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correction/clarification for naval ship models of WW II
Posted by Robert K. Liu on October 14, 2021, 1:34:14
This week I got access to a digital version of my book, as my author's copies have not yet arrived since publication of my book in July. On page 146 of the book, there is a photograph of 2 Japanese sea trucks; the caption reads: Scratch-built Japanese sea trucks, dark grey in wood with typical stern-mounted deckhouses. Light grey vessel is steel sea truck, armed with gun on bow and machine guns on top of bridge. Sea trucks were built in numerous local yards, so there is quite a lot of variation in their features. These models are 3.5 cm in overall length.
When the original manuscript was submitted, the first portion of the caption read: Scratchbuilt Japanese Sea Trucks, of wood in dark grey with typical stern-mounted outhouses (Carey 2000; Scutts 2000: 20, have images of sea trucks so equipped).
Therefore these yellow squares hung on the stern were outhouses, not deckhouses (which makes no sense). It was common Japanese practice to have such outhouses on both their small and larger ships, especially in tropical waters. Imagine a freighter carrying hundreds of troops, which would certainly not have enough toilet facilities for so many passengers.