Monday, December 27, 2010

Pacific Commercial Advertiser: Arrival of the Kanrin Maru to Honolulu

Pacific Commercial Advertiser: May 31, 1860. Second page, col. 4

This Japanese steamer which had been looked for for some time, arrived on the morning of the 23d, fifteen days from San Francisco. She is bark-rigged, and after the recent thorough overhauling which she received at Mare Island, presents a specimen of naval architecture of which any nation might be proud. She was not built by the Japanese, as is currently believed, but by the Dutch, (probably Holland,) and presented or sold by them to the Japanese. The latter are, however, building a steamer of about the same size and model; but, with all their expertness, before they get it done, they will find the difference between meum and teum. Aside from the arrival and one or two subordinate officers, the retinue presented a very ordinary appearance compared with the Embassy on board of the Powhatan. The crew numbers among it four or five American seamen, who accompany the vessel to act and perhaps instruct in the various departments. During the stay here, the Admiral and suite were presented to the King, but as we have stated before, their presence created little or no observation. The steamer remained in port but three days, during which time she took on board a full supply of coals and sailed again for Japan on the 26th.

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