Standard boats of the U.S. Navy, 1900-1915


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by Bill Durham

From the Preface: " The Navy first published a complete series of standard boat designs in 1900. An order of 1870 had recognized the failings of the existing medley of boats, and called for the standardization of such types and sizes as would be most useful to the steam Navy. Many of the resulting boats were rather slow and heavy ---by intent,: not default. All Navy boats were to be made strong, stable, capacious, only as light as would be consistent with rough handling and frequent hoisting and with "large and full" lines; yet to be weatherly when loaded. Boat races and smart turnouts of boats and crews were still important, however, and the standard designs were also influenced by that special and prejudiced interest which men always take in weapons, women, horses and boats. The thorough standardization of the Navy boats along compromise lines limits the color and diversity to be found in the subject. They are of crucial significance historically, putting a period to thousands of years of oar- and sail-propelled naval boats. In types and structure they were much closer to the ships' boats employed by Odysseus than to the revolutionary concepts made possible a moment later in history by the high-speed internal combustion engine.
The boats in this collection range from sailing and pulling boats to steam cutters. Lines are provided for many, tables of offsets forsome, and there is one very large plate of a 40-foot steam cutter pocketed in the back of the book.



48 pages, 1 plate(s)


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