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Photographer:jackosan [View profile]Title:UNIDENTIFIED JAPANESE TUGAdded:Jan 20, 2020
Captured:October 12, 2016IMO:UnavailableHits:350
Location:Kobe, Japan
Photo Category: Mystery Ships
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A nice-looking old (presumably) tug named 日好丸 (most likely “Nikko Maru”) at Tarumi Port, Kobe, on 12th October 2016, taking part in the parade of fishing boats during the Watatsumi Shrine's annual Aki-matsuri (Kaijo Togyosai) festival. The only places I can find her on the Internet are on 2 youtube videos uploaded by the same person showing her with a tow in the Akashi Strait in 2018 but no details are given.
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jackosan on Feb 16, 2020 00:36 (3 days ago)
Thanks again, Bonnybrook!
Yes, Harima is the name of what was a large province covering those places; officially it's now just the name of a small town to the west of Akashi. But it's on the coast "just down the road" from Tarumi and I'm sure you're right. But I've tried including the town's name in a deeper research but can't come up with anything, unfortunately
Bonnybrook on Feb 14, 2020 12:43 (5 days ago)
曳船 (tug) 日好丸 is listed among commercial members of the Harima Town Societies of Commerce & Industry in www.harima-sci.or.jp › cgibin › contents so I'm guessing this tug has been preserved precisely to take part in events such as the Tarumi festival. The ancient Harima Province area includes such towns as Kakogawa and Akashi and I guess Tarumi would be near the eastern fringe of it.
davidships on Jan 26, 2020 21:57 (24 days ago)
I would say that this tug is around 20m length and probably well under 100gt. Most unlikely to have an IMO number
jackosan on Jan 22, 2020 01:02 (28 days ago)
Thanks, Donnybrook.
But that one was built in 1992 & the one in my photo looks older than that. The name could also be pronounced Hiyoshi Maru. With this name there is one (IMO 5151701) built in 1953 which looks old enough but is classed "decommissioned or lost", and another (IMO 751006) built in 1975 which is a better bet (balticshipping & others has her flag as China but they've been wrong before with ships ending in "Maru"). So without some photo evidence it's not possible to come up with a definite identification.
Bonnybrook on Jan 21, 2020 09:34 (29 days ago)
There's a reference to a Kobe-built tug Nikko Maru at
http://maritime-connector.com/ship/nikko-maru-9042477/
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