Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Maritime Learning Journey

Organised in conjunction with the 10th Singapore Maritime Week 2015, the Maritime Learning Journeys bring participants on a trip out to sea, visit to the Raffles Lighthouse and a tour of the Singapore Maritime Gallery. Me & my incredible, together with my sister and brother-in-law, joined the 1.15pm session.

See the boat at the left ?

Built in 1991, this boat was previously home to Singapore’s floating A&W restaurant at Sentosa coastline. Sadly, A&W had closed it down many years ago. This vessel has since been revamped, now known as Stewords Riverboat and relocated to Marina South Pier, housing Santa Fe Tex-Mex Grill and Breaking Bread.

Sisters Island 姐妹岛

Singapore Oil Refineries
We are approaching Pulau Satumu, where the Raffles Lighthouse located.
The boat trip is about an hour to and fro.

A Little History (from Wikipedia)
The Raffles Lighthouse was first mooted in 1833, but the foundation stone was only laid in 1854 when William John Butterworth was the Governor of the Straits Settlements from 1843 to 1855. The stones on which Raffles Lighthouse stands come from the granite quarries on Pulau Ubin. The lighthouse was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, who founded modern Singapore in 1819.
 The lighthouse was erected on a 1.3-hectare (3.2-acre) rocky island called Pulau Satumu, the southernmost island off the main island of Singapore. Pulau Satumu means "one tree island" – sa refers to satu ("one") and tumu is the Malay name for the large mangrove tree, Bruguiera confugata.
Besides antique beacons,  the small museum there still keeps these old equipments and tools used in the past.
Waiting for our turn to climb up the lighthouse.  Total 108 steps.
Apart from the therapeutic view, the water is so clear.
We can even see corals on the shore. 
The surrounding around the inland is simply beautiful.
Accompanied by clear water, coconut trees, fresh air,
it would be nice that we can spend a night or two here.
How about the work of the light keepers ? Working on a 2 men team, they stay on the island for 10 days before returning to mainland to rest for another 10 days.  Lucky there are TV, radio and internet access.  Else, it must be very boring after knock off.

Later realised that our boat is made by Japanese Co.
Returned to Marina South Pier in the evening.

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