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LOOKING BACKWARD: when within
reach of a good public library - or better still, a marine museum
- go in and study some ships of the past. You will profit from
the experience. The lofty stern with windowed glass in quarter
galleries, the bluff bow, and the heavily ornamented beak head
forward - these are incidentals. The sturdy hull itself - as
in wooden vessels of all ages - was built up from a massive timber,
heavily reinforced, that extended the full length of the ship.
This was called the keel or backbone. It curved into the stem
forward and the sternpost aft. Between stem and sternpost were
closely placed rib timbers, molded to form, to which the outer
planking and inner ceiling were spiked.
A DUTCH FRIGATE OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY (ABOVE)
ABOVE LEFT; The bow of a French three-decker, about 1820. ABOVE RIGHT; The stern of an English frigate, early Nineteeth Century.
BOW OF THE "DUKE" - BRITISH TWO-DECKER (ABOVE)
A CLIPPER SHIP (ABOVE)
I hope you enjoyed this short foray into Ships! They are great fun to draw and paint.