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August 10, 2013

Otokichi’s Long Trip Home

In the autumn of 1832, for instance, a cargo-ship known as the Hojunmaru was transporting rice and porcelain to Edo (now Tokyo) when it ran into a storm and was blown off-course.
The 15-metre-long ship was left far from shore without a rudder or a mast, meaning that there was no way to steer it. All that the crew could do was let their vessel drift on the ocean until they happened upon either another ship or a useful bit of land. For one of them in particular – 14-year-old Yamamoto Otokichi – this would prove to be only the beginning of a decades-long accidental circumnavigation of the globe. • Damn Interesting

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 10, 2013 6:50 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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