- Paperback: 144 pages
- Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd. (April 15 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1927051479
- ISBN-13: 978-1927051474
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 240 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #630,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Code Name Habbakuk: A Secret Ship Made of Ice Paperback – Apr 15 2012
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”Author L.D. Cross, an Ottawa-based writer, has nicely captured the mood of the time and of the many characters that bring this implausible story to life. It’s an engaging read and one that lends credence to the old maxim that truth is stranger than fiction.” —Susan R. Eaton, Diver Magazine>
Code Name Habbakuk is a great story that should be shared widely because, despite the sadness and disappointment, it speaks to the human capacity to think big, aspire for the impossible, and to push back the boundaries of knowledge. —Dick Bourgeois-Doyle, author of George J. Klein: The Great Inventor(2012-04-19)
"If you are curious to learn more about Project Habbakuk, I strongly recommend L.D. Cross’s work: Code Name Habbakuk: A Secret Ship Made of Ice. The book is brief but well-written and filled with period photographs, including of the work on the ice-ship prototype at Patricia Lake."(Shawn Smallman 2017-02-01)
About the Author
L.D. (Dyan) Cross is an Ottawa writer and member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada, the Canadian Authors Association, and the Creative Non-Fiction Collective. Her business and lifestyle articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail and in magazines such as Weddingbells, Home Business Report, Legion Magazine, Profit Magazine, enRoute, and This Country Canada. Her creative non-fiction has been recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators, the EXCEL Awards for features and editorial writing, and the National Mature Media Awards. In 2011 she received the Ontario Historical Award for her book The Underground Railroad: The Long Journey to Freedom in Canada.
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Winston Churchill was an enthusiastic proponent, and probably the reason the idea was given serious study. But it was up to the Canadians, with our suitably cold climate, to build the first scale model. So that's why a crew of dozens soon found themselves secreted away in the middle of the Rocky Mountains building a 1,000-ton ice boat on the surface of a frozen lake.
It's a weird and wacky story, but it gives genuine insight into just how desperate the Allies were in 1942. An aircraft carrier made out of ice? It should have been a laughable. But with supplies low, and losses high, the Allies were looking for something - anything! - that could turn the course of the war their way. Author L.D. Cross does a great job of delivering the fascinating and highly amusing tale of Project Habbakuk's inspiration, testing and ultimate demise. For more of my reviews see ReallyGoodReads.com
Author L. D. Cross has written an excellent book for a WW2 secret project that completely blew away my mind! The documentation, held secret by the British for 35 years after the war reveal and eccentric genius, a half cocked plan to make an aircraft carrier of ice, and the selling of the idea to Churchill in a wacky bathtub demonstration by Lord Mountbatten. A mixture known as pykrete becomes the secrete to the prevention of melting and fracturing solid ice in order to stop bullets, torpedoes and bombs. Human ingenuity and the ability to think outside the box becomes an asset in wartime and this allows Geoffrey Pike to rise to enter the annals of history with his idea that sparked Britain and Canada to embark on a voyage of scientific discovery that brings to light more knowledge about the properties of water in the form of ice than had been known up to that point in time. A quick read and well worth it for those of us who have journeyed or plan to journey to Lake Louise in Canada. A side trip to nearby Lake Patricia will allow you to reflect on the ideas of a forgotten man, reborn as a genius in this small history.