Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing 49338
Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing 49338 of an Element for Oil on Linen wax paper, looks like a sundial!
It was drawn by J Cowan and signed off by J F Herd on 27 March 1935. There are initials and dated 29/11/51, which may be an amendment. There is a stamp on it that says ‘3 Feb 1975 H & W Micro Film’. This is one of kind and truly unique.
Size 37.5 x 26.5 cm
Scale 1: 1
Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing
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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