John W. Griffiths
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John Willis Griffiths (October 6, 1809 – April 29, 1882) was an American naval architect who designed the first true clipper ship.
His first ship, the Rainbow, was viewed with shock as a difference in design, until she made the round trip from New York to Canton in 180 days instead of the normal year.
Books and writings
- Griffiths, John W. (1854). Treatise on marine and naval architecture; or, Theory and practice blended in ship building. New York: D. Appleton and Company. http://books.google.com/books?id=cu8OAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22john+willis+griffiths%22&lr=&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false.
- Griffiths, John W. (1856). The ship-builder's manual: and nautical referee. New York: J. Griffiths. http://books.google.com/books?id=el9JAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22john+willis+griffiths%22&lr=&cd=2#v=onepage&q&f=false.
- Griffiths, John W. (1876). The progressive ship builder, Volume 2. New York: J. Griffiths. pp. 259. http://books.google.com/books?id=CIJIAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+Progressive+Ship-Builder&hl=en&ei=h8gjTNgJkpSdB6zcvSY&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false.
Biography: Larrie D. Ferreiro (2007), “A Biographical Sketch of John Willis Griffiths from Primary and Archival Sources”, Nautical Research Journal 52/4 pp. 221-228
- John Willis Griffiths entry in Appleton's cyclopædia of American biography, Volume 2, p.765-6.
- Biography of John W. Grifiths
- Griffiths and the Rainbow
- John W. Griffiths and the construction of the Rainbow and the Sea Witch
- John W. Griffiths and the construction of the gunboat Pawnee
- Diagram of the Pawnee
- Patents for forming stem and dead wood of ships
- Patent for wood-bending machine
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