I saw a post on forum, and after some searching I can't seem to find a good answer as to why many junks have either flat fronts or square decks on the front (if they have pointed hulls). I have a few possible ideas:
- It's a structural feature for resisting stormy conditions in the S China Sea
- It's a cultural holdover from ancient times when these were river rafts
- It's designed to increase hold and deck size, allowing more cargo
I am assuming there is a relatively consistent reason, and am wondering if anyone more familiar with maritime technology or Asian history knows what it is.