San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Arrival of the First Japanese Naval Ship
17 May, 1960
This plaque presented by the City of San Francisco
Erected 1960 by City of San Francisco.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Waterways & Vessels. A significant historical date for this entry is March 17, 1860.
Location. 37° 47.141′ N, 122° 30.05′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of El Camino del Mar and 34th Avenue, on the right when traveling westTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "The Holocaust" (within shouting distance of this marker); Frances E. Willard (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Soldiers who Perished in WWII (about 300 feet away); Western Terminus of the Lincoln Highway (about 500 feet away); Historic Shipwrecks - Lost at the Golden Gate (approx. Ό mile away); Electric Streetcar Line (approx. half a mile away); China Beach (approx. 0.6 miles away); Navigating the Golden Gate - Bonfires, buoys, and foghorns (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
More about this marker. The marker is located in Lincoln Park, on the ocean side of El Camino del Mar, just a few hundred feet to the north of the entrance of the California Palace of the Legion of Honor.
Regarding The Arrival of the First Japanese Naval Ship. The Kanrin Maru, Japan's first steam-driven screw-propelled corvette, was built in the Netherlands and delivered in 1857, and represented the most advanced technology available at the time.
This was only the second overseas Japanese Embassy, the first having been the embassy of Hasekura Tsunenaga to Mexico and then Europe in 1614.
The Japanese Embassy actually traveled aboard the USS Powhatan, not the Karin Maru, although the latter arrived in San Francisco 12 days earlier, as the Powhatan had been damaged by a typhoon and was forced to stop
The USS Powhatan , named after the Indian chief who was the father of Pocahantas, was built in the Norfolk Navy Yard and launched in 1850. She served in the East India Squadron from 1853-1860. She was Commodore Perry's flagship when the Kanagawa Treaty was signed on her deck in Tokyo Bay on March 13, 1854, thus securing for the US the right to trade at the Japanese ports of Hakodate and Shimoda.
The Kanrin Maru saw action in the Boshin War, the Japanese civil war between the Bakufu (Shogun) and pro-imperial forces. Initially on the Bakufu side, she was captured by Imperial forces in September, 1868, and later sank in a typhoon in 1871.
The USS Powhatan saw action in the US Civil War, assisting in the relief of Fort Picken in 1861, and later that year helping to establish blockades of Mobile Bay and the Mississippi river area. Later she deployed off Charleston, South Carolina and in the West Indies, and ended the war by participating in the assault and capture of Fort Fisher in Wilmington, North Carolina in December 1864 and January 1865. After the Civil War, the Powhatan operated for a time in the South Pacific and Carribean, and was ultimately scrapped in 1887.
On March 17th, 1990, a replica of the Kanrin Maru (also built in the Netherlands) docked in San Francisco to commemorate
Also see . . .
1. The Ordeal of the KANRIN MARU. An American Heritage (Vol.14, No.5) article, by Emily V. Warriner, describing the voyage of the Kanrin Maru to San Francisco. Based upon the journal of Lt. John Mercerer Brooke, the US Officer on board the Kanrin Maru, Warriner describes how Brooke may have rescued the voyage from disaster. (Submitted on April 25, 2009.)
2. Japanese warship Kanrin Maru. Wikipedia.org's article on the history of the Kanrin Maru. (Submitted on April 25, 2009.)
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