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:
Now if we could just convince the devs...
I seen that on some experimental weapons show on the history channel, would of been an amazing sight if one was built.
dumbass idea if you ask me
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.
A neat idea. Flame thrower anyone?
Awesome, enough to go around when you need some in your drink :D
"Able seaman polska, do not use the flight deck for making scotch on the rocks!"
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...