Lord Nabeshima of Saga Clan, who was assigned to defend Nagasaki, was always one of the first to make contact with Dutch Western science and technology via their Dejima island base in Nagasaki harbour. Following the opening of Nagasaki Naval Training Institute, Saga clan established Mietsu as a sister institute and trained Samurai to study the operation of steamships in the dry dock at Hayatsue River 6 km north of the Ariake sea.
Saga clan built this pioneer Japanese clannavy dry dock in response to the defence of Nagasaki. It was intended for the repair of Western steamships that the clan acquired and was also an asset that could help the Mietsu Naval Institute understand the technology of modern Western-style steamships and translate this into their training programmes.
|Designation:||National historic site|
|Address:||Hayatsue, Kawasoe, Saga city, Saga|
|Tel:||0952-40-7105 (Saga City, Planning Division)|