08 December, 2009

City Touring @ Merlion Park (Part 2)

Koff!! Koff!! Dusty blog post. Supposed I should be finished up my blog post about the recent trip to Singapore somewhere around June, but since there are so many "TEMPTATIONS" bothering me (One of them is famous Facebook's Farmville Games) that made me couldn't blogging routinely. Moreover, I had been noticed that recently, I'm more likely "Blog By Feel". So don't be curious If I come out with "Chap Goh Mei" stories at the end of the year. Since there are still a lot of pending "Unpublished Post" living inside my blog.

Well, I think I better get my story started. For those whose just following my trip, here are the previous story - City Touring @ Merlion Park (Part 1) to keep you all back on track with me.

Just before we heading to Clarke Quay for a nice dinner, Uncle Chris led us to have a walk round through the city. (Yes!! *WALKING* no transportation) It was fun though where we get to see more stuffs. At the same time I earned "A little Gift" as well. (Swollen and Red toes as u can see in my previous Introduction Post.

Here are some of the pictures as we walked around the city.


Buildings and Skyscrapers





And the oldest bridge in Singapore - Cavenagh Bridge


Here are a little bit history about the bridge.

Originally known as the Edinburgh Bridge to commemorate the visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, its name was changed to Cavenagh Bridge in honour of Major General William Orfeur Cavenagh, the last India-appointed Governor of the Straits Settlements, who governed from 1859 to 1867. The coat of arms of the Cavenagh family can still be seen atop the signage at both ends of the bridge.

Cavenagh Bridge linked the Civic District on the northern bank to the Commercial District on the southern bank of the Singapore River. Before Cavenagh Bridge was constructed, people could only get to the two districts via a detour over Elgin Bridge or by paying 1 duit (¼ cent) for a boat ride across the river.

This bridge has elaborate suspension struts in comparison with most other suspension bridges, and is the third bridge to be built in Singapore. It was constructed in 1869 to allay the inconvenience of crossing the Singapore River by boat. It was originally designed as a drawbridge but on its completion was found to be suitable only as a fixed structure. Numerous steel rivets were used in its construction, which employed steel casting methods commonly used during that era.

The bridge was designed by the colonial Public Works Department's John Turnbull Thomson and constructed by the P&W Maclellan, Glasgow Engineers at a cost of Straits $80,000. Built and tested in Glasgow to withstand a load four times its own weight, it was shipped to Singapore in parts and reassembled in 1869 by convict labour before opening to traffic a year later. Rickshaws and ox carts used the Cavenagh Bridge to cross Singapore River. Subsequently, the bridge became overloaded due to the flourishing trade on the Singapore River in the late 1880s.

When Cavenagh Bridge became unable to cope with the increasing traffic into town and its low draught was insufficient for the passage of boats at high tide, the government decided to build the Anderson Bridge in 1910 to replace Cavenagh Bridge. Cavenagh Bridge was eventually spared from demolition and was converted to a pedestrian bridge, with the heavier vehicles, horse and ox carts being diverted to Anderson Bridge. A police notice, which is still preserved till today, was thus erected at both ends of the bridge restricting the passage of vehicles that weighed beyond 3 cwt (152 kilograms, 300 pounds (US) or 336 pounds (Imperial)), including cattle and horses.


Ohhhh!!! Sound interesting isn't it???? More interesting places coming on your way as I'm going to take you to another world. The kingdom called Clarke Quay.

So, do step in again :)

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