Mikasa! The name of the powerful Japanese battleship is well known to the world’s naval historians.
The Mikasa’s highly acclaimed victories at sea over a century ago are largely overshadowed by the history of subsequent repeated efforts to preserve the ship. In the past, lack of funding, international treaty agreements and simple oblivion have caused old steel-hulled vessels to fall into disrepair and even be threatened with dismantling. Nevertheless, every time such a crisis occurred, a group of supporters was set up to fight for the protection of the ship.
Perhaps surprisingly, the community has been led by The Japan Times staff and readers twice, in the 1920s and 1950s.