In 1979 I bought the negatives that these pictures were printed from at a local resident's yard sale in Calgary, Canada. The man I bought them from had no idea of their origin. I promptly put them in a drawer and forgot about it for 18 years. When I rediscoved them in November of 1997 I realized that along with the negatives were a few small drug store prints with notes on the back indicating the subject matter of the snapshot. These prints were few in number but did give me some clues to the nature of the ship, its destination etc.

Future research in libraries provided information related to the ship and its "claim to fame" of having been in Yokohama on the day of the quake. The two photographs of the murder victims are the ones that instigated this photo essay and which made me an amateur detective.

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