Was there a Japanese cargo ship named Tsimtsum that sank in 1977

No. You're probably pertaining to the fictional Japanese cargo ship’s name "Tsimtsum" in the Yann Martel novel Life of Pi.

Life of Pi is a tale about belief in God, survival and coming of age, that unfolds while the character is floating in a lifeboat on the Pacific Ocean. The leading role, Pi Patel, is a loveable teenager with a lifelong curiosity for animals and religion.

Pi grew up in Pondicherry, India as the son of a zookeeper. When Pi is around 16 years old, his father decides to transfer the family and zoo animals to Canada, due to political unrest in India. The ship suddenly and quickly sinks and Pi is left alone in the lifeboat with the tiger.

Here’s a list of Japanese Naval Vessels that sunk during World War II shared by History.navy.mil.

Explore the meaning and significance of the Tsimtsum in the novel 'Life of Pi', the name of the Japanese freighter that sinks in the Pacific, leaving Pi stranded in a lifeboat at sea. Learn about the concept's meaning within Jewish mysticism and learn about how the concept can be applied to interpret the novel at Study.com.

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