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Image number: RS.8473
Credit: © The Royal Society
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Model of a twin-hulled ship

Date

17th century

Creator

Stephen Worlidge (British), Goldsmith

Object type

Material

Dimensions

length: 390mm

Subject

Content object

transport
   > boat

Description

Model of a twin-hulled ship designed by William Petty.

William Petty (1623-1687) designed several twin-hulled ships between 1662 and 1684, Europe's first catamarans. They were able to sail closer to the wind and in shallower waters, but sailors were sceptical about the unusual design and it was not a commercial success.

Object history

This model was made by Stephen Worlidge, a goldsmith at Portsmouth, and was given to the Royal Society by John Houghton in 1685.

Associated place

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   > Europe
      > United Kingdom