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March 24, 2008
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The Victoriana's Revenge by Smaggers The Victoriana's Revenge by Smaggers
The Victoriana's Revenge - a clipper of the Bomb Bay Tea Company in full sail.

Hybrid prop/sail powered to maximise range. The engines heat the air around the hydrogen cells for extra lift, and the sails can be angled to provide the same.

Angling sails and steering the beast in three dimensions is quite a challenge, so this has a task-specific version of the Babbage/Lovelace analytical engine to make the job easier. It's a "fly by pipe" system, and makes the ship surprisingly agile for such a large vessel.

The whole of the rigging can be folded along the flanks for docking and maneuvering in tight spaces, though it's not a quick process.

For defence it has a number of 20 pound guns in rotating nacelles, and the rigging can be electrified in case of Air-Kraken attack.

This is the second version of the image. the smoke direction has been tweaked and the colour balance has been polished a bit.
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A great idea and brilliantly executed, very nice indeed.
TarienCole Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice. My crew of airpirates will have to find this ship. ;)
OctoberV Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! Never thought about adding sails to an airship XD
JARM13 Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet work .
TK769 Mar 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like how you combine fantasy with familiarity.
This is REALLY good! :D In one of my (rather amateurish) stories a Solar Elf who is a member of the High Council (in charge of technological developments, to be precise) is stationed in the Far North, and uses a large Steampunk Blimp to travel. I kept trying to come up with ideas for SOME sort of blimp, and after all my efforts I still never came up with anything nearly as amazing as your design! xD Don't worry, I wont use your idea in my story-- I would never steal someone else's work. I just wanted to tell you that I was VERY impressed with your design, and the entire concept is brilliant! :D Very excellent work, and I expect great things from you! :)
Feel free to use the idea, no worries.
Yeah, go for it.
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