Any lessons from the Clifford Pier experience?

Built in 1933, Clifford Pier was a landing point for immigrants and other sea passengers. A red oil lamp used to hang from the pier as a guide to seafarers, earning the pier the name Red Lamp Pier. The pier was later used as a terminal for tourists and day trippers who boarded small boats and ferries heading for the Southern Islands.

Clifford Pier was located beside Collyer Quay at Marina Bay within the Downtown Core of Central Area, in Singapore’s central business district. To make way for Marina Barrage, the Pier had to be relocated. The Barrage is a being built in Singapore across the Marina Channel between the reclaimed lands of Marina East and Marina South. The S$226 million project scheduled to be completed in 2007, and will turn the Marina Bay and Kallang Basin into a new downtown freshwater reservoir. It is meant to provide water supply, flood control and a new lifestyle attraction.

Clifford Pier ceased operations on 1 April 2006, and was replaced by the Marina South Pier. Generations of Singaporeans bid farewell to a grand old building. Among them are Macrocosm


2 thoughts on “Any lessons from the Clifford Pier experience?

  1. Thanks for dropping my blog 🙂
    The Seletar area holds very fond memories for me. I spent my growing up years there. When we 1st moved into Seletar Hills, the rubber estates were still intact. As kids, a gaggle of us on our little bicycles would explore all the trails in and around the area. We knew all the shortcuts from Seletar to Serangoon Gardens and how to get to Punggol Point via trails.
    We lived through the urbanisation of the estate.
    Seletar Airbase was then a restricted area. It was known as Seletar Camp. Anyone going in had to exchange your ID for a pass. We used to have fun times fishing and swimming at the Seletar Club whilst the adults played golf.
    Years after leaving Selatar Hills, mum and my brother rented a bungalow (with red painted floors!) for the duration of his NS. And talk about coming full circle.. where we live now in Rivervale is just a short drive from Seletar Camp. I bring the kids there for a bit of exploring (and fishing) now and again.
    Thanks for helping us re-live those memories.

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