A short story about a flying craft, gaining its lift from by hundreds of vertical screws. (Archimedes Screws?). It may have been set in London. Obviously a very old story, possible H.G. Wells or Jules Verne. Unfortunately this is all that can be recalled, other than it was read in the mid 1970's but is obviously much older.


Maybe Jules Verne's "Robur the Conqueror". He was a bit like Captain Nemo only with an airship instead of a submarine.

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    Additional details on Robur -- the ship's hull was hypercompressed paper (foreshadowing modern composites), the lifting screws were powered by electric motors (from batteries in the keel), and Robur had set up a factory to build his batteries, motors, screws,and the paper hull material in a crater in North Carolina -- which factory he destroyed when the ship left the crater for the last time. – Zeiss Ikon Jan 23 '18 at 15:57

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