Tue, 2nd May 2017 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Hibernia')

 
  Lot 78
 

78

A QUANTITY OF ADMIRALTY SHEAR-DRAFT...

A QUANTITY OF ADMIRALTY SHEAR-DRAFT PLANS
comprising H.M.S. Liffey, c.1856, four plans: main deck, top side, upper deck, platform and works; H.M.S. Alert, c.1856, three plans: hold, inboard works, lower decks; 'Philomel'-class, 1846, one plan of lower deck, inscribed Admiralty Somerset House 21st October 1846, W. Symonds; H.M.S. Satellite, 1865, three plans: mid-ships section; hold; profile; upper deck, various sizes and conditions
(12)

These plans seem to roughly coincide with the 'Experimental' Squadron era. Created to determine the advantages of steam versus sail, it set Sir William Symonds on a collision course with the Admiralty and he resigned as Surveyor of the Navy in June 1847 after twenty years service. Within a few years Symonds's work, and the sailing navy, had passed into oblivion, his hull form having proved unsuited to screw propulsion. Never-the-less he remains one of the most significant naval architects of the late sailing navy.

Sold for £967
Estimated at £500 - £800

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
A QUANTITY OF ADMIRALTY SHEAR-DRAFT PLANS
comprising H.M.S. Liffey, c.1856, four plans: main deck, top side, upper deck, platform and works; H.M.S. Alert, c.1856, three plans: hold, inboard works, lower decks; 'Philomel'-class, 1846, one plan of lower deck, inscribed Admiralty Somerset House 21st October 1846, W. Symonds; H.M.S. Satellite, 1865, three plans: mid-ships section; hold; profile; upper deck, various sizes and conditions
(12)

These plans seem to roughly coincide with the 'Experimental' Squadron era. Created to determine the advantages of steam versus sail, it set Sir William Symonds on a collision course with the Admiralty and he resigned as Surveyor of the Navy in June 1847 after twenty years service. Within a few years Symonds's work, and the sailing navy, had passed into oblivion, his hull form having proved unsuited to screw propulsion. Never-the-less he remains one of the most significant naval architects of the late sailing navy.