Steampunk has many variants, but one of the classic backgrounds for the genre has been the sea, as first described by Mssr. Jules Verne in "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea". I have put together this small offshoot of the Steampunk Tribune to delve a bit deeper (so to speak) into this topic, and hopefully will be a repository of Nautical Steampunk information.
Additionally, aside from nautical Steampunk, Second Life fictional works, to better document the burgeoning Steampunk narratives in the Steamlands!
An alternative and unique rendering of Popeye, this time by the brilliant Mr. ~axlsalles, is what one might call a modern-ish version of the classic sailor, though I'm certain he has no problem with PRT (I'm supposing his rate would logically be a Bosunmate, so he'd get plenty of exercise! To see more of Mr. ~axlsalles work, please visit his Deviant Art webpage, at: http://axlsalles.deviantart.com/art/The-Sailor-322727927
As one may have noticed from the change in formatting of the blog, the far sidebar now includes a good number of piratical links, photos, and other assorted images. Why the change? Well, the rationale is four-fold. First, with a reduction in blogging time, I decided to shutter one of my longer standing blogs, SL Ports of Call, which focused exclusively on the SL piratical world. Didn't feel quite right leaving it hanging with out entries for quite a bit, and decided to merge it with the Steampunk Shipyard, to provide a better focus, as they both have a nautical fiction basis.
Secondly, dare I say one of the more popular Steampunk tropes are "Airship Pirates" (look no further than Abney Park, or many of the existing RL Steampunk groups). I figured this particular topic deserved its own little corner, as the Steampunk Tribune is more "generalized" apart from shipboard antics (both aero and maritime).
Additionally, there was a second blog I penned back in the day, titled The Steampunk Travelogue, which was of interest for mostly archival purposes regarding existing and past Steampunk locations, but it hit a bit of a wall over time, especially with the chaotic status of the Steamlands in Second Life. I'll be doing a bit of posting of some newer Steampunk locales that I explore, in conjunction with a smattering of Second Life nautical and piratical locations.
Finally, I'm hoping to make the Shipyard a more exclusive location for Second Life writings. Although the Steampunk Tribune started as a virtual world guide to Steampunk, it has grown dramatically over the years (five going on six, although there was an earlier iteration of the Tribune in 2006, but that's long gone), the SPT has veered and for the most part remained in the RL Steampunk arena. The Steampunk Shipyard will be a return to its virtual world roots, with a focus on Second Life Steampunk. (Although there are budding Steampunk realns on other platforms, I'm afraid I'll be sticking with Second Life, with its plethora of warts and all. I do hope to add more intriguing work soon, so please do visit!
While surfing a bit, I came across a unique bit of work regarding the classic aforementioned nautical icon, Popeye. A change from his traditional cartoonish appearance, the very talented Mr. Lee Romao has transformed him into an exceptionally realistic version of just about everyone's favorite sailor. Aside from the obvious appearance are the small nods, such as 01-17-29 date on his right forearm (the date Popeye first appeared on the daily King Feature comic strip Thimble Theater), the ink of the the "love of his life" on his upper bicep/shoulder (Olive, of course), his classic "I yam what I yam" across his collar bone, and even a nice nautical "Hold Fast" on just below his knuckles!
Even his full body view has a nice 13 button flap dungarees, massive forearms (must have been greasing loads of muzzle hatches (inside Missile Technician joke)) and classic boondockers (yes, the US Navy had its own unique and uncomfortable footwear for years). Not quite sure if this will lead to anything further than outstanding artwork, but to indulge in Mr. Romao's art, please visit his website, located at: http://leeromao.cghub.com/ !