Department of Commerce and Labor Coast and Geodetic Survey Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1903.
Hardcover. Tall quarto. , 215 pages, ix index, . Contents contain six folding maps including San Francisco Bay. Tan cloth hardcover with black title on the front cover and spine. Marbled text edges. Light foxing to the cloth binding. "Nippon Yusen Kaisha Nov 30 1941 Journal" purple oval stamp located on the front paste down. Illustrated bookplate on the front paste down. Pasted in-between the front paste down and the right front flyleaf is a separate typed copied page with additional information since the books publication. A dated stamp (Oct 26 1904) is on the page. 'Addendum' slip inserted before page 9. The first  leaves of paper have closed edge tears with clear tape repairs. The rest of the text is in good condition. A few edge creases and folds to the maps. A very tiny closed tear to the San Francisco map. Maps are in good or better condition. Good. Item #25929
Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK), the former owner of this Coast Pilot, is a large shipping company incorporated in Japan 1885. The oval stamp date of Nov. 30, 1941 was less than one week before the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. NYK operated, under restrictions, during World War II.
During World War II NYK lost virtually all of its large oceangoing vessels, and its fleet fell from a peak of 866,000 gross tons in 1941 to 155,000 at the end of the war. Under the restrictive economic policies of the early U.S. occupation of Japan, large shipping firms like NYK had three strikes against them: severe limits on the size of ships—6,000 tons, threats of dissolution under corporate deconcentration programs, and prohibitions against private trade. Nevertheless, in the most general sense, the war and occupation had a leveling effect on all shipping firms, and in the long run allowed NYK to recapture the strategic initiative that had been passing to OSK and others, like Mitsui Bussan’s shipping division, before the war.