Image: Shirase, Edgeworth David and Mawson, Sydney 1911
Edgeworth David and Douglas Mawson with Nobu Shirase on the Kainan Maru, 19 November 1911, when it departed Sydney Harbour for the second Antarctic voyage.
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On 19 November 1911 Professor Edgeworth David and Douglas Mawson came on board the Kainan-maru with other friends and supporters to farewell Nobu Shirase and his team as they made their way out of Sydney Harbour to begin the second Antarctic voyage.
It was on this occasion that Shirase presented Professor David with the Japanese sword and letter of thanks for his assistance to the expedition during its stay in Sydney.