History of the Modern Catamaran

Discussion in 'Multihulls' started by Sand crab, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Sand crab
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    I am also a participant of Cruisers Forum. One thing led to another and I started researching the history of the modern catamaran. That led me back to the 1600s and Petty to Herreshoff in the 1800s. What I didn't know was that Fulton designed and had built a twinhulled warship during the war of 1812. Rather than repost it all here I'll just link it here.
    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f48/first-multihull-64796.html
    Yes, I am Sand crab there, too. That link from the Smithsonian is fantastic with pictures, naval architect drawings and models of these largely forgotten multihulls. All this evolved from my other thread.
    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f48/under-100-000-multihulls-71781.html
    I figured some of you would be interested in this and I welcome more data on these older design and especially data, or pics on the boats by Bob Harris.
    BOB
     
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    bad dog bad dog

    Interesting. And Hereschoff's 1876 effort sure looks waaay ahead of its time.
     
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    The 4 obvious ones first designed/built by Sir William Petty that I know of are:

    In 1662 called "Simon and Jude"
    In 1663 "Invention II"
    In 1664 "The Experimiment"
    and in 1684 "St. Michael The Archangel".
     

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