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May 5th, 2010

Fairy Class Yacht Designer, Linton Hope

Linton Chorley Hope (1863-1920) photographed in 1908 wearing the uniform cap of the Royal Canoe Club

Linton Chorley Hope (1863-1920) photographed in 1908 wearing the uniform cap of the Royal Canoe Club

Linton Hope, designer of the Fairy Class yacht, was not only an accomplished and prolific naval architect, but also a highly competitive and successful yachtsman. He was a member of the Institute of Naval Architects and a Consulting Naval Architect to HM The King of the Belgians from 1913. He was a member of the Royal Yacht Club de Belgique and the Royal Canoe Club, of which he was captain for several years. He was also a member of the permanent technical committee of the Boat Racing Association, of which he was a founder member. He was also a founder member of the Royal Motor Yacht Club and the Marine Motor Association.

His most successful creations were the racing canoes Kismet and Haze. In 1907 he won the Royal Canoe Clubʼs International Trophy for Great Britain in Kismet. This was the first international race of its kind and up to the war the only single–handed sailing race held under international rules, the challengers coming from Belgium, Italy, France, Germany and the US. At his London design office in the Strand, Hope devoted much of his time to the study of hull shape and structure, whether in canoes, yachts or motor launches; his object was always the same, to produce lightweight hulls with great strength. In 1908 Haze was the first of the Hope canoes to show a modern shape with a flattened stern to promote planing and on a reach the whole of her fore-body, back to the mast, would plane out of the water.
The Admiralty recognized his talents and during the First World War he was made the inspector of seaplane hulls and floats on the staff of the Royal Naval Air Service with the rank of Lieutenant, RNVR. His designs, built by Pemberton- Billing Ltd (later Supermarine Aviation) became commonly known in flying boat circles as ʻLinton Hope Hulls.ʼ Two years after Linton Hopeʼs death, his circular hull section design was still in use, employed this time by R. J. Mitchell in Supermarineʼs high-speed flying boat entry for the 1922 Schneider Trophy air races.