Stability, Safety, and the Structure of Wooden Ships

June 26, 2024 - 7pm to 8pm

Capt. Iver Franzen, SNAME

In the era of sailing ships there were many tragic accidents resulting in the loss of both ships and life. The response by governments to these tragedies took the form of increasingly tighter regulations. Rehabilitated original ships and accurate replica sailing ships are now required to reconcile historical accuracy with modern practices and government regulations.  Designers of replica ships are faced with a very challenging set of parameters, with fire retardancy and stability being two of the most important and often the most difficult.  Fortunately, modern designers of traditional ships now have technologies that can facilitate the solutions to these design problems.

This is the second of the 2024 Summer Lecture Series. This year the lectures will be held on Wednesday evenings at the Bath Freight Shed. Recordings will be available here a couple of days later.  

The lectures are free, but if you consider them valuable, please donate to Maine’s First Ship either in person or online.

Iver Franzen has worked as both a captain and a naval architect. in this 45-year maritime career. Iver became a licensed captain in 1980 and worked many years as a charter and delivery captain, and many more as a commercial passenger vessel captain, throughout the East Coast and Caribbean. He’s worked in naval architecture since 1987, starting with an intensive 5-year apprenticeship. He became a member of SNAME in 1992. He’s been involved in numerous projects such as Pride of Baltimore II, Kalmar Nyckel, the 1996 refit of USS Constitution (Old Ironsides), USS Constellation, Clipper City, USCG Eagle, Elissa, Providence, MD Dove, to name only a few. Iver opened his own naval architecture practice in Annapolis in 1996, and continues to work as a vessel designer, USCG certification consultant, researcher, writer, educator, public speaker, and when an interesting situation comes along, as a captain.