posted on Jun, 5 2007 @ 12:42 AM
One definate plan on my list of escape/transport/shelter options is by narrowboat..
The UK has an extensive canal and waterway network that would allow travel from most towns and cities inland, to the coast. Typical narrowboat design
is 60ft x 7ft, and could fit 4people with planty of room for provisions/equipment and tools. A small steam-motor, such as the type traditionally used
to power the original boats, could be fired to drive a generator, with propulsion and power coming from a bank of marine batteries in the hold.
The 1/2" steel-plate hull and cabin shell construction can be easily 'up-armoured' (using power from the onboard battery bank for arc-welding) by
spot welding scrap metal plating to the hull to create a tortoise-shell. Being afloat adds a defensive bonus as to reach your boat/s (cunningly
disguised to look like a small island) moored on a lake-area, any attacker has got to swim to get to you
Also, once you have transported your tribe and all your tons of gear to a rural location such the High Peak canal, the boat can form the basis of a
permanent shelter spot. The easiest method of creating a secure bunker would be to sail the boat into a narrow-guage lock(8ft wide, 100ft long, 20ft
deep) and secure the downstream gates. The opposite upstream end of the lock will have its doors wedged tight by the head water, and the inflow and
outflow sluice-gates modified to run hydroelectric turbines for battery charge/power. Fresh-water supply would be no problem as the canal network is
kept filled by huge reservoir systems. Once the lock has been emptied, a roof structure can be built over the top of the boat inside the lock-chamber
(including escape hatch/tunnels) and backfilled with sandbags to 10-15ft depth and camouflaged to look like a impassable collapsed lock. The second
option would be to gather a small group of 4-6 boats and moor-up in one of the many mile-plus long tunnels. Once the tunnel mouths are barricaded, you
have a deep bunker to sit the worst out...6boats-worth of supplies would last 4 several months.
...of course, having survived the X-event and emerge into the aftermath, you also have the option to carry enough in tonnage of materials and tools
and equipment aboard to do the full A-Team works...
The power stored in the several 48V 1 Ton, 37 kWh/1050Ah batteries used to for the propultion could be linked to electrified plates added to the
exterior hull and deck to elecrocute boarders, also the bilge pumps could be tweaked and modified and used to power cabin-roof mounted riot-grade high
pressure water-cannons...and best of all...steam-powered artillery!
Having assembled the fleet, you are now able to take over and protect trade routes along the canals linking the surviving communities in major cities
(assuming all the petrol has run out) and start your own East-India Co. trading empire...muhahahahaha!
canal network map
solar electric boat