Here is another weirdie from the front cover of a J. E. MacDonnell novel. Both ships are in Hood's List of Ships in Fiction, Part I: Fictional Warships 1890-1945
post. The one in the background is a modified Deutschland Class cruiser named Wolfe (Her stats are on Hoods list.) and what you can see in the cover does 'more or less' match the profile you would expect.
The ship in the foreground on the other hand, well I have no idea what the artist used as a model. It's supposed to be a Battle Class destroyer (1943 batch) named HMAS Jackal (ex-HMAS Fane(*), ex-HMS Jutland). To my eye it looks like someone started with a Tribal class destroyer and reversed the gun layout. There is a high degree of foreshortening, but I'd say this one is much easier than the last.
The Shadow: 1977 Front Cover
*. I have not yet found a novel that confirms that linkage, but given the novels I have looked at this is highly likely.
Link broken by the recent change to Photobucket has been replaced with a link to the same image on Dropbox.