San Buena Ventura

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The San Buena Ventura was the first ship built in Japan to cross the Pacific Ocean, doing so in 1610.

The ship was built for the Tokugawa shogunate under the supervision of William Adams; it was constructed in a European style, after the model of Adams' ship the Liefde. The shogunate's ship was then piloted in 1610 across the Pacific, to New Spain, by Iberian navigators.


  • Cesare Polenghi, Samurai of Ayutthaya: Yamada Nagamasa, Japanese warrior and merchant in early seventeenth-century Siam. Bangkok: White Lotus Press (2009), 18.