Today in Singapore we traced a bit of Singapore’s maritime history. Singapore functioned as a port since long before the colonial powers landed here. Records from early as the 13th century show that it not only provided goods but also acted as a international gateway for trade. The waters of the staits were also know for piracy in those days.
Keppel harbour as it is now was the first established port by the British as it was discovered to have naturally deep waters. The entrance to the harbour used to contain two granite outcrops called dragons teeth (Long Yah Men). The British later destroyed it in the mid 1800s to widen the entry for larger ships. The condominiums that were built in the area are inspired from this and has a similar design.
Dry docks were also established and one Kings docks was the second largest in the world at the time. The area is now high end residential district.
The next port of call was the now Fullerton hotel which was once the GPO, Singapore club, Marine department and the exchange. It stands on what used to be fort Fullerton and being near the waterfront also held a light house. The location also held the Singapore stone at one time (destroyed go make way for the forts extension). The stone is interesting as it holds inscriptions in a so far indecipherable language. The building itself also formed the 0 mile marker from which all distances in Singapore were measured at one time.
We ended at the marina south pier which was built to replace the Clifford pier (that’s next to Fullerton hotel). There is a maritime gallery here that gives a little insight into the past present and future of Maritime industry here.