th of September 2001.) timeframe. He was likely inspired by the 2000 arrest of ex-USN Captain Edmond Pope in Russia on spying charges related to the VA-111 Shkval torpedo.

Previous novels by David Poyer covered in this thread include, 'The Gulf' (1990), 'The Circle' (1992), 'The Passage' (1995), 'China Sea' (2000), 'The Command' (2004) & 'The Cruiser' (2014).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 19, 2018, 02:07:10 am
Another 'Boys Own' short story...

Adrian Vincent, Depths of Fear, published in Anon. (ed.), Exciting Stories of Fantasy and the Future (1982)

United Kingdom

HMS Starlight
S Class Submarine?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class assignment entirely based on name.

Unnamed
X-Craft
Details as per the real ships
Pennant number is never given.

Germany

Zeus
Battleship, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: An officer desperate to overcome the traumatic events surrounding the sinking of his last submarine volunteers for the X-Craft program in an attempt to exorcise his demons.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 21, 2018, 04:35:15 am
Alfred Coppel, Thirty-four East, 1974

Albania

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
No other details provided.

Russia

Allende (Named after Salvador Allende (President of Chile, 1970 - 1973).)
Guevara Class Guided Missile Destroyer (Fictional)
Nuclear Powered
Speed: 50 knots
Described as having "...a low, clean profile and flared bow, she hugged the water to make radar detection difficult."
Gun Armament: "...some forty-millimeter guns mounted on the bridge." (Russians do not use 40mm guns.)
Missile Armament: SAMs and SSMs (SSM Launchers are concealed below decks and only raised above deck to fire.)
Note: Specifically identified as the third member of the class (Lead ship is presumably named either Guevara or Che Guevara, this is not however specified in the text.). The small gun armament is the result of a need to keep the ships weight down.

Juan Bosch (Named after Juan Emilio Bosch Gaviño (President of the Dominican Republic, 1963).)
Guevara Class Guided Missile Destroyer (Fictional)
Details same as Allende

Note: The members of the Guevara Class are all named after Latin American revolutionary leaders. Like the real world Mod-Kashins (The first of which entered service in 1973.), their function  is to serve as 'tattletails' following the US carrier groups at the edge of radar range. In the event of hostilities, they will call down a strike on the carrier group and then fire every SSM they are armed with at the carrier before retreating at high speed.

Semenoff
Ballistic Missile Submarine of unspecified class.
No other details provided

United States

USS Nimitz (CVN-68)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.
Air group in this novel includes Spectre fighter-bombers.

For the aircraft mavens, some fictional US aircraft.

Shrike
VTOL Fighter Aircraft
Mach 3 Capable
No other details.

Spectre
Fighter-bomber
Nuclear capable
No other details.
Note: An unrelated fighter-bomber called the F-120 'Spectre' appears in Clive Cussler's 1978 novel 'Vixen 03'.

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow' (and somewhat off to one side...), following the Yom Kippour War, the superpowers have faced each other across the line of 34 East running down the Sinai peninsula. As the US and Russian governments move to renew the treaty, Chinese backed terrorists strike, creating a situation that leads to the brink of World War III. 

Note: The author does not provide any specific dating information beyond the presence of the USS Nimitz (CVN-68) which means the events depicted cannot take place before May of 1975 when the Nimitz commissioned. While the novel only covers a few days, the events in question are most likely taking place somewhere between 1975 - 1990.

The author wrote that he started work on this novel in 1967 shortly after the Six-Day War, and when the Yom Kippour War occurred used it to replace a fictional conflict he had created for the purpose of the novel. This write-up was based on the Readers Digest edition of the novel. Should I locate a copy of the actual novel I will revisit this post.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 24, 2018, 04:13:29 am
A nautical classic...

Herman Wouk, The 'Caine' Mutiny, 1951

United States

USS Caine (DMS-22)
Wickes Class Destroyer (Minesweeper Conversion)
Built 1918 (Not clear if this means launched or commissioned.)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant Clashes with that of Gleaves Class Destroyer (Minesweeper Conversion) USS Emmons (ex-DD-457) Wikipedia states (Without reference.) that the Caine is a converted Clemson.

USS Moulton (DMS-21)
Wickes Class Destroyer (Minesweeper Conversion)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant Clashes with that of Gleaves Class Destroyer (Minesweeper Conversion) USS Rodman (ex-DD-456)

Note: Both of the preceding ships are simply identified in the novel as converted 'Four-Stackers' without a specific class being assigned.

USS Frobisher (DMS-??)
Wickes Class Destroyer (Minesweeper Conversion)
Details as per the real ships

USS Jones (DMS-??)
Wickes Class Destroyer (Minesweeper Conversion)
Details as per the real ships

Note: The two ships preceding are simply identified as being as the same class as the Caine and Moulton.

USS Falk (DD-??)
Gleaves Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Referred to as a Bristol Class Destroyer in the novel.

USS Oaks (DD-??)
Benson or Gleaves Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Simply referred to as a "1650 tonner". That description fits both the Benson and Gleaves Classes, but insufficient information is provided to identify which class it is.

USS Harte (DD-??)
Allen M. Sumner Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships
Note: Simply referred to as a "2200 tonner". Stated to be a new ship in 1944. The Allen M. Sumner Class is the best fit for these limited details.

USS Stanfield (DD-??)
Destroyer, class not specified
New ship in 1944
No other details provided.

USS George Black (DD-??)
Farragut Class Destroyer?
Sunk during Typhoon Cobra, the three destroyers sunk during this event were of the Fletcher and Farragut Classes. The number of survivors from the ship is closest to that of the USS Monaghan (DD-354) a Farragut Class Destroyer, therefore I am tentatively identifying the George Black as member of the Farragut Class.

USS Mercy (AH-8)
Comfort Class Hospital Ship
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Author has launched/commissioned the ship much earlier than she was in real life (August 1944) to transport the POV character to Hawaii in July of 1943.

USS Brandywine Creek (CVL-??)
Independence Class Aircraft Carrier?
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined from name only. The Battle of Brandywine Creek (11th of September, 1777), was the largest and longest battle of the American Revolution in which British forces under General William Howe defeated Colonial forces under George Washington. This makes it an unlikely name for a US Carrier.

USS Arnold Bay (CVE-???)
Commencement Bay Class Escort Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note: Class determined from name only.

USS Pluto
Destroyer Tender, class not specified
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The increasingly erratic behavior of a minesweepers Captain leads to him being removed from command, but did he fall or was he pushed...

Note: The author crafted his story partly out of his own wartime experiences and reports of what had happened aboard the USS Hull (DD-350) before her sinking during Typhoon Cobra. Filmed in 1954, the novel inspired later authors. There are definite parallels between what happens to Captain Queeg and what occurs to the captain of HMS Retaliate in Antony Trew's 1963 novel 'Two Hours to Darkness', with the concluding wardroom scene being the equivalent of the post-Court Martial party in 'The 'Caine' Mutiny'. Douglas Reeman drew on Wouk's novel and a curious Vietnam War incident known as the 'Arnheiter Affair' to craft 'The Greatest Enemy' (1970). Most recently David Poyer's 2000 novel 'China Sea' has more than a few echoes of 'The 'Caine' Mutiny' within it's pages.

My own copy of the novel is a printing that predates the 1954 film and includes in the end-papers a map showing the various movements of the USS Caine (DMS-22) under the command of Captain Queeg, which is linked below.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/5oo79vrdhuslhp2/Caine_Mutiny_Map_1953.png?dl=0
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Hood on January 25, 2018, 06:01:41 am
Something different, a short-story from the Sci-Fi journal If dating from 1954.
Way of a Rebel, by Walter Miller Jr.

United States
SW-90: one-man nuclear-powered submarine; armed with at least 2x torpedo tubes, a retractable launcher for ?x nuclear missiles and depth-charges dispensed from the stern. Nuclear powerplant, speed 60kts (surfaced), 6 months endurance (including rations to last almost as long). Equipped with a computer for navigation, fire-control (including working out targeting solutions for the missiles) and sonar/radar scanning, other equipment includes sonar and a retractable radar (parabolic antenna ). When travelling on the surface it is described as leaving a V-shape wake like an MTB, which suggests some form of planing hull surface, the depth-charges are used against submarines when running on the surface.

Soviet Union
Unnamed: Soviet equivalent to SW-90, has similar armament but also has a deck gun.

Plot
The story is set in the undetermined future when the Cold War finally turns hot. The USSR has overrun Western Europe and is now described as the Eurasian Soviet. The USA and this enlarged Eurasian Soviet are trading aerial attacks with "non-rigged nuclear weapons (presumably A-Bombs) and have refrained from using their more deadly Cobalt-cased nuclear warheads and bacteriological weapons. Eventually however the US President issues an ultimatum for the Soviets to cease or the Americans will unleash all their arsenal. The main protagonist, Mitch Laskell, operates a one-man nuclear submarine. Despairing of war and the end of civilisation he refuses to obey orders to return home for re-arming with cobalt-jacketed warheads and instead flees to escape war. The Navy then begins hunting for him as a defector. While wrestling with his demons and setting course for Africa, he runs into five Soviet submarines on their way to attack the USA. He then destroys himself and the submarines using one of his nuclear missiles to prevent them starting war.

The story is of course largely a moral story around the effects of nuclear war on civilisation but it also touches on command and control issues. Laskell is alone operating a nuclear submarine, at one point he refers to himself as being like a fighter pilot, but he is largely outside the control of the shore-based commanders who only have contact with him via radio. His nuclear weapons are not under central control, indeed he can arm them whenever he wishes. Although the submarine has a powerful computer to assist the crewman there is no sense of AI here, the submarine seems incapable of automatic operation.

The description of the submarine versus submarine action is archaic even by 1950s standards. Laskell closes in to prevent torpedo attack and surfaces to use his high speed (60kts!) but there is danger from deck-mounted guns so he submerges. Each side takes turns using depth-charges while running on the surface when the other side submerges in this odd chase. The Americans (and presumably the Soviets) have a "P-charge", which I assume is a nuclear depth-charge but its not used during the story. The submarine is a mid-50s description of what we would call an SSBN but in this case its still archaic. The missile launcher is retractable and the story assumes the submarine has to be surfaced to launch the missiles.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 26, 2018, 01:58:16 am
Good finds Hood, now onto the next in my irregular non-state actor series...

Clive Cussler & Jack Du Brul, Dark Watch, 2005

Non-State

'Cabrillo Corporation'

Oregon (II)
Armed Merchant Ship (Converted 1960s cargo liner)
Length: 560ft (171m)
Beam: 75ft (23m)
11,585 tons
Propulsion: MHD Engines
Speed: 50 knots(+)
Armament: 120mm Cannon (Exact number not specified) 3 x 20mm Gatling cannon 4 x Exocet Missiles (Concealed in forward hold) 2 x Land Attack Missiles (Russian, type not specified.) 2 x 21 inch Torpedo Tubes (Bow), Machine Guns. Note: All weapons are concealed.
2 x Minisubs
1 x Helicopter
Note: Conversion was done at a Russian shipyard, but paid for by US Govt 'Black Budget' money. The below-water hull has been heavily modified to allow safe transit at high speeds. Mercenary ship, owned by the 'Cabrillo Corporation'. Registered in Iran (Carries flags for every maritime nation.) Performs intelligence gathering on behalf of the United States Government and other related work on behalf of friendly nations. This is the replacement for the ship of the same name that appeared in 'Flood Tide' (1997)

Karamita Breakers (Pirates, cover is a shipbreaking firm.)

Kra IV
Armed Trawler
Length: 73ft (22.25m)
Armament: Hand held weapons including Rocket Propelled Grenades and AK-47 Assault Rifles

Note: Karamita Breakers operate many armed trawlers, this is the only one named.

Maus (ex-??)
Drydock
Length: 800ft (244m)
Beam: 240ft (73.1)
Note: Built by Russian Government to service Oscar II Class Submarines, sold to private interests following the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Souri (ex-??)
Drydock
Same details as Maus

Note: Neither dry dock is self propelled.

Plot summary: An investigation into a lucrative ship stealing racket uncovers evidence of a murderous people smuggling racket, but the victims do not seem to be heading to the usual locations people smugglers send their 'clients' to, so where are they...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on January 28, 2018, 08:58:06 pm
Another foray into the 'future of the past', with thanks to Hood for help with clarifying some ideas.

Alfred Coppel, The Hastings Conspiracy, 1980

Russia

Moskva
Moskva (Pr. 1123) Class Helicopter Carrier
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Referred to as a 'Helicopter Assault Ship' in the novel.

Allende (Named after Salvador Allende (President of Chile, 1970 - 1973).)
Ivan Rogov Class Amphibious Assault Ship?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Referred to in the novel as a 'Amphibious Force Carrier'. Author uses the same name for a guided missile destroyer in his 1974 novel 'Thirty-four East'.

Togliatti (Named after Palmiro Togliatti (1893-1964), former leader of the Italian Communist Party.)
Ivan Rogov Class Amphibious Assault Ship?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Referred to in the novel as a 'Amphibious Force Carrier'.

Unnamed
Four Admiral Gorshkov Class (Fictional Class) Cruisers
Note: These unnamed ships may have been inspired by early reports of what eventually emerged as the Slava Class Cruisers.

Unnamed
Two Submarines of unspecified class

United States

USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Nimitz Class Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow' (and slightly off to one side...), following Margaret Thatcher's defeat in the 1983 British General Election, the British Labor Party has been making steady efforts to shift Britain into the Soviet Orbit. Impatient with the progress of this the Soviets decide to speed things up a bit with a carefully planned disinformation campaign.

Note: The author does not provide specific dating information, but from the complete lack of mobile phone technology (and personal computers), the timeframe 1985-1989 is probably the best fit. This novel really is a blast from the past. The future it envisages should be considered in that light, in 1980 the Tories had barely been in power for a year and it would be easy to guess that they might get removed from office at the next election. As to what he predicted the Labor would do once they got back into power, well their manifesto for the 1983 election is a pretty close fit.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Triton on January 28, 2018, 10:38:50 pm
Nice listing of fictional warships, Graham1973. I will use some of these names and classes in my Cyberpunk 2020, Rifts, and Twilight 2000 campaigns.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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), 'The 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' (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).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 25, 2018, 12:41:10 am
Kenneth Cameron (Pen name: George Bartram), Under the Freeze, 1984

United Kingdom (WWII)

HMS Loyal
'Light Cruiser', class not specified
Carries two Seaplanes, this would fit the Town or later classes of light cruiser in British service.
No other details provided, beyond the fact that it was "...slower but had bigger guns..." than the German warship it was chasing.
Note: Name clashes with an L Class Destroyer in service 1940 - 1944.

Unnamed
4 Destroyers
No other details provided

Unnamed
2 Icebreakers
No other details provided

Germany (WWII)

Prinz Von Homberg
'Cruiser', class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
2 Icebreakers
No other details provided

Argentina (1980s)
 
Admiral Jorge Canossa (ex-Svetlanosk)
Whiskey Class Submarine (ex-Soviet)
Commissioned 1963
Converted for maritime research 1977/78
Recommissioned in Argentine service 1978
Details as per the real ships regarding propulsion, modifications are described as follows in the novel:

Quote
"Divers' ports, a tunnel attachment to mate with another craft or a sea lab, a deck mounted submersible. Cargo space. Lots of cargo space. Very unusual for a submarine."

Plot summary: The year is 1983. The Soviets have completed their investigation into the submarine that ran aground in Sweden in 1981 and have discovered that it was carrying stolen plutonium to an unknown client. With evidence that more has been stolen, but fearful of a leak in their own government, the KGB reaches out to the Americans for help.

Note: Dating this one is pretty easy, Yuri Andropov (1914 -1984, Leader of Russia 1982 - 1984) actually appears in the novel which means it  has to take place before his death in February of 1984, references to the Falklands War (April - June 1982) in the past tense means it takes place after those events, therefore it is most likely the story is set in 1983.

This author also published a series of novels under the name Gordon Kent which he co-wrote with his son. Novels by this pseudonym covered in this thread are, 'Night Trap' (1999), ' Peacemaker', (2000) 'Top Hook' (2002), 'Hostile Contact' (2003)  'Force Protection' (2004) & 'Damage Control,' (2006).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on February 25, 2018, 03:23:30 pm
Liam Makeka, Starboard Helm, 2018

United States (Coast Guard)

USCGC Bristow (WHEC-???)
Hamilton Class Cutter (Thirteenth Member of Class)
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Named for Benjamin H. Bristow (Secretary of the Treasury 1874 - 1876)

Plot summary: A US Coast Guard officer comes to an important moment in his life.

Note: Dating this one is not easy, the author gives specific dates but they do not point to a single year, however he does feature fictionalized versions of a helicopter crash at Ambrose Light (31 August, 1993) and the TWA Flight 800 crash (17 July, 1996) and possibly the 1991 'Perfect Storm', which suggests that the events are taking place in the 1990s.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 01, 2018, 11:15:57 pm
Bill Lounsbery (Pen name: Roger Hogan), A Time to Heal, 2014

United Kingdom

HMS Minerva (F45)
Leander Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

United States

USS Cabezon (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with a Balao Class Submarine in service 1944 - 1953, but not struck from the Naval Register until 1970.

Russia

Sword of the Motherland/Mech Rodiny
Foxtrot (Pr. 641) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Only the English language name is given by the author, Russian name was created using Google Translate.

K-162
Papa (Pr. 661) Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Author identifies this ship as the Alfa (Pr. 705) class prototype but explicitly refers to the Papa Class Submarines nickname of 'Golden Fish', a reference to the high cost of the submarine. It was renumbered K-222 in 1978.

Plot summary: The story is set between 1973 and 1974. A US Naval Officer is assigned to a US test facility in the Bahamas to recover from psychological injuries sustained in Vietnam. While there he becomes involved in various intrigues, culminating in a Russian attempt to salvage a Mk 48 torpedo lost during testing.

Note: The novel can be pretty firmly dated, with The Bahama's becoming independent within the Commonwealth (1973) and Richard Nixon's resignation (1974) providing the anchors. This is not the best of novels. For various reasons the story does not 'gel', partly because the author explains things in detail that should have been left in summary and not even a gratuitous reference to the Bermuda Triangle saves it. The only other book I've covered on the list dealing with that phenomenon, and which handles it far better than this novel is 'Sargasso' (1977) by Edwin Corley
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 03, 2018, 06:50:35 am
Some more 'self-published on Amazon' fiction...

James W. Nelson, Boat Sailors, 2011

United States

USS Charr (AGSS-328)
Balao Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Designated as an Auxilliary Submarine from 1966 until decommissioned in 1969.

USS Hagfish (APSS-313)
Balao Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: This is a fictional version of USS Perch (APSS-313) a submarine that was used for covert operations during the Vietnam War.

Japan (WWII)

Isuzu
Nagara Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service

Plot summary: The novel is set between 1964 - 1966 and covers the career of a navy recruit who becomes part of the crew of a submarine that is used for various covert operations during the opening phases of the Vietnam war.

Note: The author states that he based the book on actual operations carried out by the USS Perch (APSS-313), making use of recollections from the ships crew (The authors military service in the 60s didn't bring him to Vietnam.), aside from one incident which is based on a 1972 atrocity carried out by North Vietnamese soldiers.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 05, 2018, 07:31:56 am
Another piece of 'self-published on Amazon' fiction...

Frederick Aldrich, Two Peasants and a President, 2012

China (People's Republic)

Yulin
Type 053H3 Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: I do not currently have a good source for Chinese warship names, all I can confirm is that there is no Type 053H3 Class Frigate of that name.

Yuxi
Type 053H3 Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships
Note: I do not currently have a good source for Chinese warship names, all I can confirm is that there is no Type 053H3 Class Frigate of that name.

Lanzhou
Type 052C Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

Unnamed
Type 093 (Song) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Vietnam

Dinh Tien Hoang
Frigate (Russian designed.)
Stealth design.
76.2mm gun
Kh-35e Missiles
533mm torpedoes
Osa-M Air Defence Missile system
No other details provided other than there is a second ship in the class and that the missiles are later updated to KH-35 Uran's (SS-N-25 'Switchblade'), as the Russians want to test them against Chinese weapons systems.

Unnamed
2 Kilo Class (Pr. 636) Submarines
Details as per the real ships.

United States

Seventh Fleet
(All ships are real.)

Philippines

BRP Rajah Humabon (PF-11) (ex-USS Atherton (DE-169))
Datu Kalantiaw Class Frigate (Cannon Class Destroyer Escort)
Real ship, details as in Philippines service.

Plot summary: As relations between the US and China deteriorate, two tourists escape from a Chinese hospital claiming that a group within the country is kidnapping tourists so that their organs can be sold on the black market. With the ineffective US President backed into a corner war seems inevitable.

Note: There is no dating information. This was not the most comfortable or particularly pleasant book to read. It has the feel of the kind of fantasy that must have been in the minds of a fair number of the people who voted for Donald Trump. Not that the rabble rousing Republican politician who drives the plot bares much resemblance to Trump. As for the Democrat running the country, well he does not appear to have been based on Obama or either of the Clintons, but rather seems to be the kind of politician "Boss" Tweed of 19th Century Tammany Hall fame would have backed, running the country with a mixture of graft and sleaze financed by selling the countries assets to China until of course the Chinese start calling in the markers. As might be guessed from the preceding this is basically a classic 'Yellow Peril (China)' story of the kind that has become increasingly popular of late, other examples of this theme I have covered are 'Sunstrike' (1979), 'Sky Masters' (1991), 'Flood Tide' (1997), 'Icefire' (1998), 'China Sea' (2000) and 'White Plague' (2015).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 08, 2018, 06:16:42 am
Christopher Wood, James Bond: The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977

United Kingdom

HMS Ranger
Resolution Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Laid down: 1967
Commissioned:1971
Note: Construction period fits that of the actual members of the class. Construction start date is about two years after the last members of the class completed.

Russia

Potemkin
Delta I (Pr.667B) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

United States

USS Wayne (SSN-593)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Pennant clash with USS Thresher (SSN-593), which sank in  1962. This pennant number is also used for the Skipjack Class Submarine USS Barracuda (SSN-593) in the  novel 'To Kill The Potemkin' by Mark Joseph.

Plot summary: The year is 1977, someone has been stealing submarines, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union put their best agents on the case....
Note: This is the novelization of the 1977 Roger Moore James Bond movie.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 11, 2018, 12:59:55 am
D. F. Capps, Tsunami Storm, 2015

United States

USS Massachusetts (SSN-224)
Seawolf Class Submarine (Fourth member of class)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Name clashes with a Virginia Class Submarine, USS Massachusetts (SSN-798), which is currently under construction as of the date of this post.

China (Peoples Republic)

Unnamed (ex - K-123)
Alfa Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Officially sent for scrapping, unofficially transferred to China. Details provided identify the ship pretty conclusively. Author simply refers to the submarine as 'Chinese Submarine' throughout despite several scenes set aboard her.

Unnamed
Two Frigates
No other details

Plot summary: In the immediate aftermath of the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake the Chinese government starts blocking US relief aid and pursuing an economic hard-line. Why is a mystery until evidence emerges of the unthinkable...

Note: This was an unpleasant read. The author is a Conspiracy Believer and appears to be using fiction to spread his beliefs to a wider audience, he mixes in weather/earthquake controlling machines, the deliberate triggering of the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami with nuclear weapons, Federal Reserve conspiracies and a host of other fringe ideas to form a rather nasty picture, at least the person(s) behind the mayhem get what they deserve.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 11, 2018, 03:05:06 am
A rare comic book...

Björn Karlstrom, Biggles and the Sargasso Triangle, 1977

United States

USS Trident (USS-??)
Midway Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Author does not specify the class, but the illustration makes it quite clear that it was based on a Midway Class Aircraft Carrier.

Plot summary: Plot summary: It's the end of 1970s. The rate of shipping and aircraft losses in the Caribbean has shot up, investigations reveals the cause, a man with a plan and an EMP cannon...

Note: This is a licensed comic book making use of the characters created by W.E. Johns in a decidedly James Bondish plot. The villain describes his invention as a laser, but the effects bare no resemblance to those of a laser, but rather those of a directional EMP burst. Perhaps something was lost in the translation from Swedish to English. Dating was fairly easy as the artist depicts UH-60 Blackhawks which first flew in 1974 and were selected selected for US service in late 1976. The Bermuda Triangle was a big thing at the end of the 1970's spawning films, songs and novels. Other novels I've covered which make use of it are 'Sargasso' (1977) and 'A Time to Heal' (2012).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 12, 2018, 02:43:45 am
Jon Burmeister, The Glory Hunters, 1979

Japan

Hikari
'Destroyer', class not specified
No other details provided

MTB-32
'Torpedo Boat', class not specified.
No details provided as to dimensions or weapons fit.

United States

SS Marion B. Lovemore
Spyship(?) (Converted small freighter)
900 tons
Crew: 25 (19 Naval Volunteers/6 US Marines)
Armament: Various small arms, sufficient to equip the entire crew. (M1 Garand, Thompson M1928, Browning Automatic Rifle, Browning Light Machine Gun, Mk 2 Grenades (Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mk_2_grenade)) and 2 x 2-inch mortars. Note: The two mortars are operated by the Marines, weapons are stored in one of the holds.)
Orignal engines have been replaced with "...high-power modern engines...", now capable of speeds equivalent of that of a destroyer (30 knots +)
Radio equipment fitted "...equals the best in the world..."
Deck has been modified in several places to allow the mortars to be securely mounted for firing.
Refit cost "...half a million dollars..." (In 1930s money.)
Registered in Panama, nominally owned by 'Guitarez y Valdez' a Panamanian front company for the United States Navy.
Note: I'm not entirely sure how to classify this ship, essentially it's a spy ship but that's not exactly how it's being used in the novel.

United Kingdom

HMS Variant
'Cruiser', class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The year is 1937, the hero hires on as a supercargo on an American tramp freighter as his predecessor is suffering a terminal illness. It rapidly becomes apparent that this is not a normal tramp freighter. But just what is going on and what is the ultimate goal?

Note: The author based his plot on some old conspiracy theories about just what did happen to Amelia Earhart, which makes for an interesting story, but it also contains some sloppy research. The author has the characters repeatedly refer to Japanese Marines, there were no such thing. The correct term was Special Naval Landing Force, these were at the time, sailors given infantry training (Essentially the same as British 'Bluejackets'.) rather than elite soldiers.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 15, 2018, 01:00:28 am
A return to comic books.

Joe Gill, Tanker Trap (appeared in Submarine Attack, #11), 1958

United States

Ethyl City
Q-Ship
Modified Oil Tanker
Armament 3 x 5 inch Guns (Mounted aft around the Bridge/accommodation area, two are concealed.)
Modifications include, armoring the engine room and filling all available free space with buoyant material (Described as pine logs).
Note: Armament is estimated based on what is shown in the comic and a discussion with Hood.

Unnamed (DD-47x)
Destroyer, class not specified
Note: A pennant is visible on the bow, but is partly unreadable.

Germany

Unnamed
Multiple U-Boats

Plot summary: It is February of 1942, and an unorthodox plan has been come up with to tackle the U-boat menace.

Note: This was the result of a long and somewhat frustrating search through a collection of public domain comic books, but it was worth it. The only other time I've encountered anything like modifying an oil tanker in this way was the 1992 novel, 'The Talisman Deception', in that novel the author refers to an alleged wartime proposal to do just that. So far I've not been able to confirm this, but this tale pushes the idea back to a time closer to the war.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 16, 2018, 05:13:21 am
Jamie Campbell (Pseud.), The Mean Season: A 5,150 ton short story of the sea, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Cheltenham
C/Carlisle Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.
Not modified as an AA Cruiser.
Has been fitted with Radar (Type 79C (Fictional)) by December of 1939.
Speed: 27 knots (Current Max, design speed is 29 knots.)
Note: No specifics are given on the radars performance. It's simply stated that it's a prototype not suitable for mass production.

Germany

Rostock
Cruiser, class not specified
Main Battery: 9 x 5.9 inch guns (Triple turrets A, X & Y)
Secondary battery/AA armament not specified.
Torpedoes: 9 x 20inch (500mm) Torpedo Tubes
Displacement: 6400 tons
Speed: 31.5 knots (Max)
Note: This is a fictional Wiemar-era design constructed between the Emden and the Konigsberg/Leipzig Class. The author states compromises have been made to the armor and range to fit in the weapons.

Unnamed
Two Destroyers, class not specified
Note: Author refers to these as 'Z-Boats'. The details given could fit either the Type 1934/34A or Type 1936 class.

Plot summary: It is December of 1939. An aging RN Cruiser has been dispatched on a critical test of a new system.

Note: The author finishes the short story with a long note in which they give the details of the fictional ships they created, which is rather nice. They also do not appear to have been aware of the Konigsberg Class as a separate entity from the Leipzig Class, even though they link to the Wikipedia page on the Leipzig Class in their end notes.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 16, 2018, 08:12:13 pm
Jamie Campbell (Pseud.), The Terrible Aspect: A 1,370 ton short story of the sea, 2016

United Kingdom

HMS Leicester
York Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships

HMS Exemplar
E Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships

Plot summary: It is April/May of 1940, a British destroyer is sent to Norway as the campaign there winds down to pick up some Norwegian scientists before the Quislings or the Germans get their hands on them.

Note: As with the previous story, the author includes an afterward discussing their inspirations and providing additional details on the fictional warships appearing in it. This is also the sequel to 'The Mean Season' which I covered in the previous post and to date the last published story in the series. The authors biography on Amazon states that the authors name is a pseudonym.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 18, 2018, 12:16:06 am
An unexpected find...

Alex Lukeman, White Jade, 2011

United States

USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-???)
Ohio Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships
Note: Explicitly identified by the author as an Ohio Class Submarine. Name clashes with USS George Washington Carver (SSBN-656) a Benjamin Franklin Class Submarine in service 1966 - 1993. Another Ohio Class Submarine of this name appears in the technothriller 'Cold Sea Rising' (1985) by Richard Moran. The submarine in that novel had been modified to enhance underwater stealth. There is nothing in the current novel to indicate that the submarine is anything other than a 'stock' member of the Ohio Class.

USS Ronald Regan (CVN-76)
Nimitz Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Tennessee (SSBN-734)
Ohio Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

China (People's Republic)

Unnamed
Two Type 094 Class Submarines
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: A murder in California alerts the United States Government to the existence of a cabal in the Peoples Liberation Army with plans that could have catastrophic global consequences if they are enacted.

Notes: This is your basic Clive Cussler style adventure technothriller, making use of fringe archaeological ideas about the Minoans to drive the plotline, though in this case the bad guys are not searching for a supernatural source of globe dominating power, but one entirely within the bounds of reality. There is no specific dating information provided so the 'Day after Tomorrow' rule applies (e.g. a few years into the future relative to the publication date.).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 30, 2018, 01:02:21 am
Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, Piranha, 2014

Non-State

'Cabrillo Corporation'

Oregon (II)
Armed Merchant Ship (Converted 1960s cargo liner)
Length: 560ft (171m)
Beam: 75ft (23m)
11,585 tons
Propulsion: MHD Engines
Speed: 50 knots(+)
Armament: 120mm Cannon (Exact number not specified) 3 x 20mm Gatling cannon 4 x Exocet Missiles (Concealed in forward hold) 2 x Land Attack Missiles (Russian, type not specified.) 2 x 21 inch Torpedo Tubes (Bow), Machine Guns. Note: All weapons are concealed.
2 x Minisubs
1 x Helicopter
Note: Conversion was done at a Russian shipyard, but paid for by US Govt 'Black Budget' money. The below-water hull has been heavily modified to allow safe transit at high speeds. Mercenary ship, owned by the 'Cabrillo Corporation'. Registered in Iran (Carries flags for every maritime nation.) Performs intelligence gathering on behalf of the United States Government and other related work on behalf of friendly nations. This is the replacement for the ship of the same name that appeared in 'Flood Tide' (1997)

Venezuela

Reina Azul
Armed Merchant Ship (Converted cargo ship.)
Length: 200 ft
Speed: 15 knots (Max)
Armament: 4 x 3M-54 'Klub-K' missiles mounted in a modified shipping container.
Note: Fire control limitations prevent the ship from firing more than one missile at a time.

Plot summary: The crew of the Oregon suddenly find that someone has penetrated their security.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on March 31, 2018, 06:53:18 am
Back to the 'self-published on Amazon' technothrillers...

R.E. McDermott, Deadly Straits, 2011

United States

USS Hermitage (LSD-56)
Harpers Ferry Class Dock Landing Ship(?)
Details as per the real ships
Carries at least one SH-60 Seahawk.
Note: Pennant number is that of an unnamed cancelled member of the Harpers Ferry Class, class has been assumed from the pennant number only.

Plot summary: A ship broker finds himself enmeshed in an elaborate international plot.

Note: This is part of a series of three novels featuring the same characters. The author provides dates, with the story running between 10 May and 15th September of an unspecified year, but does not provide information allowing the story to be pinned to a specific post-2001 year. Therefore the 'Day after Tomorrow' rule applies.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 04, 2018, 05:46:27 am
Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison, Typhoon Fury, 2017

United States (WWII)

USS Pearsall (DD-542)
Fletcher Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Explicitly identified as this class in the novel. Ship was in service early enough to be sent to the Philippines prior to the surrender of Corregidor (9th April, 1942) on a special mission (E.g. She commissioned before USS Fletcher (DD-445) which was commissioned on the 30th of June, 1942.). Pennant number is that of an unnamed cancelled member of the Fletcher class.

Japan (WWI)

I-38
Submarine, class not specified
Note: Pennant is that of a Type B1 Class submarine sunk in 1944, however the submarine in the novel is sunk in early 1942, so it cannot be that ship.

Non-State

'Cabrillo Corporation'

Oregon (II)
Armed Merchant Ship (Converted 1960s cargo liner)
Length: 560ft (171m)
Beam: 75ft (23m)
11,585 tons
Propulsion: MHD Engines
Speed: 50 knots(+)
Armament: 120mm Cannon (Exact number not specified) 3 x 20mm Gatling cannon 4 x Exocet Missiles (Concealed in forward hold) 2 x Land Attack Missiles (Russian, type not specified.) 2 x 21 inch Torpedo Tubes (Bow), Machine Guns. Note: All weapons are concealed.
2 x Minisubs
1 x Helicopter
Note: Conversion was done at a Russian shipyard, but paid for by US Govt 'Black Budget' money. The below-water hull has been heavily modified to allow safe transit at high speeds. Mercenary ship, owned by the 'Cabrillo Corporation'. Registered in Iran (Carries flags for every maritime nation.) Performs intelligence gathering on behalf of the United States Government and other related work on behalf of friendly nations. This is the replacement for the ship of the same name that appeared in 'Flood Tide' (1997)

'New Peoples Army'
Philippines Communist Insurgent Group

Magellan Sun
Armed Merchant Ship
Length: 370ft (112.8 m)
Armament: 3 x 4 inch guns concealed in modified shipping containers
Nominally owned by Tai Fong Shipping (A Hong Kong registered shell company.), the ship is registered in the Marshall Islands.

And one non-state fictional naval weapon.

Kuyog (English: 'Swarm')
Drone torpedoes based on modified jetskis.
Uses laser designation system to acquire target, then an optical system to continue tracking the target until it reaches a distance of 1 meter at which point it detonates.
Warhead: 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of Semtex
Created and operated by the 'New Peoples Army'.

Plot summary: The crew of the Oregon are offered a non-standard contract to assist in the recovery of a large cache of stolen artworks being used by drug smugglers as 'currency'. Following a harrowing mission against the Chinese Ministry of State Security, it seems like the perfect way to relax...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 17, 2018, 08:47:05 pm
Alison Bruce, Ghost Writer, 2017

Canada

HMCS Nottawasaga (FFH-???)
Halifax Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships

United States (1960's)

Arctic Station Alpha
Nuclear powered SeaLab (First stage of a planned USN underwater Arctic base.)
Crew: 8
Armament: Small arms for the crew, unspecified number of 21 inch TT (Only one torpedo room.)
Described as being "...the size of the Goodyear blimp."

United States (2017)

USS Scranton (SSN-756)
Los Angeles class
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: Described as a 'tactical sub' in the novel.

Plot: The year is 2017, an expedition to locate and retrieve an undersea habitat abandoned since the 1960s when contact was unexpectedly lost, find themselves with a mystery on their hands.

Note: This is not an action novel, but rather a Romantic Thriller with paranormal overtones. 
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 19, 2018, 08:10:03 pm
Back to the short form fiction,

Hilbert Schenck, Hurricane Claude, published in Edward L. Furman (ed.), The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (April, 1983)

United States

USCGC Intrepid (WMEC-???)
Reliance Class Cutter?
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Class assignment based on name only which fits the naming scheme for the Reliance Class. No other details than name provided by the author. Name clashes with that of the Essex Class Aircraft Carrier USS Intrepid (CV-11) which was in service from 1943 until 1974 and then converted to a museum ship in 1982.

USCGC Dauntless (WMEC-624)
Reliance Class Cutter
Real ship, details as in service
Note: USCGC Dauntless (WMEC-624) has made a few appearances in fiction. In 1979 she portrayed the ill-fated USCGC New Hope in the film version of Peter Benchley's 'The Island' (1979), she also appears in the 2016 novel 'Goliath' by Shawn Corridan & Gary Waid as one of two Coast Guard ships sent to rescue the crew of a stranded Russian Supertanker off the Alaskan coast and finally her pennant number is used for an unnamed Coast Guard cutter in the technothriller 'Avenging Storm' (1992) by Duncan Long, which I have covered earlier in this list.

Plot summary: A private group thinks they have worked out a way to disrupt hurricanes safely, but as the first real test looms, have they taken everything into consideration.

Note: Hilbert Schenk (1926-2013), was a minor sci-fi writer whose short fiction shows an interest in the sea.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 22, 2018, 10:59:27 pm
Another in the irregular 'non-state' series, this time from something 'self-published on Amazon'.

Evan Graver, Dark Water, 2017

Non-State

'Brown Berets' (Hispanic separatist group.)

La Carranza Garza (ex-SEACOR Mariner)
Oil Platform Supply Vessel
Length: 150ft (45.7m)
2 Diesel Engines (1,1157 Horsepower Each.)
Speed: 12 knots (Max), 10 knots (Cruise)
Armament: AK-47s for all crew & 8 Strela-3 Surface-to-Air Missiles
Cargo also includes a wide range of firearms.
Interior has been modified to include hidden rooms for people smuggling.

Plot summary: An investigation into the theft of several yachts off the US coast and their subsequent use for smuggling arms into the country leads to the discovery of a dangerous conspiracy.

Note: This is another of those novels that seems to be intended for supporters of Donald Trump, the bad guys are Mexican drug cartels, people who want to take back the lands Mexico lost in the 1840s and ISIS working together on the principle that 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend'.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 26, 2018, 04:10:27 am
Some 'Gung-Ho' nonsense from the mid '80s...

W. X. Davies (Pseud.) with the 'Strategic Operations Group',  Countdown WWIII: Operation Black Sea, 1984

United States

USS McCulloch (DLG-?/CG-??)
Belknap Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships.

Greece

Larisa (ex-USS ?)
Knox Class Frigate
Details as per the real ships.
Ex-US warship transferred to Greece.

Plus other 'Unnamed' warships.

Turkey

Erdemit
'Battleship'
No other details provided

Sardis
'Battleship'
No other details provided

Plus other 'Unnamed' warships.

Russia

Yarosloavl
Kara (Pr. 1134b) Class Cruiser
Details as per the real ships


Plot summary: The year is 1986 (The novel takes place between November 3 & 24 of that year.). Tensions in the Balkans between Turkey and Greece explode into war, the United States sends in it's Global Crisis Task Force (GTCF), experts trained to do whatever it takes to keep the situation from spiraling out of control, but with the Soviets pulling the strings, will this be enough to stave off disaster.

Note: This is one of a series of action novels attributed to the same writing team released through newsstands in the mid '80s, 'W. X. Davies' is, to quote the introduction, "...the pseudonym of a well-known author. He took on this new series both to entertain and to argue for a more sophisticated espionage capability for the US." His collaborators are simply described as an "...informal advisory council whose military, intelligence and security experience provides much of the background for the series." As to the truth that lies behind these claims, who knows, I'm not that impressed with either writing or plotting, nor with the cover art.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 28, 2018, 07:18:07 am
Clive Hawkswood, Bismarck's Plague, 2018

United Kingdom

HMS Bowman
Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided

Germany

U-31
Type U 31 Class U-Boat
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: In the real world, this ship went missing while on patrol in January of 1915 and the wreck was not discovered until 2016. World War I legend held that the submarine had drifted ashore in England, the entire crew dead in June of 1915 and it was speculated the crew had been killed by chlorine gas from damaged batteries, the 2016 discovery finally proved this wild story false.

Plot summary: The year is 1915, a British destroyer finds a German U-boat drifting on the surface of the North Sea, what the boarding party finds aboard leads to a desperate mission into Germany to prevent the unleashing of a nightmare disease.

Note: This is actually the third of a series of WWI action novels, but it is the only one to date with a naval component.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 28, 2018, 08:03:51 am
A legendary technothriller

Craig Thomas, Firefox, 1977

United States

USS Pequod (SSN-???)
Sturgeon Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Forward crew compartment/torpedo room converted into fuel tanks containing aviation fuel.
Note: In the 1982 film, the submarine was represented using stock footage from the film 'Ice Station Zebra' (1968) for underwater sequences and a newly built conning tower mock-up for the surfaced scenes, the submarines pennant number is never visible.

Russia

Riga
Moskva (Pr. 1123) Class Helicopter Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Note: In the 1982 film, this ship was depicted with footage of a Belknap Class Cruiser, albeit one carrying Mi-24 'Hind' helicopters. In the novel the ship is correctly assigned Ka-25 'Hormone' helicopters.

Otlitnyi
Guided Missile Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

Slavny
Guided Missile Destroyer, class not specified
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Two Foxtrot (Pr. 641) Class Submarines
Details as per the real ships.
Both submarines have been modified to carry an unidentified sub launched IR-Guided subsurface-to-air missile (Eg the weapon can be launched while submerged.). The exact number carried is not specified.

Unnamed
Three Victor Class Submarines (Subtype not specified)
Details as per the real ships.

Plot summary: Evidence reaches the West that the Soviets have designed a truly world beating fighter, the MIG-31 'Firefox', so a plan is put together to steal the prototype.

Note: This novel when it came out in 1977 proved astonishingly successful and it was filmed five years later with Clint Eastwood playing the pilot tasked with getting the stolen plane out. If you carefully read the novel, it's clear that Thomas envisaged something that looked much more like the MIG-25 'Foxbat' than the elegant (& iconic) creation Hollywood dreampt up for the film. The link below is to a cover gallery showing the various covers used for the novel over the years.

http://craigthomascompanion.co.uk/2firefox.html
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on April 30, 2018, 01:20:17 am
A 'self-published on Amazon' technothriller.

Nigel Seed, V4 Vengeance, 2018

United States

Various Unnamed warships

United Kingdom

HMS Huntingdon
Frigate, class not specified
Main battery 1 x 4.5 inch gun
No other details provided.

HMS Newbury
Frigate, class not specified
No other details provided

Germany (WWII)

V4-1 (ex- U-3998)
Type XXII Class U-boat (Fictional)
Armament: 6 x 21 inch TT (4 fwd/2 aft), only the forward tubes can be reloaded after firing, exact number of reloads not specified.
1 fwd mounted V-1 Launcher (10 missiles carried in a partly dismantled state, each is armed with a warhead containing an unspecified binary nerve gas (Possibly Sarin.))
No gun armament fitted.
Propulsion details are the same as for late war U-Boats.
No other details provided

V4-2 (ex- U-3999)
Type XXII Class U-boat (Fictional)
Same details as V4-1

V4-3 (ex U-4000)
Type XXII Class U-boat (Fictional)
Same details as V4-1

Note: Author does not make it clear if this is a derivative of the Type XXI U-Boat (Which had an all forward torpedo armament.) or conversions of an earlier type. The three submarines are abandoned at the end of the war and two of them (V4-1/2) are salvaged by the Russian Mafiya and crewed by Middle Eastern mercenaries (Not ISIS.) sent against New York. The non-standard pennant numbers refer to them being the fourth Vergeltungswaffen (Vengeance Weapon) system, in this case  V-1 Cruise Missiles fitted with chemical warheads launched from a submarine.

Non-Ship

Kiel U-Boat Base

Concealed underground pens and dockyard built to the north of Kiel, well separated from the known installations.

Plot summary: A trio of retired Royal Engineers are hired to find a rumored WWII era U-Boat base lost since the end of the war and find themselves caught up in a plot that has some similarities to the film 'Die Hard' (1988). No clues are given to precisely date the story so the 'Day after Tomorrow' rule applies.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 02, 2018, 01:11:30 am
Another would be Clive Cussler, 'self-published on Amazon'.

Telford Lee, The Wolves of Atlantis, 2017

United States (WWII)

USS Bogue (CVE-9)
Bogue Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service

United States ('Present Day')

USS James
Salvage/Support Ship, class not specified
Crew: 39
Unarmed
No other details provided

Battle Group Z-29

USS Peregrine
Falcon Class
See Below for details.

USS Gyre
Falcon Class
See Below for details.

USS Aplomado
Falcon Class
See Below for details.

USS Merlin
Falcon Class
See Below for details.

Falcon Class 'Warship'
'nearly' 400 crew
'enhanced' Harpoons
AEGIS equipped
At least two 5 inch guns
No other weapons mentioned
Carries two Shrike Class Minisubs
No other details other than one non-USN character referring to ships of this class as "battle cruisers".

Shrike Class Minisub (Submerged Biological Combat Craft (SBCC))
Described as "Similar in looks to a fighter jet, but with very stubby wings."
2 man crew
Anechoic coating
Propulsion system designed to make noises identical to marine life.
Armament: 4 x Mark X Torpedos
Note: Class members are not named.

And one fictional weapons system

Mark X Torpedo
Weight: 1000lb (453.6kg)
Propulsion system designed to make noises identical to marine life.
No other details provided.

Germany (Third Reich, WWII and beyond)

U-172
Type IXC Class U-Boat
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In the real world this submarine was sunk on the 22nd of November, 1943 by planes from the carrier USS Bogue (CVE-9). In the novel it escapes this attack and returns to Germany with news of great importance to the future of the Reich.

U-504
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant is that of a Type IXC Class U-Boat sunk on the 30th of July, 1943

U-702
U-Boat, class not specified
Note: Pennant is that of a Type VIIC Class U-Boat sunk on the 3rd of April, 1943

Several other Unnamed U-Boats.

Non-State

Unnamed
Victor V Class Submarine
Ex-Russian submarine sold to Al-Queda.
Stated to be 'nuclear capable', but just what armament is being carried is not specified.
No other details provided

Plot summary: A mission to deal with a would be terrorist attack on the United States discovers a much greater threat...

Note: This novel is another attempt to out do Clive Cussler and his collaborators. In this case drawing on 1930s claims about Atlantis by psychic Edgar Cayce, for the fringe historical ideas that drive the plot. Along with this the author also throws in people who 'Didn't believe in no surrender.' at the end of World War II. Sadly the authors writing style is just not up to the task.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 02, 2018, 07:23:05 am
Another horror novel with a naval setting...

Donald Allen Kirch, Reich, 2017

Germany

U-152 (Named by the crew 'Nauecilus'.)
U-Boat, class not specified.
Fitted with an 'Automation Control Panel'. As the name suggests this allows a U-Boat to be operated with a minimal crew (Implied to be one person to control the submarine, and the minimum number of people used to load the torpedo tubes.). The submarine is stated to be fitted with the prototype installation.
Note: Pennant matches that of a Type IID Class U-Boat that served from 1941 until 1945 as a training ship. The ship in the novel is described as an operational U-boat, but no specific class details are given.

Plot summary: Following the failure of the Stauffenberg Plot, the crew of a U-Boat is ordered to take the Fuehrer to Norway, on the way there they discover just what it is that Germany has given its loyalty to...

Note: As might be guessed this plays very fast and loose with history, the author finishes the story with a note claiming he based it on a letter-in-a-bottle found on the coast of Denmark in November of 1946 which claimed that Hitler had been murdered by the crew of a U-Boat rather than dying in the Berlin Bunker. He does not give a source for this tale so it could be made up, and even if it was true, the message could easily have been a fake.

Update:

I've managed to track down a copy of the newspaper story that may have inspired the author of this story. It can be read by following the link below.

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/67837120
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Jemiba 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.

Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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...
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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 the first 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on May 30, 2018, 02:56:00 pm
With thanks to Hood, for their assistance, we return to the Cusslerverse...

Clive Cussler and Graham Brown, The Rising Sea, 2018

China (Peoples Republic)

Giashu
'Fleet tender' (Submarine Depot Ship?)
Fitted with a deck crane
Can carry at least four submersibles (The exact size of these is unspecified.)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: Something is causing the worlds oceans to rise rapidly, but careful study indicates that the ice caps are not melting fast enough to account for it. So where is the water coming from...

Note: This is a surprisingly land bound plotline, that inverts the central mystery of  Bob Shaw's 'Medusa's Children' (1977) in which the polar ice melted but the seas didn't rise. There is also a callback to the events of 'Nighthawk' (2017) with a character from that novel turning up in this novel. Finally, it is another in the long line of Yellow Peril (China) stories that have re-emerged since the late 1990s. Others in this thread include 'Sunstrike' (1979), 'Sky Masters' (1991), 'Flood Tide' (1997), 'Icefire' (1998), 'China Sea' (2000), 'Two Peasants and a President' (2012) and  'White Plague' (2015).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 05, 2018, 04:23:07 am
From the 21st Century to the 19th...

Donald A. Joy, A Sudden Thunder, 1978

Confederate States

CSS Virginia (ex-USS Merrimack)
Ironclad (Casement)
Real ship, details as in service.

CSS Reprisal (ex-Penelope)
Gunboat (Converted steam tug)
Armament: 2 x 32pdr (Rifled) guns at the bow
No other details provided.
Captured by USS Cohocton in 1861.

Unnamed
Commerce raider (Privateer)
Steam powered
Two funnels
Paddle wheels (Not stated if sternwheel or sidewheel, most likely sidewheel.)
Shallow draft
4 x 32pdr (Rifled) guns mounted two a side forward of amidships.
No other details provided.

Unnamed
Several Gunboats
Converted tugboats
No other details provided.

United States

USS Cohocton
Steam Sloop (Screw propulsion)
Displacement: 1200 tons
Armament: (Original) Gun Deck: 10 x 32pdr Cannon, Main Deck: 2 x 4 inch 'deck rifles' (As refitted prior to the start of the Civil War) Gun Deck: 2 x 9 inch Dhalgren Cannon, 6 x 32pdr, Main Deck: 2 x 4 inch 'deck rifles' (Initially fixed mounts as bow chasers, modified to be mounted on pivoting mounts by March 1861.) (As at the Battle of Hampton Roads) Gun Deck: 2 x 9 inch Dhalgren Cannon, 6 x 32pdr (4 x Smoothbores, 2 x Rifled), Main Deck: 2 x 4 inch 'deck rifles' (On pivoting mounts.)
Draft: 10-11ft
Speed: 11 knots (Steam), 14 knots (Steam + Sail + A very stiff breeze.)
Crew:270

USS Defence
Steam Sloop (Sidewheel)
10 'guns'
Speed: 8knots (steam)
No other details
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Mary Jane
Sloop? (Converted Merchantman, sidewheel)
5 x 18pdr smoothbores
Speed: 6 knots (steam)
No other details
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Melford
Sloop? (Converted Merchantman)
5 'guns'
No other details
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Buoyant
Sloop?
4 'guns'
Note: Ex-Confederate blockade runner taken into US service. Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Daphne
Sloop?
4 'guns'
Note: Ex-Confederate blockade runner taken into US service. Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS(?) St Elizabeth
Troopship (Sidewheel)
No other details provided
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS(?) Atlantic
Troopship
No other details provided
Note: Not able to confirm if this is real or not.

USS Katahdin
Unadilla Class Gunboat
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In the novel one of USS Cohocton's officers is given command of this ship, rather than her historic first commander George Henry Preble.

USS Pawnee
Steam sloop (Screw)
Real ship, details as in service

USS Minnesota
Steam Frigate (Screw)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Wyandotte (ex-USS Western Port)
Armed Steamer
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: After the Civil War this name was carried by a Canonicus-class monitor (USS Wyandotte (ex-USS Tippecanoe) which was renamed in 1869)

USS Supply
Supply Ship
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Sabine
Brandywine Class Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Macedonian
Sailing Frigate
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: This is the 1836 frigate notionally constructed from components of the USS Macedonian (ex-HMS Macedonian) captured in the War of 1812, in a ruse known as a 'great repair'. In fact she was a completely new ship.

USS Powhatan
Steam Frigate (sidewheel)
Real ship, details as in service

USS Brooklyn
Steam Sloop
Real ship, detail as in service.
Note: Simply mentioned as an unnamed sloop when she appears, but this is the ship that accompanied the USS Macedonian to Fort Pickens in 1861.

USS Monitor
Ironclad turret ship
Real ship, details as in service.

United Kingdom

HMS Dauntless
Steam Frigate
Real ship, details as in service
Note: At the time the novel is set (December 1860 -  March 1862), the HMS Dauntless was serving as the base ship for the British Coastguard in Southhampton, in the novel she is still in active service and is one of the ships encountered while the USS Cohocton is blockading the Atlantic coast of the Confederacy at various points in 1861.

Plot summary: Follows the career of a US Naval Lieutenant from the end of 1860, via the defense of Fort Pickens to the Battle of Hampton Roads. The story follows the general outlines of the Civil War, while adding specific non-historic events which directly involve the hero and the ship he is on, but which do not affect the overall flow of history.

Note: This historic naval novel has an odd publication history bearing separate copyright years of 1978, 1994 and 2013, the last of which refers to the e-book edition available on Amazon. Presumably the author has released the book through different publishers over the years, though it is unclear whether any revisions took place to the text itself during that period. The authors bio accompanying the novel on Amazon indicates that this novel is the first in a series following the central character through the Civil War, the second novel 'The Narrow Fury' (1980) has been released to Amazon, but the concluding novel(s) do not appear to have been released as yet.

This one took a little more research than normal as there is actually very little Civil War set naval fiction, I'm still not entirely sure what the author meant by the term 'deck rifles' other than they are cannon. Overall not a bad novel, let down by what appears to be a bad conversion to ebook resulting in no separation between chapters and odd word spacing along with some misspelled words.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 09, 2018, 08:34:20 am
An unexpected find...

John Gunn, Barrier Reef Espionage, 1955

Australia

HMAS Legend
Majestic Class Aircraft Carrier
Details as per the real ships
Air group includes Fairey Firefly's (AS.7) and Supermarine Walrus's (at least one.)

HMAS Kalda
Tribal Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: See my post of the novel 'Approved to Scrap' (1968) for details on the Tribal Class Destroyers made in Australia.

Republic of San Paulo (Fictitious South American State)

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified
Armament: Unspecified torpedoes, Deck Gun, MGs. Also stated to be carrying 12 mines salvaged from minefields laid by the Australians in WWII.
Escape hatch has been modified to act as an airlock for divers.
Diesel powered, has a schnorkel fitted
Captain is a mercenary, four of the compliment are trained divers.
The Artist seems to have based his illustration (see below) off of several different classes of submarine from the German, British & United States navies.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3a32olbk2jvr2ix/Mystery_Submarine.jpg?dl=0

Plot summary: It is the early 1950s. A simple fishing expedition off the Queensland coast turns into a mess of intrigue.

Note: This is classic 'Boys Own Adventure' based around British nuclear testing in Australia. The story is set after the first British nuclear test (Operation Hurricane, 1952), but the author does not seem to have been aware of the 1953 Totem test series which took place on the mainland. The British would not return to the Montebello Islands, where Operation Hurricane was carried out until 1956 the same year they resumed mainland testing at Maralinga. By implication the story, which also references the Woomera Rocket test site (Featured in another 'Boys Own Adventure', 'Mettle at Woomera' (1962?).) and the Rum Jungle uranium mine (Which became operational in 1954) is set somewhere between 1952 and 1955. The author appears to have believed that the Montebello Islands were the British permanent test site, which sadly was not the case.

The bad guys were a bit of a surprise, I was expecting 'communists', however they turned out to be agents of a fictitious South American country. In the words of the lead agent (A pre-James Bond Film, James Bond Villain, complete with a pool full of venomous sea-creatures.) it is a nation, "...organized for espionage on a scale never before dreamed of..." operating as mercenaries for an unspecified third party. As the Russians and Americans already knew how to make Atomic bombs, this is most likely the French, as at the time the novel was written China was getting assistance in nuclear matters from the Russians.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 10, 2018, 06:09:18 pm
Donald A. Joy, The Narrow Fury, 1980

Confederate States

CSS Arkansas
Ironclad (Casement)
Real ship, details as in service

CSS Eureka
Supply ship (Riverine)
No other details provided

Unnamed
Several gunboats and rams.

United States

USS Shiloh
Warship, type unspecified
No other details provided
Note: This is the ship the hero is being transferred East to take command of, no details on what it is are provided in this novel, presumably they will be given in the sequel

USS Machineel (Identifying mark (As cottonclad 'N', as tinclad '37'))
Gunboat
Converted sternwheel riverboat
Armament: (As cottonclad) 1 x 110pdr Parrot Rifle (Open pivot mount fwd), 4 x 32pdrs (two a side, enclosed deck), 1 x 6pdr field gun (upper deck) (As Tinclad) 2 x 64pdrs (Bow) 4 x 12pdrs (2 a side) 6 x 32 pdrs (3 a side) (All enclosed.) 1 x 6pdr field gun (upper deck)
Crew: 111
Note: Hero takes command of the ship following the Battle of Plumb Point Bend, the conversion to tinclad takes place after the end of Farragut's siege of Vicksburg. The Hero is transferred east to take command of a new ship shortly before the start of Grant's final offensive against Vicksburg.

USS Viruna
Gunboat (Screw)
Converted merchant ship (Described in the novel as a 'converted yacht').
Displacement: 1300 tons
Length: 218 ft (66 m)
Beam: 34 ft 8 in (10.57 m)
Armament: 2 x 30pdr Parrot Rifiles, 8 x 8 inch cannon
Note: The author does not provide too many specifics for this ship, however the name is very close to that of the USS Varuna (The name is that of the Hindu God of the sea.) a gunboat sunk during the US capture of New Orleans. I have therefore taken the step of concluding that the author envisaged her as being identical to that ship, however unlike the real ship she is still afloat as of Farragut's attempt to capture Vicksburg.

USS Little Belt
Transport (Sternwheel)
1 x 'Field gun' unspecified type
Note: Not able to determine if real or not.

USS Benton
Gunboat (Ironclad)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Carondolet
City Class Gunboat (Ironclad)
Real ship, details as in service.

USS St Louis
City Class Gunboat (Ironclad)
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: At the time the novel is set this was the ships name. When the Western Flotilla was transferred from Army to Navy control in 1862 the ship was renamed USS Baron DeKalb.

USS Sumpter (ex-CSS General Sumpter)
Ram (Cottonclad)
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Author changes the history of this ship slightly, rather than being run aground, stripped for parts and then destroyed by the Confederates, the ship is scuttled by the crew in circumstances that lead to the commander being investigated.

Plot summary: Surviving a court martial for his actions at the Battle of Hampton Roads, the Hero finds himself commanding a river gunboat on the Mississippi.

Note: This is the sequel to 'A Sudden Thunder' (1978). The publication dates on this novel are again split, bearing years of 1980 & 2014, the latter being the date the ebook was released. As with the previous novel the author shows some skill in keeping the character close to the historic action while avoiding major history altering changes. The novel ends as I've mentioned earlier with the Hero being re-assigned to a new ship, which will be explored in the third novel, which I am still trying to locate.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 12, 2018, 05:10:17 pm
A short story 'self-published on Amazon'...

Zach Neal, Silent Enemy, 2016

Italy

Delfino
Oil tanker converted into base for human torpedo operations.
Described as a replacement for the Olterra which is referred to as "...her unfortunate predecessor." Historically the British suspected that the Olterra was involved in the covert operations attacks on Gibraltar, but the ship survived the entirety of the Italian involvement in WWII.

Plot summary: Following the Italian covert operations attack on Alexandria (19th December, 1941) a plan is put into effect to strike directly at the Italian unit responsible for the attack.

Note: The author plays very fast and loose with WWII history, the war between the British Gibraltar Underwater Working Party and the Italian Decima MAS is one of the more fascinating sidelights of that conflict,  but it certainly didn't involve the type of shenanigans the author has his characters get up to.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 18, 2018, 05:44:58 am
Back to the technothrillers...

Jim Czaijkowski (Pen name: James Rollins), Ice Hunt, 2003

United States

USS Polar Sentinel (SSN-777)
Research/prototype SSN
Described as "...half the size of it's bigger brothers..."
Nuclear Powered
Twin Screws
Stated to have been built as a "...pure research vessel..." and the "...test platform for an upcoming generation of attack submarine..."
Originally armed, all weapons have been removed to fit additional scientific equipment
Forward torpedo room has been removed and replaced with an observation deck.
Fitted with experimental ‘Deep Eye’ ice penetrating sonar, described as being "...a type of X-ray for ice."
Note: Pennant number clashes with that of the Virginia Class Submarine USS North Carolina (SSN-777) whose construction started in 2004 and was not commissioned until 2008.

Russia

Drakon
Alula II (Pr. 917U) Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.

Unnamed
Dekabrist (Series I) Class Submarine(?)
Details as per the real ships
Converted into an unarmed transport
Note: Author refers to this submarine as "...an old I-series." submarine, the Dekabrist class were the first Soviet built submarine class, at a time when classes were referred to by 'Series' rather than 'Project'. 

Ice Station Grendel
Research facility and submarine dock
Built into a large long lasting ice island
Operated by the Soviet Union, paid for by US 'Black budget' money
Operated 1937 - 1948

And one Russian superweapon.

Polaris Array

A set of five harmonic weapons placed under the North Pole Ice Cap in the late 1990s. When the sixth weapon (A specially designed nuclear bomb.) is detonated within the Arctic circle the harmonic wave created by it will trigger the other five causing the North Pole Ice Cap to shatter. This will cause the entire ice cap to melt over one Arctic summer and create havoc world wide.

Plot summary: It is the 'Day after Tomorrow' and a discovery under the North Polar Ice Cap causes a long-running conspiracy to attempt to do all it takes to keep the full secret from coming out.

Note: This is only the second time I've read one of this authors novels and the first one could not hold my attention well enough to allow me to finish it. While this novel has effective villains and monsters, the author messed up the plot with a twist I've given away in these notes. Quite simply the international relations of the time made the agreement he describes impossible, and the character he has explaining it does not do a convincing job. Finally, the author compounds the mistake by trying to convince the reader of the same in the authors notes after the story has finished with evidence that does not support the events he has occurring in the novel. Over all this is another writer in the mold of Clive Cussler mining edges of science and fringe stories for plot ideas and definitely not the best of them.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 18, 2018, 07:14:42 am
Alistair MacLean, South by Java Head, 1958

Australia

HMAS Kenmore
Q Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Britain transferred the Q Class Destroyers HMS Quality, HMS Quiberon & HMS Quickmatch to Australia in 1942, two additional members of the class HMS Queenborough & HMS Quadrant were transferred in 1945.
 
Japan

Unnamed
Submarine, class not specified.

Unnamed (ex-PT-??)
PT-Boat
Ex-US PT-Boat captured by the Japanese and used for deceptive purposes.
Details as per the real ships.
No other details.

Plot summary: As Singapore falls to the Japanese in World War Two, the last escapees make a desperate attempt to reach Australia, bearing information worth killing for.

Note: Alistair MacLean was one of the premier writers of action fiction for much of the latter half of the 20th Century until he died in 1987. Several of his novels were filmed in the 1960s and 1970s.

Other novels by him covered in this thread are, 'HMS Ulysses' (1955), 'Night Without End' (1959), 'San Andreas' (1984) and 'Santorini' (1986) . Another novel inspired by Alistair MacLean's work I've covered is Dean Koontz's 'Icebound' originally published in the 1970s under a pen name but re-issued in a revised edition under his real name in 1995.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 20, 2018, 04:22:51 am
Continuing the exploration of 'self-published on Amazon' technothrillers

R.E. McDermott, Deadly Coast, 2012

United States

USS Carney (DDG-64)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Bunker Hill (CG-82)
Ticonderoga Class Cruiser
Real ship, details as in service.

Russia

Admiral Vinogradov
Udaloy (Pr.1155) Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service.

Liberia

MT Marie Floyd
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Privateer)
Converted Oil Tanker
Modifications include the conversion of one cargo tank into a cell for captured pirates and the addition of a concealed control position, from which all ship functions can be handled in a former aft ballast tank.
Armament: Small arms & rocket propelled grenades
 
MT Pacific Endurance
Armed Merchant Cruiser (Privateer)
Converted Oil Tanker
Modifications/armament identical to MT Marie Floyd

Note: Both ships are owned by Phoenix Shipping Ltd. and are operating under Letters of Marque and Reprisal (E.g. Privateers) issued by the Liberian Government under newly passed legislation. The combat portion of the crew is made up of mercenaries, either American (ex-USMC) or Russian (ex-Spetznaz). The mode of operation is to sail slowly in regions pirates are present inviting attack. When the pirates board, they are lured into the superstructure, ambushed and captured. Armament is a mixture of American & Russian weapons including M-4 Carbines, Dragunov sniper rifles &  Kalashnikov's (The last is not specified in novel but likely.) along with unspecified types of rocket propelled grenades.

Non-State

Somali Pirates

Kyung Yang No. 173
Armed Trawler
Armament: Small arms & rocket propelled grenades
Note: Captured from her Korean (Republic of) crew and used as a mothership for the smaller vessels the pirates use to attack freighters.

Plot summary: As Somali piracy reaches crisis proportions, one ship owner resorts to a desperate scheme only to find that the attacks cover something much more dangerous.

Note: This is actually a better book than the James Rollins novel I covered two posts back, the authors plot is simple, straightforward and enlivened with a gleeful cynicism, just how the heroes get their hands on Liberian Letters of Marque and Reprisal made me laugh, that does not get in the way of providing a good set of thrills. The authors afterward is also a good example of how these things should be written, with a clear explanation of the history that inspired him and how he altered that history in the service of his plotline.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 26, 2018, 04:21:28 am
Jeff Edwards, Steel Wind, 2018

United States

USCGC Sawfish (WPB-87357)
Marine Protector Class Patrol Boat
Real ship, details as in service.

USS Bowie (DDG-141)
Arleigh Burke Flight IV Class Destroyer (Fictional)
Stated to be the lead ship for this Flight.
Armament includes a 200 kilowatt laser weapon, along with the other weapons this class carries.
Stealth design
Carries unspecified drones for recon purposes.
Other details not specified.

USS Walter W. Winterburn (DDG-132)
Arleigh Burke Flight III(?) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Which 'Flight' this ship is in is not specified, most likely it is a Flight III ship.
No other details specified.

USS Mahan (DDG-72)
Arleigh Burke Flight II Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

USS Albany (SSN-753)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships

Fictional Weapons system

Sea Bat (Submerged Extended Autonomy Biological Acoustic Tracker)
Armed Underwater Drone
Originally built for NOAA by Norton Deepwater Systems Inc, requisitioned and modified by the US Navy.
Slocum Glider, roughly dolphin shaped, propulsion system is unspecified as is the speed and other dimensions.
Sensors are designed to track acoustic emitting targets, originally these units were to be tasked to follow Blue Whales. For this task those signatures have been replaced with those of the North Korean Supercavitating submarine, once the drone gets to within 2ft (0.61m) of the target the warhead is triggered by a proximity detonator.
The warhead is 7.5pds (3.4kg) of PETN, stated to produce a force equivalent to "...ten M67 fragmentation grenades."

Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic)

MV Aranella
Armed Merchant Cruiser
40,000 tons
18 knots
Armament: Small arms & Rocket Propelled Grenades
Cargo includes nuclear weapons.
Owned by Consolidated Maritime Group, a Liberian shell company ultimately controlled by the North Korean government.

MV Lecticula
Details same as MV Aranella

Steel Wind/Kang Chul Poong
Supercavitating Submarine
Nuclear powered
Supercavitation system uses steam produced by the nuclear reactor to provide both the gas envelope that surrounds the submarine and the thrust (Vented through an aft facing gimballed rocket nozzle.) that propels it at up to 300+ knots, this capability can only be used in short bursts.
When not supercavitating, propulsion is provided by three electric impellers powered by the reactor.
Hull is roughly conical in shape, "...8 meters across the base and 48 meters in length..."
Does not have a conning tower or bow/stern planes, maneuvering is accomplished by the impellers
2 TT (Bow), diameter not specified. The torpedoes fired are supercavitating weapons capable of 192 knots built for North Korea by a German company called "...Ozeankriegsfuhrungtechnologien (Ocean Warfare Technologies)." and delivered to them in secret. The companies designation for these devices is "...Superkavitierender Unterwasserlaufkörper (Supercavitating Underwater Running Body)..." No other details are provided as to size/diameter of the torpedo,the type of warhead fitted or what the North Korean Navy designates them as.
Note: This ship was built without any of the safety systems nuclear submarines are normally built with to save weight and provide the means of propulsion while supercavitating. While the crew does not know it, there is no intention that they survive the mission, succeed or fail.

Plot summary: The year is 2015 (The novel takes place between the Sunday, the 22th of February & Sunday the 8th of March (This happens in 2015).). The US discovers that North Korea has sent nuclear weapons to Cuba. When a new blockade starts in response the US Navy finds that North Korea has another secret weapon...

Note: I have earlier covered a series of naval action novels by this author ('Sea of Shadows' (2004), 'The Seventh Angel' (2010), 'Sword of Shiva' (2012)) featuring a Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer named USS Towers (DDG-103) at the conclusion of the final novel in the series it is announced that a destroyer named USS Bowie is going to be built. For this reason I initially believed that this was a continuation of the previous series, however there are no references to the events of the other three novels leading me to believe that this is set in a different 'universe' from the previous novels.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on June 28, 2018, 08:26:32 am
Shaun Clarke, Marine A SBS: Terrorism on the North Sea, 1995

United Kingdom

HMS Victory
Mini-Submarine Tender
Can carry up to four minisubs.
No other details provided.
Note: Name clash with the three decker HMS Victory which has never been out of commission since the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

HMS Nelson
Mini-Submarine Tender
Can carry up to four minisubs
No other details provided.
Note: Name clashes with the Barracks and support services facility at Portsmouth Naval Base.

Unnamed
3 Mini-Submarine Tenders
Same details as HMS Victory & HMS Nelson

Note: HMS Victory is carrying 4 minisubs for this mission the other four ships are carrying two each.

HMS Josephine
Pisces III Class Minisub
Crew: 3 (Pilot + 2 SBS Soldiers)
Note: Apparently based on the Pisces III DSV built by Vickers Oceanic in 1969, fitted with a Cybernetic Anthropomorphic Manipulator System, described as "...a set of robotic steel arms used for remote control work on the seabed..."

HMS Huk
Same details as HMS Josephine

HMS Genesis
Same details as HMS Josephine

HMS Trinity
Same details as HMS Josephine

HMS Auk
Same details as HMS Josephine

Unnamed
7 Pisces III Class Minisubs
Same details as HMS Josephine

All of the above are part of a Special Boat Service (SBS) squadron based at Achnacarry

Plot summary: The year is 1982 (The story takes place between the 18th of August and the 20th of August of that year). The IRA has managed to infiltrate and take control of Britain's North Sea oil fields, armed with a home made nuclear weapon they hold the entire country to ransom. With the Prime Minister in a bind, can the SBS retake the rigs.

Note: This book is the first of a series of newsstand action novels released in the mid 1990s (And reissued as ebooks in the 2010s.) featuring the exploits of the SBS. There was speculation at the time that at least some of the novels were based on actual operations, however this one would seem would seem to be pure fantasy, for example despite the story being set in 1982, the Prime Minister of Britain is not Margaret Thatcher, but a man who's vague description suggests he's based on her successor John Major. In addition to the SBS based series two other series were published at the same time. The three series were entitled 'Marine', 'Soldier' & 'Soldier of Fortune' respectively.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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

Myûru 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 05, 2018, 12:09:00 am
Anon., Crash Dive, published as Battle Picture Library Nº. 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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'.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 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.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on July 31, 2018, 04:14:33 am
Last post for July...

Marcus Blake (Pseud.), Atlantis: Revelation, 2013

Germany (WWII)

U-1309
Type VIIC\41 U-Boat
Details as per the real ships
Note: Modified so that it could dive to depths three times greater than standard members of the class (e.g. 2250ft (686m)).

United Kingdom (WWII)

HMS Wildflower
'Cruiser' (Note: More likely to a Flower Class Corvette based on the name.)
Only specific armament mentioned is Mk.VII depth charges fired from K guns (Depth charge mortars).
No other details provided.
Note: At various points in the book the author refers to 'cruisers' as if they were the primary type of vessels the Allies used for ASW operations in WWII, something that can be shown to be wrong with very little research.

United States (2012)

USS Ingram (DDG-???)
Arleigh Burke (Flight IIA) Class Destroyer(?)
Details as per the real ships
Note: Author provides no details other than the ship carries a helicopter, only Flight IIA and after members of the Arleigh Burke Class carried helicopters. Class determined by name only.

USS Dewey (DDG-105)
Arleigh Burke (Flight IIA) Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service

USS Seawolf (SSN-21)
Seawolf Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Fictional weapon

Mk.54 Lightweight Hybrid Torpedo (Note: This term is also used for the Mk.54 (MAKO) Lightweight torpedo on some websites.)
Described as a "...heavily modified..." version of the Mk.54 (MAKO) Lightweight Torpedo
Presumably diameter and other dimensions are unchanged, though this is not explicitly stated.
Impact fuse has been replaced with a digital camera and associated data transmission system
Retains warhead and a proximity fuse.
Speed is given as "...close on a hundred knots..." suggesting that it may make use of supercavitating technology.
Stated to be air droppable.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: For many the lost city of Atlantis is a myth, but for two young adults, one struggling with memory loss, it's existence has become a matter of life and death.

Note: The authors name is described as the pseudonym for "...a bestselling author who lives in the UK with his wife.".  Atlantis first appeared in a work by Plato in a tale whose basic storyline is identical to that of the 1977 film 'Star Wars', in that tale Atlantis was the Evil Empire. By the mid-to-late 19th Century it had morphed into a lost super-civilization from which all others had sprung and since that time has been a magnet for all kinds of fringe ideas. This novel like the self-published on Amazon novel 'The Wolves of Atlantis' (2017) by Telford Lee,  is based on Atlantis lore originating in the 1930s via alleged psychic Edgar Cayce. While clearly the first book in a series of at least three novels, to date (2018), only this novel has been published, though the overall plot-line for the trilogy is fairly easy to figure out.

As to what I think of this story, I've seen dozens of variations of this kind of story following in the wake of Clive Cussler's successes in the 1970s & 80s in reworking fringe material into the basis of action packed adventures. I'm not impressed with this one, aside from the authors belief about WWII cruisers I've mentioned above, in one scene set in the Smithsonian Institution (In Washington DC.) he has a character refer to the fact he had not expected "...every law enforcement officer on the Pacific Coast was going to be here..." which points to carelessness in editing or sloppy research on someone's part since the capitol of the United States is practically located on the Atlantic Coast and as I've said earlier the overall trajectory of the series is fairly easy to figure out.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 01, 2018, 06:55:25 pm
Some gung-ho fiction 'self-published on Amazon'...

Roger C. Dunham, Rogue Captain: How Far Would a Father Go to Save His Daughter's Life, 2018

United States

USS Monterey (SSN-749)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Details as per the real ships.
Modifed by the fitting of silencing tiles of the same type used on the hull of Virginia Class Submarines.
Note: Pennant is in an unallocated bloc of pennant numbers (SSN-744 to SSN-749). The name clashes with that of a Ticonderoga Class Cruiser USS Monterey (CG-61).

USS Stout (DDG-55)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Author refers to this ship either as an "...Arleigh Burke class guided missile cruiser..." or as a 'cruiser' throughout the book.

USS Gravely (DDG-107)
Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Note: Author refers to this ship as a 'destroyer' throughout the book.

Plot summary: A US submarine captain and select members of his crew steals his to-be-retired submarine to go after the Abu Sayyaf backed pirates who kidnapped his daughter.

Note: The authors claims that the US Navy tried to stop publication and of his prior service on a nuclear submarine (Identified in the end notes as USS Halibut (SSN-587).) notwithstanding, this is nothing special. This kind of 'US Servicemen steal a warship to go off hunting the countries enemies' plotline is a relatively popular one, see for example the novel 'Warhead' (2011) or even 'North Star Crusade' (1976) on this list for variations on this basic plotline.
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 04, 2018, 07:12:30 am
Raymond Harold Sawkins (Pen name: Colin Forbes), By Stealth, 1992

China (People's Republic)

Mao III
Armed Stealth Ship
Weight: 20,000 tons
VLS system containing 12 missiles of an unspecified type mounted forward of the bridge
Laser weapon of unspecified power fitted.
Speed: 30 knots
No other details provided

Yenan
Stealth transport ship.
Speed: 30 knots
Smaller than the Mao III
No other details

Notes: These stealth ships are based, not on the American Sea Shadow (IX-529), but rather on the stealth techniques as applied to the B-2 'Spirit' bomber. The superstructure is low and well rounded, engine exhausts are cooled before reaching the atmosphere and the propellors are designed to be low noise emitting at all speeds. The author describes them as looking variously like, "...a huge submarine travelling on the surface..." (Albiet one without a conning tower.) and "A huge grey shape like that of a half-submerged great whale..." 

United Kingdom

HMS Minotaur
Frigate (FFG), class not specified
Fitted with an experimental anti-Stealth system that makes use of multiple detection modes including LIDAR to defeat passive stealth measures.
No other details provided

Plot summary: A series of mysterious disappearances at sea and other strange events point to a threat to Europe, but from whom.

Note (Spoilers): Colin Forbes was the pen name used by author Raymond Harold Sawkins who started off in the late 1960s with a series of Alistair MacLean style thrillers, one of which 'Avalanche Express' (1977) was filmed in 1979. However by the time this novel came out the author was well into his 'formula' period, which had begun in the mid 1980s. These can easily be identified by the blurbs which take on a very standardized appearance to laying out the plot points. The basic formula was a mutated version of the English Country House mystery, often beginning with a mysterious death (or deaths.) that provides the impetus to the plot with a group of law enforcement (or quasi-law enforcement) agents trying to save Europe from, the United States, Communists (Russian backed or otherwise), Criminal conspiracies or Rogue Companies and which ends with a cast of characters bought together to reveal who did what to whom.

In this case the villains are the Chinese Communists, however the plot is pure Yellow Peril (China) and much more akin to the kinds of stories in this vein written in the 1920s and earlier, with the Chinese planning to overrun Europe with sleeper agents, traitors and a horde of fake refugees. Other novels in this vein I have covered in the thread include  include 'Sunstrike' (1979), 'Sky Masters' (1991), 'Flood Tide' (1997), 'Icefire' (1998), 'China Sea' (2000), 'Two Peasants and a President' (2012), 'White Plague' (2015) and 'Rising Sea' (2018). A novel from his 'Alistair MacLean' period I've covered in this thread is 'Target 5' (1972)
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 04, 2018, 05:45:03 pm
Raymond Harold Sawkins (Pen name: Colin Forbes), Shockwave, 1990

United States

USS Spruance (DDG-997)
Kidd Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.
Note: Name clashes with the lead ship of the Spruance Class Destroyers, USS Spruance (DD-963). The pennant number clashes with the last member of the Spruance Class built, USS Hayler (DD-997). Author explicitly identifies the ship as a member of the Kidd Class.

Russia

Sverdlov
Cruiser (CG), class not specified.
Stated to be one of the Russian navies "...most modern and heavyweight ships." (Kirov Class?)
No other details provided.

Plot summary: As a key component in the Wests new defense system is shipped to the UK, the man in charge of it's security finds himself on the run when he is falsely charged with murder. Fleeing both the law and assassins hired by unknown assailant he and his team find themselves scrambling to find the means to strike back.

Note: This novel  comes from the authors 'formula' period (See my previous post.), but it's a pretty thrilling example of the type and certainly one of the better books he wrote. Other novels by this author in the thread include 'Target 5' (1972) and 'By Stealth' (1992).
Title: Re: Fictional Warships - Novels
Post by: Graham1973 on August 10, 2018, 07:55:16 am
Another 'self-published on Amazon novel'...

D. Clayton Meadows, Of Ice and Steel, 2013

Germany (WWII)

U-761
Type IXC U-Boat
Details as per the real ships.
Commissioned: Not specified but stated to have been "...built... in 1943..."
Lost: August 1944
Note: Pennant clashes with that of a Type VIIC U-Boat comissioned in 1942 and sunk in February 1944.
Torpedos carried include one prototype T11 torpedo (G7es (TXI) "Zaunkönig II"), a real weapon that never entered active service.

Germany ('Present Day')

U-212
Submarine of unspecified class
Stated to be the "...newest German U-Boat..." and described as looking more streamlined than the Vepr (K-157).
No other details provided.

United States

USS Miami (SSN-755)
Los Angeles Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

USS West Virginia (SSBN-736)
Ohio Class Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

United Kingdom

HMS Swift (P242)
Peacock Class Corvette
Real ship, details as in service.
Note: The author does not explicitly state this but the details he provides fits this class, although he does refer to the ship as a 'destroyer' at one point. The Peacock Class Patrol Ships were built for service in Hong Kong, after the colony was handed back to China in 1996, the ships were sold off to the Phillipines & Ireland. Whenever this novel is set it would appear that the British retained them in service.

Iran

MV Kangan
Armed Merchant Ship (Converted Water Tanker)
Length: 300ft (91.4 m)
Armament: 9 T-72 Tanks have been chained to what the author describes as the lower deck. The main guns can be fired through ports cut into the hull concealed behind false hull plates.
No other details.

Russia

Vepr (K-157)
Akula II (Pr.971U) Class  Submarine
Real ship, details as in service.

Admiral Kuznetsov
Kuznetsov Class Aircraft Carrier
Real ship, details as in service.

Pyotr Velikiy (Peter the Great)
Kirov (Pr.1144) Class  Battlecruiser
Real ship, details as in service

Strogiy
Kashin (Pr.61) Class Destroyer
Real ship, details as in service
Note: In real world decomissioned in 1993, sunk while on tow to be scrapped in 1995.

Simferopol
Udaloy (Pr.1155) Class Destroyer
Details as per the real ships.

Barsuk
Patrol Ship, class not specified
No other details provided.

Grozyyashchiy
Frigate, class not specified.
No other details provided.

Plot summary: The world is on the brink