The Nippon Maru II was built in 1984, replacing the former Nippon Maru which was engaged in training of merchant marine cadets for over half a century.
Although the former Nippon Maru had continued the brilliant voyage participating in ceremony of the 200th U.S. founding of the country anniversary (1976) etc., after 1974 with superannuation, it reduced the scale of ocean navigation and was continuing the temporary voyage.
In 1981, the investigation about construction of The Nippon Maru II was started and basic concept of the
construction was summarized.
The fixed plans of construction were as follows.
- Fundamental engineering education etc. were taken into consideration based on the former Nippon Maru and another sailing ship Kaiwo Maru.
- In consideration of years of operation, it had a fine sight as it was strong, and it considers as a dignified thing. It took into consideration enough also about hull intensity, restitutive force, a trim, sound isolation, vibration-proof, and heat-proof.
- While being equipped fully with educational equipment required for training adaptability, discipline, a sense of cooperation, and international mindedness that were indispensable elements for ship's officers.
- It took into consideration of a comfortable environment and living space on the ship in which people enable to live healthfully as much as possible.
In 1982, the budget about construction of The Nippon Maru II was accepted, and it became progress of construction.
The schedule from planning to complete the construction was as follows.
|11th APR. 1983||Keel was laid at Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd.|
|16th SEPT. 1983||Block loading was started.|
|14th DEC. 1983||The first mast (a jigger mast, mast at the tail end) was mounted.|
|15th FEB. 1984||Launching ceremony was celebrated in the presence of the Crown Prince and Princess.|
|16th SEPT. 1984||Construction was completed and it was handed over.
The first trainee was accepted and the maiden voyage was started.
The sailing performance of The Nippon Maru II was more wonderfully higher than the former Nippon Maru.
It was awarded several times with The Boston Tea Pot Trophy.
|Hull and Engines|
|Kind of ship||Sailing ship|
|Shipyard||Sumitomo Heavy Industry|
|Date of Built||September 14, 1984|
|Code of Signals||JFMC|
|Main Engine and powers||4 cycle diesel engines (2 sets) 3,000 PS (2,206 KW)|
|Fuel Oil(100%)||502.9 m3|
|Fresh Water||884 m3|
|Maximum / Sea speed||14.33 kn / 13.20 kn|
|Range||9,800 miles (18,150 Km)|
|Type of Rig||Four Masted Barque|
|Mast height and rake||Fore Mast : 42 m / 3.5 deg
Main Mast : 43.5 m / 4.0 deg
Mizzen Mast : 43 m / 5.0 deg
Jigger Mast : 34 m / 5.5 deg
Bow Sprit : 16.5 m / 17.5 deg
(Hight is the length from Superstructure Deck to Track)
|Name of sails and area||Total area of all sails : 2,760 m2
Square Sails : 1,791 m2