Steampunk Battleship complete with Steam Engine!

steampunk fortress

The photo above doesn’t do this huge and whimsical Steampunk Battleship justice. It’s an amazing project that took its creator, [Ed Ross], over 2500 hours to complete.

Called Barnum’s Dream, it was said to be originally commissioned by Queen Victoria as a ship for the Crimean war, and was the largest paddle wheel steam warship ever built. It was then retrofitted with a massive train carriage to be used in the Franco-Prussian war (that’s right, on land!).

The model is just over 4 feet long and just under 4 feet tall. Aside from the steam engine (which was modified) it was completely build by hand. Almost all of the mechanical linkages and powered by the internal steam engine. The level of detail that went into this is absolutely awe-inspiring. 

If you enjoyed the background history of the ship, there’s a delightful tale of the ship’s apparent origins on [Ed’s] blog which is thoroughly enjoyable. Make sure to check it out after watching the video after the break.

10 thoughts on “Steampunk Battleship complete with Steam Engine!

  1. The amount of work and attention to detail in this is amazing! I tried to track down some more information about the history of the original, but it is quite elusive.

    1. Hm. I was able to find the wiki-pedia entry this morning but as I go to post the link, I see it has been taken down. Strange.

  2. It does appear to include a dalek in its superstructure, apparently a common mistake for naive builders that seldom results in a good ending ….. or so I see on TV

  3. I’m not generally a fan of steampunk, but this looks like it came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book (Green Eggs and Ham, maybe). My kids would love it.

  4. Please don’t tell me I’m going to see more and more of this steampunk stuff here.
    One of the reasons Hack-A-Day is my favorite site is it sticks to technical/electronic builds.
    Let this stuff stay at the general maker sites like Instructables.

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