WHAT TO DISCOVER WHEN BEING IN PERAK:
- Kellie’s Castle
- Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship and Heritage Museum
- The Lost World of Tambun
- Ipoh Heritage Trail
From Railway Station to The Birch Memorial Clock Tower
- Lenggong Archaelogical Gallery
- Kuala Kangsar Heritage Trail
From Istana Iskandariah to Galeri Sultan Azlan Shah
- Lunch at Ayam Penyet AP at Mydin Meru Raya Hypermarket
Introducing the Latest Product of Touch ‘N’ Go: MyPass
- Heritage House “Muzium Gopeng”
- Kinta Tin Mining (Gravel Pump) Museum
TANJUNG TUALANG TIN DREDGE SHIP AND HERITAGE MUSEUM
This is another attraction that has been capturing the attention of travellers from all around the world. The Tin Dredge Heritage Museum, situated in Tanjung Tualang (close to Kellie’s Castle) offers the chance to personally experience stepping into an actual Tin Dredge Ship and learn about the history of Perak tin mining, which once made the state the richest in Malaya. Though at a glance it may pass as an abandoned floating factory, but it is actually a gigantic tin dredge named Tanjung Tualang Dredge No. 5, or simply as TT5, weighing 4,500 tonnes and supported by a pontoon of 75 metres in length, 35 metres wide and 3 metres deep.
This dredge was built in England in 1938 by F.W. Payne & Sons, a major design engineering company in bucket line dredges at that time. Tin dredges work by scooping up bucket loads of tin-bearing soil at the front end, which then passes through an oscillating drum and a system of jigs and screens to extract the tin, before spewing out the waste material at the rear end through a number of chutes.
This three-million Straits Dollar worth dredge was built for the Southern Malayan Tin Dredging Ltd, a company formed in 1926 that operated another five dredges in Batu Gajah and Tanjung Tualang areas. TT5 was in operation for 44 years until 1982, when the Malaysian tin industry faced rapid decline due to the combination of exhausted tin deposits, low tin prices and high operating costs.
All tin mining and dredging activities that had been taking place for over a hundred years left behind a pockmarked landscape running for hundreds of miles down the length of Peninsular Malaysia. However, the scars have now been cleaned up, filled with water and the surroundings rehabilitated, serving as fishing ponds, wetlands, water features for housing developments and so on.
Visitors to the Tin Dredge Heritage Museum have the option of purchasing two different packages. The first package (costing RM5 per adult and RM3 per child who are less than 60cm tall or below 12 years old) includes a movie, access to the dredge museum and touring the façade of the tin dredge. The second package (costing RM15 per adult, RM8 per child) includes the additional tour of exploring the inside the actual dredge, on top of what is offered in the first package.
- Travellers should ask the museum’s management whether is it permissible to climb up the tin dredge’s upper level. If so, travellers are recommended to take advantage of that experience by taking photos and the wonderful scenery of the surroundings from the unique viewpoint on the tin dredge ship.
- Tin Dredge Ship in Tanjung Tualang is the only kind that is left in the world and cannot be found anywhere else, thus making it a must-visit for all travellers who visit Perak
- It took 18 months to assemble this gigantic tin dredge ship.
Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship
Address: Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship
Warisan Kapal Korek (Tin Dredge Heritage)
9th Km, Jalan Tanjung Tualang 31000 Batu Gajah, Perak
Tel: +6 05 370 2253
Latitude: 04°84.9342’ longitude : 100°73.8185’