Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing 20/66106
Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Governor Cover Plate on linen wax paper.
Signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Draughtsman and his Supervisor on the 6th October 1939.
Size 24.5 x 18.5cm
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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