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Photographer:Tony Martin [View profile]Title:MINATO MARU No27Added:Nov 16, 2019
Captured:September 20, 2019IMO:UnavailableHits:1,235
Location:Hiroshima, Japan
Photo Category: Port Bunkering and Water Tankers
Photo taken entering the port of Hiroshima.
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Tony Martin on Nov 25, 2019 06:42 (11 days ago)
David and Yvon, Yoshi at the Museum believes Minato Maru 27 is the correct translation. Genuinely appreciate your help with this one. Well done.
davidships on Nov 24, 2019 12:54 (12 days ago)
That looks positive, Yvon
Very similar bunkering tanker - No.23 is 95gt, 30 x 6 x 3m
And it was indeed on that very photo that Vlad explained about the R>L sequence on the starboard side.
Yvon Perchoc on Nov 24, 2019 11:36 (12 days ago)

On we can see the bunkering tanker MINATO MARU No.23
When zooming and comparing the characters, only the 4th from the left seems different (3 / 7).
So, connected with David's helpful comments, could the mystery ship be MINATO MARU No.27 ?
davidships on Nov 24, 2019 10:55 (12 days ago)
That would be helpful, Tony

The far left character is "Maru" - The next is the one we need - then come the three numbers (7, 10, 2 = 72) and the right end is the usual one for "No." [have a hunch that the name is read sometimes R>L on ships, so maybe 2, 10, 7 =27 resulting in "No.27 ? Maru"]

I tried the do-it-yourself system without success:,16393.msg87001.html#msg87001
Tony Martin on Nov 24, 2019 05:53 (12 days ago)
David, thank you I have googled around 200 maru vessels and cannot match. I will now print out the bow enlarged and take to the Marintime Museum. We have a Japanese guide - maybe she can help.
davidships on Nov 22, 2019 16:15 (13 days ago)
Looks like: ? MARU NO.72 (or is it 27?)
But a suitable match not found (the word before Maru looks like one character.
Tony Martin on Nov 17, 2019 00:16 (19 days ago)
Marc, thank you very much for the information and tips. Kind regards Tony
Marc Pingoud on Nov 16, 2019 16:06 (19 days ago)
Hi Tony
I know that problem - I had great support here:,16393.0.html
May you find some hints and links there - Especially, if you have some more pictures. which you get problems ;-) - Kind regards - Marc
Tony Martin on Nov 16, 2019 08:47 (20 days ago)
Thanks Clyde, unfortunately my Japanese is not so good. Hope someone can help.
Clyde Dickens on Nov 16, 2019 06:00 (20 days ago)
Tony. I'm sure the expert researchers on this site will identify her.
Good catch!
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