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Ichi Maru No.36 - Beppu, Oki Islands, Sea of Japan

Ichi Maru No.36 - Beppu, Oki Islands, Sea of Japan

Believed to be Ichi Maru no.36 - and my thanks to William Wong and all the comments below.

Port of Beppu, Oki Islands, Sea of Japan.

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Certainly a fishing vessel, ship's name vaguely says ' Ichi Maru no.28 ' however no direct photo of same but somehow confirmed by her company ship ' Ichi Maru no.36 '

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/-8351211
 

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With respect and certainly not wishing to question William's valued judgement.

Whilst at first glance she would appear to be an old tuna longliner with that extended bow, indeed that was my first thoughts, however there are some significant differences.

The extended bow is actually clearly not a tuna boat, also she has a bulbous bow which indicates a fairly modern build...and if she is a fishing vessel why has she got the derricks fitted as such.

In particular the forward derrick is reasonably heavy lift, even strengthened by the tripod support, so why would this be on a fishing boat? The after derrick looks about a 3 ton SWL as well.

The funnel is reminiscent of a tuna boat, but she doesn't seem to fit otherwise.

Maybe a modern cargo ship built on the hull of an old tuna boat?

I stand to be corrected gents.

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Thanks gentlemen, as far as I can recall most Japanese fishing boats are much smaller with not more than 1 derrick not to mention heavy ones and are all painted in whole white, so perhaps this must be a very different class of fishing boat as Ozzie pointed out and I think they are deployed on more longer range activities but I know little about fishing boats

As far as I can see this class / type is not unique with ' Ichi ' , the ' Kyotoko Maru no.18 is of similar design / feature but with a different funnel logo probably another company

https://www.istockphoto.com/hk/photo/japan-tsunami-earthquake-2011-kesenuma-ship-kyotokumaru-gm510576834-86293307

Although not at all clear and definite her bow name strongly suggests ' no.28 ' but I must confess one more line somewhere on the 2nd character would mean 30's and indeed the 4th character can be easily read as ' 6 ' so Cranky may have a point but her structures above the bridge as well as stern view has a marked difference apart from the bridge window size and the number SN-158 or (9) printed in the bridge plate against ' SN1-198 ' as spotted

Very interesting points, hope to find out what class of fishing boat she is

p.s. imo number of ' Ichi Maru no.28 is 9126493, hope this helps

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Best blowup of the bow that I could get.
What do you think?
Looks like thirty six to me.

https://www.shipsnostalgia.com/gallery/data/500/medium/Screen_Shot_2019-06-27_at_16_21_39.jpg
 

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Not surprised, the 2nd character middle line is just too weak to have it deceived, it does read thirty six after blow up, but then other features doesn't seem to match, really puzzled !
 

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Yes, William I agree features are not matching, but definitely not ICHI MARU NO 28 which seems to be this one.
https://www.wcpfc.int/node/13754
 

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A further search for Ichi Maru 36 brings uo this one.

https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/-8351211
 

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Same link (no.36) I have inserted in the very beginning and proved to be not matching

Again not surprised of this outcome as it is not uncommon to have a few similar names for Japanese vessels, say ' Showa Maru.... almost a dozen.....so as many others

So ' Ichi Maru no. 36 ' it is, altho lacking a photo, thanks Cranky for the correction
 

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