Nov 232013


I’m currently working on a project to create a reasonably accurate drawing of the Quapaw… perhaps to be printed as a poster (if it comes out decent).

In trying to find references for this project, I stumbled on the “Dimensions and Data” page from a BUSHIPS “General Booklet of Plans” for an ATF*. In it, it’s noted that the draft above keel (amidships) was designed at 13′ 9-1/2″. This would be the waterline. Looking at this photo of ATs being built (by the way, where was the Quapaw?!?!):

…in that photo, you can see that the waterlines seem to be in agreement with that 13′ 9″ number (between the 3 and 4 on the stem markings). However, in pretty much everything else I’ve ever seen in photos or documentation (and personal experience), draft/waterline for AT(F)s is shown as 15′ 4″, (the waterline is painted above the 5 on the stem). The difference basically moves the painted waterline from just below the exhausts (on the “side-burner” AT(F)s), to just above them.

Waterline drawing

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For my drawing, I’m going to use the 15′ 4″ figure, since that’s where I painted it on the Quapaw when I was aboard… but I’m curious as to why the draft/waterline on these ships seems to have moved .
Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas on this?

* I understand that these drawings were NOT meant to be 100% accurate – like actual ship’s plans would be.

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  One Response to “The Case of the Wandering Waterline?”

  1. You cannot draw this as a straight line bow to stern. Due to ships configuration (ATF looks like a pregnant guppy) and loading/ballast the bow and stern have different drafts. The mean draft is the average of the bow and stern draft marks where the water line sits i.e 14′ 6″ aft + 12′ 0″ fwd divided by 2 = 13′ 9″ mean draft

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