Philip Rhodes

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Philip Rhodes
OccupationNaval architect

Philip Leonard Rhodes (1895–1974) was a naval architect known for his diverse yacht designs.[1] He designed a wide variety of vessels from 123' motor-sailors to 7' dinghies, from hydrofoil racers to giant motor yachts. His work also included commercial and military vessels such as minesweepers and police boats. His clients ranged from Rockefellers to Sears & Roebuck. His 12 Meter class Weatherly (USA-17) won the America's Cup in 1962.[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]

Philip Rhodes joined the design firm of Cox & Stevens in 1934. He became head naval architect for the firm 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]



  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". 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

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