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William Froude  (November 28, 1810 in Devon [2]May 4, 1879 in Simon’s Town, South Africa) was an English engineer, hydrodynamicist and naval architect. He was the first to formulate reliable laws for the resistance that water offers to ships (such as the hull speed equation) and for predicting their stability.

His birth will be remembered at his grave in Simon’s Town on 27th November 2020by the SAIMENA Cape Branch together with the learners from the Lawhill School.

Here is a short extract of the opening of one of his papers from 1861.

The full paper is available here: 

On the Rolling of Ships Froude 1861

Happy reading.

On 25th June every year, Day of the Seafarer celebrates the vital yet often hidden work done by seafarers to transport goods and commodities all around the globe. The film illustrates the unseen connections between those who serve at sea and the things we take for granted in our everyday lives.