We went to Fort Cornwallis yesterday.
It is a star shaped fort built in 1786 when Captain Sir Francis Light took over the island. The forts original purpose was to protect Penang from pirates. It was built out of coconut wood but later was upgraded to stone and made bigger. We walked around the ramparts, there were lots of cannons on there, the largest one being from the 1600’s. It is called the Seri Rambai Cannon.
Also on the ramparts there is a steel skeletal lighthouse, skeletal meaning having no actual solid body.
The lighthouse is the second oldest in Malaysia, after the Cape Rachado lighthouse in Malacca. The lighthouse on Fort Cornwallis was called the Fort Point Lighthouse, but was renamed the Penang Harbour Lighthouse after a renovation in 1941.
Earlier today we went to the national Penang museum, outside it there are some automobiles. One of them is a three – wheeler truck used for hauling loads from the 1960’s to the 1970’s.
A Rolls Royce was parked outside too, it was the governors car until one of them was attacked by terrorists whilst being driven. The governor car was then changed to a Cadillac.
Also there was an old hill tram and was used in Penang to get up Penang Hill. Before the tram was brought to Penang you got up Penang Hill on a sedan chair or on a pony if you were rich. If you were poor you just climbed up Penang Hill. A sedan chair is a woven chair set onto two thick strips of wood that your servants / slaves held up while you sat down on the chair.
Lots of different races came to Penang for jobs including European, Eurasian, Chinese, Japanese, Malay and Sri Lankan. The Chinese and Japanese found jobs of craftsmanship and construction workers and if they didn’t get a job as one of those they started doing their old professions.
We got a bus from Ipoh to Butterworth, to catch a ferry to Penang. We are staying in Georgetown, where there is lots of street art around, painted onto walls.
It started when a festival took place in 2009 called “Marking Georgetown” because Georgetown was made a World Heritage site.
We walked around this afternoon to find some of the art.
My favourite one was the karate cat versus the minion!