Designated as a National Important Cultural Property
－For the first time for a preserved ship at sea－
It was officially designated as a National Important Cultural Property by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology notification on August 17, 2016. It is the first important cultural property designation as a preserved ship at sea.
The main points evaluated are the following two points.
- 1.Role in social and economic history
- From the first half of the twentieth century
to the middle of it, when cargo-passenger
ships took heavy responsibility for
international carriage of goods by the Sea
Act. She was assigned to the Japan-Seattle
line on the North America route, which was
one of the main international routes at that
time. She also worked as a hospital ship
during World War II, and as a ship for
demobilization/repatriation just after it.
- 2.Shipbuilding and craft technology value
- The Ship was graced with a large state-of-the -art diesel engine in 1930. And her beautiful
Art Deco interior is the first one imported directly into Japan.
August 17, 2016. Official Gazette No.181, Notification No.116 of Ministry of Education（Historical data）
Supplementary Documents of Yokohama Ship Line Co., Ltd. : Hikawa Maru,1930,
Marin's logbook 8, Drawing Seat 455