Story of The Sarawak Steamship Co. is now available


Limited Edition of 600 copies (Soft Cover) ISBN 983-40707-0-5

No man is an island, but Borneo is. Until recently not only getting to Sarawak, but getting around inside the country had to be done by water, the sea or the rivers.

As Sarawak became more firmly established and productive, an enterprising group of both Chinese and European businessmen realized that it would take more than one ship to carry Sarawak's burgeoning trade and satisfy her desire for closer connections with the world. And so in 1875, with Rajah Charles' blessing, these men founded the Sarawak Steamship Company.


This is a book on the story of that company and its ships, its paddle-wheelers and river launches, its powered barges and liners, from the modest 210-ton Royalist at the beginning up to the handsome and luxurious Rajah Brooke built in 1948. Vincent Foo and Chai Foh Chin trace steamship transport as it grew from one irregular link with Singapore to acquire more vessels and serve the whole of Sarawak, its major seaports and many of its rivers. Quick and efficient communication within the country and with the world beyond boosted Sarawak's prosperity and promoted her development, and along with maritime history we can see here how the Sarawak Steamship Company, its men and vessels, helped built infrastructure and encourage trade, and thus played a vital part in helping to make Sarawak the modern and thriving state it is today.

This book contains more than 168 pages with about 140 photographs, documents and illustrations.

Selling Price
Sale To Cost of Book & Registered Air Mail Postage
Malaysia / Singapore / Brunei RM 118
Australia / New Zealand and other Asian Countries RM 188
U. K. / Europe / Middle East
U.S.A. / Canada and Other Countries
RM 218
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