Reports of Japanese boats finally drifting ashore two years after the devastating earthquake and tsunami of 2011 are still a regular occurrence on the U.S. West Coast. Some are disposed of and forgotten, while others trigger a desire to return the vessel to its rightful owner.
Such is the case of some Northern Californian high school students who turned the find on their local beach last April of a small wooden boat caked in barnacles and sea life into a boat restoration project. It turns out the boat is owned by some high school students in Japan.
Students from Del Norte High School in Crescent City scoured its hull mostly clean of the debris accumulated during its two-year journey and then painted the boat.
The students say they feel an affinity to their Japanese students since Crescent City’s harbor was also severely damaged by tsunami flood waters.
Now, with the help of a shipping company, the boat is heading home.