On this day 100 years ago a magnificent sight appeared in Darwin Harbour. The Kaiwo Maru was a Japanese government training ship, used for the instruction of merchant marine officers. In Darwin for just six days, a hectic schedule of social engagements began. Mayor Cr. J.H. Brogan hosted a civic reception for the officers and crew at the Town Hall, followed by an official government dinner at the Victoria Hotel hosted by acting Administrator Mr L.H.A. Giles. The master of the Japanese ship, Captain Miyamoto, then returned the favour and invited Darwin VIPs on board the ship for a sumptuous dinner. The next day he held an open ship for about 300 residents of Darwin with entertainment and a buffet meal. A large crowd gathered to farewell the Kaiwo Maru and they were rewarded with the sight of her gliding down the harbour under full sail. As she passed the Residency, Captain Miyamoto dipped the ship s flag.
Picture: Marella Collection, Northern Territory Library
Published: 19 June 2016