Farewell Ferry Zamami

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After 18 years of dedicated service, the Ferry Zamami saw its final leg of service as Zamami Village’s main ship.  The current ferry will be replaced by a new vessel, the Ferry Zamami III, in November.  The Zamami Village Office had the Ferry Zamami built by Ehime Prefecture‘s Yamanaka Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. in August 1998.  The vessel has stood strong in the face of years of high-waves, rough sea conditions, and many typhoons.  Naturally, not every day was the weather a veritable tempest, and the Ferry Zamami served both villagers and visitors for nearly two decades.  The Ferry Zamami has held an interesting position in the hearts of its various passengers.  Often the center of attention at the beginning of a trip, the ship has provided many a wonderful backdrop for commemorative photos before shuttling its excited passengers across the Kerama’s vibrant blue waters.  At the same time, passengers in need of some extra shut-eye would have found the ship to be a calming chariot chauffeuring them along on the way on their greater voyage.

The Ferry Zamami will not be forgotten.  The vessel itself will begin a new leg of service under a new owner and travelling new seas.  However, the Ferry Zamami of Zamami Village will live on in the hearts of the thousands of passengers that have stood on its decks over the years.

Thank you.

(Pictures from the event below)

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The mayor gave a speech.

The current Ferry Zamami captain also gave a speech.

The current Ferry Zamami captain also gave a speech.

Students from the Aka Island School strung streamers from the side of the ferry.

Students from the Aka Island School strung streamers from the side of the ferry.

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