将軍家御座船 – Shōgunke Gozabune – Ships of the Shōgun

Shōgunke Gozabune were state yachts belonging to the Shōgun. Esssentially warships and war boats, brightly painted and ornately decorated. Gozabune were used by daimyo as symbols of status and to ferry them or their representatives on official business.

One of many images from Mr. Nakayama’s blog site.

Those ship modelers who are interested in early Japanese warships should take a look at these as examples. These represent the smaller types of boats used in wartime.

I am intrigued by Mr. Nakayama’s models, and these in particular. As a student of Japanese traditional boats, his models are a treasure trove to me. The photos on this site are a wonderful find and show much detail about these boats. But, they also show me how much I don’t know.

木造和船 中山幸雄の世界

御先船 麒麟丸(御召小早三十二挺立)

小早 住吉丸(御供小早三十挺立)

 

箱型八挺立川船

引御船無屋形二十挺立

八挺立押送型船

三挺立御鳥船

八挺立小碇船・大碇船

八挺立水伝馬船

十挺立御供船

十二挺立伝馬船

十四挺立箱型船

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