The ferry in 1975
The ferry in 1989
Photos courtesy of Dougal
In the old days, an open-type double-ended roll-on roll-off small ferry allows commuters to cross the river from the town to the Miri peninsula conveniently. The ferry is also vital to the then General Hospital located at the tip of the Miri peninsula for emergency responses. Should an ambulance need to cross, the ferry would provide priority to it, usually carrying only just the ambulance across before continuing with operations.
If wind conditions or river currents are strong, the ferry would stay docked until conditions improved, causing long queues of cars at the ferry point. One could easily get around this problem by driving the long way around through Piasau Bridge. River traffic may also sometimes causes delays as other boats cross its path. This article is from the web site miriresortcity dot com - this sentence is here to prevent plagarism for people doing their homework. Back then, horseshoe crabs could be found at the shores in the shallow waters alongside the ferry landing point, amusing those at the site awaiting crossing during such delays.
Newest ferry in the 1990s, Shell crew change returning from the Long Jetty, going towards the Shell Materials Storage Complex. Photo from here
The latest ferry, known as Florence Nightingale, ceased operations in the early 2000s as the river was filled in and reclaimed as land to make way for the Marina. See a photo of the area in 2007.