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Dixon Kemp (1839 - 21 November 1899)
? - ?, Yachting Editor of "The Field"
1875, became first Secretary of the Yacht Racing Association. A series of short-lived relatively poor rating formulae advanced by this governing body led to the emergence of extreme types and very lightly built yachts.
1877, member of the first board of the Yacht Registration Society under the chairmanship of the Marquis of Exeter.
Designed BELUGA, a 56-ton cutter, built by Payne for Francis Barratt of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club.
1887, delivered "50 years of yacht building" to INA, the same year that he introduced an improved measurement rule in England that abandoned the excessive penalty for beam.
1892, designed the FIRECREST, 39' x 30' x 8'6" x 7', built by P.T. Harris, Rowhedge, Essex, later well known in the hands of Alain Gerbault.
It is widely written that everything thet the designer of the BLUENOSE, William J. Roué knew about boat design he had learned from one book, Dixon Kemp's Yacht Architecture.
Yacht Designing: a Treatise on the practical application of the Scientific Principles upon which is based the art of designing yachts, London: "The Field" Office, 346, Strand, W.C, 1st ed 1876, x, , 118, xxiv pp. (Morris and Howland p.77)
A Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing, Dixon Kemp, London, "The Field" Office, 1878, 1st edition, tall 8vo, 388, 12 adv, errata slip, 25 plates, 125 Text Illus.
Yacht Architecture: A Treatise on the laws which govern the resistance of bodies moving in water; propulsion by steam and sail; yacht designing; and yacht building. Kemp, Dixon, Horace Cox London, 1885, First edition. XII, 470pp. Adverts.84 mostly folding plates (2 colour folding). 184 text illustrations.
Practical Boat Building and Sailing. Containing Full Instructions for Designing and Building Punts, Skiffs, Canoes, Sailing Boats, &c., Particulars of the Most Suitable Sailing Boats and Yachts for Amateurs and Instructions for Their Proper Handling: Neison, Adrian; Kemp, Dixon; and Davies, G. Christopher, London L. Upcott, 1st ed 1881. Part 1. Boat Building 108 pp: Part 2. Boat Sailing 198pp, +16pp ads, many diagrams, 3 fold out plans
Part 1 of above republished as:
Practical Boat Building for Amateurs; 1st edition (year?), London: L. Upcott Gill, 108pp +ads; was by Adrian Neison, subsequently revised by Dixon Kemp.
Yacht architecture. Yacht and boat sailing. Edition française. Traduite, annotée et augmentée par MM. Boyn et Martinenq. 1st part: Architecture et construction. 2nd part: Navigation à Voile et à Vapeur. KEMP, Dixon, Paris, Bernard et Cie, 1895. 4 volumes. Texte: 2 vol. gr. in-8 de VIII-441 et  (pl. dépliantes)-412 pp., Planches: 2 vol. in-4 en ff. de 77 et 133 planches (Polak 4844).
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