It was inevitable that George Town should evolve beyond its role as a harbour and centre of maritime trade. The historic port, which once greeted the ancestors of Penang’s cosmopolitan settlers, is something unfamiliar to young locals. Many have never heard the creaks and groans of sailing ships and the stirring cries of stevedores; nor have they seen the quickening flurry of commercial activity on the sea-wharves as the dawn breaks.
The buildings fronting Weld Quay, which used to house the European trading companies, formerly gave a distinctive first impression to visitors arriving by ship; nowadays they present an aged and dilapidated facade by the sea.
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