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Seven Days Lighthouses and Beacons Escapade

FortCornwallis

Fort Cornwallis Light House, George Town, Penang

Over seven days and 2,290 kilometres, MIMA researchers Commander Nur Azmel and Mohd Ikmal Hisyam travelled the coast of Peninsular Malaysia taking aerial photographs of light houses and beacons for the Marine Department’s Marine Atlas Coffee Table project.

Aerial pictures of nine light houses and fifteen beacons were taken as the two researchers travelled along the coast from Perak heading north by car. The first stop was Pulau Katak, South East Point (SEP) and TanjungHantu beacon along the Lumut coast in Perak and ending the day at Fort Cornwallis in George Town, Penang. The second day, the researchers travelled by Marine Department boat to Teluk Monyet and climbed the 1223-meter jungle trail to the Muka Head light house where their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) took off at an altitude of 281 meters from mean sea level (MSL). The day ended with the researchers taking the ferry to Langkawi Island after completing an aerial picture of Kuala Kedah beacon situated across the river from the ferry terminal.

Muka Head

Muka Head Light House, Penang Island

 Cape Rachado

Tanjung Tuan (Cape Rachado) Light House, Melaka

 

The morning of the third day saw the researchers photographing Tanjung Telaga light house before catching the ferry back to Kuala Kedah and then on along the East West Highway to Kota Bahru, Kelantan. Along the way, they enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the highway, especially around the Royal Belum Perak State Park, and stopping at the peak of the Titiwangsa mountain range. The fourth day, the researchers travelled south along the east coast, stopping and taking pictures of Kuala Besut, Batu Rakit, Chendering South and Tanjung Dungun beacons before stopping at Kuantan for the night. Tanjung Gelang light house aerial pictures were taken on the fifth day together with other beacons as the researchers drove south covering Kuala Pahang and Nenasi beacon in Pahang, and Endou Outer beacon in Johor before heading right south to Gelang Patah for a good night’s sleep.

On the sixth day, the researchers had the opportunity to travel by Marine Department Altair ship for Tanjung Piai and Tanjung Bin beacons before heading north along the west coast road to Bukit Segenting Light House. They ended the day by taking aerial pictures of St. Paul light house in Bandar Hilir, Melaka. On the last day of the trip, the researchers visited Pulau Undan light house off the coast of Melaka before continuing northward covering Tanjung Tuan (Cape Rachado) light house and Bukit Jugra light house and TanjungHarapan in Selangor.

St Paul

St Paul Light Houese, Melaka

Throughout the trip, both researchers had the opportunity to know and understand the role and functions of Malaysia’s light house and beacons for the safety of navigation, while appreciating the beautiful country side as they drove along the east and west coasts of the country.

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