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I need a variety of ship plans - not surface deck plans, and not side views, but actual interior arrangements of various sorts of vessels - orlop deck, cable locker, that sort of thing. They are pretty hard to find. Any resources out there? Actual plans only, please, not game-related material. And it has to be a useful size, 1024x768 or bigger.

I'd love to see anything smaller than the Titanic, but bonus points if you can point me to an early twentieth century tramp steamship.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is asking for real-world research, only incidentally related to RPGs and unrelated to and not benefiting from RPG expertise. \$\endgroup\$ – doppelgreener Dec 11 '15 at 0:14
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The interface is absolutely terrible, but The Historic American Engineering Record has a maritime project. When it has what you want, it's absolutely brilliant - see for example this drawing (one of several) of The Steam Tug HERCULES. You can try searching by type of ship or you can search for "maritime", which seems to turn up a number of ships. When you get your results list, if the inventory summary includes "drawings" you're most likely in luck.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Awesome, glad it helped. There are some real gems in there, it's a shame they can be so hard to find. Searching for USS turns up a few more. \$\endgroup\$ – kodi Sep 10 '10 at 18:13
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Stumbled across a list of ferry plans... http://www.hhvferry.com/deckplans

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Very cool find. \$\endgroup\$ – Jmstar Oct 12 '10 at 11:39
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Online resources you might find moderately useful for the tramp steamer are:

Model Ship World

Tramp Steamers

*note: I could not find anything at the size you requested. You are right about the lack of material which matches your request.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm glad it was helpful~ \$\endgroup\$ – Runeslinger Aug 29 '10 at 22:47
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I gladly volunteer my little collection of ships (and other vehicles) for my currently defunct Pulp campaign.

I am slowly redesigning the site, so if someone reaches this comment in the future I suggest to start from an higher-level entry point.

Also, if you find the 115-foot Freighter close enough to your requirements, please contact me (there is an email link at the bottom of the second link page). I may be able to dig up some deckplans.


See this page for "Blanca C" a ship built in 1939. There is a full story and deckplans too.

The Nothland was built by the Harlan & Hollingsworth Corp., Wilmington, Del., in 1911 for the Norfolk and Washington Steamboat Company. Like the Southland, she transported passengers and freight between Washington and Norfolk.

The Stockholm of 1948 (look for a deckplan link around middle of the page)

Or just put "steam deckplan" in google and select "images" from the results...

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I'm not sure whether you can find what you need there, but Ships Nostalgia has a lot of useful stuff, including galleries, a discussion board, and more. Probably a good place to go asking for this sort of thing. Free to join.

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This isn't a exactly a plan, but it should be a good supplement to any plans that get dug up and is full of awesome to boot: H.M.S. Temeraire 3/4-view labeled cutaway. And here's the original article, in case the direct link doesn't work.

I'll keep looking for a proper source of plans in the meantime.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The cutaway seems to be more common for older ships - I found a lovely one of HMS Leopard, too. \$\endgroup\$ – Jmstar Aug 28 '10 at 13:15
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The Ferris wooden cargo ships of World War I page has an excellent set of documents on an immediately post WW1 design (Ferris class), and lesser details of some other vessels.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ +1 as well for the excellent bibliography at the end of the page. \$\endgroup\$ – SevenSidedDie Sep 20 '11 at 17:24

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