Part of the process that I can share involves translation of the Japanese script that was on many of the artifacts Hugh Barr Miller, Jr. brought back with him from Arundel Island. I was allowed to take photographs of the artifacts, many with Japanese script covering the surface. I’ve included a couple of photographs of these artifacts, but only those without script. Protecting the work means keeping the items safe from outside translation or contamination from others not involved with the project. Within the script could be information that adds depth and character to the story. In the interest of extracting the information, a translator has been secured who will endeavor to unlock any mysteries within the script. So far some really wonderful information has come to light, including personal insights into the men in the Japanese troops. When the book comes together and all the pieces are woven together it will produce an amazing story.
Many of you are somewhat familiar with more external aspects of the story of Miller’s ordeal on Arundel Island. Through the research and story-telling abilities of an author experienced in making history come alive on paper, we will all see a whole new side of the story of both the ship and the man. This is the journey we are undertaking and the result will provide closure for many of us who have worked on this for many years, even decades.
On a more current note, I have nearly completed the cleaning of some rather moldy documents from Miller's family, and am securing them in archival plastic. No translations needed here, but you can't work with documents that have the potential to make you sick. Lots more data to extract here and it must be done safely.