Thursday, September 25, 2008

Let's make it a real: Tanjong Bunga's Hill-top park on Mt Erskine (Pearl Hill)

William Daniell's aquatint, 1821 of 'View of Mount Erskine and Pulo Ticoose'
Mount Erskine and Pulo Ticoose Bay, 1818 by Captain Robert Smith, Penang Museum.

John James Erskine, Assistant Superintendent of Marine in Penang, owned the hill of his namesake where was located the signalling station that guided vessels entering the North Channel. Today, the hill is known as Pearl Hill in Tanjong Bungah.

The topography of the mainland is clearly visible including the Prai River and the profile of Bukit Mertajam.


Kah Seng said...

Wow, nice one.

But how did captain Smith get to his vantage point to see Mount Erkskine from that point of view? Imagination, of course. Something Penangites often lack.

Let's plan for no-car access beyond a certain point. Create a mountain bike trail.

Create a low-power (therefore low maintenance and cheaper) micro-cabel car/lift for old folks and handicapped. At least reserve the space for one later.

Also create multiple access points, from behind the hill (reservoir side) and College General?

TBRA Penang said...

Good ideas. Thanks

Kah Seng said...

Technical issue. Somehow I can't read the posted comment because the text appears in black against black background. Is it just my browser setting? (Firefox)