The Origin of Leeboards

By Edwin Doran Jr, published February 1967


This is a comprehensive and reasoned account on a variety of leeway inhibiting devices including leeboards, daggerboards, and centreboards. It lists observations and supporting evidence and illustrations from many sources from around the world. However, evidence suggests that independent development put these devices in common usage in many seafaring communities worldwide. As Dutch involvement increased throughout Asia, it may have influenced their introduction into Northern European waters around 1600. It remains tempting to think that the major influence was the strong contact between the Chinese and the Dutch.

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Filed under: English Channel | North Sea | Other (Early Modern) | Pacific
Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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