Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawings and Plans

Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing and Plans.  The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil and often were tinted with delicate colour washes.  To reproduce these for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary and Tracing Paper was used initially.

Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. This rendered the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, the Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawings and Plans have a very distinctive smell.  This fabric was found to be more durable, withstood frequent alterations and lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing.   These ink Engineering Plans and Rigging Plans were prepared by Tracers (usually women) from the draughtsmen’s pencil original once all the details were finalised.  They were used for printing the plans that were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made.

During World War 1 and 2 we were told the linen plans were boiled up to remove the wax and ink before being made into wedding dresses! Linen was replaced by Plastic drafting film known as Mylar in the late 1950s.  This transparent medium eliminated the requirement to employ a Tracer. These Mylar copies could be used directly to make prints.

We have a wide variety of Engineering Plans of different sizes and complexity as they are drawn to scale. The interesting fact is that back in the 30’s when most of the ones we have were drawn they used both imperial and metric measurements.

  • Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Strainer for a Bedplate 1153A Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Strainer for a Bedplate 1153A
     

    Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing - Strainer for Bedplate 1153A

    Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Strainer for Bedplate on linen wax paper. Signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Engineer and the Supervisor. Engineering Drawings from Harland & Wolff. The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil. These were often were tinted with delicate colour washes. In order to reproduce the Drawings for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary.  Tracing Paper was used initially. Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. This made the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, these Engineering Drawings have a very distinctive smell and feel.  The waxed fabric was found to be more durable and was able to withstand frequent alterations. Therefore it lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing. Finally, Tracers, mainly ladies completed the draughtsmen's pencilled Engineering Drawings, Plans and Rigging Plans in Indian Ink.  They were ready for printing. From here they were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made.      
  • Element for Oil Filter - Engineering Drawing dated 27 March 1935. Element for Oil Filter - Engineering Drawing dated 27 March 1935.

    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. For more information: Please contact us by email at sales@belfastmaritimecollectables.com. if you have any queries. We aim to post your purchase within 1 - 2 days.          
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    Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing - Distance Piece - 35/2/84138

    Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Governor Spring on linen waxed paper. Signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Engineer and the Supervisor. Engineering Drawings from Harland & Wolff. The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil. These were often were tinted with delicate colour washes. In order to reproduce the Drawings for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary.  Tracing Paper was used initially. Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. This made the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, these Engineering Drawings have a very distinctive smell and feel.  The waxed fabric was found to be more durable and was able to withstand frequent alterations. Therefore it lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing. Finally, Tracers, mainly ladies completed the draughtsmen's pencilled Engineering Drawings, Plans and Rigging Plans in Indian Ink.  They were ready for printing. From here they were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made.      
  • Harland and Wolff Rigging Plans - please contact us directly regarding this product.
  • Harland and Wolff Engineering Drawing 35/2/84138

    A unique Harland & Wolff engineering drawing on wax linen paper, signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Engineer and the Supervisor on 9th December 1948
    Size 24.5 x 18.5 cm
    Scale 1: 2
    Engineering Drawings from Harland & Wolff. The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil. These were often were tinted with delicate colour washes. In order to reproduce the Drawings for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary.  Tracing Paper was used initially. Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. Thus rendering the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, these Engineering Drawings have a very distinctive smell.  This waxed fabric was found to be more durable and was able to withstand frequent alterations. Therefore it lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing. These ink Engineering Drawings, Plans and Rigging Plans were prepared by Tracers, usually women, from the original draughtsmen's pencil once all the details were finalised.  They were used for printing. From here they were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made. If you have any questions about this item or any other product listed on this site, please contact us by email at sales@belfastmaritime.com or via our social media channels. We aim to ship your purchase with 1 - 2 days from date of purchase depending on the delivery service.
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    Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing 30/2/65405

    Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Joint Strap for Front Door on linen waxed paper. 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. For more information: Please contact us by email at sales@belfastmaritimecollectables.com. if you have any queries. We aim to post your purchase within 1 - 2 days. Signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Engineer and the Supervisor on 9th November 1938. Scale: 1:2 Engineering Drawings from Harland & Wolff. The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil. These were often were tinted with delicate colour washes. In order to reproduce the Drawings for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary.  Tracing Paper was used initially. Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. This made the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, these Engineering Drawings have a very distinctive smell and feel.  The waxed fabric was found to be more durable and was able to withstand frequent alterations. Therefore it lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing. Finally, Tracers, mainly ladies completed the draughtsmen's pencilled Engineering Drawings, Plans and Rigging Plans in Indian Ink.  They were ready for printing. From here they were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made.        
  • Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing 25/66106

    Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Washer on linen waxed paper. Signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Engineer and the Supervisor on 6th October 1939. This is a small and vital part of the Series   /66106. Engineering Drawings from Harland & Wolff. The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil. These were often were tinted with delicate colour washes. In order to reproduce the Drawings for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary.  Tracing Paper was used initially. Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. This made the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, these Engineering Drawings have a very distinctive smell and feel.  The waxed fabric was found to be more durable and was able to withstand frequent alterations. Therefore it lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing. Finally, Tracers, mainly ladies completed the draughtsmen's pencilled Engineering Drawings, Plans and Rigging Plans in Indian Ink.  They were ready for printing. From here they were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made.        
  • Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing - Distance Piece - 35/2/84138

    Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Distance Piece on linen waxed paper. Signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Draughtsman and his Supervisor on 6th October 1939. Engineering Drawings from Harland & Wolff. The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil. These were often were tinted with delicate colour washes. In order to reproduce the Drawings for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary.  Tracing Paper was used initially. Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. This made the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, these Engineering Drawings have a very distinctive smell and feel.  The waxed fabric was found to be more durable and was able to withstand frequent alterations. Therefore it lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing. Finally, Tracers, mainly ladies completed the draughtsmen's pencilled Engineering Drawings, Plans and Rigging Plans in Indian Ink.  They were now ready for printing. From here they were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made.      
  • Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing 23/66106

    Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Distance Piece on linen waxed paper. Signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Engineer and the Supervisor on 6th October 1939. Engineering Drawings from Harland & Wolff. The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil. These were often were tinted with delicate colour washes. In order to reproduce the Drawings for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary.  Tracing Paper was used initially. Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. This made the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, these Engineering Drawings have a very distinctive smell and feel.  The waxed fabric was found to be more durable and was able to withstand frequent alterations. Therefore it lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing. Finally, Tracers, mainly ladies completed the draughtsmen's pencilled Engineering Drawings, Plans and Rigging Plans in Indian Ink.  They were ready for printing. From here they were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made.    
  • Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing 22/66106

    Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Governor Spindle Bush on linen waxed paper. Signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Draughtsman and his Supervisor on 6th October 1939. Engineering Drawings from Harland & Wolff. The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil. These were often were tinted with delicate colour washes. In order to reproduce the Drawings for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary.  Tracing Paper was used initially. Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. This made the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, these Engineering Drawings have a very distinctive smell and feel.  The waxed fabric was found to be more durable and was able to withstand frequent alterations. Therefore it lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing. Finally, Tracers, mainly ladies completed the draughtsmen's pencilled Engineering Drawings, Plans and Rigging Plans in Indian Ink.  They were ready for printing. From here they were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made.      
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    Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing 21/66105

    Original Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing of a Bearing Cover on linen waxed paper. Signed and dated in Indian Ink by the Draughtsman and his Supervisor on 6th October 1939. Engineering Drawings from Harland & Wolff. The earliest technical drawings are on cartridge paper in ink and pencil. These were often were tinted with delicate colour washes. In order to reproduce the Drawings for work around the Yard, a transparent medium was necessary.  Tracing Paper was used initially. Linen Wax Paper replaced Tracing Paper for general office us. This Drafting Fabric was treated with a waxy substance to stiffen it. This made the surface fit for drawing in either ink or pencil.  Even to this day, these Engineering Drawings have a very distinctive smell and feel.  The waxed fabric was found to be more durable and was able to withstand frequent alterations. Therefore it lasted better through the printing machines.  However, it was still susceptible to tearing. Finally, Tracers, mainly ladies completed the draughtsmen's pencilled Engineering Drawings, Plans and Rigging Plans in Indian Ink.  They were ready for printing. From here they were distributed around the Yard for construction. Once they wore out another tracing might be made.      
  • Original and unique Harland & Wolff Engineering Drawing, signed and dated 6th October 1939.
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