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Draughting Curves Used In Ship Design

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Ship lines plans as orthogonal view drawings were first used routinely in naval architecture since the early 18th century. The shipbuilders spline and the draughting curve are the most prominent and unique tools developed to produce ship lines plans accurately and neatly. This chapter presents a documentation of the early history of draughting curves which came into wider use during the last few decades of the 18th century. Source material on draughting curves is scarce and unsystematic. The various sets of curves for the special purpose of drawing ship lines shown here are taken from a catalogue of a dealer and manufacturer of drawing tools. The numbering of the curves is arbitrary and serves only as identification for ordering single curves out of a set. The English Set and part of the Copenhagen Set were obviously combined to form the Hamburg Set. The youngest set is the German Set.

Keywords: Copenhagen set; draughting curves; naval architecture; Ship lines plans



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