Thursday, December 08, 2005

Abstract of the Olympic Solar Steamer Classification

It is my pleasure to present to you, kind sirs of the Navy Committee, the design of the most modern solar steamer yet conceived. The details of this, the Olympic classification, follow in attached documents, but with your permission I should like to briefly summarize its innovations and advantages over prior designs currently in use by the Royal Astronomical Navy.

With a containment of just under seven hundred thousand cubic yards of air, the Olympic will be the largest solar steamer in the skies outside of the Russian fleet. Unlike the ponderous tubs of the Russians, however, the Olympic's two sets of dual Faraday drives, rated at four thousand volts each, will propel the craft at an enviable estimated acceleration of up to fifteen knots per second. While this speed is indeed less than prior classifications such as the Triumph and Puncher, the Olympic's firepower will not rely on past designs' speed.

As the mixed-poundage batteries have seen reduced utility in recent engagements of the Bayleaf and Chiddinfold classifications, the Olympic adopts a main gun philosophy in the form of four turrets, each bearing two hundred-watt etheric snap cannons. These cannons' greater capacity and precise focus allow them a drastically increased range over prior batteries, precluding the need for costly and dangerous pursuits. The ship-versus-ship power of the cannons is supplemented by an array of shock bomb torpedo tubes for use against port and asteroidal targets.

The recommended crew complement for the Olympic is six-hundred and thirty-two able-bodied hands, including forty-eight officers. Quarters are adequately comfortable for our fighting men, with enlistedmen in eight-man quarters outfitted with suspended and secured hammocks, junior officers in paired quarters, and senior officers in single-occupancy quarters suitable for both living arrangements and private interviews. The core of the ship contains a twenty-five thousand cubic yard garden and solarium to refresh ship air, supplement the larders, and process human waste. The primary light shaft runs the length of the solarium, connecting the fore and aft engine rooms and equipped with automatic shutters for full light, full steam operations.

Both fore and aft engine rooms are equipped with their own steam engines to provide redundancy, powering dual Faraday drives mounted in heavy gyroscopes rated to bear thousands of foot-pounds of torque. Spring rooms sit adjacent to each engine room, the spring batteries together capable of storing enough energy for ninety minutes of cannon fire and operations in shadow. An apiary large enough to host the most modern of analytical engines rests a floor above the fore engine room. Above the aft engine room are the fighter bays, presently designed to host two braces of three Rollicker classification fighters and a pair of Roebuck classification escorts. Immediate access to the spring batteries one deck down provides fast and efficient charging of the ships' onboard batteries. The bay doors are wide enough to admit any modern escort design, allowing for the ship's complement to be modified as convenient for fleet command.

Prodigious cargo holds on the order of fifty thousand cubic yards sit forward of the ship bays, with access to the top deck through reinforced bay doors. The cargo may be pressurized or left in vaccum, depending on the needs of the cargo. The cargo is flanked, in turm, by the sail-armature stations, partitioned against catastrophic decompression to afford the most sailors the most protection and ensuring continued performance in battle. The armatures's movement is supplemented by steam pistons, allowing one man to do the work of six, with a cunning mechanism allowing the armature and light sail to be manipulated manually in the case of pressure loss. We will have no incidents as happened to the Scylla befalling the Olympic.

The fore and aft prows hold the optics and collection centers, with undiverted access to both the light funnels and the primary light shaft. The battery of telescopes and mirrors designed to be installed in the optics compartments are the same as presently used in the Blue Rover and Diligence designs, capable of spotting the sunward side of a battleship and resolving its identifying details at a gross range of thirty-five astronomical miles. These images may be forwarded to the apiary for daguerreotyping or directly to the bridge for command decisions.

The bridge's position above the main hull allows for opened portholes to provide natural visual range in the unlikely loss of optics, although normal battle operations will see the bridge crew safely behind heavily armored plating. The bridge affords eight crew stations, including dedicated stations for pilot and copilot, bridge optics, voice transmission, and fire control. Command stands or sits on a configurable raised dias allowing our often idiosyncratic captains to install tables, boards, and chairs as they see fit. Here at the operational center of the Olympic our captains will be in command of the most powerful, durable, and efficient solar steamer ever to defend Britain's interests, able to take all requisite actions to protect and promote the righs and privileges of ever British citizen throughout the solar system.

I, along with the rest of the Empire, await your considered response to these designs.

Augustus Nessington, Shipwright


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