JUNE 9, 2022
by Donald Blount & Louis T. Codega
Presentation to The Hampton Roads Section SNAME
Our Thoughts on this Paper
This month we look back at one of our founder’s greatest achievements – DESTRIERO. DESTRIERO was designed in the late 1980’s by our founder, Donald L. Blount, with the objective of becoming the fastest vessel to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. The conceptual design of the vessel required the trade space for hull dimensions to be explored quickly without much information. Donald developed an easily adaptable process, using information available in the public domain to zero in on vessel size to meet a set of requirements.
The approach has been proven over the years, and we still use it today at our firm when we have to think outside the box. The successful design eventually captured the Blue Riband of the Atlantic and made headlines. I always felt a sense of prestige when greedily looking at the pictures of DESTRIERO on the walls of the office, as a young Naval Architect. I was able to tour her one time, and was impressed by her mighty size and simple, yet functional, outfitting and wished that she would be preserved as a tribute to maritime history. The good news is, that recently others have had similar thoughts, as you can see is this article: https://www.barcheamotore.com/destriero-ship/
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