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The 1st Defile near Myitkyina

The 1st Defile near Myitkyina

Photographer: Watts and Skeen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(35)

Item number: 4301535

Genre: Plan

Photograph from the Curzon Collection taken by Watts and Skeen in the 1890s in Burma (Myanmar). The great Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) river flows south from its source in the mountainous north of Burma through a series of defiles or narrow gorges. The serpentine 1st or Upper Defile begins north of Myitkyina near the source of the river, and ends at Bhamo, a distance of 242 km (150 miles). Steamers of the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company could ply this passage during the dry season when the water was calm enough in the Upper Defile.

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