Hozui-maru (1864)

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  • Japanese: 豊瑞丸 (Houzui maru)

The Hôzui-maru was a steel steamship imported by Satsuma han in 1864, via Nagasaki, through the assistance of British merchant Thomas Glover. Originally named the Number One, it was renamed Hôzui-maru by Satsuma.

The ship was equipped with an internal steam engine of 105 horsepower. It was not armed with any cannon.

The Hôzui-maru carried the 1872 Ryukyuan embassy (led by Prince Ie Chôchoku) to Tokyo.[1]

While traveling from Nagasaki to Kobe in 1874, however, the ship suffered an explosion and sank. A memorial to those who died in the sinking was later erected at Nôfuku-ji in Kobe.[2]


  1. Yonami Takeo 与並岳生, Shô Tai ô, Ryûkyû shobun 尚泰王・琉球処分, vol 3 (下), Naha: Shinsei shuppan (2009), 30.
  2. "汽船豊瑞丸沈没死者追悼紀念碑 in 能福寺 on 2013-1-4," blog post, CHIKU-CHANの神戸・岩国情報(散策とグルメ), 26 Jan 2016.