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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.









Elizabeth Swan

Solar/Wind powered trimaran

John Storm

Khufu Kraft

Solar powered trimaran

Abdullah Amir

Photon Planet

Solar powered trimaran

Lars Johansson


Solar/Wind powered catamaran

Ben Jackman


Solar/Wind trimaran

Sarah-Louise Jones


Solar/Wind powered catamaran

Jean Bardot








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.




Keira Knightly portrays Elizabeth Swann in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean


Elizabeth Swann is played by Keira Knightly in 





Active Hull - A boat that can trim attitude using moving hull parts

Atlantic Ocean

Batteries - Lithium

Black Pearl, The - Pirate sailing ship

Bloodhound - Royal yacht built by Camper & Nicholsons in 1936

Brenton Thwaites - Henry Turner, Pirates of the Caribbean

Britannia Rules the Waves - A bygone era - Rule Britannia

Bubble Hull - A vessel that closes hatches automatically when capsized

Captain Jack Sparrow played by Johnny Depp

Circumnavigation - Autonomous world solar powered proposal

Cleaner Ocean Foundation Ltd - HQ in Sussex, England

COLREGS - Collision avoidance at sea regulations




Elizabeth Swann - Character in Pirates of the Caribbean played by Keira Knightly

English Channel - Solar powered water speed record attempt

Espen Sandberg - Director, Pirates of the Caribbean

Floatation - Displacement that keeps a vessel buoyant, or afloat

Flying Dutchman, The - Sailing ship

Geoffrey Rush - Captain Hector Barbossa


Global Warming - Planet earth's temperature increase changing our climate

Gore Verbinski - Director, Pirates of the Caribbean



Green Deal - European Commission's Research and Innovation Directorate calls

HMS Queen Elizabeth - Dreadnought class battleship launched 1913

HMS Queen Elizabeth - Nuclear powered aircraft carrier launched 2014

HMY Britannia - Royal Yacht 1953 - 1997

Horizon Europe - €100 billion research and innovation programme for 2021

Hull Design



Hydrogen Batteries - Hydrogen tanks & fuel cells combined to form an energy cartridge

Ian McShane - Blackbeard (Edward Teach)

Indian Ocean

Inspiration - 

Jack Davenport - Commodore James Norrington

Jameson Hunter Ltd

Javier Bardem - Armando Salazar, Pirates of the Caribbean

Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer, Pirates of the Caribbean

Joachim Rønning - Director, Pirates of the Caribbean

Johnny Depp - Captain Jack Sparrow

Kay, Nelson

Kaya Scodelario - Carina Smyth, Pirates of the Caribbean

Kevin McNally - Joshamee Gibbs

Kulo Luna - A very special humpback whale

Life One Earth

Moby Dick - The original anti-whaling epic by Herman Melville

Mother Earth

MS Queen Elizabeth - Cunard cruise liner 2010 >>>



Orlando Bloom - Will Turner

Pacific Ocean

Penélope Cruz - Angelica

Pirates of the Caribbean - Disney series of 5 films starring Johnny Depp & Jeffrey Rush



Queen Anne's Revenge - Blackbeards pirate sailing ship

Queen Elizabeth I - Tudor, 1558 - 1603, Good Queen Bess

Queen Elizabeth II - Windsor, British sovereign 1952 >>>

Queen Elizabeth 2 - QE1 Cunard cruise liner from 1969

Queen Elizabeth - Canadian solar powered canal boat 2016


RMS Queen Elizabeth - Cunard Line cruise ship launched in 1938

Rob Marshal - Director, Pirates of the Caribbean

Sir Francis Drake - Privateer

Sir Henry Morgan - Buccaneer

Sir John Hawkins - Privateer, Admiral

Sir Walter Raliegh - Privateer

Solar Power

Specifications - Draft

Tank Testing - A water basin in which model boats are tested

Ted Elliot - Script writer, Pirates of the Caribbean

Terry Rossio - Script writer, Pirates of the Caribbean

Test Rigs - Ford Transit hydraulics for solar and wind tracking automation 2019

Transatlantic solar record attempt -

Trident of Neptune - Roman God of the Seas

Trident of Poseidon - Greek God of the Seas


Tûranor Planet Solar - 1st solar powered circumnavigation, Guinness Book of Records



Volvo Ocean Race 2006 - Disney's Pirate of the Caribbean yacht 2005

Water Jets - Shaft less electric rim driven propellers

Water speed endurance records, projects and attempts

Wind Power

X Factor - That something special

Yacht - A large luxurious boat or small cruise ship

Youtube - Jackie Wyers the hairstyles of Keira Knightly

Youtube - Jackie Wyers 18th century makeup products, likes & tips

Youtube - LWYMMD, Lucy's Heart movie clips, Taylor swift compilation

Youtube - Xchuck and BlairX, Jessie Jay, Do it like a dude

Zero Carbon - Shipping that produces no CO2 emissions in operation

Zero Radiation - Shipping that leaves behind no radioactive waste from atomic reactors








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