Crossing the Pacific

In January 1860 the US frigate Powhatan (the "black ship" formerly under the command of Commodore Perry) departed Uraga. Accompanying it was a Japanese ship, the Kanrin Maru, whose Japanese crew, under the Command of Kaishu Katsu, would make Japan's first voyage across the Pacific. The ships' difficult crossing was fraught with rough weather. It was particularly trying for the young Japanese crew of the Kanrin Maru. But thanks to the assistance of the American naval Commander Brooke and his American crew, as well as the help of the seasoned sailor and translator John Manjiro, the ships landed safely in San Francisco in March 1860, after two-months at sea.