Half hull model ship

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Several half hull model ships hanging on wall

A half hull model ship (also known as a "half hull" or "half ship") is a wooden model ship featuring only one half of a boat's hull without rigging or other fixtures.


Prior to the twentieth century, half hull model ships were constructed by shipwrights as a means of planning a ship's design and sheer and ensuring that the ship would be symmetrical. The half hulls were mounted on a board and were exact scale replicas of the actual ship's hull. With the advent of computer design, half hulls are now built as decorative nautical art and constructed after a ship is completed.[1][2]

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Early half hull models (built 1809–1870 of Salem, Massachusetts ships) at the Peabody Essex Museum


  1. "Encyclopedia of American Folk Art," By Gerard C. Wertkin, Lee Kogan, American Folk Art Museum Contributor Gerard C. Wertkin, Lee Kogan Edition: illustrated Published by Taylor & Francis, 2004 ISBN 0-415-92986-5, 978-0-415-92986-8 [1] (accessed Google Book search January 14, 2009)
  2. "Half-Hull Modeling," (The Apprenticeshop, Bath, ME USA:1980)

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