Karin Maru

The Kanrin Maru

The Kanrin Maru was a ship built by the Dutch and given to the Japanese in 1857. It spent the first few years in Japan being used as a trainer for the Japanese Navy.

But in 1860 it was sent to San Francisco with the first Japanese Delegation to America in over 200 years. The delegation succesfully lobbied for the American-Japanese Alliance, with much help from Senator John W. Fox.

The Kanrin Maru was then sent back to Japan with the good news and it remained in Japan as a trainer until the Boshin War. She was captured by Imperial Forces in 1871 while hiding from a storm with the help of the US Navy.

Later in the war she was destroyed by enemy fire off the coast of Hokkaido.

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