The Last Tin Dredge @ Batu Gajah, Malaysia

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Batu Gajah Malaysia Perak

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The tin dredge in Batu Gajah along Jalan Tanjung Tualang is the last witness to the prosperity of tin mining in Malaysia.  Also known as Tanjung Tualang Dredge No 5 (TT5), this 4500 tonne giant floating on the excavation site is a precious remain that tells the history of Malaysia, and especially so for Perak, the home of many tin mines.  “Perak” literally means silver in Malay, which was thought to resemble the silver color of tin. 

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Stepping into the dredge is like going inside a giant’s tool box with gigantic gearwheels, scooping apparatus and plus sized rope bundles.

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Even the ceiling has some sort of tools on it.

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Complex machines that once had an important purpose now stand still and are rusting away.

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Despite the downturn of destiny, you could still imagine what the dredge would have been like in its days of glory.  The dredge is almost colorful, with fading colors of green, blue, yellow and red.

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There isn’t too much information about the tin mining process in the dredge but you can find out more about the process in a small museum next to it.  These giant buckets are used to scoop out tin-bearing material from underneath the dredge.

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Catching a glimpse into the backbone that keeps the buckets moving.  Doesn’t it look like a watch band?

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The tin ore then flows into these huge containers, ready for transport to the treatment plant for further processing.

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Safety is obviously a major concern with lots of cautioning signs around.

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You can walk around the dredge and see it 360.

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The museum next to the dredge is small but enough to give you a rough idea of the tin mining process.

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This is the final processed tin product – “Malaysia Smelting Corporation Straits Refined Tin”, weighing 30 kg.

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The black and white photo shows workers lifting the tin blocks, seemingly an easy task. In reality, I could hardly move it because it’s so heavy!

Enjoy more photos  below 🙂

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More Info
Ipoh Tourism Board Official Website
Opening Hours : Daily 8.30am to 6.00pm
Entrance Fee: RM6 for adults, RM3 for kids.
Address: Tanjung Tualang Tin Dredge Ship, Warisan Kapal Korek (Tin Dredge Heritage), 9th Km, Jalan Tanjung Tualang, 31000, Batu Gajah, Perak.
Tel:  +605-3702253

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