That’s a Boatload of Silk!

On this day in 1941, Dad was still aboard the Kamakura Maru en route to Honolulu. His family had no choice but to remain in Novgorod. He was safe for now.

I found a newspaper article, which stated that the ship carried much more than the passengers and crew. This ship, which left from Japan, carried two million dollars of raw silk. Using an inflation calculator, I learned that sum translates to $32,685,170.07. Wow!

I admit that I do not know of the specifics of the war in the Pacific at that time, but I am curious if the information regarding the value of the cargo was known, would the passengers have been in danger from some country looking for money for their war chests or even just good old pirates.

Kamakura Maru Article - California

About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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