Before 1963 August 31 the Governor of Sarawak or any of the Sarawak Colonial Residents would travel by a special motor launch which was meant for riverine and coastal travelling. I remember there bing some other official government boats and these were their names : Aline and Zahora. But then I could be wrong too. May be some one could correct me. Were there other names?
I am sure many of the old black and white photos have disappeared from Sarawak records. When I find some of the old photos in friends' old albums I would quickly ask permission to digitalize them and indeed it has taken me some time to find this precious photo.
After Malaysia was formed Sarawak's transport modes changed tremendously and government figures and politicians travelled faster and in other modes of transportation. Today almost every YB could board a heli and could be whisked to their destination in minutes.
It must have been slow and steady for a Governor like Sir Alexander Waddell to travel to Limbang or Lawas in those long ago days.....in a boat like this....and furthermore Sarawak must have been very safe and secure...I wonder too if the Governor then was heavily guarded. It was definitely another era!!