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Naval Architecture vs Building Architecture vs Engineering Drawings
I was a draftsman many years ago, back in the stone age when we used paper and pencil (ink). I have always took it that "profile views" is a nautical architecture term for side views of these long narrow things called ships. Looking down on the decks are called "Plan views". The terms profile and plan views are also used in ship photography. "Elevation views" are more of a building architecture term because views from all sides are normally drawn (unless two sides are identical). Although, I have seen architecture drawings showing landscape, labeled as profile views to show the building and its surroundings and slopes of the site. Engineering drawings had side views, top and bottom views, and section views.
Technical drawing show elevations.
Profiles are also used for the (usually unreliable) paintings of colour schemes for modellers.
In the dim and distant past when I did technical drawing at school in Scotland, we spoke of the "front" and "side" elevations of the objects we drew.
Interpreting from your post I read this to mean a profile drawing? My Grandfather was a carpenter and used "elevation" but I'm a 1:1 custom boat builder and all drawings are marked "profile". I was wondering if it is simply a cultural thing or if I am stupider than I actually am.
FWIW, I have a copy of Olympic & Titanic: Ocean Liners Of The Past (Patrick Stevens 1988) which is a reproduction of the June 1911 edition of ' The Shipbuilder '. In it are plan views and elevations of all the decks of the Olympic class. On the starboard elevation drawing of the ship I drew a line along the keel and one along the stem. Using my trusty navigation ruler/protractor the two lines intersected at an angle of 86 degrees from the vertical. Hope this helps.
Stem doesn't look to be as 90-degrees as I thought. Hmmm. I guess I could have been wrong. Theoretically, it could happen.
a more complete overall image...
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