Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge
The Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge No. 5 or TT5 is a former tin mining dredge in Batu Gajah, Perak. It is a relic from Malaysia’s tin mining heydays. The dredge was built in England in 1938 by F.W. Payne & Son. It was built for the Southern Malayan Tin Dredging Ltd, a company that operated 6 dredges in total in Batu Gajah and Tanjung Tualang.
A tin dredge is like a floating factory. Its 4,500 tons weight is supported by a floating dock with 75 meters in length and 35 meters in width and 3 meters in depth. It works by scooping up bucket loads of tin-bearing soil at the front end. Then the soil 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. The dredge was used for 44 years until 1982 when the Malaysian tin industry was in rapid decline due to a combination of exhausted tin deposits, low tin prices and high operating costs.
All the tin mining and dredging activity which took place for over a hundred years has left behind a pockmarked landscape. In January 2015, the area is undergoing a MYR 8.5 million renovation for 2 years which is carried out by Mentri Besar Incorporated. It is now become the tourist attraction.
Image by: Tony Ng
Daily: 9.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m
Adult: RM 20.00
Child: RM 10.00
Seniors: RM 20.00
Adult: RM 10.00
Child: RM 5.00
Seniors: RM 5.00
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If you are interested in seeing this important piece of Malaysia’s industrial heritage you had better visit Tanjung Tualang soon while you still can.
The Tanjung Tualang Dredge No 5 (TT5), located at Batu 5, Jalan Tanjung Tualang is living proof that this area was once part of a major mining operation taking place within the Kinta Valley.
I remember watching The Tin Mine, a Thai movie, the story revolves around a boy and his life growing up in a mining camp in southern Thailand during the post World War II era. Seeing a real tin dredge is bliss!
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