Portcities Southampton
UK * Bristol * Hartlepool * Liverpool * London * Southampton
*
You are here: PortCities Southampton > Diversity of Ships > The variety of ships > Why are ships so diverse? > The influence of owners and builders
* Text only * About this site * Site Map * Feedback
*
*
*
Explore this site
Start Here
About Us
Partners And Collections
Timeline
Get Interactive!
Help
Galleries
Image galleries
Biographies
Southampton
The Docks
River Itchen
Southampton at war
Flying Boats
Titanic
Finding Out More
Southampton speaks
Street Directories
Historic Buildings Survey
Registers and Records
Lloyd's Register
Official Sources
Other Records
Finding Out More
Wrecks and Accidents
Why accidents happen
Investigations
Improving Safety at Sea
Finding Out More
Wreck Reports
Life of a Port
How a port comes to life
At work in a port
Ports at play
Trade - lifeblood of a port
Finding Out More
On the Line
Company growth and development
Shipping lines
Transatlantic travel
Preparing a liner
Finding Out More
Sea People
Life at sea
Jobs at sea
Travelling by sea
Starting a new life by sea
Women and the sea
Finding Out More
Diversity of Ships
The variety of ships
What drives the ship?
Ships of ancient times
Ships in the age of sail
Ships of the steam age
Ships of today

Why are ships so diverse?


Building good ships

Each owner will have his own ideas on what features will make his ship profitable.  Most important will be cargo capacity, speed and cargo gear.  But the owner’s ideas often extent to details such as the crew’s quarters.  This could be important: having spent millions on building a ship, the wise owner would want the best people to operate it, and they would expect a good standard of accommodation on board.  The owner’s influence means that, even amongst ships designed to do similar jobs, there are often important differences.  For instance, a bulk carrier might be fitted with its own cargo handling gear, or have none and rely entirely on shoreside equipment to load and unload it.  The decision will be based on the owner’s prediction of the ports between which the ship is most likely to trade.

It is not only owners who influence the design of ships.  Shipbuilders and naval architects are keen to win orders for their designs.  To do so they will attempt to show that by choosing a particular design their customers, the shipowners, can trade more profitably, by cutting costs or offering a better service.  For instance, in the 1850s it was shipbuilders who designed screw colliers which could compete successfully with sailing colliers.  They then had to persuade the shipowners that the extra expense of screw colliers was justified by the extra work they could do.

*
Search

Advanced Search
*
*
*
Southampton City Council New Opportunities Fund Lloyd's Register London Metropolitan Archives National Maritime Museum World Ship Society  
Legal & Copyright * Partner sites: Bristol * Hartlepool * Liverpool * London * Southampton * Text only * About this site * Feedback