Tsunami boat to move to new site

By Adam Spencer, The Triplicate June 10, 2013 05:30 pm

Vessel from Japan will be exhibited at Cultural Center

The 20-foot boat that was swept to sea from a small Japanese town during the 2011 tsunami and travelled the entire width of the Pacific Ocean to Crescent City will be installed for display at the Crescent City Cultural Center at 1 p.m. Monday.

The boat will be installed with the help of students from Del Norte High School who have been working to figure out a plan for returning the boat to its home in Rikuzentakata, a hard-hit city in the Iwate prefecture that lost more than 2,000 people in the tsunami.

Also present to welcome the boat’s installation will be city and county officials and Lori Dengler, a tsunami researcher from Humboldt State University who helped trace the boat back to its owners.

Money is being raised to send a delegation of Californians, including the students from Del Norte High, to Japan with the boat when it is sent back.

“We’re thrilled and we’re going to promote it,” said Jeff Parmer, the executive director of the Crescent City-Del Norte County Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, which operates the visitor center at the Cultural Center.

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