View of Boat Quay

Until the 1860s, nearly all trade was conducted at Boat Quay. As traffic increased, congestion at the river mouth worsened, and the arrival of early steam vessels needing coal made the situation even tighter. The coal was brought to Singapore in sailing vessels from the region, taken ashore in lighters, stored and then taken out again in lighters when required. Needing better facilities in the late 1850s, shipping companies began to build wharves at New (Keppel) Harbour, located just about 1.5 km (1 mile) away, but more than three-quarters of all shipping business continued to be conducted along Boat Quay.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: 6.2 x 10.6 cm
Accession No.
1994-05189
Material
Paper
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Category
Photographs and Negatives