Welcome to High Riband Lasairfion Di Zaregravn's War Vessel Emporium. We buy and sell all manner of destructive vehicles for the discerning gentleman. All prices are in 1850 pounds stirling. £20,000 roughly equates to around £1,900,000 in 2005.
CURRENTLY IN STOCK:
Behemoth - details below.
The Bluebell is a small light craft which is held up by triple spherical gas envelopes. The craft carries no weapons as such
Rather it is
a weapon. Protected by your other craft, this vessel may be taken into high altitude. The central compartment (the flower, if you will) then is charged to rain hot fiery death (long plasma stream bursts we like to call Brimstone Lances) on your enemies below. PRICE: p.o.a.
NEWScout is a light scouting ship which has a fair rate of speed and a small rotational gun turret for protection. It is ideally suited for transport and scouting activities from larger vessels. PRICE: £3,100
The hipod is a one man escape or reconnaissance vessel. It is not armed, nor is it quick. But it is fun to use, and a great many can be stored on large vessels. We have 8 in stock at the moment, and the manufactures have guaranteed that if any more are needed, they can be delivered in a short time. If the envelope is damaged, this craft will glide on its wings. PRICE: £1,000
The Endeavour is a 'Vanadium' class Steam-propelled Double Screw Frigate (of a similar powered vein to the Jylland) built by Vegesack-Grohn of Bremen for sponsors Cargill Morris Associates. It was never used, but immediately sold as a private concern.
It's class comes from its creator's habit of randomly assigning elements of the new Periodic Table to each class of ship that he built.
It has a number of oddities peculiar to both the Scandium and Titanium class Frigates created before.
Draught: Variable. At least 5m, up to 11 m
Weight: 2,500 tons
Horsepower: 2 x 1000 hp
Speed: 14 knots in water. 123 knots in air at sea level
Decks: Observation Deck
The cargo hold, engine room, fuel dump and bag storage areas cross multiple levels. A cargo lift runs from the top deck down to the level of deck one. Lift access is by fixed ramp in the cargo hold.
There are 4 officers cabins (sleeping 2) and a Captain's Quarters. There are two Crew Quarters, for a crew complement of 24.
Other rooms comprise:
Steers Deck :: Crew Mess Hall, Galley, Office/Bursary, Board Room, Conference Room, Map Room and Helm. There is an access hatch to the Top Deck from the Helm.
Deck One :: Four Store Rooms, Officers' Lounge and Dining Room, Officer's Quarters, Crew Quarters.
Deck Two :: Two Armouries, Magazine, Cooks Stores, Quartermaster's Stores, Crew Quarters.
Twin screws are powered by two double piston propulsion engines by Lever & Bold with a combined output of 2000 horse power. Speed is around 14 knots, but this may be reduced when power take off is used to operate either the ballast tank pumps, gas bag & Edison device or the cargo lift. The steam engines run on a modified carbon lump, although coal can be used with a reduced power output of around 700hp per engine, and a reduced speed of about 10 knots.
The Ship has two ballast tanks which may be filled in order to increase the draught of the ship to 11m. Only the observation deck and smoke stacks would remain to be seen. This enables the ship to remain easily hidden from view. The access hatch from the Helm must not be used at this time, but access from the main exit lock is allowable. There are telegraphic communication lines from the Helm to the observation deck.
Air is then pumped via several of the forward stacks to the ballast tanks to resume normal draught of 6m. Whilst the Top Deck is above sea-level at this point, loading should only be done during calm weather or in sheltered ports as the Top Deck is prone to be flooded. This is not a design fault but rather a feature. The ship sits very low in the water to make it stealthier.
The ship is affixed with a steel ramming head at the front for the purposeful disabling of enemy ships.
The cargo lift runs from the top deck down to Deck One level in the cargo hold, and is 10m in length and 7m in width. It will carry up to 4 tons at a time, although this is not recommended as it is positioned at one side of the vessel. Care should be taken to always evenly distribute weight across the hold.
The entire lift forms part of the deck and is watertight. It lowers on command to transport cargo to the cargo hold.
8 medium powder cannons set into the top deck in watertight compartments which are opened by a manually operated screw crank.
2 Lorentz harpoons on the observation deck.
2 Flame cannons aft. Only usable when airborne.
The rear of the vessel is compartmentalised away from use. The two levels comprising of the top deck and the steers deck are sectioned into one large chamber which holds a remarkable gas bag envelope which is made of a revolutionary spun-fibre material called Phenylterachloride, commonly abbreviated as 'PTC'. The material was discovered in a horrendous accident at Baron Wolfenbach's laboratories which left a large part of the laboratory section of the dirigible 'destroyed' but with all extant pieces still held aloft by tightly woven fibres. Much resultant investigation into its wondrous properties has brought about PTC.
The rear of the vessel's cargo hold contains Compressed Hydrogen which is used to force the PTC gas bag out of the rear-top of the ship, and start the inflation process. Once the bag is semi inflated and clear of the compartment exit doors, the Edison device takes over.
This remarkable device, another prototype of Wolfenbach's research utilises a machine similar to an Edison Dynamo to power an electrolysis chamber. Sea water is forced into the chamber lined with rods of a carbon-type material. The resulting hydrogen is fed into the gas bag via special pressurised conduits. This is by no means a 'quick' process and takes several hours, but enables the ship to become an Airship. Spare oxygen is either released or used for refilling air cylinders, flame devices or occasionally used for cooking purposes.
The main thrust whilst in flight comes from the twin screws which take in air instead of water and work in an amended configuration with additional forced air thrust.
Trivia: No-one knows why the Steers Deck is called that. Theories include the fact that the sponsor owned several large ranches.
Price: £20,000 0S 0d