Takayoshi Kido, one of Shoin Yoshida's students developed Ebisugahana Shipyard (1856) in Hagi. Two Western style ships, Heishin-Maru (1857) and Koshin Maru (1860) were successfully built in the shipyard. He used traditional Japanese shipbuilding technology in response to the Shogunate's request to build some of the first oceangoing ship based on two masted Russian schooners disabled on the Japanese coast. Nails, fittings and anchors for those ships were supplied from Ohitayama Tatara Iron Works, a traditional Japanese Tatara smelter, with bellows-blown furnaces located 23km northeast of Hagi Castle Town.
|Designation:||National historic site|
|Address:||5159-14 Chinto, Hagi city, Yamaguchi|
Tourism Division, Hagi city