J.E. MacDonell had to be one of the most prolific writers of his time - there were dozens of his ripping yarns for the Navy. He also did dozens more in what can be only described as 'Romance' novels.
I remember Jackal with 'Dutchy' Holland in command. Supposedly an 'experimental' A-I with more speed. I did not remember the 8 barrel pom pom which would have been very unusual on a destroyer. The 8 barrel mounting was a big heavy beasty.
And if this quote from the novel is anything to go by, quite the gunboat stopper as well...
"Now, Selaru's only a small island, remember that. The bastards won't have any battle wagons. If anything comes out for us it'll have a wooden hull, and inside that hull there'll be big petrol tanks, and these little two-pounder babies just love petrol tanks. But we don't want to go belting away at a boat that's already on fire, now do we? Soon's you see the first lick of flame, then stand by for my 'shift target'. We got eight barrels here and each of 'em fires a hundred and twenty rounds a minute"
The Snake Boats
"Jesus" the trainer said, grinning and shaking his head in spurious wonderment.