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Captain Tsukigawa on the SS Clutha

Captain Tsukigawa on the SS Clutha

In 1895 21-year-old Kazuyuki Kiyohei Tsukigawa, a seaman from near Nagasaki, Japan, jumped ship in Dunedin after an argument with the captain. By 1904 he was a deckhand on the Clyde, which plied the Clutha River. He was to captain the Clutha from its commissioning in 1908 until the end of its service in 1939, and is seen here (right front) with crew members. ‘KK’, as he was known, was naturalised as a New Zealander in 1907. He married Adelaide Clark in Balclutha in 1913, and they had three sons.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Otago places - Clutha River/Mata-Au', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/22792/captain-tsukigawa-on-the-ss-clutha (accessed 20 September 2019)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 29 Jul 2015