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From Tongkangs to Canoes

Up till the early 1980s, small bumboats, referred to as tongkangs brought cargo from large ships anchored offshore.  These bumboats (depicted on the stamp on the left) would bring the goods up the Singapore River and off-load them at the various warehouses or godowns located along the river’s edge.  Most of Singapore’s top merchants had warehouses along the Singapore River.  Nowadays, the Singapore River is no longer important as a means of transporting goods inland.

By the late 1980s, the bumboats that hugged the shores of the river were moved to Serangoon.  The smelly river, with its floating debris, was cleaned up and its shores reinforced.

Today the Singapore River is better-known as a recreational area.  Two important lifestyle hubs have sprung up on both sides of the river – Boat Quay and Clarke Quay – where bars, restaurants and eateries have replaced old godowns and warehouses.

Written by victorkoo

11 February, 2010 at 1:00 pm

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