Seed to Speed

Captain Walker worked with Year 9 pupils to create a flotilla of steam-powered Pop Pop boats, fabricated from recycled tin cans. Boats were bio-fuelled with oil pressed from sunflower seeds, grown by the boys in their classroom hydroponics tent. Boats were tested at the Victoria Model Steamboat Club – home of the Pop Pop world speed record of 43.84mph achieved by Chatterbox III in 1926.

Seed to Speed was commissioned by SPACE as part of the Bloomberg-funded People Power Project at The White Building; produced with 1st Officer George Tomlinson; and enjoyed with boys and staff of Bow Boys School.