On Friday 24th July, we at EcoClipper officially received the half-hull model of the EcoClipper 500 prototype. Our half hull model was crafted by ship carpenter Leo Boogerd, in cooperation with Bert van Baar of the Bootbouw school and Marijke de Jong, a specialist in square-rigging and yacht design.
The Maritime Museum Rotterdam kindly let us use their library for the presentation. The EcoClipper500 prototype design is based on the Noach, one of the fastest and most successful Dutch clipper ships, built in 1857. The maritime museum houses many ship plans, including those of Noach. It was fitting, therefore, for the half-hull model to be handed over to EcoClipper there. The maritime museum also displayed the original Noach half-hull model, and a full model too. These were beautiful and incredibly detailed.
A half-hull model shows you exactly what half of the hull of a ship will look like. It is an exact replica of half of the hull. As ship hulls are symmetrical, only half of the hull is necessary. Nowadays computer programs such as Rhino and CAD can clearly depict models of ships too. But a half model is made from wood and is a physical representation of the ship. You can see the delicate lines of a vessel, and the EcoClipper model is no exception. Indeed, one of our chief naval designers, Francisco Oliveira, was present at the Friday presentation and was very excited to see the hull in a physical form.
Half-hull models were traditionally the first step in a shipbuilding process. A half-hull model enabled the shipwright to study and perfect the design prior to construction. Of course, ship construction is now slightly different! But having a replica of the hull gives us a sense of the vessel to come…
This model is a big milestone for us at EcoClipper. We now have a physical representation of the EcoClipper500 prototype. On Friday, as you can see from the pictures, we were all excited about the model, and how the ship will look. This is the beginning of our development of a series of engineless sailing cargo ships that will transport cargo and passengers on shipping lines around the world.
See our press release here