Samoscraft Ship design and consortium building initiative

This is an initiative by members and associates of the London Multimedia Lab who are interested in contributing to the design and construction of a ship combining the best of ancient and modern innovations in sailing ship design, with particular emphasis on ship developments pioneered in Samos. The Samoscraft initiative is coordinated by Stamatis Skoutas and Patrick Humphreys.

Design notes for a Samoscraft ship


The Samoscraft ship will incorporate elements pioneered in Ancient Greek ship design, paying particular attention to design innovations originating in the Ancient Samos Ships Samaina and Kyrenia. Many of the characteristics of the Kyrenia ship (beaminess of the hull, shallow draft, no deep keel, efficient square rig, flat deck spanning the whole hull, good performance in open sea) make the Kyrenia II design a useful starting place from which to evolve the design of the Samoscraft ship. proposed here, but incorporating innovative developments in ship design, construction, fittings and facilities pioneered in Samos and elsewhere throughout the past two millennia.

hull construction technique will be founded on framing techniques introduced to the Mediterranean area by Celtic trading ships two millennia ago and subsequently developed by the Samos traditional shipyard at Agios Isidoros, Samos..

These design note chronicle the
evolution of ship steering technology the last millennium, from steering oars to a rudder controlled from the stern deck via a rack and pinion system.

The propulsion method will be sail power, alternating with
solar-powered propeller drive via a Lynch electric motor. Power for the Lynch motor can be provided from a 800Ah battery bank where the charge in maintained (i) by photo-voltaic panels mounted on the cabin roof; (ii) through the Lynch motor itself operating in generator mode while the boat is moving under sail power.

It is proposed that the Samoscraft ship be square-rigged, using a single sail similar to the efficient employed on Samian cargo, ships like
Kyrenia 2300 years ago. The square sail may be suspended from a single horizontal yardarm (mounted in jaws on the mast). The sail can be furled and unfurled, for example, by the operation of small electric winches (mounted on the yardarm) operating the buntlines.

Below the deck there will be
accommodation for crew and passengers in cabins, and a saloon, kitchen, toilets/shower room, etc.The saloon, and kitchen could receive daylight from above through a mid-ships deckhouse roof tiled with 20% transparent photovoltaic glass panels. The cabins to the fore of the boat could receive daylight from prism lights set into the foredeck overhead. LED lighting will light all interior spaces.
The design notes also provide an example of how traditional and modern innovations in ship design and construction were successfully integrated in building a wooden hull Sailing boat called "Leaf of Bristol". This includes a modern junk rig.

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