Boat Found with Live Fish Inside Confirmed to be Japan Tsunami Debris

Posted: April 11, 2013

By: Department of Ecology, State of Washington

LONG BEACH – State and federal agencies learned today that the Sai-shou-maru – the 20-foot boat that washed ashore near Long Beach on March 22, 2013, with several non-native fish inside – came from Japan after it was swept out to sea by the tsunami on March 11, 2011.

The state Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (EMD) and National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) received confirmation from the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle.

The consulate told EMD and NOAA officials the original owner does not wish to have the Sai-shou-maru returned.

Washington State Parks now has possession of the boat and is working with the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria to place the Sai-shou-maru on permanent loan there.

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