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The Keelboat
 
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the origami design I call the Keelboat, because it has a keel rather than a flat bottom to stand on. 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.

It is a characteristic of this design of paper boat the paper is first folded in half, the bottom corners are folded inwards and the top edges turned down to hold the corners in place. The way in which the bottom corners are folded inwards and the amount of paper turned down to hold them in place can vary widely.

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In Japan (and in publications by Japanese authors)

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In Western Europe / The USA

1893

As far as I know a version of this design first appears in the historical record as 'Petit Bateau' in 'L'Annee Preparatoire de Travail Manuel' by M P Martin was published by Armand Collin & Cie in Paris in 1893.

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The design also appears:

1910

As 'Dory 1' in 'Studies in Invalid Occupation' by Susan E Tracy was published by Whitcomb and Barrows in Boston in 1910.

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1959

As 'The Skiff', in 'Fun-time Paper Folding' by Elinor Tripato Massoglio, which was published by Childrens Press in Chicago in 1959.

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1963

Several variations on the Keelboat design appear in the second edition of 'Het Grote Vouwboek' by Aart van Breda, which was published by Uitgeverij van Breda in 1963.

Skiff

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Boat

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Barge

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Longboat

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1968

A version of the design also appears , as 'Boat', in 'Teach Yourself Origami: The Art of Paperfolding' by Robert Harbin, which was published by The English Universities Press in 1968.

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