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Fort Canning lighthouse shines again as nation's first maritime trails launched

Published on Apr 11, 2014 9:35 PM
 
Fort Canning Park's lighthouse shone out for the first time in more than half a century on Friday night for the launch of Singapore's first maritime trails. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE TY

Fort Canning Park's lighthouse shone out for the first time in more than half a century on Friday night for the launch of Singapore's first maritime trails.

The 36-metre high lighthouse closed in 1958 as new buildings blocked its sea view. It was subsequently torn down and a replica was built. It will now remain lit at night.

The series of free guided tours beginning on Saturday have been set up by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to "revive interest in Singapore's rich maritime heritage" and excite the young about a career in the sector, said MPA chief executive Andrew Tan.

The maritime sector contributes about seven per cent to the nation's GDP. Of its 170,000 workers, 76,000 are Singaporean.

 
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