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Excursion sampan on the Singapore River passing the Merman sculpture

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Is that a sampan? Looks to me more like a converted lighter/bumboat/tongkang/twakow (I was never sure about how to differentiate the last two of those). This photo dates from long after I was at Singapore (1967-69); do you have a date for it DLongly?
I assume SP on the side stands for SingaPore and not SamPan!
 

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Hello Ian - Thanks for your comment. You may well be right about the description of the craft concerned, I admit to being no expert on the telling the difference. As to the date, I purchased the card in 2005 so probably produced around about then. It was my first visit to Singapore in 40 years having previously been stationed there in 1965 and the place was almost un-recognisable from that time. Derek
 

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I've never been back Derek, and would be completely lost now. While unsure of the distinguishing features of tongkangs and twakows, I'm fairly confident that sampans are small craft normally propelled by just one man. In S'pore at least, the sole oarsman would be standing, pushing on crossed oars. Though unable to 'put his back into it' like (most) European rowers, he at least could see where he was going in those busy inshore waters.
 

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