first thought was "what the fuck" as I'm curently working on some Confed-Navs-Stuff myself
...way not as detailed as yours. I made up fighter-designs for being used on the carrier as well as squadrons/organisation and stuff (and I'm about to field 'em in a little campaign.
What I've red so far sounds very good and thought throu...let me ask: Do you have something to do with shipping? Your vokabulary sounds familiar...I'm curently studying nautics (becoming shipsmate...), you know?
So you're from the business as well?
I'm not involved in the maritime trade in any professional manner.
The largest vessel I've ever conned was a 20' outboard powerboat.
I am, by trade, a Nurse... though I was also a Military Police soldier in the National Guard for 9 years.
If my Duetsch isn't too rusty*, that would translate to a Feldjäger Stabsunteroffizier.
I simply am a strong enthusiast when it comes to naval matters. I read up on it a great deal, and enjoy designing and drawing ships (poorly, most of the time) in my spare time. I own the 'Fleet Type Submarine'- which is basically the instructional manual for the USN's WWII era submarine fleet, detailing the operation of most of the equipment aboard the old diesel-electric boats in the USN. I play a lot of submarine simulation games, and understand tactics and weapons employment for subs of the pre-nuclear era pretty well for an amateur. I also hold a great deal of respect for naval personnel, in spite of my own professional pride as a former soldier.
My grandfather was a boilerman on a WWII gun cruiser- the U.S.S. Toledo
. He also worked as a civilian mariner, though his experience in that capacity was primarily on in-shore pushboats/towboats. He knew a lot about the local river- having him aboard a small fishing boat was better than a full set of charts. In his lifetime, he forgot
more about the operation and construction of small vessels (<10m) than I will ever be able to learn. I miss the old 'squid' dearly.
I do hope to earn enough money (by retirement age) to purchase a small live-aboard vessel of about 15-20m, and am equipping myself with such skills as to be able to sail her locally; I live on the Gulf Coast of Alabama, and there are a lot of nice places within range of such a boat. There are many fishing vessels in the area that would be easily converted to such duty, and they can generally be had for reasonable prices (60,000 euros is not out of the question).
My little experiment here is to create a realistic navy for a nation with the resources and budget that the Confederacy might have. It will not be nearly as large as Crimson Skies seems to suggest that a nation that size might be able to afford- as the setting seems to ignore all realistic limitations upon funding the militaries it describes. Such a Confederate Navy would probably be no larger than the Kriegsmarine of WWII, though the tonnage would be divided a bit differently... the Confederacy would focus more on protecting commerce and sea lanes of communications, and would probably function almost
as an extension of the British Royal Navy during wartime.
As the Confederation of Dixie would depend largely upon overseas trade at the time in question (our manufacturing base was only beginning to develop in the late '30's), cruisers would be in high demand. The problem is that the Confederacy had few of these vessels based in its borders at the time the United States broke up... and that the United States itself was woefully under-supplied with vessels of this type during the 30's in the first place! The Confederacy would have to construct such vessels themselves- a long and expensive process. In the meantime, they would probably trade ships they had little use for to other North American nations in order to obtain them. As the bulk of the Atlantic Fleet was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, the Confederacy would have ample ships to preform such trades... and would lack the manpower or revenue to operate them, anyway.
One could essentially staff two Brooklyn
class light cruisers (15 x 6" guns) for the same manpower that it took to staff one New Mexico
class battleship (12 x 14" guns), and the former could cover more patrol area than the latter- important for a nation protecting shipping lanes. Additionally, the cruisers would be faster and cheaper to construct, and would require less in upkeep.
This is the kind of logic I'm trying to employ here... what kind of fleet would actually work in a real-world setting for the Confederation of Dixie.
If you are working on such a thing yourself, I could help you to find ships that might actually be available to the Confederacy for use in your scenarios... and am VERY willing to take advice or accept input on what you think ships used by the Confederacy might look like. Indeed, I see the Confederacy working much like the Hochseeflotte- focusing more on a harassment-based policy, with any battleships possessed being smaller than their contemporaries... even to the point of having the crews bunk ashore most of the time, and featuring little more than a place for the ratings to sling hammocks for short sorties- much like the very early German navy did.
My German language skills are limited to knowing equivalent ranks and understanding some military unit designations (mostly obsolete WWI/WWII or Cold War era), ordering in restraints/bars, being able to read a train schedule, and asking the Polizei how much it would cost to get a detained soldier out of lockup before he was considered AWOL.