Thursday, March 24, 2011

Legacy of Empire

At the end of last month, I briefly visited the picturesque island of Penang in Malaysia. In the north-east corner of the island, in the heart of the old colonial settlement of Georgetown, you find Fort Cornwallis, the seat of British administration, founded in the 1780s by Capt. Francis Light of the British East India Company. A century later, a lighthouse was added to the compound.... along with a yard-arm.

What possible purpose can this structure have served (the yard-arm, that is; we can assume that the lighthouse was erected for the sake of mariners' safety)... other than to indicate when it would be decent to imbibe the first gin & tonic of the day?

1 comment:

Aer Conditionat said...

Do you have more photos? Seems to be a very nice place, i`m very interested about it. Thanks