Technical Change and the Ship Draughtsman

By Colin Tipping, published November 1998


With the development of iron shipbuilding in the late 19th Century, the skills and status of the marine draughtsman were enhanced; and post-World War II technical changes led to further skill development. The article describes these developments in detail, particularly welding and prefabrication; new materials (alloys); and ship types and sizes (the “container revolution”). The introduction of computers, however, has tended to diminish somewhat the skill-status of the draughtsman.

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Filed under: Other (Twentieth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Science & Exploration | Shipbuilding & Design

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