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Desk ornament, "Marine Reliance" June 23, 1987. Axe and mallet of brass. Mounted in wooden box with plexiglass lid. In a separate box, there is a length of white cording.

Artifact from the naming ceremony of the Marine Reliance which was a Car Carrier.

The box includes a plaque that reads:

"Sponsor: Mrs. Michael J. Mansfield

Date: June 23, 1987

Vessel: "Marine Reliance"

Pure Car Carrier

Owner: Marine Car Carriers, Inc.

Builder: Oppama Shipyard

Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd."

The Marine Reliance, an automotive carrier was built by Sumitomo Heavy Industries. The ship was leased by MTL (Marine Transport Lines Inc.) from the Fugi Bank and chartered for Nissan deliveries from Japan to the United States. The 35,750 ton ship could carry 4,000 cars at a time and 40,000 cars a year. The interior of the ship resembled a 12 story parking garage. The ship itself flew an American flag. Ambassador Mike Mansfield attended the ceremonies transferring the vessel from Japan to the United States and Maureen Mansfield Christened the vessel with the axe and hammer.


Ship, Christen, axe, hammer, ceremony

Original Medium

Metal, Textile, Wood


52 cm x 14.5 cm x 19.5 cm



Date Information

June 23, 1987

Artifact Number


Original Collection

Mike Mansfield Collections, Mss 65, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Holding Repository

University of Montana, Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana-- Missoula. Mansfield Library

Image Credit

Image credit: Micaela Connolly, University of Montana

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Ship, Christen, axe, hammer, ceremony

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