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Keywords:

  • yacht iconography;
  • reconstruction morphometric analysis

In research to reconstruct the design of a small Dutch vessel of c. 1600, morphometric analysis of ship iconography proved very useful. Both uni-variate and multi-variate modes of statistical analysis, as used in this research, are described and discussed. Four classifications of three-masted, square-rigged Dutch sailing vessels—ships, jachts, large jachts and small jachts—were shown to be clearly distinguished types in the multi-variate data space.