Mark Beaufoy’s Nautical and Hydraulic Experiments

By Thomas Wright, published November 1989


This paper discusses the impact of Mark Beaufoy (1764 – 1827), a Fellow of the Royal Society, on ship design in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Thomas Wright situates Beaufoy’s experiments into ship ‘performance’ within the prevailing intellectual context of the day, especially in relation to Isaac Newton’s theories on fluid mechanics, and, through a detailed exploration of his findings, evaluates the bearing of his legacy on naval architecture.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

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