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2353. Pirate Airship Revenge

by Mark Eliot Schwabe

The Pirate Airship Revenge is an all metal brooch measuring approximately 2 3/4 inch (7.0 cm) in length. It features 9 moving parts: canon barrel, canon mount, canon mount drive, rudder, rudder control wheel, rudder control linkage, propeller, hatch/door for "antique" canon and the "antique" canon.

This brooch was made using traditional jewelry & metal smithing techniques. Among them: sawing, filing, grinding, turning (as on a lathe, but using a hand held machine), soldering & welding. It was made entirely from raw metal stock (except the bar pin back). Metals used: pewter, brass, copper & nickel silver. No found objects were used in the making of this piece.

In August 2009 this brooch was the first prize winner of The Etsy SteamTeam "Make it Move" contest - best steampunk design with moving parts.

In 2009, artist Mark Eliot Schwabe was new to the steampunk community and aesthetic and new to the Etsy SteamTeam. In August of that year, the SteamTeam announced a contest; "Make it Move." Team members were invited to submit steampunk pieces with moving parts. As a subject, Mark chose to continue the story of the Pirates of the Central Coast region which he had introduced in earlier pieces .

Mark set out to create an airship brooch with as many moving parts as possible for him to make in time for the contest deadline. The piece was completed in time and won the contest. It was ultimately purchased by renowned steampunk promoter and artist, Bruce Rosenbaum. Bruce can be seen wearing this item on his vest in his Museum exhibit picture.

The Story
The Pirates of the Central Coast region have unleashed a new weapon upon the commerce and the people of the area.

In recent years, the pirates of the Central Coast area have had their way with shipping in area waters. Many hapless seamen had the misfortune of serving on a vessel that the pirates had set their eyes upon. Fortunes were lost. The cost of life and limb, and the disruption of commerce caused great distress among the people of the region. Even the formation of the Central Coast Marine Militia (CCMM) three years ago had little effect on the havoc wreaked by these scoundrels. That was the case until the CCMM contracted for the services of Elite Marine Engineering Ltd to build an advanced submarine. "The Avenger" as she was christened turned the tables when she sank the pirate flagship "Darklady". Soon after the seas of the Central Coast were pacified under the watchful eyes of the CCMM. The rule of law prevailed.

Though they had been driven from those waters, the pirates were soon to return to the Central Coast area. It seems that resourcefulness is a quality well worn by this dastardly bunch. If the seas were taken from them, then the skies would be there's!

An extraordinarily fierce airship was built. Dubbed "Revenge", those who first saw its destructive abilities could hardly believe their eyes. Surely these thieving pirates did not possess such extraordinary airship building capabilities! Indeed, it has been said that disgruntled employees of Elite Marine Engineering aided the pirates by secretly passing on advanced technology. Regardless of the truth of these accusations, there was no denying the power of the ship. Among its weaponry was a model EM-667 gun, said to bring destructive force greater than Satan himself to any who lay in its way. The ship also features a forward ramming armature and, hidden behind the port porthole, an antique cannon. It is unknown if the pirates chose to place such a relic aboard in a fit of nostalgia, or if they simply had no other weaponry available (antique or not, it proved to be deadly). It is known that even though the pirates went to the considerable trouble to "obtain" the advanced EM-667 gun, they chose to buy a cheap rotating gear for it. As a result the gun does not rotate clockwise & counter clockwise as smoothly as it should; resulting in the occasional escape of an intended victim.

Never the less, the well being of the population of the Central Coast area is in jeopardy!

The brooch/pin and the above narrative are copyright Mark Eliot Schwabe. All rights reserved.

See Also
2349. Mark Eliot Schwabe
2350. Warrior Princess Nancy
2351. Military Airship
2352. Nautilus
1328. Bruce Rosenbaum

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