Ship Launching Commemorative: 1938 Touyou-Maru

Another ship launching commemorative. Today’s item is a wooden plaque measuring about 21 cm diameter. The quality is not exactly high, but it is an interesting example. Here is the plaque:

And a close-up of the inscription:

It reads ‘Teishin-Shou [逓信省], Touyou-Maru Launching Commemorative, Kawasaki Shipbuilding Corporation.’ I didn’t translate the first phrase because I wasn’t sure how to render it in English. But it is the name of a goverment ministry before the war. It regulated the postal system and communciations.

I found an online Japanese source that stated this ship was launched on June 25, 1938 and retired (or perhaps removed from the lists) in 1945 (reason not stated). It was a cable-laying ship.

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