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Re: Other: Fuselage frame History??

: Looking for any information anyone might have or references you
: might know of to the History of Fuselage Frames in boats. I am
: writing an article and would like to have some facts. About all
: I have found it is that is probably started in the early 50's
: maybe late 40's after the war, when cheap plywood became
: available. Past that I don't have a lot more info.

Check out "Cockleshell Heroes" a movie about kayak commandos in WW2.

Percy Blandford was one of the first to popularize the homebuilt fuselage style boat, in the 1950's - but there's a short section in W.P Stephens "Canoe and Boat Building," (c 1898) that talks about similar SOF kayak construction.