After our epic lunch at Lung Seng, my dad suggested that we should stop by the last remaining tin dredge in Malaysia for a quick visit. We all unanimously agreed and happily drove to the place. The drive took about 10 minutes from Tanjung Tualang and it is actually located near the village of Chenderong.
Now, the tin dredge is actually more like a floating factory, where the chain of manganese buckets at the front dig the earth for tin deposits, passes through a couple of machines to extract the tin and finally the waste material being disposed back to the earth at the rear of the dredge.
This dredge, called Tanjung Tualang No. 5 or TT5, weighs 4,500 tonnes was built in England by F.W. Payne & Co. in 1938 for a company called Southern Malayan Tin Dredging Ltd. It operated for 44 years until 1982 when tin industry in Malaysia collapsed due to low tin prices and escalating operating costs.
Entrance fee costs RM6 per person, and includes visit to the very much ill-maintained so-called museum and a closer look at the dredge.
We were not supposed to climb up due to safety reasons but nobody stopped us when we climbed so I’m glad that the RM6 that we paid was very well spent.
It’s not a factory alone, in fact, you can practically work, eat and sleep in the dredge. There are several areas in the dredge for workers to eat and rest.
We also managed to climb to the very top of the dredge and it was scary to walk on those rusty metals. We also safely made it to the operations room. It’s filthy with rubbishes strewn all over. Some of the documents dated back to the 70s also could be seen on one of the tables. If only these things are properly kept and maintained for viewing…
The Last Dredge @ Tanjung Tualang No. 5 (TT5)
About 2km from Chenderong Village and 9km from Tanjung Tualang