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The adventures of John Storm and the Elizabeth Swann. John Storm is an ocean adventurer and conservationist. The Elizabeth Swann is a fast solar and wind powered boat. During a race around the world, news of the sinking of a pirate whaling ship reaches John Storm and his mate Dan Hawk. They decide to abandon the race and try and save the wounded whale.



The Elizabeth Swann is a trimaran with a long thin central hull and two outriggers. The central hull is mostly submerged. She has two helm positions, one enclosed forward and a second helm open to the rear. The open rear cockpit has steps down to a diving platform.


The boat is solar and wind powered, with a large battery store and advanced navigation system to track solar and wind energy, that allows her to operate autonomously, free of fossil fuels and without the need for human piloting, as and when the feature is invoked.


The Swann has three solar arrays, two of which are moveable and track the sun. She also has a wind turbine mounted on a retractable mast, that allows the captain, or the autonomous control computer called 'Captain Nemo,' to furl the wind turbine in stormy conditions.


The boat was developed by Professor Douglas Storm in various location all over the world, for the purpose of long endurance autonomous (even unmanned) transits. She was way ahead of her time, including an advanced self-learning program called 'Hal,' but could not be completed before the passing of Professor Storm, who died in mysterious circumstances.












The Elizabeth Swann is seen above at various angles to assist artists in the production of the graphic novel. Please note that although two wind turbines are shown on some older artwork, that the Swann will be a single turbine vessel - where the turbine may be raised, lowered and furled. In these pictures the turbine is fully raised with a following wind. The boat may be drawn with the turbine lowered to assist compositionally. Equally, the solar wings are show folded out flat. In storm scenes, the two outer wings would be folded over the central hull section to reduce windage. In addition, the wind turbine may be lowered and folded from the vertical position, to a horizontal position - again - to reduce windage. It's a bit like furling sails, only the modern high-tech version.









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The Elizabeth Swann is a solar and wind powered trimaran. One of the Six-Pack round the world competitors, captained by John Storm. Details of the design are subject to change with development as necessary. This is a picture of a 1:20th scale model that we will be completing as this project proceeds.







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