Back in August, we gave you a first glimpse at the ship from the upcoming third Chronicles of Narnia installment, subtitled The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. They weren’t official pics, but rather some taken by the father of one of the bloggers at the Cleveland Point, in Australia, where the Dawn Treader (the ship that’s the focus of the third film) was being constructed.

However, the first official pics from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader appeared online recently and we have them here for your viewing pleasure. They surfaced on the film’s official Facebook page: one of them features the ship’s steering wheel (shown above), while the other two show the characters of King Caspian (played by Ben Barnes), Edmund (played by Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (played by Georgie Henley).

You’ve seen the first image above, now here are the other two. Take a look:

It’s amazing how good the crew can make things look once they’re actually part of the film or professionally “done up,” as opposed to just the ship itself as we saw from the mid-construction photos taken a few months back. I only ever saw the first Narnia film, subtitled the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – it was moderately enjoyable but nothing more IMO, certainly not enough to make me shell out money for the sequel, Prince Caspian. Although I’ll maybe rent it on DVD soon just so I’m up to speed on the story before Dawn Treader comes out. It’s too early to tell whether this one will be good or bad, but these pics look pretty neat to me.

In case you don’t know, or just as a reminder, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book (chronologically speaking) in C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series. It takes place about three years after the events of Prince Caspian (the fourth book) when Edmund, Lucy and their cousin, Eustace, are once again pulled into Narnia, this time landing aboard Caspian’s sea vessel, the titular Dawn Treader. Caspian, now king of Narnia, is honoring his oath to find the seven lost lords of Narnia at the edge of the world, so Edmund, Lucy and Eustace tag along for the voyage.

Thoughts on our first official look at the third Narnia film? Are you a fan of the series so far? Do you think this one will be the best of the bunch?

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is set – after some producing/financing troubles – to hit theaters on December 10th, 2010.

Sources: Official Narnia Facebook Page (thanks to /Film)