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Re: Any idea what that is on top of the funnel...
I would guess that a boom crane is exactly what it is. They could be doing work on the stack or bringing something up there to be installed.
In earlier photos (during 1930's) of SARATOGA there was a boom mounted on the walkway halfway up the stack on the portside. I have one photo where it is deployed out over the flight deck as the ship is going through the Canal. On LEXINGTON in the 1930's, a boom was installed in that same location.
No clue definitively, it looks like a boom crane to me. Why it would be mounted there and look like it would reach into the #2 elevator beats me. Donít recall ever seeing such a rig on the either of the class.
... hanging out on an angle over the flight deck?
Optical illusion, the boat pockets say they are the right way.
Sure it isn't USS Akagi?
Every photo is backwards!!
Here are 3 pics of Sara in 1941 wearing MS-1.
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