The future of the beautiful ship Stella Polaris, built 1927 in Gothenburg, is in doubt. Known for its luxurious round-the-world voyages, it was sold to a Japanese company and turned into a restaurant in 1969, at Numazu on the Izu Peninsula near Mt Fuji. Locals cherish the restaurant, Scandinavia, and one Japanese blogger writes that she felt the ship reminded her of Titanic. A non-profit organization has been set up to keep the ship in Japan, and they have a blog about their struggles. Do make a comment. I'm so impressed that they managed to collect 16,000 signatures to keep Stella Polaris in Japan! The Great Ocean Liners has more information about Stella Polaris.