|Light iron-age reading|
|Gabbin' with God|
The third chapter is in the form of a Psalm; the final verse (Habakkuk 3:19) suggests that it was meant to be accompanied by music (To the chief singer on my stringed instruments., KJV).
This project, sometimes variously misspelled, was the World War Two brainchild of chancer Geoffrey Pyke. The idea was to build a colossal aircraft carrier out of a mixture of ice and wood pulp (a material he named 'Pykrete' with his characteristic modesty). Such a vessel would supposedly be too large and tough to be destroyed by conventional means and would melt sufficiently slowly to become a base of operations in the mid-Atlantic. As you may have guessed, the project had some practical drawbacks (such as requiring enough steel for its cooling plant to build an entire fleet) and nothing ever came of it.
It is beloved of people who enjoy debating alternate history on messageboards, who tend to assume that all of its technical issues would magically have vanished had enough money been thrown in its general direction.