"Giuseppe, I really question this entire concept, I mean half the boat is taken up by a cannon and-"Italian WWI pontoon monitor Monte Sabotino, formerly the Austro-Hungarian harbor dredging lighter Tina, after reconstruction in 1918. The ship, which in total displaced just 570 tons, was rebuilt to carry an 84-ton 381 mm 40 caliber cannon originally intended to arm a Francesco Caracciolo-class superdreadnought. A 350-hp Tosi diesel engine allowed it to (barely) move under its own power at 6 knots.
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Given how much the average Marine hated the Japanese, I doubt if anyone of them would complain about this.Interesting sidenote: the table used for the ceremony was actually just a standard cafeteria table from the mess hall.
The British had provided MacArthur a mahogany table for the occasion, but, at the last second when they set out the surrender documents, their oversized nature meant they wouldn't fit it. So they had to go find a table large enough, in a hurry, and that was the only one they could scrounge up, a decorative tablecloth from the Officers' mess was thrown over it to hide the fact it was an enlisted mans' table (dinged up and having names carved on the top in moments of boredom), so as not to offend the seriousness of the situation.
After the proceedings, it was taken back to the mess before anyone even thought that it should be preserved as it now was a historical artifact, so they rushed back to grab it and apparently annoyed a few sailors just sitting down for breakfast by taking "their" table... I forget who has it now, but it is part of a museum collection.