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“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
what size in millimeters was the British 20 pounder gun fitted to the first marks of the Centurion battle tank?
Kasuga Maru, Nitta Maru, and Yawata Maru started life as cruise ships
They were built by the NYK Line...
For the past few centuries, only non-warships bore the maru ending. It was intended to be used as a good hope naming convention that would allow the ship to leave port, travel the world, and return safely to home port--hence the complete circle arriving back to its origin unhurt.
In the interest of keeping the trivia questions going, I'm going to reveal the answer!
Quote from:In 1937, Japanese shipping company Nippon Yusen Kaisha decided to build three luxury passenger liners to compete with Germany's liners Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and Potsdam. To brand them uniquely for Nippon Yusen Kaisha, the three ships were named Nitta Maru, Yawata Maru, and Kasuga Maru so that the initial letters of the three ships would spell out the acronym "NYK".
WW2DB: Taiyo-class Escort Carrier
They were named so that to the Europeans, whom these ships were built to compete with, these ships would come to symbolize not just the "NYK" name but also the strength of the Japanese civilian maritime fleet.
I'm going to pass the torch to ZRAVER, for he was the first to name the three ships.
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