Kinta Valley used to be the largest tin producer in its hay days. You can still see the thousands of tiny lakes on Google map, which was the left over tin mining lakes in the region.
Dredge (also known as the Iron Ship 铁船) was heavy duty mining machine to mine the tin cores. This is Tanjung Tualang 5, a 4,500 tonne beast that was erected on 1938 and ease operation after 44 years at Gopeng. In 1982, TT5 has be relocated to Chenderong (a small town between Batu Gajah and Tanjong Tualang).
The local community and authorities saved the dredge as a remembrance of the tin mining history at Kinta Valley.
Tourists can now visit TT5 at RM6 per head.
It is a new venue to bring the children for an educational outing.
I read about dredge from my primary school’s text books, but I never walked inside one of the real dredge.
It was gigantic!
It could be the high tech ‘spaceship’ during 1938 to the locals.
Tin mining was so important to the Kinta district economy that TT5 was a legacy to be remembered.
Some visitors may complaint that this a piece of rusty old junk. To me, this was an important piece of the local history.
I hope more government funding and proper use of the entrance fee can maintain the dredge, at least reinforce a solid staircase and permit visitor to visit the upper floors.
If you are visiting Kellie’s Castle or nearby Batu Gajah, do drop by before it deteriorates further.
a) pictures taken with camera built in Dramatic Tone art filter
b) GPS coordinates N04° 23’47.4″ E101° 03’12.6″