Contested Waterlines: The Wave-Line Theory and Shipbuilding in the Nineteenth Century

@article{Ferreiro2016ContestedWT,
  title={Contested Waterlines: The Wave-Line Theory and Shipbuilding in the Nineteenth Century},
  author={L. Ferreiro and Larrie D. Alexander Pollara},
  journal={Technology and Culture},
  year={2016},
  volume={57},
  pages={414 - 444}
}
Ship hydrodynamics in the nineteenth century was dominated by John Scott Russell’s wave-line theory. Russell, a prominent British shipbuilder and scientist, argued that wavemaking was the primary source of resistance for ships, and that by designing ships according to trigonometric curves and proportions (the wave line) this resistance could effectively be eliminated. From the 1840s to the 1880s, shipbuilders such as John Willis Griffiths, Donald McKay and George Steers designed their clipper… Expand

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