This is a really slick site chronicling the use of ‘paper’ to build boats… from the 1800’s until the present day, this material has been used to build full sized boats. All of us who are interested in building and alternative materials will find something of interest here.
Paper Boats? Is this for real?
This web page is devoted to an obscure subject in the history of technology: the manufacture of full size boats from paper during the later half of the 19th century. Not toy boats, but boats people could ride around in; racing shells, canoes and rowboats. There was even at least one steam launch built. This may seem like an extremely odd thing to be doing, but it made sense at the time. (Trust me!) If you read elsewhere on these pages you’ll discover why. Start with the "Short History" below.
Today, amateur boat builders occasionally take a stab at making a paper boat for their own and other’s amusement. For several years there was even a quarterly newsletter for paper boat enthusiasts, appropriately named, "The Paper Boater".