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A guide to the United States Navy whaleboat sail plan, 1914 May 20
HDC1304 (SAFR 21363)  
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The United States Navy whaleboat sail plan (SAFR 21363, HDC1304) is for a 24-foot whaleboat (Standard Plan No. 221, Sheet 4). The blueprint was produced May 20, 1914 by the U.S. Navy Department, Bureau of Construction and Repair in Washington, D.C. R.W. Watt, Chief Constructor, U.S.N. was Bureau Chief. It was retraced by Helen B. Stone at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, and the name "Theodore G. Howe" is written in the corner. The blueprint shows the vessel in profile and has General Notes, Alterations, Schedule of Material and lists Other Plans of This Set. The item is fragile and requires staff assistance for use.
A whaleboat is a long, narrow, flat-floored open boat, sharp at both ends, used on warships and merchant vessels. Also called a whaler. Its length ranges between 20 and 40 feet. In the United States Navy, whaleboats fitted with engines, are used as lifeboats. (Rene de Kerchove, International Maritime Dictionary, New York: 1948)
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