That answers the question. On the US boats they swung downward and lay on the hull. This had the advantage of placing the hatch under the torpedo loading equipment and less likely to get damaged if something slipped. Like the boys on the pier, or tender, dropping the fish.
However, in this case, the hatch must either stick out, above deck level, or swing open until it's laying on the loading trunk. About 270 degrees. Right?
Thanks, Jeff. That's what it looked like in the drawings I have, but I wanted to be sure. It also looks like it's, somehow, spring loaded. Which means it probably won't open more than about 90 degrees. Any thoughts there?
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