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Era of Okinawa seafaring ends

Date Posted: 1998-04-05

The Ferry Kuroshio left Naha Port for the last time, Monday, leaving behind a legacy of forty-seven years of seafaring between Okinawa and mainland Japan. At one time the most popular form of transportation to get people to Osaka, Kobe and other areas on the mainland, the ferry is quickly becoming obsolete in today's market.

The Kansai Shipping Company, which owns the ferry, decided to put her to rest after promotions and festivals failed to fill her with passengers year after year. Some feel there is no future in the ferry business while others assume competition expected to arrive on Okinawa in the future would end the Ferry Koroshiro.

The captain of the ship, Katsuo Miamoto, bid an emotial farewell during the farewell ceremony. "It was my life, it was my baby. It was quite popular, a queen of the ocean. But now, I believe it is time for her to retire. I understand that time is money for people and they no longer want to use a ferry. The ship's generation is already history. Thank you so much for those who have helped us in our mission."

After the speech, Captain Miamoto, 28 crew members, and 92 students on spring vacation left for Osaka on the 7,000 ton ship.

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