Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing 49364
Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing49364 of a Harland & Wolff plaque. This is truly a one-off. It details the patent numbers of the Diesel Engines (Burmeister & Wain System) between 1928 to 1934. It would have been made in brass, raised and polished with a black background.
Most importantly, it is signed, dated in Indian Ink only by J V Sheldon and J F Vine on 11 March 1935.
Size 36 x 26cm
Scale 1: 1
Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawings
This collection of Harland & Wolff Drawings are unique with a very distinctive smell and feel to them. They give you a small glimpse of the Harland & Wolff in the 1930s. Each Drawing is drawn to scale and by hand on the stiffened wax linen paper. The iconic photographs of the Drawing Offices show the importance of this role.
The very earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper and tracing paper. It was found not to be durable enough for frequent printing. As a consequence, there was a necessity to find a fabric with a more robust and durable surface. Linen was in abundance at this time. It was found that if it was treated with a waxy substance it became stiff. Thereby giving a surface stiff which was able to withstand frequent alterations in pencil.
Draughtsmen/Architects in the Yard’s light and airy Drawing Offices designed the item or ship to scale in pencil. Tracers, mainly ladies completed the penciled Engineering Drawings, Plans, and Rigging Plans in Indian Ink. Once signed off it could be printed and distributed around the Yard.
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