[ Post a Response | The SteelNavy.Com Message Board ]
Liberty Ship Rafts (Photo)
A couple of photos here of the steel (I assume) rafts taken off the Liberty Ship Jeremiah O'Brien, showing a bit of the internal structure. Theses were designed with seats and access to provisions on both sides so it didn't matter which side landed facing up when released.
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.
SteelNavy.Com Home Page