Monday, April 16, 2012

Watery Wednesday: Boats of Sarawak





To the children growing up in Sarawak, Borneo, along the 350 miles long Rejang River, "Sing Hai Ching" will give a pang of nostalgia. These river queens used to ply up and down the river, picking up passengers and goods. 

According to the boat owner, it is around 60 years old. That was not the original boat. The one I recalled when I was in lower secondary was very different. The owner might have upgraded a few times though retaining the name

Unfortunately, they were forced to retire and give way to the aeroplane looking type of express boats. This royalty  is now relegated to pick up goods from Bintangor to Tanjong Manis, a tiny town at the sea.


The Reunion of Kai Chung School, aka Lau Peng Yu, July 7, 2012,  is initiated by Jenny Yaw Peng and  Mag Yaw Lee. Francis is doing his part as a local here in Bintangor, knowing that a lot of our long lost friends ; ex-teachers are coming back to this beautiful small hometown. 

Please contact on their Facebook:
Francis




 Jenny

The Grand Lady has been replaced by these aeroplane looking boats called express. They halves the time and nobody took the old launches again.  But these expressess were  deadly time bombs, the windows don't open and if it sinks, you sink with it.




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7 comments:

Ginny said...

So these wonderful old boats will just be a things of the past, what a shame. And of course they don't make things near as well as they used to, either.

Randi said...

Lovely shots of these old boats.

Kim, USA said...

We could still find boats like this in the Philippines. Thanks for linking I do appreciate it. Watery World Wednesday

Ebie said...

I could imagine the cost of repairs and up keep for the old boat.

eden said...

Beautiful photos.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful old boats Ann.

Judy said...

Progress can be a double edged sword. I suppose someone said that when they started using these big boats, way back when...