From 19 November 2017 until the end of March 2018, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology will partner up in a project to search for the Kanrin Maru. This Dutch-built screw-propelled schooner corvette sank in 1871 off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan.
The wreck of the Kanrin Maru is being researched because it represents part of the shared cultural heritage of the Netherlands and Japan. This shared cultural heritage is rooted in over 400 years of bilateral relations. A most special bond was formed between both nations when between 1639 and 1853 Japan kept its borders closed to all westerners but the Dutch.
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