Philip Rhodes

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Philip Rhodes
Born1895
Died1974
OccupationNaval architect

Philip Leonard Rhodes (1895–1974) was an American naval architect known for his diverse yacht designs.[1]

Life[edit]

Rhodes designed a wide variety of vessels from 7' dinghies to 123' motor-sailors, from hydrofoil racers to America's Cup winners - his 12 Meter class Weatherly (USA-17) winning the 1962 defense. His work also included large motor yachts, commercial and military vessels such as minesweepers and police boats. His clients ranged from Rockefellers to Sears & Roebuck.[2][3]

Rhodes was born in 1895 in Thurman, Ohio. He attended MIT, graduating in 1918 in naval architecture and marine engineering.[4] He worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers during World War I. After the war he began work as a shipfitter in Lorain, Ohio. He later moved to New York where he opened a small office as a marine architect.[5]

Rhodes joined the design firm of Cox & Stevens in 1934, becoming head naval architect there after the death of lead designer Bruno Tornroth in 1935. In 1946, the firm of Philip L. Rhodes succeeded Cox & Stevens Inc. It closed in 1974 following Rhodes's death.[4]

Rhodes formed his own company, Philip L. Rhodes, Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.[6]

Designs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Richard (1981). Philip L. Rhodes and His Yacht Designs. Camden, ME: International Marine Pub. Co. ISBN 0-87742-128-5. OL 3793032M.
  2. ^ Ben Stavis. "Analytical Biography". Temple University archive.Retrieved on 08-10-09
  3. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Philip Rhodes". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 13 February 2021. Retrieved 13 February 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Biography of Philip L. Rhodes". Mystic Seaport Collections.Retrieved on 08-10-09
  5. ^ Spurr, Daniel, Heart of Glass, McGraw Hill, 2000 pg 101
  6. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2022). "Philip Rhodes". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 10 November 2020. Retrieved 14 January 2022.

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