Airship Stories: The Barnett

Airships occupy a notable area in the public consciousness, being such as they are a symbol of modernity and humanity’s ability to triumph over the limits nature has attempted to impose. Of the hundreds of airships out there, a few have become especially famous, or in some cases infamous. One such story can be found below.

Cargo Freighter turned Warship

The Barnett started life as a humble cargo freighter, but an enterprising pirate named Brado Syde figured that he could save money by buying a cargo airship and fitting salvaged guns and armor to her rather than having to find and buy an ex-military zeppelin. The Barnett did well in her new role, and Captain Syde became feared, notorious, and wealthy. With each visit to port, he would add more guns or armor, and soon the Barnett armament and protection rivaled that of contemporary military airships. But the Barnett had never been easy to fly, even before all the jerry-rigged additions, and ultimately guns and armor plate can’t defend you against the wrath of bad weather. It was a furious storm that destroyed the Barnett, spinning her round as her pilot fought for control, and ultimately throwing her down to earth with such force that neither Syde nor a single one of his crew survived.  

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