The Boat Builders - Singapore - 1968

In the upper reaches of Singapore River, fifty years ago, this old Super 8 film shows boat builders toiling with traditional tools to construct the last bum boat barges. Within ten years these ancient vessels would no longer be built and they would slowly disappear when Singapore began its mammoth clean-up to transform a stinky polluted river into a recreational reservoir. The boat builder's way of life has now disappeared.


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