Sitka, Alaska. Alaska Lumber & Pulp Company. No date. Ca. 1970s-1980s.
Folded Japanese banner in paper package 8 ¼ x 3 ½ inches issued by the Alaska Lumber & Pulp Company. Banner features a colorful image of Samurai warrior. Text on package reads "In Memory of M/S Olympia Maru the first Japanese Ship in Port of Sitka Alaska." The Sitka Alaska website states that "The Alaska Pulp Corporation was the first Japanese investment in the United States after WWII. In 1959 it began to produce pulp harvested from the Tongass National Forest under a 50-year contract with the US Forest Service. At its peak, the mill employed around 450 people before closing in 1993." Text online regarding the Olympia Maru states that the ship was built in 1920 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industrial Co., Kobe, and was sunk 24 September 1944 by a U.S. carrier-based aircraft at Coron Bay, Busuanga (Philippines). The wreckage remains upright and is used as an activity site for recreational divers. Item #54582