Monday, September 26, 2005

Architectura Navalis Mercatoria

Frederik Chapman from Göteborg Sweden was partly educated in England and came to be regarded as one of the greatest shipbuilders and naval architects of all time. He approached design scientifically (going so far as to have legends and measurements in 3 languages) in contrast to the empirical/discussion methods of boating construction beforehand. One of his great works, Architectura Navalis Mercatoria, was published in Sweden in 1768 and contains a large number of diagrams from which the above were selected.

All the book illustrations (to my knowledge) are available at the Swedish subsite ChapmanNet. There is no english available that I could find. I somehow think there's a bit/lot more around on the parent site.


Anonymous said...

The Swedish National Maritime Museum is located in Karlskrona, the town where I live. Chapman lived here for a number of years, & there are schools & streets named after him…

Anonymous said...

I love these illustrations. Thanks. There's something about ships that sets one dreaming.

Anonymous said...

Very nice indeed. I love these antique images (and old maps too)... too bad it's very expensive to own...

link to Abebooks -- most expensive is $10,000. There are some cheaper reproductions though.

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