Every Penangites grew up fascinating about riding on the iconic Penang ferry to travel between the island and mainland. It is also one of the attraction for tourists that visit Penang. When the ferry services started about a century ago, it comes only in one type of colour and gradually it was repainted with beautiful colours.
I remember, when I was a kid, it was always exciting when my parents decided to ride on the ferry instead of using the Penang bridge. The slow ride across the channel gives us a nice view between both sides of Penang and we can enjoy a nice breeze of air with the smell of the seas.
Some Penangite travels on it almost in a daily basis, mostly for work purposes. The ferry has then been a culture, a unique feature of Penang.
However, as we bid farewell to 2020, the same goes to our Penang ferry. The Government decided to cease its operations on 1st January 2021 and change it to a faster, speedboat-type of ferry for passengers. The new ferry do not carry vehicles though, and only passengers.
The last week of 2020 was a busy one for the operators of the Penang ferry as many Penangites as well as Malaysians from other states rush over to witness and take their final ride of the iconic ferry.
In case you miss it or you have never experience the ferry, here’s some of the photos from social media.
The writer is a local Penang boy that enjoys the sea breeze during the ferry ride.