The Steampunk Airship Guide & 2019 Awards

The Steampunk Airship, also known as a Steampunk Ship has captured the imagination of steampunk artists and fans alike. This post will share some of the best images, products, and types of steampunk ships out there.

Featured image by Stephane on Flickr

2019 Best Steampunk Airship Awards – 2019

See below for the Steampunk Tribune’s official, “Best Steampunk Airships” for 2019.

best steampunk airship

1. The Shark – TerryLH

This brilliant design combines modern architecture with an old school steampunk vibe. The artist is TerryLH.

2. Steampunk Airship (Anonymous)

steampunk airship wallpaper

Little is known about this steampunk airship. There is no mention of its creator but it can be downloaded as a wallpaper on Desktop Nexus.

3. Old Faithful – Nick Gizelis

Steampunk airship by Nick Gizelis

This creative work is by the artist Nick Gizelis. We couldn’t find an official title so we gave it our own name. It looks sketchy but durable so we called it, “Old Faithful”.

4. Concept Airship

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Concept Airship by Andrew Kim

This creative design by Andrew Kim combines the style of a locomotive combined with a steampunk airship, an automobile, and a plane. The steampunk city in the background gives the art piece an extra element of mystery.

5. Ruined Airship

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Ruined Airship

This is the most complex of the airships so far. The steampunk technology is combined with the ornate feel you would expect from a victorian era government building or church. There wasn’t an author listed but it is available for purchase from arttocanvas.com.

 

Types of Steampunk Airships

The Nautical Steampunk Ship

The first type is a nautical ship suspended by an inflatable and over-pressurized gas bag.  Essentially a ship hanging by ropes to some type of balloon holding a lighter-than-air gas, the Nautical Steampunk Ship seems to be the simplest representation of airships.  Straightforward in design but classic in appearance, it may be the oldest type of airship representation.

 

The Zepplin Steampunk Airship

 
 

Next is the Zeppelin-type of airship.  Usually based on a rigid or semi-rigid frame holding the lighter-than-air gas, the Zeppelin design also has an attached structure beneath the frame, be it a basic capsule, utilitarian under-carriage, or luxurious accommodations such as those from the Indiana Jones movie, based on the LZ129 (the Hinderberg Wikipdeia is a wonderful tool).  Obviously, an interior of such a Stemapunk ship would be modified to reflect the Steampunk / Neo-Victorian genre, but this type of Zeppelin ship, with its frame and capsule style, is another style that was also noted in the image search for airships.

 
The luxurious Dining Room for passengers of the LZ 129 Hindenburg, via Wikipedia
 
 
 

Water-Based Steampunk Ships

Images of water-based steampunk ships (as opposed to flying airships) are more hard to find and they are almost always submarines.

Here is an example of a creative water-based steampunk ship available for purchase at Storenvy.

 

Steampunk Airship Sketches

Sketches and blueprints are also a popular form of steampunk art.

 

steampunk ship sketch blueprint
A commission of steampunk airships by BunnyBennett

 

Other

The last category seemed to be based on, shall we say, non-obvious means of flight for airships.  These airships came in many forms and types, and frequently seem based on traditional military ships of the first half of the century (such as stylized battleships, cruisers, and destroyers from the first and second world wars).  Their means of support/propulsion are secondary to their appearance (e.g. they use favorite {first noted in the Wells book First men in the moon), Liftwood (Space: 1889)), and almost exclusively are angled for military confrontations.  For ease of reference, I will simply refer to this category as the Flying ships with no specific propulsion.

 

 
 
 
 

There is, as always, the Other category.  However, the only well-known example that I can think of at the moment is the Flying Wing airships from Howls Moving Castle, with ships that had mechanical flapping wings to support their air flight.  I am confident that there are alternative examples which would fit the Other category, and as I come across them, I promise to post them.

 
The aforementioned airships from “Howl’s Moving Castle” – as one can see,
the wings on this vessel actually “flap” to maintain buoyancy
 
We hope you’ve enjoyed these Steampunk ship images! We thank our fans who make this website possible and we hope you visit the Steampunk Tribune again soon!

 

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