Hikawa Maru

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日本語: 氷川丸は、日本の大洋貨客船。
English: Hikawa Maru is a Japanese ocean liner.

Ship[edit]

  • Built by: Yokohama Dock Co. Ltd., Yokohama, Japan
  • Yard number:177
  • Keel:
  • Launched:
  • Completed:
  • Length 163.3 m (536 ft)
  • Beam 20.1 m (66 ft)
  • Gross tonnage 11,622 tons
  • Engine Burmeister & Wain diesel
  • Propulsion Twin screws
  • Service speed 17 knots (max 18.5)
  • Accommodations 331 passengers – (75 first, 70 tourist, 186 third)

History[edit]

  • 1929 Named: Hikawa Maru for the Nippon Yusen Kaisya Line, Tokyo
  • Late 1941 Refitted to hospital ship
  • During the war she struck mines on three occasions, however due to her extra thick steel plating she suffered only minor damage.
  • 1945 Seized by the US government for transport US personal between the United States and Japan
  • 1947 Operated as a simple freighter to the United States East Coast
  • 1954 Refitted into a passenger liner
  • 1960 End of service
  • 1961 Owner: Hikawa Maru Kanko Co. Hulked to a floating youth hostel and a maritime museum in front of Yamashita Park
  • 1973 Hotel closed, continued to operate as a Maritime Museum, restaurant and banquet facility
  • 2003 Declared “cultural asset” to Yokohama.
  • 12.2006 officially closed. Sold to NYK Line
  • 08.2007 Restoration started
  • 25.04.2008 Renamed NYK Hikawamaru however the name on her hull is unchanged. Reopened to the public

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