Typical Example of Inter-war European Cargo Ship Design
With Added Armaments Added as War Loomed
The years between World War I and World War II were an interesting time in merchant ship design. Steel steamships had finally supplanted sailing ships, and naval architects were shaking off the old “knowns” of ship design and trying to find the limits of the new technologies with which they were working. The result was a fleet of ships featuring the beautiful lines of the bygone era powered by the most modern propulsion methods.
Toward the end of this period, as war loomed on the continent, designers began adding defensive armaments to these ships in a precursor of later U.S.-built “Liberty” and “Victory” ships. Our Free Ship Plans of Golo present a typical example of these late inter-war cargo vessels that is a small enough size that would make a nice scratch-built radio-controlled ship model.
When the United States entered World War I the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corporation ramped up construction of cargo ships for the war effort. Even though steel was the modern material from which to construct ships, the EFC decided to use the many shipyards still building ships of wood to quickly meet the need for more ships. To train new employees in how to build wooden ships, naval architect Charles Davis wrote The Building of a Wooden Ship.
Instead of the poor quality copies of this book available from most publishers, ours was carefully scanned from an original copy at a resolution intended for print reproduction. The fold-out plan pages (not present in other available reprints) have been moved to the back of the book and scanned as multiple separate single-sided pages so they can be removed and reassembled if the reader should so choose.
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