Pre 1911 Postcard N.Y.K. Lines Japan S.S. Kumano Maru
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The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia the free online encyclopedia. History 1870-1900
The company traces its history back to the Tsukumo Shokai Shipping company founded by the Tosa clan in 1870. In 1875, as Mitsubishi Shokai, it inaugurated Japan's first passenger liner service, with a route from Yokohama to Shanghai. The company merged with Kyodo Unyu Kaisha (founded 1882) in 1885, and adopted its present name, Nippon Yusen Kaisha. The merged company had a fleet of 58 steamships and expanded its operations rapidly, first to other ports of the East and then worldwide, with liner service to London inaugurated in 1899.
NYK became a state monopoly. The majority of Japanese... read more