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Weren't "Officially" called Rafts
The USN nomenclature was "Floats". They came in different sizes and were designated by how many crewmen could be accommodated, aka "25-man Float". These weren't "Rafts" with a bottom and wouldn't have been very good at traveling on the ocean. The bottom actually dropped down with netting sides and sailors would stand in the float. But, many simply call them rafts or floats/rafts. For the USN, the 25-man Floats were the most common size used because they were easier to install in more locations. On merchant ships larger Floats/Rafts were used.
But did the U.S. Navy just have the one size (25-man) raft? Was there not a larger one? The rafts on the Houston's funnels look quite large.
Were they always called "rafts" or did the U.S. Navy also have "Carley floats," as the British did?
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