We were delighted to hear from the son of Taku Maru’s original owner, Philip Booth, about his recollections of her and how she got her name.
Apparently there is a common convention in Japan to add ‘Maru’ to the end of a ship’s name. It means ‘circle’.
The ‘Taku’ part of the name is more complex as it can be used in different ways in Japanese.
This name can be used as 拓 (taku, hira.ku) meaning “clear (the land), open, break up (land)”, 卓 (taku) meaning “eminent, table, desk, high”, 琢 (taku, miga.ku) meaning “polish” or 択 (taku, era.bu) meaning “choose, select, elect, prefer.”from behindthename.com