I love ships, so this Black Dragon story is good for me.
Try and read it here:
A MEETING WITH THE 'BLACK DRAGON' [Articles + Illustrations]
The Straits Times, 16 November 1952, Page 15
I saw it coming
I saw it berthed
I saw it sailed
THE M.V. KUNAK
I had travelled with my family from Borneo to Collyer Quay in Singapore circa 1967/68/69. When we arrived in Singapore waters, we were required to stay-put till the ship's captain had received the green light from the medical doctor to alight. I was inspected for hair lice, etc. It did take some time before all our health papers were cleared and we were allowed to enter Singapore.
Here's a real ship that I went on and sailed from Jesselton port in Sabah to Collyer Quay in Singapore. This ship couldn't come close to the quay, so it anchored far away from the coast in Singapore. We boarded a small boat to get to Collyer Quay. I was 9/10/11 years old. This is the M.V. Kunak.
|That's all the passengers on M.V. Kunak. There's me somewhere up there on the deck.|
|That's me with my siblings on M.V. Kunak's gangway. I'm the one holding my skirt down.|
|Someone walked down the shaky gangway. We were called in. and it was time to sail.|