Friday, July 17, 2009

Ships on Banknotes - 005 - Singapore $2

Date of Issue: December 16, 1991 (purple color banknote)

The vessel depicted in this banknote is "Tongkang", a type of light wooden boat used commonly in the early 19th century to carry goods along rivers in the Malay Archipelago. It can be propelled by various methods like rowing, punt poles, and sail.

The early tongkangs were about 20 tons, but the size increased around 1860. The tongkand was one of the two traditional Malay ships that used Junk Rig with local hulls instead of Chinese Junk hull. The last of the tongkangs in Singapore were towed by motorised launch.

The other denominations of ship series are 5, 10, 50, 100, 500, 1000, and 10,000.

Source: wikipedia,

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