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PS --- USS TENNESSEE and USS NEVADA had painted decks
I forgot to post the memo directing painted decks for these two battleships and a host of other ship types.
I posted this sometime ago, likely on Modelwarships, on 31 October 1941 these two battleships were directed to paint their decks for evaluation. They were painted sometime in November 1941. Post Attack photos show that USS TENNESSEE and USS NEVADA had painted decks. You can clearly see that USS TENNESSEE's decks have been painted in these images taken at different times/aspects.
California's weather deck was under water at high tide. This might have been why her wooden weather deck was "stained." Her weather deck was under a great amount of bunker oil that drifted upon her from Arizona, West Virginia, and Oklahoma.
The vertical hull was definitely stained by this oil. See the phots of Cal right after the ship had been raised.
As for the "light-colored" planking in the deck phots---exactly, this is not definitive, the decks could be reflecting light.
I am very curious to see a phot which might indicate Tennessee's weather deck was painted. Of the tree "suspects," she was the only one which did not get her weather deck soaked in heavy oil.
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