The Canadian Inventor was one of the "Hellships"
that carried POW's to Fukuoka Camp 17.
It left Manila Bay July 4th, 1944 with 1, 100 men aboard.
A "reported" 6 deaths and 62 days later, it arrived in Moji, Japan on Sept. 1st.
It was on this voyage the story is told of Dr.
Hewlett (widely respected by all former POW's who recall him)
who performed an emergency appendectomy with only a razor blade and no anesthetic.
Dr. Hewlett was at Camp 17.
Photo courtesy of the
Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation.
For more information on this Hellship and others do not miss the book,
"Death on the Hellships: Prisoners at Sea in the Pacific War" by Gregory F. Michno