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The Ship / The Double-Decker Ship / The Clothes Drying Boat
This page is being used to collect information about the history of the paperfolding design known as the Ship, and its derivative designs, including the Double-decker Ship and the Clothes Drying Boat. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.


The Ship

In Japan


An upside down version of the Ship, decorated and interpreted as 'Kappa' (a yokai, a mythical creature in Japanese folklore) appears in 1894 in issue 12 of the Japanese children's magazine 'Shokokumin'.


In Europe and the Americas


This design appears as 'Schiff' in 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler, which was published by Herman Bohlau in Weimar in 1873.


The design also appears:


As 'The Ship', in 'Kindergarten Practice' by Mary Gurney, which is a substantially abridged version, in two parts, of 'Die Praxis Des Kindergartens' by Auguste Koehler. The second part, 'Froebel's Plane Surfaces', contains sections dealing with paper folding, cutting and weaving. The date of the first edition is not known. The second edition was published in 1877 in London by A N Myers and Co.



As 'Boat with Two Sails' in 'Paper and Scissors in the Schoolroom' by Emily Weaver, which was published by Milton Bradley Company in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1893.

The same book also contains a derivative design, 'Sailboat with Cabin'.



In Eleonore Heerwart's 'Course in Paperfolding', which was first published in Dutch in 1895 then in English by Charles and Dible in London and Glasgow in 1896. The design is pictured, but not named in this book.



As 'Houseboat or Noah's Ark' in 'Educational Handwork' by T B Kidner, which was published by The Educational Book Company Limited in Toronto in 1910.


The Double-Decker Ship

In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)


The Double-Decker Ship appears in 'Origami: Book One' by Florence Sakade, which was published by the Charles E Tuttle Company in Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo in 1957.


The Clothes Drying Boat

In China (and in publications by Chinese authors)


Diagrams for this variation of the Double-Decker Ship appear in 'Zhe zhi tu shuo' (Illustrated Paperfolding), compiled by Gui Shaolie, which was published by the Commercial Press in Shanghai in Ming guo 3 (1914).