Is this the world's fastest hydrogen powered ship. The Elizabeth Swann trimaran being built at Herstmonceux Museum in Sussex, England



A large scale model like this is quite expensive to design and build. So, don't try this at home children. Not unless, your parents are exceptionally supportive with welding and other equipment, or you have a well paid part time job, and you are (perhaps) an Ocean & Climate Advocate.





This proof of concept model is not in any way connected with the generating history of Herstmonceux Museum, except for the fact it is being designed and built in the workshops in Lime Park, right now (Nov 2023) as a current renewable energy project, under the wing of the Cleaner Ocean Foundation. At 1:20 scale the trimaran hull is around 2.5 meters in length, or just over 8 feet. You'll need a vehicle capable of carrying a hull of this size, for open water trials. And to be able to show it at events.







The control equipment, most of which you can buy off the shelf, including the solar panels. You will need deep pockets. You don't need to have state of the art radio control equipment, but you do need solar panels and electronic control boards to autonomously align the solar wings to face the sun.





The aim is to prove the concept that green hydrogen powered ships might one day replace the dirty heavy diesel oil (bunker) fueled ships that we rely on to import/export food, raw materials and consumer goods. We need to test the model for drag in a test tank, and try it in high winds for stability.









SEAVAX - This famous ocean plastic cleaning concept, owes quite a bit to the original SolarNavigator designs. Though not intended for speed. This is more of a workhorse, or as one visitor to an exhibition stand in Hastings said: It's an "ocean going dustbin." We liked that description.














SOLAR PIONEERS - Stephane Chopard & Raphaelle Javet (communications) and Raphael Domjan (pilot) on a visit to Herstmonceux Museum in August 2017. Raphael's Turanor PlanetSolar project set the benchmark when it comes to solar powered zero carbon transport.








MKIII - A very much simpler catamaran design. Now with wind turbines as a complication. It was though faster than the SWATH design. The fastest design is yet to come. It is a virtual, stabilized monohull. A stabilized monohull is basically a trimaran, with shorter outriggers, than conventional trimaran hulls. The design is due to be aired in late 2023, or early 2024 at venues yet to be disclosed. The latest guise, or MKIV, is still in the workshop as of August 2023.






There are several innovative vehicles and vessels on permanent display at Herstmonceux Museum, including:


1. Art Gallery - Collection of paintings, pictures, graphics, sculptures, wooden carvings & exotic glassware

2. Archives - Historic documents library, patents, trademarks, copyright, films, catalogued legal papers & letters

3. An Edwardian ice well, throwback to the days before refrigeration

4. A large underground (condensation/cooling) and water storage chamber for ice making

5. The world's smallest water basin, test tank for model boats & ships to 1:20 scale

6. World's smallest wind tunnel, vehicle drag measuring instrument using electronic strain-gauges

7. Three PV boat models, Navigator, SWATH & 2 cats + route map prior to Swiss PlanetSolar

8. Seavax, the ocean cleanup proof of concept prototype from 2016

9. AmphiMax, radio controlled (working) beach launching & recovery vehicle for SeaVax

10. Anthony the most dangerous giant Australian bulldog ant, 300 times normal size

11. EV - FCEV refueling station model in 1:20 scale

12. The only working (fully functional) water well in Herstmonceux village

13. The fountain of youth, supplied from natural well water drawn on site

14. Second World War, 'Anderson Inspired,' bomb proof shelter constructed by Major Charles de Roemer

15. City sports FCEV-BEV, hydrogen gull wing proof of concept DC50 electric car

16. Land speed record car: Bluebird-Electric BE1 (original 1st) with battery cartridge exchange

17. Land speed record car: Bluebird-Electric BE2 (original 2nd) with cartridge exchange

18. A complete mummified squirrel, found when re-roofing the Museum June 2017

19. A fully operational, and restored VW Kombi van dating from 1978 (historic vehicle)

20. BMW i3, battery electric vehicle hybrid, with onboard generator range extender

21. Solar panel, sun tracking system, with battery storage

22. A hornet's nest found on site & preserved in 2016 (reported as [Asian] invasive species, to be safe)

23. Three sewing machines, including an antique Singer and a Brother industrial.

24. Adventure climbing frames for children (back to nature) Swiss Family Robinson

25. 'Elizabeth Swann' proof of concept model 1:20 scale hydrogen powered trimaran

26. Holm oaks, planting and growing trees from acorns on site, re-wilding in Sussex






















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