T H E E L I Z A B E T H S W A N N
AI SHIP: The Elizabeth Swann is a versatile blue water machine, that is capable of defending itself.
The secret to her incredible high performance makes her the subject of a lot of industrial espionage from shipping magnates and governments whose military are also looking to understand the technology that makes her so fast. To the point of trying to steal it, including the kidnapping of John Storm and his crew - and worse.
Fortunately, the Swann has an inbuilt AI system to protect the ship and her crew. The supercomputer that drives the AI is called Hal. The navigation computer system is called 'Captain Nemo,' after Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
The Swann also has a captain, John Storm, who can handle himself, as can his crew and many of his friends.
The Swann is an advanced trimaran with a large solar array that is articulated. The ship has powerful electric thrusters. The core technology is a special fuel cell that is super-efficient, and can convert many different compounds of hydrogen into energy. This system was invented by Professor Douglas Storm.
In helping John and his crew detect underwater relic plundering, the Swann's amazing array of sensors and instruments comes into its own. It is the envy of the marine archaeology world.
Where the solar wing panels are designed to track the sun, they can also provide invisibility against radar, by changing the angle to deflect radio waves, should a covert mission arise.
In addition, in "sea anchor" mode, designed to stabilize the vessel in hurricane conditions, the Swann can be sunk lower into the waves, making her all but invisible to radar.
NORMAL RADAR REFLECTION - The 'Elizabeth Swann' is seen here with her solar wings horizontal, and her hulls empty of seawater for normal (low drag) running in displacement mode. The ship is much more visible to radar sets on other ships and land based tracking stations at normal cruising height. This is useful in emergencies when you are trying to be seen by coastguards, etc., and complying with COLREGS. Note, the wings fold from hinges/bearings attached to the apexes of the triangular superstructure.
The horizontal wing position would be typical, when the sun is directly overhead - when a large flat surface will soak up more solar radiation.
STEALTH SHIP - The 'Elizabeth Swann' is seen here with her solar wings folded down low, with her hull tanks filled with seawater, so that she sinks down into the sea, and presents a smaller freeboard - almost half that in normal running mode. This is a very useful feature in storm conditions. The hull being lower in the water, and heavier, being weighed down with water, acts as a sea anchor. Even hurricanes would have a job overturning this hull. And if a freak gust did manage that, there is a self righting system - and the hulls are sealed (bubble) units. So she stays afloat. Even inverted.
The angle of the solar wings deflects radar (radio waves) making the ship invisible to other ships and land based tracking stations.
SOLAR TRACKING - The 'Elizabeth Swann' is seen here sailing towards us, with her port (left) wing lowered to align with the incoming solar radiation from the sun, and her starboard (right) wing raised to soak up the sun's rays at the same angle of incidence as the port wing. Hence, harvesting more energy than with the wings horizontal. The wings automatically adjust to face the sun, for maximum operational efficiency.
WINGS FOLDED FOR DOCKING - The 'Elizabeth Swann' can fold her wings one over the other for navigation is narrow rivers, under bridges, or in ports where the overhang or raised height might be a problem. Trimarans are much wider than normal ships with one hull (monohull), but very much steadier, with significantly reduced roll.
In severe weather, wings folder and hulls flooded (sea anchor mode) will provide the safest configuration, until any extreme weather abates.
TREASURE ISLAND - CAST
Billy (Bones) One Eye - Pirate sailor, marksman ex marine SBS
Charley Temple - Researcher & camerawoman
Dan Hawk - Electronics & computer wizard
Dr Roberta Treadstone - Blue Shield, Newcastle University, England
Elizabeth Swann - Fastest solar ship & floating laboratory
George Franks - Legal and intelligence trust manager
HAL - The onboard AI supercomputer ship manager
Jack Boon (Black Jack) – Pirate computer expert hacker
Jill Bird - BBC news anchor
John Storm - Ocean adventurer
Lord James Huntington - Opportunist, British Geographical Society
Professor Douglas Storm - John Storm's uncle
Professor Jacques Pierre Daccord - UNESCO sunken realms div.
Robin (John) Longstride – Pirate leader, bare knuckle fighter
Scott Tremaine – Treasure hunting professional & ships captain
Shui Razor - Japanese privateer
Sir Rodney Baskerville - Professor of Maritime History
Steve Green - Freelance reporter
Suki Hall - Marine biologist
Tom Hudson - Sky News Editor
Trisha Lippard - Cleopatra's call sign to protect her royal identity
William Gray - Cashiered US Navy Captain, snitch & mastermind
The Elizabeth Swann is constructed of 5083 alloy, a metal compound that does not corrode in seawater. Some parts of the ship are carbon fibre composites. The unusual triangular superstructure reduces weight.
FASTEST SOLAR SHIP: The Elizabeth Swann is an amazing ship, a floating laboratory and wildlife archive. Kulo-Luna, the giant humpback whale is very fond of the crew and the ship that helped them to save her life.
A draft script for Kulo-Luna is available on request. Cleopatra The Mummy is currently being scripted with Treasure Island under development. The three films could be shot back to back. As a franchise, to make the most of the Elizabeth Swann. Production partners and distributors are actively being sought.
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