Shipwreck From 1800s Washed Up On Riverbank In Kuala Lipis Following Floods

shipwreck from 1800s washed up on riverbank in kuala lipis following floods

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The east coast of Peninsular Malaysia is still experiencing floods, and one near Kuala Lipis, Pahang, along Sungai Lipis brought in a historic discovery, one that would have been buried under the seabed for decades!

Locals near Kampung Pagar Lama in Penjom were left surprised yesterday (January 14th), after the wreckage of a ship was found stranded on the banks of Sungai Lipis.

The ship, which is believed to have been built around the 1800s, was only found a week after the flood there finally receded, due to the amount of rubbish.

Unfortunately, the ship, which was seen by various parties as a valuable artifact, was cut up and dismantled by a group of locals.

According to Penjom mukim chief, Azhar Ismail, the discovery of the ship that had been abandoned due to frequent floods in the area was very shocking to the locals and raised various questions.

shipwreck from 1800s washed up on riverbank in kuala lipis following floods

Photo via Story from Lipis Blog

He also pointed out that the ship had a copper inscription labeled “Vivian & Sons” and was nailed with brass nails.

So we did a little digging for you guys!

Established as a modest copper smelting operation in 1809, British firm Vivian & Sons grew into a leading smelting house by 1820.

This suggests that the firm would have been running the manufacturing and rolling of copper, as well as the production of a range of non-ferrous metals and chemicals, when the British landed on then-Malayan soil in the mid-1800s.

This ship may have been used for transportation during British times in Pahang, even right down to Singapore, when Kuala Lipis became the administrative center of Pahang under the British.

How cool is that!


by Kyle Roshen Jacob