With the shortage of fossil fuels becoming a serious problem and the high cost and environmental hazards of nuclear propulsion, it appears to be a good time to go back and take a hard look at the use of sails as the device and wind as the energy source for ship propulsion. (In the interest of adding credence to what may be considered a questionable endeavor, it should be noted that serious studies are being made both in Britain and West Germany concerning the practicality of sail propulsion for commercial vessels.) The paper reviews the history of sails as a means of propulsion, the capabilities and limitations of modern sailing ship designs with both conventional displacement hulls and unconventional hull forms such as semi-submersible and hydrofoil supported considered. A variety of designs to suit naval and commercial applications are provided for further consideration. (Author)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings of the Annual Technical Symposium (15th), Association of Scientists and Engineers of the Naval Air and Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC 1978.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of Scientists and Engineers of NASSC

    Department of the Navy
    Washington, DC  United States  203632
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  • Publication Date: 1978-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: 23 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00186299
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM