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Moulmein from the river

Moulmein from the river

Photographer: Watts and Skeen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(1)

Item number: 430151

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection, with a view across the Salween River towards Moulmein (Mawlamyaing). The town lies on the coast of south-east Burma at the mouth of the Salween (Thanlwin) on the Gulf of Martaban. The capital of the Mon State, from 1827-52 it was the chief town for the British-administered part of Burma. It became a centre for the export of teak and rice and consequently an important seaport for shipping. In the foreground are local river craft including a sampan at left, and a raft of timber logs that would have been floated down the river from forests inland. A three-masted barque is moored midstream. Visible in the distance is the harbour frontage of Moulmein with a ridge of hills beyond. On the horizon are the spires of a number of monasteries and pagodas built on the ridge.

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