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I have noticed that one thing that is very common among steampunk airship art is that the size of the decks beneath the gas chamber is outrageously larger than that of the real world.
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Let's assume we are in a society that is around the 19th century in terms of technological development, so I believe some ultra-light materials might not be an option. Let's also assume that this world is much richer with helium and other light gasses than Earth, so running out of them is not a problem.
I'd like to ask if there is a way to achieve the size of the "decks" shown in the first picture, using no physics-alternating methods. These decks would be loaded either with cargo or military gear. Would the size of the bag be so incredibly immense it would be too much to justify it's use?
Because of the dangers of using hydrogen on an airship (especially a warship), I would rather use helium, but that is not as light. I know making the atmosphere denser is also a possibility, but that messes with a lot of other factors which I would rather not change.