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Correction/clarification for naval ship models of WW II book.
Posted by Robert K. Liu on 10/13/2021, 8:26 pm
This week I received a digital version of my naval ship model book, as my author's copies have still not arrived since publication in July. On page 146, I noted an editorial change that is incorrect. The original caption read: Scratchbuilt Japanese Sea Trucks, of wood in dark grey with typical stern-mounted outhouses (Carey 2000: 34; Scutts 2000: 20, have images of sea trucks so equipped).
In the printed edition, the caption now reads: Scratchbuilt Japanese sea trucks, dark grey in wood with typical stern-mounted deckhouses. This change from outhouses to deckhouses makes no sense. It was common Japanese practice in both small and larger vessels to use square wooden outhouses hung alongside the ships. When an ordinary freighter was carrying hundreds of troops, there would not be enough toilet facilities for so many passengers.