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carvings were entered into American and Canadian wood ‐carving competitions and won in their categories.  

Robert Miller died October 22, 1987. His boat plans were donated to the Ships Plans Collection at the Mystic Sea‐

port Museum. His marine reference books, Westlawn SSCD related items, and two carved plaques with logos associated with Westlawn and SSCD were donated to t Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology. 

n 1949, the Society of Small Craft Designers (SSCD) was founded by a group of dedicated small‐craft naval architects working with Gerry White, Westlawn’s president. In fact, SSCD was an offshoot of West‐ lawn, with Gerry White holding the position of SSCD chairman during the early years, and with headquarters in Westlawn’s office. SSCD was very active in arranging frequent meetings of its members and in pub‐ lishing it’s regular journal, The Planimeter . Robert Miller was one three members of the Board of Governors of SSCD. During its fifty‐plus years of publication, The Planimeter  featured over 300 articles on boat design, construction and marine technology. A selection of these arti‐ cles was collected into the book Problems in Small Boat Design, Se‐ lected Papers by Members of The Society of Small Craft Designers , Sheridan House, New York, NY, 1959.  

 

By 2002—after more than fifty years of successful operation—SSCD had gradually slowed to inactivity. Ownership of SSCD (which had be‐

come independent over the years) was returned to West‐ lawn in 2005, in‐ cluding all SSCD’s 

intellectual property and the complete library of all back issues

The Planimeter . Perhaps most important, The Masthead  you ar reading now is the modern version of the SSCD Planimeter . In fact, The Masthead   is The Planimeter . The name was changed reflect that the fact that—in this computer age—planimeters a no longer the central tool they once were. The goal of The Mas head  remains the same; however, to educate and share inform tion and ideas about boats and boat design. This is part of Wes lawn’s and its parent company (ABYC’s) mission to enhance an disseminate boating knowledge. The Masthead helps fulfill this mission and carries on the fine tradition begun by Gerry White Bob Miller and SSCD. 

 

The list of SSCD members and Planimeter  contributors includes dozens of the preeminent names in boat design: Bill Garden, Lindsay Lord, John Kingdon, Thomas Colvin, Sam Rabl, Charles Wittholz, John Ammerman, David Martin, Joseph Koelbel, Al M son, George Meese, Jay Benford, Edward Fry, Arthur Edmunds, Ken Hankinson, David Beach, Daniel Savitsky, Bill Stadel and many more. 

SSCD Logo Plaque Carved by Robert Miller 

Westlawn, SSCD, The Planimeter and The Masthead

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