Midship Section of a Composite Vessel

This diagram shows a cross-section of a composite iron and wood vessel, much like those built in Britain. Composite construction used iron for frames and deck beams. This design provided greater strength and cargo capacity than an all-wood vessel, making it hard for Maine shipbuilders to compete.

From Capt. H. Paasch, Illustrated Marine Encyclopedia, 1890, Plate 13.

Database ID: 
V24.P11-Plate 13