|Light iron-age reading|
|Gabbin' with God|
“”*eureka moment* Your name is KUK, Mister Kukk!
|—Magnus Ronell, Screwed in Tallinn|
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). Initial tests suggested a vessel could 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, not to mention a significant amount of wood pulp) and nothing ever came of it, aside from a small prototype. Though that prototype lasted through three summers, so the project at least created a brief curiosity.
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.
- Torsk på Tallinn — En liten film om ensamhet (47:04)
- Alanbrooke, Field Marshal Lord (2001), Danchev, Alex; Todman, Daniel, eds., War Diaries 1939–1945, Phoenix Press, entry for 19 August 1943, ISBN 1-84212-526-5.
- National Archives docket PREM 3/216/4 -- Adm. Noble's reports on Habakkuk/Tentacle