Soledad (wiseheart) wrote in little_details,

12th century Japanese ships

I'm working on a Dr. Who story, in which the Ninth Doctor and Toshiko (from Torchwood) accidentally end up in 12th century Japan, in the middle of the Battle of Dan-no-ura. I tried to find any detail on the ships the two warring parties might have used in that battle, but to no end. The closest thing Wikipedia came up with were 13th century Chinese ships in an article about the naval history of China. Google yielded practically nothing.

The "Tale of the Heike" only tells us that the Taira used big, Chinese-style ships for troop transport and smaller fighting boats where to place their prominent men. No detail about either ship type is given. I went through the Japan: history entries on this site, but found nothing that would help.

Consequently, I'd be grateful to anyone who could point me in the direction of any good online source, preferably with pictures an/or descriptions. Printed media won't help me, as I live in Hungary and won't be able to lay hand on them. Thanks.

Edit: Thank you for the suggestions. I believe I have now the visuals that I needed.
Tags: 1100-1199, japan: history, ~boats and other things that float

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