The Miike Maru steamed into a bay crowded with yachts, steamboats, and other boats. The Japanese steamship carried to Seattle a cargo of teas, silk goods, raw silk, camphor, curios, matting, soy oil, and paper. The vessel steamed away with lumber, flour, raw cotton, heavy hardware, fish, leather, nails, beer, wire, and tobacco. The exports went to Yokohama, Kobe, Nagasaki, and Hong Kong.
This was the first of many regular runs between Seattle and Japan by Nippon Yusen Kaisha steamships, including the ships Miike Maru, Yamaguchi Maru, Kinshui Maru, and Sakura Maru.