The famous battleship of Japan may no longer be appreciated, despite its fame for being one of the two heaviest and most powerful of its kind before it was capsized in April 1945, however using the vessel’s interior blueprint and captured images, the World War II battleship Yamato has been recreated and now serves as “the centerpiece of the Yamato Museum” in the city of Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture. However, the replica only measures one-tenth of the original 263-meter (862 ft, 10 in) long Yamato.
According to the museum, the great battleship of the Imperial Japanese Navy was “duplicated as accurately as possible, based on original drawings, photos, and underwater images done by submersible surveys.” The bridge, which contains the platform of the command centre, of Yamato took months to be completed. Standing about 25 meters from the top deck, 37 equipments and instruments were installed at the bridge. At the exhibition, visitors may also be told of stories that weren’t heard before.
Yamato was known for her massive size and armament. The museum, which is also located where the battleship was completed, said that they intend to showcase Japan’s construction capabilities even during World War II. It is also considered to convey “the importance of peace and the potential of industrial technology to future generations.” The Yamato Battleship can be considered a good example of an end-product of Japanese science and technology, through the detailed design and complex construction process.
The 26-meter battleship replica now occupies the ground floor, and considerably a supposed second floor, of the Yamato Museum in Hiroshima Prefecture. People interested to see the replica may visit the museum until January 27, 2014 although the museum is closed on Tuesdays. Kazushige Todaka, director of the Yamato Museum, also delivers a once a month special lecture about the Imperial Navy at the course of the exhibition.
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