Ship building is one of the oldest crafts known to man. From the ancient Persians to the Vikings, ships have led humans to new lands, new adventures and improved commerce. But scientific principals were not applied to the craft until the mid-eighteenth century.
In 1721, 10-year-old sailor and son of a dockyard owner, Fredrik Henrik Chapman designed a body plan for a ship from drawings of sheer and half-breadth plans and Naval Architecture was born. As a grown man, Frederick believed the practical experience in yards and at sea would not be satisfactory for true ship designing. So, he studied mathematics and physics in London and applied his knowledge to shipbuilding and became the First Naval Architect.
Today, ship construction has grown from a traditional craft to become an exciting industry based on the application of mathematical principals to design and construction.
The ocean covers over 70% of the earth, making the small but vitally important field of Naval Architecture central to cost-effective transportation, recreation, shipping, military and commerce.
From cargo vessels to research vessels, from transporting humans to implementing military strategy, there will always be a need for Naval Architecture.
Whether you're interested in designing luxury casinos and cruise ships or warships and support vessels, UBC is looking for innovative, young minds to help further the field of Naval Architecture.
Below are societies that provide more information on naval architecture.
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