Jan Herman Linge

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Jan Herman Linge
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Born (1922-01-28)January 28, 1922
Trondheim, Norway
Died June 25, 2007(2007-06-25) (aged 85)
Residence Norway

Jan Herman Linge (January 28, 1922 in Trondheim, Norway – June 25, 2007[1]) was a Norwegian engineer and boat designer. He was the son of Martin Linge, known for his war effort in Kompani Linge.

Early life and career[edit]

Linge was born in Trondheim in 1922. He was a member of the merchant navy for two years before undertaking a naval architecture course while financing his studies by working in a shipyard.[2]

During World War II, he joined the Norwegian resistance and was trained as a saboteur in the United Kingdom. He was captured on a mission and spent some time in a German prison camp.[1] Linge completed his studies in 1949.[citation needed]

Design work[edit]

Linge was an engineer from 1949 to 1956 in Westermoen Båtbyggeri og Mek Verksted, and was responsible for the design of the Tjeld class patrol boat.[citation needed]

He later started his own boat design house, Jan H. Linge A/S, and has designed many recreational vessel for companies like Draco, Fjord and Windy.[citation needed]

Sail boats[edit]

He was also a very active designer of sail boats. The Soling was selected as Olympic class in 1968, and participated in 8 Olympic games. The Yngling became an international class in 1979, and an Olympic class in the Athens Olympics in 2004.[1]

The designs by Linge are known by the "ling" suffix, such as Brisling, Firling, Fjordling, Gambling 34, Lærling, Mekling, Smiling, Wesling and Willing.

A total of about 10,000 motor vessels and 10,000 sailing vessels of Linge design has been built.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Solholm, Rolleiv (June 30, 2007). "Boat designer Linge dies at 85". Norway Post. Archived from the original on February 29, 2012. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Beppe Cruce presentation". ISAF. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 

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