- By L.D. Cross

Code Name Habbakuk: A Secret Ship Made of Ice

  • Title: Code Name Habbakuk: A Secret Ship Made of Ice
  • Author: L.D. Cross
  • ISBN: 9781927051474
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Paperback
  • Code Name Habbakuk A Secret Ship Made of Ice In late Britain was desperate to win the ongoing Battle of the Atlantic German U boats had sunk hundreds of Allied ships containing millions of tons of cargo that was needed to continue the war

    In late 1942, Britain was desperate to win the ongoing Battle of the Atlantic German U boats had sunk hundreds of Allied ships containing millions of tons of cargo that was needed to continue the war effort Prime Minister Churchill had to find a solution to the carnage or the Nazis would be victorious With the support of Churchill and Lord Louis Mountbatten, eccentric iIn late 1942, Britain was desperate to win the ongoing Battle of the Atlantic German U boats had sunk hundreds of Allied ships containing millions of tons of cargo that was needed to continue the war effort Prime Minister Churchill had to find a solution to the carnage or the Nazis would be victorious With the support of Churchill and Lord Louis Mountbatten, eccentric inventor and amateur spy Geoffrey Pyke proposed a dramatic project to build invincible ships of ice 8212 massive, unsinkable aircraft carriers that would roam the mid Atlantic servicing fighter planes and bombers on missions to protect shipping from predatory U boat wolf packs.This is the fascinating story of the rise and fall of Project Habbakuk and how an outlandish inventor, the British Navy, the National Research Council of Canada and a workforce of conscientious objectors tested the bizarre concept in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, far from the theatre of war.

    1 thought on “Code Name Habbakuk: A Secret Ship Made of Ice

    1. Great book about the initiative to build a large ship out of ice during World War 2. With the heavy shipping losses during the early years of the war, even extreme ideas were entertained for new weapons. An ice ship looked as it might be little affected by torpedoes and, given a hull refrigeration system, would be self healing. The chief proponent was Geoffrey Pyke, a man with many ideas but short on implementation detail.The key to the idea was ice containing 14 percent wood pulp which overcame [...]

    2. A secret Lake in Canada! A secret plan to defeat the U-boat domination of the central Atlantic Ocean gives rise to an amazing story! The documentation, held secret by the British for 35 years after the war reveal and eccentric genius, a half cocked plan to make an aircraft carrier of ice, and the selling of the idea to Churchill in a crazy bathtub demonstration by Lord Mountbatten. A mixture known as pykrete becomes the secrete to the prevention of melting and fracturing solid ice in order to st [...]

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