Sources of Plans of British Fishing Boats

By H.I. Chapelle, published August 1933


The importance of plans of boats and ships is often overlooked in nautical research. There have been many books written on fishing craft but there is little available for the man who wishes to reproduce a given example, either full size or in a model. There are very few surviving plans of British fishing boats. This is particularly true of hull form. In this article the author lists, and comments upon, the printed sources for such plans from F.H. af Chapman’s famous Architectura Navalis Mecatoria to examples printed in more obscure books up to 1909.  The chief importance of nautical research is to enable the reproduction of a ship or boat of the past, and to do this, plans are of vital importance.

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Filed under: Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Historic Vessels, Museums & Restoration | Leisure & Small Craft | Manpower & Life at Sea | Ship Models & Figureheads | Shipbuilding & Design | Whaling & Fishing

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