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1889 Scout Flier

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     These small but useful class have recently been adopted for use by Royal Navy; a dozen or so are in service on Earth, and more on Mars. Their 9 HP petrol engine (engine size 0.075, weight one-quarter ton) has proven somewhat balky and delicate in service; 75 gallons (a quarter-ton) of kerosene fuel are carried, giving the vessel a week's endurance at its top speed of 20 knots -- and a range of about 3000 miles. Of course, a 10 knot headwind will reduce the flier's range considerably!

     More fuel can be carried as cargo; food, water, ammunition, spare engine parts, etc. might also require about a quarter-ton for a week's operations. Thus, weather permitting, a fully "fueled-up" Scout Flier might fly continuously for 4 weeks, and cover more than 10,000 miles. 

     A cramped cabin under the "turtleback" forward deck provides four bunks, a simple galley, etc.; the engine and fuel tanks are under the main deck. Canvas awnings and canopies can be erected to shield the crew from the sun or weather. A winch is fitted to raise about a ton of cargo; about two tons can be carried. In Sky Galleons terms:


Ten Ton Scout Flier

aerial flier

Armor:  0

Cost:   £1,100

Hull:  0.1

Speed:   4

Mass:  10 tons

Altitude:  Very High

Crew:  coxswain/helmsman, trimsman, artificer, gunner, 1 marine

Armament:  1 Maxim gun amidships aft


     Other nations have similar vessels, 30 to 50 feet long, labelled as cutters, pinnaces, patrol boats, picket boats, launches, etc. One or two of these might be carried aboard a capital ship; the ordnance carried can vary slightly.


     Sky Galleons crew conversion to 'real' numbers: coxswain, trimsman, artificer, gunner, assistant gunner, 6 passengers or marines (another 10 or so persons can be crammed aboard in emergencies). Length 30 feet; beam, 10 feet

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