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#1 posted 09-27-2015 05:11 PM

CampD, I started my work career working for a naval architect in 1956. Back then, everything was ink on cloth. We did work for the U.S. Navy and that was their requirement. I can recall some of the horrors of working with ink on cloth. A bit of lint in your ruling pen and the ink would run out all over the cloth. Erasing it was a huge chore. You would either erase through the cloth and leave a hole or expose the linen threads that would absorb ink when trying to go over it. Making corrections was time consuming. Pencil on vellum was a great improvement and endured, at least in my case up until 2000 when I switched over to CAD. There was never anything that could compare to a hand drawn in ink profile of a battleship with all the little details, like hand rails, antennas, etc. These drawings bordered on being art. I used to have a small collection of profile drawings of other ships that I rescued from a now defunct shipbuilder. They were worthy of being framed and displayed as art. I no longer have them; they got lost in several moves around the country.

We would pour india ink on a piece of paper; let it dry and then cut it into the shape of an ink spill. When a draftsman would leave his board, we would place the phony ink spill on his drawing and watch his horror when he returned. You can’t do that with CAD.

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