Thursday, July 19, 2012

Kashima Maru

The S.S. Kashima Maru was a Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) trans-Pacific passenger liner. This photo is from around 1920. NYK produced many very beautiful ship postcards.

In World War II, the Kashima Maru, then being used as a transport ship, was torpedoed and sunk by the USS Bonefish in 1943.

P.S. This post was being inundated with spam comments for some reason, so I have closed it to new comments. My apologies.


  1. There are so many interesting Japanese postcards. I wish I knew more about them.

  2. The design of this one is so very Japanese in concept.

  3. I really like the texture of this postcard with the bamboo and the birds are great.

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  4. The birds and background are so lovely! What a strange contrast to the black and white illustration of the ship.

  5. It's a bit of a strange setting isn't it : a ship somehow sailing through the tree branches.

  6. I had the same response as Alan, I'm sure those birds are chatting about their odd looking visitor!



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