A Carrier Built of....Ice? -1 reply

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Fuzzy Bunny

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#1 14 years ago

Hi kids,

today's installment of Fuzzy's WWII exotica and erotica is about the Habbakuk, a proposed British aircraft carrier built of "Pykrete"--a mixture of wood pulp and ice.


The idea was to address the early war shortage of carriers by building this 2,000,000+ ton monster out of an experimental material which would not melt in the cold North Atlantic, but which was strong enough to build a ship from.

Here is a bad scan of a design cut-away:


Some pictures of the shed in Alberta (CA) where a prototype was put together: http://www.stormy.ca/marine/habbakuk.html

Some more links:

http://www.cabinetmagazine.org/issues/7/floatingisland.php http://www.combinedfleet.com/furashita/habbak_f.htm http://jwgibbs.cchem.berkeley.edu/CFGoodeve/habakkuk.html

Now if we could just convince the devs...


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#2 14 years ago

I seen that on some experimental weapons show on the history channel, would of been an amazing sight if one was built.


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#3 14 years ago

.......an ice boat.......ok



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#4 14 years ago

dumbass idea if you ask me


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#5 14 years ago

Sounds like a good one, I would say.

Torpedoes wouldn't do much damage to that...and seeing that the Germans lacked surface fleet it sounds like a plan. A bit too big though, and operational limitations to the North Sea could be a problem...but sounds good otherwise.

P.S....that is if the Brittish had some powerful freezing machines....and were really desperate.


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#6 14 years ago

A neat idea. Flame thrower anyone?


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#7 14 years ago

"The original one"

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#8 14 years ago

Awesome, enough to go around when you need some in your drink :D


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#9 14 years ago

"Able seaman polska, do not use the flight deck for making scotch on the rocks!"


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#10 14 years ago

Along a similar line: barges were actually made from concrete during the war (in Britain) because of wood and metal being needed for the war effort...