Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kettle-Bottom #1 and #2

Kettle-Bottom #1

Kettle-Bottom #2 (Capsize)

Kettle-bottomed sailing ships were originally designed as a method of evading import taxes on a portion of the cargo that these ships carried. Import taxes were charged by the length and width of a vessel on deck. By flaring the hull out and down away from the deck, kettle-bottomed ships increased their actual capacity without increasing their registered capacity. This design also made these ships more stable upside down than right side up.

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