Slightly more than a week ago, I read from one of the Chinese newspapers that the ferry services at Clifford Pier would be relocated to Marina South Pier as of 1 April 2006.
For your convenience, this link gives a concise summary of fate of the ferry services at Clifford Pier as well as inform us of the exact location of the Marina South Pier:
I remember myself enjoying the sights of the ferries parking themselves at the Clifford Pier. I might have a fascination with the shapes of ferries and vessles that look similar. As such, after reading that piece of news, I decided to find time on an afternoon to take photographs of the Clifford Pier, while the ferry and launch services were still in operations.
Weather was not quite on my side. The skies were looking dull on that day when I was at Clifford Pier to capture the soon-to-be-gone sights. In fact, it was drizzling slightly when I reached Clifford Pier that day. I took the photographs anyway. I thought to myself then: Perhaps the lack of bright natural lightings might lend some melancholy feel to the photos that I would take.
Actually, I confessed that I can quite be an ignorant person. I am not quite familiar with the history of Clifford Pier. From one of the pages from Live.Life!@eCitizen, I got to find out that Clifford Pier was named after Governor Sir Hugh Charles Clifford of the Straits Settlements. I have often heard the locals referring to Clifford Pier as "Red Lantern Pier". I just don't quite understand why. Would anyone care to enlighten please?
Clifford Pier will not seem the same without the ferries. On 2 April 2006, I passed by the Clifford Pier, and it looked very bare without the ferries. Occasionally, I could see bumboats passing by the Merlion Park that is located nearby. Otherwise, the surface of the waters looked empty without the ferries.
Before 1 April 2006:
After 1 April 2006:
Life will still goes on. Maybe it is just not the same as we used to know.
- Clifford Pier without the ferries (A re-adaptation of this post. Posted on yesterday.sg)