Banking Boat

LBV Bull

As the fluctuations of the markets impress themselves on the world's geography, two-thirds of the planet's surface remains unused. Banking corporations begin to make use of the sea space as static urban centralisation begins to break up and modular constructions begin to evolve, flourish and deconstruct around ephemeral financial centers.

The construction of the vessels originally began under the threat of rising sea-levels and the potential of natural disaster to disrupt the established financial centres of the City of London, Wall Street and Tokyo. In time, the ability to physically isolate and navigate entire departments around the world with them remaining essentially in situ as well as the natural cooling properties of the sea on the bank's servers and generators proved to be its own advantage and offshore sightings of corporate vessels became common.

The Light Banking Vehicle Bull was the first of Merrill Lynch's fleet, designed to carry the company's legal department. Some commentators suspected that this was in order to keep their activities out of the now-defunct national borders in order to exclude them from prosecution by national laws as some nation states were reluctant to allow advances in banking power.

The ship was completely refitted from a cargo ship, bought at auction from a collapsing timber merchant. Corporate offices including visitors suites were placed alongside the apartments and offices of 58 lawyers and 112 supporting staff and the quarters of the 15 crew.

It included a helipad, a full communications array, venting for it's nuclear fission generator, later replaced with a fusion system.

The ship also included suicide nets, a regrettable practice more common in the middle of the 21st century than now, and the traditional Merrill bull, an idol to the lost art of luck that still perseveres today.